Wednesday, June 26, 2013

My Stars

I have to tell you all about something exciting!

KC Star quilts has launched something new - My Stars: A New Tradition.  They are going to be publishing books aimed at the modern quilter, using traditional blocks!

Their first book is coming out this fall, and guess what?

 Binding. #finishit2013

I made a quilt for it! Woohoo! Even more fun for me is that several of the other quilt designers are friends of mine. Two of them have even guest posted here before! I can't share my quilt with you yet, but they will be posting sneak peeks of all the quilts and interviews with the authors each week leading up to the book launch. I hope you'll take a minute to follow My Stars on facebook and twitter, and be sure to read the interview on their blog with Lisa Calle of vintage modern quilts. She works for Moda Bakeshop, and makes gorgeous quilts.

It's been hard to keep this a secret, let me tell you! I'm sure I'll keep you extra informed about it from this point on :)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

meet snowball.

at the end of may, we adopted a tiny 6 week old kitten from our friend. the momma cat had abandoned 4 kitties and she was feeding them with a medicine dropper. the kids fell in love with the teensy things, so we brought one home. i had to feed her 2 tsp. milk every four hours, and then rub her belly til she burped. true story. one night as i did all of this, i was wondering how in the world i ever got talked into this!

This little sweetie now weighs 15 3/8 
oz!

oh yeah. i'm a sucker for sweet little babies.

she was kind of sickly, and i really didn't think she'd make it. but she pulled through, and has gone from 9 ounces to 15 3/8 oz. and is an eating machine! she's off the milk and on kitten chow now. she has a fat little belly too. antibiotic drops cleared up her eye infection, and she looks happy instead of pitiful.

and the kids love her. they carry her everywhere, fight over her, and build lego houses for her to sit in. she's ridden in the barbie car, and has her own cardboard box fort in the garage. after a week of name changes, they decided on Snowball.(which was emma's first choice. aj just needed it to seem like his idea)

New kitty :)

the chickens (now 12, we lost Charlotte two nights ago) are all in the coop and fun to watch. a snake was in the coop last night, a huge black snake! troy and i tried to kill it (mostly troy, i held the light and stayed as far away as possible) but it slithered under the frame, behind all the rocks piled around the outside of the coop to deter predators from digging. he was gone this morning, hopefully far far away from here.

i'm hoping to get some sewing done this weekend in between softball games! what are your weekend plans?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

denyse schmidt charm swap, again

it's time for round 2!

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the first swap was so much fun, we decided to do it again. plus, she has new fabric lines that are amazing as always.

blossom reel is a new favorite. look at these fun donut dots!

Love these dots! Round 2 for #denyseschmidtcharmswap sign ups are open!

and these flowers and dots are so sweet.

Found these fun #dsquilts prints plus a few more today!

sign ups are open, and we're about half full, so run over and join the flickr group. and yes, by the way, i do hate the new flickr. i'm still trying to figure it all out.

details - each spot is 2 DS fabrics, 1 yard of each. cut your yardage into 5 inch squares (56 per yard) total = 112 charms. ship them to me by aug. 1st, and i will sort and return a stack of 112 different charms! you can sign up for more than one spot.

***please choose fabrics that have not been claimed by another swap member. check the photo pool before purchasing fabrics, we want to avoid duplicates. one of our swap members was so awesome and made up a mosaic from round 1, and lists of all the DS fabric lines (thanks crabappple quilts!).

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there has only been one fabric used from each of the Katie Jump Rope and original Flea Market Fancy lines - so if you've been hoarding some and feel like sharing, that would be amazing!

i'm going to Joann's today to get the rest of my fabrics for the swap. then on to the KCMQG for our June meeting, with Penny Layman of sew take a hike! tomorrow is her paper piecing class, I can't wait! there are still a few spots open for the class (it's in Eudora). if anyone local wants to go with me, let me know ASAP!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Fire Crackers

Summer is here, and for us that means lots of baseball games, BBQs, and mowing. With all of that going on, I love quick potluck dishes I can make in a snap. I thought I'd share some guy friendly ones, with Father's Day coming up soon.

Today I'll start with an easy snack. Fire Crackers.


These are a lot like the ranch oyster crackers my mom always made. I don't want to take credit for this "recipe". My husband brought this one home from work. They are actually really good! They are super spicy, perfect snack food with a nice cold beer. He's taken them to trap shoots and poker games. I bet they'd be great with chili!

OK, gather your goodies.
1 box saltine crackers (4 sleeves)
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch mix
1 packet Good Seasons Zesty Italian dressing mix
1 c. canola oil
I've seen other recipes calling for as little as 1/2 c. oil and as much as 1 2/3 c. Up to you!
1 Tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 Tbsp. cayenne pepper

Open the sleeves of crackers and stack them in a large plastic container. Mine is a Ziploc rectangle, and holds all of them, just barely. I start with three sleeves and then lay some crackers on top before putting the lid on. You could also use a large Ziploc bag.

Mix all the dressing ingredients together. Pour it evenly over the crackers. Snap on the lid, and turn upside down to allow the dressing to soak into all of the crackers. I flip the container every so often, whenever I pass by in the kitchen. Try for every hour or so. The crackers will soak up all the dressing and not get soggy.  No baking required.

They are super spicy though - make sure you warn folks if serving at a party! Let me know if you try them. I have made a less fiery version, using Wildtree red pepper & garlic blend. They were tasty too.  Happy snacking!

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