Monday, June 4, 2012

Friendship Quilt Exchange

Hello friends!  It was marvelous to spend a quilting morning with some of you a few weeks ago and reconnect.  For those who couldn't make it, we missed you!  We agreed to go ahead and do a summer quilt exchange and Christi offered to host an evening gathering in July or August where we can exchange.  Perhaps we can alternate between evening and daytime get-togethers to accommodate everyone's schedules?  I propose another daytime gathering in early fall, then an evening holiday dinner in early December.  Thoughts?  Check your calendars and see if you can host one of those events.

Here is the rotation for the next 2 exchanges.  If you can't get the summer one done, you can exchange 2 at the beach in January 2013.  Just be sure to let your person know so they don't feel forgotten!

Summer 2012 Friendship Quilt Exchange
Amelia gives to Kim G. DONE
Christi gives to Laurel DONE
Julie gives to Nichole DONE
Kim gives to Monica DONE
Kimberly gives to Amelia pending
Laurel gives to Christi DONE
Monica gives to Julie DONE
Nichole gives to Kimberly DONE

January 2013 Friendship Quilt Exchange 
(for those who want to work ahead)
Amelia gives to Kimberly DONE
Christi gives to Kim G. DONE
Julie gives to Laurel DONE
Kim gives to Nichole DONE
Kimberly gives to Monica pending
Laurel gives to Amelia DONE
Monica gives to Christi DONE
Nichole gives to Julie DONE

Friday, March 9, 2012

Heidi's pics

Thanks for an AWESOME trip!!!  Can't wait for next year!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Beach Retreat, Jan. 2012

Here are a few pictures to chronicle our weekend at the beach this year:

The sweatshop with a view -

Amelia basting her map quilt -
Pargie and her baby quilt -

Kimberly in her "spot" -

Marianne busy cutting in the corner -

Julie and her beautiful quilt -

Christi hard at work -

Some sunset photos -

Completed quilts and tops -
What a great time we had! Only 10 more months until we go again! Miss you all.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Recipes-from Christi

Here is the Butternut Squash Soup recipe. I found this on She has a cooking program and some of her videos are on the website. All of her recipes are and there are some that look really good. I took some classes from her over the summer.

Pressure Cooked Butternut Squash Soup
½ Onion diced small
2 Stalks Celery diced small
2 Carrot sticks diced small
2T butter
¼ t Fresh grated Nutmeg
½ t Cinnamon
½ C Brown Sugar
¼ C Real Maple Syrup
1t Salt
1 lrg Butternut Squash cut in 1” pieces
(32oz) Vegetable Stock (enough to cover squash)
1 Anise Star (place in sachet bag to be removed)
½ C Heavy CreamSauté onions, carrots, celery in butter with spices. Sauté till aromatic. Add brown sugar and maple syrup. Stir till fully combined and sugar has dissolved. Add squash, salt, and pour vegetable broth over until squash is fully covered. Stir well. Place pressure cooker on #1 and cook for 15 minutes. Release naturally. Remove star anise. Puree with L’EQUIP stick blender using the blender piece, until smooth. Add Heavy Cream to thin out. If needed add more sugar. To serve sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar croutons or candied pecans.

And Winter Salad which was the recipe (with a few tweaks) that Monica used.
Winter Salad
1 head romaine, cut up (also good with half romaine and half spinach)
1 cup swiss or jack cheese, cut into bite-sized pieces (I like shredded Swiss the best)
1 cup cashews
1/4 cup craisins
1 apple, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 pear, cut into bite-sized pieces

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp mustard (I used Dijon)
2/3 cup vegetable oil

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Friendship Quilt Exhange Schedule

Friendship quilt time again! We got a little behind on our summer exchange, so let's all try to get caught up by the end of the beach retreat. Please let me know if you gave or received a quilt from August that is not noted here.

For those who are in attendance let's plan to exchange January's quilts at the beach like we did last year. If you are behind please don't despair - small and simple is a great way to get caught up. It is the thought and representation of each person that matters here. I am LOVING my little quilt wall in progress and it makes me so happy to look at the quilts I have so far and think how blessed I am to count you amazing ladies as dear friends.

August 2011 Friendship Quilt Exchange

Amelia gives to Nichole DONE
Christi gives to Monica DONE
Julie gives to Amelia DONE
Kim gives to Christi DONE
Kimberly gives to Julie DONE
Laurel gives to Kimberly DONE
Monica gives to Kim G. DONE
Nichole gives to Laurel DONE

January 2012 Friendship Quilt Exchange
Amelia gives to Laurel DONE
Christi gives to Nichole DONE
Julie gives to Monica DONE
Kim gives to Amelia DONE
Kimberly gives to Christi DONE
Laurel gives to Julie DONE 
Monica gives to Kimberly DONE
Nichole gives to Kim G. DONE