This was a tasty clean out the fridge style healthy meal!
Preheat oven to 400*
4 salmon filets 2 small russet potatoes, boiled until partially cooked and sliced as thinly as possible* 1 tomato, chopped 1 can marinated 3 bean salad**, mostly drained (do not rinse) 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, chopped 1/2 cup parsley, chopped 1/2 cup raw mushrooms, chopped 2 teaspoons dried Italian Seasoning 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil salt and pepper juice from 1 lemon
Cut a large rectangle of heavy duty foil and spray with cooking spray. Place 4-6 slices of potatoes on the bottom in a single layer in a rectangle, season with salt and pepper, and then place a salmon filet on top, also seasoned with salt and pepper. In a bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients and place 1/4 of mixture on top of each salmon filet. Bring the two short sides of each foil piece together and fold down several times. Then fold the ends over like a package so that no steam or juices will escape. With a second piece of foil, double wrap each packet in the same way. If not baking immediately, packets can remain in fridge for up to 2 days.
Place your foil packets on a baking tray and bake at 400* for 25-30 minutes, depending on how thick your filets are. To eat, open carefully, avoiding the steam!
*I did not pre-cook my potatoes at all and they were a little harder than I would like, so I would pre-cook next time.
**The 3 bean salad was a nice lazy way to go, but if I had the fresh veggies on hand I would replace with a cup each of sliced fresh green beans and sliced fresh asparagus, along with an extra Tablespoon of olive oil.
Who is ready for another round of the Mini Art Quilt Swap? In this swap, you send a mini quilt to a partner (no extras needed). The quilt should be between 12" x 12" and 24" x 24" and any shape that fits within those parameters is ok (a 15 inch square, an 18 x 24 inch rectangle, a 16 inch circle would all work). In this swap we give our partners a list of 5-10 themes that we would like our mini quilts to be made out of and a few other ideas as far as favorite colors, etc.
My tentative plan is to have sign-ups begin on Tuesday, March 3rd, have them run for about a week and then have a 5 week crafting time. How does that sound? Or, if we wanted it to be sooner the only other option for sign-ups would be to start immediately and close next wednesday Feb 25th. I'm organizing a quilting retreat for 30 people at the end of next week so I have to plan around that! Let me know which sounds better!
A couple weeks ago I won a sewing class to local shop Modern Domestic. The class was for the Boxcar Tote by Alexia Abegg. I haven't made a ton of bags in the last couple years so I was super stoked! After spending way too long picking out fabric from my stash, I narrowed it down to about 8 fabrics. I only needed 6, so I did some creative swapping with the pattern pieces.
I'm really happy with how it turned out and will definitely make it again! I added a long strap, I like a shoulder strap and the pattern only calls for the small handles. The only thing I don't like is that I used the right kind of interfacing for most of the bag, but a slightly lighter interfacing on the large lining pieces, so the whole thing is just a touch saggier than I like. Lesson learned!
I added a magnetic snap to one of the outer pockets, and divided the other outer pocket into two. (all of the things I changed here were suggested by the teacher! I likes these changes and would do them next time as well)
Inside the bag I divided the inner pocket off-center so the smaller section would easily hold my phone.
For the fabrics I used Cotton + Steel, Kate and Birdie, RK Essex Linen in Steel, the alphabet print is Baby Jane, the scissors print is Half Moon Modern, and the main print is from the Handmade line by Macrina Busato. The blue binding is Squared Elements and I have no idea what the tiny aqua dot binding is. Maybe from Joann.
Every Christmas I help my nephews make something for their mamas. This year I decided we'd do pillows. My younger nephews' mom and grandma both drive dump trucks, so when I got this awesome Busy City paper piecing pattern I knew that would be great! The boys picked out the colors and fabrics and I think they did a great job! The 6.5 year old picked out the pinks for his mom (she does love pink!) and the 9 year old picked some cute ones for his grandma.
For my oldest nephew's mom I decided on a simple heart pattern that I just quickly sketched out. Again, he picked out all the fabrics. After I pieced and quilted each pillow, the boys got to use the sewing machine! I did a simple flap style backing with some cute winter themed fabric, used my new-to-me embroidery machine to create a label right on the back, and let the boys stitch them up! I had fun playing with some of the decorative stitches on the new machine as well, very fun for quilting!
So I was making this cross stitch for my boyfriend's birthday...in August. Even though I finished the cross stitch in time for his birthday, it took me until Christmas to finish the back and get it in the hoop frame. I actually found this oval frame in my stash and it was the perfect size! I think I had picked it up at the second hand store. This pattern is from Wee Little Stitches.
Welcome to the 2015 Quilt Along! Please join on in as we work on various quilting projects this year. The point of this Quilt Along is to motivate ourselves and others to work on their projects and provide a space to discuss projects during and after their completion.
To join our Quilt Along, please post a list of the 15 quilt projects you will be working on this year. It's ok if you have more or less than 15, but we're shooting for 15(ish). Feel free to join any time throughout the year! Projects may be large or small, full sized quilts, baby quilts, quilted mug rugs, wall hangings, whatever you are working on this year!
I'll keep track with links in the second post of people's lists. When you post a project on Craftster from your list, strike it out and be sure to share a pic with us of the finished project, or post a link to where you posted it on Craftster!
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!
Poor Sloth's lumpy face and head is particularly good for making into a sock monkey, because they can be difficult to stuff evenly. No worries here, lumpy is good! I used some mismatched buttons for his eyes, fun fur for his hair, felt for his mouth, and bias tape for suspenders. I'm kind of horrified now about how bad the candy bar and the t-shirt are, but hey, this was 6 years ago and my partner seemed to like it!
I used a smaller pan than the recipe called for, so I also baked some of the batter in a couple ramekins. I omitted cloves because I don't like them, added 1/2 teaspoon salt, and used special dark chocolate cocoa powder (6 T because it seemed like a lot of sugar, and more chocolate = more better) instead of 4 T of regular cocoa powder, double the vanilla, and 60% dark chocolate chips on top. And I added walnuts to the batter as well as the top. I love nuts
It turned out really well, kind of in between a cake and brownies! The zucchini absolutely melts away and you can't even find it in the baked cake. Next time I make this I would up the vanilla even more and leave out the cinnamon.
I think I'm sold on zucchini to make a nice, moist cake! Oh, and it was a hit at my picnic!
I love quilting from stash! After hearing about this challenge and a new charity request my quilt guild received, I was trying to think up what to do. I'd had a discussion with some friends about "low volume"* quilting and what it means to different people and how it's different from pastels. With those thoughts rolling around in my head, I approached a bag of pastel fabrics a friend gave me several months ago when she was cleaning out her craft room. I cut some strips of some of my favorite low volume fabrics, and got to work making wonky crosses.
After making the blocks using a simple slash and insert method, I stitched them together and bordered it out with my current favorite Kona Solid--Shadow. It's a newer one and I love it so much more than Kona Ash, which can just lean so yellow/brown. Before this one I feel like there wasn't a good Kona in light gray. I'm basically in love
Some simple diagonal straight line quilting and a binding in a cute blue and yellow plaid finished off my little gender neutral quilt! I couldn't get a good pic of the back, but it is just a solid backing in a yellow similar to the print I used on the front.
*Everyone does have their own definition of what low volume means to them, but I was talking to a friend the other day and I thought she put it really well. She considers low volume to be a pale (white, cream, light gray) background with a print that covers 20% or less of the area. In general I use a lot of word prints, white on white, etc. A couple low volume but color containing, low volume prints I really like and use are these: