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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Stash Report - Week 7 & 8 2013

Two weeks and a little progress - I did get one thing from my to do list done the quilting and binding are on my jelly roll challenge quilt and now I will start to bind it. No rush on this one, so I will stitch on it as I have time. 
Popcorn panto with King Tut on the top and Robison Anton in the bobbin (great combo)
I used a little bit of fabric for the binding, so the stash continues to move in the right direction. I have some cutting to do this week to finish getting ready for my bee's retreat, which starts a week from today. I have several things set out, but I don't think I have anything pre-cut yet, and I really like to do that before a retreat.  Tonight I am watching the Oscars, so the rotary cutter will have to wait for me until tomorrow (or later in the week!). 

Fabric added last two weeks: 0 yards
Fabric used last two weeks: 3/8 yard

Fabric added year to date: 3 1/2 yards
Fabric used year to date: 7 7/8 yards

Net fabric used: 4 3/8 yards

Hope you had a great week with your stash! 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Stash Report - Week 6 2013

I finally got my sh*t together this week and made a back for my jelly roll challenge quilt. I had a large piece of fabric from Lois' stash - probably 8-10 yards of a specific fabric - that I thought would work nicely for the back. I decided to add a little spark across the middle and I will show a picture of it when it is quilted since it is on the frame right now. That did wonders for my stash report and got me back in the black. 

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 4 1/2 yards

Fabric added year to date: 3 1/2 yards
Fabric used year to date: 7 1/2 yards

Net fabric used: 4 yards

Hope you had a great week with your stash! 

Friday, February 8, 2013

January Cookbook Challenge

In the first month of my challenge to myself to use my cookbooks, I decided to pick an easy one, Mr. Food Easy Tex-Mex by Art Ginsburg.  I think I got this as a shower or wedding present from a friend in Houston, but I am not positive. I know I have had it for at least 10 years, and I don't recall ever making a recipe from it, which is a little surprising because I love Tex-Mex and I love easy! My goal/challenge is to make at least 1 recipe from the cookbook and if I can't find anything I really want to make, then it is time to get rid of the cookbook. 

This month, we tried: 
- Taco Burgers - After the second bite, Mike said "Put this in the rotation" which means he liked it. We topped these burgers with salsa, sour cream, and cheese and they were delicious! Jenna didn't want to try them, but Jack liked them. Since I forgot to take a picture of them the first time we had them, we made them a second time. Jack thought they were okay the second time and Jenna thought they were too spicy, but she was able to finish hers in order to get dessert ;)

- Mexican Toast - a yummy alternative to French Toast - we already had a half-used package of tortillas in the house, so all I had to buy to make this was strawberries. We will make this one again. 

- Margarita Chicken - this is a basic chicken that marinates in a lime/margarita/Italian dressing mix. At the end, you top it with the marinade (which is cooked). You garnish with fresh lime wedges. All four of us liked this one - although the kids and I weren't as crazy about the sauce as Mike was. I also forgot to take a picture of it plated, but got a picture of the leftover piece going into a container for lunch. 
- Spicy Beef Empanadas - Mr. Food offered up two ways to make these empanadas - with homemade dough or with refrigerated pie crusts. We opted for the pie crusts in the interest of simplicity. Mike and Jenna made these and they were tasty little hot pockets of yum. They really weren't that spicy and the kids enjoyed them as much as we did. 
- Coffee Milkshakes - these were for the adults since they include coffee liqueur (and our kids wouldn't taste them anyway if they thought they were made of coffee!). We made these one night after dinner and they were incredibly good! We started with Blue Bell Coffee Ice Cream, so it would be hard to go wrong with that in the recipe! 
I had one more recipe that I bought ingredients for, but didn't have time to make this month - Pecan Pralines. I still plan to make them soon and will let you know how they turn out. 

Overall, we loved this cookbook! There are still several more recipes that I would try from this one and we will revisit all the ones we made. I've just picked out the cookbook for February and I will be surprised if we make the same number of recipes, but there look to be several good ones in it, so I will be hitting the grocery store soon!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Four Goals - February 2013

Well, it's time to report on how well I did on my January goals and to set the four sewing goals for February. 

January didn't turn out so well. My list was: 
1. Add borders, make back and binding for Jelly Roll quilt (if I get it on the frame and quilted, that will be a bonus). I added the borders, but nothing else. 
2. Finish Easy Street Mystery Quilt top - the last clue was released today, so now I have lots of blocks to assemble. I got all the blocks made and started assembly
3. Quilt my Rolling Stones mini quilt. I started this one at retreat in October and it is basted and ready to be quilted. I stared at this on my design wall all month, but never took it off to quilt it. 
4. Load and quilt a top for a friend in my bee and get it back to her. Oh, oh, this one I did! 

Double loops in the middle with silver Bottom Line thread throughout.
A little hard to see - leaves that pivot off each other.
The finished quilting job.

So, 1 and two 1/2s out of 4 isn't bad, right? It makes the list for February a lot easier to make! 

1. Make back and binding for - and quilt - Jelly Roll Quilt
2. Finish Easy Street Mystery Quilt top
3. Quilt my rolling stones mini quilt
4. Pre-cut a project for the March retreat and print out paper piecing patterns for two more wall hangings to go with my mountain/moon project from last fall. (I know this is technically two things rolled into one number, but they are both retreat prep!). 

Let's see how I do this month! 

January Accomplishments

Boy, it really feels like January passed by us quickly! I did a fair amount of sewing this month, but probably spent more time stitching than sewing, which is okay when it is cold and there is a cozy quilt on the couch! I spent a total of 15 1/2 hours sewing in January, much of it focused on Easy Street. Here's the summary of what I finished: 
- Tote bag for my friend's new year's day birthday
- Cut and added borders to my jelly roll top
- Pieced all the blocks and setting triangles for Easy Street and started quilt top assembly
- Loaded and quilted Barbara's flying geese quilt
- Made a tree block for bee-mate Caryl
- Made an angel gown for colleague

I will do a separate post on my four things challenge and lay out my plans for February there. Hope you had a good January! 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Stash Report - Week 5 2013

I haven't posted a stash report for the last few weeks because I haven't been adding or cutting into any fabric. This week, I did a little of both :) 

I used a few small pieces for small projects. First up is a tree block for my bee mate Caryl. This will be my last bee block for a while as I am returning to work full time this week (I have been working 4 days/week). It is a paper pieced block and it was fun to make. 
The second project was an angel gown. I have a colleague at work whose wife lost a baby midway through her pregnancy, so I sent the gown off to them this week. I have had several friends who have had late pregnancy losses, so was glad to be able to contribute something that could provide a little comfort. I think I can get 2 angel gowns from each fat quarter so plan to make a few more to donate to the program through our guild for local hospitals. 

I also did a little shopping yesterday to take advantage of the super bolt/football widow sales. I got to Quilts Plus mid-afternoon and found that they were out of almost all of their precuts, but luckily they had one jelly roll remaining of the new Noteworthy fabric from Sweetwater. I picked that up and a yard of coordinating fabric, plus a This and That pattern for a bag, because I can't seem to pass up bag patterns and I haven't bought one for a while!

The end result for the week is: 
Fabric added this week: 3 1/2 yards
Fabric used this week: 1/4 yard

Fabric added year to date: 3 1/2 yards
Fabric used year to date: 3 yards
Net fabric added: 1/2 yard

I hope to get to some cutting this week so I can be back in the black by next week's stash report!