Thursday, November 29, 2018

Goodbye November

Wow....where did November go?  What a month it was!  The weather has definitely changed over to winter for many this month.  We are thankful to have the warm winds flaming the fires finally gone, but today we had cold winds and rain which, in turn, left us without power most of the day.  We go from one extreme to the other.

Of course, the end of November also means the start of the newest Quiltville Mystery.  I made myself promise to finish last year's On Ringo Lake before I started the newest one.  Quilting and binding were all that remained.





I decided to do the piped binding so I could finish it quickly on the machine and I am pleased with the way it turned out.



So...on to this year's Good Fortune.  As you can see, I am switching up the colors a bit, but they are done and ready for tomorrow's clue.



The last few weeks have been busy with Thanksgiving and enjoying the grandchildren home from college.  We always celebrate our Thanksgiving on the Saturday afterwards so the kids can go to in-laws or do their own Thanksgiving on Thursday.  Why is the timing of cooking a turkey always such am unknown?  DH smokes turkey breasts outside (as that is the favorite here) while I do one turkey in the oven inside.  Seems like the inside turkey is always done too early or too late.  Anyway, the food and the company were both great.  The house was wall to wall tables.  I wish I had photographed it, but the day got away from me.  We did manage to get most of us in for a drone photo, compliments of our grandson.



This is the time of the year when I'm ready to get back in the kitchen for some serious baking.  The smell of homemade bread is intoxicating.  My grandmother's egg bread is my favorite, hands down.




I also tried a new recipe from the Cooking Light magazine.  It was incredible and I am sure there are very few calories since it came from Cooking Light.  It has always been one of my favorite magazines, and unfortunately, it is stopping production.



It's time to add my final month marker to my Temperature Quilt.  I will post a picture of it on my next post as the day has been too dark to get a decent picture.

We have another large dinner party next week so it is back to cooking and decorating this week. 




26 comments:

Maria said...

Congratulations Mary on getting "On Ringo Lake" done before the new Mystery.
Like the colour your using for " Good Fortune". I am downloading the clues and then decide if I'll make it?
Such a fantastic photo of your beautiful big family...
The bread and cake both look delicious..
Happy family time...

beth s said...

Such a nice post. Quilting, Family and baked goods! What could be better than those??? Love that family picture. Precious

Vireya said...

Congratulations on finishing your lovely Ringo Lake! The piped binding is perfect.

That is a wonderful photo of your family.

KaHolly said...

Wow! What an amazing accomplishment! It’s stunning! That’s quite a Thanksgiving gathering! I can’t imagine being part of such a large family. I’ll bet it was a good time!

Ramona said...

Yay! for your finish of On Ringo Lake. It’s a beauty! We used the same backing on our ORL quilts. I’m saving the clues of Good Fortune in case I want to make it once it’s revealed. I’m glad your Thanksgiving was so nice. Love the family photo. Happy decorating!

Lesley said...

Mary, your quilt is unbelievable! Stunning, breathtaking, awesome...so many words to describe it! You must be so pleased! What a great drone shot...we’ve come a long way from instamatics! It appears your baking is as prolific as your quilting...your family is so lucky to have a master Quilter and master baker in their midst! Enjoy Christmas and all that it brings!

Kate said...

Mary, you are amazing - you accomplish so much! I enjoyed your post very much. Enjoy the weekend.

Barb said...

There are so many wonderful things to comment on....the quilt is awesome!!! the bread looks so wonderful and what a wonderful family. The turkey this year got done before I had all of my side dishes done....oh well....still turned out nicely.

Carol S. said...

Your quilt looks so pretty and your pile for the next one looks amazing, too. How did you manage to sew in the middle of all your family time and baking? Your family is so much bigger than mine, but using a drone for a photo is brilliant. I'll have to think about that next year. I'm so glad the fires have lessened, but having no power sure puts a damper on your baking! Hopefully, things will calm down and the month of December gives all of you a respite from the chaos of November's heartbreaking events.

Loris said...

Your Ringo Lake is so beautiful! Awesome work that you could get it finished before the start of Good Fortune. I like your color variation. It will be fun to see it come together. I'm not doing the mystery yet but I'm sneaking in some sewing.
These rains the past few days have been impressive. I keep checking to see how the fire areas are doing. I'm hoping no one gets hurt in mudslides.

Jeanna said...

