Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Who wouldn't want to do this!!!!

Hey there quilters, my quilt friend Charisma Horton shared this with me today so I told her I would make a blog post on it.  In Ephrata, WA there is a place called the Fabric Patches Retreat House. She shared with me this information: http://www.fabricpatch.net/the-piece-and-patch-quilting-retreat-house-in-ephrata-wa.htm 

To my Quilty friends, I'm looking to see who would be interested in a 2015 retreat? With me? I've been able to lock in a great rate for my local quilt shops retreat house...it sleeps 10 and I can book 4 days for 900$. If I can get enough interest I will schedule dates and take deposits. That means if we get 10 of us it would only be 90 for the four days. What deal!!!

Please let Charisma know if your interested, she is thinking sometime in April or end of March and then again maybe in October... Message Charisma and let her know if you are interested in joining in on the fun.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bloc Builder for March/April GenQ Magazine

 
New Block for Block Builder
 
 
For Generation Q Magazine March/April 2015 issue the above diagram is the starter block that Scott has created for the Block Builder. Share your unpublished block sketched with Scott ( using jpeg format with a 300dpi) and you might win a prize if they print your sketch in their January/February 2015 issue, you'll win something special from Gen Q Stash closet. Entries are due to scott@generationqmagazine.com by December 10, 2014. Don't forget to include your name and full contact information, plus name of your design. Tell us a little bit about you and how you came up with the idea.... Good Luck and Happy Holidays Quilters!!!
 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Canning my Homemade Sauce



I decided to make my life very simple and easy. So as I usually do I decided to make homemade tomato sauce but with a twist. I wanted to relearn canning sauce. I did this one time probably about 40+ years ago. So I called my very good friend Cathy Hatch who is my true partner in crime when we work with the Red Cross. Anyway I got all the stuff and she brought her kit with her and this morning I did just that, Canned home made tomato sauce. I am thrilled to pieces. I shared on Facebook and got many responses as to what my recipe was. So not only will I share, but stay tuned for more recipes to come along with quilty stuff I will be sharing... Such a country girl I've become...


I am so thrilled after all was said and done I got 7 quarts of tomato sauce... The I found more ingredients to make even more... I think I won't have to buy any for a good long while..


Sally's Simple Tomato Sauce:

I want to first say that if you are using fresh Tomatoes remember that you need to prepare your tomatoes first, by blanching and peeling then seeding. Something I choose not to want to do and if I have to I will do it one time and one time only... I just don't want to have to deal with any of that work... Remember people I am a busy lady and I have a tone of stuff to do in life...

What I use for Ingredients:

3 large cans 29 oz. Stewed Tomatoes ( Any Brand will do)
4 cans 15oz. Tomato Sauce, not seasoned with and herbs
2 cans 6 oz. each Tomato Paste
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
2 Fresh Green Peppers
1 large Sweet Onion
3 teaspoons of minced Garlic
1 Tablespoon each of: Oregano, Basil,  and Parsley
1 cup of fresh grated Romano Cheese
2 cups of wine ( White or Red) divided ( One for the sauce and one for you as when making sauce one must stay hydrated and remain relaxed.


Chop up the Onions and Peppers coarsely and Sautee' in the Olive Oil. after onions become translucent and peppers are soft add remaining ingredients and simmer on low for 4 hours... Make adjustments to taste if you feel it may need a little more of one of the herbs... Remember the sauce is to your taste. You may even need more wine for both you and the sauce...
 
Next take the pot of sauce and let cool. This make take as long as 5 hours or more... Refrigerate overnight and then the next day heat the sauce up one more time. After the sauce is hot then you can follow the canning direction as stated on the "Ball" Mason Jar box or any Better Homes and Garden Cook Book has a section for canning sauces...

Feel free to find me on Facebook if you have any questions I would be glad to help out...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Little Touch of Modern for the Table

     Hello there my quilty peeps. I sure hope the summer has treated you very well I have been very busy at work designing another treat for all of you with hopes to have it for sale very soon. I took a Layer Cake of Pat Sloan's Bobbins and Bits Batiks and Kona White and used  Aurifil Thread Mako Cotton No. 2024, Aurifil No.2810, and Aurifil  No. 4150 and created a table topper for my Pub Table. The pattern is quite easy to achieve, and is very versatile. This table topper functions in two ways.

