Monday, September 29, 2008

Part 2 Journey from last week continued

I have been working on my "Cozy Quilts" tops that I didn't take the border fabric with to the retreat last week. It's a wonderful ministry praying for those with cancer and providing a warm quilt that could be used during treatments or time they need a warm hug. We also make a matching tote to carry the quilt and they receive the book "When God and Cancer Meet": True Stories of Hope and Healing . The pattern that's use is a very basic stack n' whack four patch block. They have many satellite spots of volunteers working on these quilts around Western and the Southern Tier of New York. I wish they had a web site or Blog so I could share a link from here because I feel they do a great work for others but they don't yet.

Here are a couple more quilt centers waiting for their borders and their matching totes. I layed the blocks out to get more of the graphic pinwheel effect in the design.

Well I'm going to sign off for now and get a few things done. I will try to post more later on.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

WOW What a Week

It has been crazy here for over a week and I haven't had the time to post either. I did receive my swap strips that was the very first swap on Quiltville Swap. I had lots of fun with the whole process but especially opening and viewing all fabric strips from everyone that participating in this swap. It was great fun and Judi B was a great hostess.

I was also glad and grateful that I was able to start last week off with my quilting retreat at Turtlerock with a few close friends. It was a much needed and I was able to sew my little heart out with UFOs that have been hovering here for awhile on my shelf. I didn't complete some of my charity quilt tops but that was an error on my part. I just couldn't decide on border fabric and didn't want to haul extra stuff as I vowed I was going to travel lite this time ...... yea right. Needless to say I didn't get those tops completely done because of not having border fabric with me.....that was a Duh what was I thinking moment.

Well we surely had a great time laughing ourselves silly at times. We worked hard to stay out of the kitchen and suppress our motherly instincts to feed the masses as we might not have enough food syndrome. I made a double batch of my Turkey Picadillo which makes a great crock pot dish and cooked the rice ahead so we just had to microwave to warm. I've posted my recipe here to share. Don't judge this recipe by it's ingredients till you try it. I have fooled many a guest with this one even picky eaters.

Turkey Picadillo
1 Lb. ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
14 1/2 oz stewed tomatoes
1 Granny Smith apple (I use whatever I have on hand)
1/4 cup dark raisins
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons green olives, chopped coarsely
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
4 cups cooked rice

Saute turkey in a large skillet until not pink. Add the rest of ingredients. Mix well and heat through. Cover and cook on low 20 minutes until vegetables are soft or throw into a crock pot to cook slowly all day. If using a crockpot I usually add more of the spices in it. Serve over rice.

I worked on making my little Granddaugther a coloring book bag. She is around 2 1/2 years old now. She loves to color, cut things out and paste now. I redesigned a tote for her to carry her crayons and books so she can travel around with them. I really like the way it turned out and can't wait to give it to her. I have more cute fabric that I'll probably sew many more for gifts and the children at the women's shelter I donate quilts to.

I was so glad to get my "In The Pink" blocks completed. It was the first quilt kit that I have purchased. I'm not by nature a quilt kit kind of gal but this one pulled me in at a quilt shop over a year ago. My husband periodically will gently asked if I have been working on it. He really liked the quilt too. Now that the blocks are done I can get it up on the design board and get them together hopefully soon

When I came home from retreat Hubby was on vacation know those times when your Hubby is on vacation..... I had plans, he had plans and the plans never meet in the middle of what needs to get done..... I love him dearly but there are those moments I need space. Saturday he is at a contractors auction with our son getting doors and windows for our house. He has a list....hopefully he sticks to it.

Well I have much more to share about my retreat and busy week so I will have to add Part 2 to this adventure another time.
"Till then "From your stash let a beautiful quilt be born!"

