Saturday, September 23, 2017

September 2017

Today was the 2nd day of Fall and what a beautiful day it was.  I personally would love this weather year round.  

We had a full house today.  The only one missing was Peggy who had just returned from a vacation in New Orleans.  

Cathy brought her Accuquilt with her today and demonstrated some of her dies.  The adorable little cats will be used for her signature on the back of all of her quilts.  These are ready to fuse as the fusible paper is put on the fabric before it is cut.  Cute idea Cathy.  Then Deb took the demo a little further and cut some bindings with the strip cutter.  Cathy is working on making her own jelly rolls with this particular cutter.  Cathy is very  impressed with the ease of piecing more accurately  now with these precision cut pieces.  I think this will make the whole process so much more fun for her.  Thanks for showing this to us Cathy.



 Patty was in Williamsburg and a friend there gave her this little St Paddy doll along with a shamrock pin.  Patty said he should become our mascot but Rhonda wants a young buff mascot instead!!
 This is a  quilt Cathy made with her 8 inch block cut with the Accuquilt.  This will be for her daughter in law's birthday.
 Deb was inspired to make this orange quilt from a green one she saw at a quilt shop?
 These are the boxes for our next group project.  Rhonda got us each a box with our name on the top of the list and the person who will get the box next below ours.  So every month we will know whose box we have because it belongs to the first person on the list.  We will always be giving the box to the same person each month.  In each box was a little notebook that we are to write a page about the journey of the quilt blocks each month.  The quilt blocks are to finish at 12 inches.  Please be careful and check your 1/4 inch seam.  If you are not sure how to do this, Bonnie Hunter has a little tutorial on it here.

Sue brought a book along with her about the history of some quilts.  She is willing to share this with anyone who is interested in reading it.  Talking about books, did anyone borrow a book about modern children's quilts from Sue?  She thinks she may have lent it to someone and is wanting it back.
 A little birdie told me this cute little octagon quilt may be a make and take project!  This is just the sweetest little table topper.
 A close up.

 Check out that fabric Sue used for her beach bag!  This is a different pattern than the ones we had made previously.  She made a zippered pocket and a key fob.
 Rhonda finished her  cats quilt.
 And did we have food!  Pasta salads, salsa and chips, apple and pulled pork, apple tarts......
 A savory apple tart and Applebarn punch.  The punch recipe is after this picture.
Applebarn punch
1quart Apple juice
1cup pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice

Deb will be leaving us and moving to South Carolina soon.   She hopes to be able to stop in to visit us when she comes North for visits.   Good luck with your move, I hope everything goes smoothly for you and best wishes for your retirement!

We were asked for an updated contact list-maybe we can all send in our email address, address and phone number?

Here is the schedule for our quilt club meetings:
October 28
November 25
No December meeting
January 27
February 24
March 24
April 28
May 19
June 23

Once again, lest we forget! are the instructions for the group project.

Cloverleaf Quilter’s Group Project 2017

Each member will create a quilt from chosen focus fabric.  Each quilt club member will contribute two 12.5 inch blocks (12 inch finished) for each of the participants.

This project will be completed in one year from date of start.

·         Start with a 3 yard length of focus fabric of your choosing.
·         If you want this to be your border cut them first and mark so it doesn’t get used during the journey.
·         I suggest cutting three strips at 4.5, 5.5 or 6.5 from the length, 324 inches.  This should be more than enough for a big quilt.
·         Next, if you want to want to have a more controlled quilt, not scrappy, I would suggest adding some contrast fabrics from your stash.  If not the next person will make blocks using what they have in their stash.  You should not buy fabric for this project.  Work with what you have. 
·         The first set of blocks will set the tone of the quilt and the owner will make the first two blocks for their quilt.
·         Boxes will be provided at the September meeting; you will take it home with you and create your first two blocks.
·         You will have until the next quilt club to create two 12.5 inch (finishing at 12 inches) blocks out of the fabrics. 
·         Each month we will continue to pass the box following the order on your box.  The next person will then create the next two blocks.
·         There will be no show and tell.  A diary will be provided in the box to document the project.  (Why you chose the blocks, fabric, colors, any comments about the blocks already created, etc.)
·         When all 8 members have completed the blocks, you will have the pleasure of completing your quilt. You can do whatever you want.
·         Make it bigger by making more blocks
·         Just add borders
·         We will then have the last few months to complete any extra blocks, borders, and quilting. 

I am looking forward to beginning our new project!  Until next time.....

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Medallion quilts

Here are our medallion quilts so far.  I just looked to see when we started these-January 2015!

