Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Full House - January's AYOS Project

Happy end of the month!  While the month of January really seemed like it flew by, I was actually finished with my project two weeks ago!  Here's my finish!


This month's pattern, called Full House, is a Schnibbles pattern by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.

Photo courtesy of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.


Here's my version! It uses prints from Sandy Gervais's last two fall fabric lines: Awesome and Grand Finale.  I'm proud to say that 100% of the fabric, including the backing, came from my stash!



I'm calling it Fall House - I know SUPER LAME play on the title, but it's the best I could come up with!

I still think that my favorite block is my "Italiano" block.  It reminds me of a great line of serving bowls from Crate and Barrel from years ago.  I'm still wishing that I had bought them ...



And, as a little side project, I saved up all the trimmings from my roof blocks ...


... and made a little mug rug with all the leftovers!

I bullied my mom, Rene, into joining the Schnibbles group too!  She made her project into a sweet 16" x 16" pillow:


She used a charm pack from Deb Strain's Makin New Friends line, along with some pieces from her stash.  The embroidered part reads "All hearts come home for Christmas."  Awesome job, Mom!

Be sure to check out all of the other participants' photos starting tomorrow!  They're at Sinta Renee's Pink Pincushion and Sherri's A Quilting Life.  Can't wait to see everyone's finishes and find out what pattern we're doing next month!

Oh!  Almost forgot!  Check out some other great Works in Progress over at the Freshly Pieced WIP-Wednesday link party!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Finishing up!

To be honest, I haven't touched my sewing machine since last Thursday!  We spent the whole weekend enjoying family visiting from out of town ... and then the little guy and I spent all day yesterday recuperating!

I did manage to sneak out Thursday afternoon and get some shots of Pretty in Pink since we had a beautifully sunny afternoon.



It's hard to tell up against the fence, but I decided to use a chocolately-brown fabric for the binding (and the backing!) to ground the quilt a bit.  I didn't want it to be overwhelmingly pink!  This is my first scrappy(-ish) quilt and I'm really happy with the way it turned out.  I tried really hard not to do any planning with my block placement so as to give the quilt a really random look.  I finally opted to do some straight-line quilting to frame the blocks in pink thread.

Just for fun, I'm linking up at Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday, to celebrate the finish!




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Be sure to check out all of the other yummy projects, including Heather & Megan's latest Moda Bake Shop table runner tutorial!

If you're interested in making your own version of my Pretty in Pink quilt, the pattern is now available in my etsy shop.  You can still receive 50% off of all patterns by using the coupon code JAN2012 before the end of the day.



Fabric requirements are: 
  • White-on-White Floral print: 2 yards
  • Various Pink and White Fat Quarters: at least 7 (sample used 12), or scraps totaling 1 + 3/4 yards
  • Brown and Pink Print (for Binding): 1/2 yards
The pattern includes step-by-step assembly instructions and color assembly diagrams!

I'm off to try and get some sewing done before my little one wakes up!  Happy Sewing!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Leftovers!

I was thinking about yesterday's post - mainly about why I haven't sewn more clothing, and I think a big part of the reason why I don't is because there is so much wasted fabric when sewing from a clothes pattern.  Granted, it really is leftover fabric, but they're usually in odd shapes and require a little bit of extra work to get into nice, workable squares.  Once I had finished my niece's dress, though, rather than set the odd leftovers aside, I cut all of the fabric scraps into 2.5" squares - not sure why I picked that size, other than it seems to be my go-to size that works well with almost everything!

I actually scrapped anything less than 2.5" and then I played around in EQ6 to come up with a small on-point checkerboard quilt that used up as many of my leftover squares as possible, along with squares of my go-to white floral print that I always keep on hand in bulk.

Here is the math for my WIP (12 x 12 squares) and several other basic projects, in case you're interested ...




"Fabric A" would be the blue squares below, while "Fabric B" is the pink.  If you're going for more of a scrappy look, as long as you had enough squares to equal A+B in the table above, you're set.

