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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! on: September 23, 2014 05:40:50 PM
Not a quilt, but a quilted project! I made a bag for my upcoming vacation and the main panels are all quilted.

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Avant Garden On the Go Bag on: September 23, 2014 05:26:50 PM
At this summer's Quilt Knit Stitch show, I was introduced to Patterns by Annie, a very cool pattern company and the makers of Soft and Stable, which is a kind of foam/batting hybrid to give structure to bags. I ended up buying the Patterns, Soft and Stable, and Hardware for two different patterns. This is the smaller of the two I bought patterns for, the On the Go bag.

I love having a smaller purse when I travel (my everyday purse is huge) so my goal was to finish this before I went on vacation. Mission accomplished! I hadn't done much purse sewing in a while, but my good friend klum78 is an amazing bag maker and teacher and she said she'd help, so I figured I could figure it out with her help!

I used some of my birthday fabric from one of my favorite designers--Avant Garden by Momo and the purple linen Mochi dot binding is also by Momo. After cutting out the main pieces of the bag, you sandwich the Soft and Stable between the front fabric and the back fabric and then quilt that, then you cut more pieces from that. Very cool way to get your quilted fabric in!

The front flap has a zippered pocket with slots inside, as well as a vinyl pocket.

Slots inside the front flap zipper

A slip pocket on the back

Another vinyl pocket when you lift the flap up

Inside of flap

Credit card slots inside main body of bag (inside zipper)

Overall this pattern was really well written and although some of the pieces were difficult to bind because of going through so many thicknesses of Soft and Stable + fabric, I am pretty pleased with my results!

I'm excited to work on the next pattern and kit I have from Patterns by Annie--Mini Organizer. I'm going to try to adjust it to add an additional zipper across the top of the bag, I like my bags securely closed!

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Dyeing Floss Tutoral -Lots of Pics on: September 21, 2014 02:35:56 PM
This is so cool!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 7 Gallery! on: September 17, 2014 11:51:37 AM
Hello there quilty folk!

I posted in the new swap idea forum about an art quilt swap when I was directed over here. Yay! Just what I was looking for. I am pretty booked up through September but was wondering if anyone was planning on making this happen anytime in the next month or two. Thanks!

Hey Candice! I've organized these in the past but am taking the year off swapping since I'm busy being the president of my quilt guild. If anyone else wants to organize a round, that's awesome, but I will probably not do one until January-ish when I'm finally free of my current duties Cheesy
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Craftster vs. Pin Craftalong on: September 14, 2014 09:42:11 PM
I love butternut squash ravioli, I bet the pumpkin is good too! With a sauce of butter, fried sage leaves, and walnuts!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Duck Hunt Blanket on: September 14, 2014 08:48:31 PM
Whoa, this is amazing!
7  COOKING / Dessert / Re: You have to try my Banana Pudding! on: September 12, 2014 12:58:03 PM
Mmm, looks amazing. I'm pretty much of the school of dessert that says "if it's not chocolate, why bother" but I will always make an exception for banana pudding, and I'm totally intrigued by the inclusion of cream cheese!
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Meal Planning and Prep Cook-Along on: September 11, 2014 08:55:01 PM
Ooh, that looks good calliemae! Thanks!

We had a nice day, she took me out for lunch (to the sushi place we went to, kittykill!) and then we got groceries and cooked all afternoon. We got a ton of good stuff in their freezer, I figured 36 portions for about $2 a portion! Then we made dinner and ate together with her boyfriend!
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Meal Planning and Prep Cook-Along on: September 11, 2014 10:03:23 AM
Our poor neglected thread! Summer is always so crazy busy! Anyone doing any prep or planning?

A friend of mine asked me to help teach her how to cook healthy recipes recently when she was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Before we got started, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cervical cancer and had a hysterectomy. While she was healing at home, we did a meal train for her and lots of friends brought her dinner every day or every other day for a few weeks. Her last meal train meal was last night, and she finally feels better enough to venture out of the house for a bit.

All that to say, today we're doing some grocery shopping, food prep, and cooking lessons today! I want to teach her how to cook some new things but also set her up for meals for the next couple weeks since the meal trains are over. She wanted to learn how to cook meat because she feels comfortable making vegetarian meals but not meat (but likes eating it). I've spent a couple days planning what we're going to work on and made a bunch of lists about easy things she can eat for dinner (and take for lunch as leftovers the next day) and this is what I've come up with:

--Ground beef, cook with green peppers and onions, portion out and freeze-to add to later dishes such as spaghetti, pizza, burritos, tacos, or to make into enchiladas

--Baked turkey meatballs-to eat with barbecue sauce or to add to pasta dishes

--Roasted veggies-to eat tonight and with later dinner during the week, or to top salads

--Baked whole chicken-to make into enchiladas for the freezer, chicken salad, and chicken rice soup

--Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

--Pan seared Salmon with lemon and butter for tonight's dinner

I also roasted her some chickpeas last night to snack on. She said she didn't like chickpeas, but everything's better roasted! If her and her bf don't like them I'll just take them back home Smiley
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Journey - ATC on: September 10, 2014 10:50:11 AM
Great work, love the coincidences too!
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