I finished the last four Jacob's Ladder blocks and put them up on my design wall. The blocks were in a better arrangement until they started falling off the wall.... so I pinned them back up in a semblance of the arrangement I had at first.
I will be moving blocks around until I figure how to: 1) balance the lighter and darker fabrics, and 2) not have so many obvious "L" shapes.
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I don't keep peanut butter in the house because I like it too much.
So, when the grandbabies were visiting last weekend, I got a jar of peanut butter... what I thought was a jar of peanut butter, that is.
It was in the peanut butter section... and I picked the "reduced fat" because I like to pretend that peanut butter can be "healthier"... see that big, bold "REDUCED FAT" on the label?
Do you see what is printed in a much smaller font on the label right beside the Peter Pan brand name???
Yes! It's not peanut butter... it's peanut SPREAD! And right below the "peanut spread," in even smaller font, it says: 60% peanuts! Yes! ONLY 60% peanuts! So, just what is in this so-called "peanut spread?"
Ingredients list from the label: Roasted peanuts, corn syrup solids*, soy protein concentrate*, sugar, less than 2% of: hydrogenated vegetable oils (cottonseed and rapeseed), salt, minerals (magnesium oxide, zinc oxide, iron phosphate, copper sulfate), and vitamins (niacin, vitamin B6, folic acid). CONTAINS: peanuts, soy.
See the little asterisk (*) beside the second and third ingredients? The label addresses that:
* Ingredients not in regular peanut butter.
So... just when (and WHY?) did someone start messing with my peanut butter???
If I wanted "corn syrup solids" and "soy protein concentrate," I would have had those on my shopping list!
You can barely tell there are peanuts in this stuff at all!
Who would have thought we've have to start reading labels on peanut butter?
While working on the Civil War BOW last year, I first heard the term "poverty fabric" to describe piecing scraps of fabric to make pieces large enough to use for a part of a block. The term made me smile as I thought about our foremothers who made do... or did without.
In the beginning, I wasn't as careful cutting out the fabrics for the Jacob's Ladder blocks as I should have been and, as I got closer to finishing the 48 blocks, I started running out of fabric. So.... I pieced some scraps to finish a block....
I had to get a bit creative with some of the piecing...
...but was able to use just about every bit of fabric from the FQs that I had selected for this quilt.
It's been quite a while since I made a Jacob's Ladder block but was able to find where I had stashed 'em in December. I had to do some figuring about just how to cut the FQs to maximize the fabric but was able to get a block sewn last night.
Quilt-along participants are finishing up their quilt tops and some have even finished quilting! Check out those who have finished their Jacob's Ladder quilts or are nearing completion:
Since I was a bit under the weather for the February FNSI, I staged a Saturday night sew-in to catch up on my sewing.
Two movies later, the binding on one long side, one short side, and about 3/4ths of the second long side are sewn down.
The plan is to finish sewing the binding down today, get the quilt washed and all soft and crinkly, wrap and package it up so it can go out in the mail tomorrow.... that is if the "trace" of snow that is forecast doesn't turn into a major snow storm!
We've seen nary a snowflake all winter.... so we are a bit excited about the possibility of getting snow...
There is something so exciting about planning a new quilt, assembling the fabrics, cutting those fabrics, and beginning to sew. I had a lot of fun last year.... resulting in a lot of unfinished quilts lying around for one reason or another... primarily because my machine went down mid-December.
So... my mission... if I decide to accept it.... is to finish all those UFOs before I start a new one. First, I must identify all the UFOs floating around my place: