Sunday, December 15, 2013

Last Two Aspen Glow Kits!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!  Just popping in to let you know that I've listed the final two Aspen Glow Quilt Kits featuring the original color palette in our Etsy shop this morning.

We'll have a few kits available in the new year, but the Linen Tiles Berry print (bottom in photo above) will be replace with a coordinating solid.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Introducing ... Drift Away by Cora's Quilts

I'm so very excited to finally be able to share pictures of this quilt!  Introducing ... Drift Away by Cora's Quilts!

This sweet little quilt found its new home with a my hubby's cousin over the weekend. This red-haired mama-to-be loves mermaids and has set up the sweetest little "Under the Sea" nursery for her little sea princess, due next month.  As soon as I heard what she had chosen for her nursery theme, I dropped all previous baby quilt plans and ordered several prints from Sarah Jane's Out to Sea line for Michael Miller Fabrics.  The Blossom colorway is just gorgeous and the fabric, itself, is so incredibly soft and beautiful to work with.

I wanted a design that was modern, yet soft at the same time.  The crisp white sashing helped me find just the right balance between the two, and the large, center panel was a great place to showcase the larger scale Mermaid Play print, amongst the smaller Narwhal and Sea Blossom prints.

I just fell in love with the Coral Pink & Yellow Nautical Maps print, so it was an obvious choice for the quilt backing.  The little peaks of sea monsters, whale tails, and octopuses are just to stinking cute!

All in all, it turned out to be a very special quilt for a gal that will always hold a very special place in my heart! You see, many years ago, she and her best friend inadvertently found themselves tagging along on my first date with my hubby.  He had invited me to a concert at the (then brand new) amphitheater in town, and it didn't even occur to him to let me know that he was carpooling with some friends, but that the two of them were related (men!).  I just assumed that My "third wheel status" was his way of letting me down gently ... until she found out what all the awkwardness was about and gave him HELL! The rest is history, and it's still to this day one of our favorite stories to share. :)

I'm pleased to say that we are now offering the Drift Away quilt pattern in our etsy and craftsy shops.  It's a perfect project for beginners because there are so few seams to line up! For a scrappier look, use a fat quarter for the center panel and replace the surrounding squares with 5" Charm Squares or bits from your stash. Finishing at a generous 45", this quilt is the perfect gift for the little sea princess in your life!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

This Week's WIPs

Hello!  Just popping in to share a couple of sneak peaks this week.  If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably already seen this, but this is a little peak at the back of my Out to Sea quilt.  I love, love, love it almost as much as I love the front!  Stop by on Sunday for the full quilt reveal and all the pattern details!

I realized with all the holiday chaos last week, that I forgot to share my Flurry top finish.  It's at the long-arm quilter's now, so we'll have to wait until January for the big reveal ... but in the meantime, here's a {blurry} peak.  Aiden managed to sneak into all the pictures. He thought we were making him a tent with the quilt top. :)

It was so sweet - the morning that I finished putting on the final border, I asked Aiden what he thought of mommy's blanket.  His reply: "Ooooh pretty!  I yike."  I think that's the highest praise I could hope to receive. :)  Love this age!

Be sure to stop by Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday and Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday to see more fabulous blog-land projects!  Happy sewing!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Happy December!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday week!  Hubby took the week off, and we padded our Turkey Day celebration with a little "stay-cation" and enjoyed a lot of quality time with our little monkeys.

One of the highlights of our week was dinner with some awesome friends who have recently started the Paleo diet.  We decided that it would be fun to put together a Paleo {post} Thanksgiving dinner, and I can't even begin to tell you how amazing everything turned out!

Pinterest was a great source of paleo recipes, but I was having a hard time finding a stuffing-type dish that didn't require baking my own paleo bread first!  I decided to improvise instead and thought I'd share the results, which were quite yummy!  Those beautiful ruby beets turned all of the other root veggies such a pretty shade of red ... and when mixed with the kale, this dish just screams Christmas ... just in time for December!

Just a little caveat: I'm neither a professional food writer or photographer. :)  Use any combination of your favorite root veggies - I used about 6 cups raw veggies.  Enjoy!

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes
  • 3 Beets
  • 3 Turnips
  • 4 Carrots
  • Pepper & Salt-Free Seasoning to taste - We love Costco's Organic No-Salt Seasoning
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 4 Slices Thick-Cut Bacon, chopped
  • 2 cups Kale, chopped
  • 1 Honey Sweet Apple, chopped
  1. Wash and peel all root veggies, then cut into uniformly bite-size pieces.  Season to taste and roast on a greased cookie sheet in a 425 degree oven for about 50 minutes - flip/stir veggies at 25 minutes.
  2. Saute the onions and bacon together in a large frying pan until the bacon is crispy and the onions are caramelized.  Mix in the roasted veggies and stir a bit, letting them get a little caramelized too.
  3. Turn off the heat and add the Kale and chopped apples.  Give it a stir, and let sit, covered for about 5 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!