Not sure why but the sewing room has not been all that interesting this past week. I have wandered in there now and again but really not produced much of anything.
I did catch a tutorial done by Emily Taylor on collage that sort of caught my interest. I have a book Scrappy Bits Applique by Shannon Brinkley that also has some collage information in it and this pattern so thought I would see if that idea sparked some creative interest for me. I got it this far on parchment paper and realized that the fusible was sticking to the paper pretty good, in fact too good. So I did some more reading in Shannon's book and pulled the pieces off and stuck them on non-woven stabilizer. I did put a teflon sheet under the stabilizer, I didn't want the fusible to pass through the stabilizer and then have it stuck to my ironing board cover. Some times quilting is full of all sorts of interesting lessons.
I cut out the leaf. I think it looks pretty nice. Not sure what I plan to do with it. It will need to be quilted heavily to hold down all the edges. A nice heavy weight thread to add vines to the leaf would be nice too. The Morewood Mystery instruction were released on the 3rd. This block requires 60 of these 4 1/2 inch blocks and will keep me busy for a bit. They aren't hard to make, but trimming them is tedious.
Did some Christmas baking Saturday. A good friend has given us a loaf of her Christmas Nut Bread every year. This year I asked for the recipe and was graciously given it. Mine are not as pretty as hers, there is a learning curve for these, but they taste great. I am sure after making them once my skills will improve. I did learn a few tricks too. My Kitchen Aid mixer has a dough hook, and it kneads the bread for you, and our Kitchen Aid oven has a Proof setting. Both work great! Oh, the marvels of modern kitchen equipment!
My daughter's peacocks have been standing guard out in front of her home this last week or so. One of her chickens was attacked by a coyote. Fortunately Snowball was rescued by my daughter, and is being treated for her wound and recovering well. The peacocks are the ones that alerted her that something was going on outside. She says they do have a tendency to be watch dogs for the property and obviously are taking the job more seriously now.