Sunday, December 10, 2017

On Ringo Lake--Part 3

The mystery clue this week called for several karats of Diamond in a Rectangle units.

These are not sewn to one another--just lined up to show the mirror image units.

They weren't hard to make, at least until I needed to make the second half of the units mirror images of the first--Yikes! My mind rebelled for a bit, but I got one made and used it for a visual example. Spatial imagination is not my strong point. However, I did get them done--Yay me!

I'm loving this mystery and looking forward to next week's clue. I should be on Winter Break by then (if I get all my grading done!).

I'm linking with Mystery Monday at Quiltville.

Monday, December 4, 2017

On Ringo Lake--Part 2

This week the clue was to make a gaggle of geese! 

Here are a few of mine:

Like real geese, they assumed the wedge formation.

My neutrals are a bit plain, but I found a bag of leftover bits and pieces leftover from other projects, and I wanted to use them up.

Clue 3 will be revealed on Friday, 08 December 2017. I'm looking forward to it!

I'm linking with Mystery Monday Sunday at Quiltville and Fiber Tuesday 137 at The Quilting Room with Mel.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

On Ringo Lake--Part 1

I am participating in Bonnie Hunter's annual Quiltville mystery again this year. The quilt is called On Ringo Lake in honor of a trip Bonnie took to Minnesota this year.

The suggested colors are chocolate brown, aqua, coral, and neutral. I'm switching the aqua for green since I'm not a big fan of blue.

Here are some of the fabrics I will be using. (I didn't photograph the neutrals.) I'm likely to find more fabrics to throw in as I go along.

The first clue had us making 9-patches.

Just a sampling--there are many more!

I took "chocolate brown" quite literally in some of the blocks.

These chocolate chips won't melt on the quilt!

I enjoy mystery quilts and am looking forward to the next clue of this one. The clues are given once a week on Friday until the mystery is completed. Happy Quilting!

I'm linking with Mystery Monday at Quiltville and Fiber Tuesday 136 at The Quilting Room with Mel.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Christmas Jacob's Ladder

I made this Christmas quilt for my son and daughter-in-law. I gave it to them early, so they could enjoy it this Holiday season.

Christmas Jacob's Ladder

The Jacob's Ladder block is not complicated.

Jacob's Ladder Block

I used a constant neutral throughout and combined it with many different Christmas prints.

Fabrics (detail)

Fabrics (detail)

Fabrics (detail)

Right in the center (you can just see it in the picture directly above--lower right corner) is a very light block that is made with leftover scraps from a Christmas shirt I made for my son--over 30 years ago! 

Because I had extra squares (I ALWAYS have extras!), I pieced a panel for the back.

Quilt Back with panel

Back panel (detail)

I quilted it on my DSM, and it finished at 86" x 86".

Flamingoes in Santa Hats!

This was a fun quilt to make--I really enjoyed both the block pattern and the fabrics. Happy Holidays (a bit early)!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

You Mean She Cooks, Too?

Most all of my posts are about quilting; however, I am The Eclectic Abuela, so today I'm posting something different!

I often buy ten-pound bags of chicken leg quarters. They are low in price, and I make several meals out of each bag.

 I prep the leg quarters by cutting them into three pieces.

On the left is the drumstick, the center is the thigh, and the right is the partial back section. There are usually 10-12 leg quarters in each bag, so I prepare them all this way.

The back sections go into a pot to boil for broth. Boil these for several hours until the meat falls off the bones. Strain through a colander, then refrigerate overnight. You will be able to skim the fat off the top easily after the broth has chilled.

Ready to boil

I usually prepare the thighs and the legs differently for variety. Today, the drums are going in a bag with about a cup of Frank's Hot Sauce to marinate overnight. I will use these to make Buffalo-Style drums tomorrow. The drumsticks are larger and less expensive than chicken wings--and they taste as good! I bake them, rather than frying them as traditional Buffalo Wings are cooked.

