Saturday, August 22, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
The theme this year was County Fair. As usual, I hang several of my quilts on our porch railings.
Lynn's Award winning Chili!
(all amounts are estimates)
3-4 lbs ground beef--browned and drained (collect, discard fat, return liquids to meat)
To the pot of browned meat, add the spices and stir until the meat is evenly mixed with the spices.
Spices: (vary amounts by your taste preferences)
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground red pepper
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Rinse and drain three-four 15 oz cans of beans.
I use a variety, including black Beans, light red kidney, and dark red kidney
In a large crock pot, place
1-2 chopped onions
2/3rd of the meat
the rest of the meat
Pour over top:
One 29 oz can petite dice tomatoes
One 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1-2 small cans of diced mild green peppers
I rinse out these cans, adding the water to the crock pot to bring liquid level to 1 inch from top.
Put above ingredients into large crock pot. Cover and cook for 4-5 hours on low.
About 1/2 hour before serving, add:
1 cup of frozen corn
about 1/2 cup of dried polenta mixed with about 1 cup of water (if no polenta, use corn meal)
Cover and cook for 1/2 hour, stirring twice
Serve sprinkled with grated cheddar or jack cheese
Friday, August 14, 2015
I enjoy having this record of my quilting life, with a bit of our family life and family history and a little cooking and my work life.
Thank you for reading!
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
80 blocks, 9 inches finished.
It was so much fun again using the wild prints from my stash and many from my neighbor.
The solids were also in my stash including quite a few from my mother's fabrics.
Early in my nursing career I cared for a man with Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease. The first neurologic indication of his disease was his uncharacteristic repainting his garage a different bright color for every board. He bewilderingly asked me what was so wrong about doing that and I explained it wasn't the act of painting it that way, it was that this was a sudden change in how he was expressing himself.
I told Andy that with my recent change of making very bright quilts, he may want to keep an eye on me for a prion disease.
Thursday, August 06, 2015
My neighbor Sharon called me over to share some quilting weight fabric scraps given to her by a home decorator friend. The fabrics were nothing I would have chosen to buy and were just what I wanted to help my own wild fabrics look even better!
Thinking of no sashings, no borders, just blocks. I have about 22 completed blocks and solids cut for another 50. Thinking of setting them 8 by 9 right now, but that may change.
Blocks finish 9 inches.
I use the Easy Angle ruler for the triangles, so all pieces are cut from 3 1/2 inch strips. The rectangles are cut 2 by 3 1/2 and the center square is 3 1/2 inches.
Thank you, Sharon! I may come over for more!
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Sign ups are now closed, but you can purchase the block instructions on their website.
The blocks are made at 6 inches and 12 inches. I am using 30's repros and repeating the fabrics within the block It is interesting how the scale of the fabric plays out in the different sizes.
I was going to use different yellows for the backgrounds, but am falling in love with this very soft yellow--now to try to figure out what it is so I can get more as I have only a bit left.
Monday, August 03, 2015
It was so much fun to make! Having my pre-cut squares shoe box(es) ready to go made quick work of her delightful pattern. I still had some 3 1/2 inch short lengths out from my Ships quilt that I hadn't gotten around to cut down (sometimes my procrastination pays off) that went towards the star points.
I used flying geese for the star points. For the background I used the same Moda blue that I had used for the rail fence streak of lightning.
Still a box and a third of 2 inch squares remaining. How wonderful to be ready for the next 2 inch square adventure that comes my way!