Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Christmas in April?

Christmas Memories of Jill 
In my last post I showed you the start of this project.  
I hope you can see my machine quilting in this shot.  I will show you my method of "relaxed crosshatch" next week.
The backing fabric has two popular Christmas Gifts:  Books and Money.
Jill loved the Christmas season and the center Santa came from her sewing room and was made by Lori of Humble Quilts as part of an online swap.  Crazy, right?

The white circles are Jill's, the red circled center was made by Lori  and the black circles are random blocks and bits I had around.

I am so happy to have another collaborative quilt with Jill.  It's been almost 4 years since she passed away.  You can see my Memorial Post here.

We've started some gardening inside this year in a sunny window.
 Obviously coco has been here.....these are not brownies!
Bird Watching Season has begun!  The Bluebirds are coming around, but I haven't caught them on camera.
 Do you know this bird?  I think it is a Juvenile Gray Jay.
Have a Happy Week
xo

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Quilty as Charged!

Creative Craziness is happening in the development of a couple of new workshops.  Here is one "mood board" approach.  Stay tuned.
I pulled blocks and scraps from every corner of my sewing room.  I'll be adding 2 new workshops and a 3rd lecture in May.
This week I made a easy, healthy, low fat, veggie filled casserole that I thought you may like.
Chicken Casserole
Ingredients:
2 cups Cooked Chicken (I like to use a rotisserie chicken)
2 cups egg noodles (before cooking - I used veggie pasta)
20 oz. mixed vegetables (or peas and carrots if you prefer)
1 can cream of mushroom (I used fat free)
1 can cream of chicken (I used fat free)
1 cup milk (I used Fat Free Lactaid and added a few TBs of Ranch.
2 TBs. melted butter
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup for topping
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Italian seasonings
salt and pepper to taste
** don't judge my pan, I've been using it for 30 years lol.

Cook pasta according to package directions.  
Mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl. 
Spread into a greased 9 x 13" pan.
Bake 30-40 minutes until hot and bubbly.
Top with 1/2 cup (or more) shredded cheese and broil for 3-5 mins - watch closely so it doesn't get too brown.

This is what I think of as "Real Food - for Real Lives".  My family is devouring the leftovers.
If you are going to Quilt Fest Chicago say hello to my Jubilee Quilt on display in the American Tradition Applique' exhibit.  It comes home after this show - yay!
Have a happy week.
xo

ps
today's blog title credit goes to Phil at Goodwin College :)