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Thursday, October 4, 2012

"Hand quilting progress and Chia now grows at Kainga."

Hello,

I have stuck to my guns and have been hand quilting. No new projects will be started until this quilt is finished. I can then reward myself with a new project.


There is something quite relaxing about sitting and stitching by hand.

Last weekend we  picked up a new plant for the garden, a Chia.

Chia Plant.
This is an annual  which grows to 1.5 metres. It is a tremendous energy food, which benefits your health and vitality. Leaves can be used in a salad or tea.The seeds are rich in minerals, Vitamin A, B's, D 30% protein and Omega 3. The seeds when soaked in water are an excellent thirst quencher. Natural enzyme acts as a catalyst for protein. Chia is regarded as a survival food. A useful gel made from soaked seeds is a food thickener to replace fat, increase fibre whilst reducing calories. Chia  can be used in salad dressings, yoghurt, dips and spreads.

Hopefully this will set a lot of seeds to carry on for following year. The Chia plant is part of the Salvia family so hopefully it will do well here.

Happy days.
Bev C









21 comments:

marina said...

you just have to resolve to finish things sometimes. Can't wait to see your raggedy quilt finished and what your reward project will be!
Very interesting info about the chia.

Jeanette said...

Good on your for sticking to finishing your project & not starting another. I hope your chia grows. I've tried but without success. I'd love to give it another go thought. Hugs,

Michelle said...

You have a lot more self control than I do! Sounds like you'll have it finished in no time.

Sue said...

Oh beautiful, Bev! I think it noble of you to keep going until it's finished. I used to do this....before blogging! LOL

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Good on you Bev for hand quilting...I'm planning to hand quilt my Gardeners Journal one. So that's what a chia plant looks like....I've not seen one before nor had any of its seed!

Cubby House Crafts said...

Goodluck with your hand quilting Bev...looks beautiful!!!

I haven't come accross this herb before and will now keep an eye out for it!!

Lisa
PS My lemon trees are making a comeback!!yay!

Karen said...

I admire your determination. I would be breaking that rule within half an hour. Impressive!

Melissa said...

Oh I have got to get one of those plants!!! Love Andy!

Christine M said...

Your quilt is looking great Bev. You are being very strong and not starting new projects!

Anthea said...

Good on you Bev, deciding to finish this quilt before starting something else, sometimes you just have to do it that way... the good-for-you chia is very pretty to boot...

Sue said...

Oooh chia, how exciting. I know how healthy it is and it tastes great too, I've even bought a packet but never ever cooked it or soaked it! I might be inspired by your post to get around to doing something with my little but expensive pack.

Lynda said...

Your handquilting is beautiful.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Gorgeous quilting Bev. Lovely new plant.

FarahLin said...

your hand quilting looks beautiful, Bev and I look forward to seeing the finished quilt.

Bobbie Lynn said...

Hi Bev,
I know what you mean; working on a project and already thinking of your next project. I do that all the time and that the reason when I started sewing my dress I had to put away my paper crafts, so that I would not be playing around with paper and getting distracted. Quilt looks cute. Pretty flower the Chia plant has and hope it will thrive well in your garden. Happy gardening and sewing.

Terriaw said...

Fun project! I love having a hand stitching project to work on while relaxing in the evening. I've been hearing more and more lately about Chia, especially chia seeds. Never knew what the plant looked like. Fun to have it in your garden!

Maria said...

Your hand quilting looks lovely Bev..
good luck with your new Chai plant.

Tarnyia said...

Love the hand quilting... good for you to stick to your plan too xxx

Cheryll said...

I admire anyone who hand quilts.. so good for you to keep at it until its finished!

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your quilt looks so gorgeous, the hand quilting is looking lovely to.

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