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Friday, September 30, 2011

FIRST YEAR BABY ONESIES

When I was working on the baby gift, I saw on the Martha Stewart Show a beautiful idea for a gift.  The idea is to use onesies numberd by the month and take pictures of the baby at each month.  Here is what you will need in supplies:

Templates:  1 - 4 month template
                    5 - 8 month template
                    9 -12 month template
Iron-on transfer paper for light fabrics
Scissors
Iron
(3) 0-3 month infant onesies
(3) 3-6 month infant onesies
(6) 6-12 month infant onesies


 
I downloaded the templates onto my computer for future use and printed them following the directions on the iron-on transfer paper.  The setting I chose on my printer was photo.  Your image will come out clearer.  Be really careful not to touch the images once they're printed. The image can be smudged.  I know because I did it.


 Cut out the designs making sure you leave a small white border around the design.  Your printed designs are going to be mirror images.



Do not use your ironing board to work on this project because you will need to use a lot of force.  I put a white bedsheet on the floor as my work area.  Before you iron on your design, make sure your onesie is laying nice and flat without any wrinkles.



Place your design on the onesie and take your iron, which is at its highest setting and press and hold for 30 seconds.  Make sure your iron has NO  water.


Let your design cool off before you peel off the backing.



Once you're done with all of them, place them in a gift box or bag and present it to the mom to be with a small note about the onesies.  They will simply love it. 

TOPSY TURVY HEARTS

I needed to make a baby quilt for a friend.  This is her first baby and the baby is a girl.  I challenged myself to not buy any fabric but to look into my stash.  That was a really hard because I always see fabric that I would like to buy.  Unfortunately, I’m running out of room.  I’ll show you the steps it took to make the quilt.

All the yardages for the fabric were 42” wide.
¾ yd. medium pink                             ¼ yd. blue
½ yd. pale pink                                   ¼ yd. dark pink
3/8 yd. green and white stripe              ¼ yd. medium green
¼ yd white                                         1 3/8 yds. fabric for backing
 ¼ yd. yellow                                         3/8 yd fabric for binding
                                                            38” x 38” batting
From the white fabric:
cut 64 squares, 1 ¼” by 1 ¼”
cut 16 rectangles, 1 ¼” by 5”
From the medium pink fabric:
cut 16 rectangles 2 ¾” by 4 ¼”
cut for outer border 2 strips 3 ½” by 28”
cut for outer border 2 strips 3 ½” by 34”
From the yellow fabric:
cut 8 rectangles 2 ¾” by 4 ¼”
From the blue fabric:
cut 8 rectangles 2 ¾ by 4 ¼”
From the green and white stripe
cut 32 squares 2 ¾” by 2 ¾”
From the medium green:
      cut 16 squares 2 ¾” by 2 ¾”
From the light green:
     cut 4 squares 5” by 5”
From the pale pink:
      cut 3 squares 7 ¾” by 7 ¾”; cut twice diagonally to make 12 triangles
    cut 5 squares 5” by 5”
     cut 2 squares 4 ¼” by 4 ¼” cut once diagonally to make 4 triangles
From the dark pink:
     cut 2 strips 1 ½” by 26”
     cut 2 strips 1 ½” by 28


Now the fun begins.  Using a pencil and your ruler, take the white squares and draw a line on the wrong side of the fabric from one corner to another.  You’re going to place each square on 2 corners of the pink, yellow, and blue rectangles so that the diagonal lines run from the upper middle to the our side edges of the rectangle.  Sew on the marked line.  You’ll be making 32 units.

Take your ruler and your rotary cutter and you will align the ruler ¼” from the seam line and trim away the excess fabric.  Flip open the white triangles and press toward the triangle.  Now that the units are made you will take your ruler and draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the green and white stripe squares.  You’ll place each square on the units you just made.  Be careful how you place the green and white stripe square because you will cut the excess off to make the one-half heart segment.  Sew on the marked lines.  You will have a total of 16 pink units, 8 yellow units, and 8 blue units.

Take your ruler and your rotary cutter and you will align the ruler ¼” from the seam line and trim away the excess fabric.  Flip open the remaining green and white striped triangles and press toward the triangles.  Sew the units together to make 16 hearts.  Sew the white rectangles to the tops of the heart units.  You will make 16 blocks.

To make the other blocks for this quilt, you will need to draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the medium green square from corner to corner.  Place the marked squares on two opposite corners of the light green square, right sides together.  Sew on the marked line.  Take your ruler and your rotary cutter and you will align the ruler ¼” from the seam line and trim away the excess fabric.  Flip open the triangles and press toward the medium green.  Place the marked squares on the other two corners and repeat the process.

