Monday, November 3, 2014

Oct 2014 Taco Soup/Sweet Cornbread/Carmelites

Monica hosted our meeting this month. Thanks Monica! 
We discussed our upcoming Christmas meeting which will be at Jeri's on Dec. 17th (Note the change). Unless you signed up for a soup (Jeri, Darla & Robyn) or rolls (Rachel & Sherry), you should bring either a salad or a dessert. Also we will have our annual gift exchange. Bring it wrapped. We also talked about some fun ideas we could do as a group such as a quilt-along. We'll chat more about that in our January meeting. In the meantime, look up quilt-alongs and get some ideas that would be fun to do.
 Here are our show and tells! 

Sherry made this fun Halloween pillow.

Darla made a bunch of quilts to give away as donations again. Darla, you're so awesome for always doing this! Darla said she's pretty sure she's gonna die with the most fabric!! haha She hasn't seen the all the rest of our stashes.

Darla made this one too and said she used clips for binding and it was a great tip that she learned.

Another Darla quilt.

Darla made this one for a nursing home.

Darla also made this one using strips bought at Sisters, Oregon.

Jeanie made this for her granddaughter and it has grey minky on the back.

Jeanie found her pizza box squares from our last exchange! Yea! She thought she had thrown them out in the move, so this was a great find. She pieced them on point for her quilt.

Lynette crocheted the edges of these burp cloths while driving home in a truck from Florida.

Nancy made this quilt top of houses. It's a FigTree pattern.

Nancy also brought these fun hand towels to show. This one was particularly funny.

Nancy also brought these hand towels. 

Maurene won the jelly roll giveaway at Rachel's retreat so she made this "steps" quilt. It is hand quilted and there is flannel on the back. It's a pattern form the book "Strip Savvy" shown below. Maurene said this is a great book with lots of fun patterns.

Jeri made this duck quilt for a grandson and it uses foundation piecing.

Rachel made this wool wall hanging called "Harvest Moon".

Rachel quilted this quilt and the one below for Maurene's sister-in-law who is 93. Her sister-in-law Bessie pieced them both and the one below was made using fabrics from Maurene's mom. She made them for a family reunion. Quilting definitely runs in their family!


Monica showed us how to make these cute pumpkins using canning lids, twine and leather.


Taco Soup

1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
1 pkg taco seasoning mix
1 ½ cup water
 1 can whole kernel white corn, drained
1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 can mild chili beans
1 can stewed tomatoes or whole tomatoes-chopped
1 – 1 oz pkg. ranch salad dressing mix

Dump all ingredients together.  Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally,  Serve with tortilla chips/fritos, cheese and sour cream
Sweet Corn Bread

1 yellow cake mix
2 box jiffy corn bread mix

Mix all 3 boxes together according to directions on each package.  Bake at 350 degrees in a 10 x 13 greased, glass baking dish.  For  about 40 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Honey Butter

2 cubes of butter, softened
½ cup honey or more according to taste
½ cup marshmallow cream

Whip butter till light and fluffy.  Add honey.  Whip.  Add marshmallow.  Whip.
(For Raspberry Butter – use 2 T honey, ½ cup raspberries, ¼ cup marshmallow cream)

2  cups soft butter/margarine
2 ¼ cup brown sugar
3 c flour
3 c quick oats
1 t. salt
1 t baking soda
1 jar Mrs. Richardsons Carmel topping
1 c milk choc chips
½ - ¾ c chopped pecans

Combine flour , oats, brown sugar, salt & soda.  Cut in butter with pastry cutter until crumbly.  Press a little more than ½ of the mixture in pan.  Bake for 8–10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Remove from oven.  Sprinkle chips 7 pecans.  Drizzle carmel over top.  Add rest of oat mixture, crumbling over top.

Return to oven.  Bake for an additional 15-18 minutes.

