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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Quilted Patchwork Basket on: October 06, 2015 04:17:19 PM
This little basket from Pink Penguin is one of my favorite items to make when I need a sweet little giftie! I made this particular one for my friend alwaysinmyroom. I like to do quite a bit more quilting than the tutorial calls for, I generally quilt on either side of every seam, but have also occasionally free motioned all over.

I used Essex Linen from Robert Kaufman in Steel for the linen parts and some of my favorite fabrics, including some Avant Garden by Momo, Lizzie House Pearl Bracelets, Carolyn Friedlander text prints, and some Kate and Birdie. I've upsized this pattern before, and if you do so I highly recommend adding a layer of interfacing to the lining fabric, but at this small size (5 1/4" x 3 1/2" x 4") just the batting it calls for is enough. I also was taking a picture of the adorable cherry selvage dots on the Momo fabric! Smiley



Laying out the patchwork:



22  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Green Eggs, no Ham on: September 14, 2015 10:01:59 AM
I was a little bummed when I went to scramble some eggs this morning because the chives I had bought a couple weeks ago (oops) specifically to go into eggs had gone bad. Sad panda! So I went back to an old favorite--broccoli in my eggs! It might sound weird, but I promise that it's tasty.

I scrounged around in the fridge and found the other lovely additions of mushrooms, pesto, and Irish cheddar cheese. You might say "But Mare, there is cheese in the pesto, do you really need another cheese?" And I would have to say, "I'm sorry, but if you think double cheese is wrong, I don't we are going to be very good friends."

This might seem like a big pile of eggs, but the vegetables really kick up the volume; there are only 2 eggs in there!



Green Eggs, no Ham
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

1 tsp butter, divided
2 eggs
1/2 cup broccoli, chopped
2 large mushrooms, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons prepared pesto
1 oz finely shredded Irish Cheddar cheese, divided
pepper and red pepper flakes to taste
salt, optional (may not be needed due to saltiness of cheese)

Heat a small or medium pan over medium heat. Melt 1/2 teaspoon butter and add the chopped broccoli and mushrooms. In a small bowl scramble 2 eggs, pepper, red pepper flakes, pesto, and half of the shredded cheese. When veggies are cooked to your liking, push them to the outer sides of the pan and add another 1/2 teaspoon butter to the center. Add your eggs and begin to scramble, pulling the veggies in from the sides as the eggs begin to set up. When eggs are almost done to your liking, sprinkle with the remaining cheese, put a lid on the pan and remove from heat to melt the cheese.

Nutrition Information: 364 calories, 24 g protein, 28 g fat, 6 g carb, 2 g fiber
An english muffin with 2 tsp butter  is an additional 178 calories

23  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilting Featured Projects--Quarters 1 & 2, 2015 on: September 01, 2015 07:01:42 PM
Please check out these beautiful quilted projects from the first half of 2015! I personally like to choose projects that have lots of clicks from "This Rocks" but haven't been previously chosen as Craftster wide Featured Projects, so we can check out quilted items you might have missed the first time around!


I can't believe this quilt was swapped! I would be so sad to swap this one away. The process pics in the post are really fun to see how it all came together.

What Comes from Beneath Quilt by sloth003





I love this beautiful hexagon quilt set with a slight twist on a traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden setting. I can't imagine how long all this hand piecing must have taken to do!

A Quilt Called Wildflower by Mermonster





The bright colors contrasting with the crisp white makes this next quilt so striking! And she longarm quilted it herself!

Solar Eclipse Quilt by superstitch





This Cardinal placemat is so pretty and would brighten up any kitchen or dining room! The apple pot holder to go along with it is also lovely.

Cardinal and Apple Placemat and Potholder set by emisaurus





This fun pillow would be another item I'd have had trouble swapping away! The crazy quilt-esque piecing is accented with some fun yo-yos and buttons!

Texas Size Pillow by quaggy





I am so impressed with this quilt for a variety of reasons--she made her own pattern, it was her first big quilt, and it is beautiful and graphic!

