Tuesday, January 30

Old & New

Here is the new quilt top. Now all I have to do is get it backed & quilted. I have made the whole quilt top from my stash. I have had the green fabric with bugs & butterflies for a while now. I had to hide it, because SG became obsessed with it, & wanted to play with it every time he saw it. I think I will use it for the backing too, as I have plenty of it. It was a bargain find at a garage sale, & I had intended to use it somehow for SG.

This next pic is of the first larger quilt I made SG & he loves it. I used a pattern of Ruth Buchanan's -again! I find her quilts are so friendly & have enjoyed making every one I have done. Her original quilt was called Aunt Ena's Quilt, I think, from memory, & was featured in one of the excellent Aussie quilting mags- either Patchwork & Stitching or Australian Country Threads. I like those mags, & they have been rich sources of inspiration for me over the last few years.
This pic is a bit dull, but the quilt is really bright, & I drew the insects, children etc myself. It can be used as an I Spy quilt too, as I put as many little picture fabrics into it, as I could find.
Now I am planning my next 'adventure', & am thinking I might do something with stars again. I have such a large variety of scraps, - GOM says I could make quilts till I die, & still never use them all. (I am assuming he is thinking I will live a long life?)
We still dont have our car, & so I might be calling upon DJ later in the day, for a lift to the shops. We have run out of potatoes, & so I cooked Buttered Wine Rice for tea last night. I love rice any old way, but GOM is not so keen, though he does like the wine rice.
I dont have a pic, but here is the recipe.
90 g (3 oz) butter
1 medium Onion finely chopped
1 cup rice.
2 1/2 cups of hot water.
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 chicken stock cubes
Salt & Pepper to taste.
Saute chopped onion gently, until onion is golden brown.
Add rice, stir 3 minutes.
Dissolve stock cubes in hot water.
Add 1 cup of chicken stock to pan & stir until nearly all liquid is absorbed.
Add remaining stock & wine, bring to boil, reduce heat.
Simmer gently, covered for 10 minutes.
Season to taste.
I usually use basmati rice, or a long grain rice, but short grain rice makes a more 'gluggy mix' if that is what you like.
School is back for most of the children today, so I hope all you 'first time' mothers dont weep too hard.
I can still remember the empty house, & the cry I had once I got home again, when my last little 'baby' went off to school. They looks so ridiculously small, dont they? You want to rush back, & take them home with you. It all seems too soon!
But in the blink of an eye they are grown, with babies of their own! And your heartstrings tug just as much when the first grandchild goes bravely off to school... well mine did!


joyce said...

Both of your quilts are very nice. I love making quilts from scraps. It's so much fun seeing what goes together. I hate to say, I was happy when my last one started school. A whole day to myself! I loved it but soon after that I started working full time so my days of freedom were short. Now I am retired and have all my time to do as I wish and I love it.

meggie said...

Yes, I now love to do as I please with my time. It is a definite benefit of being retired. A pity GOM doesnt feel the same.

In the past I have fussed, & rearranged quilt peieces over & over- this time I just went for it. And though there are a couple of things I would change in the new quilt, I am not going to mention them to anyone! I have decided to just go with the flow, a bit more! Liberation!!

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Great quilts!

Molly said...

You are speedy, Meggie! Seems like you zipped that star quilt up in no time flat.Both quilts look very nice...

h&b said...

That rice does sound nice.
What meal do you serve it with ?

I made Kim's recipe with short-grain, as I wanted that oriental 'glugginess' like you get in Vietnamese restaurants.

It really was very good ! :)

aunty evil said...

Hi Meggie,

That quilt you are working on is gorgeous! It is so colourful and cheerful, can I have it?


Awwww... Please?

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

The quilts are so pretty, I think SG is one lucky little guy!! It's very satisfying to construct quilts from what's on hand and see how they turn out. I am into using what I have at present, and there's no fear of running out! Ha!! The rice recipe is one I will try, thanks!

Lois R. said...

Oh Meggie! I love the star quilt! Those froggies and fishies are so great. And the colors are delish! I like how you framed the stars before you put the sashing on. I have never seen anybody do that before.

By the way, I wanted to tell you that my beloved Aunt Betty collected owls too! Your collection made me think of her.

Angie said...

I love both of those quilts, Meggie!!! They are both just adorable! That rice sounds yummy! :P

Shelina said...

Congratulations on finishing your quilt top. Both of these quilts are great. So colorful and cheerful.