Monthly Archives: April 2013

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

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fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

Doesn’t this look sooooo good!  My niece made it for Easter this year and I made it last weekend for my daughter to take to a brunch.  She was in town for a wedding and the girls got together to catch up on “ole times” the day after the wedding.  She said the salsa was a big hit with the kids since the pieces were cut really small.  The children were all under the age of 4.  I really think this would be great to take to a Summer picnic.

fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

You will need:

Fruit Salsa

2 kiwis, peeled and diced

2 Golden Delicious Apples,  peeled and diced

8 oz of raspberries

1 (16 oz) carton of strawberries ( diced)

2 tbsp of white sugar

1 tbsp of brown sugar

3 tbsp fruit preserves, any flavor ( I used strawberry)

For Cinnamon chips:

10 (10 inch) flour tortillas

melted butter (or butter flavored cooking spray)  I used butter!!

Cinnamon sugar:

it calls for (but I didn’t use near that much)

1 cup of white sugar

2 tbsp cinnamon

diced fruit

diced fruit

In a large bowl add all the salsa ingredients.  Kiwi, raspberries, apples, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves and mix well.  Cover and chill.  The longer this sits the more juice it produces.  You should make it the day you are going to serve it, but I did eat the leftovers up to two days later.  I just had to use a slotted spoon.

butter the tortillas

butter the tortillas

Melt the butter ( I used a half of stick).  Brush it on one side of the tortilla.

sprinkle with cinnamon sugar

sprinkle with cinnamon sugar

Sprinkle the buttered tortilla with cinnamon sugar.  Cut the flour tortilla in 8 wedges.  Place the wedges on a cookie sheet in a single layer and bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.   This step does take some time to complete.  You could also use cinnamon graham crackers or cinnamon pita chips if you are in a hurry.

Serve with your fruit salsa.

We pinned this recipe and the original site was   http://thethreadaffect.com

Farmer’s Wife Quilt …the beginning…#111 Wrench and # 20 Churn Dash

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fabric for Farmer's Wife

fabric for Farmer’s Wife

This is where my journey begins.  I am taking on the daunting task of completing  the “Farmer’s Wife” quilt.

Farmer's Wife Book

Farmer’s Wife Book

This is a picture of the front cover of the book by Laurie Aaron Hird.  It is a collection of letters from farmer’s wives from the 1920’s that were answers to a question placed in the “Farmer’s Wife” magazine.  Laurie was inspired by the letters to make a sampler quilt with 111 six inch blocks.

I belong to a Splinter Group and we each choose a project and supply the pattern and fabric in a box that we pass each month.  We are a very relaxed group that started over 20 years ago.  We started out with 12 members and our group still includes 6 of the original members.  Over the years we have lost some of our members and some have dropped out to move on to other interests.  We take turns hosting the group and enjoy the fellowship and snacks as much as the quilting.  In 20 years we still can not get down the “passing of the boxes”.  Each time we meet we laugh over how we can not remember the “pecking order”.  I have made quilts and have enjoyed each and every meeting.  I don’t think we have ever had a disagreement.  We have raised our children, lost love ones and grown as quilters.  Each box brings us a new challenge.

So now you might ask, “Why are you telling me all this?”  It was Susie who got the ball rolling on this quilt.  We have been working on her Farmer’s Wife quilt since 2010.  We only do one or two blocks per month and it takes a while to complete 111 blocks..LOL  It so happens that we are getting to the HARD blocks.  One day on Pinterest, I found a site that led me to a Yahoo group that is working on the Farmer’s Wife.  It has the paper pieced patterns for all the blocks and many, many pictures.  I applied for membership and it took about a month before I was able to join the site.  When I started looking at all the options I decided I would like to make one of my own.  I found a unique setting where the block seem to float on the quilt.

In my earlier post I showed the fabric I choose.  I am going to float my block on a grey fabric.  I am trying to stay with mostly yellow and grey as the main fabric, but I found a fabric line called “noteworthy” that has a “bucket list” printed on the fabric.  Now I will be expanding my colors to include this fabric.  I started with two similar blocks to showcase the bucket list fabric.  After this post I am going to start posting the blocks in order, since one of the group stated that if you leave all the hard blocks until the end, you may not want to finish your quilt.  Makes perfect sense to me.

#20 Churn Dash Farmer's Wife

#20 Churn Dash Farmer’s Wife

Here is my first block!!!  Churn Dash!  I didn’t paper piece this block.

half-square tringles on a roll

half-square triangles on a roll

I used half-square triangles on a roll for this project.  I took a piece of yellow and a piece of grey material and with right sides together you sew on the dotted lines.  You then cut on the solid lines.  You will need the triangles that finished to a 2″ block.    I then cut 8 – 1 1/2″x2 1/2 squares of grey and red fabric and chained stitched these together on the 2 1/2 inch side to make a 2 1/2″ block.

Creative grids ruler

Creative grids ruler

This ruler is a handy tool when you are fussy cutting your fabric.  (fussy cut is when you want a specific piece of your fabric to show up in your quilt block)  You center the black solid lines around your design in whatever size you need for your block.  I needed a two inch finished square.  The ruler has small holes at the corner of the dotted lines.  You place your pencil in these holes and mark the corners.

fussy cut block

fussy cut block

In this picture you can see the pencil marks in the corners which were my guide for cutting my block.  You can also see how cool the “bucket list’ fabric is going to be in my quilt!

fussy cut block

fussy cut block

This is how it lines up after cutting…cool!

#111 Wrench - Farmer's Wife

#111 Wrench – Farmer’s Wife

Number 111 the Wrench is just the same block as the Churn Dash with the fabric placement a little different.  I did get a little smarter and cut strips of fabric for the side pieces.  I cut one each of yellow and grey at 1 1/2″ X 11″

Churn Dash

Wrench

After you sew the two 11″ pieces together, press the seams to the darker fabric and sub cut into 2 1/2″ squares .  Now lay out your pieces.  In this case the corners were made just like in #20 Churn Dash  block with the triangles on a roll.

Churn Dash

Wrench

Now pay careful attention to how you press your seams.  You will want to press the seams so that they will butt up together when you sew them.  In this photo I pressed the center strip seams to the center block and the outer strip seams to the outside.

butt the seams

butt the seams

I hope you can tell from this picture what I mean by “butting the seams”.  The seams will fit together since they are pressed in opposite directions.  The next post will not be as long, so I hope you will join me on my 13 month journey to complete the Farmer’s Wife!!  I will be posting two blocks per week.  Why not join the group and start your own journey?

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/farmerswifesampler/

Ohio State Cheerleader Card made with the Cricut

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Ohio State Cheerleader Cricut Card

Ohio State Cheerleader Cricut Card

Congratulations Jess!  I made this card for my nephew’s girlfriend who has just made the cheerleading squad for The Ohio State University.  We are soooooo proud!   I used the Everyday Paper Doll Cricut cartridge.  I love this cartridge.  It has so many uses.  You can cut about anything thing out!   I think the paper dolls are so cute and you can change up the hair and clothes for any occasion.  I used  stickers for the block O on the cheerleading outfit and the “Go Bucks”.  On the edge of the white background, I used a “Stampin Up” punch.

Cricut Craft Room

Cricut Craft Room

I wanted to add something to the inside of the card, so I went to the Cricut Craft Room “to design and cut.”  If you haven’t downloaded this FREE program you are not getting the most “bang for your buck” with your Cricut.  You can download it from cricut.com .   I used the George and Basic Shapes.

Just add a text box. .. Type in the “I”….  Add a Heart…  Add another text box and type “Cheer” then go to the spacing arrows on the left hand sid of the screen and push the down arrow until the letter are overlapping …and another text box and type in “to” and overlap these letters… At this point you will have 4 images to work with on your screen.  Just highlight the image you want to work with by double clicking on it until the arrow appear.

Now over lap the heart and words by moving the images around on the screen.(  You can also resize the image).  Notice I have the “to” with arrows around it so that I can work with the image’s one at a time. The program will “weld” the images and the words! (weld, as in make it just one cut ) How cool is that!!!

inside of card

inside of card – George and Basic Shapes

Well, I kinda fibbed about that.  If you look closely you can see that I didn’t get the word “Cheer” close enough togeter and the “C” cut separate form the rest of the image.

Craig and Jess

Craig and Jess

Peggy Jean sends a sign

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tulips

tulips

This morning my garden delighted me with a sign from my Mommy.  You see, purple was her favorite color and my purple tulips were in full bloom today on the 4th year anniversary of her death.  Although I didn’t seem to inherit many of her traits,  she was the rock that held our family together.  My father passed away when  my oldest sister was 15 and my youngest sister was 5.  She worked 40 years on swing shift at a factory to provide for our family of 5 children.  It still amazes me that was able to  raise such a close family and keep a house that was always spot-less!  That is one of  traits her I didn’t inherit.

