Saturday, May 19, 2018

May 2018

Welcome to a cold and wet May quilt club.  It was a good day to be inside socializing.  Socializing we did too!  For some reason we didn't do much talking about quilts or sewing of the same.  Sometimes it is just nice to get together and chat.

We did things a little bit different this time.  Brunch was the menu, so we ate first.  Below are some pictures of the food.  On the left is Rhonda's breakfast casserole.  I will post the recipe when I get it.  The dish on the right is Sheree's French toast casserole.  There was also fruit but I am not sure who brought that.  I will add the name if anyone tells me.




TATER TOT SAUSAGE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE

PREP TIME: 10 MINSCOOK TIME: 1 HOURTOTAL TIME: 1 HOURS AND 10 MINS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 lb hot breakfast sausage
  • 1 (30-32oz) bag frozen tater tots
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups milk

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet, cook sausage until no longer pink. Drain fat.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together tater tots, cooked sausage and cheeses. Pour into a lightly greased 9x13-inch pan.
  4. Whisk together eggs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and milk. Pour over tater tot mixture.
  5. **Cover and refrigerate at this point if baking later.**
  6. Bake uncovered for 60 - 70 minutes, or until eggs are set.

Sue brought mimosas.
 Peggy brought a blueberry lemon cake.  The recipe for this is below.  This got tons of raves.


















LEMON BLUEBERRY BUNDT CAKE WITH LEMON GLAZE

CAKE
lemon boxed cake mix
boxed lemon pudding
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup oil
1 pint blueberries 
2 tbsp turbindo sugar

GLAZE
3cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp melted butter
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon

Mix cake mix, pudding, eggs, sour cream and oil together.
Fold in blueberries ( batter will be thick so fold in easily)
Spread batter evenly in pan and spread turbindo sugar over batter.
Bake 350 degrees for 40-45min.
Cool in pan for 30min. then remove from pan to cooling rack till finish cooling.

Make glaze with above ingredients. I used a small lemon and it wasn't enough liquid so I added more lemon juice.
I found that this made enough to ice the cake instead of glazing it, so if you only want to glaze I would only use half the amount of powdered sugar.

Enjoy!

We had special guests today too!  Jessie came with her son to pick up the bags.  Her son was born 6 weeks early and she was given care packages while in the NICU and wants to pay it forward.  She will fill the bags that we made with goodies for other parents who have to spend time with their newborns there. 

Carrie had a weighted blanket to show us that she made for Griffin.  Thomas the train on one side and minkie on the other.  She used 11 pounds of pellets in the blanket.  If anyone wants to make one Carrie can share the info she gathered to make hers.


For our regular show and tell, Sheree used Bonnie Hunter's new block and made this baby quilt.
 She also found some adorable penguin panels to make quilts for her daughter's baby due in July.

 Rhonda used a cute Minnie panel for this quilt.
 This is a nine patch that is cut in quarters.  It is made with a Connecting Threads fabric line.  The colors are gorgeous on this quilt, but that wasn't captured by the picture.
 This contemporary quilt Rhonda made is for a niece's wedding.  Rhonda saw a picture and drafted the blocks to work for her.

A Hungry Hungry Caterpillar panel was used for the center of this quilt.

Sue made this memory quilt for a gentleman who lost his wife.
 Peggy made these cute bags.  See the buttons on the large one.
 Peggy crocheted this nice sweater.
 This is where everyone parked themselves today.  Peggy is sitting on the steps.  Not a sewing machine in site!

As I was leaving a surprise guest was arriving!  Deb returned from the South for settlement on their house here in PA.  It was nice to see her and catch up with all of her new activities at her new home.  Great to see you again Deb!  Unfortunately Cathy had already left.  Thanks for taking the picture Ed!
We are on the last round of our round robin quilt.  Next month, June 16th, we will get our own boxes back and we will then begin the job of creating a quilt with our blocks.

See everyone then!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

April 2018

What a beautiful day to get together to quilt!  Unfortunately not a lot of quilting got done!  We did a lot of talking and planning instead, with a little bit of quilting.

Sadly, Sue had to leave early as she started to feel ill.  I hope you are feeling better Sue.

We plotted out our schedule to the end of the year.  That will be posted at the end of the blog.

Sue showed us her current projects before she left.  She will be mounting these adorable puppies on  canvas for her daughters' Mother's Day presents.

