I'm one of those people who love to participate in Block of the Month and Mystery Quilt programs quite frequently. But my biggest problem however, is that I tend to get involved in too many at a time, then fall behind in all of them, most of the time resulting in never get a single one completed.
However, the Canyon Twilight BOM, which was previously offered online through Stitchin' Heaven, Texas' Premier Quilt Shop, is a paper-pieced quilt that I have a strong desire to see finished! I have long-awaited the chance at making a paper-pieced quilt, but never had the confidence to try one until this year.
We are on our 3rd block/month (September) in the program at this time, so I'm not behind yet! HAHA!
With Valentine’s Day soon approaching, I’m making s few themed gifts for a couple of craft swaps that I’m participating in. And one of my favorite things to make are these heart pillows from a pattern called Box ‘O Chocolates on the Sew4Home site. This particular pillow is smaller than the original size so it’s easier for shipping to my swap partner. I made it smaller by printing the template smaller. So fun to make and give as gifts!
I can’t help sharing...I found a silicone poop emoji bake pan at Joann Fabrics on clearance, so I bought it. And I made these... I used a store-bought brownie mix and milk chocolate frosting. The eyes are edible candies that I also purchased at Joann’s. They turned out so doggone cute!
I was having a craving for chicken noodle soup today, so went to the fridge to take out the celery and carrots, when I saw the cilantro. I thought to myself, "There's gotta be a way to incorporate cilantro into chicken noodle soup!" I went online to look for a possible recipe. I saw one that sounded good, but I didn't have the right ingredients on hand, plus it was a rice based soup, and I didn't want rice. So I created this...
·1 can (15oz)
Sweet Corn with Peppers or Southwest Style
·1 cup frozen green
·1 carrot, peeled
·1 small onion,
·1 celery stalk,
·3-1/2 ounces soup
·4 ounces diced
·1 scallion, sliced,
including the green stalk
·2 teaspoons lime
container sour cream
Combine canned soup, water,
seasoning packets from boxed soups, minced garlic, frozen green beans, carrots,
celery and onions in a soup pan: bring to a low boil.
Add salsa, oregano, chopped
cilantro (as much or as little as you prefer for taste), canned chicken, black
beans, corn, soup noodles and the noodles from the boxed soups, plus ½ of the can
of diced green chilies.Stir together
then lower heat and simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
Serve hot with a dollop of Cilantro-Lime
Sour Cream (see recipe below), and some tortilla chips.
May also top with shredded cheese if desired.
CREAM:Combine the remaining diced green
chilies, chopped fresh cilantro (as much or as little as you want), sliced
scallion, 2 teaspoons of lime juice and sour cream in a small bowl.
This recipe is great because you can change it up a few different ways if you want. Fresh chicken can be used instead of canned. Chicken broth or stock can be used in place of the canned and boxed soups. Additional seasonings of choice could be added, depending on personal taste preferences. Etc., etc. Have fun with it! But most of all, ENJOY!
2016 was the year for photo memory quilt making for me...wowzer! I
had an order for 8 photo memory quilts to be done on time for
Christmas. Normally this wouldn't be such a big deal, but we moved last
year, so I wasn't able to start working on them until October.
Needless to say, with the help of Dorie, an friend of mine who does
long-arm quilting, we were able to get them all done, just in time for
Christmas, with 3 days to spare!
For anyone who actually does read my blogs, (chuckle), I haven't fallen off the face of the earth!
It's actually been an amazingly busy year for me and my family... which included buying a house and moving, a number of long weekend trips with family and friends to my parents' lake house, and having serious internet/wi-fi issues making it hard to get online using my laptop.
Now that we are finally moved, and summer has come to an end, things are slowly calming down and I will have some catch-up posts in the near future.
Thank you to anyone who takes an interest in what I have to blog about from time to time! :)
It's been awhile since I've had time to write a post...even a small one! I have been on mandatory overtime at work since November, and I've literally had no time whatsoever in my life to sew for the past couple of months. It's been quite disheartening, to say the least!
This past weekend I finally had some time to spend in my sewing room. One of the projects I've just started working on is a photo memory quilt featuring photos from my boyfriend's family's life on the farm from the late 1960's. We found a poster in the attic from when his parents auctioned off the farm, and I've had that put on fabric through Spoonflower.com. We also found an aerial photo of the farm from before it was sold. And his eldest sister scanned in some photos and emailed them to me, since she was the only one with a camera taking pictures way back then. So anyways... My hopes for this quilt are to have it completed by July so I can display it at our first ever quilt show during the Rosholt Thresheree. I want the quilt to represent a piece of Rosholt, Wisconsin history, featuring my boyfriend's family.
Here's the very first quilt block, featuring a photo of one of my boyfriend's older sisters...
... this block is paper pieced, and the reason for the orange color-tone is because the poster is actually orange, so I am sticking with the color theme.
I can't wait to see how this quilt turns out...I have it imagined in my mind, but things don't always turn out the way we think they will. Only time will tell!
I have recently started getting into making wonky house quilt blocks due to a swap I've been participating in on Swap-bot.com, called the "BOM Wonky House Block Swap." So far I've participated in two of the Wonky House Block Swaps this year, and am really loving how fun these blocks are to make! Of course, they are paper pieced, so it takes some patience to make them, but they are so adorable when they're finished!!
A friend of mine is soon to be having a baby, and she asked how much it would cost to have me make her a Dr Seuss themed crib quilt. There was no way I was going to make her pay me for a quilt for her baby-to-be! I told her I'd make one as a gift for her and baby.
So I found a variety of fabrics to put into this quilt... One fabric was from JoAnn Fabrics, a couple I purchased on eBay, a couple others I purchased at Herrschner's in Stevens Point, WI, and a couple were found right in my stash!
The photos show what I came up with for her baby's crib quilt,
which I named after one of Dr Seuss' quotes:
"A Person's A Person No Matter How Small!" ~ Dr Seuss
Last fall I was contacted by McCall's Quilting with the exciting news that my name had been drawn as a winner in one of their online contests. "YAY!"
What I won was a Moda Layer Cake... "Atelier" by 3 Sisters for Moda, to be exact.
I was super thrilled and couldn't wait to get started making a quilt with it! I decided right away that I would make myself a quilt, as I'd never made one for ME before. The fact that I won the layer cake made me decide to treat myself to a quilt called
Two years ago my son asked me to make him a food themed quilt, featuring some of his favorite snacks and food. I struggled with how to go about doing this since the only patterns I could find were canning jars. I didn't feel that a quilt with canning jar blocks would be appropriate for a boy... Haha!
Then I found a pattern called "Lunchboxes" and just had to buy it!
Today, January 27th, 2015, my son turned 15... We celebrated his birthday over this past weekend, and I gifted him the long awaited for food themed quilt. I am so glad he still loves it and didn't feel too old for it!
Here are some pictures...
The next two photos are closeups right after it was long-armed, but before binding was added.
The next three photos are pictures of just the quilt top before it was long armed.