Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Day Before the Church Picnic



Our church has a big pit barbeque every year after Sunday service. Lots of families and food and fun.

But the night before the church picnic, several adults gather to prep the pit and get ready for the big doings tomorrow. We all bring a dip (mine is onion souffle), shrimp, cakes, chips, veggies, chili x 3 and much more.

This year we have brisket, turkey, pork shuolder, quail, pheasant, and wild boar.




Russ preps the pit with wood until the pit is good and hot.

Then the women gather to season the meat before it gets put in the pit.

There will be a jumpy for the kids, horseshoes, games involving hula hoops and water balloons and a game to guess the names of baby photos of congregation members. It will be a hoot.



Recipe for onion souffle:
2 packages of frozen onions - thawed and water squeezed out
3 8-oz cream cheese softened on the counter (not the microwave)
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
2 cups of shredded parmesan cheese.

Mix ingredients and back in a greased 13 x 9 pans for 15 -20 minutes at 425 degrees.
Yummy.

Shop Sample for So Cal Quilt Run



Isn't this a sweet panel? I love the extra borders that the piecer added. I had to change threads a few times but I really wanted to make this one special.



Sally's Man Quilt with Fleur de Lis



This browns scrappy quilt is for a man. Sally asked for Fleur-de-Lis. I used Legacy Quilting Fleur #6 in the outer border. The inner is a panto named Arabia which has a decided fleur and some wonderful curves. I used Superior King Tut Cobra with browns and blacks. I used Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Snowball Quilt


This one was big. It is 88 x 105 and a bit wonky. The pieced assymentrical back was a rich gold and black fabric plus some extra snowballs. I used Anne Bright's digitized pattern named Bending in the Wind. It is a lovely pattern.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

I've been so lazy


I got back from MQS, like 3 weeks ago and just got lazy. I quilted some quilts and got photos of them but the blog got lost in the shuffle of everyday life. I actually blog for myself, mostly as a quilt journal. It helps me remember what patterns and threads I have used and how they turned out. I really don't get a lot of comments on my blog so I figured that it didn't hurt to ignore it for a while.

But then a friend of mine, Brenda the Bodacious, mentioned that my blog was a bit stale. Hmmm, maybe I better get busy. Thank you, Brenda, for the kick in the pants.

A Girls First Quilt


Her name is Mary and her neighbor, a regular customer of mine named Kathy, has been teaching her how to make a quilt. She likes purple and green. This one is lovely and she did a good job on it. We used Rupert Blocks and border from Sweet Dreams. The sashing is Sylvia Sashing from Legacy quilting.

Hooray for Kathy mentoring the next generation of quilters.

Blue - White and a Splash of Yellow


I went into the CraZy 9 Patch this week and ran into some fabric that reminded me of Delft dishes. Very blue, white and some renegade yellow thrown in there. The Bule Palace by Jonny Karwan for Clothworks is so yummy. Martha, the owner of the C9P, is not normally a "blue" person so I am not sure how this lovely collection of blues got in the front door. But I am so glad that they did. I used 3 whites and 3 blues with a yellow "fire" in this log cabin. They I added a yellow border to round it out. I will probably have to wait to quilt it but this one is mine. It is a log cabin using Eleanor Burns Log Cabin book with the Barn Raising Setting.

And yes, that is my husbands foot and the south-end of my north-facing dog in the photo.

Ruth's Louisa Smith's Strips 'n' Curves


One of the quilters from my guild made this Louisa Smith quilt from a class for Strips'n'Curves. Ruth used some wonderfully colorful fabrics. It was fun to quilt this one. I think I used 12 oe 13 different threads.

Judy's BOM Sampler


This is another of the Seminole border BOM from the LQS. This one is a bit different. It has a center medallion that was purchased while my customer was in Bali, Indonesia. I used some McTavishing on this one and just had fun with it.

Michel's Gingko


It was funny that I got back-to-back Asian lap quilts. This one is Michel's and she chose Blowing Pampas Grass digitized pattern from Legacy Quilting. It is similar to the Clamshell but adds the swaying blades of Pampas Grass.

The backing fabric that Michel sent is the most wonderful Gingko leaves print.

Kathy's Asian with Clams Pattern


Kathy just finished this one. It is from a book whose name escapes me.

Kathy always takes an active part in the quilting process. She likes to review several patterns before she selects the one that she likes the best for that quilt. She chose Clamshell for this one. It is a digitized pattern from Intelligent Quilting.

Kathy also has quite a good eye for thread color. It is always refreshing to have an engaged customer in amongst all my "do your magic" customers. LOL. I like both kinds.

Betty's Flowers and Stars


I have done several quilts for Betty. Her piecing is always impeccable and it is a treat to quilt for her. This one is no exception. It is a fresh and cheerful quilt for a twin sized bed.

It has 3 blocks around a theme of flowers and stars. I used purple, green and white thread. It is all freehand except for the Carnation border (digitized) by Legacy Quilting.



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