Wednesday, March 29, 2017

some sewing, and pickled eggs

Here's what I've been working on...This is my main project.  I have around 300 of the nine patch squares made and I'm putting them into blocks with the gold fabric.

The pattern is not my idea. I am shamelessly copying a quilt I saw online. It's a good pattern to use up some of my smallest pieces of leftover fabrics.

And to keep from getting burned out on my main project, I am also working on a little boy quilt.

I had ordered a bundle of fabric fat quarters online. They were labeled as "I Spy" fabrics, so I expected to get lots of children's and novelty prints.  
When my order arrived, most of the fabrics wouldn't really work for playing "I Spy" in a toddler quilt. However there was this cute Ninja fabric and some coordinating prints in there.

Not a lot to work with but I added some fabrics from my stash and it will be enough for a quilt.

Unrelated...pickled eggs.   By coinsidence, my older brother and I both started experimenting with pickled egg recipes around the same time.  I had just made a batch when I saw on his FB page that he had made some too.

My first batch had water added to the vinegar and didn't seem pickle-ey enough, and it had too much of a clove flavor from the pickling spice blend I'd bought.

Next, I bought a jar of the expensive pink pickled eggs from the grocery to find out exactly what sort of taste pickled eggs should have.  That was a waste of money. Mine were better.

For this second batch, I left out the sugar and used vinegar, spices, red onions and jalapenos.

They have to set in the fridge for about a week to soak up the flavor...then I'll see if I need to make any more changes.


  1. Glad to see you're back to blogging. Looking forward to popping the lid on my last egg experiment. Also just started a batch of kraut using new "store bought" culture. Also giving water kefir a try.

    1. I like having the pickled eggs on hand for a quick snack or to add protein to a salad. I don't think the jalapeños added much flavor or heat so I'll leave that out for now.

      You are a lot more adventuresome than I am with the sauerkraut and kefir. I've read that sauerkraut is tricky to get right.

  2. Speaking of shameless, if you have NetFlix you may find the series Shameless interesting. Watch the American one, the British one is a bit lame.

    1. Jason has told me to watch that show,too. He likes it. I'll have to give it a look.