This is the black lab,
 the two schnauzers
 and the boxer-pit bull mix.  Sue always surprises us with the cool things that she makes.
 Peggy was busy making neat  projects too!  These are needle cases.
 One for her crochet hooks.  (I guess that makes this a hooks case.)
 This is her circular needle case.  Ted made the numbers for her.  How sweet is that?
 Peggy got a new tool for the snaps.  She made reversible cup cozies and needle holders so far.
 Peggy made this cute knitting bag before.  I don't know if I got a close up picture of it then.  Such cute fabric.
 Kinley's birthday quilt was semi finished just in time.  The frozen quilt is for her birthday today!  Linda will have to take it home to finish the binding.
  Linda made these two baby quilts for twins.
 Here are the bags we made for Carrie's friend to fill with goodies for moms.  I think she is going to pick them up next quilt club.
 Rhonda made the pantry quilt filled with fruits and vegetables.  I love the crates filled with potatoes, peppers, onions and corn at the bottom.
 Another row has been added to Rhonda's leader ender quilt.  The next color will be green.
 This is another Fancy Forest baby quilt that I made in grays.
 And this is my On Ringo Lake-Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.  I still have to bind it.
 Rhonda made pasta soup.  Everyone loved it and she is going to share the recipe.  I will post it at the end of the blog when I get it.

 Patty made a bean salad.
 Peggy made a lemon poppy seed loaf.  She will share the recipe and I will post this at the end of the blog also.


Here is Peggy's recipe:

LEMON POPPYSEED BREAD

1 box lemon cake mix
1 box lemon pudding
1/4 cup poppyseeds
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
1 cup boiling water

Mix cake mix, pudding and poppyseeds. Add oil and eggs and mix well, then slowly add boiling water and mix well. 
Preheat oven 350 degrees
Grease 2 bread pans
Divide mix into pans and bake 35-40 minutes.

I never ice the bread, but since I made it as a dessert I did this time. I made a lemon glaze (1 cup confection sugar and 2 tbsp of lemon juice). Since I left the bread in the bread pan I iced it instead with the glaze.

Here is Rhonda's recipe:

SAUSAGE PASTA SOUP

1 lb hot or sweet sausage or ground turkey burger
2 8 oz cans diced tomatoes, I used 1 can Rotel diced tomates with chiles and 1 can roasted diced tomatoes
8 oz can tomato sauce
14.5 oz chicken broth
16 oz pk Green Giant Past Accents – garlic (This included the past but I couldn’t find that so bought McCormack Basil, garlic, sea salt seasing 4 tbs.  and a box of Radiatore pasta)
½ lb Radiatore Pasta
Grated parmesan cheese for garnish. 

Brown sausage,  add in tomatoes, sause and chicken broth.  Simmer for 20 minutes. Add pasta and herbs. Cook 5 more minutes. Garnish and serve.  Doing in crockpot you need to add more liquid (chicken broth or water the longer it sits)

We have two more rounds for out Round Robin quilt.  After we get our box back and drool over all the pretty blocks, we will have until December 15th to finish it.  We would like to get a picture of all of them together.  Don't give it away until after the picture!  Hahahaha.

The schedule for the rest of the year.

May 19th
June 16th
July there will be no meeting.  The Hershey Quilt Show is the weekend of the 21st.
August 25-we will be meeting at Patty's house.  The plan is to bring your medallion quilt so we can get our group picture taken.  Patty said she is going to provide all the food.  She also mentioned that there may not be any sewing.
September 22nd-this is when Rhonda is going to reveal the new group project!
October is the club's 15th Anniversary.  We will plan a getaway for October 26-27, probably in Lancaster where we will be able to do some shop hopping.
November 24th
December 15th-this is the deadline to have the Round Robin quilt finished.

Have a great Spring everyone, now that it appears to have finally arrived!




Sunday, March 25, 2018

March 2018

Happy Spring!  The 14 or more inches of snow we got this week are melting away as warmer weather teases us.  The sun was shining and temperatures were in the 40's.  Hopefully it won't be too much longer until winter is just a memory.

We had a full house today.  All of us worked on the totes for the NICU charity.  We made pretty good progress.  I think the deadline is July and we should be way ahead of schedule.  A picture of those will have to be included in a future blog post.

Progress is continuing on the Round Robin quilts.  I love seeing what everyone else is making and am amazed by the talent and creativity that I see.  We are on round six with only two more to go after this.  I think we are all loving this project, even though some of us may be stressing about it.  Please don't stress-relax and have fun with it.

Now on to show and tell without further delay!

Linda made a memory quilt for a lady who was a talented seamstress.  She used fabric from the lady's own stash.  Linda creatively designed the backing with Snoopy fabric for the husband and the Ravens fabric for the wife.
 The quilt front was made of the lady's t-shirts.  What a great memory quilt!

Sheree finished the top of her tumbler quilt.  She bordered it with red that really made the quilt's colors pop.


