Learning Opportunities

We enjoyed a pot-luck get together with friends on New Year’s Eve.¬†This is my new favorite cocktail ~ Cosmopolitan! I had a blast testing this recipe. ūüôā

Cosmopolitan

1-1/2 oz vokda; 1 oz each cointreau, cranberry juice, fresh squeezed lime juice, simple syrup; pour over ice in a shaker and shake until very cold.  Strain into martini glass.

(Simple Syrup is made by dissolving 1 c. sugar into 1 c. water over low heat.)

I’ve given up on the typical New Year’s resolutions, such as losing weight and exercising.¬† While I need to do both, I¬†know that I will¬†be¬†setting myself up for failure.¬† Instead I am venturing into the blogging world.¬† I truly believe that as we age, we need to continue learning.¬† I am very excited to be learning about blogging as I progress through this new process.¬†Isn’t every new project an opportunity to learn something new?

Progress on Square Dance Quilt – Yesterday I cut the white strips I needed for the quilt using my Alto’s Cutting System (www.quiltcut.com).¬† I use various methods for cutting fabric, however, I find this method of cutting strips to be¬†very efficient¬†and accurate.¬† The advantage to the Alto’s Cutting System over just straight rotary cutting with a cutting mat is that there is a bar that “locks” the fabric down so that it doesn’t move.¬† Also, there is a cutting straight edge that is also “locked down” so that your ruler doesn’t shift.¬† I only needed 24 strips, so¬†the cutting didn’t¬†take very long.¬† If I have a lot to cut, I will stack fabric and can usually cut about 6 layers without much difficulty as long as I have a sharp blade in my rotary cutter.¬† I also coordinated the jelly roll strips so I could start sewing the strip sets for the nine-patch units.

Book Review:  Transparency Quilts

I received my copy of Transparency Quilts over the holidays.¬† The book is written¬†by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio (formerly Fun Quilts).¬† I have all of Weeks and Bill’s previous¬†books and I love their approach to design.¬† There are 10 projects in the book and they¬†are very sophisticated.¬† They would all be lovely in my home.¬† I have always loved the concept of transparency in quilts, but have never tried it.¬† It does look a bit intimidating, but the fabric combination explanations in the book were helpful.¬† I think I will start out with a baby quilt.¬† If you like this style of quilt, I would highly recommend this book.

More later on the progress of Square Dance Quilt and Cat-in-the-Hat Quilt.

Happy New Year ~ Lora

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