Peggy's

Sue's

Sheree's

Linda's

Pam's

Rhonda's

Patty's blue one
Patty's purple one

August 2017

Wow-summer is almost over.  It already feels like Fall.  I will miss Summer and wish it would last at least a few months longer.

There was a lot of chatter today and I didn't see a whole lot of sewing.  In fact, I think only Linda and Sue brought machines!  Peggy brought knitting, I brought fabric to look at and Deb brought show and tell.

And talking about show and tell..............

Peggy's beautiful medallion quilt hot off the quilting table.  Rhonda quilted, appropriately, clovers on this.



This is the baby quilt that I got help from the club with for the borders.  I was ready to toss it because I thought it was so insipid.  Thanks everyone for your input.  It turned out kind of cute.

This is a Disappearing Nine Patch that I made for the veteran's hospice group Peggy is donating to.


This beauty is Deb's.  She bought 4 small kits and combined them into this large log cabin.  She is hoping to be able to use this on one of her beds in her new home down South.

Showing the backing fabric for Deb's quilt.


 Rhonda finished the top for her Christmas in July quilt.


Linda made this adorable baby quilt for her niece.


Sue's medallion quilt for her husband.  He is excited for her to finish it.

And Linda's medallion quilt.  


Linda was very busy with her quilts.  Here is another baby quilt she made and Rhonda quilted.


Two memory quilts Linda made and Rhonda quilted.  Rhonda has been kept busy too!


Linda has another baby quilt made.  This was for a girl at work.  She used a pattern that we have made before, just on a larger scale.  Turned out very pretty.


And Linda made a boy's version of the same quilt pattern.


I am going to do a separate post with our medallion quilts.  I think that will be fun to see them all together to see how different and the same they are.

For lunch we had "crack chicken", which I brought, Linda  brought peach and regular salsa, Sue brought marinated tomatoes, Deb brought fresh pineapple, Peggy brought a spinach and fruit salad and Rhonda made a Ridiculous Vanilla Cake.  The recipes for the chicken and cake are below.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken
 Author: Adventures of a Nurse

 Ingredients
6-8 slices cooked bacon
2 pounds boneless chicken breast
1 packet ranch seasoning
8oz cream cheese
1 cup water
3 tbs corn starch
4oz cheddar cheese

 Instructions 1. Place chicken and cream cheese in the IP. Sprinkle the packet of ranch seasoning over the top. Add one cup water. Place your IP on Manual high pressure for 25 minutes. do a quick release. Remove chicken only and shred I used my kitchen aid to shred my chicken. Keep your IP on low and Mix in cornstarch with a whisk. Add cheese and shredded chicken to the mixture. Stir in bacon and enjoy.

Ridiculous Vanilla Cake
 
Author:
Serves: serves 10
Ingredients
Cake
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 (4 serving sized) box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
Icing
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • white chocolate chips to garnish
Instructions
Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Liberally grease a 10- inch bundt pan with butter or shortening and lightly dust with flour. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine all the cake ingredients. Mix on low for 30 seconds until combined and then on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until the cake is set. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then invert the pan onto a cake plate.
Icing
  1. In a medium bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Pour over the cake.
  2. You can ice the cake when it's warm or cooled.
  3. Sprinkle with white chocolate chips if desired. Note - if you sprinkle white chips on the cake when it's warm they will melt slightly.
Our next meeting will be September 23.   This is when we will get our boxes and prepare for our next group project.  See last month's blog if you need instructions on what and how we will be doing this.

Have a great end of the Summer!

Monday, July 24, 2017

July 2017




Christmas In July was the theme of this month's quilt club.  We intended to work on a UFO Christmas Project for ourselves.  We also continued to work on the Quilts of Valor/Hospice for Peggy. 
Show and tell for this month

 First  up is one of Linda's Memory Quilts she has been work on.
 Peggy finished her top for our group project.  They are turning out so nice and each one has it's own personality.  We are almost there.  Hope to finish up by September just in time for our next group  project.
 Cathy has been working on the Quilts of Valor/Hospice for Peggy.  She has two tops completed and Peggy will be machine quilting them
 This is Cathy's second top.

Rhonda put together a kit she purchased in Denver Colorado while she was in the mountains over July 4th.
 She also made a Penn State Mesh bag for a raffle for  her family reunion.
 Sheree whipped together this cute snowman quilt.  Pattern was purchased at the Lancaster quilt show.  Pattern will be available in your email. If you want it watch for the email.
 Patty was really busy with the adorable owl wall hanging.  She had it custom quilted and it is gorgeous.  It is sold.
Patty is also working on a Pat Sloan Mystery Quilt.  Nice job.