I love your ORL. I'm saving the clues for BH's mystery quilt. I may get around to making one of her quilts one of these days.

The drone picture was a great idea. What a beautiful family you all are. And that cooking light cake looks great too. I'm sad the magazine is going out of production as that is the only magazine I subscribed to.

I'm so far behind on the temperature quilt. Hope to get back to it in a day or two.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

My on Ringo lake stalled at step 2. But I will get back to it soon I hope. Yours is gorgeous, and I too am at least saving the clues to this years BH mystery. Great pics of the family. Beautiful cake.

krislovesfabric said...

Beautiful finish on the mystery quilt...I am collecting this years clues before I decide on colors!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

On Ringo Lake is beautiful Mary! Glad you don't have to worry about fires right now and what a neat picture of your family!

Sherry said...

I love your On Ringo Lake quilt. Great family picture, isn't it amazing what we can do these days when it comes to taking pictures. Your food pictures are fabulous, I am getting hungry just looking at them.

Linda said...

Congrats on a amazing finish! Your Ringo Lake is so gorgeous! That bread looks so gooood!

Quilting Babcia said...

Your version of On Ringo Lake is fabulous, and the piped binding is the icing on the cake! I have yet to do one of Bonnie's mysteries though I've saved the instructions for Ringo for a possible future attempt. Your bread looks positively wonderful too, there's almost no better aroma from the kitchen than fresh baked bread.

Sheryl said...

Hi Mary wow your quilt looks fantastic. Love your group pic,great idea for the drone to take the pic. Oh boy your baking looks so yummy the bread looks amazing,well done .

Kathy S. said...

Such a beautiful finish! Good for you to finish last year's mystery before starting another. I force myself to have a few finishes before I start the new mystery as well.

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

What a gorgeous quilt Mary! The backing fabric is a wonderful match and I am loving the orange binding. I have never heard of piped binding, thanks for introducing me to that. Your this year's quilt is going to be amazing too, I can tell that by the colours you picked. Glad to hear that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I love to bake too! The breads look so beautiful, made me think of challah, which I use for pudding. What a gorgeous cake. As far as I am concerned all cakes contain zero calories :)

-Soma

OPQuilt said...

So many wonderful thoughts and accomplishments in this post, not the least of which is your beautiful family. They far and away outshine everything else, don't they? But I must comment on your other successes and completions: On Ringo Lake finish. That is certainly a WOW quilt, and so I am tempted by this year's Good Fortune, if only to have another quilt around that glitters like a diamond (like your ORL does).

That is one delicious-looking cake, and I, too, am sad about the favorite magazines that seem to be disappearing: Cooking Light and before that, Bon Appetit. And last night was reading in the LATimes about the wobbles of Sunset. That was like a Bible in our home when I was growing up. I have subscribed off and on, but it will be mourned when it goes, along with all our quilting publications. Send me the recipe for that bread--oh, my! it looks delicious. I'm also about due to make another few loaves of Mary's Retreat Bread. I'd love to add this one to my repertoire.

Thanks for a delightful read!

Jay said...

Those loaves are so beautiful! Any chance you'd share the recipe? (Asking for a friend...)

Denise :) said...

What an amazing family photo, Mary!! What a blessing! Your finish is a stunner ... I adore the sea blues! So pretty! I didn't realize Cooking Light was stopping production -- that's too bad. It's always been filled with great recipes. I can't wait to see photos of your decorating! :)

dq said...

Enringo Lake! Done! It looks so beautiful. I really love the extra little piping along the binding. It really adds the perfect touch and shows a special love for this quilt.

I am glad the fires have past, but sorry to hear you are without power. That could be very bad in Utah this time of year because I would get pretty cold. Hearing about the earthquakes in Alaska made me tell dh that we need a generator for Christmas. He agreed.

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

The quilt is gorgeous and what a wonderful photo and such a beautiful blessed family! Great idea with the drone—I hope our family gets big enough to need one (just one grandkid so far, lots more to go!). The egg bread—challah?—is always a favorite with me. You do keep busy!

Kim said...

Where did November go?? Why, I don't really know. It seems to me that December is speeding along much too quickly. Your finished quilt is a masterpiece. I always marvel at the beautiful quilts you stitch. Such a lovely photo of your family. My goodness there are a lot of you, aren't there. =) How fabulous you can all gather together and celebrate special occasions all together. You are truly blessed!