Saturday, January 30, 2010

Quilt Club Sleepover

Wednesday, the Millington Quilt Club had a sewing sleepover. Linda and I went for the day on Wednesday but we didn't spend the night. Most of the members who participated stayed until Thursday after lunch. The sleepover is a great way to get to know the other members better. I was able to pick up a lot of new ideas. The food committee came up with a yummy lunch and supper.

At our last meeting, Eileen demonstrated how to do scrappy string quilts. I've been noticing string quilts on a some of the blogs I read too. That's what I decided to try at the sleepover. This is going to be the back of a table runner.

To use up some of the smaller scraps that were leftover, I sewed them together and made the backs for a pair of hot pads.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Elaine's Soup Recipe

When the Millington Quilt Club met last time, Elaine made one of the delicious soups we served. A number of members asked for her recipe.

Minestrone Soup from Mama D’s Cookbook and additions from Elaine

1 pound dried white beans (I used cannelloni but you can use great northern)
4 stalks celery, sliced
4 carrots, diced
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
4 sprigs parsley, chopped
1 16-ounce can chick-peas (garbanzos)
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup olive oil
2 onions, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
8 sprigs parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
3 or 4 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 medium zucchini, diced

Fill a large pot (6 to 8 quarts) with water to 4 inches from top. Wash the beans thoroughly and cook until tender. When beans are tender, replace the water lost in cooking and return to a boil. Add celery, carrots, potatoes, 4 sprigs parsley, chopped, the chick-peas, salt and pepper.

Heat oil in a small saucepan. Add onions, garlic, 8 sprigs parsley, chopped, salt and pepper and sauté until the onions are golden brown. Add tomatoes and cook for 20-30 minutes over medium-low heat. Add to beans and vegetables; cook slowly for an additional 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Add diced zucchini just before final 20 minutes of cooking. Makes enough for 20 or more servings. Can be frozen.
I add a bay leaf to the beans while they are simmering. The last time I made this, I also used vegetable broth after the beans cooked to give additional liquid. I also added fresh green beans when I cooked the other veggies, and I added a ½ cup of whole grain pasta when I added the zucchini, because my mother always had pasta in her minestrone. She also served it with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. I always try to use Italian flat parsley because it has more flavor and more vitamins than the curly. Elaine

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Winter Birds

A few years ago, Jenny made me this beautiful crewel picture. I enjoy putting it out in our family room during the winter months.

There are white birds flying between the trees in the snow.

We have been enjoying our birds in the snow. Below is one of my favorites, a chickadee.

One morning a small woodpecker was digging in the snow looking for breakfast.

The cardinals are very impressive but not too willing to pose for pictures.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Vassar Quilt Club Show and Tell

Some members have been working on a Round Robin quilt. This is the quilt still in progress.

Nancy showed us some bags to hold sewing items she has been making.

Nancy also shared a metal quilter she received for Christmas.

Nancy also made this sewing themed quilt backed with red minky.

Her sister, Karen also made a scrappy sewing quilt.

The sisters held up their quilts so that we could see how the same pattern could turn out looking very different.

Cheryl made this bright green and yellow quilt.

Cheryl also displayed her stack and whack quilt that Julie had just finished quilting.

Jeanann is the proud grandma of twins. She showed us the baptism outfit she made for her grandson. She still has to complete one for her granddaughter.

Eileen showed us a purse with an organizer.

Faith has been busy sewing, she made table runners and 2 baby quilts.

Jan made this happy quilt. Jan is pointing out some cute frogs. Part of the quilt was green minky.

Jan shared a tote organizer she made.

Marian showed us Nathan House reproduction she purchased while traveling.

She also shared a needle case she handmade.

Jean showed a beautiful quilt top she had completed.

Julies showed us a quilt her church is going to raffle.
Diane made an impressive tiny quilt.

Liz made two baby quilts.

Carolyn shared this Turning Twenty quilt top.

Pat made this quilt for her husband's birthday. He is a hunter, so Julie quilted it with cabins, trees and bears.

Linda showed the club the wall hanging I made her for Christmas.

Sydney knit this soft head warmer.
Janelle crocheted a beautiful doll dress.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Weight Watcher Muffins

I tested a recipe for pumpkin muffins. I got the recipe at Weight Watchers. The Millington Quilt Club meets on Wednesday an I'm suppose to bring a dessert. I plan to make a lemon sheet cake but thought I might add something with less calories in case someone else is dieting.

I made a sign to put next to the muffins.

In August, I made Hungry for Jenny. I felt his picture on the recipe would be appropriate.