Thursday, July 30, 2009

When life give you lemons.............

Make Limoncello!

On my recent visit to San Diego I plucked about
20 lemons or so off of my parents abundantly producing
lemon tree.
The lemons in the picture look kinda scraggly, but that
is because I have painstakingly peeled and/0r grated
the lemon's waxy skin off of it trying really really hard
not to get any of the white pith which could make the
limoncello bitter.

I place all of my lemon peelings in a glass jar
and add a bottle of Everclear and a bottle of vodka.
This mixture will "brew" in a dark room for 3-4 weeks
and then be ready for the next step in the process.

It has been a really busy week so far.
I was able to quilt two customer quilts.
This lovely basket quilt is Maryanne's

and this pastel beauty belongs to Liz.

My daughter Jenny is attending a baby shower
for one of her high school friends this weekend
and wanted to make a gift. So she came over
a couple of days this week and make this really
cute "Hanky Blanky Pet".
(By Black Cat Creations
designed by Judy Reynolds)

Jenny did the hand embroidery on the cat's face and
made the blankie out of super soft minkee.
I bought this pattern several years in Olympia Washington
while I was visiting Bayside Quilting!
I was thrilled to see the pattern used
and it sewed up into a really cute little gift!

We had one kinda bad thing happen to us this week.
I arrived home on Sunday from my Quilting Road trip
and my dear daughter and son-in-law invited us over for dinner.
(Very sweet of them to think of that!)
(oh, that's not the bad thing!)lol
We took my car and left Mike's truck at home.
So when Mike went out to jump in his truck to
go to work on Monday the sound was horrendous!
On Saturday or Sunday night someone had cut the
catalytic converter off of his vehicle!

The mechanic who fixed this said that we had a very
nice thief...........I guess he cut off the converter
without damaging any of the other parts.
Now there's a bright spot for ya!
Silver lining in a dark cloud!
I still have not completely unpacked my "goodies" from
my trip to the Long Beach quilt show.
I got some new stencils that I used this
past week while working on some trapunto.
I'll be posting that sometime next week.
I've designed, marked, stitched and
now have to work on cutting away all that
thick batting.
It's a labor of love I'll tell ya!
So until next time.........try to stay cool!


  1. I'm up for the lemon stuff when it's done!

  2. Sounds like a plan!
    It'll be done in September sometime, we'll do a sip n sew..........probably better sew before we do much sipping!

  3. The lemoncello sounds wonderful will have to thry that recipe out sometime.