Drums marinating in sauce

Alternative flavors for the drums include using Asian spices, Berbere paste, Harissa paste...any flavor you would like.

I'm going to oven-fry the thighs today. I toss them with a little flour seasoned with salt and pepper, and arrange them skin side up on a broiler pan, so the fat can drip through.

Thighs ready to go in the oven

Again, there are many alternative ways to season these. You might choose a mix of Mexican spices, curry spices, Asian spices, lemon pepper...what ever you wish to use. Just mix your chosen spices in with the flour and dust lightly.

For the oven-fried thighs, I place the pan in a 400 degree F oven for about 40 minutes. I then take the pan out, and with a pair of tongs, carefully turn over the pieces to allow the bottoms to crisp a bit. After turning them over, I put them back in the oven for about 15 minutes. Because I want the skin to crisp a bit more, I usually pull them out after the 15 minutes are complete, turn them over again, turn off the oven, and allow the residual heat to brown them a bit more.

Oven-Fried Thighs

Out of this bag, I now have broth, Buffalo drums, and oven-fried thighs. Extras can be frozen for later. Of course, there are many other ways to prepare thighs and drums--experiment! Creating a variety of meals is easy--and at $.59-$.69 per pound (even less sometimes!), it is frugal, too.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Kaffe Fassett and QSTs

I combined large blocks of Kaffe Fassett fabrics with very subtle Quarter Square Triangles (QSTs) in this quilt for my stepdaughter. I didn't have a pattern for this one--I just made alternate blocks that I thought would be complementary to the prints.

The KF fabrics reminded me of vintage sheet prints.

Since the prints are quite bold, I toned them down a bit by using QSTs as alternate blocks.

The color difference is very subtle (almost too subtle, I think), but the QSTs are white and creme.

I used a small print for the backing and a purple blender for the binding. Many of the fabric prints contained some purple, so I think the color combination worked well.

The quilt finished at 82" x 82". I quilted it on my DSM with a simple meandering pattern.

I told my husband that the prints reminded me of vintage sheets. He said he had never thought of sheets as vintage before, but that he really liked the sheets we had on the bed now. I told him that since I got them new in the 1970s and have used them ever since, they certainly qualify as vintage!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 133 at the Quilting Room with Mel.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Birds and Fruit

I wanted to make a quilt for a friend, and I decided to use some panels I bought quite a long time ago with her in mind.

I rarely use panels, so I worked up a quick layout by measuring them and constructing alternate blocks in the same size.

The dark rectangles represent the panels.

The construction was easy, and soon I had a top.

Top before quilting

Luckily, I bought some fabric to match the panels when I originally got them--it was perfect for the centers of the alternate blocks, the backing, and the binding.

Backing and binding detail

After quilting, I gave it a wash, and now it is ready to go!

Birds and Fruit  66" x 74"

I think the panels look good surrounded by the very simple alternate blocks--I didn't want it to be too busy.

I enjoyed making this--it can be fun to design around a special fabric you want to use.

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 132 at The Quilting Room with Mel.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--October--Pink

This month's challenge color is pink.

Once again, I made some diagonal blocks all pink and others half pink/half neutral. I also made some all pink straight-set blocks.

I've been thinking of how I will put this year's blocks together. I worked up a couple of ideas on EQ7 which I am still refining.

This one has arcs (like a rainbow!) of colors. I like it, but I'm not sure about it.

This one is straight-set--I'm thinking I like is better than the first. I would need to add a border to the top like the one I have indicated on the bottom.

More thinking is in order!

I am enjoying the challenge--thanks to soscrappy for hosting it.

I am linking to Scrap Happy Saturday Parade of Pink and Fiber Tuesday 131 at The Quilting Room with Mel.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

My Leader and Ender Projects

Each year Bonnie Hunter has a Leader and Ender challenge. This year, her project is a Checkerboard Rail Fence

While I may make her project down the line, right now I'm focusing on my own Rail Fence version. I'm doing a two-rail block (color + neutral) with 2"x 3.5"rectangles. These simple units stack up quickly alongside the other projects I'm working on. My goal is to see how many donation quilts I can make with the year's challenge.

