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July 16, 2012



Nicole, your blocks always look so crisp and refreshing - you have a great sense of colour. The soup sounds delicious - think I will give it a try - I also love cantaloupe soup - I must dig out the recipe again and make it this week. We are in the midst of a heat wave (it's already 87 degrees with the humidity factor at 8 a.m.) and haven't had rain for way too long, the grass is brown and a lot of the trees have turned yellow.


Love the block and the good news about your sewing weekend - amazing what a little sewing time (and cooler temps) can do for the psyche!


This is our favorite summer soup. We don't eat it often as the cream and butter are not exactly low cal but it is a special treat when we have zucchini coming out of our ears.

Zucchini Soup (serves 4)

3 T butter
1 lb. zucchini, silced in 1/4” rounds
1 lrg. clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped shallots
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper
1/2 t. curry powder

Melt butter in a frying pan, add zucchini, garlic and a shallots and cook, covered over low heat until softened. Scrape into blender jar, add stock, cream, salt and pepper and curry powder. Blend until zucchini is minced. Chill.


Another lovely block! I agree, your blocks always look so crisp and fresh!

Have never tried a cold soup...... (hangs head in shame) maybe one of these days I will.


Seems your weekend was super productive! I love when I get a good sew in. I didn't even do groceries this weekend. I was so focused on sewing. I didn't finish my project but made a great dent. I'm sewing my rows together, which is the final step for a reveal!
I did some test cooking this weekend too. Saturday's pasta dish was much more successful than Sunday's but I'll take it! LOL!

Helen in Switzerland, that's hot!!
Glad you had a great weekend and can't wait to see everything!!

Bari Jo

Hi! I have been away from my computer the past week but I am looking forward to catching up on your posts! I just saw your basket quilt at Mary's blog - it looks wonderful! Small world! I was so excited to see your quilt there!!! Hey look - there's Nicole!!!! Mary always has such pretty work to show. She does all my quilts for me - she is amazing and really brings them to life! I love, love, love her! :o) Have a great day! Love that spool quilt - got the pattern - fun sew along you are hosting! I hope to make it some day too!!!!


congrats to you! i actually did blocks 1 & 2 this weekend for the 2012 BOM...I know! I haven't finished last years...but...whatever!


I'm sure you were content as could be with that many sewing hours in a row! That's why you put that wonderful studio together, right? Right! The cold soup sounds very refreshing for a hot evening's dinner! Add a salad and a nice chunk of French bread...yummy! I'm wondering what kind of new tool you've discovered!


Tools Tuesday! Blogger everywhere will be so grateful for a post about tool they can use, and that you can demo! What an improvement over my posts!

Love Block Number 4!


Dang! I gotta wait until tomorrow?? ;p

Your block is beautiful. ;p


lol@Thelma = tool tuesday


I can't wait to see the new tool, Nicole! So glad to hear you had a productive weekend! I had a chilled peach soup in Napa once - never had anything so good!


Looking forward to the tool review! Enjoy your eve.

Barbara Anne

What a cheery block and stellar fabrics!! I cannot imagine sewing for so long in one day but admire your energy and enthusiasm.

I cannot wait to see tomorrow's post!

Today we spent a bit more than 8 hours in the car going from here to there and back again to see DS2's new apartment in a town too, too far from us. I know it's not across an ocean and that IS a plus, but still... this son was my preemie and is an utter delight. Sigh!

I am tired, and turned on my computer for the first time today at 8p.



I haven't tried cold soup, your recipe sounds like something I'd love to try. Is the recipe in a book?


Wow, I want to try that avocado cucumber soup! It sounds so nice for summer. It's been raining like a bad thing here (yeah, I know... nice Irish summer!) and we made Nettle Soup with nettles we picked from the back yard. It was pretty good. Basically, the soup was potato-leek with some nettles added in.

BTW, that's a nice quilt block. The center square would be perfect for 'fussy-cut' fabric, wouldn't it? Is that a 'bear paw' corner? They look a bit like tulips actually.


Can you post the recipe for the soup. It does sound yummy. Thanks..

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