Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Cooking

I've just finished putting together one of my Thanksgiving favorites:  Apples, Cranberries and Yams.  Several of my dishes are already assembled and will go into the oven tomorrow morning for our afternoon Thanksgiving get together with family and friends.



There are a lot of versions of this recipe, but I omit the nutmeg, leave the peeling on my apples, and add extra cranberries.  Here is the recipe:

1 can Yams
3 apples chopped (the recipe says peeled, but I didn't peel mine)
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/8 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 stick butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Toss sugars, spices and apples.  Spray a casserole dish with Pam.  Layer 1/2 the yams in a casserole dish followed by half of the apple mixture and half of the cranberries.  Cut half of the butter in slices and layer on top.  Repeat.  

At this point I covered the dish with foil and put it in the refrigerator to bake tomorrow.  Bake at 350 for about an hour.  You can also top with pecans.   To fill a 13 X 9 baking dish, double the recipe.  


I've been to Shipshewana and have to sort through my photos before I post.  

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers.  

Thank you for being here and visiting my blog.

Monday, November 17, 2014

English Paper Piecing Addiction Group

Here are some photos from the November meeting of the English Paper Piecing Addiction Group that meets at Back Door Quilts in Greenwood Indiana.  

This was part of my show and tell...one of the blocks from my Road 66 quilt from the book Primarily Quilts by Di Ford.



This is one of Michelle's two inch 6 pointed stars.  I'm getting ready to head up to Shipshewana for a quilt retreat tomorrow afternoon.  I'll be bringing my stars along to work on.


Here is another one of Michelle's stars.  She had a notebook full.  They are each like looking at a little quilt.  


Here is one of her quilts that she machine quilted.


And another....

Here is Barb with one of her blocks from a Sue Daley quilt.


Barb also does gorgeous wool applique.  


Here is a table runner done in hexagons and small pinwheel blocks done in blues.


Here is another done with a multi colored batik border.  The hexagons and pinwheels pull all the colors together.  These would make great gifts!


Here is a better look at the table decorations  This was made doing English Paper Piecing (of course).  I believe the shape is a kite, and I would guess it is 2 inches.



Linda and Terri always have a lot of great show and tell.


I love every one of these little quilts.


This one has a beautiful paisley border with fussy cut sashing.


Here is the same quilt with different fabrics.


I think this is one of their customer's quilts waiting to be machine quilted.  Those logs were really tiny.


I love this one.   The nine patches alternate with the dark fabric in the 5s position and the light fabric in the 5s position.  The stem on the applique is bias made from cotton, but the flowers and leaves were wool applique.

This is going to be a Christmas wreath.  The hexagons are 1/2".  


Here is another project from a group member.


There is always lots of inspiration taken from this group.  I always come home with lots of ideas.


Hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Little Halloween Quilts

Come on inside, and I'll show you the little Halloween quilts that I've decorated with.  



I have two smiling lighted pumpkins on my front porch.  I don't want to scare the trick or treaters too much.


I have an orange wreath with spiders on the front door.  



A garland of leaves is draped over my corner china cabinet with pumpkins on the shelf.  The cabinet was my Mom and Dads, and I love that there is a place for it in my new home.  On the table I have my Halloween Dresden Table Topper underneath the centerpiece of leaves and faux pumpkins.


Here is what it looks like.  The tutorial for the Halloween Dresden Table Topper can be found here.



On the island is the Halloween little quilt that I made from 1 1/2" half square triangles.  



Here is a better look at it.  The half square triangles are made from charm squares.  You can get 8 of them from two charm squares.  Se my Halloween Little Quilt tutorial here.


On the back porch I have the On Point Quilt from Squares.  


Here's a better look.  The tutorial can be found here and here.


All of these tutorials are also linked on my sidebar.  



Thanks for stopping in for a visit!

Happy Halloween!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Halloween


It's beginning to look a lot like Halloween at my house.  Here is the front outside flower bed decorated with ghosts, tombstones, lights and pumpkins.



I made my tomato cage ghosts the same as in the past.  You can find my tutorial HERE.   



I have the ghosts lit with white lights, and the bushes are all orange.  It's pretty easy to find the white Christmas lights this time of year because a lot of stores have all of their Christmas decorations out.



One of the ghosts is made from a sheet.  I couldn't find another sheet here that was all white.......so I used a piece of my Kona cotton.  The faces are drawn on free hand with a permanent marker.



Here's how the tomato cage looks with the lights wrapped.  I also used tent stakes to hold the bottoms in the ground so they won't blow away.  You can pick those up in the camping department at most of the big box stores.  I also used big binder clips to hold the sheets onto the back of the tomato cages.  I did that after we had a big storm and the cages blew over and the sheets came off.  


I've been doing a little sewing but have been working on other things lately.  More on that later.  I'll show you some of my other Halloween decorations in the next post.

I hope you're finding some time to stitch today.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Friday, October 3, 2014

EPP September Meeting


A couple of weeks ago our English Paper Piecing Addiction group met at Back Door Quilts.  Here are my show and tell photos:

This first quilt is Michelle's Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Stars.  I love this setting!


This is Michelle's Dresden Plate quilt.   I like this setting, too.  I like everything that Michelle does.  



Here is another of her Dresden plate quilts with an on point setting.  

This one was from a class that she took with Pat Sloan.

I love this Christmas table runner with fussy cut Santas and red pinwheel blocks for the border.  I'm sorry that I don't know the name of the quilter.


We show everything related to quilting at EPP.  This is an embroidered pillow.  I also don't know this person's name.



This is Sue Daley's Antique Sampler.


And Sue's basket quilt.  They were on loan to Back Door from Sue, and they were just ready to send them back to her.  
Sue Daley is starting a new Jigsaw Club with paper pieces and directions for blocks.   These next two are Marti's blocks.  I love her fussy cutting.  





One of the girls (I think Linda) is stitching this cute wall hanging.



This is Marlene's block from a Sue Daley pattern.  Her blue fabrics are just beautiful.


Linda and Terri had just been to a quilt show, so Linda did a little show and tell of the quilts that she was unpacking.


I missed the photo of the full quilt, but it looks great just like it is.  I love the bright Kaffe backing.

Jack's chain.  That one is on my bucket list.




These are just half square triangles set with tan fabrics.  I think the setting is interesting.

Cars - a cute children's quilt.

I love anything with nine patches.

This is a Sue Daley pattern called Cassie's Quilt.  

English Paper Piecing is always fun and interesting and full of inspiration.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

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