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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

To the End of Texas

Have you ever been to McAllen, Texas. This was the first time for me and the first time I had been south of Dallas Texas. I had intentions of writing about our trip to McAllen while being there but I was so tried from traveling the first day and than setting up our booth at the quilt show. By the time we would get back to our room all I wanted to do was rest.
So now I want to share some pictures of our trip and then the next post I'll show a few of the vendors I met and the some of the quilts in the show.
 The first picture I took was the sign saying we were welcome to Texas, no longer in Oklahoma. I have a thing for wanting to get a pic of these signs. I did miss the one coming back that would of been a welcome back to Oklahoma.
 Our first stop was a little out of the way but we wanted to go check out the quilt shop Stitchen' Heaven.
I was surprise that it was located in a semi small town. It was a very nice shop. If you are near Dallas you ought go out of your way and check them out.
 It was good sized and there was a part of the shop that was the same size of the retail portion that was dedicated to their mail order portion of their business.
This is the owner Debby (I hope that's right) and she was sweet enough to let me take a picture of her. 

Here are a couple of the quilts she had hanging in her shop. There our kits to go with these samples if you are interested. Both of these quilts are done in Batiks. I have a love for tree quilts, doesn't matter what the pattern I just love trees.
Amazing

We were about in Austin, Texas, check out the temperature 89. It is only Feb 22, it should not be this warm.

OK like I said I have not been this far south before so coming across this Border Patrol car was an eye opener. I have seen these on TV or movies so I just had to take a picture. The officers were in Subway eating, I hoping that they did not see me taking a picture. Heaven know what they would think of that, maybe a threat. I could imagine  them taking me in for questioning, and then come to the conclusion that I'm just a nutty middle aged women.

Here is something really neat
I believe no matter what age you are, we should try to look at the world the way a child would. Things are new and fascinating,
That's what I thought of this underpass. The lights would change color, so while sitting there stopped at the light you are entertain with a light show.
I thought this was so cool. There is also the color yellow, orange and purple but I was not quick enough to get them all. I did not want to go when the traffic light change for us to go.


Then when  we were leaving, we stopped at a gas station there outside of  McAllen and next to the station was this car lot. And this is the sign with their name. Hard to see but it is BOGGUS, I found that amusing. I know the word I'm thinking of is bogus but when you first see it, that is the word that comes to mind. Funny, huh. 
Till next time.
Kat
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Monday, February 27, 2012

Egg Recipe #9

This recipe is one I eat at least once a week if not more often. Being on WW I am looking for filling dishes but low in points and this one does both.


Egg Burrito

This will serve one but just double, triple or more if wanting to serve more than one

You will need


1 Egg
Fat Free or Reduced Fat Cheese
Whole Wheat Carb Balance Tortilla
Salsa



Scramble the egg 


Heat the tortilla, I put my on top of the burner and heat it that way. I have a gas stove and so I am just using the flame heat. If you do not have gas or prefer to heat in the microwave or in a pan that's fine, just do not use any oil. That will add points and if you do you will need to make adjustment to point totals
Place the egg, 2 Tablespoons of cheese and salsa in your tortilla. 
Roll and ready to eat.
This is 4 points plus but if you another tortilla and split the egg mixture, you will have 2 burritos 
for 5 points plus.
Leave out the cheese and it's 3 pts for one and 4 pts for 2

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Signature Quilts

Last month at our Quilt Study meeting Alice McElwain had brought a couple of her signature quilts. She has a thing for them, if she find one in at least fair shape she'll snag it up. 


This was a quilt she had  purchase and was told it was from Kansas but after doing some research she found out it was actually from Oklahoma. Somewhere in the Durant area.


The blocks are interesting, this here is one block. 
When joined the corners make a group of hearts. the center piece where the signature goes is what I find intriguing Reminds me of a bone but I doubt that's what it is suppose to be. See the L, and the detail to the block. 


 I just fell in love with all the neat embroidery work. Some very creative combinations of stitches were used. All the blocks had a lot of detail.  Different from most quilts in this style I have seen.
If I remember right, she dated it to be from the 30's





Then she had this quilt which again is done in a unique pattern. I wish I could remember the name of this block. I like the bright colors and believe that she dated this one from the 40's

Can you see the blocks?

