Back To The Sewing Room Reorganization

Did you think I forgot about it?
I needed a bookcase out of storage that I couldn’t easily remove until I got rid of the sofa. Mission accomplished yesterday – sofa gone and bookcase retrieved. Now I can access all the boxes in that storage unit and get rid of more stuff.
This is what the sewing looked like before

sewing-room-2

and after. I can reach more of my design wall, and by switching to a more vertical shelf it opened up the space.

sewing-room-bookshelf

Half of what I had on the bed fit on the shelves. I didn’t sort through anything. That’s a project for another day.
I finished sewing the blocks for Joan’s Garden earlier yesterday. I won’t count it out until I finish the quilt. I did not buy any fabric this week.
I’m linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.
Fabric in: 70 yards
Fabric out: 21 5/8 yards
Net Added: 48 3/8 yards

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Gluten Free Granola And Soy Yogurt

I’m on a roll trying new specialty foods. The headaches got out of control and I had to get serious about eliminating milk and gluten from my diet. My reaction to milk worsened over the past year to the point I can’t ignore it. Sad face. The two together can be brutal.
First I tried the gluten free granola because I like foods that crunch and I’m tired of Chex. The more I eat this the more it grows on me. It does have a lot of seeds in it, so I never eat a lot at once. Sometimes my body doesn’t know what to do with all those seeds.

gluten-free-granola

Next I tried the soy yogurt. I love ice cream, cottage cheese and yogurt and they were my big milk cheat foods. The milk free ice creams taste good, but they have SO much sugar in them.
I thought I’d give the soy yogurt a try instead, although it contains a lot of sugar too. I probably should have tried a stronger flavor than vanilla (like black cherry) because the soy gives it an unusual taste. Next time I think I’ll leave that one on the shelf and try the yogurt made from cocoanut milk. Unfortunately, it contains even more sugar than the soy yogurt.
I believe a lot of people with allergies make their own ice cream…not sure about the yogurt. I may be better off buying an ice cream maker so I can control the milk and the sugar. Shocking as it is, I don’t have one of those in storage.
I’d love hearing from you if you make your own ice cream or yogurt – what works, what doesn’t, time involved and how it tastes. Thanks for sharing!

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A Little Bit About a Lot Of Things

School started last week, so of course the weather turned warmer. I think there’s some kind of rule that the start of the school year has to be hot and humid. With threats of another brutal winter, I can live with it.
For all my Ohio readers, you’ll be disappointed to know that NQA officially announced they are moving the June show to Little Rock. It was time. As much as I enjoyed the show in Columbus and the classes I took there over the years, attendance declined past the breaking point. It took its toll on the vendors, the entries and the classes. Maybe we’ll see the show come back this way in several years. There’s still Chicago and Grand Rapids.
On the quilting front, I’m down to sewing the last four blocks of Joan’s Garden.

jg-blocks

See the frogs in the bottom right?
I’m debating quilting it myself or sending it out. I know how I want it quilted, which helps, and sending it out would free my time up for another project.
I’d also like to scale the blocks down and make another version, either as a baby quilt or a background for an art quilt. I’ll have to add that to “the list”.
Since no one has yet identified the pattern and this is the fastest and easiest quilt I’ve ever pieced, I plan to share the pattern. I figure as soon as I do that someone will claim it as their own. If that happens I will un-post it, but for now the plan is to share.
That’s enough for now as the week rolls on.

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Stash Report And Block Progress

You’d think I’d stay away from the quilt shops with all the fabric I’ve bought this year, but what’s a girl’s day out if you don’t stop at four quilt shops? I held my ground at the first two. The third one got the better of me. I only bought a fat quarter at the fourth shop.

frog-fabricAs soon as I saw the frog fabric I knew it had to go in Joan’s Garden. I cut some of it yesterday and sewed it into the blocks. The other fabric goes with many of my earlier purchases.
I only have nine more blocks to piece for this quilt. I hope to finish it in September, along with some other projects. I won’t have positive numbers this year, but I’d like to decrease the amount stashed by year end.
To see all the other stash reports, visit Patchwork Times.
Fabric in: 70 yards
Fabric out: 21 5/8 yards
Net Added: 48 3/8 yards

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Girls Day Out

I had the day off today and used it to hit the road with a friend. Our travels led us to quilt shops, thrift stores and gourmet popcorn. My personal favorite was the used bookstore where I picked up one quilting book, two art books and a cookbook.

used-bookstore-books

I like the cookbook because the recipes are simple and include a picture. I like to see what I’m making before I make it. Some of the recipes are gluten free and others will be easy to adapt. It doesn’t get any better than that.
I haven’t browsed a quilt shop, except the one where my art quilt group meets, in quite a while and was surprised at the wide range of fabric prices. I suppose it depended on the age of the fabric. Regardless, I have a hard time with a $4.50/yard price variance on what is essentially the same fabric.
Maybe that will help me stick to using stash.

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Gluten Free Pretzels

I haven’t done a gluten free food review in forever. I am still trying new products and need to get back to posting about them.
I found these pretzels at the store a couple weeks ago.

gluten-free-pretzels

I don’t know if the store just started carrying them or I missed seeing them. They weren’t with the gluten free foods or the other pretzels. Instead, they were in the snack aisle with the veggie chips and sweet potato tortilla chips. I love those sweet potato chips, but decided to get the pretzels instead.
So good. They taste just like the real thing.
The package says they are certified gluten free, which makes me think the manufacturer runs them on a different line than the gluten version. I’m not so sensitive I couldn’t handle it if they did, but if you are I would call the company just to be on the safe side.
I guess it pays to look around the store sometimes. Usually I breeze past the aisles with all the foods I love and can’t eat. Maybe I should explore a different aisle every week to see if the store added some other goody in a place I wouldn’t think to look for it.
This goody is definitely a keeper.

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Stash Report And One Less Room

I didn’t buy or use any fabric this week. I keep sewing up blocks for Joan’s Garden.

joan's-garden-blocks

Does the block look familiar to anyone? I bought the kit at an estate sale with no pattern included.

Yesterday I cleaned all my quilt stuff out of the living room. I only had to move a small stack of magazines, maybe a dozen or so. I also measured a bookcase in storage to see if it will fit in the sewing room and resolve some of the storage problems. It will fit, but it’s at the back of the storage unit. It won’t be fun to get it out of there.

I’m linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.

Fabric in: 68 3/8 yards

Fabric out: 21 5/8 yards

Net Added: 46 3/4 yards

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