Peggy made good use of old jeans and recycled them into this cute bag.  She is also wearing one of her creations-this lovely cowl.  The cameral didn't capture how pretty the colors are on this and how well it went with her sweater.

Sue impressed us with her quilting.  This was a project for her other quilt club using ugly fabric.  We failed to see the ugliness in it!  LOL  Sue used her sit down quilting machine and did intricate quilting on the border of this quilt.  She explained how she used painter's tape to help with measurents.  The back shows the leaves a little bit better.


The following pictures are part of our virtual show and tell.  This little beauty is a basket quilt made with Williamsburg prints.  You can see Sue's quilting on this also.
 How adorable is this!  All three of them.  It looks as though Sue appliqued the dog onto the stocking.


And finally Sue's husband Jim's handiwork!  He has become her quilting buddy!  He made this stocking start to finish.  Sue said he is now working on a Quilt of Valor for one of his friends.

For eats we had a tuna casserole that I brought, a salad from Sue, cake from Sheree, drinks from Cathy and snacks from Peggy.  The salad was so good that there were requests for the recipe.  Sue came prepared! 

This is Sue's Winter Salad

1 head Romaine lettuce
4 oz Parmesan cheese
1 Cup salted cashews
1/4 Cup sweet dried cranberries
2 pears-cubed

Dressing
1/2 Cup sugar
1/3 Cup lemon juice
2 Tbs Dijon mustard1/2 tsp salt
2/3 Cup veggie oil
1 Tbs poppy seed
Mix in blender-pour oil in slowly.

Next month we will get together April 28th.  See you then!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

February 2018

We had been teased by Spring with sunny days in the 70's and I am hoping it is right around the corner.  Today was wet and dreary.  It was a perfect day to spend with friends working on quilts.

We are working on tote bags for the NICU center where one of Carrie's friend's baby spent some time.  The mother wanted something to give back the moms for themselves.  She will fill the bags with goodies.

Today we worked on the totes using Rhonda's charm squares.  Peggy and Patty sorted them into piles of coordinating colors.  Then those of us with machines  sewed some of the bags' sides together.  

I may not have the correct info on numbers.  Rhonda said we would each sew 4 bags.  This is only 32 bags and I thought she needed 60.  Maybe we are doing some now and some later.  Rhonda, do you want to clarify for us in the comments?

We will need linings and handles for these.  For next month try to have the bags quilted and you can sew three sides together.  Bring along what lining you may have.

We discussed our Round Robin project.  Some of us are putting a great deal of thought into our blocks.  They have been chosen with a lot of meaning.  Other of us are just making blocks that we like.  I guess we will discover which group everyone belongs to by the comments in our books!

I know that I have been very impressed by the beautiful blocks in each box that I get.  I think we will all be very happy when we get our boxes back and put our quilts together.  I can't wait!

Show and tell was very light this month.  I guess I wasn't the only one not doing a lot.

Rhonda has put the top together for this Bonnie Hunter quilt.  It is absolutely gorgeous!  She is working on a border for it now.  The picture doesn't do it justice.



Food was delicious-especially the ham and pineapple sliders.  There was a request that Sue send the recipe so it can be added to the blog.  We also had lettuce salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, fruit mix, lemon bars and brownies.


Hawaiian Ham and Pineapple Sliders

1 pkg Hawaiian Rolls
6-8 large slices of honey ham
6 large Slices mozzarella cheese ( I used Swiss)
8-10 pineapple rings, drained
3 TB Butter melted
1/4 tsp. Garlic power
1 tsp dried parsley

1.  Oven at 350 degrees
2. Slice rolls in half (sep. top and bottom) while leaving the rolls connected.  Place Bottom half of rolls in an 8x11 baking pan
3. Top with ham, then pineapple, then cheese and top with the top rolls
4. Combine melted butter, garlic and parsley and pour over rolls evenly, brushing to coat the tops as needed
5. Bake 15 minutes or until tops are golden brown and cheese is melted.  Slice and serve warm
There are a couple of virtual show and tells that were sent to me.  Anyone can do this and I will add your projects to our blog.  I am expecting some from Sue that I will add when I get them.

Rhonda finished the Vent Camp quilt.  After it was completed the children wanted to keep it for themselves.


Patty made this quilt for a friend.  The friend loves it but Patty not so much.  I think once she gets it back after it is quilted she may change her mind.


We will be meeting again March 24th.  We will be more than half way done with the Round Robin part of our group project! Work will continue on the tote bags for the NICU.

Spring will be here by next time too!  Let's hope Mother Nature understands this!

Let's get busy quilting so we have more for show and tell!