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Today I Am Thankful…

Posted by supermom on April 29, 2011

That this little pocket where we live was mostly spared during the recent severe weather and tornadoes that swept across the south.

That we had enough warning to get to a sheltered part of our home while the worst of the storm passed by.

That our power was only out for a day and a half.

That we had prepared in advance and had the means to make coffee and tea for ourselves and others both mornings.

That we were also able to cook meals here at home and not have to wait in line at local restaurants or fast food places.

That I have both a husband and a son who were content to read books and play board games, etc and didn’t complain about no power.

Note:  Just a few miles from us, others were not so lucky.  Please keep all those affected by the recent storms in the South and elsewhere in your thoughts.

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Christmas on a Budget Series – Gifts for Less than $2 Each

Posted by supermom on April 25, 2011

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Happy Easter

Posted by supermom on April 24, 2011

Happy Easter from Our House to Yours

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Green Teddy Quilt Finished

Posted by supermom on April 20, 2011

I completed the green teddy baby quilt last Wednesday and was able to mail it off on our way out of town before our marathon trip to Canada.  It’s making its way to a little one in Japan via the Quilters Newsletter “Quilts for Japan” Appeal.  I received delivery confirmation that it had arrived Monday at Quilters Newsletter, well ahead of the April 30th deadline.

Before I mailed it off, I made sure to take lots of pictures.

Here is the front of the quilt.

As I mentioned in my WIP Wednesday post from two weeks ago, before quilting it I hand-basted the layers using Sharon Schamber’s method.  I’ll be writing a more thorough review after I’ve used it to baste a few more projects, but for now I’ll just say that this method of basting works!

I straight-line quilted horizontally and vertically 1/4 inch from the seams on either side the blocks.  And then for the border I sewed two lines 1/4 inch apart, then a 1/2 separation and two more lines 1/4 apart.

This is the back (complete with shadows of the other clotheslines.) Next time I will remember to turn the quilt around before photographing the back.

I sewed the binding with alternating patches of the green teddy flannel and the green flannel.

Here is a closer look at the binding.

The quilt got kind of fluffy and shrank a bit after I washed and dried it even though I had pre-washed the flannel.  Finished size was approx. 46″ X 58″.

There’s still time to send off a quilt or two if you’ve got ones you’ve made but don’t have plans for.   The address and other mailing info can be found here.

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Allowable Fabric Purchases

Posted by supermom on April 18, 2011

We just got back from a whirlwind five day trip up to Canada and back to pick up our youngest from college.  He’s home to stay for the summer!

It’s a good 15 to 16 hour drive each way and even just a few years ago, we would have driven straight through.  But now we divide the trip into two days; usually 10 hours the first day and then the rest on the second day.   This time, I also decided that we needed to take a break halfway through the first day.  And what better way to take a break than to check out a quilt shop or two along the way.

I got to browse through fabric and Dave got to put the seat back in the car and just relax for however long I was browsing.

On the way up we stopped at The Quilt Box located a few miles off Exit 159 in Dry Ridge, Kentucky.  When I started researching quilt shops that would be along our route, I’d read a glowing review of The Quilt Box and was really looking forward to checking it out.

I was not disappointed.

There were beautiful quilts in all different sizes displayed everywhere you looked.  Bolts and bolts of fabric and quilt patterns downstairs.  And then upstairs… more quilts, a small clearance section and batting.   I probably could have spent the entire afternoon there just going from section to section.

Now if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know from my previous posts here and here, that I’ve not been terribly successful in my attempt to destash in preparation for our possible upcoming move.   And once you read on, you may think I’ve failed again, but I’ve decided that these are all allowable purchases because most of them were bought either as fabric gifts or to make gifts with or to add to other fabrics that I’ve been collecting with specific projects in mind.   Most will to be used in the near future and won’t be added to my stash, except as scraps.

Skinny quarters of Oasis by 3 Sisters (left) & Buttercup by Fig Tree & Co (right). The green at the bottom of both piles is Deco Demure by Laura Berringer for Marcus Fabrics chosen because I thought it co-ordinated well with the others.

For example, I had those 1/4 yard pieces by Fig Tree & Co cut partly as a gift and partly with a specific project in mind.

The true blue fabric was purchased because the colour is a perfect match for the bluework snowman I embroidered and pictured in this post.   Now it can be made into a gift bag.  The dove fabric and flower fabric will be making appearances in gifts I have planned, not to mention, they were on clearance.

For the trip back home, half way the first day brings us to the Cleveland area.  When I googled quilt shops in and around Cleveland, I came across Abigayle’s Quiltery, just a few miles off I-71.   Abigayle’s too has bolts and bolts of fabric to browse through though perhaps not the 5000+ bolts advertised on their website.   And not nearly as many quilts on display as The Quilt Box.  They do however have an entire room of clearance fabric; some on bolts but most cut in 1, ½ and ¼ yard pieces.