Aztec Quilt by jennlrc




Thank you to all of these Craftsters for sharing their wonderful projects, and for everyone else who posts to the Quilting Boards! Please keep hitting "This Rocks" on projects you love to help moderators find these awesome projects!
24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Accidental Zebras and Other Soap on: July 25, 2015 10:47:24 PM
I just made 12 batches of soap this week over the course of two days and finally have them all cut and on my curing racks.

Imagine my delight when I saw this after cutting my Lime Ginger Peppercorn bars today?!? Cheesy



Only on two bars sadly, but I love it!

Here are a few more I made (sorry for the crap pics, I trade soap for photography with my friend klum78 but won't get to that until I've beveled and labeled the soaps.) I'll post the "good" pics later! Smiley

Calendula Lemongrass Eucalyptus



Unscented Oats n Honey



Lavender Shea



Thanks for looking!
25  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Red Sedona Swirled Soap on: July 21, 2015 08:23:31 PM
I haven't made soap in soooo long, maybe 2 years? I've actually been buying handmade soap from friends the last several months just to have some for personal use!

This is my regular soap recipe, fragranced with Red Sedona FO which is sweet and fruity. Although I normally use a loaf mold with an in-the-pot swirl, this time I used one of my slab molds so I could do an in-the-mold swirl. I colored the main part of the soap with red mica, and then smaller bits of soap with neon yellow and neon orange pigments to swirl into the soap. I'll add some more pics after I get these bars cut in the next couple days (and some of the other 6 batches of soap I made).

26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Sweet Nine Patch Charity Quilt on: April 13, 2015 03:04:23 PM
This is the last of 3  belated charity quilts for my do.Good Stitches group (Faith Circle) I finally sent off. This is from June 2014. Our charity is called Restore Innocence and the quilts go to girls who are rescued from human trafficking. This is a basic 9 patch, but half the blocks have a white middle and the other half of the blocks are reversed--all white except for a middle block that is colorful. This idea is from Red Pepper Quilts





I asked for a palette of golden yellow, all shades of pink, all shades of aqua and turquoise, and light to medium gray. I also asked for a soft white like Kona snow rather than a bright white.



My example blocks


And I've found that over the years, the more information you can give people on your vision when you're doing a group project like this, the better. For this quilt I also pulled fabrics from my stash as an example of what I was looking for.





This is such a simple design I was really excited that my friend Rachel did some amazing long arm stitching on it. If you want to see some in progress shots you can check instagram #faithcircle








It's pretty hard to see, but for the binding I used a pink on pink fabric that has tiny little squares...I thought it was a fun echo of the squares in the quilt!

27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Scrap Boxes Charity Quilt on: April 13, 2015 02:49:50 PM
This is 1 of 3 belated charity quilts for my do.Good Stitches group (Faith Circle) I finally sent off. This is from October 2013. Our charity is called Restore Innocence and the quilts go to girls who are rescued from human trafficking. This quilt was based on a couple made on the blog Squares and Triangles





I asked for scrap boxes to each be one color but scrappy (duh) and to use any colors except for black and brown.

These were my example blocks, and then I actually made a few more for the final quilt since someone dropped out of the group during that month.



I just quilted this with a serpentine stitch. Easy peasy!






This is kind of my go to pieced backing. One offset wide strip in between two larger pieces of fabric, and that strip itself has a strip pieced into it, also offset (not in the middle).



You can also see it here when I tried to do a photo shoot with my nephews. Oops, not tall enough!



28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Greek Cross Charity Quilt on: April 13, 2015 02:38:18 PM
I finally sent off 3 belated charity quilts for my do.Good Stitches group (Faith Circle) and took some pictures of them. I'm starting with the oldest first, this is from July 2013. Our charity is called Restore Innocence and the quilts go to girls who are rescued from human trafficking.



I chose a Greek Cross block which is a pretty basic block based on a 9 patch. (and to make a 12.5 inch block, starting with 5 inch charm squares works well--you can trim the plain square blocks down to 4.5 and when you make the HSTs you also have room to trim them down if you start with them at 5). Then I asked for it to be scrappy and for a palette of teal, plum/purple, coral, and navy with white as the background color. I like to give my group a little palette as well as my example blocks when we start. I love Colour Lovers to make palettes!



