Friday, August 31, 2012

Aug 2012-Zucchini Cake

This month at Maurene's we had our usual show and tell, but in addition to that we went around the room and each of shared how we got started in quilting and told what inspires us today. Each of us agreed on one thing, quilting is a wonderful haven, a fun, peaceful and creative place in the midst of our hectic lives.

Our little group, the Material Girls, has been meeting since early 2002, over ten years ago. We've had many members and visitors come and go through the years and some who have been with us since the very beginning. Every month we look forward to getting together, sharing with and learning from each other. Together we have produced hundreds of quilts. It's been amazing and yet we continue to learn something new at each meeting. That's why we love quilting so much.

We now have a strong bond with each other. We celebrate in each others' successes and we have cried together through life's trials and challenges. That's what friendship is all about and can't wait to see what the next ten years brings!

Here are the show and tells from this month:
 Maurene's purse

 Maurene's little girl apron made with her great granddaughter, using a generic white apron
 Jeanie made quilts for her great granddaughter's twins girls expected this Fall.
Here is the second one. This is the Speedy Baby quilt pattern by Des of Quilt Taffy.
 Rachel's Halloween quilt
 Rachel's wool table topper
 Rachel's wool welcome wall hanging
 Carolanna's twister
 Another twister quilt by Carolanna

Carolanna's quilt for her new home
 Carolanna's charm pack baby quilt
 Carolanna's quilt
 Sherry's tie quilt-made for a Father's Day present
 Tracey's scrap quilt
 A donation quilt from our donated squares sewn up by Susan Tway.
Rachel's wool work,beading included.
 Susan's wool work
 Another of Susan's wool work

Susan's wool table runner
Close up
 Nancy's Pizza box exchange quilt. 
 Nancy used her three extra blocks on the back of her quilt.
Nancy's pillow tops for her couch.
Nancy's chevron quilt (directions for this quilt are at the end of this post).
Nancy made the quilt on the left and Lynette made the little quilt. Along with the little bear, they were auctioned off for Syringa House in Nampa, Idaho, part of the Northwest Childrens Home.
Diane's embroidered quilt from Saturday Sampler held at Quilt Crossing.
Close up

 Donation quilt made by Lenette from some of our monthly donation blocks. This quilt will go to local Humanitarian Services.
 Diane's quilt. title: Joy Is Found In Little Things
 Close up
 Diane's pillowcases - made Burrito Style with French Seams. Followed tutorial by BariJ.

Carolanna's '66 bug. She and her dad completely restored it over the past couple years. This is a first for our show and tells!! Great job, Carolanna.


Our lunch. Yummm!

Zucchini Cake

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar (can go scant)

3 cups grated zucchini

4 eggs

3/4 cup oil

1 t. salt

2 t. baking powder

2 t. soda

1 cup walnuts (optional)

1 t. cinnamon

Bake at 375 for 20 min. Sheet cake size pan. 


8 oz. cream cheese
1 cube butter
1 t. vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

Thank you Maurene!
See you next month, where we will meet at Rachel's on Wednesday, Sept. 26th. 

Here are the directions for Nancy's ZigZag quilt:
You need 2 yds of the solid fabric.  If you are using just one fabric in each  zig, in the second block (B) (bottom of the page) you can use rectangles of 3.5 x 6.5 instead of two squares of 3.5.  That would change the cutting directions.  From the printed fabrics you would cut 73 3.5 inch squares and 37 6.5 x 3.5 inch rectangles.

The baby size quilt is 44 x 52 inches.  For each row you need 6 of the 1/4 solid 3/4 print blocks (A) and 5 of the 3/4 print/ 1/4 solid blocks (B).   The exception is the bottom row.  It just needs 5 of the B or second block.

It is pretty easy once you get started.   And if you want to make a lap size or twin, you can just make the blocks bigger so that the scale looks right.