OK, so I am trying to learn how to use this new bloody editor on WordPress, and it is giving me no end of headaches. They keep saying it is ‘easier’. NOT!!! What used to be a simple copy and paste to put a picture into a post is now a series of clicks, then copy/paste, and if you don’t hit enter fast enough, it deletes the link. Maddening. And I am not sure any of today’s photos are going to show up, we’ll see. Anyway, experimenting with the editor has taken up most of my blogging time over the past two weeks. I wrote all of Autumn Jubilee in early October in the classic system, then turned attention to the ‘new’ way. I feel for those of you who blog on Blogger and have already been through this. But, that isn’t then only thing I’ve been experimenting with lately. I have these fabrics left over from the precuts I bought for Scrap Dance Twist. They tend to the red side of purple, so I pulled them out to do a separate quilt.
I had both jelly roll strips and charm squares. So I began with the charm squares, just doing half square triangles. I actually did this part at a retreat we went to in February. It was the last time I got to have fun sewing with friends in person. Seems so long ago now. See that post on our Quilt Retreat to Febuary Hill.
Turning to the jelly roll strips, I sewed them in sets of two and cross cut them into two-square units. Then I sewed those into four patches, the same size as the HSTs.
So now, I have all these units, and finally have the motivation to figure out what to do with them. I’ve been piddling around with the elements, and will show you what I’ve decided to do with them soon.
In the kitchen, I was also experimenting. Doesn’t this look delicious? Well, it wasn’t. It was an epic fail, tough as old shoe leather in spite of pounding it to death before rolling up the portobello mushroom and spinach filling. Bleh. It should have simmered all day to be close to edible.
Then over the weekend, I tried a new idea for a hot clam dip. Overall, meh. The parmesan made a hard shell over the top that was hard to cut through, and made dipping impossible. This kind of cheese topping is fine for a side dish, but not a dip.
We ate it on crackers, but it was a bit hard to serve. Then My Sweet Babboo said the only way he really likes to eat clams is fried. Next try will be crab instead of clams and mozzarella instead of parmesan.
I did have a good start on a butternut squash soup. I need to make it again before I share it though. This turned out pretty tasty, and just needs a little refinement.
On the bright side, my Thanksgiving cactus is going to be stunning this year! It already has a dozen pink and white buds coming out.
One more thing, this month the Hallmark channel is doing a free month in November. They show one of my favorite Christmas movies called The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, starring Henry Winkler. It is usually only shown one time, way too early, and this year it is scheduled for Friday, November 6 at 2:00 in the afternoon Eastern standard time. So, set your recorder to get it, and any others that look interesting this month, for non-stop Christmas viewing after Thanksgiving. I liked it enough to buy it on DVD.
Anyway, back to the sewing room this week, to play with fabrics.
And back to the drawing board on the recipes. I do have a new recipe for acorn squash, and I’ll share that soon. Meanwhile, I’ll make some progress on the purple improv quilt, and will see where that goes. I have a bit of gardening to do, too.
C&T Publishing is launching a new service of video lessons similar to Craftsy called Creative Spark (affiliate link). The subjects are varied, taught by their superb authors, and very detailed. Click on the link and take a look, some classes have more than 20 lessons! There is a wide variety of subjects, all with the expertise of their professional authors. It is something else new to experiment with this week.
Are you sewing this week, or experimenting with something new?