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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

RAMBLINGS

ANNIVERSARY
There's been a few blogiversaries in our group over the last few weeks, and it got me curious to see how many posts I've made and how many years I've been blogging. I'm not sure I should have looked, because today is my two year anniversary of blogging with the Quilt Mavericks. I can't believe it! Where has the time gone?

This time two years ago, I was sharding a chair on August 10, and still figuring out how this blog thing worked. I as also showing some of my quilts to get acquainted with the group, too.

One year ago, today, I was working on my postcards for FiberArt for a Cause. And today is just another day in blogging, making bread, getting supplies ready to teach a circle quilt class this Saturday, and cleaning up a little. All I know, is that I am just excited about blogging today as I was two years ago. So-o-o-o Happy Blogiversary to me!

BAKING
Here's the first batch of zucchini bread/s out of the oven this morning that I thought I would share with you. Or should I say share a picture with you? Hubby would be very upset if these didn't make it to the freezer for this winter. Next batch is to eat and share with friends. It's too hot to bake now, so another round will be started tomorrow morning.
Here's Bonnie of Quiltville's best zucchini bread recipe that I've used for several years in a row. It's scrumptious!

INGREDIENTS
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups grated zucchini
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

DIRECTIONS

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a large bowl, mix oil, eggs, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Blend in pineapple and zucchini. Stir flour mixture into zucchini mixture. Pour batter into two greased and floured 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour. Cool on wire racks.

TODAY'S QUILTING THOUGHTS
The other day, I was trying to decide what the flip-circles would become. Were they destined only for a "sample" quilt to be taught at a LQS? No, I don't think so. Were they going to be a lap quilt? No, not really, because it seems that there are only two lap quilts used around here, and adding yet another would be silly. And besides, I want to see these because I really really like them! So I asked Hubby, and he immediately said, "Can you make it big enough for our bed?"

So I got out the tablet, the calculator and my pencil. Note: see how neatly I work? LOL!

Here's the statistics:

1) Each circle block finishes at 6"
2) It takes four 6" blocks to make a set
3) Each set finishes at 11.5"
4) Each set is one color family
5) Color families to use are gold, red, pink, purple, green, brown and the focus fabric
6) It will take 64 sets to make this fit my bed
7) A total of two hundred fifty six 6" flip circles!!!
8) I'm 12.5% complete with this quilt plus a few sets

Sometimes the numbers don't tell you what you want to hear, ya know? Only 12.5%? How can it only be that small? Oh well, I'm going to cut the rest of the necessary gazillion squares for color, then sew the sets I have together. THEN, it will be put in a project box, and I'll work on flip circles here and there, there and here. At least there's a plan, and I know what it is. There are other projects waiting to be finished that are further along than this one. So, the math is done, and it has now been assigned it's priority number which is way down the list. Let's see if it will stay in the box!

6 comments:

Andrea said...

Happy blogiversary - is that a real word -lol ! I love reading your blog and think the flip circles are brilliant. Are they difficult to make ?

Wendy said...

Congrats on the blog anniversary! Your baby zucchini breads look so delicious I think I might have to try making your recipe. Thanks for sharing, I new to blogging (a few months) and I'm really enjoying it.

Darlene said...

Happy blog anniversary! I've been reading your blog for a long time but only recently started leaving a comment or two.

The zucchini bread does look extra yummy!

Love your flip circles and I see we work in the same way - paper, pencil and calculator.

Peni said...

I'd be pleased to trade...rutabaga was one of my mother's favorites! We've never grown them, but I just have to buy one at the grocery now and then.:)

Anonymous said...

Oooh! I love your flip circles! They are gorgeous and I can't wait to see the finished quilt on your be someday! Carol

Judy said...

Stay in the box indeed...I'll bet those babies come out to play more often that not!

Everything looks wonderful! 2 years flys by fast huh?