Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Create Date Placemats

For the November Create Date we will be making these simple to sew "fat quarter" place mats.

Materials For Project:
3 “Fat Quarters”* of Coordinating Fabric

- 1 For back of place mat
- 1 Center (Front)
- 1 Front Border and Binding

  • Batting (fusible is great for this project, and I really recommend it)

  • Safety pins (if you are not using fusible batting)

  • Coordinating thread

  • Fabric Scraps for appliques

Tools and Supplies:

  • Rotary cutter

  • Cutting mat

  • Rotary cutting ruler 24" long

  • Sewing machine that you are well acquainted with.

  • Scissors

**I will provide the templates for the applique leaves and berries, and the fusible web for the applique.

There have been some questions about what "fat quarters" are. When you buy a quarter of a yard of fabric, they cut it 9"x45", so you have a nice long strip of fabric. Sometimes a fat quarter is better. A fat quarter is a quarter yard of fabric cut 18"x22".

The supply list only lists enough for one place mat. If you would like to make four place mats, you would need to buy three yards of fabric. We can divide them into fat quarters once you arrive to the activity. You can buy fabric from JoAnn's,and Hobby Lobby or wherever you like to purchase fabric.

During this activity you will not have time to make more than one or two place mats.

If you have more questions, please leave a comment. This will be a great beginning quilting class.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

IBOL Update

I just wanted to update everyone on the IBOL project. As of today the project has been the recipient of 3436 bundles. That is so awesome. To think that the goal was 50.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Our Garden Day 24

Well, some things are growing, and others are just not. Our little green bean plant is hanging in there, but our one baby broccoli has given up. The corn and squashes are "growing like weeds". We've decided that since neither the beans or broccoli have decided to join us that we would not trim back the squashes. Maybe when things cool off, we will try again.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Pizza is normally part of our weekly Super Fun Friday Movie Night, but I had been busy all day yesterday, and didn't have anything thawed or ready to go, and had to be quick. I decided at 4:30 that pizza was the answer. I checked my pantry, and ofcourse I had no sauce. However I did have:

1 can tomato paste

2 cans tomato sauce

half of a small onion

1 carrot

1 red bell pepper

1 T Italian Seasoning

2 t dried basil

1/2 t black pepper

1/2 t garlic powder

1/4 t celery salt

2 T olive oil

Dice the onion, red bell pepper, and (or shred) the carrot. Heat the oil in a skillet and saute the veggies until fragrant and soft. Add the seasonings and spices and cook a little longer. Put everything from the pan into a blender and add the whole can of tomato paste, and both cans of tomato sauce. Liquefy. You will have about 4 cups of sauce. I used a half a cup each on two pizzas. I divided the rest into 1 cup increments and froze each cup in a separate baggie. Now When I want to make pizza I can leave the frozen sauce on the counter for a few hours before I'm ready to make the pizza and it will be ready when I am.

The kids said it was as good as store bought. They don't know that that's NOT what I want to hear. It was fast, tasty and easy.

Friday, August 21, 2009

My IBOL Bundle

Here is what I chose for my bundle. All of these items were things I had on hand, so it will only cost the shipping of $11.95. I am so grateful for this service opportunity. I know these items will be put to good use.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bundles of Love

I am going to participate in this wonderful project. If you know of anyone who may want to participate, please send them this link.

Iraqi Bundles of Love is a project started by Capt. Art La Flamme. He is asking for sewing notions and fabric to disribute to women in Iraq who love to sew and can't get the goods. Please go to his blog for the complete story and information. If you comment on his blog he will email you with the address to send these things.

I think some good basics would be:

ribbon or trim

Let's do some good in the world.

add on: I recieved an email from him. He is also accepting yarn and knitting and crochet items. They ask for nothing with pigs on them, no Christian or Jewish symbols. Simple is best with stripes, florals, dots, solids etc. We need to have these mailed by USPS in an $11.95 flat rate box by Sept 7. Thanks!