Here's an example of a 10 x 10 layout:


To save time, rather than cutting individual setting and corner triangles, I pieced my project in diagonal strips, and just used a whole white square at the end of each diagonal row.  Once I've sewn all the rows together, I'll just cut off the white edges (making sure to leave a 1/4" margin for binding) to square up the quilt!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

It's a rather gloomy Thursday ...

... and I'm really in the mood to curl up with Aiden, a good book and a cup of tea!  I have a feeling that it's going to be one of those days where I'm just not going to get a whole lot accomplished!

Yesterday, Aiden had his weekly "Grammy Date" so we decided to venture out to explore a new-to-me quilt shop here in Sacramento:



Shirley, aka "The Knot-y Embroidery Lady" and the gals there are so much fun and their shop looks fantastic!  Of course, we didn't make it out of the store without some new goodies!  I was so thrilled to find Robot Factory by Caleb Gray for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  I had pinned this fabric last fall but didn't order it from the Fat Quarter Shop before they ran out, so I was thrilled to find them in the shop!



While we were there, the Lately Arrived from London line by Barbara Brackman for Moda really caught my eye.  I'm not sure whether I was attracted to the name or the colors more -- I'm definitely not a Civil War prints kind of gal -- but two charm packs and a couple of fat quarters made their way home with me.  I can't wait to find out what next month's Schnibbles pattern will be to see if the fabric will work!



I have been able to get a little bit of sewing done here, despite have a really busy week!  I was able to finish up two of my Swoon Along blocks -- and I've decided to break my rule of only counting finished projects for my weekly stash update for the Swoon blocks only.  Since it's going to take several months to finish this quilt, I figured that I deserved to show some stash progress each week!

My favorite finish of the week has to be this cute summery dress for my niece's first birthday!


The fabric is Lovely by Sandy Gervais - forgot how beautiful this whole line is!! - with a coordinating lemony batik.  I haven't really ventured much into the realm of sewing clothing, but I found this great free pattern from Oliver + S called "Popover Sundress" ...
Photo from Oliver + S
... and had to try it out.  This is a great pattern (available in sizes 2-7) and is definitely beginner friendly! And as a bonus - there was enough fabric leftover to make a cheery little on-point checkerboard!

My little man just went down for a nap, so I'm off to de-clutter my sewing table and finish up some more projects!  Before I forget, though, here is my stash update:

Stash Update: 1/18/12 - 1/26/12
  • Purchased:  11.75 yards including my Flurry fat quarter stash for the Swoon Along, 2 yards of Robot Factory, and 2.75 yards of Lately Arrived from London
  • Used: 2.25 yards - 1.5 yards for the Birthday dress, and .375 yards each for my two swoon blocks
YTD: + 11.63 yards  

Wow!  If I hadn't done any shopping this week, I would have been breaking even.  Oh well - I promised the  hubby I'd lay off the fabric acquisitions for a little while, so maybe I'll be able to report a smaller number next week.

Happy Sewing!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Well, it only took me four days ...

... but I've finally finished my first Swoon Along block!

Pattern: Swoon by Thimble Blossoms
Fabric: Flurry by Kate Spain for Moda
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After making my first block with four different colorways, I decided that four was just too many ... so I ripped it apart (before remembering to take a picture) and reassembled it using just three prints/colorways.  I'm rather happy with the results and think that a solid red sashing is going to do a lot to anchor the quilt.  Unfortunately several days of rain have prevented better pictures.

How many soon blocks have you made so far?  I'm wondering if my little guy will nap long enough for me to make another one!!

***UPDATE***
Here is block #2:

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To be honest, I'm not really thrilled with this block at all.  I'm really hoping that it will look better once it's surrounded by prettier squares.  Since I've already pulled recycled most of these squares from my first, failed attempt, I'm worried that pulling them apart a second time will render them too warped to use again.

What do you do with your "ugly duckling" blocks?  Do you leave them in your quilts to add character, set them aside and see if you have enough patience and/or fabric to replace them when you're done with the rest of the blocks, or do you just scrap them and move on?

Friday, January 20, 2012

I'm about to SWOON!

The mailman finally brought my fabric!

Flurry by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics
Thanks to the Madsens @ Green Fairy Quilts for the great deal on the fat quarter stack and the super quick shipping!  There's still plenty of time to join the Swoon-Along.  Just sign up with the Flickr group to post your progress and see all the great blocks our fellow Swooners are coming up with.  For more information about the group, you can visit Katy @ I'm A Ginger Monkey.

Waiting for the fabric has given me quite a lot of time to think about how I'm going to approach this project - after all, I'm anticipating family snuggle time under this quilt at Christmas time for many years to come ... so I had better like it!!

My first thought is that instead of using two main colors plus a background color for each block, I'm going to use four colors + background, like these inspiring blocks ...


If the blocks were smaller, than I think {for me} using two colors would make more sense so as not to make the blocks too busy.  Because the blocks finish so big, though, I feel like more colors will make the blocks interesting.  Plus, I'm using my go-to white-on-white polka dot print for the background -- you know how I love that fabric!! - so hopefully the four-color-scheme, plus a solid red sashing will help keep things balanced.

Secondly, Flurry has four colorways: red, white, green, and blue ... so I can use each colorway in each block.  With that in mind, I think I'm going to make the quilt using a 4x4 grid, rather than a 3x3 grid.  With the four colorways, the larger grid just makes sense.  Plus I really want this to be a BIG blanket.  

I don't want the blanket to be too gargantuan, however, so I am going to scale the blocks down to 20" rather than 24".  I was toying around with the idea of making the block as a 64-square grid, as Lynne from Lily's Quilt's has opted to do.  I like the idea of keeping the square-ed-ness to the block construction ... and to be honest, I really am not a fan of flying geese blocks ... but my fabric line has some fantastic larger prints that it would just be a shame to cut these up more than I have to.

Finally, since it's going to finishing over 90" square this quilt is going to be a beast to quilt!  Rather than spend my precious sewing budget on sending this bad boy to a long arm quilter, I think I'm going to experiment with a "quilt as you go" type technique, and then attach the finished squares to each other with the sashing and french seems.  That's the plan right now.  We'll see what materializes towards the end.

Introducing ... the Spring Zing Table Runner pattern by Poplun Designs

Have a serious case of spring fever?  Add some zing to dinner time with our latest table runner pattern!




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The .pdf pattern is now available in the Poplun Etsy shop for almost instant gratification!  And, it's a fat-quarter-friendly pattern.  Use the coupon code JAN2012 through 1/31/12 to get all patterns at 50% off!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Wednesday WIP

So, thanks to a great day of shopping and lunch out with Grammy, Aiden is thoroughly exhausted and has just settled down to what will hopefully be a very long nap ... which means I get a date night with these lovelies ...


On the left is some yardage from Lovely by Sandy Gervais plus a beautiful yellow batik (a stretch for me, but I think I'm going to like it!) and on the right are my recent acquisitions from Butterscotch & Roses by Fig Tree & Co.  Just can't wait to cut into them - it's really one of my favorite parts of the whole process!

How are you spending your Wednesday night?





Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stash Update

I can't believe I forgot to include my stash update, especially since I did really, really well this week.  Yipee!!


Stash Update: 1/9/12 - 1/17/12
  • Purchased:  2.75 yards of Butterscotch & Roses for a double Irish chain quilt that I'm getting ready to cut into in about five minutes.
  • Used: 8.75 yards - Holy Cow!  My Full House quilt and mug rug  are done for our January Schnibbles assignment and I just finished the quilt for my little niece.  The new pattern, called Pretty in Pink, will be available next week and I'll share pictures soon!
YTD: + 2.13 yards 


It's a good thing that I had two big finishes this week ... because I have a whole fat quarter stack coming in next week ... because I joined another quilt-a-long.


Katy at I'm A Ginger Monkey is hosting a "Swoon-Along."   We're all making the Camille Roskelley Thimble Blossoms quilt, SWOON!  I'm loving this group because the goal is to just work at your own pace and upload pictures as you finish.


If you'd like to see everyone's progress so far -- there are more than 400 participants!! -- click the button below or on my sidebar to view our Flickr group.






For more information on how to join in the fun, just visit Katy's blog.

Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 Goals and the like

I know that we're already halfway through the month of January, but to be honest, this post has been several weeks in the making.  So many of my favorite bloggers announced out their word for the year on January 1st, but it has taken me two weeks to come up with mine, probably because 2012 is going to be a very different year for me.  My biggest change for the year is my transition from working full time in a very high-stress position to being at home full time.  I feel like I finally have the opportunity to stop and smell the proverbial roses and so I decided to pick a bit of a selfish word for 2012:

ENJOY!

I'm going to enjoy watching Aiden grown and learn ... I know that we have so many "firsts" this year that will be gone before we know it.  I'm going to enjoy my new little family and all of the adventures we have ahead of us.  I'm going to enjoy being a stay at home wife and mother.  I going to enjoy good wine and even better friends.  I'm going to enjoy my creative processes and not rush through them or simplify my projects just to finish on a deadline.  I'm going to enjoy sewing - not only my own designs, but your designs too, so that I can continue practice and growing in my craft.  I'm going to enjoy buying a little bit of new fabric, but also spending time re-discovering all the beauties I have in my stash!  Lastly, I'm going to enjoy all the trips and side-trips, rather than focusing on the destinations.

So, with that being said, here is a very fluid list of goals for the year.  Now, my hubby will be the first to tell you that I always make bigger, more complicated goals than I can ever hope to accomplish in the time I give myself.  Maybe a better way to describe this list is as a list of hopes for 2012!  I know right now that I won't finish 100% of these, but when I'm looking to start a new project, this will be a great jumping off point.
  • Make a Christmas quilt for my family to snuggle under and enjoy.  I'm thinking maybe Swoon made with Kate Spain's Flurry collection
  • Finish my 2011 Designer Christmas BOM blocks ... all three sets ... and then actually sew them together into quilts
  • Publish at least 12 patterns in 2012
  • Make a quilt for ME!
  • Make a quilt for the four (so far!) little souls coming into the world this year: one in April, one in June, and two in July!
  • Finish the quilt I started for my mother-in-law TWO Christmases ago
  • Make a quilt for my sweet little cousin who is turning 16 this April!! -- Boy do I feel old!  When Aiden was born she was only one year old than I was when she was born!
  • Have some fun with some little projects like mug rugs and such
  • Make some nice handmade Christmas gifts for friends and family
What is your word for 2012 and what are some projects you're hoping to accomplish?

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

    Some more bloggy favorites ...

    As I'm sitting here spending a quiet evening with google reader (do I really have 414 unread posts????), I realized that my favorite blog list over there to the left is very short compared to the huge number of blogs that I'm actually following, so here are a few more of my favorites!

    First up are Sherri from A Quilting Life and Sinta Renee from The Pink Pincushion.  Aside from being fabulous quilters and publishing some great projects, these ladies host the monthly Schnibbles project parades.  Be sure to check their blogs out the first of every month to see everyone's fabulous finishes!

    Next up is Nicole of Sister's Choice Quilts.  She finishes so many beautiful quilts so quickly that I'm always amazed.  We have some similar tastes in color palettes, so I really enjoy seeing her projects.  Plus, she's also a fellow Carrie Nelson enthusiast!!

    Speaking of Carrie Nelson, of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co - be sure to visit her blog over at La Vie En Rosie.  In addition to sharing her latest creations and their companion projects, she shares funny little anecdotes that are sure to make you smile!!

    Hope you enjoy these ladies as much as I do!

    Friday, January 13, 2012

    Waste not, want not ...

    ... or how to use every last scrap of fabric while making your Full House quilt for the January Schnibbles project.

    I don't know about you, but I'm one of those quilters who absolutely hates to throw any scrap of fabric away unless it's less than 1/2" wide or is damaged somehow.  I know that sometimes, especially when trying to tailor block construction to be charm-square friendly, scraps are inevitable ... so what to do with the leftovers?  And once you've finished a quilt, do you really want to go through and sew together a million little triangles left over from those flying geese blocks to actually make something, or are you much happier just saving those bits for a rainy day that might never come?

    So ... why not make two projects at once?  Thus ... the "Lumber Scraps" mug rug was born out of the scraps of my Full House quilt!