Till next time
Kat
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Finally Building a House

I know I was suppost to start the first of the year and build one a day. At first I thought I would do it like Jeanneke and cut out the pieces and just sew together. Copied her pattern and then life happens as usual and I did not get to it right away. By the time I got around to it, I decided I was going to paper piece instead. By then she had removed the foundation pattern. I knew I had read on another blog about  having the pattern plus some. Well that too was gone by the time I finally found out who. So my friend Liz (who has kept up and has two rows completed the last time I seen hers) helped me figure it out using EQ7 on making my own pattern. Not that it was hard, its just I'm still new at drafting and it wasn't coming to me.
 I do not paper piece much  :-p 
So here it is my first house.
Working out the technique but I'll have it down soon and hopefully will be producing like crazy.
I have some catching up, as usual, to do.
I won't be doing much the rest of the week because I'm off to McAllen TX., for a quilt show and all I'm taking with me is piecework. 
I will be keeping up on my posts with the trip and the show
Till next time
Kat
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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Egg Recipe #8


I found this recipe a couple of weeks ago on Martha Steward's website while looking for some ways of adding poached eggs in recipes. Needed one that I could use for dinner and since I had some spinach growing in the garden and tomatoes in the freezer, this sounded like a good one for me. You know what, it tasted very good too. This one also is a keeper


Poached Eggs with Spinach


Ingredients


4 large eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil
16 grape tomatoes, halved crosswise
1 teaspoon coarse salt
Freshly ground pepper
8 ounces baby or regular spinach (about 16 cups), tough stems discarded
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives


Directions

Fill a large, shallow, straight-sided pan with 2 inches water. Bring to a boil. Break each egg into a small ramekin.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add tomatoes; cook, stirring, until they start to break down, about 5 minutes. Add salt; season with pepper. Transfer to a plate; tent with foil to keep warm. Add spinach and garlic to skillet; cook, stirring, until spinach has just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Discard garlic.
When water is boiling, add vinegar; turn off heat. Using tongs, tilt ramekins in pan, and slide eggs into water. Cover; let stand until whites are opaque and yolks are cooked as desired, 2 to 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to put eggs on paper towels to drain. Trim whites.
Divide spinach among four plates; lay a poached egg and 8 tomato halves on top. Season with pepper; sprinkle each serving with 3/4 teaspoon chives.

Martha has this warning on her website with the egg recipe and I thought I would pass it along too.

Note: Partially cooked eggs should not be prepared for pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly, or anyone whose health is compromised.


Friday, February 17, 2012

Guessing Game



Can you guess what happen here..


 I was looking out my living room window that looks out onto the patio and what do I see but a big spread of dirt.
Do you know what happened here. It wasn't like this earlier



This is what it was



She just got done taking a bath, dust bath that is.
Now she is ready for a time on the farm now.
You go girl.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

So slow

I meant to write Monday about our first snow

view from my sewing table
 My stash report, what is up on my wall and the new pincushion I made. So time to waste and I'll just right to it.
What's up still on my design wall is  my Hunter Star, half way done with it.

 Color is hard to tell because it's a dark indigo
A pile to trim and sew together.

Then I made a pincushion I had found on Riley Blake's blog. Every Friday there will be a new pincushion pattern and so far she has had some cute one and if you are like me you'll have to try one or two. I'm hoping she'll have a turtle pincushion.
The example they show is using a sundae dish and looks better using that dish, I used a parfait cup. I did not have enough fabric to do the sundae dish but I was thinking about making this again but in wool using my sundae dish.

My stash report is that I used 5.75yds, 5 of it is for the Christmas Quilt along and then some for SKoW project. Did not bring any in. All Good.
Till later
Kat
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cutting Bias Strips from Fat Quarters

Have you ever wanted to cut some bias strips from fabric you just love and all you have is a fat quarter. Well my friend Pam made a video about how to do this and I wanted to share it. I was just amazed and I hope you are too. 
I am now off to find the other one she has done and when I do I will post that one too.

Happy Valentine Day


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Egg Recipe #7



Today I made an Angel Food Cake and  I have to admit, this is the first time I have made one scratch and  not from the box. You know what, it is not that hard and it worked. Oh course whenever I cook my kitchen looks like I fed an army. I have never figured out why I can make such a mess when I cook. 
This recipe is one I got from Martha's website.
 It's a keeper


Angel Food Cake


Ingredients                                                     Serves 8  (6 points plus)

1 cup cake flour (spooned and leveled)
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 large egg whites, room temperature
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place flour and salt in a sieve set over a bowl; sift into bowl, and set aside. With a mixer, beat egg whites on medium-high until foamy, about 1 minute. Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form. Continue to beat, gradually adding sugar; beat until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla; beat to combine.

Gently transfer egg-white mixture to a large, wide bowl. In four batches, using the sieve again, sift flour mixture over egg-white mixture. While turning the bowl, use a rubber spatula to fold in the mixture by cutting down the center and coming up the sides.

