Days like this, of no particular schedule, are lovely :0) I headed downstairs this morning around 9:00 with full intentions of working on Splendidly Marching Along, and as I walked by the quilting frame, I figured I should AT LEAST take a pass or two on Transitions since I had yet to actually start the quilting, despite having had it loaded for nearly a month.
A couple of passes later, I was back in the quilting-frame-groove.
The backing is mostly the cream flowered pattern shown here, but I needed to put a lil' bit of green along the top/bottom in order to have it fit. It was centered very nicely :0) I don't even recall much of a fuss centering it when loading it onto the frame.
By 12:30, I was wrapping up; trimming off the sides. Binding has yet to be cut/sewn; not putting a goal time on this quilt.....whenever the mood strikes :0)
After some lunch, Caitlyn and I marched over to the raspberry bushes in the 95 degree heat to pick some berries with intentions of making jam. (Yeah---the heat has finally reached Wisconsin! UGH! I don't pity ANY of you in the south where the heat is EXPECTED; why LIVE there??? ;0) Well, 'xept for over the November-March months when the temperatures in the south by FAR beat Wisconsin temperatures :0) Why can't there be a place where the temps are ALWAYS regulated around 70-75 degrees; low humidity; sunny for at least 16 hours of the day--the other 8 are for sleeping--and no severe weather or natural disasters happen?? **sigh** Okay, and then we wake up from THAT dream!)
Anyway.... we ended up with 6 cups of crushed berries; enough for two batches of Raspberry Jam. HOWEVER, I stretched the life of our berries by thawing out and simmering up some Rhubarb from a few weeks back. This allowed us to make three batches (6 containers each) with a 2-1 Raspberry/Rhubarb ratio. Eighteen more containers of jam. YUMMMM! We're set for the year (and then some???)
SO....Sister Jen, if you read this and are interested in some Raspberry/Rhubarb Jam, let me know; I'll be sure to put your name on a few containers :0)