Friday, March 24, 2017

blog Number 2 for today!!

I enjoyed doing the first one so much, I thought I'd do another one.

This one will be about fun sites to look at and a couple of books that I've read that you might enjoy.

Now for a few sites.
http://www.stitchingbasket.com/site/

This is for those who like to cross stitch. It has some cute spring patterns and is pretty to look at.


http://shelly-anarizonastitcher.blogspot.com/

Another cross stitcher. She is in Arizona and her pictures of her area are really pretty.

http://hildisgoodlife.blogspot.com/

Not sure where this lady is from but I needed to hit the translate button. She takes beautiful pictures and has a lovely home.

http://threadworkprimitives.blogspot.com/

Many of you know her patterns and here is her blog. Very nicely done.

http://countryrusticprimitives.blogspot.com/

for those of us who like fall projects

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For Embroidery lovers
https://www.frenchneedle.com/blogs/frenchneedle




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Book Review

Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel


I love her books. There must be about eleven of them. They begin in a small village in Canada call Three Pines. One wouldn't think there would be much crime in such a beautiful place but evil lurks even in the most beautiful of places. I've listened to some of them on audio and love them and I also download them on Kindle. If you like  Detective Inspector books, I think you would fully enjoy these.

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and he is not interested in exploring a new one.
I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot about subjects that I never really thought about before. It's being or has been made into a movie as well. I don't know if  I want to see it or not.

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Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art by [Wellesley-Smith, Claire]

My most favorite current stitching book. Most areas of our lives could do with a lot of slowing down.

This book is lovely to look at and will make you want to pick of a needle and thread and get stitching.

This is my attempt at slow stitching.



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And now for a recipe!

If you are a lentil lover, this just might do it for you. I think I will make this for class tomorrow. Sounds very warming.

http://www.veganricha.com/2017/03/lentil-tortilla-soup.html

Easy Tortilla Soup with Red lentils. 1 Pot 30 minutes! Add veggies of choice, garnish with tortilla chips or avocado. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free Recipe Vegetarian Tortilla Soup | VeganRicha.comEasy Tortilla Soup with Red lentils. 1 Pot 30 minutes! Add veggies of choice, garnish with tortilla chips or avocado. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free Recipe Vegetarian Tortilla Soup | VeganRicha.com

Here is the recipe but there is a lot more information on the site.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 3 to 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced (optional)
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp oregano and thyme
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne or chipotle pepper powder or both
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup red lentils (quick cooking lentils - masoor dal), washed and drained
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped, or 1 heaping cup crushed tomatoes from a can
  • 1 to 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ to 1 cup water or broth
  • ½ tsp or more salt
  • Crumbled tortilla chips for garnish, avocado and other garnishes and lime juice
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 3 minutes Add jalapeno, bell peppers and mix and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add the spices and herbs and mix in. Add the washed and drained lentils and water and cook for 11 to 12 minutes or until al dente.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well. Add other additions such as ½ cup corn or cooked black beans, veggies, some chopped up corn tortilla at this point. Cook for 10 minutes or until desired consistency. Taste and adjust salt and heat.
  4. Add a dash of lime juice, garnish with chips, avocado, cilantro.

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I hope you enjoy this little departure from the regular style blog. Let me know!  Betty

thequiltingb1947@gmail.com

A Day in March

First thing I'll give you is the class schedule for the rest of March and all of April.

Tomorrow Sat. March 25 is Open Sew from 10-4

Sunday March 26 is Open Sew  11-4

Monday March 27 is Open Sew  10-4

Wednesday March 29  is Open Sew  10-4

April

Thursday April 6 is Open Sew  10-4

Sunday April 9 is Open Sew  11-4

Monday April 10 is Open Sew  10-4

Wednesday April 12 is Open Sew   10-4

Monday April 17 is Open Sew  10-4

Thursday April 20 is Open Sew  10-4

Saturday April 22 is Open Sew  10-4

Sunday April 23 is Open Sew   11-4

Monday April 24 is Open Sew 10-4  

Wednesday April 26 is Open Sew   10-4

You are invited to come and join us. Each class is $10.00 and includes lunch.