Gently spoon batter into an ungreased angel food cake pan with a removable bottom; smooth top. Cut a knife or small spatula through batter to release air bubbles. Bake until cake is golden and springs back when lightly pressed, 35 to 40 minutes. Invert pan; let cool in pan, 1 hour. Run a knife around the inside of the pan and around the tube to release cake, and unmold. Use knife to release cake from bottom of pan, and remove




Variations
Craving chocolate? Replace 1/4 cup cake flour with 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder; reduce vanilla extract to 1 teaspoon.

"The man of the place" gave it 2 thumbs up and wants "so-mo". You know he is liking this being the tester to a new recipe a week. He is going to get use to this and what happens when the year's up.

Till next til
Kat
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Saturday, February 11, 2012

New Christmas Quilt-a-long

Today is the start of Hazel's Quilts so you are just in on the beginning.  Right now it is the deciding stage of which fabrics to use. So that is what I am up to now and like Sharon at Vrooman Quilts I will take time today to give updates on my progress. Like you I am just starting. So now I off to go find fabric.  Good way to use some of my stash.

UPDATE;
OK it took me a few before I could start. We have had our coldest temp so far this winter (16) and I had to take care of "the girls" and the wild birds and such.
So I started looking.
 Now I have a sewing room which is small and also full and knew my container of Christmas fabric was not in there so I went to the spare room where I have put a few things (just a few).
Nope wasn't there so I went to the garage where I have a few tubs stacked.



Again just a few.

 Of course it is at the bottom of the stack in the middle behind the box of bottles

 OK I finally get it out and thank goodness did not hurt my back or anything else and I proceeded to open the container. It exploded, all this Christmas popped up.

 
 Now I have a good selection to pick from as you could tell and this is my choice.
 Red is background,
then from (left to right) dark , medium and light.
Now I need to start cutting.

But you would never knew I had removed over 5 yards of fabric.
And if you have reading my blog and think to yourself, she has a lot of projects going and starting.
 This is part of why, I really do need to just shop from my stash.
I feel I have way too much to be comfortable with.
Reminds me of the show the Hoarders. I'm like on the edge.
I do not want to be there, I already have the cats.
Updates will come later today.


UPDATE:


YIPPEE!!!
I am now cut and ready. I can also put 5 yards on stash report tomorrow.
How about you, will you be ready too?

Till next time
Kat
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Friday, February 10, 2012

Knitted Preemie Hat



I have been making hats for the boys and I was thinking maybe you would want the pattern. I had this pattern for over 10 years and before the twins coming, I would make them for Preemies in the hospital. They love to have little hats for the babies. I would wash mine first before I gave them away. So maybe you'll make some for a hospital near you.
I would rate these very easy to make.

Supplies; Baby Yarn and size 3  double pointed needles

Directions;

1. Cast on 78 stitches, divide  on 4 needles

2. Knit 1, Purl 1  in a ribbing pattern for 2 1/4".

3. Knit rows (stockinette stitch) for 1 1/2"  Total measurement of hat is 3 3/4"

4. You will start decreasing; " K 3, K2 tog, K 3, K2 tog" for one round. Then Knit the next round.  Repeat these two rounds until there are 22 stitches left on needles.

5. Thread yarn onto a tapestry needle and draw threw all remaining stitches, pull tightly and secure.

6.  Attach a pom - pom or a ribbon bow on top of the hat if you like.

Tip; leave a small tail when casting on. That way you can tell when you go around each time.

Till next time
Kat
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Lemoyne Star


 Today I took a class on how to make a Lemoyne Star using the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star ruler by Deb Tucker of 180 Designs. And let me tell you it made making a 3 inch star a piece of cake.  I so enjoyed making these. I had been worried I was biting off too much. But I can say now I did not.



 Sharon (on right) was our instructor and a very good one. I try to take classes here at Sager Creek when Sharon is teaching, she is very good at explaining, so you can easily understand. I don't know about you but I do so much better at learning when I am shown how.

 Joan is seriously at work trimming her pieces.


Here we are with our finished blocks. Joan made a 6 inch block and mine are 3 inch blocks. 

Are they not cute and you are probably wonder why I am crazy to do 3".

Well I was reading Repro Quilt Lovers Blog about an antique Lemoyne Star quilt, I just thought I had to make this one. Now when you go to her blog you will read that this quilts stars are only 
2" - 2.5". I counted how many stars are in this quilt and it is 275. First I figured that I would  need the same amount but I started to think about it and my blocks are a little larger so I don't need as many. So now I figure I need 245 stars.
I think this one might be my NewFO's for the month. 

Till next time
Kat
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