Before April, I hated going to the grocery store. Chris did 95% of the shopping and he went to the store every day because it's right next to his workout place. I would go about once every 2 weeks to Wegmans or Kroger to get my allergy foods. Occasionally he would even do that for me. Watching me in a store must be hilarious because I never know where anything is and I wander back and forth just waiting for the one thing I need to jump out at me.
Times have changed and now it's a weekly debate on who gets the excitement of a trip to the store. Yesterday was a bonus day because we both got to go. Chris had to go to Costco and I went to Wegmans (a store that is still stupidly allowing people to bring in reusable shopping bags). I needed to get Mom's groceries, my special allergy foods and baking supplies.
I needed baking supplies because I'm on another (probably futile) quest for new gluten-free, nut-free and vegan dessert options. These little unappetizing white disks are the latest experiment. You won't be able to guess so I'll just tell you that these are sugar cookies and they turned out exactly like the recipe intended. Gluten-free vegan baked goods generally don't brown which doesn't help with making them tolerable. These sugar cookies are made with confectioners sugar and, honestly, they taste like sugar wafers. They were supposed to be frosted but the though of that made my teeth hurt. Chris says that peanut butter helps. Regardless, this recipe in not a keeper.
About 80% of the recipes that I try are fails. GFV food just isn't really all that good. I had a lemon meringue pie phase last year that yielded nothing but yellow slime and some pretty expensive garbage. Chris said yesterday that I had 4 good recipes (that he likes) and that I needed stick with them (because he wants some chocolate chip cookies apparently). But I won't. I'll keep experimenting. I already have another sugar cookie recipe (made with almond flour) ready to try. I've got a lot of time to try out lots of new recipes.
I can only spend so much time in the kitchen so I decided to get two more veterans quilts quilted this weekend. Peg made both of these and dropped them off last week at my request. I wanted something to quilt while I waited for the backing and batting for my vintage flower quilt.
Peg is a great scrap quilter and she makes lots of charity quilts. Some are for our veterans and some for our local women's shelter.
I had this pretty blue for the backing and both were quilted in this stars and ribbons pantograph.
I do love a quick project. Meanwhile the backing fabrics arrived!
Years ago there were lots of options for wide backs in 30's reproduction prints but that is no longer the case. Once again I'm swimming against the fashion tide. But eventually I found these at Backside Fabrics. What a great little shop! You can order free swatches right from the website. I ordered swatches of these plus one more repro in green and white. I was certain that the green/white one was going to work and I was completely wrong. The swatches saved me. These got pre-soaked this weekend and I'm happy to report that neither fabric bleeds.
I also found this fabric! I fell in love with this digital print and just had to have it. I showed it to my sister-in-law and she wants it for the back of the cat quilt. It also doesn't bleed and the colors are very vibrant.
Today is dyeing day but hopefully I can get that done with time left for some more cat making. I'll try some more experimental baking later in the week.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.