Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sept 2011

Our meeting this month was at Jeri's home. We had withdrawals from our pizza box exchange. It felt odd not bringing our boxes with us. Jeanie brought hers for comfort though. :) Not only did we have our regular show and tell, but we also brought some quilts that would give ideas for possible settings for our pizza box squares. We needed to see some of these as they were very inspiring. We also each brought a piece of "ugly" fabric in a brown paper bag. Each of us picked up a bag to take home and we will have 2 months to make something beautiful out of someone else's "ugly" fabric. For our Christmas meeting, we will wrap up what we made from the "ugly" fabric and it will be the present for the original owner of the "ugly" fabric. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!
Thank you Jeri for a wonderful morning!!

Robyn's quilt. Idea for block setting.

Another quilt Robyn made for one of her Young Women

A bag Carolanna will be teaching at her Super Saturday. The flower she added is very cute but got washed out in the photo. :(

Tablerunner by Carolanna

Crazy quilt by Carolanna

Quilt by Carolanna and also an idea for our square settings

Close up of the cute flowers in the corners

Idea for settings from Nancy. We can set some on point and some square in the same quilt.

Another setting idea from Nancy's book

Cover of book also shows a great idea for settings

Monica's quilt

Lori's reversible apron

Other side of apron

Lori's Halloween advent calendar. Each number is a pocket.

Lori's raw edge quilt

Lori's quilt

Lori's quilt that shows an idea for block setting

Kathi's quilt with another idea for block settings

Jeri's quilt showing setting ideas

Another quilt from Jeri showing a setting idea

Jeri's blocks with a plain square between pieced squares-an idea for block setting

Lori's personalized labels for her quilts and handwork

Diane's Baby Boy Bullseye quilt

Diane's doll cradle quilt using several flannel scraps

Diane's picnic tablecloth, made from our previous friendship block exchange

Jeri's delicious lunch-peaches and grapes

Peach torte

blueberry muffins

chicken salad

Thursday, September 1, 2011

August 2011-Pineapple Coconut Bars,Teriyaki Chicken Pasta Salad,

Our August meeting was yesterday and although we had a smaller turnout, there were plenty of quilts to see, future plans to make and a delicious lunch. We finished our Pizza Box Exchange, all of us ending up with 16 blocks each to now make into a fun and memorable quilt. We voted to wait until January for our next monthly square project. 

In the meantime though, we also decided to bring 9 1/2" squares of fabric as donations for local charities. Each month we'll have a theme for our fabric donations and if the combined number of squares equal 80, we'll have enough to make a twin quilt.  Next month we will bring squares of fabric that look like civil war fabric, fabrics with muted tones. Nancy C. will let us know the fabric theme for each month.

We also decided to do something a little different this year for our Christmas gift exchange. Instead of bringing gifts, we will do an "Ugly Fabric-Brown Bag" project. Next month, each of us will bring a piece of our "ugliest" fabric hidden in a brown paper bag. Our name will be also inside the bag. The piece of fabric should be at least as big as a fat quarter. After putting all the bags in the center of the room, each of us will pick one bag (not our own), take it home and make something using that fabric as well as fabric from our stash. In December we will bring those projects back, wrapped as a Christmas present and given back to it's original ugly fabric owner. 

Thank you Jeanie for hosting such a fun meeting. We love coming to your home!
 Our breast cancer auction quilt for this year.

 Our quilt label.
 The quilting looks beautiful!
 Rachel's purse.
 Another purse made by Rachel.
 Rachel finished several quilts.

 Rachel was able to quilt all of these quilts this past month using Lori's machine while she was away.
 Rachel's quilt using just 2 charm packs and background fabric.
 Lenette's handmade blessing dress for her granddaughter.
 The beautiful hand smocking will be treasured in her family for many generations.
 Nancy's baby boy quilt.
 Maurene's charity quilt. This is the project we all did when we met at her house a couple months earlier. The quilt turned out great.
 Sherry's quilt.

Kathi's wallhanging.
Our wonderful summer lunch made by Jeanie.  Here are her recipes:
Pineapple Coconut Bars
Makes 10 bars
1 1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter

20-oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
1 T. soft butter
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 c. coconut
    To prepare crust, combine flour and sugar and cut in shortening. Pat into 10 " pan. Bake for 15 min at 350 degrees.
     Remove from oven and spread pineapple over top. Cream together butter, sugar and egg.  Fold in coconut and spread over pineapple layer. Bake at 325 degrees for another 25-30 min.

Teriyaki Chicken Pasta Salad
6 oz. rotini or rotelle noodles
1/4 c. sesame seeds
1/2 c. salad oil
1/3-1/2 c. white wine vinegar
3 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 c. cold shredded chicken
1/2 c. green onion
8 c. torn spinach leaves
1/2 c. parsley
    Cook noodles, drain and rinse. In frying pan, combine sesame seeds and 1/4 c. oil. Cook until seeds are golden, let cool. Stir in remaining oil, teriyaki sauce, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over cooked pasta. Add chicken. Chill 2 hours or 1 day ahead. To serve, add onion spinach and parsley. Toss lightly.