June, 2013

  1. Work in Progress: Dear Mr. Claus Christmas Quilt Top

    June 27, 2013 by Angie

    With my first quilt finished, I got right to work on my next project. It’s a Christmas quilt using 42 charm pack squares and sashing. I used this tutorial as a guide but added one more square per row to use up the entire charm pack and get a bigger quilt.

    arranging the charm squares

    Arranging the charm squares

    Unfortunately, I was so excited to get started that I didn’t think to be sure I had a reliable 1/4 inch seam on my new machine. This was my first time using this machine to piece. It wasn’t until after I sewed all the charm squares to sashing strips and then together to build the horizontal rows that I could tell things were not going to line up perfectly due to my seams being off.

    rows sewn together with vertical sashing

    Rows of charm squares and sashing completed

    I had come too far at that point so I kept going and finished the quilt top. Here it is on my wavy, unmade bed before squaring it up.

    all rows sewn together with horizontal sashing

    Wavy bed shot

    squared up

    Here it is squared up. I had to sacrifice some fabric to get everything square.

    It’s…quirky but I still like it. I don’t think the misaligned squares will be terribly noticeable once it’s a finished quilt. I probably shouldn’t have told you and maybe you wouldn’t have noticed!

    ready to apply the borders

    After squaring it up, I applied top and bottom then left and right borders. I realize it’s kinda backwards but I think it looks just as good either way – top and bottom borders first or second. Here it is below.

    xmas quilt top with borders

    I used an entire charm pack called Dear Mr. Claus by Cosmo Cricket for Moda. I used Bella Solids in Snow for the sashing and borders.  Now to square up the quilt top and get on with my least favorite part of the quilt process: basting. I have more Christmas projects in the works including placemats, a table runner, and some pillows (hopefully).

  2. Moroccan chik’n & vegetables

    June 7, 2013 by Angie

    Our friends Lisa and Orlando shared this recipe with us. Robbie and I both had seconds. Seriously delicious. It’s adapted from a book called Moroccan by Rachel Lane.

    Moroccan Chik'n & Vegetables

     My (first) bowl of Moroccan chik’n & vegetables

    olive oil
    1 large red onion, sliced
    2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    1 tsp paprika
    1 tsp cumin
    1/2 tsp ground ginger
    1/2 tsp turmeric
    1/2 tsp cayenne
    1/4 tsp pepper
    1/2 tsp salt
    4 medium sized tomatoes, roughly chopped
    2 medium sized zucchini, sliced
    2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    1 tbsp chopped dried parsley
    1 cup vegetable stock
    vegetable oil
    1 bag Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik’n Strips, prepared according to package directions

    Heat oil in a heavy based saucepan over medium heat. Add the red onion, garlic, spices (except dried parsley), and salt. Saute until softened and fragrant. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes, and zucchini, and stir to combine. Pour in the vegetable stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 20-30 minutes. While the vegetables are cooking, cook the chik’n strips in vegetable oil in a separate pan until browned and cooked through. Add the chik’n strips and parsley to the vegetables and stir to combine the tastiness. Serve with a side of bread/toast making sure to get a healthy amount of spicy broth in each bowl – that’s the best part!

    Moroccan Chik'n & Vegetables

     Robbie’s bowl – you can see the chik’n better here.