Archive | April, 2012

Square in a Square Quilt Block Block #12

30 Apr

Hey yall! I hope that you had a great weekend and had some fun. My husband and I went to Disney World over the weekend and had a blast but the time went so fast. Finally, I finished the last block of the quilt this morning. The block is called “Square in a Square”. Of course I had to use the old cheap red fabric I had left to finish the block. Moving along, I will have to say that during this quilt along I have learned a lot along the way.

Next, comes the squaring of the blocks and I have started the process. When measuring my blocks I noticed that mine have ended up different sizes so, I’m not sure where I will go from here other then roll with it. Guess that is part of the learning process. Well guess I had better go get some dinner started take care!

Sharon

Ohio Star Block- Block # 11 of 12

26 Apr

Happy Thursday everyone and I hope that your day is going well. As most of you know I just completed a rag quilt for a baby gift and had so much fun making it. Today, I had a chance to complete another quilt block for the sew along over at Crafty Gemini which is called the “Ohio Star”.  Now I have one more block and then I can begin to put the quilt together and I am so looking forward to it. Thought I would share a picture of the quilt block with you. That’s all for now and I’ll see you Monday!

Happy Quilting,

Sharon

Finished Baby Rag Quilt

23 Apr

I just returned from my trip to TN. to visit my parents and had a really nice time. You are probably not going to believe this but, I took my sewing machine on the airplane. You know your addicted when you bring along a sewing machine on an airplane. I’m sure though I am not the only one who has done this. Anyway, I did finish the baby rag quilt and I love how it turned out. This is my first rag quilt that I  have made and I really enjoyed making it. Here are a few pictures of the completed quilt. See ya next time, Sharon

Rag Baby quilt (cutting squares)

10 Apr

Today I finally got all of the fabric cut along with the batting. While  shopping  in the Wal-Mart, I came across a wonderful quilting tool which is called “Shape Cut” by June Tailor.  With the Shape Cut, you can make perfect strips for squares. So if you do any quilting I highly recommend  this tool.

I will be leaving for TN. Thursday morning and will return the following Thursday. So I will start posting again when I return from my trip. The next post I hope to have the baby quilt done. Actually, I have two quilts in the making now.

Until next time, Happy Quilting

Sharon

Broccoli Chicken Pasta Casserole (Low Fat)

9 Apr

I found this recipe in one of my many Low Fat cook books and thought I would give it a try. I will have to say that I was impressed with the over all dish. Many of you probably know when cooking low fat you should use a lot of spices to give the food  flavor. This particular casserole has a lot of flavor and is easy to make too.

So, follow me to my kitchen, and let’s begin making this dish!

Let’s grab the ingredients we need first:

2 teaspoons Crisco Oil

2/3 cup chopped onion

2 large cloves garlic, minced

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 cans (141/2 ounces each) whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

1/4 cup of ketchup

1 1/4 teaspoons dried basil leaves

3/4 teaspoons dried  oregano leaves

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 package (10 ounces) frozen broccoli cuts, thawed and well drained

5 ounces uncooked small  macaroni, cooked and well drain

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Now, let’s put the dish together:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat Crisco Oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook and stir until tender. Add the chicken. Cook and stir until  the chicken is no longer pink. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, ketchup, basil, oregano and salt. Bring to a boil. Next, reduce the heat to low. Then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Combine broccoli, macaroni, chicken mixture and 1/4 cup cheese in a bowl. Make sure to stir well. Spoon mixture into a 13x9x2- inch baking dish. Last, sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes.

I hope that you had fun cooking with me today! See yall next time! Sharon

Baby Rag Quilt

5 Apr

Good morning everyone! Hope your Thursday is off to a great start. Our family had a new arrival this week and her name is Brooklyn. I haven’t seen a picture yet but I am sure she is a beautiful baby. So, I have decided that I would make a baby rag quilt for Brooklyn.

I thought I would try something different  by cutting 1″ blocks to see what design might look the best..The size of the quilt will be 32″x32″ and made with 5″ squares. Now here is where the fun comes in! I am asking you to leave a comment and tell me which design is your favorite and why. It will be exciting to see which design wins.

Design # 2

Design # 1

Baby Blanket

4 Apr

Sew! What did you sew today? I made a baby blanket for one of the charities that our Quilting Guild is helping out this year. You can whip up these baby blankets quickly and they are easy to make. For this particular blanket I used Flannel material, one solid color for the back and a print for the front. Instead of using satin baby blanket binding , I decided to do a decorative stitch on my sewing machine. The size of the blanket is  36″x36″ but, you can make what every size you like.

Anyway, happy sewing until next time!

Sharon

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