Door Prize
Tracey won the door prize which was this fun quilt!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Sept 2014 Mtg-Chopped Italian Salad, Fried Ice Cream

Diane hosted quilt meeting for us in September. We had a wonderful show and tell especially since so many in our group attended Corrie and her sister Des's retreat, Quilt Taffy Retreat, this year. They had a wonderful time and were very productive. Diane also invited a special guest for our meeting, pattern designer Cheryl Gunn of Waltzing with Bears.
First, our Show and Tell:
Emily went to Corrie's retreat and made four tops! This one was made by using the AccuQuilt to cut the Tumbler shapes. Love your little boy, Emily!

This one Emily made by staying up til 2am with Rachel. She used a layer cake, PB&J and the pattern was from Little Louise's etsy shop.

Emily used half square triangles set on point for this quilt. She made up the pattern. The fabric is from Art Gallery - "Arizona".

Emily also made this jelly roll quilt.

Julia also went to the retreat  and made this frayed squares baby quilt.

Rachel made this summer applique quilt.

Close up

Rachel also made this small apple quilt (sorry it's problems today)

Rachel made this cute taggy quilt (still having camera problems)

Rachel used 2 1/2" scraps for this quilt.

This is a chevron quilt for Rachel's daughter's bed at school. She used half square triangles to form the chevron. On the back she used cuddle soft fabric.

Kathi made this table topper using scraps from a previous project, then machine quilted it on her home sewing machine.

Back of quilt.

Nancy Christensen made this tumbler quilt using all scraps and wool batting. (still having camera probs)

This is the back of Nancy's quilt.

Hot cocoa fabric

This is a Rolling Stars pattern Cindy used to make this quilt. She made the blocks at the retreat.

Lenette made this Super Girl at the retreat. That was the theme of the retreat. If you squint your eyes, you can get rid of the blurriness. ;)

Corrie made 40 of these cute journal covers for the women who went to her retreat.

Corrie also made this book bag as a baby gift.

Maurene went to Superior Threads while she was visiting St. George, UT and bought this kit. It's called Perfect 10 by Swirly Girls.

Cheryl, our guest, also shared a quilt top that she made for her son and new daughter in law.
Diane used a charm pack to make this quilt top.

Diane also used a charm pack for this one... same quilt top different charm pack.

Diane made this top of pinwheels using polka dot fabrics.

Cheryl Gunn owner of Waltzing with Bears

This is what Cheryl says:
I have been happily designing patterns since 1995. I’ve kept my business small so I can focus on my family and keep my sanity or at least try to. It is my dream job, it helps me stay balanced and feeds my creativity.  The best part of my job is the exchange of enthusiasm for creating that others share with me and the terrific people I get to meet.
Cheryl then shared several of her quilts and patterns with us. Below are several of them.
Cheryl was featured in Quiltmania recently.

This is a cute Merry Christmas banner (last blurry picture, then I fixed the camera)

Diane then held a little raffle where each of us scratched off the paint on the card we chose to see if we were winners.


Fried Ice Cream

2.5 cups Crispix or Corn Chex (crushed)
2 T. sugar
1 T. melted butter
1 t. cinnamon
Vanilla Ice Cream

Preheat oven to 350
Mix the ingredients above except for ice cream and spread on a sprayed baking sheet. Bake for about 5 min. until crispy brown. Can broil on low for 1 min. after the 5 minutes of baking. WATCH CLOSE.
Let cool completely.
Scoop ice cream into balls and roll in mixture until completely covered. Place on cookie sheet in freezer for several hours.

Serve with honey, chocolate topping, caramel sauce or raspberry jam drizzled over top.
One container of ice cream makes 12-14 balls.
Can double this recipe.

Chopped Italian Salad

2 heads of Iceberg lettuce  chop fine
1 8 oz. Gorgonzola Cheese
1.5 Granny Smith Apple  chopped
10 slices cooked bacon, chopped
1 cup candied pecans
3 chopped tomatoes 
green onions (optional)
1/2 to 1 cup Roasted Garlic Ranch Dressing (from Carinos)

Toss it all together.
This serves 18.