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Quilters Day Out
Has open spaces for the coming season yet, so if you want a particular date make sure you let Pamela know!!
Oct. 19th. at Anglican Church ~ Linda
Nov. 16th. ~Coralee
Nov.30th. ~ Karen
Dec. 14th. Christmas Gala ~ Sue's
Jan.11th.~ Mary R
IF IT IS YOUR TURN TO HOST QDO:***** Please arrive at the Library at 9:30. .MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ARRANGED TO GET THE KEY ON FRIDAY BEFORE 5:00 PM! The library will have the tables and chairs in the Canfor Room ready for us to set up on Sat. morning. We have an iron and ironing board at the library. And we also have our own coffee pot and coffee, tea ect. in our new Cupboard in the Canfor room!! Start the Coffee, and if you can begin to set up the tables and chairs. At the end of the day, please make sure the tables are returned to how you found them, you get the sweeper(it should be in the room already) and sweep the rug, The coffee pot is cleaned, and the coffee ground basket has been emptied and rinsed and all our items returned to the cupboard! .. All the dishes have been washed and returned to their places., shut off one row of lights in the conference room, and when you exit, please make sure the door locks firmly behind you. Thank you for being a QDO Hostess in advance from all of us!
FALL QUILTING EVENTS!
If you are traveling around B.C. this fall you might find yourself in a community hosting a local "Quilt Show!"
Check out Quilt Canada web page "Events" to check and see if there is a Quilt Show happening near you!
The ever inventive ladies came up with the perfect way to fold and press and exact 1/4"" on Saturday! Using a sheet of graph paper that is sectioned into 1/4" rows! lay the fabric down on the ironing board, put the graph paper on top and fold over the fabric edge to meet the 1/4" line on the paper and press!!
Binding Under Control!
At last! I have found a method of controlling the binding as I am sewing it on! I have tried so many other methods however this one is a "Keeper"! I cut a 3 inch piece of cardboard tube and wrapped the binding onto it. by putting it between the cords on my sewing table it sits there calmly and with a small tug a little more is fed out as required! You might like to give it a try. I have in the past put it in a can on the floor, when the phone rang I found my feet all tied up! I tried it wrapped on my wrist ...once again attached, wouldn't come off easily when I wanted it to, and reeled off on it own when I didn't want it to! I have tried just throwing it over my shoulder, or on my lap...comes to the sewing area twisted and tangled! Yep ! This is the "BEST WAY" I have found so far!
GOING DOWN THE STRAIGHT and NARROW!:**** to make straight lines for quilting, instead of drawing with pencil or disappearing ink, try using some "blue" painters tape. It doesn't leave the fabric sticky so I don't have to wash it out afterward!
PIN FLICK! : Okay now ... have you ever tired of pulling pins out and "placing" them on your magnetic pin cushion? A quilter suggested that if you place the magnetic pin cushion behind your machine ans as you come to a pin, just "flick it off" onto the pin cushion. You don't even have to aim!
SHARPS SAFTEY! : After visiting my local Dr. and seeing the "used sharps" container in the exam room a light came on! When I returned home, I went in search of a small container. I Found a old used Pill container with a plastic top. I drilled a small hole in the cap, and then placed a bright label on it that says "used sharps". Now I safely dispose of any of my broken needles, or bent pins right through the hole in the top of the bottle. If I need to through out my rotary cutter blade I just remove the cap and pop it in side. When the container is full I can dispose of it safely . I no longer have to fear gathering up the garbage bin from my sewing room!
QUILTERS MATH! : Recommended hights. Sewing Machine Bed height to the floor -- 30 inches. Cutting Table Surface to the floor --36 inches or to your hip bone. Half Square Triangles - Finished size + 7/8". Quarter Square Triangles Finished size +1 1/4 inch. 1 meter of Quilt Fabric weighs approx. 4 oz. One pound of Quilt Fabric is approx. 4 yards. A size "Full" Scrap Quilt uses about 2 lbs. of fabric pieces.
RIGHTY - TIGHTY! -- Okay, you know that your thread tension is out, "But which way should I turn my tension adjustor?". A simple way to remember is that whenever you want to adjust your tension, this simple rule applies .. Righty Tighty .. therefore, to Tighten the tension turn the upper tension knob to the right, (or the bobbin screw to the right) If you want to Loosen Tension ... turn the upper tension adjustor to the left, or the bobbin screw to the left. Also remember .. Make small adjustments! Also for more information on how to know if your bobbin tension is correct and how to resolve it, visit the Bobbin Tension Link on this page!
OOPS! STICKY IRON! : We have all done it at sometime,..yep pressed the Sticky Side of "steam a seam" or "heat and bond"! What to do? Well I keep a Salt Shaker in my sewing room just for these times! Leave the iron on, sprinkle about 1 Tblsp. of salt directly onto your ironing board, and "iron" it! Keep ironing the salt until all the Sticky Glue is off of your iron bottom! (You may need to gather the salt up into a bunch a couple of times) When your bottom is clean, brush the salt off of your ironing board, and return to your project!
Quilters Day Out Recipies!
1 1/2 cups bulgur 2 cups boiling water 3 tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 1/2 cups finely chopped parsley 1/4 cup finely chopped mint 1 English cucumber, seeded and diced 3-4 green onions, finely chopped 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese juice of one lemon 1/4 cup olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced salt to taste 1. Boil the water in a medium saucepan. Pour over bulgur in a large bowl. Cover bulgur and let it sit for 30 minutes. Fluff up with a fork when done. 2. In the meantime, chop up the remaining ingredients. Add to bulgur once bulgur is softened. 3. Whisk lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and salt together. Pour over bulgur and stir well. 4. Best if refrigerated overnight but can be eaten right away as well. Enjoy!
HEIDIE'S MULLIGATAWNY SOUP!
4 c chicken broth 1/2 c. ground almonds 1 tbsp. flour 1 tbsp. butter 1 onion, finely chopped 1 carrot, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic 2 tbsp grated ginger 1 tbsp madras curry powder 1 tsp cumin 1 banana, in pieces 1 chicken breast s&P 1 c cooked basmati rice 2 tbsp lime juice In a bowl, whisk together chicken broth, almonds and flour; set aside. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté onion and carrot for 5 to 7 mins. or until soft. add garlic, ginger, curry and cumin, sauté until fragrant, about 15 sec. Add broth mixture, banana and chicken, bring to a boil.. reduce heat and summer for about 25 mins until chicken is no longer pink, transfer chicken to a plate. Blend soup with blender or immersion blender. Add rice and lime juice. Shred chicken and return to soup. Serve garnished with almonds, coconut or cilantro.
Ena's SPICY AFRICAN YAM SOUP
For those of you who were unable to attend the Rough Acres Sewing Retreat last month, you can still enjoy one of the many delicious foods that we were so lucky to enjoy. Give it a Try!! ****1 tsp. Veg. oil,** 1 small onion chopped***1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced***1 clove of garlic*** 4 cups. chicken broth*** 1 tsp. dried thyme*** 1/2 tsp. cumin*** 1 cup Chunky Salsa *** 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed *** 1 cup diced zucchini *** 1/2 cup cooked rice *** 2 TBLSP creamy peanut butter.*** Heat oil - Saute' onion sweet potato & garlic until onion is soft. Stir in Chicken broth, thyme and cumin. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 15 min. Stir in Salsa Garbanzo beans, and Zucchini. Simmer until tender about 15 min. Stir in cooked rice and peanut butter. Serve with pita chips! MMMMmmm! Gooood!
Ena's Huckleberry Pie !
****This pie recipe was sent to us by Ena! I have had a taste of this pie and it is absolutely delightful!!! Thanks Ena for Sharing! Fresh Huckleberry Pie 1 baked 9 inch pie crust 4 c. uncooked huckleberries 3 oz. softened cream cheese ½ c. water ¾ c. sugar 2 Tbsp. Cornstarch 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice Whipped Cream for Garnish Cook 1 cup of the berries in the water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 2 min. Mix the cornstarch and sugar, gradually add to the berries. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick and clear. Take off the heat and cool slightly. Add the lemon juice and complete cooling process. Line the baked pie shell with cream cheese. Place the 3 cups of uncooked huckleberries on top of cream cheese and pour the cooled, cooked berries sauce on top. Before serving. Garnish with a Nice Big Dollop of Sweetened Whipped Cream into which a teaspoon of vanilla has been added! MMmmmm Gooooood !
Kim's Strawberry Salsa!
****2 cups chopped strawberries 1/3 of a green pepper finely chopped 2 green onions, finely chopped 1/3 cup of Catalina or Russian Salad Dressing salt/pepper to taste a few drops of Tabasco Sauce or Cayenne pepper allow to sit and let the flavors to mingle for at least 2 hours. Enjoy with Nacho Chips or What have you!
Squash & Pear Soup --Pamela via Kitwanga Quilt-In.
Roast a "Winter Squash " (accorn,hubbard,pumkin) in oven until tender. Saute in 2 tblsp. oil...1 tblsp. grated fresh ginger, 1 tblsp. minced garlic, 1 chopped onion, 2 Tsp. Curry Powder, 2 tsp. cummin...just until onion becomes clear...ADD: 2 cans of Chicken broth & 2 cups. of water. Bring to a boil, add cooked Squash (peeled) and 3 peeled & cored pears. (I use 1 large can of pears..if you do this do not add the pears until you add the canned pineapple.) Cook all these ingredients until veg. are all tender. Add 2 small cans of pineapple & canned pears if you are using them. and let cool. When cool..puree mixture until smooth. Reheat and serve. Is really nice if you add a dolop of sour cream (low fat of course! ) or plain yogurt to the centre of each bowl when you serve it!
FROM THE BOOK SHELF!
THE CHRISTMAS QUILT by Jennifer Chiaverini
Another "Elm Creek Quilts Novel" --A lovely book to curl up with on a chilly winter evening! Let your imagination take you back to Christmas of past. Of family gatherings , and a Quilt that was always intended to be finished but never quite made it yet.... Stowed away in a old trunk in the attic until an energetic, young woman found it and brought it back into the light! This quilts story was soon to be realized that it spans several generations of the family from the Great Depression, World War II and on. A very nice read, and at only 225 pages it is not overwhelming in size! The inside cover of the book illustrates the 12 christmas blocks that form this "Christmas Quilt" --The Feathered Star ; Star of Bethlehem, Shepherd's Light, and Christmas Cactus to name just a few. Check it out! Published by: Simon & Schuster -- ISBN-13: 978-0-7432-8657-2