Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rain, Rain Go Away and a Finish!

Hi Everyone!  Obviously you haven't seen much of me for a while - and I really don't have any excuses other than it's just been one of those non-blogging periods!  I'm sure most of you who have been with me for a while have experienced the same thing.  Our weather here has been cold, wet, dreary and very unseasonal.  We should be 15 degrees warmer than we are, but Mother Nature is saying no deal just yet, and it adds to a lack of creative spirit.  This past weekend we had the entire months normal rainfall - eeek!

Now having said that, it doesn't mean I haven't been creative!  I've done a lot of secret "Supreme" sewing which I still can't show you, but hopefully by the end of this week I'll be able to reveal one of those projects along with a giveaway!  In the meantime I managed to get a few photos between rain storms of my recently finished Designer Mystery Block of the month from Fat Quarter Shop.
These were taken in the backyard - they aren't great, but if you click on the photos you might get a better view of the quilting.  I used an all over pantograph called Antique Lace by Patricia E. Ritter.  This one was taken with me facing South.  I used two loungers to try and prop it up!
In this photo I was facing North - a little better light with brighter sky behind me.  Just when the sun peeks through the clouds and I get set up for a good photo, I lose it as I snap the camera!
Here is the back folded over.  I decided to use the binding fabric that came with the finishing kit.  It doesn't look all that bad with the backing I chose.  All in all I really like this quilt!  It's supposed to be a holiday quilt, but I think it can be displayed year round!
While I was out on the patio I decided to take a photo of the large planters in one corner.  In a month or so they will look totally different - I'll try to remember to show you a comparison!
Mr. Squash has been asking me for an old fashioned Pineapple Upside Down Cake!  I found the recipe on Beverly's Back Porch here.  If you make it, be sure to include the reserved pineapple juice in the cake batter before the flour mixture is added (the directions don't specify where it goes).  I can't believe how perfect the cake turned out in a cast-iron pan and how good it tastes!

21 comments:

Ulla said...

The non-blogging mood has been here too, and cool weather. Your quilt is very pretty and I don't see any reason why it couldn't be used all year round. - I have baked the pineapple upside down cake once in my life, at school. Maybe I will give it another try!

Lynn said...

Candace I love your quilt! Thank you for telling us the name of the pantograph too....it's a good one. I would have this quilt on display throughout the whole year!

*karendianne. said...

What a great quilt. Super popping blocks! You're quilting is really coming along, too, isn't it? Yippie.

Linda said...

Congrats on such a beautiful finish, Candace!!! The quilting looks fabulous! I love that quilt. I would so keep it all year too!! Cake looks sinfully good. Lucky Mr. Squash! And yes, I'm sick of this weather too.

AnnieO said...

Beautiful quilt! Love the colors and all the different blocks. How fun to have another finished quilt all your own work!

We've had unseasonably cool weather in SoCalif too, with just a few warm and a couple of hot days so far this spring, plus rain in May, again unusual for us. And we are just entering the May Gray/June Gloom season...sigh.

Libby said...

I just located the cast iron skillets yesterday . . . maybe I need to take a break from unpacking and whip up a cake. It just looks so (SO) yummy!
The rain has made its way down here. We have two full days of rain in the forecast. West coast rain is so (SO) different - it's so nice and gentle. I'm only sad about the front windows which were just professionally cleaned on Thursday *rats*

Quilt Hollow said...

I feel as though I've been non blogging myself lately but only because what I have to share I can't yet and I can tell you they are beautiful!!
I've finished the book quilts and now can get back to my regular client quilts. We've also been prepping our home to list....crazy times here too.
Your quilt is a beauty! I love that...colors are spot on perfection and quilting devine!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

It's unseasonably cool here today -- normally it would be super hot. I'm enjoying it while I can.

I love your block-of-the-month quilt. And your quilting is so pretty! Tell Mr. Squash to save me a piece of cake!

Anne said...

Your quilt is gorgeous. You're a pro already! I'm glad you haven't been blogging cuz I haven't been reading and now I know I didn't miss anything! LOL Moving Friday. Wheee!

Kaaren said...

I think our rain is supposed to stop today and then we're 'promised' sun and seasonably warm temperatures until Saturday. On the bright side, everything is so lush and green.

Your finish looks wonderful, Candace. I would keep it out all year round as well.

As for the pineapple upside down cake, save me a piece and put the kettle on. I'll be right over...and I'll bring my umbrella!

Karen said...

Ooooh that's beautiful, Candace! I like your pots, too. We are getting more than usual rain but since we were low on our snowfall, I can't complain too much!

Marisa said...

I agree that quilt is way more than a holiday only quilt. I would keep it out all the time. Beautiful work!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Finishes are always to be celebrated. Love that. The pineapple upside down cake looks worthy of a blue ribbon. I was just wondering the other day if anyone really still makes them. I haven't for years and years. This looks delish.

pratima said...

Congrats on your fabulous finish, Candace! Your quilting is awesome!!
Great choices for binding and backing. It is a very happy quilt that could be hung all year round :)
Your planters look so pretty. They will be spectacular when the wines spill over. Mmm... pineapple cake...yum!! Thank you for the link to the recipe too :D
It's been cold and rainy here. I hope the sun shines brightly at your end.

Anonymous said...

Amen about the rain, go away for a long time !!

Houseelf said...

What a lovely quilt Candace. Yes I would use it year round. We've had hotter weather than normal but rain is due for the rest of the week here. The boat is nearly done. I did the outdoor part yesterday on the only dry day predicted. I hope your weather improves for you.

Kelly O. said...

I love pineapple upside down cake! yum!

Siobhan said...

Hi Candace, just saw your blog link on loft creations and came over for a look. Your quilt is very striking. Love the colours :)

siobhan said...

Hi Candace, just saw your blog link on loft creations and came over for a look. Your quilt is very striking. Love the colours :)

Annemariesquilt said...

Ohhh your Mysteriquilt is finished, congrats..
Mine is on our bed at our cabin, a bit small for the bed but I love it any way ;-)

Carrie P. said...

It is a beautiful quilt. I remember seeing those BOM throughout blog land.
Nice job and a finish!