Sunday, September 30, 2012

Monday Morning Design Wall 10/1/2012

 Good Morning!  I vowed last week to start finishing up some of my UFO's, no more starting new projects when I have so many in progress.  Well, I kept that vow until I went to Quilting in the Garden last weekend and purchased the Miss Emilie's Garden pattern from In Between Stitches in Livermore California.  I was in love!!  Pulled fabric and already put together the first four blocks.  Oh well, so much for my vow!  I did finish up Block 9 of Mimi's Bloomers so at least I got that done!!!    I am keepig my promise by working on my UFO's, at least one, each night!!  I hope to have some finished up in the next couple of weeks.   Don't for get to check out Judy's Blog to see the rest of the design walls!  Happy Quilting everyone!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Monday Morning Design Wall 9/24/2012

What a great weekend!  I went to Quilting in the Garden located at the Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, California and got to meet, and take a picture with, Alex Anderson.  I am on the right with my friend Julie on the left.  We had a great day seeing all the quilts hanging up in the nursery and then we visited two quilt shops on the way home.  FUN!!  I did pick up a couple of new projects, two if which are below.  I purchased Alex Anderson's pattern for The Grape Escape (which she signed) and even purchased some fabric for it and then pulled the rest from my stash.  I also found this FANTASTIC mini-Baltimore Album style quilt called Miss Emilie's Garden.  So cute, blocks finish at 5.25, and looks like a great hand project. 

 I seem to be having a few computer issues so I am unable to upload a bunch of my pictures from the quilt event but at least I was able to get these few up and running.    Don't forget to check on Judy's blog to see all the other design walls!!  I am sure I will have MASSIVE updates next week as I sink my teeth into these new projects (and I only have 5-6 on going ones also).  Yikes.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Afternoon...

 You know it is a long day when you plan dinner at lunch!!!  This sounds so good!

Easier Fried Chicken
Serves 4
A whole 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces, can be used instead of the chicken parts. Skinless chicken pieces are also an acceptable substitute, but the meat will come out slightly drier. A Dutch oven with an 11-inch diameter can be used in place of the straight-sided sauté pan.
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • Table salt
  • dash hot sauce
  • 3 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken parts (breasts, thighs, and drumsticks, or a mix, with breasts cut in half), trimmed of excess fat (see note)
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups vegetable oil
  1. 1. Whisk 1 cup buttermilk, 1 tablespoon salt, hot sauce, 1 teaspoon black pepper, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon paprika, and pinch of cayenne together in large bowl. Add chicken and turn to coat. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
  2. 2. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and remaining 2 teaspoons black pepper, ¾ teaspoon garlic powder, ¾ teaspoon paprika, and remaining cayenne together in large bowl. Add remaining ¼ cup buttermilk to flour mixture and mix with fingers until combined and small clumps form. Working with 1 piece at a time, dredge chicken pieces in flour mixture, pressing mixture onto pieces to form thick, even coating. Place dredged chicken on large plate, skin side up.
  3. 3. Heat oil in 11-inch straight-sided sauté pan over medium-high heat to 375 degrees. Carefully place chicken pieces in pan, skin side down, and cook until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip and continue to cook until golden brown on second side, 2 to 4 minutes longer. Transfer chicken to wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet. Bake chicken until instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken registers 160 degrees for breasts and 175 for legs and thighs, 15 to 20 minutes. (Smaller pieces may cook faster than larger pieces. Remove pieces from oven as they reach -correct temperature.) Let chicken rest 5 minutes before serving.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Monday Morning Design Wall 9/17/2012

Not too much new on the design wall this week but I am working away on my Hawaiian Quilt with a twist.  I enjoy hand quilting but I wish the cooler temperatures would start already.  Would love to see temperatures in the low 80's or high 70's when hand quilting as the temperatures in the high 90's make it a bit warm with the weight of the quilt!!   I am finishing my Strip Exchange section for my Spring Chicks meeting but I cannot show it in case any of my group is checking out the blogs!!  I will show it next week.  The surprise is great and worth the wait!!!!  Remember to check out the other walls on Judy's blog!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Monday Morning Design Wall 9/10/2012

Another productive week, I finished up Mimi's Bloomers Block 8 this weekend and below are all the blocks together!  I think this is coming together very nicely!  It will be a great quilt.  I did redo my Miss Kyra borders (for the third time) and I am much happier with the overall look.  See the picture below.  I am planning on adding some applique flowers to the blank areas, just like the center of the quilt.  It was worth the work to do the borders again!!  I love the look of this quilt and the extra bit of applique will be quick and will add just the right touch!!!  Check out the rest of the design walls on Judy's blog

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Monday Morning Design Wall 9/3/2012

Well, it was a busy week  but I managed to rip off the borders from my Miss Kyra quilt and fix them.  The more I looked at the other version, the more I was sure I had to change it.  But I made ANOTHER mistake, I centered the Dresden plates by folding the borders to determine the spacing.  I did not consider the flowers applique and did not match up the half Dresden plates correctly.  I have to rip off the borders again and sew them back on AGAIN.....deep breath!!  I was so hoping to spend the day tomorrow getting some flowers ready to fill in the blank spaces between the half Dresden plates and on the corners.    I think I will take tomorrow off this quilt, just let it hang on the design wall and work on another project!!  Sometimes stepping back is the right thing to do!  I might need an intervention on this quilt top.......  Remember to check out all the other design walls on Judy's blog.