Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Untraditional Thanksgiving!

 Happy Thanksgiving Week! I have the whole week off and it started on Friday afternoon with a stop by the fabric store to find a border for my Bee Happy Quilt. I auditioned a couple of dozen possibilities and settled on a green very similar to the one Lori Holt used in hers. I have a teal backing from my stash and they will definitely work together. This is so big--my thoughts of hand quilting have disappeared. I would really like to have this one quilted with a honeycomb design, so I think I will send it to https://quiltingbydavid.com He has posted a few pictures on Instagram of some quilts done that way. It will probably have to wait until February with my budget tapped out for Christmas.
I also grabbed the red border for my Patchwork Swoon Quilt. I made this quilt with a combination of Kate Spain's North Woods fabrics and some Bonnie & Camille scraps. This one is about 70 inches square. I am going to hit the Joann's sale and buy a minky backing and I made an appointment with my local quilter for a snowflake design all over this one. I want this one done in time for our Christmas break on December 21st! I also need to get the football quilt done in time for the playoffs even though the Broncos will not be in them this year!
I am keeping up with the Spelling Bee Sew Along. E was the letter last week
and F is the letter this week. I splurged on the letter board from Joann's with a 60% off coupon--it was going to be on my Christmas wish list, but for $8 I could not resist! 
My Christmas Gift Making groove is already on! I made four gifts for my sister's family a week and a half ago--in time to journey with my parents to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving and save me on the shipping costs. I used a Cozy Christmas charm pack to make four Christmas pillow tops. One is done and the other three are awaiting the embroidery. I think they will be sweet gifts for some work friends. Here is the link to that free and easy pattern:

As I titled this post, "Untraditional Thanksgiving" let me explain. My parents left for Las Vegas to see my sister's family on Sunday and our daughter went to Scotland for the week--it was more than $500 cheaper for her to fly to Scotland instead of coming home. With everyone gone, that leaves my hubby and me alone! I offered to make a small scale Thanksgiving dinner with a turkey breast and the trimmings, but he requested chicken wontons. Excellent choice--much less labor and delicious! I probably will make a decadent dessert, but that means the whole day for football, quilting, and the National Dog Show. It sounds like a dream--low key and some of my favorite things...I doubt I will get out of my pajamas! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Friday, November 10, 2017

FQS Mini Charm Chocolates Quilt

 Welcome! It is the big reveal--my first project I made for the Fat Quarter Shop--the Mini Charm Chocolates Quilt! This is a free pattern offered in three quilt sizes and a table runner. You can find the  pattern here:
I made the 30 1/2" x 38 1/2", but then I added an extra border to make it a bigger baby quilt. I cut my floral borders 6 1/2", so my finished size is 42 1/2" x 50 1/2".
I quilted it every 2 inches both vertically and horizontally with the built in wavy stitch on my Pfaff. This is the perfect quick baby quilt with the help of the three mini charm packs and wide borders, there is very minimal cutting and it sews together quickly!
Since I used the floral fabric as an extra border instead of my backing, I opted for a bright red minky for the backing. I used minky for the first time about a year ago--it is challenging because of the stretching, but it is so soft it is worth it. The key is pinning every 1 to 2 inches, quilting gloves, and a walking foot.

Thank you Fat Quarter Shop for allowing me to play with these beautiful fabrics and fun pattern!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Spelling Bee D Week

Welcome to D Week! I made my sweet little red D blocks and I think I need to make the dog block next.
Bella is my dog inspiration! Her coloring is so unique, so I need to do some stash digging. The vet referred to her as a merle with chocolate, we just say she looks like desert camo.
 I also made the last two blocks for the Bee Happy Sew Along--this is my orange flowers block
 and my watering can black. My machine really disliked my dark gray thread--so the stitching had lots of skips and was kind of messy, but it is on there and not going anywhere!
 Here are all of my rows together! I have already been enjoying the morning and our extra hour with some slow stitching and adding embroidery details to it. 
This week we are scheduled to be adding borders to this--the borders are also appliquéd with honeycombs, so I have already been cutting those out since there are 68 of them! Of course, I want mine extra scrappy. I think I will be hand quilting this with perle cotton all winter...
I also finished my other side of my Welcome sign--Go Away as my hubby requested! 

I need to do some Xmas sewing this week, but I won't be able to share it! I also have a spy trying to find out what colors or theme is going to be used for one of my colleague's baby nursery. It is a good thing I have the whole week of Thanksgiving off in a couple of weeks!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Reveal Postponed

I received an email on Tuesday from the Fat Quarter Shop that they were postponing the reveal of our secret project to Friday, 11/10. Mine is complete and I am anxious to share, but we have to wait. Here is a picture of the back--
Stay tuned!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sew Alongs & October OMG

Three blocks were posted this week for Lori Holt's Bee Happy Sew Along and I have them done. This is a close up of the Coral Flower Block--I went with pinks for mine.
 Here is my top with the fourth row added.
My fifth row is awaiting the last two blocks that should post tomorrow.
I am also keeping up with the Spelling Bee Sew Along brought to us by Lori Holt and the Fat Quarter Shop.
The last three weeks, we have sewn letters, but this week we ventured into making some of the picture blocks. I whipped up this deliciously red apple
and this cute bee. My blocks will finish six inches.

