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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Stash Reports - Weeks 16-17, 2015

Over the last two weeks, I have continued to work on going through my stash and pulling out the stuff i don't love to cut up into fat quarters for our guild show mystery bags. All I can say at this point is that the bags are going to have some very interesting fabrics in them - some people will love and some they will just say "Hmmm" to. Here's the latest - my spoils from last night, when I worked through two bins of black floral/black and white/grey and one bin of green.  

I really thought that I would pull out much less by the time I got to the color bins, but I am finding lots of good gems in there too, so that makes the stash report really sing! 

In addition to that, I have used a little stash for projects over the past two weeks - a binding and some headbands for  my daughter. For the headbands, I use Dana's tutorial at Old Red Barn and it works really well. I also use this pattern for myself and use my headband at yoga. 

I also made a quilt back for one of my UFOs.  I have another quilt loaded onto the frame right now, but plan to get to this one next. I want to have it finished in time for our guild show this fall. 

Here's the final accounting: 
Fabric added last two weeks: 0 yards
Fabric used last two weeks: 34 yards (29 for the donation fat quarters)

Fabric added year to date: 3 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 79 5/8 yards
Net fabric used: 76 1/4 yards

Hope you're getting in time to work on some fun projects! I'll be headed down to the basement later today to work on something...wherever the wind takes me! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Stash Report - Weeks 13-15, 2015

This post should probably be titled "how to make your stash report look really good in one quick week."  I decided a few weeks ago that I would donate a sizeable amount of stash to our guild in the form of fat quarters.  They will go into mystery bags for our biennial quilt show, which is this October. I have 25 plastic bins of fabric in my basement that is almost all fabric I inherited from Lois (you can learn more about this by following the Letters to Lois tag) three years ago. I have done a good job of using lots of her fabric over the past three years, both to help finish up her UFOs and to contribute to my own projects.  Even after three years of usage, there is just a ton of fabric!  That's not a bad thing, but I know there is some of it that just isn't my style and I likely won't ever use.  So, it seems like a good idea to donate it to a show that she loved. 

I started Tuesday night and got through 2 bins - creams and holiday - and had 7 1/2 yards cut. Thursday night I started with the floral bin and wound up with 9 1/4 yards, and then yesterday I continued with floral bin #2 anf cut 11 1/4 yards.  I found fabric dating back to the mid-90s, and some of it may be even older, but didn't have the date on the selvage. I am headed to a quilt show meeting today and will be glad to pass them off to the person who is coordinating the mystery bags. 
Creams and holiday prints
First batch of florals
In the other two weeks, I did piddle away at a few projects and used a little yardage for a back, a purse, and a block.  None of them are ready for show and tell yet, but I hope to get them done soon.  

I did add a yard of fabric back - a nice black and yellow FQ bundle that I won as a guild door prize the other night.  It is like karma...but I am sure glad that it is 28 yards going out and 1 coming in rather than the other way around!  

Fabric added last three weeks: 1 yard
Fabric used/donated last three weeks: 29 yards

Fabric added year to date: 3 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 45 5/8 yards

Net fabric used: 42 1/4 yards

Oh, and P.S.  The 28 yards going out....doesn't even make a noticeable difference in the bins...guess I will keep going through the other colors! 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

March 2015 New Recipes

March was the month of desserts for us!  I made four different desserts over the course of 5 days, and three of them were new and enjoyed very much.  We also tried a few other new recipes.  Here's the rundown: 

The month started off cool, which calls for soup!  We tried Italian Soup from Midwest Living, and it was great.  I will definitely put this in our rotation for winter soups. The only adjustment we made to this recipe is that we excluded the celery because I didn't have any. It was fine without it :) 

About mid-month, I found a pork loin on sale and picked that up to make Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Loin.  This one is a Martha Stewart recipe and I am always leary of them because of the long list of ingredients and instructions, but this one wound up being quite easy. I made the marinade on a Saturday morning and it sat in the fridge through the day, then cooked up late afternoon.  It was delicious! There is also a prune and apple chutney that goes with this recipe, but we just used the liquid from the pan and some horseradish and that was the perfect compliment. 

The third recipe we made this month was from our Taste of Home Easy Cooking book, and it is called Peppy Parmesan Pasta.  It was great - a nice alternative to the pasta with canned sauce that we normally eat mid-week. We did omit the olives since no one in our house is a fan. 

Next up are the desserts.  The first one is a long-overdue birthday cake for my mom called a Snowball Cake (I did have to log on to Family Circle's site to get to this recipe, but found I already have a logon since I am part of APQ's site too, so you might already have a logon too!). I thought it was perfect for her because she loves winter, chocolate, and coconut!  It starts with a cake mix, but then has some add-ins and homemade icing.  In the end, it was delicious! 

The next night, I had my bunco group here, so made the Easy Berry Fruit Tart for dessert.  The only finicky thing about this recipe is finding creme fraiche, which I can get locally at Trader Joe's.  This one was lick-your-lips good and we didn't have a spare piece left over. This may become my go-to recipe each year when the berries are in season! 

A few days after that, I made the American Berry No Bake Cheesecake (I can't remember why now!).  It was also very good, and Jack did the placement of the fruits across the top. The recipe calls for a flag pattern, but he went another direction.  The kids didn't care for the cheesecake that much, so I probably won't make this one as a family dessert that much.  

Last recipe for the month was Banana Bars, a recipe written out by our daycare teacher many years ago. Jack loved bananas as a toddler and he loved these bars when they made them at school, so she sent home the recipe and we'd never made it.  It was a really easy one to make with older bananas, and I actually prefer it to banana bread, which is my usual go-to recipe with old bananas. (If you want the recipe for this one, just leave me a comment and I will mail it to you.)
We devoured most of the pan before I could get a picture! 
This didn't even begin to put a dent in all the dessert recipes we have, but it was a great chance to try a few of them!  Hope you find something you'd like to try this month!