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Earlier this month we had our Boro Collage Class. Ten amazingly creative people came together and designed their own collages. Below are samples of what we started. Thanks to Sarah, Gail, Marlene, Susan O , Susan P, MaryAnn, Alison, Nancy, Marci, and Karla for sharing their day with me.


I love this piece, beautiful colors and great background.


Karla has this collage down perfect. She is amazing.


Classy Beginning....notice the chop sticks??? Lunch utensils.




Sorry about the quality of this picture. So many fun ways to place a background.


Note the texture in Susan's background.

Gail is putting her Sashiko stitching expertise to good use.


This is MaryAnn's beginning for her tribute to her Grandmother.


Nancy has a bag in mind for her project. 


Alison is making great progress.


Marlene has a way with color and is on a mission to finish!!


MaryAnn is at the finish line of her beautiful tribute using memorabilia from her Grandmother 


Marci is using beautiful creams and blues for her background.

I hope I get the chance to see all these projects when they are finished. These ladies were such an inspiration to me. We stepped out of our comfort zone and tried new skills. Keeps life interesting. Thanks to all of you who came and participated. It was a wonderful day.

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Next up...watch for a new class in May exploring Stitch Journals. It will be fun.

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Spring is coming soon......I just know it. Here are a few thoughts that I borrowed for you.


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Any questions or comments can be sent to

thequiltingb1947@gmail.com     I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading and I will you a wonderful April. Betty


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Chilly February

Just went out to get my mail and wished I had put on my coat. It is just a cold wintery day.
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I am putting in an order to Valdani Thread and will wait until Monday to call it in. If you meant to place an order with me, you still have a little time. Look at

https://www.valdani.com/product_details/5

I mostly order size 8 or 12 in the varigated. you can ask for any of the Perle Cotton colors. I need the color number and the size. Please email me with your order soon.

thequiltingb1947@gmail.com

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Classes for the rest of February include tomorrow

Wed. Feb 22
Saturday Feb 25
Sunday Feb 26 
Monday Feb 27
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I still have a few spots left in the Boro Collage class scheduled 

Monday March 13 from 10-4
$15.00 includes lunch.

If you look up

https://www.pinterest.com/thequiltingb95/boards/

My Pinterest page and look for Boro or Boro Collages
you can get some ideas for your own collage. I will have fabric and needles and other items that you can use to get started. It will be fun sharing ideas about this craft. Please ask any questions you might have.

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A few pictures and then the March schedule.


Susan cross stitched this wonderful whisk broom cover. I have to do one to put in my Motor home!


Susan has been quite busy!!




Susan started this in the Sashiko class and the bag turned out awesome!
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March Classes

Thur Mar 2 Open Sew

Wed. Mar 8 Open Sew

Sunday Mar 12 Open Sew  11-4

Monday Mar 13 Boro Collage Class  10-4

Thur Mar 16 Open Sew

Monday Mar 20 Open Sew

Saturday Mar 25 Open Sew/ Spargonians

Sunday Mar 26 Open Sew 11-4

Monday Mar 27 Open Sew

Wed March 29 Open Sew...
Week day classes are 10-4....$10.00 inc lunch

Consider yourself invited!!

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Few more pictures


Judy's sunflower

A long time ago our neighbors planted crocus in their yard. Every year the lawn is covered more and more by sweet little flowers blooming in the sun.

I love MaryAnn's Sashiko pincushion....and one of my cat's sits in the background...beginning of a quilt for Nora.


Cindy took a pattern from Reets Rags to Stitches and made it her own. It is spectacular.


Judy is giving thanks already!

Judy's


Sandra's wool bowl is warm and wonderful.

These are the things we work on in our classes. You can hand piece, do wool applique, cross stitch, share pattern ideas, so many fun things. If you haven't ever come or it's been a while, I hope you will consider coming again. We welcome you.

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   A Little Wisdom for a ....oh my, the sun is peaking out!!!!

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Thanks for spending a little time reading my blog. I appreciate you.

Betty

thequiltingb1947@gmail.com