Monday, November 30, 2009

Clues About 4 Seasons Christmas Quilt Swap

I'm excited to hear when my 4 seasons swap partner receives her Christmas quilt package! I sent it off earlier in today's mail. Hopefully it doesn't take long for it to arrive at her doorstep. I think she may live somewhere very near Chicago.

It turned out that I made her goodies all fit inside a Christmas stocking.

When I wrapped the package I tied on a handmade crazy quilt ornament to finish off the gift.

Perhaps I could give just a clue, but I have disguised the look by giving the photo a sepia tone.
When I hear that she has actually opened her box, I will definitely post more photos.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Black Friday Shopping Spree

The Friday after Thanksgiving Sale at the Quilt Corner in Sparta was not to be missed!

It was a great event this year. We were in and out of the store fairly quickly compared to other years in the past. It is fun to get ready to go to the sale. To get the best discount you have to get dressed like you're going to bed. We also brought along mittens and food donations. This year I went with a carload of others. I took my mom, and my friends Debby and Shelly. After the big sale, we all went out for pizza. We were still in our PJs. Two other tables got filled with quilters, so we felt right at home.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas Mini Quilt Swap

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Here's a special little slide show to let everyone know how wonderful my new Christmas quilt looks in our home. Press the play button and enjoy the show. When the cursor is on the slide some magic stars get sprinkled on the screen. Many thanks to Phyllis for her lovely work and dedication to this fine project and cute, coordinating ornament! I love it!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

More Details of Christmas Mini Quilt

I'm getting even more inspired on this little quilt that I am making for Margaret's Christmas mini quilt swap. It is a secret project I will be sending out to my partner soon. I did work directly from a pattern I had at home called "Delightful" by Sandy Gervais. I love her fabrics and patterns that she designs for Moda and her pattern company Pieces From My Heart.
Previously I had made a cute table runner for Christmas called Table Attire and I just love the cheerful look during the whole holiday time. I changed the pattern just a bit, when I modified the 3 ornaments with crazy patch piecing.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What's for Supper? Taco Bake

If you'd be interested in another recipe swap, Amy of Park City Girl is doing a blog swap of family dinner recipes.
Here's a recipe everyone in the family seems to enjoy. We made it for several evening meals this summer and had it for lunch once. It is came to me from my sister. With a few subtle modifications, even my husband liked it. I needed to disguise the sour cream and the bean have to be sprinkled only over the part of the dish, but those things are easy to change.

Taco Bake
1 to 1.5.lbs of lean ground beef
1 small onion chopped
1 can black beans
1 package of taco seasoning (I used Ortega)
½ cup water
1 cup reduced fat sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups crushed tortilla chips
Shredded romain lettuce
Chopped fresh grape tomatoes

Brown beef with onion until done. Add water, black beans and seasoning. Pour meat mixture into a 9x13 pan. Top with sour cream, cheese and crushed chips. Bake 18 to 22 min at 375 degrees. Top with lettuce and tomatoes and serve immediately.