I got the best new recipe from my friend Amber. It is for Jalapeño Popper Chicken Chili--it is so good, I am going to share it here for your enjoyment and so I can easily find it the next time I want to make it.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili Recipe
Serves: 4
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion--diced
  • 5 jalapeños--diced with the seeds removed
  • 3 cloves garlic--minced
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 1/4 lbs chicen breasts cut bite-sized
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 1 1/2 c chicken broth
  • 1 can of corn--drained
  • 1 can of white beans--drained
  • 1 lb bacon--cooked & crumbled
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  1. In a large saucepan heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat, saute onions, jalapeños, and garlic until tender.
  2. Season chicken with salt & pepper and add to the pan. Add 1 tbsp olive oil with chili powder, cumin, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Toss chicken in spices and brown on all sides.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, broth, corn, and beans. Increase heat and bring it to a simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in cream cheese and half of the bacon and remove from heat.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve with cheddar cheese and bacon.
Trust me, this is incredible and super easy to make!
 I made this Pumpkin Block way back at the beginning of September, but I just got around to turning it into a pillow. This is a 12 inch pumpkin block from Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt. Pillows are a quick way to use up leftover and/or random blocks.
I completed my October OMG! I can only show you the back of the quilt. It will be unveiled on the Fat Quarter Shop blog and my blog on Friday! The bright red minky backing is so soft--it was so cozy to bind it. 

I will be binding another project this evening while watching some football.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

This Week Sponsored by the Letter C

The Spelling Bee Sew Along continued this week and the C blocks were our assignment. They are so cute and cheerful!
You can find more information at these links:
I also got news from the Fat Quarter Shop that I was selected to quilt along with them for Clementine! Clementine is their 2018 Block go the Month to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. I will be using the Mama's Cottage Fabrics by April Rosenthal and featuring my blocks for the Fat Quarter Shop on my blog, my Instagram, and Facebook. Please consider joining me and raising money for such an amazing charity. Here is the information:
Yesterday, I helped out another charity at my local fabric store. Our local school district's Adaptive PE Program organizes an Amazing Race Challenge each fall to raise funds for their ski program. Teams compete with a scavenger hunt all over our downtown. Fabrics & More was a clue/stop on the race course. All four team members had to pick their favorite fall fabric and pose for a picture which I emailed back as proof that they had arrived and met the challenge. They only had two hours and there were 17 stops! These ladies were the Troll team and are moms of some of my students. They are crazy, competitive!
I compiled a care package for my college kid this week. Making care packages is so much fun! I like to pick a theme and decorate the box with scrapbooking paper. All you need is five pieces of the scrapbooking paper, some tape, and a large Priority Mail Box. Since my theme was fall, I included: coffee K-cups, biscotti-apple caramel and pumpkin spice, face masks, socks, magazines, some goofy Halloween accessories like the tote bag pictured on top, copper apple cider mugs, caramel apple lollipops, and much more. I try to send a care package every other month and apparently my care packages are becoming famous around the Colgate dorms.
Last night, I was invited to painting party at a new business in town--Junk N Sisters. They specialize in pallet painting and other rustic decor and crafts. I decided to make a five foot "WELCOME" sign for my front porch. It was so much fun to join with friends to create something and hang out. I will be returning soon to paint the backside with "GO AWAY"---my hubby's request! 
 This week I managed to keep up with the Bee Happy Sew Along Blocks. I love how the Beehive Block came out.
The Flower Box Block is equally precious. We have only one more block for row 4 and its directions will be posted tomorrow. 
This sew along is only a few more weeks and the top will be done. I am considering hand quilting it with perle cotton as it will be used as a wall hanging and hand quilting in the winter is a cozy activity to keep my hands busy.

I am machine quilting today and binding my secret Fat Quarter Shop project for Slow Sunday Stitching 

This secret project will be revealed here on my blog on November 3rd #fqsquiltalong

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sewing Along

This week for the Spelling Bee Sew Along--we are stitching the letter B! The letter B includes some of my favorite things: the Broncos, bees, biscotti, bagels, baskets, Bella--my dog, brunch, blogging, bean burritos, backgammon, buttons, etc. My grass green B blocks went together quickly and I already cut my C and D blocks!
Next, I was onto the Bee Happy Sew Along. These are my apples
and my cupcakes--I was thinking chocolate and caramel. They will get red buttons added as the cherries on top after the quilt is quilted.
Buttons will go on the basket handles too. I am always buying baskets for storage and gifts--you can never have too many right?
 My lemonade block needs some embroidery for the glass. 
I had Friday off and went to sew with my mom. I wanted something quick to work on, so I pulled out this B&C Bobbin Box kit. I got it all pieced together on Friday and quilted it this afternoon. I will add the binding and have a quick finish.
I was looking through some old pictures on my phone and found a picture from @cloverandviolet of a zipper pouch made with some B&C scraps. I pulled out my B&C scrap bag and made two log cabin blocks. The blue one will be for my secret pal this month at work and the red and aqua one will be for me. I am going to embroider my work friend's name on hers, but I am hand quilting mine with perle cotton for Slow Sunday Stitching:
tonight while the Broncos play the Giants.

I have tomorrow off too and will pin and quilt my secret project for the Fat Quarter Shop #fqsquiltalong It is so fabulous--I can't wait to share it with you all on November 3rd!