My example blocks



Members from my quilt guild got to take turns quilting on this at a local store during an event we had there. It's a sewing machine mounted on a frame, so akin to a long arm. This is a beads on a string pattern, very fast and easy.







29  COOKING / Dessert / Easy (Healthy) Chocolate Cheesecake Pudding! on: April 08, 2015 06:09:21 PM
So a friend recently gave me a Vita Mix. A! Vita! Mix!  I know! It's pretty awesome and I'm having fun blending all the things. Today I was craving something chocolatey so I tried something I've been meaning to try--pudding made with cottage cheese in the Vita Mix! It turned out even better than I hoped! The Vita Mix made it all thick and perfectly creamy. And cottage cheese is the perfect vehicle to taste like cheesecake with a much lower calorie count that cream cheese (and a nice hit of protein!)



Easy (healthy) Chocolate Cheesecake Pudding

2 cups Cottage Cheese
1 (small) package dry pudding mix (I used sugar free chocolate fudge)*
2-4 T liquid of choice (almond milk, milk, cream)
Toppings of choice (crushed nuts, whipped cream, sprinkles, etc)

Blend Cottage Cheese in Vita Mix until smooth and creamy. Add 2-4 T of liquid if needed. Add pudding mix and blend quickly as it will start to get even thicker. Move to container with lid so you can refrigerate. Serve topped with nuts/sprinkles/whipped cream or nothing at all, it's delicious and has a nice hit of protein.

I used 4% cottage cheese and 2 T of heavy whipping cream and my nutrition stats came out to:

per half cup serving:
146 calories, 11 g protein, 14 g carbs, 9 g fat

Of course, if you used 1% cottage cheese and almond milk the fat and cals would be much lower!

*If you don't have any boxed mix or prefer not to use them, I think adding cocoa powder and sweetener of choice would work well too. Since the cottage cheese is thick, you don't need whatever thickeners are in the powder like you would when adding the mix to milk.

30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Scalloped Ocean Quilt with Quilted Accent Pillows (pic giant) on: April 07, 2015 02:20:53 PM
I finally finished a queen sized quilt and 3 quilted pillows for my aunt!  They are for her ocean themed bedroom.This took me way longer than it should have, because I wasn't happy with my initial fabric purchases and ended up not using about half of what I first bought.  I am much happier with this more cohesive color palette, to which I then added in solids in a range of blues, greens, aquas, and tans to flesh it out.

The quilt itself is simple 5 inch patchwork with a single border. After quilting (which I sent out to a long armer) I used the Quilt in a Day Scallops, Vines & Waves template to cut scallops around the border (a design element requested by my aunt) and then did the (bias) binding in a dark navy that has tiny white pindots. And I actually hand stitched it, you know I love me some machine stitched binding but I actually did it "right" on this one Smiley



Extra wide backing fabric made it a lot easier. I love not piecing a backing on occasion!


Cutting the scallops. This part wasn't really as hard as I expected! Missouri Quilt Co has a great video on using the Scallop template.


Close-ups of the amazing shell quilting done by Good Knight Quilts









I also made 3 quilted pillows to go along with this. Two larger 24 inch square pillows and a smaller 16 inch square one. For the larger ones I decided to reduce the size of the original patchwork down to 2.5 inch squares, and actually used a lot of already pieced and/or cut squares I had left over from the quilt. I quilted one with a diagonal grid and it took so long. For the other large one I swapped my machines out for the machine that has a cool serpentine stitch, I really like the look of the wavy stitching on this one! And for the smaller pillow, which I wanted to emphasize the border fabric from the quilt, I did some loopy free motion quilting.



Close-ups of the quilting:

Diagonal cross hatch


Serpentine


Free motion


I had originally bought several yards of this green seaweed fabric to use as a border on the quilt, but then I decided to go in a more "blue" direction. I used a little bit of this fabric in the quilt itself and the pillows, but still had plenty left over so I used it to back the large pillows. I did a basic envelope style backing on the pillows after quilting them with batting and muslin. Then I used the same pindot fabric for binding on the pillows that I'd used on the quilt.



I remembered to add my label, but did kind of a crappy job sewing it on. Grr!


These are currently on their way to my aunt, I can't wait to hear what she says!


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