    When I was constructing my flying geese blocks, I drew two lines on the back of my "sky" square.  The first (in blue below) was from corner to corner and was the line I sewed along per the construction instructions.  The second line (in red below) was drawn 1/4" away from the blue line.  I stitched a seam a 1/4" away from the far side of the line.

    After sewing both seams, I cut the block along the red line ....


    ... and then pressed the blocks open before repeating for the second side.


    That way, once I was done with all of my flying geese blocks, I had 36 - 2" half square triangles already assembled!  I laid them out in a pinwheel pattern ....


    ... sewed the blocks into columns, and then sewed the columns together and ended up with a 9.5" mini-quilt.


    After a little bit of straight-line quilting ...


    ... and some binding ....

    ... I had made myself a little mug rug!  I suppose you could also hang it on your wall as a little mini-quilt, or use it as a little place mat for when you eat your lunch at your desk ... or you could even use it as a little Barbie doll quilt!

    The best part was that because I had pre-assembled the little half square triangles as I was working on my Schnibbles quilt, I was able to finish this little project in one nap-time, and I;ll be able to add 1/4 yard to my list of busted fabrics for the week!  It's a good thing too, since that might be my only bust of the week!

    Happy Sewing. :)

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

    Tool Time!

    Several of my favorite blogs have been talking about tools this week, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and share a few of mine with you.

    First up is my favorite pair of scissors: my Fiskars Softouch Micro-Tip Scissors.

    (available at Joann's)

    When we moved into our current house last summer, I was about five months pregnant.  While I was able to help a little bit with our packing, my dear sweet hubby did the majority of the work.  In the process my favorite small pair of scissors got misplaced, and when I couldn't find the same pair in the stores, I bought these as what I thought would be a sub-par replacement.  HOWEVER, I've grown to love these things.  The handles are more comfortable and ergonomically correct, which makes cutting apart hundreds of chain-pieced blocks a much easier task.  The blades are so sharp that they can easily and neatly cut through fabric, which means that sometimes I can use them instead of moving over to the rotary cutter.  Also, the tips are so fine and sharp that I can use these as a seam ripper too.  I had know idea when I bought them that they'd be so versatile.

    As far as rotary rulers go, I have several specialty rulers that I love, but if I could only keep three, I would keep my ....

    #1 - Fiskars 6" x 24" ruler:
    (available at Joann's)

    This was the first rotary ruler I bought when I started quilting in 2008 and I use it with every single quilt I make.  I like that it is just tall enough to cut lengths of fabric from the bolt (while the fabric is still folded in half) with just an inch at the bottom and the top to keep things square.  I also love that it has the 30, 45, and 60 degree angles marked on it, and marked on both sides.  Very useful!

    #2 - Wright's EZ Square Jr 6.5" x 6.5" square:
    (available at Joann's)

    I know that many people prefer to use a 12" x 12" square, but this little guy is my favorite.  I think it's the perfect size for cutting smaller blocks, and the 45 degree angles make trimming half-square triangles and square blocks a sinch!! By the way, if I could pick four rulers, #4 would be Wright's EZ 6.5" Angle...

    #3 - June Taylor's 12" x 12" Shape Cut:

    (available at Walmart)


    I love, love, love this ruler!  It makes cutting multiple strips and hundreds of squares just fly by!  Plus, I find that my squares end up so much more accurate when I use this ruler.  I'm just starting off on a new Full-Sized Double Irish Chain quilt that uses 2.5" squares, so this tool is going to save me HOURS!!

    Speaking of cutting, I have not one, but two favorite rotary cutting mats, as well.  My first is my ...

    OLFA 24" x 70" Rotary Mat
    I got mine at Joann's several years ago for Christmas, but I'm not finding it right now.  The mat almost covers my sewing table, so that no matter where I'm working, I have a rotary mat underneath me - so handy!!

    My other favorite mat is my ...

    OLFA 17" Spinning Rotary Mat:
    (available at Joann's)

    I held off on purchasing this one for quite awhile, as I wasn't sure how much I'd actually use it.  And while I don't use it too often, when I have projects that require trimming multiple blocks or squaring squares, etc., this mat is invaluable!  It is so much easier to lay a block out once, trim two sides and then rotate the cutting mat to trim the other sides, rather than re-positioning each block with each cut.  This saves hours too!!


