The quilting progresses slowly because I don’t want to distort the shape of the block designs. The white rectangle in the picture above is only 5 1/2” x 10 1/2” big but it took me two days to quilt that area just right. Miss Ripley, my seam ripper, and I are good friends.
Taking a break today to make another bottle of homemade vanilla extract. I love to bake and share my goodies. I go through vanilla extract really fast and have you checked the price for a small bottle of vanilla extract lately? It's shocking to me. I had some left over vanilla beans sitting in my pantry for sometime now, so I thought it was time to use them. My brother in law who supervises the wine department in a big chain supermarket gave me a big bottle of vodka. Thanks, dear brother in law! My husband and I don't drink alcohol, so the vodka will be used to make my vanilla extract. Perfecto!!
Here is a picture of my products with the quilt on the design wall in the back ground. Currently, I'm sewing in my dining room right outside my kitchen. :-)
I made the first bottle 2 weeks ago. See how good it looks!! It will be 4-5 more weeks before it's ready. Can't wait! The 2nd bottle is made this morning. These new beans are a lot smaller, hence there are 10 beans in this one instead of 7 in the 1st one. I used the ratio of 7 beans per 3 cup of vodka. After reading a lot of recipes on the web, I came up with that ratio for me.
Will keep you all posted how the final outcome is.
Now, I should get back to sewing, but it's so so beautiful and sunny outside........