Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Animal House and a Giveaway

The quilt was completed on Sunday but taking good pictures was a challenge due to limited daylight hours.  And then snowy or cloudy weather AAAAARRRRGGGHHHHHH.
I am dying to show this one.  Here is the flimsy.

A beautiful day
Here is the back story of the quilt.
You know that Angela Walters is the queen of FMQ. Since I do not FMQ, (not even to save my life), I had not dived into the pool of Angela worshippers but admired her beautiful work from the sidelines.

But when Angela Walters joined forces with Craftsy (I am an affiliate) for the Midnight Quilt Show, I could not resist her awesomeness any longer.

In May, Angela did this show - Scrappy On Point Triangle Quilt. It is a free pattern.
I did like the pattern, but it seemed incomplete.

Scrappy On Point Triangle Quilt Pattern
The blocks looked like a cute roof, but it seemed that the house was missing. Just my opinion.
Angela had built castles in the air. It was up to me to put foundations underneath. The question was who should live in that house.

Chapter challenge
About the same time, my quilt guild announced the Chapter Challenge for the next Quilt Show - A quilt with Animals.
And I had this AHA moment. I knew what I had to do. I had to take Angela's roof blocks and place them over animal houses.

OK, I did modify the pattern, so that I could use jelly roll strips for the background. 
I started with 1.5" fabric strips. Sew two together along the length. The resulting combined strip set will be 2.5" wide. Placed RST with the 2.5" white jelly roll strips and stitched on both sides to make a tube. The rest of the pattern is the same to get the roof shapes.

Strip set

Making a tube

I did that with several strip sets. Made several roof blocks.

Assembly Line

Now comes the fun part - the houses and their adorable inhabitants.
Black & White need not be boring



Time to put them together!!!
So cute

Holy cow!!!

Heard the buzz?

Oh design wall!!!

Rows of houses and the quilt top comes together.

Coming together

Yes, crabs have a house too!

So cute and so cheerful. I am calling this one Animal House.

Finished Flimsy - Happy Dance

I chose a crabby fabric for the backing. Why not? Let's take the animal theme all the way.
Quilted it using my walking foot, obviously. Just lines. I believe that is breeze - Houses in the Breeze.


The bright orange binding makes everything pop and matches the backing too :-)

Orange Binding Pops

How many different animal fabrics are in there?

Did you see the hedgehogs?

Not all. But a lot of them. There are several that did not make the cut.

Owls are a hoot!

So many owls. What a hoot :-D

The cows and the monsters are my favorite. But the cats have so much attitude. Shall we say Catitude?

Under the Tree

The finished quilt measures about 44" by 61". I am that after a wash it will shrink to under 60" along the length. It needs to be under 60" to qualify for the show.

Bundle of Joy
They may not be measuring each quilt, but I'd hate it if a small technicality kept this bundle of cuteness from making it to the show.

Paul, the model

Here is a close-up of the quilting.

Walking foot quilting

I love it!!!

And if you love a good sale, Connecting Threads is having a sale - all solids are 40% off.

But if you are done spending money, here is a giveaway for you.  I started this blog four years ago. I know time flies, especially since I have been having sew much fun.

To celebrate this anniversary, I will share with you my 5" squares of cute animals.  There are three prizes - 20 squares each of animal cuteness.

Sample of squares in the giveaway

If you'd like to get your hands on these adorable, darling fabrics, please leave me a comment, telling me which animal fabric is your favorite.  If you follow me, leave me a second comment telling me how you follow me.

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I will announce the three winners on Christmas Day.  Wishing you a joyful holiday season.
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Friday, December 1, 2017

Spaghetti Squash Fritters

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 tbls olive oil
  • 1 cup boiled and grated potatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 lemon - zest and juice
  • 1 egg - beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbls + 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder (reduce if you prefer mild)
  • vegetable/canola oil for deep frying

Spaghetti Squash

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut the squash in half, remove the seeds, and smear with a tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Place in a roasting pan, cut sides facing down. Roast for 40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Allow to cool and scrape the insides with a fork.
  • Mix 1 tbls salt into the spaghetti and set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Squeeze out the liquid from the spaghetti, the best you can.  Place in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the potatoes, onion, parsley, zest and juice of one lemon, the beaten egg, salt and chilli pepper and mix well. 
  • Add breadcrumbs 1/4 cup at a time, till you get binding consistency. You need not use all of the breadcrumbs. It depends on how wet or how dry your spaghetti is after the liquid has been squeezed out.
  • Shape into lime size balls and flatten into patties
  • Refrigerate for a couple of hours.
  • Heat oil in a wok. Fry in batches. Drain on absorbent kitchen towels.
  • Enjoy!!!
You should get about 24 fritters.
Variations - You can add 1/4 cup parmesan to the mixture or use parmesan bread crumbs.
Fried golden brown

Monday, November 27, 2017

So many reasons to be thankful...

I was not going to write about it because this is a quilting blog and not an everyday life kinda blog. But it is my quilter friends that I am thankful for and it is the everyday life that inspires my quilting.

with Sylvia in Reading Mall

Earlier this month, I drove to PA to meet with my quilty buddies.  Sylvia and I met up for lunch. She brought me this gorgeous Kaffe fabric. Not a FQ or a sliver but 3+ yards of it.