So far, I have two finished tops.

They look very much the same even though the mix of scraps is different in each.

They do have different backing/binding fabrics, so I can keep track of how many of them I wind up with!

I also tried different techniques of quilting to see if one was preferable. One has a stairstep pattern of quilting, whereas the other has a simple SITD around the squares.

I have one more stairstep top that I think I will FMQ. I also have a completed windmill top (same units, just set differently) to finish.

I'm thinking I might mix it up a bit when I cut my next pieces--perhaps all bright solids with black? We'll see--right now, I'm having fun with these.

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 129 at The Quilting Room with Mel .

Monday, September 18, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival--Twirl Around

I'm excited to be a part of the Blogger's Quilt Festival (Fall 2017) at Amy's Creative Side.

Twirl Around is a Bonnie Hunter design from her latest book Addicted to Scraps. I changed the colors from pink and green to rust and green.

Thanks to Amy for hosting the Festival!

Blogger's Quilt Festival--Stringing Beads

I'm excited to be a part of the Blogger's Quilt Festival (Fall 2017) at Amy's Creative Side.

Stringing Beads is an original design. I love string quilts, and I tried to think of a new way to make one. This is the result.

Instructions for this quilt can be found HERE.

Thanks to Amy for hosting the Festival!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--September--Orange

A new month--a new color. I enjoyed the neutral month; I used neutrals in several different projects. Now--on to orange (Just about the exact opposite of neutral!).

I'm continuing with the string blocks using the month's color. Here is a sampling of the orange blocks.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this quilt comes together!

I'm linking with Scrap Happy Saturday--Hurricane EditionOh Scrap!, and Fiber Tuesday 126 at the Quilting Room with Mel. Stay safe, everyone.

Sapphire Stars--Surprise Clue

Kevin the Quilter surprised us this week with another clue in his Sapphire Stars (Ruby Stars, in my case) mystery.

Here are my units.

"Up on the Housetop" units

Hello there!

Little bitty stitch-and-flip squares--but I did it! Yay me!

Thanks, Kevin--I'm having fun playing along. This clue and links to previous clues can be found HERE.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sapphire Stars--Clue #3

I made units for Clue #3 of Kevin the Quilter's Mystery Sapphire Stars.

Kevin used more different fabrics than I did, but I got a good mix, I think. Note: The reds are darker than they appear in the photos.

And especially for Kevin--


I'm looking forward to the next clue--Thanks, Kevin.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--August--Neutral

Since I've been using neutral strings in my monthly rainbow blocks, I'm using this month for neutral scraps in other projects.

My Leader & Ender project this year is a two rail fence--I want to make an Attic Stairs quilt (or five!).
Attic Stairs--Click Image for Link

I've got LOTS of blocks already, so I'm thinking I'll just keep making them and see how many donation quilts I wind up with. I'm using scrappy color/scrappy neutral pairs.

One of a gazillion!

I've also been working on a "What if I...?" quilt. When I was making Stringing Beads, I thought, "What if I used triangles instead of trapezoids in the middle of the blocks?" "Okay, what if I offset the blocks?" "Hmmm, how about if I control the colors?" I was designing a new quilt before I even finished the first one!

Individual blocks

Here is what I have thus far:

I'm thinking of calling it Boxes of Strings. I'm going to consider borders--not sure yet how I will finish it.

So, neutral strings, neutral L & Es, and the Sapphire Stars Mystery from Kevin the Quilter includes neutrals in this clue (Clue #3)--I'm keeping up with the challenge!

I'm linking with Scrap Happy Saturday at soscrappy who is hosting the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and Fiber Tuesday 125 at The Quilting Room with Mel .