If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Monday, January 30, 2012

I finished take 2 #2


I was able to work on something of my own today and that was the second set of it takes two. Now I don't know about anyone else but I had some issues with a couple of blocks. I thought I had read somewhere else about the same thing but when I went looking for it I could not find it.


 It took me all day because I had to deal with trying to find someone who would come out here to work on our hot water heater. It went out Friday and "the man of the place" could not get it working. I was told by a couple of places that they didn't come this far out here. Finally found someone who would but not until tomorrow. I am really needed a shower in a bad way. A sponge bath only go so far if you ask me. "The man of the place " actually takes a cold shower. I'm a sissy and just can't do it.

I finish one of the grandson's hats. I have this preemie hat pattern and it will be perfect. Chances they will be early and little so they will need ones of this size.

Tomorrow I have to finish a UFO that I have listed. I can not believe I have not finished one before this.
So my goal is to finish the purple twist
till next time
Kat
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Egg Recipe #5



Spaghetti Cabonara





Ingredients



1 pound spaghetti
1/2 pound bacon, sliced crosswise into 1/2 inch pieces
3 large eggs
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese with some extra for topping
Black pepper


Directions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and cook the spaghetti. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium-low heat until just crispy, 8 to 10 minutes. Skim off some of the fat. Drain the pasta, add to the bacon in the pan, and toss to combine.
Whisk together the eggs, cheese, and pepper in a small bowl. Pour into the pasta, and combine thoroughly. Serve immediately with extra grated cheese, if desired.
Serves 4 - 6

Now do not worry about the raw eggs, seeing how the pan is hot, the noodle are hot and so is the bacon, the egg mixture is cooked plus the cheese melts.

First time for this one and I like it and so did "the man of the place".

Very easy and fast.


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Oh my, stash report

I was doing so good until this week. 
I couldn't help it, I was at a shop that had Blueberry Crumb Cake by Moda

 and I have this thing for blue so I just could resist. Have no quilt planned, just goes in the stash for when I do find that right project.
I had not bought any fabric in a couple of months and then it's like I went off to the deep end. I have bought 35.5 yards.    Woo - wee
I now have a minus usage.


Used this Week: .5 yards
Used year to Date: 4.5 yards

Added this Week: 35.5 yards
Added Year to Date: 36 yards
Net Used for 2012: -31.5 yards


Not good, I need to get really busy and start using it up. 

Check out Patchwork Times to see how others are doing.

Till next time
Kat
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Friday, January 27, 2012

My Turtle Pincushion Collection


I have been off the the grid here all week. It's not because of anything technical, its just that I have been busy doing heaven knows what. I have nothing to show for all my busyness. So I thought I would share my pincushions I have collected. "The man of the place" loves turtles and because he loves them I figure I would share in his love.  I believe in if I am to collect anything, it has to be something that is hard to find so that way I will not end up with a lot of it. I just do not have the room
Plus I hate to dust.

Here is some of my turtles,
 His head and tail bobs up and down.

I think this one is a french turtle, the hat.

Me and "the man of the place", so sweet isn't it.


This one is only 2 inches long. So cute.

I am always on the look out for more.

Till next time
Kat
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Linked this toVintage Thingie Thursday

Monday, January 23, 2012

Disappointment

 I wrote my post this morning with plans of getting a couple of things done in the sewing room. Just did not go as planned. My focus was just not there. I would start with a task and then get sidetracked with something else. Example I was going to work on the Sisters in Scriptures block, then I realize that I had to make copies of the pattern for the ladies, so I proceeded to make copies on the copy machine. While doing that I was in the spare room when I thought about some fabric I had and figured it was in here somewhere. An hour later, no fabric but did get the copies made.
Went back to making the block, this is  the Afflicted Women or also known as Veronica   

OK that's done, believed I could finish working on Morris Meadow.
No, I get a phone call that I ended up having to go take care of.
Get back and had to go feed the cows since I put it off so I could a ton done in the sewing room, 
yea right

There is always tomorrow, God willing.

What's Up Monday 1/23/2012

I have a lot up today, I have whats up on my design wall, my stash report for last week and then my 
To Do List.  
So wasting no time I'll get right to it
Here is whats up and it's two projects;
1: the purple sugar twist

2: Sisters in Scriptures, This the second quilt designed by Rev. Connie Taylor. The quilt goes along with a bible study of 12 women in the bible.
top left to right; Deborah, Mary mother of Jesus, Huldah
middle; Ruth and Naomi, Elizabeth, Candace
bottom; Ten Bridesmaids
 I have 7 of the 12 done and seeing how I am the one who is giving instructions on how to do each block I need to get the one (Veronica) done for tonight study
Elizabeth

Mary, mother of Jesus


My stash report for the Week 3 is 0 used and 0 added. So my total is the same. I put my stats on my left sidebar.

