Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's Almost Exhibit Time!

2014 MLQG Raffle Quilt

My guild's 2014 exhibit opens this upcoming Friday, September 5th with a gala evening reception (7-9 PM) at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center located at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro, PA. There will be refreshments and door prizes (and lots of gorgeous quilts, of course). The public is invited.

The exhibit will be on display September 6-28, open 2-5 PM daily, with free admission.

You can check the details on the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild website, blog, or Facebook page.

Monday, August 18, 2014

For My "No Reply" Readers

Over the last few weeks, several of my readers have left comments on my blog posts, but because their Blogger profiles are set to "no reply", I am not able to respond to them directly.

Is your profile set to "no reply"? Are you not sure? Here is one of many tutorials online with clear instructions on how to change that. And here's another one.

So...Becki, Marina, Donna, Chris, and Quilting Tangent....you are the most recent readers who have left comments and your profiles are set to "no reply". I apologize for not acknowledging your comments, but there's no way I can contact you directly.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

On the Road Again

My Jane Stickle quilt (aka "Dear Jane") just got back from a trip to Charlotte, and now she's getting ready for a trip to the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Once I send her off this time, she won't be home until August 2015. I will miss her and my wall will be quite bare, but I know she'll get lots of admirers during her tour.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Cheering Up

I was in need of some fabric retail therapy last week, so some of my quilting friends and I made a trip to Verna's fabrics in Mifflinburg, PA. I didn't really need any fabric, but I couldn't help myself, so I bought an addition for my striped fabric stash (love those bias striped bindings), a large charm pack (I already have a project in mind for it), and a Moda jelly roll at a great price. Verna also threw in a cup celebrating her 30 years in business (I use the 25-year cup for filling my iron with water).

And, of course, we don't usually make a trip to that area without stopping at the wonderful Lewisburg, PA farmers' market. I came home with a giant head of cabbage larger than a bowling ball (for only $2), juicy cantaloupes (3/$5), sweet peaches (for ice cream sauce), green bell peppers (3/$1), and even a few zucchini. My muscles got a workout carrying everything back to my van, but I think my friend Dori won the prize for carrying half a bushel of beets!

There's nothing better than a fun quilters' day out with dear quilting friends to cheer one up!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I Almost Forgot

My version of Jane Stickle's 1863 quilt will be on display later this week at the AQS show in Charlotte, NC. If any of my readers sees it in person, please take a picture of it for me (and one with you standing next to it!).

Click here for info on the show (July 30 - August 2)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Messy, Messy

I really should organize this better...

...so this would go more quickly!...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

More Summertime Soup

I love trying new soup recipes and thankfully, I have a family and friends who don't mind being guinea pigs when it comes to trying something new.

A few weeks ago, I made this Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho Soup (recipe can be found here), with just a few changes -- I added a bit of chopped up onion and yellow bell pepper, and used a jalapeno pepper instead of a serrano pepper. I used my immersion blender to puree the watermelon, tomatoes, and cucumber, and then added the onions and peppers for a little crunch. I didn't bother with a sieve. And since I like a few chunks in my soups, I added another cup or two of watermelon pieces.

Oh, yes, and a little Sriracha sauce for extra kick...that never hurts.