  Peggy's Quilt of Valor ready to go.

Another of Linda's Memory quilts.

Since our theme was Christmas in July, we made a Christmas meal.  Turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and Deb's salad (Recipe to be added and don't remember the name).

Cloverleaf Quilter’s Group Project 2017

Each member will create a quilt from chosen focus fabric.  Each quilt club member will contribute two 12.5 inch blocks (12 inch finished) for each of the participants.

This project will be completed in one year from date of start.

  • Start with a 3 yard length of focus fabric of your choosing.
    • If you want this to be your border cut them first and mark so it doesn’t get used during the journey.
    • I suggest cutting three strips at 4.5, 5.5 or 6.5 from the length, 324 inches.  This should be more than enough for a big quilt.
  • Next, if you want to want to have a more controlled quilt, not scrappy, I would suggest adding some contrast fabrics from your stash.  If not the next person will make blocks using what they have in their stash.  You should not buy fabric for this project.  Work with what you have. 
  • The first set of blocks will set the tone of the quilt and the owner will make the first two blocks for their quilt.
  • Boxes will be provided at the September meeting; you will take it home with you and create your first two blocks.
  • You will have until the next quilt club to create two 12.5 inch (finishing at 12 inches) blocks out of the fabrics. 
  • Each month we will continue to pass the box following the order on your box.  The next person will then create the next two blocks.
  • There will be no show and tell.  A diary will be provided in the box to document the project.  (Why you chose the blocks, fabric, colors, any comments about the blocks already created, etc.)
  • When all 8 members have completed the blocks, you will have the pleasure of completing your quilt. You can do whatever you want.
    • Make it bigger by making more blocks
    • Just add borders
    • We will then have the last few months to complete any extra blocks, borders, and quilting. 
The following dates have been selected for the club meetings.  If you are not able to make that meeting,  you will make arrangements to get the box to the next person on the list.
Sept 23
October 28
November 25
No December meeting
January 27
February 24
March 23
April 27
May 18

June 22

Saturday, June 3, 2017

June 2017

We are finally welcoming some nice days and it looks like we will actually get a summer.  I think it is supposed to be beautiful weather all weekend!!

There was a lot of sewing and chatting going on today.  Our projects were rather mixed.  Rhonda was working on memory quilts, Sue and Linda were working on their round robin quilts, Deb was working on a quilt that I believe is for her new home.  Peggy and I were working on valor quilts for a hospice group for vets in VA.  Here is a picture of our work stations as we took a break for lunch.  You can tell we were busy.

You can see this a little bit above.  Sue got this great table to add on to her Featherweight.  It is acrylic and has gold decals etched on it.  She loved working with it.


And on to our show and tell.  Linda is nearing the finish line on her round robin!
 This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern that I finally quilted.
 And the Jelly Roll Race quilt I finally quilted.  I did this one free hand.
 Rhonda's niece Libby's graduation quilt.
 and the back of it.
 Rhonda finished her mystery quilt.  The picture doesn't do it justice.  Beautiful!
Cat quilt that Rhonda added tails to the border.  She will back this with Penn State fabric.  I suggested paw prints for the quilting.  I can't wait to see this cutie finished!
 Rhonda made two John Deer tractor quilts for her nephews who will be visiting soon from Germany.

Even though Sheree wasn't here she had a few quilts for show and tell.  This is a jelly roll snowman.  Too cute!

Sheree's beautiful round robin quilt.  It was said this is getting gifted.  That will be one lucky person.

There are a few pictures I will add here when I get them for our virtual show and tell.

This is Peggy's Jared Takes a Wife quilt that she made for a wedding quilt.  This is on my bucket list.  It is beautiful Peggy!


I didn't see all the food we had today so I asked someone from the club to send me an email and I will add it to the blog.  All I know is it smelled really good!  Here is the email Rhonda sent.  Peggy made a grilled chicken salad.  Deb had her famous and delicious Cole slaw.  Cream cheese and pepper Kellie, iced brownies, chips and dip.

Rhonda is going to put together some directions for our next quilt project.  It will have some yardage in a box with some extra matching fabric.  We will possibly be making the first two twelve inch blocks from our own fabric before passing it on to the next person.

Next quilt club will be in July.  July 15th.

Deb will be leaving us soon.  She is going to be busy this summer packing and getting ready for her move south.  She should be able to make it back for at least one more quilt club.  We will miss you Deb!

Happy Summer!