I am starting off with a dish! I made this for the first time last winter when we were in Florida, and I made it a couple of nights ago. Why am I not making this more often?? Like once a month!
This is Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry with Spinach. Yup it's a mouthful. In more ways than one. Ha! You will find the recipe if you click the Food! Glorious Food! tab up top. I've been remiss of late in sharing some of the dishes we eat...maybe because we haven't been eating anything spectacular? Hmm, should work on that. Let me just say that the curry was divine.
The second topic for this post is my finish, another on my list for the 2015 Finish Along. This is Shamrock. I'm mixing metaphors, make that occasions, with this giveaway so close to Valentine's Day, during February, which is Random Acts of Kindness month, and adding a pinch of the luck of the Irish for the draw.
This quilt is going to our dear friend John, Brandy's human. John is a bit of a dog whisperer himself. He, along with his beautiful lion-eyed girl, Brandy, are a huge part of our lives here in Florida.
|Yes, Rocco is wearing Brandy's Christmas collar! We forgot his at home that day.|
We met John and Brandy two years ago. They, like us, winter at the condos where we used to live. Even though we are now 45 minutes apart, we still get together twice a week to walk the dogs together, and to visit. It's as good for the dogs as it is for the humans.
|At The Celery Fields Park, last week|
I wanted a masculine feel to the quilt, and I think I've succeeded. John appreciates colour combinations; he commented on how vibrant the colours were in my Over and Under quilt last year. Many of the fabrics are symbolic. The green forest you see in the above picture is a nod to the Catskills, where John lives the other half of the year. There is a rusty red-brown within the red 9-patch blocks, a symbol of his beloved Brandy. The backing is houndstooth print, (get it?) in green. There is a blue with apples on it, for me, a teacher, and a few of the blues and one of the reds have snowflakes on them, for us northerners. The ivory sashing fabric is a sand and sea themed fabric, symbolic of our meeting in Florida, and his love of this state.
Most of this quilt was done with a walking foot, rather unusual for me, but it just evolved this way. I did three different designs in the sashings, a leaf FMQ design in the green 9-patches that form the Irish-chain, and a "groovy look" design of Angela Walters, her words, from her book, Shape by Shape in the coloured 9-patch squares.
I will update this post with more pics once the quilt is washed and blocked. I inadvertently scheduled this post and giveaway for a crazy couple of days, the Friday of which we are away for 12 hours! Doh! I am anxious to see what it looks like after washing, as this is the first time I've used Quilter's Dream Wool.
And so now we come to the giveaway! Fat Quarter Shop came through with the parcel arriving Thursday, perfect timing for some pics. I have two items to give away in celebration of this milestone, and appreciation for all my followers.
First is this set of 5 fat quarters of Jennifer Sampou's latest line, Black & White. I entered her giveaway and admired the creations of the designers in her blog hop, and so hoped I'd win, as it is just gorgeous fabric. Sadly, I didn't. But that is when I thought, THAT is what I will give away!
Second is a charm square pack of this pretty fabric, Castlewood, by Jan Patek, for Moda. I just love Moda fabrics, so I had to give something of theirs.
How do you enter? It's easy peasy. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me how you follow me, if you do(!), and tell me your favourite sweet treat on Valentine's Day! I will draw two random numbers from the comments, (numbering them in order), on Monday and post the winners on this post, as well as notify them by email. You don't have to be a blogger to enter, but be sure to leave me your email. Be sure you are not a no-reply blogger!
Linking up with TGIFF at Quilt Matters as well as with Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Oh Scrap! and WIPs Be Gone (see buttons on side bar).
And the winners are:
Pug Mom Quilts! Congrats. Nancy and I "met" over zippers and makeup/etc. pouches. She has a great tutorial that shows how to shorten a zipper by adding great zipper tabs here. Hope this will help chase the mountains of snow blues away.
Cheryl was #20. I had an entrant by email, whose comment kept disappearing into cyberspace...she was #13, so everyone after the 12th comment you see on the post is bumped ahead one number.
Cheryl's blog is Meadow Mist Designs.
Thanks everyone for entering my first giveaway; maybe I'll have a few more entrants for the next milestone!
|Washed, blocked and ready to rock to its new home.|