Thursday, January 24, 2019

Ice Fishing and other Fun

My Modern Mini for January~  Little liberated ice fishing shanties.  I had fun piecing it and quilting it.

  I did a facing on this one instead of a binding.  It just didn't seem right to hold those winter winds in.
 I wrote right on the backing behind the blue shanty.
I finished marking my medallion quilt.  Here is the outer frame.
 Tip:  to make sure I lined it up correctly on the quilt, I taped off the area on the bottom of the stencil.
 Now it lines up right to fit in the space leaving room for the binding.
I basted about 3/4 of it when I noticed.......
the backing was all wrinkled, even though I was being very careful! waaaa
Many of my IG friends were with me through the ordeal - thank you so much.

Here is my time lapse video of re-basting the center.  Note I had to pause to let out coco, and then again to let her in a different door, lol. 

I used big clips to hold it the second.  I use old olfa mats underneath to protect my table.
Here is the smooth backing - yay!  
 So I am finally hand quilting.  A little late, but I'm so happy to have started.
I treated myself and the boys to a Tater Tot Casserole.  I like a nice hot casserole on a cold night.  This was a lightened up version and we liked it and it makes good leftovers.
See full recipe below.
Have a Fun Week

Makeover Tater-Topped Casserole **I used all beef, all the FF onions and substituted cheddar cheese soup for the celery.**
1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
1/2 pound extra-lean ground turkey
1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed and drained
3/4 cup french-fried onions
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1/2 cup fat-free milk
4 cups frozen Tater Tots, thawed
1. In a large skillet, cook beef and turkey over medium heat until no longer pink. In a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray, layer the meat mixture, vegetables and french-fried onions.
2. In a small bowl, combine soups and milk; spread over onions. Top with Tater Tots. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until golden brown.


  1. Ha ha I don't know why you can see my Mah Jongg teacher at the end of my! lol

  2. It's so funny to see you baste that fast in the video. I laughed. On the other hand, I wish sometimes, we could have such a turbo boost to finish something rapidly. Wouldn't that be great? Enjoy the slow stitching now. ;^)

  3. I wish I could baste that fast in real life!! I loved seeing it on instagram and here again!
    Love your ice fishing shanty quilt.

  4. Well, now I know the secret to your success! Could you please share the tutorial for speed-basting, lol!

  5. I love your little monthly mini!!

    Sorry you had to re-baste the quilt, but you'll be much happier. I hope you enjoy the quilting now. It's going to be stunning!

  6. Your mini is so cute--love it. and that recipe sounds yummy...
    Glad you got your quilt basted--it is such a lovely one...good work on that re-doing hugs, Julierose

  7. What a wonderful January mini! Love those modern ice fishing shanties. There's nothing more frustrating than having to re-baste but you did it in record time, lol! I tend to mark my quilts after they've been basted not before like you do. Your way makes much more sense! Have fun quilting. You're still on schedule :)

  8. That Tater Tot dish looks so good! I love your recipes!
    Ugh about the re-basting! It was worth it and once again this will be a masterpiece! I am always in awe of your hand quilting (-:

  9. Oops hit publish too fast! The mini quilt is so cool! I think the facing edge was the perfect choice too. I feel cold just looking at it!

  10. AGH! on the rebasting, but it does give those of us who love your work another few minutes of looking at the quilt. This is so fabulous, and I can't wait to see the finishing up of it. Your Modern Mini is very cute--love the wee houses, and the display with the candles. A lovely wintery scene.

  11. Oh wow!! I love that mini! Smelt shanties are starting to line up along our river and this one is sensational! I will link it when I post next week. I'm sorry about your basting trouble. This is precisely why I don't baste. I know it is radical and it doesn't work for everyone, but I just start quilting in the center flattening as I go until it is done. If I'm doing a really big quilt I usually turn the back in to the edges and baste around the perimeter to keep it clean while I am quilting. And, I thank you for the recipe. I had to laugh as I was wondering how you could "lighten up" a Tater Tot casserole!

  12. Oh, your mini is so cool. Love those shanties surrounded by all that snow and ice (white). Very clever.
    What a maddening experience with the basting. I had a longarmer baste the quilt I am currently hand quilting. Didn't think my back could handle the basting process at the time. It was so slick I may have to go that route again!
    Casserole looks yummy!

  13. I love to,see the start of your handquilting :0) it's going to be fabulous! I love Lori's comment about wanting to basting that fast in real life - ME TOO!! I'm glad you got past your wrinkled backing. Your little ice fishing huts are so fun. I like the winds blowing across.

  14. Wish basting happened that quickly! Your ice fishing shanties are very clever and it's just how I imagine it would look like sitting out in the middle of a frozen lake surrounded by ice and snow. Not that I would do that!

  15. Your basting video is a hoot...

  16. Basting...ugh...a necessary evil. Your mini ice fishing shanties is reminiscent of Gwen's work. I can certainly see her influence in that project. It's such fun...I want one!

  17. Love your basting video - I am with everyone - wish it went that fast/probably my least favorite part of the process. Those mini ice fishing shanties are a hoot! Here in northern Wisconsin our lakes are dotted with them this month but earlier in December, people were warned about thin ice. With our sub zero temps now, not a problem.

  18. OH! I am so sorry you had to do the basting twice. Once is mind numbing enough but twice is really really dedicated. It is such a beautiful piece - it had to be done. I'm glad you're able to jump in with the hand quilting finally.

  19. OH, IF ONLY we could pin baste that quickly! That is a beautiful quilt, looking forward to its finish.

  20. Your ice fishing piece definitely has a wintery look to it and very modern in style. You adapt well to making quilts of all types.

  21. Your winter scene turned out so nicely! I too did a winter scene, and was considering facing it but wound up going ahead and giving mine a binding.

  22. I love how you've set your ice fishing mini in the window with the lights. It brings to mind "hygge." And as for your basting.... what an ordeal but so worth it. Gotta love your Coco! The quilt is just beautiful and now you are adding your expert gorgeous hand quilting.

  23. Your quilt is amazing! It's so frustrating when the basting turns out wrong and you have to do it over! We've all been there I suppose.

  24. I just found your blog and have too many things of beauty to thank you for sharing. But I wanted to stop to suggest the pool noodle/pipe insulation table top basting method. Now I have to go back to reading your entire blog!


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