     First the center block is removable and can be used as a hot pad for hot items. See pics below. Second the topper can be used as a table cover  and pace mat so maybe it has three functions to it.

   So lets check things out here it is as a table cover with and without the center:



With the center hot pad


Without the center hot pad

Now if you like that you may like this: Here it is with a full set up to make the table
look finished:
 
When I said this table topper had multiple functions I really meant it.  The center being removed makes it possible to place a glass on the table without the cup or glass sitting on bulk from the seams. The center can be used as a hot pad on an island of buffet:
 
You can even dress up the table very nicely with a simple candle:
 


So as you can see even the simplest of projects can be made into a sense of modern style. Thank you Pat for creating such beautiful fabric.


As always keep smiling and stay sewing!!!


 
 

 
 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Look at Some Modern Flare

Every once in a while I like to feature a quilter I have followed whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Flickr. Maybe all five... I started following this one designer/quilter about 4 1/2 yrs. ago, on twitter a social media site where you chat with one another using only 140 characters. Who in the heck can only type 140 characters while chatting with someone. I tell you it is plum crazy...Well I'm talking about Jane Davidson.
 
Jane has a style like no other.  She lives in Australia and writes, designs, and is a fantastic long arm quilter. She designs with modern flare, however she has made some contemporary & traditional looking quilts. I the opportunity of a lifetime last year when I went to Quilt Market and finally met Jane in person. She is lovely and we try very hard with both of our busy schedules to Skype as often as we can. Jane truly is a talent that needs to be shared. A person who has been willing to offer help and still keep up with teaching and quilting for customers.  
 

Here we are with other friends we met through twitter at the convention center in Houston in between the Moda School House Series classes. Again a opportunity of a life time...

I can always seek advice from many people who are willing to guide me in any task I truly want to achieve, but Jane really has helped me from day one. She is one smart cookie. Whether it is a computer program I am working on for a design or just seeking advice on how I should handle something Jane is usually there.


She is a continual contributor with her designs and support for Aurifil Thread and Moda Fabrics

 
 
Jane even has her own online shop where you can rulers, tools, notions, books, patterns and thread. Her shop is called Want It Need It Quilt It
 
 
 
 
She is even wrapping up her first publication is due out September 2014. I must say I am looking forward to seeing this, as I have had the pleasure of hearing about it...
This creative genius has been featured ten times on Moda Bake Shop click here to see her gorgeous works of art.


 
 


As well as all of the quilting projects Jane has done, she was recently featured in Quilters Companion:
 
 
Just gorgeous projects she has.

 
I even had the pleasure of receiving one of Jane's creations. About two years I was looking on twitter at a few things and noticed Jane posting a picture of one her delightful creations. I was so taken aback of the cuteness of this I had to share my comments. Not too long after that I got a wonderful surprise in the mail all the way from Australia. You tell me isn't this the cutest:
 
 
 
 
Jane is my featured quilter for July. Stay tuned for my next featured quilter. I hope you all enjoyed this post. I sure did...


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Playing with Fall Colors

Just because spring is in the air doesn't mean you cannot play with fall colors. I had these blocks in my stash of thing to make from a few years ago. I was going to put these blocks in a quilt and use it as surrounding blocks for a family tree quilt I ended up making a few years ago for my Mother in Law. So when I had a student over yesterday I decided to make a new table runner for my dining room. This is a Foundation Paper Piecing project and I used the design of the Massachusetts State Star. I hope you like it.



Friday, July 4, 2014

A Completed Project



How very kool is this. Back in April I was given a fabulous opportunity to teach a group of wonderful ladies from the Franklin County Arts Council.
 
 
The ladies working very hard on there project.
 
 
 
What would a class be without me getting into the mix of things
 
 
Me & Miss Lou, she is the sweetest lady ever... Can hardly wait to go visit her again...
 

Here is another picture of one of the ladies who attended the Woven Quilt Class. Her project she finished looks from here as a finished table runner. How beautiful can you get... No this isn't quilted. This student decided to modify her project to make a table runner using the same technique.

If you or your group want to learn this technique hop on over to my other web page at Sally's Quilting Corner and check out the page for lectures and workshops... I enjoyed this group of ladies so much and they made me feel so welcome... I hope to go visit them again sometime soon...