Thursday, January 19, 2012

It might be working...

The last few days I have been focused in the sewing room...  Our Modern Quilt Guild has a free table set up each meeting.  We bring anything we think someone else might be able to use...  Last Saturday I found a quilt block...

Our illustrious leader must be working on a cute quilt as I fell in love with this block and snatched it up...I heard later it had turned out the wrong size for the quilt.  Well, it turned out exactly the right size for these...



 
I found the free tutorial at A Spoonful of Sugar..  If you have always shied away from zippers this could be the tute for you.  She has wonderful large photos of each step... I dare you to make just one!
That one on the right now has a home in my small purse and holds packets of Splenda and Sweet-n-Low...  The one on the left is sitting on the shelf in my Christmas Cabinet...

I then turned my attention to some birthdays that are coming up...  One is next week...

These are for Ava's Baby Alive...

A full set for Abbie's Our Generation doll... I still need to make the sleeping bag and pillow.

a couple of diapers cut out for Baby Alive... I found the pattern here at Happy Together.. I added a 1/4 inch seam allowance and will use two layers of flannel..  I love that these can be used for any size baby doll..
I have also been very busy in the kitchen.  I have found a lot of new recipes on Cooks Illustrated and after my 14 day trial period on their website, I bought a years subscription.  We also get their TV show on Tuesdays on our local PBS channel.  I love their recipes.  Every single one I have tried has been excellent.  We bought filet mignon for the first time in 40 years last week..and followed their recipe for cooking...It was PERFECT!!  I used their coconut cake recipe and it was PERFECT!  Last week the show was about shrimp...I love shrimp but every time I cook them they get rubbery... Not any more.. last night I made stir fry with shrimp... it was YUMMY!!


Tonight, dinner is going to be Brown Sugar and Bourbon Pork Shoulder..with potato pancakes...  ok..to be fair, I got the recipe for the pork shoulder from a guy in the grocery store yesterday.  I was looking for Enchilada seasoning (for another recipe) and he picked up two packages of McCormick Brown Sugar and Bourbon Marinade.  Hm... I asked him (so unlike me to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger in the grocery store!) if it was good and he told me he used in on Pork Shoulder and it was wonderful...and then told me the secret..."use two packages for a 4 lb roast and add some rosemary to the top of the pork when you bake it" he said..   I snapped up two packages and ran to the meat department..  I will however check out the potato pancake recipe on Cooks Illustrated cause I know it will be perfect...

And yesterday afternoon I had another addition to the sewing room...


My Focus Board!!  You know I think this "word thing" might be working!! 

Nancy

13 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love your little bags! How very cute. Great use of the fabric. You've been busy :-)

Splendorfalls said...

Ooh Cooks Illustrated also publishes Cooks Country which I can highly recemmend; good stuff!

Go Nancy Go!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Lots of news. The bags are so handy, but the doll clothes, I see hours of fun in them. Your GD are very lucky little girls. Thanks for the links too.
Sallee from NH

Anne D said...

What a great idea for the block. The doll clothes are amazing. You have been busy.

Kristy said...

Coincidentally I am working on something; but it doesn't involve that block. I'm glad that you put it to good use, I knew someone would. Those little pouches are adorable.

Lynne said...

Pouches turned out GREAT! Your sewing room is to-die-for! Glad you're in the groove... Care to send some my way?

Cindy said...

Nice to see you sewing again! I predict a productive year for you!!

quilter4 said...

I really like that block....but I LOVE what you did with the block! OMG, what clever use of a block! Thank you for sharing!

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

I watch that show all the time on PBS.
I'd love to have your sewing room! You lucky duck you!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Okay I'm going to look at her tutorial right now - I love your little purses but I hate zippers. Maybe she has the answer for me. blessings, marlene

Linda said...

I think it's great that you picked up someone else's UFO and finished it. I have three UFOs I'm trying to find good homes for, and I'm not having luck. I'd thought to offer them on my blog, but it isn't right to have to pay shipping to give something away... especially when I have many "somethings" (other than these) that I want to find homes for. Good for you to be a finisher. I think "focus" is a great word for you. Well done!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love how you have used quilt blocks in your zippered pouches. I think I need to make one for my tea bags:)

Your dolls clothes are so pretty - I used to love making doll clothes for my daughter when she was little - such fun!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love how you have used quilt blocks in your zippered pouches. I think I need to make one for my tea bags:)

Your dolls clothes are so pretty - I used to love making doll clothes for my daughter when she was little - such fun!