Peggy Jean's retirement

Peggy Jean’s retirement

This is a picture of her at the young age of 60.  She is getting into the limo to take her to her last day of work.  We all rode with her and we played “Take this job and shove it” as she pulled into the parking lot.

group photo

group photo

Here she is between her two oldest grandsons on one of the rare occasions that she went on a vacation.  She was always very practical with her money and said, “why would you waste money on a vacation that only lasts a week, when you could buy a new couch and have it forever.”  That is another of the traits I didn’t inherit.  I am on the quest to visit all 50 states…no new couch for me!

Thank you Peggy Jean for the love and support you gave to our family.  No matter what…we always knew we could count on Mom!  You taught me that hard work pays off and that family is FIRST!  I love you!  Your #2 daughter….OXOX

Quilt Retreat … visitors from Spain!

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 New Friends

New Friends

The first weekend of April a group of quilting friends headed to Holmes County in Ohio to quilt for the weekend.  This is a retreat we usually do in August, but there was so much interest in the retreat they decided to have two this year.  We go Zink’s Inn and when we book the rooms, they let us use the basement meeting room for free.  Late Sat nite, or I guess it was early Sunday morning, @1:30 a m  we had the basement door propped open to let in some air and in walked a group of ladies.  There were only about 6 of us still sewing and we were a little taken aback by the entrance of people we didn’t know.  As it turns out the ladies were from Spain and they were lost!  They had arrived in Cincinnati earlier in the day and rented a car to drive to Holmes County.  They were going to attend the International Quilt Show later in the week in Cincinnati and were going to spend a few days in “Amish Country”.

As they were looking for their hotel, they spotted Tammy at her sewing machine through the window.  Anna (pictured above with me) exclaimed, “Oh, stop…they are one of us!”  I guess since she spotted the sewing machine, she knew we were also quilters. After some visiting and exchanging of information,  Tammy offered to lead the way to their hotel.  By this point, they had been up for 26 hours.  We invited them to return on Sunday to visit with the rest of the members and look at the project we were working on.

Helene giving instructions on Farmer's Wife

Helene giving instructions on Farmer’s Wife

Helene had her completed Farmer’s Wife top on the floor and she proceeded to give the ladies some instructions on how to complete the blocks.

Helene's Farmer's Wife travels to Africa

Helene’s Farmer’s Wife travels to Africa

Here is a picture of Helene’s quilt top.

The ladies then enjoyed looking at some of our other projects.

Diane's signature quilt

Diane’s signature quilt

Diane complete her signature quilt top.  Several members exchanged signature block a couple of years ago.  We had a year to complete the blocks.  The blocks were to be a finished 6″ block and you were to add two 6 1/2″ squares of fabric that you had used in your block.  Diane used the extra squares of fabric to complete the colorful border.  She did have to add some of her own fabric.

Barb's block

Barb’s block

All of the blocks were wonderful, but I will have to say that this one is my favorite.  Barb added each person’s last name to the sewing machine and I loved the detail of the thread and button.

Shanon's mini flower garden

Shannon’s mini flower garden

I wish I would have been able to capture the picture of our visitors faces when they looked at this piece by Shannon.

admiratiion from Spain

admiration from Spain

I didn’t snap the photo until the surprised looks on their faces was gone….that is the bad thing about digital photos!!  Time delay!!

A penny says it all

A penny says it all

Now with a penny to see the scale, you can see what all the excitement was about!!  Great job Shannon!!!!

Sherry's mini quilt

Sherry’s mini Quilt

Not to be outdone,  Sherry completed this amazing wall hanging.  Her nine patches were 1/2″.  (I hope I got that right!) Great job!!

Helene's block

Helene’s block

There are 12 or 13 ladies who belong to a Splinter group called the “Twisted Sisters”.  They are working on a block exchange this year and this is the block Helene is doing.

Charlotte's Block

Charlotte’s Block

This is the block Charlotte picked and she had all of them completed before we left on Sunday.

Cheri's block

Cheri’s block

Cheri was working on an original design using a pre-printed panel.  This is one of her completed blocks.  In the background you can see part of my Autumn Long and Lean wall hanging.  I worked several pieces.  Say tuned for my finished projects.