I love you!!!
Thank you, Sylvia.
How did she know I am having an affair with Kaffe Fassett fabric? Well, I am but that is another blogpost.

Next stop was Mari. We had so much to talk about that I forgot to take pictures - tch tch tch.  I showed her my WIPs. We exchanged ideas, lots of laughter and some yummy food. Yes, of course she showered me with fabric too.

You make me happy!

This is so me!!!
But this is not all. I received more fabric, but that is yet another blogpost. Thank you, Mari.

I have not met Bubby, but I know her from the M* forum.  I was tickled when I received this lovely card and this adorable turkey coaster from her.

Cuteness Overload
And I love the coaster. Thank you, Bubby.

Two weeks ago, Paul had to go to work really early. He had to be there at 3:00AM (yes, it is insane) to coordinate with team members in Australia.
Would I pack him a few sandwiches?
Of course. As I placed the sandwiches in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, I noticed that there were several plastic bags (with leftovers) in the fridge.
Since I would not be up at 2:45AM to hand him the correct bag (and he may be too sleepy/groggy to pick the right one), I placed a note on the sandwich bag saying "THIS IS THE ONE".
Made sure that it was front and center in the fridge and went to sleep.
Later in the day, Paul sent me the following picture.
Melts my heart

The original from February 2008
Of all the joys and blessings in my life, Paul tops the list. Thank you, Paul.

Every year we go to Paul's parents for Thanksgiving but this year Paul had to work on both days.  I assured him that I would prepare the turkey and all fixings.  When my sister asked about our holiday plans I told her that I am staying put to make sure that the hardworking man got a home-cooked meal on the holiday.

Can we come, she asked.
Yes, of course, I answered.

My sister is vegetarian and my niece is allergic to nuts. Paul loves turkey and stuffing etc. We sisters find that food bland and blah. I needed a game plan and an elaborate one to please everyone and kill no one.

When my sister arrived on Wednesday with her 2+1 (my nephew, my niece, and the exchange student from Guatemala) kids, the Indian lunch and the no-nut banana muffins were ready.

I had also prepared the dough for making thumbprint cookies. The kids gleefully made the depressions and messily filled them with jam and marmalade.

Making cookies - making memories
Can you see them smiling?   They were being so goofy!!!  Look at the picture below - everyone is so involved. And my sister took the perfect shot.

My favorite picture
Twenty minutes to heavenly bliss.

Strawberry Preserves & Orange Marmalade Thumbprints

We went out for a Mexican dinner, courtesy my sis :-D Thank you, Sis!!!

Mexican Dinner

Good times

In addition to turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy, I chose to make roasted butternut squash soup, spaghetti squash fritters, roasted root vegetables, roasted broccoli, and an apple spinach salad.

Butternut Squash - cleaned

Seasoned with salt, pepper and cinnamon

Caramelized Sweetness
 Roasted the squash on Tuesday. The soup was made on Wednesday, while muffins were in the oven.
Can you see the silky smoothness?
I have made spaghetti squash before but this time, I wanted to do something special with it.  After roasting and scraping the strands, I added spices, boiled and grated potato, egg and breadcrumbs.

Spaghetti Squash - Roasted and Scraped
Shaped them into patties and refrigerated till an hour before dinner time.
 Deep fried in hot oil till golden brown.
Deep Fried to Golden Brown

I don't think I would have tried these new recipes, if it was just Paul and me. I am glad that my sister came over. I had been wanting to cook squash and this was the perfect opportunity to show off my skills :-)
Cubed Sweet Potatoes

Red Beets


Root Vegetables in an olive oil bath

Roasted and Yummy

Roasted Broccoli

Mashed Potatoes - A little Forkplay

Buttered and Broiled Sexiness
Oh yes, I did make the turkey. Just one breast - in the slow cooker.

Sow Cooker Turkey Breast
Shredded and served.

Paul was happy with his regular Thanksgiving food and my sister was impressed by all the non-traditional items. Even the kids had seconds.

Our Table
It was my first time hosting and it was a hit. Here is my colorful plate.

My plate

I am so happy. I need to write down that squash fritters recipe before I forget it. Did you want it too?

A clean house, a refrigerator full of food, and a happy family. Could I ask for more?
Ah yes, fabric. Well, I took care of that this weekend. Here is a glimpse of my loot.

Yes, I bought the bolt

Saved 134, spent 81

Floral Magic

Perfect Backing for Baby Quilts

Look at those rich colors

And here is a glimpse of the works in progress, which were put aside for the last three days but are now back on the machine, the design wall and everywhere else.

My favorite bag - Becca
Making these for an upcoming art/craft fair. If you are interested in making these bags/pods, I suggest the Craftsy class by Joan Hawley.

A few of the Sweet Pea Pods
Here is another work in progress. The plan (hope) is to have it done by the end of the year. Therefore I am making it my OMG for December.

WIP - December OMG

So much is happening. I have four holiday parties to attend. Cards to write and gifts to pack. Trying to squeeze sewing in between. It is pure chaos and I love it.  So, what is up with you? I'd love to hear from you.

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