MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include fabric landscapes and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Friday, January 15, 2021

A finish and another step

 There has been a bit more done for the vintage linens quilt project - the blocks are all done and now it's on  to the putting together with the sashing.  


And....a completed evening project!  There are two upcoming weddings this year and this is the second wedding gift done.  The pattern is 'Annie's Lace Throw' and can be found on the Mary Maxim web site.  


And...just because I can....a photo of Resident Chef's fresh-out-of-the oven (but not so fresh that one wasn't taste tested!)  sourdough English muffins...








- There's a fun year-long project happening HERE.  Each week you are given a theme and you create a small tag reflecting the theme.  At the end of the year you will have 52 tags to use for whatever you like (perhaps use as gift tags...or hang on the tree??).   While you're there be sure to check out some of her other fun projects!

- THIS looks like a fun thing to try doing.  

- I like the shape of THIS bag - lots of uses for something like it I would think.

- AND - in the interest of the fact that you just never know what you might discover here at Chez Magpie...did you know....to stop bananas from over-ripening overly fast....let them reach the degree of ripeness you prefer and then separate them.  Stick them in the refrigerator and they won't ripen any more.  The skins turn a little black perhaps but the fruit stays pretty much the same.  There now, aren't you better for knowing that?

Today's quote is from the brilliant mind of Ralph Waldo Emerson..."You cannot do kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late"

22 comments:

  1. That lace throw is beautiful. Is it crochet? with cotton?

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    1. Yes, it's crochet (sorry, I should have said that!). I used an acrylic yarn for these, simply because I'm not sure what the type of care will be. Doubt either of the recipients are going to want to wash it by hand so thought it should be as easy-care as possible.

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  2. the handerkerchief quilt is so lovely--what a nice memory piece hugs, Julierose

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    1. Thank you Julierose - I'm liking this one too, even though it's not my usual style. Trying to decide on a way to embiggen it a little so that's today's job.

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  3. Can't wait to see the finished product - it's coming along so beautifully. You've got me considering the 52 tags project. It might be good to use some of my forgotten treasures. And I always seem to forget that last banana until it's past the point of rescue. Sometimes I manage to freeze it, but not always. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. I toyed with playing along with the 52 tags and still might, but for now I have enough projects on the go and don't want to get overloaded. As for the banana 'trick' - we have sometimes put entire bunches of bananas in the fridge but they always turn black. The secret seems to be putting them in individually. We are always good about freezing too-ripe ones but then the supply grows to epic proportions and then it's hard to use them up.

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  4. Oh, the things that one learns when one visits Chez Magpie. Your linen pretties look lovely all laid out. Gosh, the crochet throw is gorgeous. Such a beautiful wedding gift.

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    1. Yes, I never want people to be TOO bored when they pay me a visit. Could (more apt to be, actually) more a result of my eclectic mind!!

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  5. Yum -- homemade English muffins!!

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    1. Yes, they are yum! Work great as hamburger buns too.

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  6. That quilt is going to be so beautiful! The afghan is a lovely wedding gift.

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    1. It's not big enough to be a bed quilt per se, but it's serving the purpose of using up some stash which is always a bonus.

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  7. Oooh... the Hankie quilt is going to look beautiful. And so delicate, I imagine. The second wedding blanket is a beauty, too. Lucky couple who will get that. And luck YOU to have your Resident Chef. Wowee! Those English muffins look amazing.

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    1. Yes, I know how lucky I am to have Resident Chef - I'm spoiled quite thoroughly! As for the quilt, it's growing a bit larger than the original design Rhonda suggested because I have more linens to use up and I wanted the quilt to be a bit larger. Stay tuned for what will happen next!

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  8. Two beautiful projects...and I love them both. I have several old vintage linens that are just tucked away in a drawer and never seen. Well, that Resident Chef of yours have outdone himself again. Lucky you! :~)

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    1. My vintage linens have been cut into for other projects over the years and it's time to use the rest of them and reclaim the space they're taking. Mind you, I guess I'm just replacing the raw materials with a done project that will STILL take up space.
      Yes, Resident Chef outdoes himself on pretty much a daily basis!

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  9. Your rate of progress my dear is mind boggling. While I am still thinking of what to do, you have completed several progects. I am impressed. Love Resident Chef’s English Muffins...they look very professional. Great quote again today.

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    1. I can't sit and do nothing - it's simply not in my DNA. I'm not one for *watching* tv - so my hands are always busy. And not having to do the cooking (thank you Resident Chef!) gives me more time too, as well as living in a small 2 bedroom apartment rather than a house.

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  10. Great use of vintage hankies. I have a couple that I received from an old friend years ago.

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    1. I don't know why I inherited so many hankies/linens from my grandmother but I'm happy I did. She died when I was quite young.

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  11. Thanks for banana tip. Trying it.

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    1. Hope it works for you! We haven't had to put any 'dead' bananas in the freezer since we started doing this.

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