    I haven't really purchased many quilty gadgets lately, though, and would love to know, what are your favorite tools?

    Monday, January 9, 2012

    Just popping in ...

    ... during nap time to share a photo of my favorite Full House block thus far.


    I went shopping in my stash and decided to use scraps from Sandy Gervais's Awesome and Grand Finale lines.  I really love the purple and turquoise colorways in Grand Finale, and love how well the two lines incorporate with one another so well.

    I've got six more houses to make and then I'm on to the checkerboard pattern.  If my little man cooperates, I'll probably be able to pull of a finish this week ... which will be great for my Stash Update since I forgot that I did a bunch of online shopping last week, and have several packages of fabric showing up on my porch this week!

    Happy Sewing!!


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    Sunday, January 8, 2012

    I did it ...

    I signed up for "Another Year of Schnibbles" with Sherri @ A Quilting Life and Sinta Renee @ Pink Pincushion.
    For those of you not familiar with the club, each month these ladies pick out a fabulous Schnibbles pattern by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co..  You can make the pattern with any fabric you like, and some people even turn their quilts into table runners, or pillows, etc.  Then, you just need to email them pictures of your finished project (or at least finished quilt top) by the end of the month, and then check back for a parade of all the finished projects the following day.

    This month's project is "Full House" ...

    I'm not sure why, but I'm seeing fall colors for my version.  I'm off to go shopping in my stash!

    Oh! And speaking of stashes, I'm re-instating my weekly(-ish) stash update!  Here are this week's numbers:

    Stash Update: 1/1/12 - 1/8/12
    • Purchased:  8.05 yards for a new pattern and some more on my favorite polka dot background fabric (I seem to be using this in almost all of my new quilts!)
    • Used: 0.00 yards since I'm only counting fabric as busted once it has either been given away, sold, or used in a COMPLETED project.  Now, if I can only I get the quilting done on two quilts this week, I'll actually have a negative number for next week!!
    YTD: + 8.05 yards


    Saturday, January 7, 2012

    Poplun's 100th post!

    Greetings!  Today, I'm celebrating my 100th post.  Can't tell you how much fun I've had sharing my love of quilting, fabric, and all sorts of other fun distractions!

    My intention was to have a little giveaway to mark this milestone, but my little guy got his two month shots this past week.  Since he's been running a little fever and seems to be feeling a little miserable, I spent most of my free time snuggling.  So, we'll have a "just because" giveaway soon, but in the meantime, with the theme of coziness and comfort in mind, I'd like to share one of my favorite new recipes with you: Chicken Pot Pie.  Since we've been doing a lot of "do-it-ahead-of-time" cooking in our house, and have been dropping quite a few dinners off for friends and families with new little bundles of joy, this has quickly become my go-to recipe.  Not only is it very tasty, but it's easy to make ahead of time, freezer-meal-friendly, and can be made in stages throughout the day.


    Chicken Pot Pie
    (adapted from Joy of Cooking, 1997)

    1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thighs, or combination of the two
    3 cups chicken stock
    4 TBSP unsalted butter
    1/2 cup flour
    1 cup lowfat milk
    1/2 cup lowfat sour cream
    black pepper to taste
    your favorite no-salt seasoning, to taste
    1 Pepperridge Farms sheet of puff pastry, thawed.

    2 TBSP olive oil
    1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
    3 carrots, peeled and chopped
    2 celery stalks, chopped
    3 yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
    1 cup frozen peas
    3 TBSP minced fresh parsley
    1 egg, beaten, for egg wash

    1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

    2.  Cook chicken in boiling chicken stock; remove from stock and shred when cool enough to handle.  Strain chicken stock and reserve 2 cups.

    3.  In a medium pot, put potatoes on to boil.

    4.  Melt butter in a medium saucepan; add half cup of flour and whisk over medium heat for 1 minute.  Add 2 cups of reserved chicken stock and whisk until smooth.  Whisk in 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup sour cream.  Bring mixture just to a simmer while whisking constantly.  Stir in cooked chicken along with pepper and seasonings.

