Friday, September 23, 2016

Talk About Night Winds

 This quilt has been a challenge for me from the beginning. First the lovely fabrics were thick and that made it tricky to get points to match up right. Next when cutting the fabric for the center pinwheels I cut the wrong size strip resulting in not having enough to make the quilt as big as I had originally desired. Knowing the fabrics were thicker than my usual quilt I cut the binding bigger than I usually do but it was still tight resulting in a bit of a wrestling match to make it work. I had taken the quilt to finish binding while I volunteered at the Utah Quilt Guild's Quiltfest and who would of thought it but a tornado hit not far from the convention center resulting in a power outage. This made lighting an issue for my binding. I sat by a large window so I had some light, not the safest choice I realize but what I did not the less, until there was not even enough light there.
 Despite all these obstacles I was somehow able to finish this masculine quilt. Here is the back and I must say I'm quite pleased with the results. I used a layer cake and leftover strips.
 I'm even happy with the quilting. Which I did in swirls the remind me of Van Gogh's  Stary Night. I found this fitting for the stars and the name of the quilt, Night Winds.
 The pattern is available through United Notions and Checker. It will also soon be up on my website. Linking up with Sarah, Myra and Amanda Jean to celebrate this bumpy finish.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What's For Dinner?

On those busy days when you just know that at dinner time there is just not going to be time to fix dinner I turn to my crockpot. In other word at least once a week I'm pulling out this wonderful devise and putting it to good use. I can fix breakfast and throw dinner in the crockpot in the process. Then clean up both messes and get on with my day. 

One of my family's favorite crockpot dinners is Butter Chicken. I use 2-3 chicken breasts in place of the thighs the recipe calls for. Just depends on how many will be to dinner. I throw all the ingredients for the sauce in and then add the breasts. I have even thrown them in frozen in a pinch. Then when we are ready to eat I pull out the cardamon seeds and shred the chicken. It's faster and easier than cutting and cooking the chicken prior to putting it in the crockpot. We serve it over rice.

 And for a vegetable we heat up frozen peas in the winter or this yummy Thai Cucumber Salad in the summer. Thanks to my garden we have plenty of cucumbers. It is fresh, light and yummy! What more could you ask for?
Can't wait to dig in.
Yum! Yum!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial ~ Perfect Fitting Binding

As I have been doing a lot of binding trying to finish up Quilty Hugs. I have three more I'm trying to finish this week. I thought I would share again my method for joining up binding so that it fits perfectly every time. Hope you find it useful.

Leaving a 6" tail begin sewing binding on. Continue sewing binding around quilt. Leave a 10-12" gap between the beginning of the binding and the end.
Finger bind until ends meet. Fold eachside back on th itself. Leaving a 1/2" space in between.
Trim ends so that from the 1/2" gap they are half of the width of your binding. (ie.. 1 1/4" if binding is 2 1/2")
Sew a diagonal seam to join binding ends. Trim to 1/4" Wha la your binding fits perfectly. Sew into place. You are now ready to turn and hand stitch in place.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Moving It Forward

My little pile of blue strips is a little less tidy and slowly I'm making a dent in it.
I've been making a bunch of rail fence blocks. I have further plans for them. I just want to get the rail fence blocks all made before I proceed with my plans. I want to be able to spread fabrics out. Right now as I string piece the blocks I'm ending up with a lot of the same fabrics close to each other. I now that will change as I get more blocks. My next strep requires that I have the blocks arranged before I proceed so it will just have to remain a mystery.
 With my strings that are to short for another rail fence block I'm making these mini rail fences. I'm planning on using them for future SQS exchange blocks. Killing two birds with one stone feels so good.
 Now it's your turn. What were you able to move forward? Looking forward to seeing your progress. Please remember to link back so other can find us and join in the fun.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Quilty Hug Parade

Yesterday I received this simply lovely quilty hug. The top was donated and my friend Julie quilted and bond it for me. Doesn't it look nice hanging behind my herb garden? 
 This fun eye spy was donate with everything but the binding done. You may remember that I was cutting and prepping bindings at our last Quilty Hug Sew in. I had promised to show the results when I was done. Well here is one of them.
 This top was donated and the very talented Ruth quilted it for me. This is the second one I needed to put a binding on.
 This orphan block quilt was also donated with everything except the binding on and is the final one I was prepping with binding.
 All four quilts are ready to be donated to one of the many charities our Quilty Hugs go to.

Yesterday was my guild meeting and Suzy brought her finished Scrappy Bear Paw. Didn't she do a great job? I just love seeing how everyone makes the quilt their own. Suzy's bear paws in the corners of her borders is a nice addition.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What's For Dinner?

As a mother there are times when I hate that question. Why must it fall to me to figure this daily dilemma? Does anyone else feel this way? I'm sure I can't be alone. As a solution I thought I would share a recipe each Wednesday for awhile.

Right now my garden is supply our family with lots of yummy fresh veggies, especially zucchini. My dad says zucchini is what you plant so you can feel like a successful gardener. Well, I'm feeling very successful at the moment so any recipe that uses zucchini at this moment is welcome. Chow Mein with Chicken and Vegetables fits the bill. We have this for dinner often in the summer. It is quick and easy. The hardest thing is cutting up the vegetables. Another nice thing about this recipe is that it is made in a skillet and only takes 15 minutes to cook. So it doesn't heat up your house during hot summer months.
Have I sold you yet? If so you can find the recipe here. Hope you enjoy it for dinner. I know we will.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial~ 16 patch

I saw a quilt recently on pintrest that used a 16 patch. I really liked it and remembered that Sarah had a series on 16 patches not to long ago.  
One method used layer cake squares. You can find the tutorial here. I'm looking for the right layer cake to try this out.
 She also showed a strip method. The tutorial is here. I'm using this method right now.
I had a fat eighth pack of black, white, red and gray I thought would work nicely. And since I've empty two project boxes recently with the finish of my Scrappy Bear Paws and Wonky Rose Garden. I felt pretty justified in starting a new project. 
Thank you Sarah for your great tutorials.