Sunday, April 24, 2011

April 24, 2011

Happy Easter, Everyone!  I hope you are enjoying your day with family and friends.

FASCINATING – EMBROIDERY ON EGGS!
I agree with the gal  and pass on this one. Still, it is impressive.

TV TRAY IRONING COVER
This is a great idea. I’m going to make one for two reasons. One, this will fit in my sewing room where a regular ironing board doesn’t; and, two, this is a great idea for retreats, where we don’t always need the large board, and there is usually a line to use it.

FREE PATTERN – OFFSET SQUARES
A very pretty quilt with nature-inspired batiks.

PARADE OF STRINGS
This is so cool! Looking at all that can be done with string blocks just gets my quilty juices flowing.

QUILTED MAD TEA PARTY SET
If you have little girls in your family, this is a perfect gift for them! I love it and will be looking for just the right fabric.

QUIRKY CELEBRATIONS
Monday, April 25, 2011
Barbershop Quartet Day

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
National Be Kind to Lawyers Day (Why?!)
Walk on Your Wild Side Day (Oh, Yeah!)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Thomas Jefferson Day

Thursday, April 28, 2011
International Moment of Laughter Day

Friday, April 29, 2011
National Take a Wild Guess Day
National That Sucks Day (Whatever!!!)

Saturday, April 33, 2011
Record Store Day

Sunday, May 1, 2011
Bat Appreciation Day (like the beavers last week… Why???)
Nothing Like a Dame Day


WHAT’S FOR DINNER
Baked Pineapple Dressing
    I’ve been making this for years. Goes great with ham.

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 can (1 lb. 4 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained
5 – 7 slices white bread, cubed

Cream butter and sugar. Beat eggs, one at a time, by hand, and add to creamed mixture. Stir in pineapple and bread cubes. Add pineapple juice. Bake uncovered in 350 oven for 20 – 25 minutes.


Have a great week!

The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary.  ~Mary Kurtz

Sunday, April 17, 2011

April 17, 2011

I want to thank everyone who made stars for the Just One Star project. I mailed 32 stars off to them. The stars were made by members of the Savannah Quilt Guild and Loose Threads of Guyton. For those who asked about the pattern for the quilt that the stars will be made into, you can find it here:  http://www.beverlys.com/downloadable/download/sample/sample_id/306/

ORGANIZING TOTE BASKET
This looks like a great tote! Would make wonderful gifts.

STRAWBERRY SHOPPING BAG
SEW cute!!! Make several to keep in your car.

BIAS STEM TUTORIAL
This is a great tutorial on making bias stems for appliqu├ęd vines, flowers, and more.

DO YOU BISCORNU?
I had no idea what a biscornu was… in fact, I never heard (or read) the word before I found this site. After seeing Carol Diver’s work at Savannah Quilt Guild last week, I think this would be a good beginner needlework project.

FREE SEWING CADDY AND THREAD CATCHER PATTERNS
I had to find a FREE pattern for one of these after the last workshop where the gal sitting next to me had one. This site has links to several different caddy/catchers. Make one for yourself and another for a sewing buddy.

MORE ON-LINE MUSEUMS
A continuation of the sites I posted last week. These have some interesting photos and info about sewing related stuff.


QUIRKY CELEBRATIONS
Monday, April 18, 2011
Barbershop Quartet Day

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
National Be Kind to Lawyers Day (Why?!)
Walk on Your Wild Side Day (Oh, Yeah!)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Thomas Jefferson Day

Thursday, April 21, 2011
International Moment of Laughter Day


Friday, April 22, 2011
National Take a Wild Guess Day
National That Sucks Day (Whatever!!!)

Saturday, April 23, 2011
Record Store Day

Sunday, April 24, 2011
Bat Appreciation Day (like the beavers last week… Why???)
Nothing Like a Dame Day

WHAT’S FOR DINNER
CHEDDAR MEATLOAF
1-Egg
¾ C. Milk
1-C. Shredded Cheddar cheese
½ C. Quick Oats
½ C. Chopped Onion
1 tsp. Salt
1# hamburger
2/3 C. Ketchup
½ C. packed brown sugar
1 ½ tsp. prepared mustard
½ chopped green pepper

Combine all ingredients, put into a loaf pan.
Cook at 350 for 1 ½ hr. Let stand about 15 min. before serving.

That’s it for this week.
When life throws you scraps, make a quilt.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April 10, 2011

I hope everyone is having a great Spring. I love this time of the year… the new green, blossoms everywhere, the warmer (but not yet HOT) weather, and more daylight.


This beauty burst open a couple of days ago. My Hubby produces wonderful flowers each year for me.

TABLE SETTING PLACEMAT
This would be so cute to make for kids to teach them out to set a table. I see some for my grands in the near future.

LOTS OF FREE PROJECTS – NOT JUST QUILTING
Quilts, messenger bags, toys, etc. Lots to choose from.

CHALK CLOTH PLACEMATS
What a great idea to keep kids busy while out to dinner. Stick this into the tote bag you made along with some chalk.

FREE QUILT PATTERNS – AND EASY TOO
This site has very good instructions.

QUILTERS’ EYE CANDY
Quilters LOVE eye candy. Here’s what one quilt guild has produced.