    5.  In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Cook onions, carrots, and celery until just barely tender.  Stir in boiled potatoes, peas, parsley, and re-season to taste.  Stir in chicken mixture.

    6.  Pour filing into 9 x 13 inch baking pan.  Lay the thawed puff pastry over the top, tucking the edges in around the sides.  Brush top with egg wash and bake for about 30 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

    Note - this is a great recipe for clearing out root vegetables from your fridge, so feel free to substitute or add any of your favorites.  Because the puff pastry sheets are sold in pairs, double the recipe to have one to take to a friend, or freeze the filing only in a foil baking dish; defrost completely and add puff pastry before baking as directed.


    Enjoy and happy cooking!!

    Monday, January 2, 2012

    Introducing ... Granny's Quilt, by Poplun Designs

    I totally forgot when I wrote yesterday's post that I actually have two new quilt patterns that I'm releasing this month!

    My first pattern, called "Pretty in Pink," should be releasing in the next couple of days.  I just need to finish quilting and binding the sample.  I'm a little stuck at the quilting part, however.  I've decided to use a pink and brown print for the backing and the binding.  I think it does a nice job of toning down the "pinkness" of the quilt -- which is a good thing, since the sample quilt is actually a gift for my brother's daughter, who was born on 12/31/11,  My brother is already a little overwhelmed by the "pinkness" of the onesies, tutu, and ballerina slippers little Samantha received from her Auntie Shelley.



    Could you offer your opinions??  If you were doing the quilting (straight lines 1/4" in from the edges of the squares) what color thread would you use?  I feel like white is too boring.  I'm really leaning towards using a brown thread to match the binding ... but would pink be better?  Please let me know what you think!

    The second is called "Granny's Quilt" and has made it's debut in my etsy shop this morning!



    Some of you may remember this quilt from my post on my 2009 Christmas Gifts.  The sample was made using Glace by 3 Sisters for Moda as a Christmas gift for my Granny.  One of my favorite things about this quilt is that it lives on my Granny's guest bed, so that anytime we visit her, we get to sleep underneath it.  Believe it or not, this is the only quilt I've ever made that I've gotten to use!

    The quilt finishes at 70" square and uses a Layer Cake, plus some yardage.  The pattern is currently for sale at my etsy shop at $7.99 -- but remember that I'm giving my blog readers a 50% discount on all Poplun Patterns.  Just use the coupon code JAN2012 through 1/31/12 when you check out.

    Sunday, January 1, 2012

    Poplun Tutorials

    Since I took a little bit of a break from pattern writing for a few months, I found that when I sat down to finish next week's releases, I was a bit foggy on some of my quilt block formulas.  To make life a little easier, I've assembled these cheat sheets for quick reference. Enjoy!

    Have any requests?  Just leave me a message and I'll do my best to oblige!!

    Flying Geese Tutorial

    Half Square Triangle Unit Tutorial

    Happy New Year!

    Happy 2012!  I can't believe that the new year is already upon us!  2011 was a very eventful year and our family welcomed quite a few new little souls, including the birth of two new little nieces and the birth of our own son, Aiden Matthew.


    He was born on 11/1/11, weighing in at 8 lbs 11 oz, and measuring 20" long.  While he took almost four days to make his debut, he was well worth the wait.  Daddy, Mommy, and both sides of the family are totally and completely smitten.  I'm thoroughly enjoying my new job as a stay-at-home mom and can't believe how much fun we're having with our little man.  He is a most expressive little guy and usually has us in hysterics with his facial expressions!


    Aiden has been keeping us quite busy, so all my crafty projects have been a bit neglected.  Rather than try and catch up with posts on my meager finishes from the last few months, I've decided to just start fresh from here -- that's what the New Year is for, right?

    I have a new quilt pattern ...


    ... and a new table runner pattern that should be releasing next week, so to celebrate, I'm having a sale on my patterns this month -- 50% off of all patterns!  Please visit my etsy shop at www.poplun.etsy.com and enter the coupon code JAN2012.  I'll be featuring some of my favorite patterns here during the month of January as well.

    Happy New Year and Happy Sewing!!