Thursday, February 6, 2014

January Mtg-Cheddar Corn Chowder/Apple Cake

We met at Sherry's this month and had a wonderful time. Here are the show and tells for the month:

 Robyn made this quilt from our donated fabric squares. She even used our squares to make the border and put fleece on the back. It's ready to be given away and will be a soft, cuddly quilt for someone!
 Robyn also made this stripe quilt for a donation. She cut various widths of fabric using the full width of her fabric pieces.
 Lynette made this quilt for a humanitarian giveaway. Cindy quilted it. Below is the back of the quilt. Cindy, your quilting is beautiful!

 Lynette also made this donation quilt from our groups' donation squares. It will be perfect for a teenage girl. Gary quilted it. Below is a close up.

 Jeri bought a panel with these birds on it and made a quilt from it.
 Darla finished her paper doll quilt. She even embellished it with buttons and made a pillowcase to match. Below is a close up.

 Darla made this lap quilt to give to a nursing home. She makes quilts every month for a nursing home and she makes sure they are bright and fun.
 Nancy made this as a humanitarian quilt and it's made from orphan blocks she had.
 Nancy also made this quilt.
 Kelly made this quilt using a new product she shared called Chenille It where you add the chenille after piecing the top. Below is a close up.

 Here is what the product looks like.

 Tracey made this quilt.
This quilt was made for Sherry by her activity day girls as a thank you. Each square represents a month of projects they had worked on together.

Sherry showed her vintage baby quilt and gave us an explanation about how it was made. It's a fun, quick quilt using 2 1/2" squares glued on top of a single piece of background material. The background has to be marked with a grid of 3" squares (with pencil or disappearing marker). Use spray adhesive to sandwich backing, batting and top. The 2 1/2" squares are then glued in the corner of each grid using a regular glue stick. Then stitch down 1/8" inch seam allowance down each row of squares. After that it's ready to bind!
Sherry made the quilt below, then Kathi showed some of her variations of the vintage baby quilt technique.


Here are the recipes from Sherry's lunch:

Cheddar Corn Chowder

1 lb. uncooked bacon, diced
1 onion, diced
3 carrots, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 med red potatoes, diced
6 c chicken stock
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1 1/2 t ground coriander
2 cans whole kernel corn
2 cans creamed corn
2 c half and half
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Heat a stockpot over med high heat and add the bacon.  Cook the bacon until brown and crispy.  Remove from the pot and set aside on paper towel to drain.  Discard all but 2 T bacon drippings.  Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic and saute for 5 min.  Add potatoes, stock, cayenne and coriander.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat ad simmer for 34 min.  Add kernel and creamed corn, cheese and half and half.  Simmer additional 7 min.  Season with Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.  Just before serving, stir in bacon.  Makes 10-12 servings.

This next recipe is an old family recipe to the instructions are very simple.  I like Granny Smith apples the best, but you can use any variety.  I also like to use golden raisins.
Apple Cake  

4 c, cubed apples 
Add 2 eggs, mix well
Add 1/2 c. oil or applesauce, 1 1/2 t. vanilla.  Blend

Add: 2 c. sugar, 1 1/2 t. cinnamon, 1 c. raisins, 2/3 c. chopped walnuts (opt)

Sift: 2 c. flour, 1 1/2 t. soda, 1 t. salt.  Mix well

Bake in greased 9 x 13 pan, 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.