Thursday, February 4, 2010

Susan G. Komen Quilt

As you all know each year we do a quilt to donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Boise to auction at their Survivors dinner in May. This year we will be doing Buggy Barn's "It's in the Bag" quilt similar to Rachel's below.

Like the example we are going to do it all in pink, black and white. To do the 30 blocks needed to make a twin we were hoping that each of you could bring 3 fat quarters in any combination of pink, black and/or white. I realize that we may end up with lots of extra fat quarters but this will give us some flexibility in planning the blocks as well as making it so that we can add a few to the back.

Because each block is made up of 5 different fabrics we need to be careful in picking our fat quarters. Please make sure that your fabrics are comprised of any combination of: true pinks (any shade, just none that is dusty or muted), black and/or white (no cream or ivory). You do not have to have all three colors in each fabric, any combination will work. Also, prints are great and will add variety to the quilt; tone on tone, animal prints, stripes, polka dots... we love them all just as long as they contain only pink, black, and white.

This is a fabric we are thinking about using for the sashing

And this is an example of the "feel" we are hoping for from our fabric choices.

In addition to your 3 fat quarters, please bring your sewing machine a tabletop pressing board (if you have one) and iron (if bringing a pressing board). This should make for a fun activity. If you've never done a Buggy Barn pattern, you're in for a treat :-)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Granola Recipe


(this recipe can be doubled)

3 cups rolled oats (not quick)
1 cup slivered almonds, or sliced
1 cup various nuts, broken coarsely, I used whole almonds also
3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut
1/4 cup dark or light brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 T. maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 t. salt
1 cup raisins (optional)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.
In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. It takes a few minutes of stirring. Pour syrup mixture over oat mixture, and combine. Pour onto a sheet pan. Cook for 1 hour, stirring half way through.
remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix.

note: other dried fruits can be used instead of raisins, I.e. cranberries, cherried, chopped dates, chopped apricots, blueberries.

This granola is excellent when served over plain yogurt with chopped fresh fruit.

Monday, February 1, 2010

January 2010 Meeting at Diane S.'s

Our first Material Girls Meeting for 2010, was held January 27, 2010, at Diane Spackman's home.
There were 18 people in attendance, including, Corrie Munson, came to talk about a darling springy tablerunner she had made and to show the group how she constructed it. The pattern is titled: Dresdens On The Vine. Corrie talked to us about English Paper Piecing. Thank you Corrie for coming. We hope to see you more often! Attending: Diane Spackman, Diane Beagley, Lenette Poole, Nancy Christensen, Maurene Lamm, Rachel Lamm, Carolanna Mellon, Robyn Chamberlain, Nancy Fahnestock, Susan Tway, Monica Campbell and her mother from Utah, Kathy Mumford~visiting, Lori Schroath, Linda Ingram, Kathi Thompson and Jeri Moore. We returned friendship blocks for Nancy Fahnestock and received a new one to do this month from Lenette Poole. It is a circular block called the Bullseye. Nancy Christensen will bring us a friendship block to sew in February. This will be the last friendship block we will sponsor. We enjoyed seeing many many projects completed by one another. Our refreshments were fruit, yogurt and granola parfaits. Thanks to all who participated. Our meeting in February will be held at Lori Schroath's home. We will bring our sewing machines and sew away, as we are making a quilt for the Breast Cancer Research Auction.