Monday, March 21, 2011

I've Been Quilting!!

I posted earlier about my Unfinished Projects Box.

So, ALOT of my unfinished projects weren't even in that box! I had seven,,, SEVEN!,,, quilts that I had started but hadn't finished. Most were started in high school! Yay for 5 years since graduation!! (hmmm, haven't heard anything about a reunion... oh well) So here are my quilts!

Quilt #1
 This is how I left it. It's a small tabletop quilt.
 So, I sandwiched batting between the fabric...
..And experimented with stippling.
Don't look too close, it's not perfect!
 Used my ruler and rotary cutter to even up the batting and backing.
And also cut the binding fabric.
 This is the FIRST quilt that I hand stitched the binding to the back. 
I was so proud of myself!!
 Now I'm ready for the Fourth of July!

Quilt #2
This was supposed to be for my room when I was in college,
Obviously that didn't happen.
I sewed the turquoise and pink designs on my sewing machine.
And hand embroidered the flowers with floss.
And I haven't finished this quilt, but hopefully soon!

Quilt #3
A high school t-shirt quilt!
I'd been keeping all my shirts to make a memory quilt.
On the left: shirts roughly cut out w/ interfacing ironed on
On the right: Shirts nicely cut and stacked
They're going to stay nicely stacked for now.
They take up so much less space than the whole t-shirts!

Quilt #4
 Such a sweet quilt, Pinwheels flying in the wind.
This is how I left it, and I've worked on it randomly over the years.
I finished all the pinwheel squares recently, sewed them together,
and bought fabric to finish it,,, hopefully soon!

Quilt #5
This one still hasn't been touched.
I can't decide whether I want to finish it,
or make it bigger to fit on a queen/king bed.
I just don't know!
It'll be a lot of work to make more of the squares from scratch.

Quilt #6
 This quilt was started a year ago. 
And I got frustrated with it, 
so it went in the unfinished projects box!
But didn't it turn out just adorable!
This is why I was frustrated. /\ /\ /\ /\ /\
The fabric was from a jelly roll,
and the strips didn't sew together straight.
(I had to do ALOT of trimming to make it square)
The back fabric is fun and cordinating.
I pieced together the binding.
And this is the 2nd quilt I hand finished!
(I'm slowly moving to bigger quilts)

Quilt #7
This is one of my favorites, b/c it's so different!
I bought all these 9 Squares at a garage sale.
Unfortunately, almost all of them looked like this.
But, I'm resourceful, and couldn't stand to throw them away.
So I trimmed them to 8 inch squares.
 Here I'm playing around with the placement of the squares.
I got all the squares sewn together.
I had to purchase border and binding fabric.
And they matched perfectly with the style of the quilt!
I'm half tempted to save this quilt for when we have a baby!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Food Friday!! Chocolate Cake, Brownies, Hummus... Yumminess!

 The Not-So-Diet Chocolate Cake
This cake is awesome! It disappeared in one day around my family. It's super moist and super chocolatey.
Find the recipe on here. I used plain yogurt instead of sour cream and powdered sugar instead of white chocolate. It's a hit!

 Healthy Fudge Brownies
Healthy? Really? Oh yeah! 86 calories, no sugar added and they've even got some fruit in them. I've made these brownies 4 times this month! My husband loves them, and so does his best friend(he's diabetic so these are great for him!)
I found this great blog that tells all about it, you can find the recipe here.
 Pita Chips and Hummus
(From Jillian Michael's book: The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook)
Pita Chips
4 (6 in) whole-wheat pita breads
3 Tb extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed (or garlic salt)
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400. Spray 2 rimmed sheets with olive oil.
Use kitchen scissors to cut outsides of bread. Then cut into bite size wedges or squares. Arrange pita on prepared sheets with inside of pita bread facing up.
In a small dish, combine olive oil and garlic. Lightly brush each pita chip with mixture, brush only the side that faces up. Sprinkle the pitas with salt.
Bake until chips are lightly browned. Turn pan once. 8-10 minutes. Cool slightly. Store 3-4 days.
1 serving: 54 calories, 2.9 g. fat, 1.1 g. protein, 6.2 g carbs, 89.9 mg sodium

1 (15 oz) can no-sodium chickpeas
1/4 c. lemon juice
3 Tb tahini or 1 1/2 Tb peanut butter
2 garlic cloves, chopped or 1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cum
2 tsp EVOO, for garnish
sumac or paprika for garnish

Drain chickpeas, reserve 1/4 c. liquid. In food processor place lemon juice, tahini, garlic, salt and cumin. Process. Add chickpeas(& liquid) and process until smooth, scraping down sides. Taste and add more lemon juice or spices if desired. Store in fridge up to 1 week.
Peanut Butter Popcorn
My friend from work recommended this, and I was skeptical at first. She said it's good for Weight Watchers (I don't actually do it though) My husband loves this. He's asked for it the past couple of nights. He started eating it with a spoon so his fingers wouldn't get all peanut-buttery. It's actually kinda fun!

I use my presto popcorn popper for the microwave. It's awesome! No oil needed to pop!
Pop 3-4 Tbs. of kernels
Warm 1-2 Tbs. peanut butter in the microwave. (about 30-45 seconds)
Drizzle over popcorn. Sprinkle on 1 tsp brown sugar. Stir or shake to coat.

 One more thing! I need advice!
I started this quilt in highschool. Should I make it bigger (5x5 squares) I have enough fabric to do it.
Or should I just make it a lap quilt- make a border and just be done with it?
I think it'd make a beautiful quilt for a bed, but I've kinda lost motivation, and finishin a quilt on a different machine isn't always the easiest thing to do to get the seams just right.

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