Wednesday, November 18, 2009
But...I did finish the Tom and Lucy Quilt. It was quilted by sweet Ella, because of the goemetric-ness (is that even a word?) I wanted a geometric pattern on the quilt and she quilted just what I had imagined in my mind. I just didn't think swirls and loops would look right. For the binding, I used Anna Griffins "Sloan" black medallion fabric. It ties the whole quilt together.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I realize I have been talking alot about The Art Shoppe, so sorry, but any of my Utah subscribers I wanted to let know the Art Shoppe is having a huge twilight giveaway on the blog. Details below.
Friday 11- 20-09 is the huge mega hit release of New Moon!! Can't wait? Neither can we.So... to celebrate we are having a fantastic New Moon Giveaway. If you live in Utah and you can pick up your prize at the Art Shoppe please leave a comment below. Drum Roll please....
1 dizzlePOP twilight saga dog tag
1 Home Studio New Moon Tile Pendant
1 Lapel Button Pin saying: I (heart) Jacob.
1 Twilight red apple pecan log (4oz.) from Fahrenheit 350
1 Twilight Pocket Mirror from Home Studio
Tom and Lucy's Holiday Art Shoppe: November 19th, 20th and 21st. Lehi Ridge Swim and Tennis Club, directions here.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Remember last week when I started the Tom and Lucy Quilt? We'll I've finished the top and back today and am sending it off to the quilter. Funny how you think piecing a back is only going to take the morning and then it turns into all afternoon too!
I used the tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts and it couldn't have gone smoother. I did add my own border and it makes the center rectangle floated...haven't quite decided how I feel about that. I do know I am going to do a black binding, which I hope will help ground the border. Happy Tuesday Everyone!
Monday, November 9, 2009
- 1 cup of butter (or 2 cubes)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar ~ using brown sugar gives it an even better flavor.
- 1/2 cup of white sugar
- Stage 1: butter and sugars are melted, but not mixed. Keep stirring.
- Stage 2: Butter and sugars are mixed and start to cook. Keep stirring.
- Stage 3: Butter and sugars are bubbling. Keep stirring.
- Stage 4: Butter and sugars change color, slightly (from light tan to dark tan) toffee looks almost like taffy, it becomes smooth not bubbly. Keep stirring and start to test for hard crack.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The ladies behind Dream Dinners in Orem, Utah are Danielle and Jean. They were wonderful hostess and really helped me in my meal making process. They were fun, friendly and I wish the night had lasted longer. Each meal had its own work station and all the ingredients were easy and handy in the preparation process. In all, minus that chatting and fun, it took me about 40 minutes to make my 3 meals!!
The following week my family and I ate our meals. It was really nice to know I had three meals all ready to go before the week even started. I knew they would be yummy, hearty and all prepared by me. I absolutely loved the Lemon Chicken Picatta!! It was amazing! The chicken was juicy and tender and the lemon sauce hit the spot. It was my favorite meal of the week. The Manicotti was very good and the Kentucky Pork Chops...I honestly think I made it wrong. Kitty made the same meal and she really liked it. I think I did something wrong in the preparation process.
Over all I loved the experience I had at Dream Dinners. They have locations across the country if they are as nice as Danielle and Jean you're gonna love it too.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Each Art Shoppe I make a quilt. It is a way for me to have a crafty remembrance of the event. But it didn't start out that way: the first quilt I made for the Art Shoppe I raffled off. I made it pink and black with a simple square design (picture below). Although people oohed and ahhed I didn't sell many tickets. My Mom won the quilt (she bought alot of tickets!) and I am soooo glad she did, because I love to visit her and still get to see it!! After that I decided to not sell or raffle the quilt(s) away, but keep them and hopefully in 20 years I have 20 quilts to show for it.
Every time the Art Shoppe rolls around I have an internal debate on the design of the Art Shoppe quilt. I already know my colors, I am just looking for a great design. Last week I found it, while visiting one of my favorite quilt blogs: Red Pepper Quilts I flipped over her Piece Scrap Border Quilt. I knew it was the perfect quilt when I saw it.
So presently I am working on the quilt. Updates very soon on progress. Below are the two previous Art Shoppe Quilts.