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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Stash Report - Weeks 31-34 2013

It has been a while since I posted a stash report because I have been off enjoying some much needed vacation, working late, watching TV late into the night (love series binge watching on Netflix!), and celebrating the passing of another year (for which my husband made a delicious dinner complete with key lime pie - yum!).

I spent a full week off from sewing room work, but I did bind and label a couple quilts and did some stitching. Last weekend, I was doing a little sorting through stuff and found one of Lois' UFOs that I could work on, so I got going on it and have made four blocks through the course of the week.

Yesterday I got the last two cut and one of them made. The final one is on my table ready to be sewn. I have a busy week, but hope to get the last one put together so that I can start to audition borders.

I just had to cut a couple pieces from the red this week and I also have the binding from the baby quilt that I showed last week to count in my stash report.

Fabric added last 4 weeks: 0 yards
Fabric used last 4 weeks: 3/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 14 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 42 yards

Net fabric used: 27 1/8 yards

Hope you have had a great month (so far) with your stash!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Design Wall Monday - Aug 19 2013

I have a baby quilt to show today that will (hopefully) be packed and in the mail by the end of the week. I got it put together in late July and quilted shortly after, but it has taken me a few weeks to get the binding done. I was able to plow through it this week while watching a whole season of a show on Netflix - nothing like tv time to get a binding on!
Using inspiration from Angela Walter's first book, I followed the zig zag pattern for the quilting (when I started, it was really scary!). I did swirls in all the white zig zags and then a unique pattern in each of the colored zig zags. I had fun with it and the custom quilting really didn't take that much longer than an all over or a panto. The detail shots aren't great, but it gives you a bit of an idea of what I quilted in a few of the sections.

Hope you had time for some sewing (or binding) this week too. I am headed to the basement to work on a UFO for a while -- if luck serves me, I may have something else to show by the end of this week!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

July Cookbook Challenge

I dragged my heel a little on picking a cookbook at the beginning of July since I had such a bad cookbook challenge month in June (plus, I also had a really bad case of poison ivy and no interest in doing anything). After a little reviewing, I settled on The I Love Trader Joe's Cookbook by Cherie Mercer Twohy.  I got this cookbook from my aunt for Christmas and it is the one which sparked the whole challenge, as I could hardly make room when I stuffed it in the cupboard where I keep my cookbooks. 

I made a trip to Trader Joe's early in the month to pick up several items that I didn't think I could find at the regular grocery store and had luck with all but one item (the checker told me that it isn't an official TJ's cookbook since they rotate their stock and can't guarantee that they will have the ingredients). I also flagged the book with post-its so I would remember what recipes I wanted to make throughout the month, and it worked great! 

We had another high month - we made 11 recipes! Here they are: 
Corn and Basil Rice - with basil from our garden - this was so yummy we fought over the leftovers.
Glamour Salmon - we always cook salmon the same way so I was a little nervous about this, but we all loved it and Jack declared it the best salmon he's ever eaten! 
Maple Mustard Chicken - this was a little out of the box for me since I don't like mustard and I wasn't crazy about it for that reason, but everyone else liked it, so it will become a good meal to make when I am not home for dinner :)
Margarita Shrimp - Mmmmmmmm is the best thing to say about this recipe. The kids weren't crazy about it but Mike and I loved it! 
Maxi Mini Peanut Butter Cup Cookies - those aren't chocolate chips you see, they are tiny little peanut butter cups. You use them and peanut butter in these cookies and they are really yummy! The best part is that it didn't use the whole package of mini peanut butter cups, so there were extras left for snacking! 
Chicken Pesto Salad - with homemade walnut pesto. The flavors in this were a little strong - between the walnut pesto and the red wine vinegar, it was a little too much. I think I'd try this again with a more mild pesto. 
Pesto Pork - this was the rockstar recipe for the month! This was also made with homemade pesto, almond this time and it was really, really good. I don't know that we'll eat pork tenderloin any other way from now on! 
General Tsao Pork with Rice Sticks - We made this a few nights before the pesto pork and it was okay. The kids didn't like it and I wasn't crazy about the green beans in it. We might try it again when it is cooler out and a soupy dinner sounds more appealing (and we'll skip the green beans next time!). 
Quick Black Beans and Rice (Sausage added by us) - We make this dish all the time as it is one of the favorites in our house - but we mixed it up a little by following the cookbook recipe for the black beans and rice part. It was much tastier than what we usually make and will go into the normal rotation. 
Roasted Potatoes, Shrimp, and Pancetta - My only regret about this recipe is that there wasn't enough for leftovers - it was also one of the highlights of the month and everyone liked it (even Jack who swears he doesn't like potatoes!). 
Carne Asada Salad - I made this dish for my parents one night when we ate there. The beef was a little spicy (it was a prepackaged Carne Asada steak from TJ's) and given the spice, I didn't even offer it to the kids. My mom and I liked it and my dad was lukewarm. 
So, that's the report - we found a couple great new recipes and, like many of the cookbooks before, there are still more I want to make! I am really glad to have explored this book - it is one of the best of the year so far! 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Four Things - August 2013

Back at the beginning of July, I decided to try something a little different and list more than 4 things that I wanted to get done so I would have a little flexibility.  It worked out pretty well for me - here's the original list and my progress: 

1. Finish quilting and bind Rolling Stones mini quilt - Done! 
2. Finish and mail giveaway presents - I finished them both, but haven't delivered/mailed them yet
3. Make a new purse - Done!
4. Piece baby quilt top - Done! 
5. Make quilt back for red & white quilt - I picked the fabric, but haven't made the back yet.
6. Quilt graduation quilt for my mom (she didn't graduate, she made it for a graduate!) - didn't start it, but it is next up to quilt
7. Label and mail my two donation quilts for ALS Quilts and Dreams Challenge - didn't touch them, stays on the list for August

For August, I am going to use the same approach in hopes that it helps with motivation.  My goal is to finish four of the things below: 
1. Mail/deliver giveaways
2. Quilt the graduation quilt 
3. Label and mail ALS donation quilts
4. Make quilt back for red & white quilt
5. Quilt red & white quilt
6. Bind, label, and mail baby quilt
7. Continue on paper pieced sunrise over the mountain

That should keep me busy for the month! 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

July 2013 Accomplishments

I got my sewing routine back to normal (well at least as close to normal as I get) during July. I spent time each weekend sewing and a little during the week too, and my total of 14 3/4 hours was buoyed by a sewing afternoon with my mom and a sewing day with her too. Here's what I got done: 

- Cut up and made a few pet beds
- Made a new purse for myself (mine is on the left)
- Finished quilting and bound Rolling Stones
- Loaded and quilted a baby quilt for my friend Loralei
- Finished both giveaway projects (pictures after they are delivered)
- Made a quilted block for a bee project
- Cut out the parts for an advent quilt
- Cut fabrics, pieced, loaded, and quilted a baby quilt

I think that's a pretty good month - let's hope I can keep it going in August!