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Autumn Splendor is a Quilt Top

Autumn Splendor is officially a quilt top. I was too tired and having problems with uploading pictures to post last night when I finished it. Happy dance ...... ; another UFO off the self. Now I have to start looking for backing fabric ...........hum to piece or not to piece that is a question.....whether to stash bust more or go buy a whole piece is the question. I'll have to ponder this for a few days as I really like the new wide backings that are available.

Well I'm still in HAPPY DANCE mode
I'm going on a quilt retreat in a few days with friends. It's a Quilter's Cottage by Lake Erie called Turtlerock. It's been our home away from home to sew, laugh, eat and have a blast together.

Well I'm off to see what I can get into today............... sewing and retreat packing yipeeee!!

Autumn Splendor Continued

I finished sewing more of the strip sets I needed to make the rest of the blocks for Autumn Splendor ..... I really like the way Evelyn Sloppy has you using quick method strip piecing. It made making these blocks go so quickly. I have included some more pictures showing the finished block itself. The drawback if it is one is that the block has bias edges. That doesn't bother me but does mean I have to handle with care until borders are on the quilt. Pressing carefully not ironing or stretching can occur.

The quilt is starting to take design form. I'm starting to see spools. Can you see them? I need to think of a name as Autumn Splendor just doesn't seem to fit this quilt and it's colors.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Strips and Strings

This weekend was a good time to be in air-conditioning sewing. It has been hot, very humid and rainy. I decided to pulled out another UFO called Autumn Splendor from Strips and Strings by Evelyn Slopppy to work on. This is a great book filled with string piecing designs without using a foundation. I started this project at a quilting retreat a few years ago and it's traveled to a few more retreats without being worked on so it's been sitting on the shelf with it's UFO siblings. I have to sew more string units together for 14 more block to make it at east a twin size quilt.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

911 Remembered

This morning started with a peaceful calm and beautiful blue skies.

It's sobering to think of what happened on this morning a few years ago. I remember watching TV......watching in disbelief but at the same time not being able to take my eyes off the TV. It was so heart wrenching......
It makes you rethink what is really important in life. say "I love you" to the ones we love everyday as we never know what can happen in that day. Pray and give thanks for how blessed we truly.

We must never forget............!!
United in Memories graphic from PC Crafter

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Border Review

I finished this UFO quilt top over a year ago. It was a Day Camp project called Sweet Sixteen from Atkinson's Designs book Confetti In The Corner For over a year I have been looking for a border fabric to go with this top but never found the right coloration to go with my original fabrics. I had this piece of fabric in my stash that I kept going back to but not enough yardage. I searched the Internet for it and came up empty so I finally decided to use what I have and make the borders narrower utilizing every bit of that fabric. I was so happy to use what I have..... there was a reason why I couldn't find more of that fabric.....use the stash....make it work...busting the stash. I'm a happy quilter... ;)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Stashbusting to a Another Level

The past year has been one of cleaning and reorganizing my quilting stash and room. I recently had to move to another room which is smaller than my original sewing room. It's been a reflective time of how much stash I really have. I have drawers and drawers full of pre-cut strips in an array of sizes ..... I have sewn many quilts but the drawers never seem to empty. Well as I was going through some papers in my sewing room something caught my eye....... :0)a paper from a crochet rag rug seminar class from many years ago. I never made one but the gal who taught the seminar made many to use up stash so I thought what an answer to my pre-cut strip overload. Deciding to use up my 1 1/4 inch strips for the project as I don't really use that size much anymore I start to prepare the strips for crocheting. I have gone through a couple mounds of my strips to crochet on the rug so far.

Well as you can see I started. It does use up LOTS of fabric strips but the drawers still haven't gone down much. I've also been reading many post from stashbusters chat group regarding stashes that have gone wrong............ what a hoot.

This has taken me to another level of trying to bust some of my stash.......................

A new blogger is born

Well I finally took a leap of faith and signed on...........I'm now an official blogger. Please bare with me as I'm new and still learning not to mention struggling with being on dial-up as for now I have no alternative in my area.... hum.... someday we will have fiber optic on our road.