I’m a day early on the Scatterdays this time because I have a busy weekend ahead of me. I’m in final preparation for the Katie Pasquini Masopust workshop next week, and John is also singing with the Gettin’ Higher Choir tonight and tomorrow. As well, I’m planning on a day of non-work on Sunday – my birthday!
This week’s challenge was:
A Q-Plant: QUINCE
We were travelling through Australia a few years ago and were served a special treat: quince paste with blue cheese on crackers. It was amazing! I remember quince being available when I was a kid. I even took a bite out of one – an experience never to be forgotten. When my mouth recovered from the intense bitterness, I vowed never again to do anything so stupid.
But amazing things happen to quince when you add sugar and boil it down into paste. And it’s even more wonderful when you add it to blue cheese. I’ve only come recently to an appreciation of blue cheese, and there are still times it’s a bit much. But the blend between these two very different flavours makes me wonder why blue cheese cows don’t live in quince orchards!
I found quince available at my local green grocer in October, and I bought some. I made my own quince paste, cut it up into little blocks and gave most of them away for Christmas presents. Here is the last one. (I’m saving it for a very special occasion!)
Oh, my, I haven’t a clue about this one. I suppose the thing that most happens to me when I’m not asleep at night, is I’m filled with Questions. What would happen if……?????? It’s part of my creative process. A Quantity of Questions, leaving me sometimes Queasy, and in a Quandary. My wonder is unQuenchable; you could say I’m the Queen of Questions!
This one was Easy Peasy! Malaria is a huge problem in the world, and we must always be vigilant against this horrible disease! Until the 1940s the primary treatment was Quinine.
Malaria isn’t a big problem in Canada and I believe the reason is clear: we drink a lot of Tonic Water, which contains minute quantities of this essential chemical. Have you ever drunk Tonic Water by itself? Yuck! It’s FAR better, when combined with another clear (rather more potent) liquid: GIN!
That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
I have just completed my first triptych which will be part of the 10-quilt Refractions Challenge I’ve undertaken with two friends (a painter and a potter). I finished all three in far less time than any one of the previous three quilts in this challenge, because I used my favourite technique: Mock Mola Applique! This is a technique I’ve been teaching for several years now, using raw-edge, reverse applique by machine. I took my inspiration for these pieces (meant to be hung together) from the refraction of waves. The Quilts are fat Quarter sized.
Quick? Each piece was ready to bind in under two hours!
That’s it for now. I’ll report on the Katie Pasquini Masopust workshop when I return at the end of the week. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS CLASS!!!
Our next Scatterdays challenge is T: Tasty, Tiny, Terrifying, Threads in two weeks. Watch this space! By the way, there are lots of others participating in this Scatterdays thing: Check out Cinzia’s website for links to the rest. We’re all having lots of fun!