May 27, 2010

So posting every day in May didnt work so well.

I have an excuse though....

My computer broke last week.

I am just getting my computer re-set up today, and am now using Windows 7.  Which, so far, I *love*.  I am currently using the "Snap" feature, so I can easily have two browser windows open (one for blogger, one for flickr, I have some photos to post!)

Anyways, on to the actual post!

I haven't posted about my quilting projects in awhile, mostly because I've been going through a little dry spell inspiration-wise.  But hopefully, I will get out of it soon, our chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild (link on the right) is doing a little challenge...we all swapped 2.5 inch strips of "dot" fabric (some dots are a little bit looser interpretations of a dot..), and are challenged to create something out of the pack of strips.  there's quite a variety of colors/patterns, so I don't really know what I'm going to do with them.  And we agreed to keep the process secret..so I cant really post any more that that about the project!

I do have a top to share today though.  Made out of Tula Pink's Hushabye line, I attempted a pieced circle quilt, ala this tutorial at this and that.

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I did veer from the tutorial a little, I didn't want to sew from the middle out, my blocks were about half the size of the tutorial, so doing it that way would create a lot of unnecessary starting and stopping.  I pinned my pieces, starting from the center going out, and sewed from one end to the other.  I also had the square piece on top so that I could ease in the piece without puckering.  Which still occurred occasionally.  I'm hoping you wont notice the few puckers once its quilted.

I'm not sure what to do with it now, its a bit small at 15in square, I cant decide whether to border it, or bind it as a small doll quilt/wall hanging/table topper...any opinions?

May 17, 2010

giveaway day on sewmamasew  is probably one of the best birthday presents ever. (from random people anyways)

I wish I had gotten my act together and made up a giveaway too.

May 13, 2010

Day 13

Blogging has been spotty lately, I know...and just a drive-by-posting right now.

Still feeling a bit ill, though getting better.

I won a little fabric pack from Jaquie of Tallgrass Prarie Studio, which surprised me tons, since I never win anything!  Thanks Jaquie!

Dinner tonight: sweet and sour chicken.

May 11, 2010

Day 11

Quickie today because I'm not feeling well...

I promised photos of the coasters I made - here they are:

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pardon the bad photos, the weather has been not very nice around here lately.

May 10, 2010

Day 10 in May

Yeah, I know I missed a few days.  In my defense, I have been really busy.  Mother's day seems to have been elongated into a weekend this year...

Anyways, Mother's day was really great, I got to sleep in (only till 830...) and was promptly greeted by big smiles and hugs from some little boys.  We (barely) made it to church, had delicious lunch out, and was treated to a day of whatever I wanted to do. (which mostly consisted of staying in, and having the husband take care of the kids!)

I had made my mom some quilted coasters for her new table (cant have condensation rings on brand new table!)  which I have taken photos of, but cant post them because I am not at home.

We taught our 3 year old to play Wii bowling this weekend.  It is endlessly amusing to watch him figure out the button/throwing combination to get it to work, and he gets so proud of himself when the ball rolls and hits the pins!  He tells everyone that he can bowl, and says "I use a white ball and knock down 3 pins and sometimes... sometimes all of them!"

May 7, 2010

Day 7th of May

So I blogged a few days ago about making pizza crust with yeast.  I finally cooked it up yesterday, and hoo boy!




best. damn. pizza. ever.

I am so in love with this pizza. I don't think I'll be able to eat frozen ones again.  maybe not even delivery pizza! (though I probably will due to convenience factor.)

The crust was chewy...yet crunchy at the same time.  Cheese was perfectly melted..and the garlic went so well with the eggplant.

It was actually super easy, but a little time-consuming (well..compared to throwing a frozen pizza in the oven) Its best to make the crust dough in advance (I made mine 2 days prior), it needs time to rise and settle.

Changes I made (does anyone ever cook recipes exactly?):  I only made half the crust recipe (it makes two crusts anyways.  plus, I didn't have enough flour for the whole thing)  and instead of tomatoes, I used red peppers, and also added mushrooms.  I didn't have any fresh mozzarella, but I used the prepackaged stuff...whatever the difference is, I really don't know.  also, the broiler on my oven doesn't really work, so I don't know how it tastes if the eggplant and etc. is broiled rather than baked a little. also, I may have gone a little overboard on the olive oil..so watch out.

Just delicious.  If you must have pizza, eat this one!!

I'm off to eat the leftovers for lunch now..

Dinner tonight: who the heck knows.  probably leftovers.

May 6, 2010

Day 6th of May

I dont really have much to blog about today.  Its a little yucky outside, so not much new photo-wise.

I'll try and ninja in some mixtape quilt photos later, although they wont be nice beacuse of the weather...

Dinner last night: Chicken Marsala.  one word: yum.  I use a recipe from some magazine or other, so no link to it.  Its my favorite marsala recipe though, so I may post it one of these days.

Dinner tonight: something with hamburger.  maybe a pizza bubble bread.

May 4, 2010

4th day in May

hm, I think I need more interesting titles....

Sorry about not getting photos up today! Wordless Wednesday is tommorrwo, so there definatly will be a photo then!

Had to take the kids to the doctor today for annual checkups, both boys got shots, but handled it really nice for a 3 year old and a 9 month old.  just one cry out of each!  For some reason though, Elliot was *terrified* of getting his height measured, we ended up with the nurse holding his heels down while I quickly pushed the lever thing to his head.  This year's height is a "close enough" thats for sure.

Dinner tonight: Omelettes.

May 3, 2010

Day 3 of May!

Whew!  I am attemping something I've never tried before with cooking - I'm making a pizza crust! using yeast!

Those poor little packets of dry yeast have been sitting in my cupboard for a while, and when the husband came home from the grocery store with some eggplant last night, I thought it was about time to try PW's Favorite Pizza.  I dont have any fresh tomatoes though, but tomatoes arent my favorite anyways.  maybe some peppers...or chicken...I'm not sure yet.

But yeast! rising! oh my, I don't know what I'm getting into, do I.

dinner tonight: not sure.  I'm saving the pizza for tomorrow, its not the kind of thing the husband likes, although he'd try it.

May 2, 2010

Second day in May

Oh, man, I was so busy yesterday, I forgot to prepare today's post!

We had our second meeting of the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild a couple nights ago at Sewtropolis (a cute little sewing haven in south Minneapolis.)

It was a great meeting! We all brought in quilts that we thought were "modern" and a couple brought some "traditional" quilts for comparison.  I *loved* Karen's first quilt she ever made (a twin size!)

I cant wait for the next meeting!  We are going to start a swap project - everyone is bringing 20 or so 2.5 inch strips, and we will trade them around so everyone gets one of each, and then make something out of the strips.  it will be so exciting to see what everyone comes up with!

May 1, 2010

First day of May!

Oh, my, is it May already?  Almost half the year gone already.

My little world has been crazy busy lately, with the potty training, teething, exercising, sewing...

Speaking of sewing, mixtape quilt photos Monday. (or Tuesday.)

But for today, I leave you with a photo of some parsley I've started indoors. Probably wont move it outside, but we'll see.

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