Well I was able to do 3 out of the 4 that I had down for last week. The one I did not get done was organize the pantry. So first on the list is,

  1. Organize the pantry
  2. I am going to finish the Morris Meadow blocks (2) by Michelle Hill 
  3. Get my blocks for 30's Dresden prepare to applique.  

      
      4. Order seeds for the veggie patch
      5. Plant broccoli and cauliflower .


So that's my short list for this week. I also have a list I make everyday of numerous things I need to get done but those are mainly phone calls, errands to run, cleaning, menu and odds and ends. I am lost if I do not do this. 
I will at the end of the day show what I was able to get done.
Till then
Kat
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Egg Recipe #4

So I made another dessert with eggs and that is because "the man of the place" was begging for something sweet.  I have been trying really hard to keep sweets out of the house after having a overload at Christmas. I gave in and made him Baked Custard, seeing how he ate all the buttermilk pie by Tuesday.
I have never made just custard before, I've made peach custard pie. It was very easy, a lot easier than I thought.
Take only 5 ingredients.


3 beaten eggs
1 1/2 cups milk (2%)
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
    Ground nutmeg or cinnamon

Combine the eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla. Beat till well combined but not foamy.

Place four 6-ounce custard cup or 1/2 pint jars in an 8x8x2-inch baking dish. Pour egg mixture into cups.
Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon.if desired.

Pour boiling water into the baking dish around the custard cups to a depth of 1-inch

Bake in a 350 oven for 30 - 45 minutes. or till a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.



Serve warm or chilled. If desired, loosen edges of individual custards with a spatula or knife, slipping point of spatula down sides to let air in; invert onto dessert plate

Serves 4  (WW points plus 4)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Its done

Well I finished the appliqueing and putting the blocks together, YEA



I live out in the country and at the mercy of our local telephone company providing our internet service and at times it sucks, right now my speed is 26 mbps. Suppose to be 56 - 65 mbps.
Taking a long time to get things done so I'm making this post a short one.
Till next time
Kat
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Future Baby Quilts

My prize came in the mail from Patrick Loose. And to be honest it is quite a coincident that I would win a book on baby quilts and I just happen to be becoming a grandmother for the first time.




      Since my daughter is having boys I was looking for boyish quilts and I like these 3

 And I have had this book for a couple of years with plans on making a couple of the quilts for what was my Grandbaby hope chest. Now they can actually go to the boys now
 This Darcy Ashton" Bunnies and More" book



Oh course we have to have cowboys, this is Oklahoma

till next time
Kat
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Freebie

  This is unbelievable


I wanted to share some information I received the other day. Some of you might have received it also but for those who did not I hope you go check it out. I get a newsletter from Michele over at Quilting Gallery. and in this newsletter she had put together  a list of 60+ sites of free BOM's, quilt-a-longs, swaps, challenges and other fun things. 
It will be worth your while.
Kat

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

For the love of eggs

Lately "the girls" are on a roll, I collected 14 eggs today.

A month ago I was getting just an egg a day. I have been thinking about what has change, and first thing I thought of was they all  stopped molting,  plus the daylight hours are getting longer each day, even thou temps have been getting cooler to the most part and other than that, that's all I can think of. But no matter what the reason I'm sure enjoying have a good supply of fresh eggs.

But I have been dealing with  the past couple of days of a hen eating eggs.
 How many,
 I'm guessing just one. 
There are many reason why hens will eat their eggs.
The shell could be soft or thin and break. I do not think that is the reason  because I have not been finding any plus normally in the winter the shell are thicker.
Lack of protein or calcium in their diet. Oyster shells are a good addition and I do need to add some. I ran out a while back but their shells are thick and hard right now.
I'm thinking one of two things, first thing is just boredom. The hens will do this kind of activity when they have been cooped up and with the winds we were having the past few days I noticed they were sending a lot of time in the hen house.
The second reason is  the nesting material. I notice some  had been move out of the nesting boxes and  the bottom of the boxes are of wire. So the eggs could of been breaking because of the lack of enough nesting material..
I did not find any mess from broken eggs today and I did add extra nesting material this morning so maybe that helped.
If it keeps up I could do a couple of things. Find out who and remove her to a separate cage for a while. And the other I already do. I have golf balls in the nest but I do it for snakes but it can work to for this problems also. If they try to break the egg , they will peck it with the beaks and it will not break so they will drop the habit..
Till next time,
Kat
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Hodge Podge Monday

That is how I feel this morning, I have a hodge podge of thoughts in my mine. For family and friends, they know I live with my to do list/clip board and if I do not have it I'm lost. I'm sitting here this morning trying to get my idea of what I need to do today and this coming week and all I have a cluttered mess in my head. I'm afraid my post is going to reflect that also.

First this is what's up on my wall and whats on my table



And these projects will also go on my to do list and I going to put it out there.

