Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Crazy Quilting Part 2

Since there is interest in the book we are working from, I thought I would post some pictures of the book itself and the quilt ideas it contains. It's by Sandy Bonsib and the ISBN number is 1-56477-218-7

I like this one I think I would put Est. 1972 or something in one of the squares

Beautiful but it looks like it would take brain power to make...

Very cheery...

This is a cute idea, but I think I would put a scripture quote or something else that I would want to hang in my home so my children could meditate on it.

A great idea, wrong colors for me...I know someone out there is saying "Oh beautiful!"

Another one of my favorites. If you look closely you can see there has been some stitching done. Outlines of farm life. There is a shortcut to making these triangles that takes a 1/8th of the time compared to what we have done in the past.

Another favorite. The woodcuts are readily available to buy according to the reference in the back of the book. There is not instruction in the book on how to make them yourself.

"...these are a few of my fav-oh-rite things..."
This looks like a great quilt to get little ones involved in. Everyone has a favorite thing and who wouldn't love to see it in the family project? A great idea for knitting hearts to home.

This one I like but it looks like it would take planning...

A definite favorite!

Clever I think...

Not my colors but it could be done with some cool and/or neutral tones...

Not a bad idea for a child's room

Especially if you had twins! Wouldn't that be fun!?!?!?

Quack! Quack!

the quilt in progress...

Monday, January 28, 2008

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Crazy Quilting Part One

While Andrea and I where staying with my Grandfather out in Washington early last year, we were invited to "quilt for a day" with our Aunt Alicia. It was a delightful treat and we were very thankful for her hospitality. When we arrived she had everything prepared for us; tools laid out, strips pre-cut, and sewing machines at the ready.

What impressed me the most was her plethora of short cuts...I had started quilts and found myself overwhelmed by the tediousness of it and that quilting seemed to be a never ending project...

Aunt Alicia taught us that there is no need to be overwhelmed and that shortcuts abound. I had never occurred to me to seek out shortcuts. (That sounds too much like cheating...but then again I did go to public school.) She taught us that there are many creative ways to accomplish the same tasks in a fraction of the time without compromising quality.

Aunt Alicia sent us home with instructions and we couldn't wait to pass on what we had learned. The crazy quilt block is very simple and there really isn't much planning involved. (The part of quilt making I find tedious)

The girls pick out the fabric they would like to use as their centerpieces.

Since we're all girls here, we are using heart templates to create our centerpiece motif. Templates are used and these are handmade from flexible vinyl plastic. These hearts can also be used as butterfly wings.

Tracing around the templates on Heat and Bond paper. We'll use this to make our centerpieces fusible to the center blocks.

Next the girls trim around their hearts leaving a 1/4" outside the lines.

The center blocks are ready. These measure 5 1/4" x 6 1/4". I am sure that any size would do. This is the only piece in the quilt that is a uniform size.

Preparing the center piece fabric. If your fabric is like mine is gets a little wrinkly in storage. Pressing it before you apply the heat and bond will create nice and neat results.

At this point you will notice the Renae is ironing the heat and bond shape that she created to the back of the fabric. That's important. Too much heat will set the heat and bond permanently. Run the iron over your paper a couple times and that should do it.

Now cut out your centerpiece shape on the line that your drew originally.

Aren't they pretty?

Peel the paper off the back of your centerpiece and you will see that you have applied a bonding material enabling you to iron your centerpiece to your center block.

Align your centerpiece on your center block how you prefer.

Here is an example of how to lay out two small hearts.

Pressto! Iron them to your center block. This is the cheater way of appliqueing. You'll notice in the first picture of this post that I did some embroidery work around my centerpiece. It's a pretty addition and it make me feel better about securing the motifs.

Renae with her finished centerpiece.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

From the Kitchen... Mexican Corn Chowder

After tasting something similar at a local restaurant, I knew the recipe must be had. An ensuing search online, plus a little concocting, resulted in this tasty soup. Enjoy!

Mexican Corn Chowder

3 Tbsp. butter

1 c. onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 c. red bell pepper, diced

2 poblano peppers; roasted, seeded and diced

2 cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced

In small stockpot saute onion, garlic, and bell peppers in butter until tender. Add poblanos and diced chicken.

2 tsp. chicken base
1 c. hot water

Dissolve chicken base in water and add to pot.

1 tsp. oregano leaves

1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2- 1 tsp. salt, to taste

1 pint half and half

1 can corn, drained

Add to pot and heat through.

1 lb. grated monterey jack cheese

Add to soup and stir until melted. Serve immediately.

*Alternative- Sprinkle cheese on top of each individual bowl of soup. (I think this way looks nicer.)

*May be diluted with milk or thickened with potato flakes according to preference.

the piece de resistance....

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Over at Vaughnshire Farm...

Here's a great story I hope that you will enjoy. Part one & part two

How Christian Is Christmas...as promised

Technical difficulties have been cleared up. Travels have been completed. The elevation of the inbox is dropped to a levels below the clouds and so as promised here is Dr. Richard Bacon's sermon titled, "How Christian is Christmas?"

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Today on Full Bible Update

“What kind of company is prepared to produce T-shirts with slogans like ‘This blood’s for you.’ It is difficult to imagine such a product selling well in seventeenth-century Scotland! We might expect such profanity from a godless culture but not from within the marketing departments of Christian merchandising."

Read in full here.