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My friends from Common Threads honored me with a luncheon last week at Georgette's. I'm going to miss these friends!


Janet brought her project, a top from a kit from Davidene's to show, all done except for borders, etc.


Vintage Stitchers met on Thursday at Julie's. Rebecca is working on her next block from the Borboleta BOM pattern from Hat Creek Quilts.




Barbara had her peacock masterpiece back from the quilter.




If you're a regular reader of my blog posts, you'll recognize this as Marilyn's palette.




It was fun seeing Julie's remodel in progress. Their kids, who have been living with them for six years, are buying their house. Julie and her husband spend most of the time either at Bear Lake (summer) or in Washington, close to St. George (winter), but they also spend some time in Park City. They are taking part of the upstairs and the loft to make sort of a mother-in-law's apartment. They figure they can use it for six years whenever they're in town, and the house will belong to the kids and grandkids.


This week saw a little sewing with the newly-service Elna. I made underwear for the two dolls still needing it. I used a girl's lace-trimmed sock, size large. The cuff was turned into a camisole, using Velcro strips for straps, and the toe became panties, trimmed with fold-over-elastic. I wrote up the instructions in a separate blog post.



Jolena needed a bathing suit for freestyle practice, and so I used the same method to make her one. Here's how it looks from the back, so much better with the fold-over elastic instead of the raw edges.



(The instructions for the bathing suit are also included in the same blog post.)


Now that Jolena had a bathing suit, she was able to participate in freestyle skiing training at Utah Olympic Park. You can see professionals do what the kids are learning here. Here was Jolena after her first day of practice.




She looks tired to me.


I took the girls to watch one day during the week. We used their usual conveyance.




They watched (or in Lotte's case, couldn't watch) from the bleachers as Lena tumbled through the air and splashed into the pool.




I caught some great shots by using the "burst" function on my iPhone.







Lotte came to see us after practice. She says the hardest part is getting out of the pool with her equipment.



My friend Ellen, whose grandson does freestyle and slopestyle said Lena's form was pretty good.


Note: See disclaimer at the bottom. People have asked me how I got the photos, and I said (joking) that DH threw Lena from the upper deck, while I took photos as she fell. We didn't do that. He provided me with some fishing line, which I used to hang her securely below the upper deck. Then as she moved slightly in the breeze, I took photos. I cropped, and in some cases tilted, the photos I liked, then edited out any fishing line if it was obvious.)


Lotte's Viipuri Dress is finished. Lena's yarn has sparkles, and I gave her a ribbon sash. Lotte's is more casual and has a skirt with M1 increases instead of YOs, so the holes aren't as obvious.



Other people are starting to make the Viipuri Dress from my pattern. That's always fun.


Sunday morning I came into the dining room to find the girls had taken over my dining table.


Me: Good morning! What are you ladies up to?

Mandy: We're teaching Lotte and Lena to play cards.

Me: What game are you playing?

Girls (all at once): Strip poker!

(I hope they teach the new girls all their little tricks. They're already down to their undies.)


I don't know for sure who brought strip poker into my house, but Vroni is the only one who didn't arrive her NIB (new, in-box), and she clearly is winning, so I suspect her.


I took the cards away and am setting my alarm for 1/2 hour earlier in the morning.


Not having had much luck getting a response from Götz to use the dolls in a book, I'm working on making my stories into weekly blog posts, tentatively named The Doll's Storybook, perhaps coming out on Friday afternoon. The plan is to have the posts suitable for children, so my grandkids can read them. Maybe I can work on the book idea after we get moved.



What's on my needles: Just finished the second Viipuri Dress for Lotte. Nothing new yet, but the next plan is the Norwegian-style kitty cardigan.


What's on my Featherweight: In storage.


What's in my hoop: Still the Spring Flowers quilt, a little progress done this week.


What's on my wheel: Stanzi is still in hibernation. 


What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz. It was good, but a cliff-hanger. I know there's another in the series. Now listening to Rondo Allegro by Sherwood Smith.


What's in my wine glass: The last of a huge bottle of Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot. (I can't read the vintage.)


What's my tip of the week: A recipe, easy and healthful:


Tofu Mac And Cheese




• 12 oz whole wheat macaroni
• 1 12.3 oz pkg silken tofu (I like Mori-Nu)
• 2 eggs
• 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
• 1 cup milk
• 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
• Salt and pepper

• 1 cup bread crumbs
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1) Start macaroni cooking and set oven at 300°.
2 ) Blend tofu, eggs, yogurt, milk, and cheddar cheese in blender (along with a small amount of salt and pepper) until smooth. Drain macaroni, return to cooking pot and add tofu mixture.
3) In a large skillet add butter over medium heat with the bread crumbs and red pepper flakes. Cook until crumbs are lightly browned.
4) Dump drained macaroni/tofu mixture into a 9 X 12 casserole dish coated with cooking spray.
5) Top with seasoned bread crumbs and bake for 30 minutes.


Serve with salad or vegetable.


Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 20, 2018 at 6:56am

Thanks, Barb, and the dessert was delicious!

Comment by Barb/WI on June 20, 2018 at 6:14am

Ooh!  That dessert picture has me drooling!

Love all those beautiful quilt pictures.

The dolls are adorable.  You seem to have so much fun creating the scenarios, the story series seems like the perfect next step.  Hope you can get it worked out.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 19, 2018 at 7:42am

It might, but I would have to pay for it. I'm hoping to use this project to raise money for pediatric cancer.

Comment by Janet/MO on June 19, 2018 at 7:41am

Peggy, I wonder if a letter from a copyright attorney to Gotz would do the trick.  

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 19, 2018 at 7:37am

Thanks, ladies.

Irene, the sock idea isn't original with me, but I think I've added some needed finishes. The quilts always make my heart sing!

Pam, if I could just figure out how to get permission from Gotz to let me use the dolls! I can't do it without them.

Comment by Pam/NY on June 19, 2018 at 4:38am

A dolly book series would be so refreshing for all kids!

Comment by Irene Gallway on June 18, 2018 at 3:15pm

Peggy, I love the girl's dresses. The bathing suit and undies are so cute. I never knew a sock could become a garment.  The skiing takes the cake. How you come up with all these props and ideas baffles my mind. The quilts are gorgeous. 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 18, 2018 at 2:37pm

Thanks, Janet! I'm not a very social person, but it's nice to have people you can share with and ask questions from. The area where we are moving is full of quilting and fiber activities, so it should be easy.

Comment by Janet/MO on June 18, 2018 at 2:21pm

Cute blog as usual Peggy.  I sure hope you are able to get in with another fun group after you get moved & settled.

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