1. Finish putting the sampler together


 2. Start Morris Meadows by Michelle Hill
3. Finish cleaning out the pantry

4. Do some more quilting on my 30's quilt.


That's my short list
Now I have a question about the stash report, I started this year but really not sure about what can be counted as usage. Can we count UFO's we are working on?
If you can leave an answer in comments or email me, I would greatly appreciate it.
Till next time
Kat
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I linked this to BOM Monday at What a hoot?







Sunday, January 15, 2012

Buttermilk Pie; Egg Recipe 3

When thinking about what egg recipe to make this week I was wanting to try something new, something easy and a dessert.  I have heard about Buttermilk Pies but had never made one before. So I started looking for one and one thing I've learned is that most of Paula Deen recipes are just too good. I little on the rich side but very good. So I decided to change it some. I have a habit of doing this to make it just a little healthier and lower in Points (weight watchers  6 pts. 1/8 pie) 

Oh my Gosh, it is sooooo gooood !!!!!!!!! 

The "man of the place" said "It's good and we need more"  *****


Olivia's Buttermilk Pie

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Prep Time:
5 min
Inactive Prep Time:
--
Cook Time:
50 min
Level:
Easy
Serves:
6 to 8 servings

Ingredients                                                                                                        

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar    (I change to 1 cup)
  • 1 cup buttermilk    ( I used low-fat)                                                                                       
  • 1/2 cup biscuit mix (recommended: Bisquick)  (Again I used the low-fat) 
  • 1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch pie pan.  (When using glass pan, lower 25 degrees, 325*F)
Put all ingredients in a bowl and blend for 1 minute with a handheld electric mixer. Pour mixture into prepared pan
. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes.

Till next time
Kat
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

How to needle turn on your machine

I had very briefly mentioned a product I use when I do an invisible style machine applique the other day and I am going to go into some detail on how. I do this needle turned look on my sewing machine. I have not invented anything new I was shown this technique by my friend Pam of Sager Creek Quilt Shop. Also if you want to find any of these products you can purchase them there online from her shop.
OK let me get started here, I am taking part of a bee over at Stash Bee and in our hive we were asked to make Sunni a tree block so this is mine

 To help me get the fabric to turn under is this paper by Ricky Tim. It's your pattern, template, you keep it on your fabric when you sew it down and you leave it in when done. When wet or washed it becomes a soft layer of polyester fibers.  

You will also need a few other items. Paper and fabric scissors, pencil for marking, glue stick (acid-free & water-solvable) I like Elmer's school purple. It is smooth, covers evenly and being purple when moist I can see where it is. The easy edge tool is for pressing the fabric to the paper. Bobbin thread is white lingerie thread and the top thread is  nylon and smoked color. I use that on most colors except white and very pale colors, it will show but on all other colors you do not. 

Take a sheet of the paper and trace your design.


My design was just a little larger than the paper so I took a small piece or paper and with the glue stick, glued it on the side (left)

Here's a tip; when I am making more of one shape, instead of tracing and cutting each one out individual, I staple what I need together and then cut just that one time. I was cutting 5 shapes at a time.


To prepare to cut out the applique piece from your fabric I put a little glue (purple smug) on the paper and stick to the fabric. I do not use pins. Plus when it's time to turn under your fabric, the paper stays put on the fabric.

Did the same for the tree

I trim about a little less than a 1/4". On points I will taper down to about 1/8' and will also cut straight across the end point, making it look flat. This is a good picture as an example.

Put on a some glue, make sure to get most of it on your fabric and do not miss a spot. Be generous


When I do a point like on a leaf, I will fold over the end in before I start going around. This help with making the point sharp.

You will be using the  easy edge tool. It has this rubber tip and also a smooth tip but I like on the most part rubber end. The rubber make a very good gripper and the glue does not  seem to effect it's ability to work properly.

Work it smoothly and firmly all the way around the side. When it comes to the end, you fold it over and as you see, being trimmed there is less bulk and folds very nicely.

Looks nice, point sharp. This one is ready. (17 more to go.  :)  

When it comes to curves you do as with many other methods you need to make little snips so the fabric will stretch around the curve. 

I lay when possible my background over the pattern. Being white it is easy to see through but that's not always the case. Depends on the complication of the pattern I will use other methods but this is my favor way. I will use a light box to help with some others.

I use basting glue to attach my pieces to the background. (no pins they distort the fabric and cause wrinkles.) I use a temporary, water-solvable glue, this is Roxanne's. I love the fine point on it but it come loose at times but I just push it back in. It's never done that when using, only when taking the cap off.

All you need are tiny dots to hold it down.

With all the pieces on I'm ready to sew

Now I used a very small blind stitch but you could also use a tiny zig-zag.

Important that you sew as close to the edge as you can. You need to make sure that you are stitching the background and the applique piece. Not just one or the other. I call it taking a bite of each.


This is what it looks like when done.

Makes a very nice alternate to hand needle turned. I know some who make painful looks when you mention hand applique. So now you can have the look without the pain of hand work.

Till next time
Kat
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