ON-LINE MUSEUMS
These sites have some interesting photos and info about sewing related stuff.
QUIRKY CELEBRATIONS
Monday, April 11, 2011
Barbershop Quartet Day

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
National Be Kind to Lawyers Day (Why?!)
Walk on Your Wild Side Day (Oh, Yeah!)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Thomas Jefferson Day

Thursday, April 14, 2011
International Moment of Laughter Day

Friday, April 15, 2011
National Take a Wild Guess Day
National That Sucks Day (Whatever!!!)

Saturday, April 16, 2011
Record Store Day

Sunday, April 17, 2011
Bat Appreciation Day (like the beavers last week… Why???)
Nothing Like a Dame Day


WHAT’S FOR DINNER
No Fuss Meat Loaf
Servings: 6

Ingredients:
2 egg
1/2 cup water
1 (6 oz.) package instant stuffing mix
2 pounds ground beef
Ketchup

Preparation:
In a large bowl, beat egg and water. Add stuffing mix and contents of seasoning packet; mix well. Add beef; mix well. Press into an ungreased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pan. Top with ketchup. Bake, uncovered, at 350F for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160F.

Have a great week!

Try to keep your needles out of the carpet, and nettles out of your knickers.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

March 27, 2011

Hubby and I went to Beaufort and Hunting Island, SC, last Sunday for the first time. The weather man said it was going to be 80, but he was SEW wrong. It was barely above 60 and gale force winds. We did see enough of the area to make us want to go back on a nicer day.

650 RED AND WHITE QUILTS
This is an unbelievable display! Wouldn’t you love to see it in person?!?!?

GATHERED ROUND BASKET
This is a very cute, very easy, basket for all kind of uses!

QUILTER’S CADDY
Another quick project with lots of uses.

TOO BAD WE DON’T GET SNOW IN GEORGIA
This is a great tutorial for dying fabric using snow – of all things! Does a beautiful dye job. Sure wish we could try it here!

ONE QUILTER’S ORGANIZATION METHOD (She happens to be from ALASKA!)
I may have to try this. Anything would be an improvement over the mess I have.


LOTS OF FREE PATTERNS
I was looking for a pattern for chemo caps and came upon this site. LOTS of good stuff here.

NEW BOM
This is a quilted dollhouse and should be very cute. She has the fabric requirements and block 1 (front door) ready for download.


WHAT’S FOR DINNER
Slow Cooker Three-Cheese Creamy Lasagna
Servings: 6

Ingredients:
8 no-boil lasagna noodles (from 16-oz. package)
1/2 cup chive-an-onion cream cheese spread (from 8-oz. container)
1 can (18 oz.) Progresso Vegetable Classics creamy mushroom soup
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz.)
1 cup milk
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (1 oz.)
Paprika

Directions:
1.    Spray 3- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Layer half of the noodles in slow cooker, braking noodles and overlapping as necessary.
2.   In small microwaveable bowl, microwave cream cheese spread on High 20 to 30 seconds. Stir in soup until well blended. Pour half of soup mixture over noodles. Sprinkle with half of the Cheddar cheese.
3.   Repeat layers with remaining noodles, soup mixture and Cheddar cheese. Carefully pour milk over all. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and paprika over top.
4.   Cover, cook on Low setting 4 to 5 hours.

QUIRKY CELEBRATIONS
Monday, March 28, 2011
Teachers’ Day (Czech Republic – like we needed to know this)


Tuesday, March 29, 2011
National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Grass is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day

Thursday, March 31, 2011
National “She’s Funny That Way” Day

Friday, April 1, 2011
April Fool’s Day
National Fun at Work Day

Saturday, April 2, 2011
National Love Our Children Day

Sunday, April 3, 2011
Tweed Day

That’s it for this week. Please be safe, but have fun!
May your bobbins always be full!

March 20, 2011

I hope everyone took time to enjoy some quilting yesterday, National Quilting Day, and also enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day. I am loving the spring weather and all the beautiful blooms.

FREE PATTERNS
Everyone loves free stuff --- and this site is loaded with it. Be sure to look ALL the way down as there are lists of sites galore.

CAR CADDY
Many of us sew in the car while traveling to visit family and friends. This is the perfect caddy to have in the car to keep your tools handy. I definitely will be making this one!

SPEAKING OF CADDIES . . .
This site has a GREAT list of caddies and organizers… and the best part, the patterns are all FREE! Be sure to check it out. I know you’ll find something you just have to have.

22 SURPRISING USES FOR YOUR DISHWASHER
I know it’s not quilt related, but it is useful information.


WHAT’S FOR DINNER
FAST AND EASY TUNA A LA KING
Servings: 4
Ingredients:
Update
  • 1 can Tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup (I use Cream of Celery)
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 can Peas (8 oz.), drained
  • Toast triangles, rice, or biscuits.
Directions:
Heat soup and milk over medium heat.  Add flaked tuna and peas. Bring to a boil and simmer a minute. Serve hot over toast triangles, rice or biscuits.

NEED SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE?

Monday, March 21, 2011
Memory Day

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
As Young As You Feel Day
International Goof Off Day

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
National Puppy Day
Near Miss Day

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Birthday – Harry Houdini (1874)

Friday, March 25, 2011
Pecan Day
Tolkien Reading Day

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
National Cherry Blossom Day

Sunday, March 27, 2011
Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day

That’s it for this week.
Be safe, have fun, and may your bobbins always be full!