Hello Everyone! Happy New Year!!
I have been away on vacation to Sutton, Quebec on a ski getaway. We enjoyed staying at a cosy chalet slope side and although I did not ski, I did enjoy pondering my current hexi project and designing a new block.
I missed out on my Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday posts and so I thought I would share my newest drafting (while on vacation) and what I call "Quilters Zen Doodling". The block below was basically a hexi with shapes drawn into it in a duplicate manner so that the "isosceles triangles" (all sides equal) would create a kaleidoscope with colours inspired by fireworks.
Imagine the possibilities!!
If your New Years Fireworks inspire you, I encourage you to send us pics of the blocks you design or create. I will share with our readers.
I hope everyone enjoys a Healthy and Happy New Year and may all your goals for 2016 be achieved!!
It's post boxing day and you still have leftovers?
This is a wonderful recipe to use up any meat but especially good with ham or turkey. My family loves it. It's savoury and tasty and you can add less or more cheese to it and a crunchy bread crumb topping to make it extra crispy.
A great way to use up your left overs from the holiday and super simple to assemble and cook. It Serves 4
What you will need:
Soup can of any creamed soup ( ie. mushroom. celery, cream of chicken)
Soup can of left over vegetables or frozen mixed vegetables (any kind)
Soup can of rice
4 cheese slices (processed or 1/2 cup shredded cheese)
1 and 1/2 soup cans of water
Soup can of left over ham, turkey or meat of your choice
**Optional toppings- extra grated cheese for topping or 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs (or crouton or stuffing) mixed with 2 tbsp melted butter**
Oil to brush on your medium sized casserole dish - 1 tbsp to coat
How to make it:
Pre heat oven to 350 Degrees
Brush oil on the inside of your casserole dish
Mix all ingredients (except toppings) together in a separate bowl
Pour ingredients into casserole dish
Top with toppings
Bake for 45 minutes to one hour until rice is tender and casserole has absorbed liquid and toppings are browned.
Serve with a fresh tossed salad, left over cranberry sauce.
Have a lovely Sunday :)
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I just enrolled in Angela Walters Free Motion Feathers and Thread Art by Lola Jenkins! I intend to spend some focused time over the next week and into the New Year with these classes
If you enrol now you can watch them any time at a later date as well if you are too busy.
Make improving your talents a resolution for 2016!
Have a wonderful Christmas Eve!
I know this is a repeat performance of the "Sew Kind of Wonderful" curved piecing block made into a table runner, but I finally got it quilted! I can now display it in my home over the holidays and share how I quilted it with my blog followers. I Love how it turned out!
I highly recommend the book below as the pattern is a modified version of "urban pods" from this book. It was easy to put together and easy to quilt once I had the feather designed. You can get this book at www.connectingthreads.com they have it on sale right now for $17.60 USD (23% off!). Wonderful book!!!
Some more pics:
Only 2 more sleeps! Happy Wednesday!!
Need gift ideas all year round that you can make so that you are not rushing like you did this year?
My suggestion, the book Sew Gifts! from That Patchwork Place and available at Amazon.com.
I just made the Sewing Kit in a Jar from this book and there are many more even more interesting projects in this book. After doing this little project and reading the book, I can say that the photos are excellent, the instructions are step by step and there are also great illustrations with the instructions.
The handmade gift ideas in this book are from Top Designers.
Some additional projects from the book are shown below, there are actually 25 in the book!
This is what the book looks like:
I hope all your handmade gifts are complete for this Christmas and you will contemplate getting Sew Gifts! to make gifts throughout the coming year.
3 more sleeps! Happy Tuesday!
Hi everyone, I'm sure you are all busy with the last minute preparations that this time of the year brings.
I will be brief today, I Just wanted to share this with you. Beverly from Alabama USA sent me a lovely email thanking me for sharing my free pattern through Craftsy.com, you can check it out here or download it for free in my shop area on this website. Beverly made the table runner above for her daughter but decided not to do the quilt as you go method. I am honoured that she was inspired by my pattern. Her colours are vivid and really pretty. Her daughter is certainly a lucky lady!
Great job Beverly and thanks so much for sharing your photo and efforts!!
I encourage everyone who follows my blog to send me photo's of anything they have made as a result of following www.quiltingintheloft.com over the past year, I am happy to post and share as it too inspires others.
Also check out www.craftsy.com for their classes, they are wonderful!
Happy Monday! Only 4 more sleeps!!
Recently I shared a full dairy and wheat version of this classic and here is a recipe for the gluten free, dairy free version that I made and it is excellent. I had to stop myself from eating them rapid fire! They freeze well and are great with tea!!
1 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons of rice flour
1/3 cup plus 2 1/4 teaspoons of potato starch
3 tablespoons plus 3/4 tsp tapioca flour
1/2 tsp xanthan gum (can use ground flax seed or chia seed as alternative)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons hazel nut flour (made from ground hazelnuts) (Could use almonds as well)
12 tablespoons coconut oil
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup rasberry jam
Sift all dry ingredients together except sugar, stir in hazelnut flour. Set aside. Combine coconut oil and sugar and mix on high until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until just combined. Add dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Chill for 2 hours
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Using a small scoop, drop by 1" balls onto a greased cookie sheet, make indents in centre and fill with jam. Bake 12-14 minutes or until edges are slightly golden.
Yum, You will not be disappointed!
Happy Sunday! I hope you have most of your Christmas Baking Done!
This is self explanatory if you look at the photo below, but I recently brought this to a potluck and thought I would share. Enjoy!
Happy Friday, I hope you are enjoying the Holiday Season!!
I know, I have shown you a tree project in the recent past.
However, this is one that could be used as a block, embellishment for a Christmas card or for a small mug rug (hostess gift?) or a quilt. It will take you where your imagination goes!
You use a 1/2 circle to make it and it is both quick and easy and your friends will say "how did you make that?"
You will need:
A circle "template" (I used a 8 1/2 round luncheon plate)
pen or marker
2 pieces of green fabric to fit your template
2 1/2" square of brown trunk fabric
Background fabric to fit your tree (I used 10 1/2" square)
Embellishments as you wish
Batting if you are making it into a small quilt
Backing if you are making it into a small quilt
Binding fabric if you wish to bind it
Thread to match all fabrics
How to make it:
2. Using your circle template trace and cut one circle from each of 2 green fabrics.
3. Press your trunk fabric under on all 4 sides, 1/4"
3. Cut out your background fabric
4. Sew 2 circles right sides together using a 1/4" seam allowance. You will not need to leave an opening, sew all the way around
5. Find the centre of the circles by folding them in 1/2 and cut with a rotary cutter through the 2 layers (you will have enough for 2 trees)
6. Turn the 1/2 circles to the right side and press, set one aside to make a second tree project. Zig zag the raw straight edge with a green thread.
7. Mark the centre along the straight edge of your 1/2 circle by pressing it
8. Fold your left corner towards your centre as shown below and press
9. Turn the 1/2 circle so the raw edge is away from you, take the edge of the corner and fold it back. Line up the straight edge with the first fold line.
10. Flip your tree over. Take the shorter edge and line it up with the longer edge on the opposite side.
11. Press your new tree, pin the trunk and tree to your background and appliqué in a method you like.
12. Quilt and embellish as desired and admire your efforts.
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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