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Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
(This picture pretty much shows the whole thing!)
But imagine my surprise when the whole show consisted of about 10 big quilts (3 of which were mine) and 20 little quilts. It's kind of funny to me! I should've known.
Oh, well... I'm happy I did it anyway. Next year I'll try and convince my quilt club ladies to display some of their works, too. We could take over the whole show and call it "The Old Ladies and Emily Quilt Show!"
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
All these recipes can be found in the Ball® Complete Book to Home Preserving. Here are the 3 recipes I used for these batches.
Carrot Pepper Salsa (left), pg. 211
It appears this salsa will have a more mild flavor based on the recipe. This is my first year to try this one. We'll see how it goes. My kids think it is CRAZY to put carrots into a salsa, but I keep reminding them that you don't know if you'll like it unless you try it. It could be our new favorite, who knows. This recipe had you cook down the salsa for an hour, and even though I did that I still ended up with more jars than they said it would yield.
Note: I did try a bit that was leftover in the pan and it has a sweet taste to it--the brown sugar in it--but I liked it.
Jalapeño Salsa (middle), pg. 209
This recipe can also be found in the Ball Blue Book.
This is the recipe that I use most often--it has some serious KICK!! which is the way the majority of us like it. Equal ratio of tomatoes to jalapeños. Oh yeah! Normally when I double the recipe I do not double the jalapeños, however. Instead I double it by going 1/2 jalapeños and 1/2 green peppers. (i.e. 3 c. each instead of 6 c. jalapeños.)
Fresh Vegetable Salsa (right), pg. 203
I'm guessing that this one will be a middle of the road salsa as far as the "kick" factor goes. This one you cook down for 30 minutes before canning. Also my first year to try this recipe.
The book recommends: For optimum flavor let your jars sit 3-4 weeks before opening them to allow the salsa flavors to "mellow and blend".
O.K. I don't know if we can realistically wait that long....but, I guess we'll eat this fresh salsa in the meantime.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Finally I came up with this...
One a side note, one of my fall projects will be to paint that clock. I'm thinking something is this color palette, maybe even a shade of turquoise. Wouldn't that be awesome?!
Monday, August 16, 2010
This is one of my favorite soup recipes out of the Ball Blue Book (or it is also in the Ball® Complete Book of Home Preserving, pg. 402)
My kids are not as thrilled with this soup as hubby and I are, but that is fine with me. You can eat this as is--as a vegetarian soup, or I also like to add cooked chicken chunks to it. It is great to have on cold days. Open up the jar, dump it in the pan, heat and eat. So easy! Add some homemade bread and even better.
Click on Vegetable Soup to get the recipe and canning directions.
Thanks, Vicki, for the tomatoes. I'll bring you a jar of soup.
NOTE: The only change I make is that I can it with fresh green beans instead of using cooked lima beans. Personal preference.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
I made my own slip over two years ago, so I don't have any cool pictures of the process or anything like that, but I can at least give you some basic directions. You'll laugh when you figure out how easy it is, though.
First you will need to decide how long you want your finished slip to be. To avoid making your slip too long or too short, have someone else measure for you while you stand up straight. Since I mostly wear my slip with a dress I measured from my natural waist to below my knee. For me that means 26 inches finished. If you're going to wear it under a skirt you will probably want to start measuring more in your hip region.
I had a straight silky half slip I purchased for $7-$9 from Wal-Mart to use for the top portion. The length you need will depend on your height. I used the top 14 inches of a 24 inch slip. (I am a cheapskate so I didn't actually purchase a new slip. I had one that was needing to be retired so I had no problem cutting it up. You can always save money by making your own top "slip" portion using any basic elastic waisted skirt pattern and some cotton or silky fabric.)
As for eyelet, there are a million different designs. The two main designs usually comes in an all over design or an edge-only design. I used an edge-only design because I wanted the finished scallop portion on the bottom. Since I wanted the extender part to be kind of full, I cut my eyelet to measure 12 inches tall by 72 inches wide (2 yards). (Again, I am cheap, so I used some eyelet that my mother-in-law had given me years ago!)
So, now that everything is figured out, all you do is this:
Cut your eyelet to length and sew the side seems -- right sides together (Mine was 12.5" by 2 yards)
Gather the top edge of your eyelet using a basting stitch
Sew gathered eyelet edge to the bottom portion of slip -- right sides together
Serge to finish off raw edge
Hope this helps. If you have any questions or need some clarifications feel free to ask in the comments or email me.
FYI-Renae sewed her slip directly into the waistband of this skirt rather than making it a separate slip.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
It really would've been easier to repair, I think, had he not cut all the way through the quilt. Then I could've just zigzagged it some. And I'm not sure what I did was the best way to go about it, but, oh well, it was what I could come up with in hurry since the boy was desperate.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I found this pattern in the book, Fresh and Fabulous Quilts, by Cheryl Brown. "In The Corner" is the name of this pattern and it is found on pgs. 38-41. This was really an easy, straightforward pattern.
I worked on this quilt over the course of a month as a surprise b-day present for a friend of mine (which still ended up given as a slightly belated gift).Back View Finished Size: 58" X 76"
I just did a 2" wide apart cross hatch quilt pattern. I'm not a "fancy" design quilter.
Machine binding. I had intended to handstitch it until it became a belated birthday gift.
Here are a couple others quilts from that book that I really liked too:
Every Blooming Thing
I don't anticipate making any of the above quilts anytime soon, but I sure thought they were great patterns and fun ideas to mull over.