The four fabrics on the right are 1 yard cuts from their clearance room.   These will be made into gifts.  The yellow butterfly fabric is a half yard piece I had cut to add to the fabric I’m collecting to make a Bug Jar Quilt.

Both stops were fun little detours to break up that long first day drive.   We will definitely be stopping back into The Quilt Box on our next trip up to Canada.  And I plan on checking out other quilt shops whenever we make a long trip somewhere because in stopping into those two shops, not only did I find some great fabrics I also discovered something else.

And that discovery is that I think if I’m not careful, I could quite easily become a quilt shop fabric snob.

All the fabrics I browsed through including those I bought have a completely different weight and feel to them than most of the fabrics I’ve been buying from the chain fabric stores.  The differences in some cases are quite subtle but still clearly discernable.   Add to that the personal attention that you receive when shopping in a quilt shop as opposed to the chain stores and it is perhaps a very good thing that we don’t make long trips very often and that the closest quilt shops to where we live are in Atlanta and not even the lure of a quilt shop could entice me to drive in Atlanta.

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Hawaiian Chicken

Posted by supermom on April 18, 2011

Since moving back to the mainland from Maui, we always laugh whenever we see an item on a restaurant menu or a recipe with the name Hawaiian Something or Other.  Invariable, it has been labelled Hawaiian because it has pineapple in it.  And so when I created this recipe, I just couldn’t resist naming it Hawaiian Chicken.

Sauce for Hawaiian Chicken

½ – 14 oz can crushed pineapple

½ c dark brown sugar

½ tsp dry mustard

1 tsp minced fresh ginger (or 1/2 tsp ground ginger)

2 tbsp soy sauce

1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper

Arrange boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a 8x8x2” baking dish.

Mix above ingredients together in a bowl.  Spoon mixture over chicken breasts.

Here I've used three small pieces of chicken breast... enough for two. But there's more than enough sauce in this recipe to cover several more, if you are serving more people.

Bake at 375 degrees F for approximately 45 minutes or until chicken is done.

This is great served with a variety of different potato and rice side dishes.

Here I’ve served it with Oven Baked Risotto and Peas.

Note:  The leftover sauce in the yellow bowl in the first photo didn’t go to waste.   I poured it over spareribs, let them marinate overnight and then Dave grilled them for supper that evening.

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Another Simple Little Sewing Tip

Posted by supermom on April 16, 2011

Well actually this is an unsewing tip.

Sooner or later, everyone who sews has to unpick or seam rip.  When I first started sewing back in the seventies, I used the method my Grandmother taught me; which was to very, very carefully cut the seams apart using a razor blade that had a piece of medical tape taped over one of the sharp sides.  Then when I started home ec, one of our required tools was a seam ripper.  What an improvement that was in safety!

If you google seam ripping, you find all sorts of different descriptions of how people go about unsewing seams.

You can unpick one or two stitches at a time.  You can do the same thing between the fabrics.  You can also use the cutting edge of the seam ripper to cut the threads between the fabrics.

But I’ve recently discovered a much faster way to unpick a seam without having as many of those little threads everywhere.

Back in March, Anita over at Bloomin Workwhop explained the method she uses to unpick a seam.  At the time, I thought… Cool, I’ll have to give that a try next time.   It wasn’t until this past weekend when I was working on the green teddy baby quilt that I had cause to do just that.

I had straight-line machine quilted for several inches before I realized that when I shifted the quilt over to sew the next line, I had forgotten to shift the needle position for using that side of my walking foot.  I was using the edges of the walking foot to space my lines of quilting but my walking foot isn’t symmetrical, hence the need to shift needle positions.

The quilt was completely hand basted so my options for taking out that line of quilting were limited.  The thought of picking out those stitches one by one wasn’t a pleasant one.  Then I remembered the method Anita demonstrated on her blog; which is to clip every two or three stitches on the top and then pull the back thread.

It worked like a charm.  In no time at all, I had the seam unpicked and was back to quilting.

For a more detailed description complete with photos, click over to Anita’s “Rippit” post.

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What Was In The Gift Bag?

Posted by supermom on April 14, 2011

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FNSI – April 15th

Posted by supermom on April 13, 2011

Sign-ups for this month’s Friday Night Sew In have started so be sure to get signed up for another fun night.

I’ll be sitting out this FSNI as we have other plans for that evening.  But on Saturday, I hope to find time to check out what everyone else worked on.

Heidi has designed this neat new button for FNSI.

Handmade by Heidi

I tried adding it to my right sidebar, but only succeeded in losing the other info I have there.   After several minutes, I did manage to get things back to normal, but I’m too chicken to try adding it again.

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How to Make Bedding for a Doll Cradle

Posted by supermom on April 12, 2011


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