Sunday, March 29, 2015

I had intentions of working in my yard this afternoon, but when I got out of church, the wind was really blowing. Booo. I ditched the yard work idea pretty quick. I'm not to the point of wanting to work too hard outside yet anyway. Sitting on the patio and reading the Sunday paper with a cup of coffee, however, did sound good, so I got out the lawn chair and my paper and sat in the sun. Ahh it was so nice, the warm sun on my face, the birds chirping and the squirrels scampering around. I got about halfway through the front page of the local section when the neighbor's dog began yip yapping at me (not pleasant). I think he somehow squeezed through the fence because when the barking stopped, I turned around and there he was on my patio. The little pip squeak didn't even come over to me to say hello, he just trotted off, happy to be on the other side, I guess.

Spring is slowly making an appearance and I am slowly but surely working on a couple projects. My motivation has been pretty non existent with all the cool and cloudy days we've been having but I pulled out my maple leaf blocks that I made FOREVER ago and got them put together into a top. Taking a pic with the wind today wasn't happening so I worked on getting the backing together.
Now I can't decide how to quilt the thing!

I'm getting excited about my hexie project and I really want to finish it but I have to keep reminding myself that this is a SLOW project that will take a lot of time to finish. I'm also undecided on how big I want to make it so there's that. For the time being, it's nice to look at on my design wall ha!

Here's hoping for a more productive week! Wait, what am I saying?
This is Holy Week.
I'll be at church almost every night.
Maybe I will be more productive after Easter? 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Bit O'Green

I've talked about my friend Sheryl before, she's the one who is a really good cook. Baking is definitely her "thing" and I so appreciate that she brings me holiday cakes and cookies every so often!
Last Wednesday night after church choir practice, Sheryl brought a cake to share with all of us. It was her green Watergate cake, which I am quite fond of!
 Every year, I tell her that I love the cake and I need to get the recipe.
This time, she really hooked me up. 
On Sunday, not only did she give me the handwritten recipe, she gave me the cake mix AND the pudding mix AND the Dream Whip AND half a bottle of Club Soda!! 
I mean, how sweet is that?

I had no excuses, I made the cake as soon as I got home.

If I have to choose between cake and pie, I usually choose pie. But, I do like chocolate cake and jello cake! This cake is right up there with jello cake. 
I didn't realize that I like pistachio pudding until I made the frosting. 
I could have eaten that all by itself! 

I had heard of Watergate salad before but not Watergate cake. 
While my cake was baking, I poked around on the internet to find out more about how this cake got it's name. Apparently it became popular around the time of the Watergate scandal and the development of pistachio pudding. Some of the recipes online call the frosting "cover up icing" haha!
This was fun to read if you want to know the folklore!  

My cake turned out so good and just in time for St. Patty's Day. I think Sheryl would approve.

Here is the recipe, according to Sheryl!

Watergate Cake 

 Preheat oven 350 degrees

1 White Cake Mix
1 cup oil
1 cup Club Soda
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 pkg Instant Pistachio Pudding
6 drops green food coloring
3 extra large eggs

Mix all ingredients except eggs. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each one. Spread evenly in a greased and floured 11" x 17" pan. 
(I used a 9" x 13" pan) 
Bake for 25 minutes and test for doneness with a toothpick. 
(The 9" x 13" pan took longer to bake, closer to 40 minutes) Cool cake completely.


1 pkg Dream Whip
1 pkg Instant Pistachio Pudding
1 1/2 cups milk
6 drops green food coloring

Beat all ingredients together until stiff and spread on cake. Refrigerate.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

National Quilting Day at the Quilt Museum

Saturday was the National Quilting Day event, held at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, here in Lincoln. 
The Quilts of Valor were displayed on the railings and the staircase leading to the second floor.
 I just love how it looks with all the quilts!

This quilt was in the conservation work room and I wish I could've gotten a better look at it. 
The colors were so vibrant and bright, which my crappy cell phone pic doesn't show.  

This exhibit was about crazy quilts. 
I loved the bold colors of the one on the right!

