Random Thoughts

I have been saving copies of quilt patterns that I think I might make some day, but probably won’t.  Some quilts I see on the Internet, Pinterest or magazines.  I could never make all the quilts that I would like to make.  While cleaning out the files, I had an idea.  When I find a quilt that I like, I could make one block from that quilt.  If I used one fabric in each block along with colors from that fabric, I could have a sampler quilt.  The blocks wouldn’t have to be the same size.  The Moda Blockhead project is done and I have made all the Splendid Sampler blocks that I intend to make.  I wouldn’t have a deadline to make a block before another  arrived by e-mail.  The scrap fabric drawers are overflowing.  I could make this project with the fabric that I don’t choose when making a quilt.

IMG_2138I found a yard of colorful floral fabric that I bought at Mardens.  It has red, blue and yellow in it and is great for the focus fabric.  I could add tints and tones from those colors.  I also have a yard of beige fabric.  I have several small pieces of shirting fabrics to use for the background.  I seem to put the shirting aside when choosing fabric for a quilt.  The bottom drawer has plaid fabric.  I never put plaids in a quilt because I have to fussy cut them. Making one block at a time wouldn’t be that bad.

IMG_2137The first block was found in Quilting Cubby.  They have a lot of very interesting quilts on their website.  This block has five nine patches set on point.  The nine patches have triangles in each of the four corners.  By using a different fabric in some of the triangles, a star appears.  The four corners have just three pieces.  Now that I’ve made one block, I don’t have to make the quilt.

One of my friend asked me why I haven’t given a recipe for a long while.  Usually, I just check the refrigerator and make up something with the ingredients that are there.  The recipes aren’t very interesting.  I do like brown rice and make a batch in the rice cooker.  On the day that I make the rice, I can cook dinner in about 20 minutes.  After I start the rice in the rice cooker, I chop up vegetables. I use a combination of vegetables like cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, onions, brussel sprouts, or anything that is in the refrigerator.  I place them on a cookie sheet that is sprayed with olive oil.  Then I spray them with more olive oil and sprinkle them with onion salt.  Cook at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.  I have a little five minute red copper chef cooker.  I have cooked chicken, crab cakes, pork chops and other meat in it.  The meat is cooked to perfection without effort.   Everything should be ready at the same time.

Did you know that you can make hard boiled eggs in a rice cooker?  I checked the Internet and it told of several different methods.  I chose one to try and really like it.  Wet a paper towel.  Squeeze a little of the water out and place it in the bottom of the rice  cooker.  Add eggs.  I used three.  Plug in the cooker and cook for 15 minutes.  Then turn the rice cooker to warm for 7 minutes.  After the 7 minutes, immediately place the eggs in an ice water bath for 3 to 4 minutes.  Don’t omit this step because the ice water prevents the green ring around the yoke. Roll the eggs on a flat surface and remove the shell.  It will come off very easily.  The eggs are perfect.  It will be fun to see what other meals can be cooked in the rice cooker.


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