Arrange your heart blocks and the square within a square blocks, the setting squares and the setting triangles in diagonal rows.  Pay close attention when you are placing the heart blocks so they are in the correct position.  Sew the blocks together and press the seams toward the heart blocks.  Sew the rows together, pressing the seams all in one direction.

Add the inner border and outer border.  Press toward the border.  Take your batting and batting and either spray glue or baste your quilt and quilt.  Trim the batting and backing so the edges are even with the quilt top and bind the quilt.  ENJOY!!!!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

BEEF VEGETABLE SOUP

As you already know, I love the Fall season.  I love that it's the season for soups and stews.  So today, I decided to make beef vegetable soup from scratch.  Here are the ingredients I used:

1/2 pound of round steak cut into 1/2 inch pieces.
1 cup of frozen corn
1 cup of frozen peas
3 carrots peeled and sliced
3 potatoes cut into bite size pieces
beef broth
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin

I cooked the steak in the pot I will use to make the soup.  I drizzled olive oil in the pan.  I added the beef broth to the meat and then I added the corn, peas, carrots, carrots, garlicand potatoes.  Add the seasonings and cook it covered under low heat for one hour.  Enjoy with homemade bread.


Friday, September 23, 2011

MOROCCAN COUSCOUS

When I was a newlywed, I did not know how to cook.  I never made the time to learn.  But through the loving guidance of a wonderful lady from my former church, Margaret Pettigrew, she taught me how to cook. 

I have a very dear friend, Ellen Murphy, who is world traveler and has tried many different and tasty dishes.  She brings back home the love of those meals and makes them for her family.  Well, this time I decided to try a new recipe.  I was not sure how my husband, Jorge, would like but he did.  So I am sharing the recipe with you.  I reduced the recipe to 2 servings.  The amounts in this recipe are for 2 servings. 

MOROCCAN COUSCOUS

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin                  1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves                 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon grand cardamon              1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice                3/4 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 red onion, cut in half and                 1/4 red, green, or yellow bell pepper
     thinly sliced                                                cut into 1" pieces
1/2 zucchini, halved lenthwise               2 tablespoons golden raisins
1/4 teaspoon salt                                   grated zest of one orange
1/4 can (14.5 ounce) garbanzo              1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons
     beans, rinsed and drained                        chicken broth
2 tablespoons orange juice                    1/4cup and 2 tablespoon couscous
2-1/4 teaspoons chopped fresh mint

Place a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat.  I used my cast iron skillet.  Stir in the cumin, ginger, cloves, cayenne, cardamon, coriander and allspice.  I measured all the spices and put the in a bowl before I put them in the heated skillet.  Gently toast the spices until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes.  Stir in the oil and onion, cook until the onion is softened.  Stir in the bell pepper and zucchini; cook for 5 minutes.  Stir in the raisins, salt, zest and garbanzos.

Pour in the chicken broth and orange juice; turn the heat to high and bring it to a boil.  When the mixture is boiling, stir in the couscous and remove from heat; cover and let it stand for 5 minutes.  Fluff the food with a fork and fold in the chopped mint.

 My ingredients



The final product.

Jorge and I really enjoyed this tasty meal.  I'm looking forward now to try different recipes from other parts of the world.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

FALL IS IN THE AIR

Out of all the seasons, I LOVE AUTUMN!!!!!!
So here are my reasons why I love autumn.


1.  Smores and campfires


2.  Wrapping myself in a quilt


3.  Drying flowers so that I can enjoy them during the colder weather.


4.  Enjoying delicious soups and stews with homemade bread around the kitchen table.


5.  Lighting up candles


6.  Putting on a sweater, making a cup of tea and enjoying a good book.


7.  Loving and enjoying the changing of the leaves and seeing their beauty.


Whatever your reasons are, enjoy this sweet season of change.

Monday, September 12, 2011

SEWING ROOM CLEANING

It has been a while since I have posted on my blog.  Lots of things have been going on.  My son came home from Afghanistan safe and sound, he got engaged and we have had wedding after wedding.

On Labor Day weekend we traveled to Columbus, Ohio to meet Amber's family, David's fiancĂ©.  We had a wonderful time - too much eating.  When we came back I decided to do some changes.

I decided that it was time to reorganize my sewing room.  It's still not my dream sewing room, but now I can get to things a little easier.  Once everything is in its place, I will post pictures.

Hope you all have a wonderful week.