I attended one out of the four lectures.
 This one was called The Digital Quilt, which I enjoyed. 
The presentation showed the process of how to create a fabric design using images in Photoshop and then printing it out, resulting in your very own custom fabric! I don't know the first thing about Photoshop, but I think printing my own fabric would be pretty cool!  

Here is my quilting buddy, Kristie from Sew Sunshine, volunteering at the Aurifil booth. 
I just had to get a picture of her with her awesome Sunrise/Sunset quilt!

This amazing Quilt of Valor was presented to a veteran by some 4-H youth. 
What a beautiful thing.

There were many handwork demonstrations and displays that I didn't take pictures of but I enjoyed visiting with everyone about what they were working on. 
 This Popeye quilt was just too cute!

There are more pictures from the day on the quilt museum's facebook page here.  
I had a good time, I'm glad I was able to check it out!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Pillowcase Tutorial

My niece's birthday is coming up and she, like many little kids, loves the movie Frozen. I heard that she wanted "Elsa Stuff" for her birthday. I've already made her a quilt, so I thought I would make her some pillowcases from Frozen fabric.

I have made pillowcases before, but it was so long ago, I forgot how to do it. I thought I would make a tutorial so that I can come back to it later if I want to make more.
There are a lot of pillowcase tutorials out there and mine is no different!
This is called the "burrito" method from what I've gathered.

For one pillowcase you will need these amounts of 44/45" wide cotton fabric:
3/4 yd (27") Main Fabric
1/3 yd (12") Contrast Fabric
1/8 yd (1.5") Trim Fabric

1. From trim fabric, cut one 1.5" x 41" strip. Fold in half lengthwise and press.

2. From contrast fabric, cut one 12" x 41" strip.
Begin with the right side of the contrast fabric facing up. Place trim piece on top of contrast fabric, matching up the raw/long edges. 

3. From main fabric, cut a 27" x 41" strip.
Place the main fabric right side down, matching up the 41" lengths and pin. 

4. Next, roll up the main fabric toward the pinned edge, about half way through the contrast piece.

5. Fold the contrast piece over the rolled fabric, match the edges and re-pin all the layers.

6. Sew pinned edges together with a 1/2" seam allowance.

7. Pull the main fabric from the tube, turning the pillowcase right side out and press.

8. Trim excess.

9. To keep the raw edges contained, make French seams.
With WRONG sides together, pin the raw edges and sew a scant 1/4" seam allowance.

10. Turn the pillowcase wrong side out, push out the corners and press the seams flat.

11. Sew a 3/8" seam around the side and end of the pillowcase, enclosing the raw edges.

12. Turn the pillowcase right side out, push out the corners and press.

That's it! 

One pillowcase down, one to go!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Supernova Sisters

 This just makes me smile!
Here they are together, our Super Duper Supernova Sister Quilts!

Kristie and I have been working on these since last May/June,
when we joined the Supernova Friendship Block Swap. Wow, it has been so much fun!
Here are the results of the contest, we are just thrilled!

Last Friday, we were finally able to get together to take some photos of our quilts.
 The weather happened to be great!
A little breezy, but we managed to get a couple photos without the quilts flapping in the wind.

I just noticed this, but our quilts aren't exactly identical.
The middle two rows are flip flopped in mine. I thought I was copying Kristie's layout exactly!

After these pics, we stopped at the Cosmic Cow Quilt Shop to show off our quilts, since that was the place we first met and chose fabrics together. We decided that the quilt shop needs a place to sit and chit chat, because we probably could've stayed and visited with everyone there ALL afternoon!

Our next stop was the new location of Cultiva Coffee Shop, where we had iced mochas and I got this HUGE crepe. Mmmm it was yummy!

Cultiva just happens to be very close to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum AND it was First Friday, so we popped in to see what was happening at the museum!

We got some flair!

As always, the quilts on display are super cool.

Here is what is showing right now.
This coming Saturday, the 14th, they will be hosting a National Quilting Day event.
 I'm hoping to check it out! 

Kristie and I had a great time hanging out and talking about quilts.
I can't wait til the next time!