Friday, July 20, 2018

Snowflakes in July

Sarah at Confessions of A Fabric Addict is currently offering a Twelve Days of Christmas sew-along.  I hadn't planned to participate -- although the quilt she's working on is pretty, so it stuck in my mind.

Meanwhile this week I've been diligently assembling apple blocks in an effort to consume a collection of apple novelty fabrics that have been aging in my stash for years.  But we do know how one thing leads to another … and some snowflake novelty fabrics living in that same storage tub suddenly started waving at me also :)

I unearthed them and sure enough: they were appropriate for a small version of the sew-along.
I was only able to squeeze 15 blocks out of the bundle of snowflake stash, but I'm delighted to report that I USED IT ALL UP!  Borders next, and then there will be no more snowflakes in my novelty stash!!!

Back to the apples tomorrow …


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Monterey Rice Casserole


1 cup rice
2 1/2 cups water
3 small zucchini
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
7 oz can chopped green chilies
1 bunch green onions
2 cans cream of chicken soup, undiluted
8 oz shredded pepper jack cheese

Cook rice with water according to package directions.
Preheat over to 375*.
Prepare a 9 x 13 pan with nonstick spray.
Spread cooked rice into prepared pan.
Slice zucchini and layer slices over rice.
Drain chilies and combine with undrained canned tomatoes.
Spread over zucchini layer.
Combine undiluted chicken soup and shredded pepper jack cheese.
Spoon and spread over vegetable layer.
Bake casserole at 375* for about 45 minutes, until edges begin to brown.

Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

About 12 servings


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Blockheads 2

#7 - Spin Cycle


Tuesday, July 17, 2018



Monday, July 16, 2018


Today I unearthed a set of old swap blocks and a collection of apple fabrics dating back five years or so.  There's easily enough in the tub for at least two quilts.  I'm going to putter with this group and see what I can come up with before apple season rolls around in September.

I'm very interested in 'finishing up' these days.  I don't use novelty print fabrics much any more, and one of my targets is to deplete the various styles by doing a few more seasonal projects (Christmas, Halloween, etc.) and then donate away what remains.  In the future, if I ever want to make another holiday novelty quilt I can always buy new fabric.  But I currently have at least eight-per-month-specific quilts in my collection (yes, 100+) for decorating my home around the year.  That could very well be enough.  

So: apples this week.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Blueberry Custard Pie


Refrigerated crust for 9" pie
3 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 tablespoons flour
3 cups blueberries
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350*.
Line a 9-inch pie dish with refrigerated pie crust and crimp edges.
In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs, sour cream, milk, sugar, vanilla and flour together until smooth.
Spread blueberries into crust.
Pour custard mixture over blueberries.
Dust with cinnamon.
Bake at 350* until puffed and golden, about 1 hour. 
Cool before serving.

About 8 servings


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Stash Report - week 28

This looks interesting:

Used this week:     03.25 yards
Used year to date:                     145.25 yards
Added this week:  00.00 yards
Added year to date:                     30.75 yards

NET USED 2018:                                          114.50 yards


Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Progress

Here's what I've accomplished this week:

The latest mini block for

Some color scrutiny for the Mountain Majesties project, I like what I see so far

A good beginning with the Harvest Moon blocks


Thursday, July 12, 2018


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Blockheads 2

#6 - Path Thru the Woods