Monday, October 29, 2007


Riddle: How can a 2-1/2" by 6" piece of fabric cost $58.71?

Answer: Lack of self-control!

Yes, I went to the quilt shop today to get that piece of background fabric I needed and, of course, I ended up with more than just that piece. I didn't take photos, but I can tell you I came home up with about 5 fat quarters, 2-1/2 yards of Sanctuary border fabric (to go with the bundle I won), some green rick rack (to add to my tree tabletopper, maybe?), two quilting stencils (for the Christmas tabletopper I was quilting and set aside this weekend), a yard of the Christmas Past white dots on white fabric, and the Christmas Past yellow I went in to buy in the first place.

Riddle: How can a quick trip to the grocery store for cat food and milk turn into a most-of-the-day cooking project?

Answer: Bargains and no self-control!

So at the grocery store, I was passing by the meat department and glanced toward the small "clearance" section, where I saw a chuck roast that had been on sale and then reduced further by 50%. I brought my $3 roast home and made chili. I'm not sure it was a bargain in the long run after I bought all the beans and diced tomatoes and such, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. They also had chicken wings on sale, and I just read something in a healthy cooking magazine about buying chicken wings to make chicken stock. So, several hours later and my kitchen could use a better cleaning than I wanted give it at 10:30 at night, but at least I have some food made. Sort of. Actually the chili's in the crock pot and the stock's in the refrigerator waiting for me to turn it into soup. Guess it will have to wait for another night though.

And what did I do today besides shop and cook? Well, I did finish the second Trees on the Table top. This one will be turned into a tree skirt--that's why the center is fairly plain. I've also straightened up the Sweat Shop a little bit and pulled out the next book for the Hometown Christmas project.

Are those of you who are working on this project keeping up? (Sharon?!!) Our fourth section is "due" on Wednesday, so I thought it was time to get started. The next section is a fence with some stars above in the night sky and more of those filler blocks on either side. I'm thinking about substituting a small section with appliqued mittens in place of those filler blocks. I'm also thinking about that rick rack I bought and some other rick rack I have in a basket in the Sweat Shop--I suspect it would look awfully cute on the mittens, don't you think?

The weekend's over yet again, and another work week looms. Are you ready for Halloween?


Nan said...

Your 2nd Trees on the Table topper turned out really lovely, too! Good job, Kim! I had a slight glitch with mine, which I fixed, but it set me back a bit. I failed the challenge - oh nooooooo! I will finish it today.
I know what you mean about going to the fabric or grocery store, and having no self-control - I definitely do the same thing!! I also love rick rack - you go girl!
I am ready for Halloween - tons of candy at my house!

Darlene said...

Love those trees table toppers and I'm finding it very difficult not to jump on that bandwagon. LOL
It's an adorable project - do I need to make one. HMMMM - time will tell.

My goodness woman you got so much done this weekend. I'm exhausted!
Whew - LOL

Su Bee said...

That candycane border is cool -nice touch! As for no self control, well honey, we've all known that about you, but no one wanted to say anything because then we wouldn't have such cheap entertainment! LOL!
(besides, who are we to point fingers????)

Carol said...

You certainly had a ton of energy this weekend. I have to rest from reading your post. Girl you certainly got your money's worth out of this weekend. Your little trees are so cute. Thanks for the gentle reminder. I'm cutting Hometown as we speak.

Sharon said...

Oh sure Carol is cutting out as we speak!!! ROFLOL!!! She's just trying to show me up. And uh, no I'm not busy cutting. I had my candy striper job going on over here. Did I say stripper or striper??? Tomatoe, Tomato Anyway I love, love, love your little table toppers. They are so very cute.

Kari said...

I love the table toppers. The fabrics you selected are fabulous!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Love that the bit of fabric cost that much...could have told you it would lol!!
Love the red and white barber pole border you did on the Christmas topper, you are on a role!!Too many hormones, too few, or just no baby bosses annoying you at work? tracey

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

I meant you are on a roll...too early here!

Yvonne said...

Those toppers came out so cute...I love em and now I'll have to make one

Carole said...

Those are really cute table toppers! As for self control, the only reason I have any is because I have no time to shop! lol Thanks for doing some shopping!