Sunday, February 10, 2008

strings and rows and pretty shapes

This coming Saturday is Make A Blanket Day for Project Linus, and getting ready for it has taken up most of my quilting time recently. It's fun, but I'm getting impatient to get back to my own projects. One of our big MABD projects will be making heartstring blocks -- they're easy to do, and inevitably we get eager attendees who don't know how to sew. This is such a fun way to learn! This morning I stitched together some blocks we made at a worknight so we'd have a sample to show on Saturday.
The only personal quilting I've had time for this week is my new I Spy. I was able to cut up shapes on the breakfast table while all the Linus stuff was spread out downstairs by the sewing machine. With all the pieces for each row in a little baggie, it's pretty easy to stitch a row. It amazes me how hard my first I Spy was to make, and how now I think of it as easy, mindless sewing.
And just for your aesthetic delight, how's this?
That's my new olive oil dipping bowl that's sculpted into onion-like layers. The golden green puddle is cold-pressed, extra-virgin, polyphenol-rich olive oil. It's good -- so good, so very very good! I discovered how send-me-to-the-moon delicious really fine olive oil can be when we visited Italy a few years ago, and now I'm splurging on the occasional bottle of this wonderful stuff. Unlike your grocery store vegetable oils, each one has its own spunky personality. Mmmmm.....

6 comments:

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

whee, fun bright strings - great project for beginners to play with. mmm, extra virgin olive oil. pretty dish, but boy, I'd make a mess of that quickly once I started dipping my bread in there.

Clare said...

Lovely bright strings - I love the green. Proper extra vierge huile d'olive! I'd make a mess too.

The Calico Cat said...

Your olive oil/bowl look like a friend egg - at first glance...

I too now want some good crusty bread to dip right it... Although, I'd be tempted to add a bit of cracked paper to the mix. - Yes, I eat pepper on my eggs too.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Ya'll are making me hungry!!

Great string quilt... love the bright green!

ROZ said...

Cute I spy, and I really love the green in the string quilt. I must acquire some fabric of that color real soon.

Pattie said...

Hi Cheri -

I'm a new visitor to your blog, and I LOVE your quilts! Thanks for sharing them.

I've only been quilting about six months and have so much to learn. You inspire me!

Cheers!