Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Cutting, canning and teaching...

 I started cutting some diamonds from the strip sets for my Trail Mix quilt.  Honestly this is all that I got cut.  LOL!  This is just from one strip set so they will be all mixed up once I get them all cut.  Lots of scrappy goodness.  I think I need something like 176 of these diamonds.
 After cutting the diamonds you have these little triangle pieces leftover.  The directions say to sew a strip in the center to connect the two triangles, press and cut out a diamond shape from it.  No waste!
 My hexie class is this evening!!!  Very excited about it.  I'll post photos in the next post.  I know most of the people in the class so that makes it really nice.  Actually two of them are young girls that are in Hunter's class.  Their mothers are taking the class as well.  I love that!

I also did some canning yesterday.  I bought chicken breast on sale for .99 per pound.  I cooked it, pulled it off the bone, shredded it and canned it.  I ended up with 9 pints of chicken breast and I crammed all that I could get in those jars and also 4 more quarts of chicken broth/stock.  Let me tell you....I WILL NOT do anymore canning while the water is off!!!  Shew....I have jugs of water all over my kitchen but it is just too much of an aggravation trying to do it that way and not just run to the sink and turn the water on. 
 This is some dehydrating that I have been doing over the past few days.  The dehydrating is much easier to do since the only water it requires is to wash the veggies off.  Anyway, the tiny jar is my tomato powder.  The other jars are quarts, the first one is 5 pounds of carrots!  I was shocked at how much they dehydrated.  The next jar is 2 bags of celery, mushrooms and tomato slices.  I also put more jalapenos in the freezer. 
 That's all for now......


Michelle said...

Wow...I can't believe how much those veggies shrink down when dehydrated! Your diamonds are looking great!!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

176 diamonds? 8 points in each diamond? That means you'll need 22 stars? The points you're showing seem to be pretty good sized (~8-9", if I'm judging correctly by the two pieces on the cutting mat?). That's going to be a pretty large quilt, isn't it? I sure am liking what I see of it so far ... thanks for sharing your progress. And good luck on tonight's class.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I haven't dried veggies but I dry herbs and I'm always amazed at how a small basket of oregano shrinks down to hardly anything when dried.
Looking forward to seeing more of that scrappy quilt.

Janet O. said...

Your quilt is going to be so incredible. That is very clever the way they use every bit of the strip set.
My goodness, canning with the water off? I can't imagine it. You are wonder woman!!
I know it can be a bit deflating when you see so little results from your dehydrating efforts. I dry herbs, and I help my Dad dry the produce from his fruit trees and grape vines.
(A little side note--I am not a fan of raisins, but I really like the ones my Dad makes when he dehydrates his grapes. What a difference!)