Friday, October 9, 2009

Trying some new old-school things...

Having grown up in a society where we try so hard to do as little as possible & finding it to be very boring, I've decided to buck the trend by learning a few new skills :)

I made the spontaneous decision yesterday to attempt to make my very first quilt ever after happening upon a huge fabric sale w/ clearance priced fabrics marked down an additional 50% ... I figured there might never be a better time to try :) "Clearance" limited my choices but I managed to find some in black & white w/ splashes of red & a dab of denim that should go well w/ our bedroom decor. I intend to keep it very simple - and...

thankfully I have a couple friends who can coach me thru' the process.

- AND -

I want to learn to make bread. Reeeaaally GOOood bread :)

I just I got this new bread machine - nothing fancy bc I mainly want it to knead & rise the dough that I plan to bake in the oven. Our friend gave me his recipe for oatmeal bread ...

& in turn I plan to give the first loaf of it that looks this pretty - to him.

Any quilt or bread making tips you care to share that might spare me from having to learn them the hard way ?? :)

She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31:27


Yiota said...

Hmmm! Interesting proverb. Sorry, I can't help you with your projects but if you learn anything interesting about quilting do tell!
Pink ideas: clothes, a simple pink drawing on a piece of paper, thumb through children's books- you have girls, it should be easy to find pink. Something out of the blue: a message in pink letters - boy, this is good, I may do it next week as this week's post is ready.

MyStory of HiStory said...

Hi Yiota - thx for pink inspirations...After I read your ideas & did a quick scan around my house, I found one almost instantly & wondered why I hadn't tho't of it right off the bat?! .. Soo - I'm all set for this Thursday :)

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Lol! Once again, we are thinking about the same thing! I'm working on a post about quilting. I've made quilts and done hand-quilting for other folks many years ago. I bought some fabric a few weeks back and that's what I've been up to.
My only piece of advice is not to be critical of your own work - no one is perfect.
Check out many of the beautiful intricate old quilts. The maker would sew an obvious "flaw" into it, like a wrong color patch. The reason is because they believed only God could make something perfect and they would not try to be as good as him. :)
I'm looking forward to seeing your progress, and the bread!!!
Best wishes

MyStory of HiStory said...

hi Farmgal... Thank you so much for sharing that part about the obvious! hmmm --- that one's tho't provoking to say the least. Tho' in my case, I don't think I'll have to intentionally flaw I'm quite sure even if I try hard not too there will be plenty of imperfections :)

Scattering Lupines said...

Can't help you there! But I enjoy snuggling in quilts and eating bread dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar! Our Greek neighbor spends all day in the kitchen every two weeks making 20 loaves of bread from scratch. Her whole house smells like yeast. She always brings us a loaf! We LOVE it, and it has made me want to learn as well. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

MyStory of HiStory said...

Hi Lupine ..20 loaves?! WOW ... How nice to be on the receiving end of homemade bread on such a regular basis! My neighbors will be doing well to get a loaf at Christmas! :)