Yikes, this is a long post! Okay, so I finished the granny square quilt top last weekend, here it is:
and here's my attempt at an artsy angle *grin*
It was a blustery day and kind of shadowy in the back yard, so I didn't get great pics, but you get the idea. So I added a thin border of more scraps. If you remember, my Mom gave me a giant bag of scraps this last Fall I think it was and there were a lot of long thing pieces that sort of made me think they were binding extras. So I trimmed down a bunch to 1.5" and then just randomly put them together in long strips. I like the way it turned out. I wasn't sure at first, but once I got it all put together then it kind of made the center even more colorful, if that's possible? I do have the back sewn together but just haven't quite had the ooompf to tape it all down to the floor and pin it together. I have linked up with the Stitched in Color Festival of Scrapiness.
In other crafting news I joined an embroidery swap, I think I mentioned it previously. It took me awhile to think of something I'd like to stitch up. I have to admit I was completely intimidated by the work others have done that are also participating. I thought of doing a pattern....but then I felt like it wouldn't really represent me. I don't know, maybe that sounds pretentious or something and I don't mean it that way. Anyway, I started doodling, and came up with this:
I bought some stickers last weekend that had little bunnies and also some pinwheels and then I thought, what if there was a happy little bunny holding a pinwheel? I like to think of little stories as I stitch things and so I had fun putting this together. I also now have in mind to recreate my bunny painting wreath into an embroidery. And, when it's something for me then I won't feel badly making the bunny a fun color like lime green :) heee, heee. I also stiched up a mug rug to put along with this, I'm going to redo the binding because I feel like it came out too thick. I hope she likes it!
I'm also working on a knitting project, a knitted bunny. So far I have the body and 2 legs. Once it's done I'm going to knit it a sweater, because you know how bunnies need sweaters right? lol. Oh yes, here is a pic of the fabric I picked up last weekend.
The stripey one is going to be the binding for the granny squares quilt, which I think is kind of perfect. All those colors. Also the stripe is on the bias and since I like to do a bias binding the stripe will come out well on the fold.
In other news, I finished the 2nd book in the Hunger Games series which is called Catching Fire. I really liked it. While in Barnes and Noble last weekend I read the end of the third book. I've been on the waiting list at the library and couldn't stand it anymore! I had to know how it all ends! LOL I know this makes a lot of people crazy that I read the ends of things, but I can't help it and I will still read it :)
Today I made banana bread, and man it turned out GOOD! This is my first time making banana bread, shocking I know. I've made tons of zucchini, squash, pumpkin and even persimmon bread. It's the same recipe except with 2 cups of banana.
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup oil (or can sub applesauce or crushed pineapple)
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups bananas (or whatever like zucchini, pumpkin puree.....)
walnuts are optional, it's also fun to add stuff like raisins, shredded coconut, cranberries
I put all the dry ingredients up till the nutmeg in one bowl and mix it all around. In another bowl I add everything from the eggs down. Before adding the bananas I mix everything with a handheld mixer, then slowly add in the banana and mix with the mixer. This is very tricky when using shredded zucchini and I don't recommend mixing with zucchini, but do mix before zucchini. Once that's all mixed together and nice and smooth add in the dry ingredients. Mix well. I spray two glass bread pans with nonstick spray and then divide the contents of bowl between the two pans. Bake at 350 for approximately an hour. I usually start checking on it about 45-50 minutes. You don't want to over bake. Cool on wire racks.
mmm, delish! This is like the easiest recipe. You can also sub sugar for 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup honey if you want to try that. Or sub margarine for oil. Basically I play around with things a lot and so far haven't gotten anything grody.
Hope you have a great week! Tuesday is the first day of Spring!