Buckeye sundae

Buckeye sundae

On Saturday we took some time out to shop and  enjoy a delicious sundae.  Can you say “sugar overload!”

fabric for Farmer's Wife

fabric for Farmer’s Wife

This was my big purchase for the weekend.  Fabric to complete the Farmer’s Wife quilt.  Please stay tuned for a weekly feature on my blog.  I have vowed to complete two blocks per week and the 111 blocks will be completed in 13 months.  I will post my completed blocks on a weekly basis.

Diane's Hummel quilt

Diane’s Hummel quilt

Diane and Tammy hold up her Hummel quilt for a photo.  Once again Diane wins the prize for the most projects completed.  She did have the setting blocks made, but she put them together and added the two boarders.  You win!!

Hummel detail

Hummel detail

This is a photo of the detailed machine embroidery on the blocks.  Our friend, Kathi, did the machine embroidery.

Abbe's quilt

Abbe’s quilt

And the prize for the “Most social” goes to Abbe!   This is what she completed in three days….LOL.   To her credit she just completed a one “woman” quilt show in Columbus and is the President of their Modern Quilt Guild!!  Congratulations on your show Abbe!!

New International friends

new International friends

Father’s and Mother’s Day Cards

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Mother's Day Cricut Craft Room Card

Mother’s Day Cricut craft Room Card

If you read my blog last week, you have already  downloaded the Cricut Craft Room to your computer.  This week (4/10-17/2013) the free cuts are Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards.  I have made 5 different cards to give you and idea of what they will look like when you cut them.  First you will open your Cricut Craft Room.  This is a FREE application that can be downloaded from cricut.com.

Father's Day Free Cricut Craft Room Cut

Father’s Day Free Cricut Craft Room cut

From the Cartridge list at the bottom of the screen, you may choose a card.  Take your arrow to the bottom of the card and pull the card to the size you would like to cut.

Father's Day Free Cricut Craft Room Cut

Father’s Day Free Cricut Craft Room cut

Then hit cut.

Father's Day Free Cricut Craft Room cut

Father’s Day Free Room cut Cricut Craft

Father's Day card

Father’s Day Card

There will be a small dip at the top and bottom of the card and you will score on those lines.

Father's Day Card

Father’s Day Card

Now you will have to cut the paper to go behind the cut-out’s.

Father's Day Cricut Cuts

Father’s Day Free Cricut Cuts

Don’t forget to check back to my blog weekly to see the great FREE cuts available.  Remember that you will only have a week to make your free cuts.  Have Fun!!

Simple Cards free cuts from Cricut

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Cricut Simple Cards Happy Birthday

Cricut Simple Cards Happy Birthday

I feel like I have been neglecting my “card” making side.  I am going to try to add this weekly feature where I will showcase the FREE cuts in the Cricut Craft Room.  Yes, you read that right.  Each week the Cricut Craft Room has free cuts for any Cricut owner to use.  Today I am going to show you some of the cuts from “Simple Cards”.  On the website it says these cuts are available from April 5- 10, 2013.  In the past they have had the free cuts on for an extra week.  I just checked and Mother and Father’s Day cards are also available.  I will try to do another post this week with those cuts.

To use the Cricut Craft Room, you must have internet access and a Cricut.  The program is FREE and these featured cuts are also FREE for a limited time.  If you want to continue to use these cuts after they have expired, you will have to purchase the cartridge “Simple Cards.”   These cards are so easy, since you just need one cut.  You then need a piece of cardstock to put behind the cut.

Cricut Simple Cards Chin Up

Cricut Simple Cards Chin Up

Cricut Simple Cards Chin Up

Cricut Simple Cards Chin Up

I have trouble throwing anything away, so I made a second card with this cut.

Cricut Simple Cards Just Because

Cricut Simple Cards Just Because

Cricut Simple Cards Wish

Cricut Simple Cards Wish

On this card I put two colors behind the cut for a different look.

Cricut Simple Cards Best Wishes

Cricut Simple Cards Best Wishes

This card leaves is open for embellishments

Cricut Simple Cards Thinking of You

Cricut Simple Cards Thinking of You

When I cut the other cards I will included some details to aid you in the Cricut Craft Room.  Now you need to go to Cricut.com and download your Cricut Craft Room so that you will be ready for the FREE cuts for this week!!

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