Monday, September 26, 2016
Change of Plans! Strangely enough, on Tuesday night when the Guild came to the Bee Blocks part of the agenda, dear Cozy was Queen Bee and she asked for a pair of pickle dish blocks. With lots of paper piecing. And [shudder] curved piecing. Paper piecing and curved piecing in one block. Ye gods.
1. There are many ways to make a mistake on a pickle dish arc. I will not enumerate them.
2. One can rip out on paper piecing. But only one time per seam.
3. When attempting curved piecing of paper pieced arcs, one must remove the paper first.
4. There's a rhythm to it.
Cozy's recipe calls for bright colors for pickle dish bases and inside points on both arcs, light colors for the smaller arc, dark colors for the larger arcs, lightest colors for the shoulders and gray (not pictured) for the center to which all four components eventually will be affixed.
I'm getting the hang of it, though this morning I found the words to "A Boy Named Sue" running through my head, i.e., my next project will not be a pickle dish!
Posted by Nancy, Near Philadelphia on Monday, September 26, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
We knew Star Flyer would be waiting for us in Rome on Wednesday, but decided to go a day early to begin to adjust our timing.
Our hotel had a nice rooftop bar and deck where we met a nice couple from Argentina. I was able to use my very bare-bones Spanish to offer to take a picture of the two of them without sparking an international incident. I also took these pictures before we went out to Piazza Navona for our dinner.
I have a major passion for risotto and always order it if it's on the menu. Especially in Italy. It's more of a northern Italian dish than a southern one, and in the area where we were it was hard to find risotto other than a shellfish type (I have a shellfish allergy). We found this fantastic mushroom version for dinner that night and I was happy as the proverbial clam!
In the small piazza outside the Pantheon were gathered interesting people, including what seemed to be a drawing class. The weather was lovely and we just enjoyed being in Rome.
We stopped in at a nearby church and on the way out, Joe was inspired to comment, "That must be a REALLY important church. It has TWO beggars!"
And then it was time for lunch, a couple of errands, and the ride out to Civitavecchia, the port where Star Flyer was waiting for us.
Posted by Nancy, Near Philadelphia on Friday, September 23, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
So, on Sunday afternoon, despite the jet lag (I promise the travel post is coming soon!), I really, really
wanted needed to go over to the Mancuso show at Oaks. My Guild had a special exhibit at the show, and two of my larger quilts along with my Paint Chip Challenge had been juried in. Joe was happy for me and although the shipboard head cold had begun to impact him, he accompanied me. What a thrill it was to see my quilts on display! This was a first for me.
|Fewer Than Fifty [Shades of Gray]|
|Gato Limpio; Joe's in the photo because he was of immense help with the design.|
Posted by Nancy, Near Philadelphia on Wednesday, September 21, 2016