Monday, February 20, 2012

QOV 3 finished top!

My third QOV top is finally pieced, pressed, and ready to be quilted.


The only thing I have left to do is piece the backing together so that I can request a longarmer and ship it off.


I chose to use Moda's American Primer "Hair Ribbons" fabric for the backing.  I got four yards of it at the Houston quilt festival especially for a QOV.  I think that I'll just do a solid red for the quilt binding to keep it simple.


Piecing backings is my least favorite quilt task.  I find it difficult to get a really straight edge over a long length of fabric.  I'm also hoping that I have enough yardage to match-up the pattern on the back.  If anyone out there has some tips or tricks they use to really square up their backings, I'd be glad to know them.    

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Dinner Recipe

Nothing goes better with the cold wet weather than a nice bowl of soup.  One of my favorite soups is Butternut Squash.  I have found ready made butternut squash soup at the grocery store, but it is a bit too heavy on potatoes for my taste, plus it has a lot more fat and salt than it really needs.  So I decided I was going to make a nice big batch of soup for dinner.  I can freeze the left overs and reheat them next time I want a good soup.  This is a slightly different version of my normal butternut squash soup because instead of turnips, parsnips, or potatoes it uses celery root.  I love celery root; it has a medium strong flavor and gives the soup a nice base.

Butternut Squash and Celery Root Soup 

1 large pot
1 hand blender

2 small or 1 large butternut squash
1 Celery root
3 onions
2 whole carrots
3 cloves garlic
1T dried parsley
4 C. water
generous dash of salt
Cooking spray or butter

Skin and chop up all your vegetables.  Spray cooking spray or add butter to your pot on medium high heat.  Add onions and garlic and cook until tender.  Add the butternut squash, celery root, carrots, parsley, and 4 cups water.  Turn down to medium heat, cover,  and continue cooking until all the vegetables are very tender.  Take your hand blender and puree the soup until it is the consistency that you desire.  You may need to add water at this point if the soup is too thick.  This soup tastes great topped with grated cheese.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Heart Wreath


I just wanted to share my last minute Valentine's project with everyone.  This crepe paper rosette wreath was made with a pizza box cut into the shape of a heart, three rolls or crepe party streamers, hot glue, and a scrap piece of ribbon.  In total it took a bit over an hour to make and only cost 4 dollars.  Happy Valentines!

Hexagon I spy

I love paper pieced hexagons. They are so easy and fun, plus you can take your fabric scraps and some paper pieces just about anywhere to knock out some hexes while waiting a the library or doctor's office.

I buy my paper pieces because I want them to all be uniform, and I hate cutting them out. I also use the fold/over back stitch method to secure my fabric around the paper. Never stitch through the paper or when it comes time to take the paper out you'll be picking all your basting stitches out for every piece. I think that there are some tutorials out there about the best methods for paper piecing.

Over the last year I've been working slowly and steadily on a 2" hexagon I spy for my kids. To get a nice lap sized quilt requires about 450 pieces, so I've had to beg to raid the stashes of friends and family, pick up one or two fabrics new fabric pieces when I hit the stores, and even order scrap packs in hopes of getting a few new hexagons.

I'm now getting close to the finish line. I have stacks and stacks of lovely hexagons that are waiting to for a few more friends to join their ranks. Once they are all ready, I will start piecing them together.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fugly fabric party giveaway!

UPDATE - This giveaway is now closed.
Wendy - Pack A, Gina - Pack B, Sallie - Pack C

Lucy at Charm About You is hosting a fugly fabric party. 
Fugly Fabric Party

Here's the deal.  We all have fabric that we don't want anymore.  I personally have inherited some pretty fugly fabrics over the years from friends who didn't want it to go to waste.  The problem is,  I'll NEVER use it, but the fabric hoarder in me can't throw it out because it is perfectly good fabric. 

So, I'm giving away two packs of fabric (one per winner) to anyone who comments below. Tell me what you think you can do with this fabric, and which fabric pack you want.  The people whose answers I like the best will win! I will pay postage anywhere in the USA.

This pack of fabric contain 1/2 yard to whole yard cuts of the orange flower and blue fabrics.  The pooh fabric is at least two yards.  

Pack B contains a variety of 1/4 yard cuts, some small scraps, and about 1 yard of the grey fabric (the grey is a slightly heavier weight cotton)

These are not exactly fugly, but they have been living in a large dark tote box for years and long to see the light of a sewing machine! 4FQs and 1yrd

This giveaway closes on Valentines day morning (Berlin time) and the winner will be announced shortly after that.  So, someone please take this fabric Good Luck to Everyone.

Friday, February 3, 2012


Here's just a little sneak peak of how my Quilt of Valor is coming along.  I've finished piecing the top and am giving it a final press with a light misting of starch to really flatten my seams. I also use a q-tip to put a bit of extra starch at the intersecting seams so that they stay down during the quilting process.


My hubby has promised to help me get a good picture of this top outside before it goes off to the long-armer, but it's hard to get motivated when it's 13 degrees outside. We did have a little sun yesterday, and it looked so pretty coming through the quilt top. It reminds me of stained glass.


I'm also linking up again with Lily's site for her small blog meet
Small Blog Meet

I always love visiting new blog sites. It's crazy how many great blogs are out there; I just can't keep up! So if you're visiting from Lily's, make sure to leave me a comment so that I can head to your site and return the favor. :)
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