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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Megan's Quilt

I just finished the last stitches on a commissioned quilt for my friend Megan.
It's a really sweet idea - a 'tree of life' quilt with each leaf having a family member's signature on it. All that's left is the label.
Ifull frontal

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Half-Square Triangle Shortcut

Bonnie Hunter of just released her 5th step in her recent mystery "Roll Roll Cotton Boll" and we are now faced with 600 HSTs!!!!!!! Oh and by the way they are 1.5" finished.
Here's an easy way to do 8 at once:

Unfinished Size HST Needed:

If you need a different size, feel free to email me.

For RRCB you will use 4.5" squares.
Draw two lines diagonally, and one horizontally, and one vertically.

Your half line will be at the 2.25" mark.

With your two squares Right Sides Together, stitch a SCANT 1/4" from each diagonal line.

Cut on your diagonal lines.

Then cut on your other drawn lines, Vertically, and horizontally  (cut the previous cuts in half)

Trim dog ears, Press and Voila!

This quilt is now available in Bonnie Hunter's Quilting book called "String Fling"

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Hello people of blog land. To my few but faithful followers I just wanted to pop in to say hello. I believe today I can say I am fully recovered from the flu. I was so sick all last week, I couldn't even quilt! Yes, usually no matter how sick I am I can still muster up the strength to do something quilt-related. I guess I did read a lot of quilt-y material ie forums, blogs, yahoo lists etc.
My PRE-Christmas TO-DO list: (with now even less time to spare after the wasted sick week)
1) Megan's Quilt - a commissioned project (shh no telling till it's complete ; )
2) Grey Study Quilt #2 - Finish FMQing, Bind, Wash, and Label
3) Grey Study Quilt #3 - Baste, Quilt, Bind, Wash, and Label
4) Grey Study Quilt #1 - Wash, and Label
5) Harmony Quilt - Backing, Batting, Sandwich, Quilt, Bind, Wash, Label
6) Country Christmas - ( Row-by-Row quilt) Decorate, Hanging Sleeve, and Label.

Well, that's it! and about what.. 12 days to get'r'done? geezer.

I have no quilt photos to update you with, so I"ll leave ya with this. (I'm a visual person.. I also like lots of parenthesis lol)

... Remember Jaime's Quilt? Well the lil dear went and sent me a thank-you gift. I got it in the mail a couple days ago. and boy did it lift my sickly spirits! 3 GORGEOUS knitted boggins and an adorable little purse. Her and her husband sell their wares and they are soooo beautiful and such good quality.
I think DH and I look rather precious in them wouldn't ya think? = D toot toot!

Monday, December 6, 2010


MISO OSO SOUP's name is derived from a facebook conversation I recently had with my friend Ang Craddock. After Ang read the ingredient list she replied "whoa that sounds ohh so strong." The name for my new flu soup concoction was born!


***Makes 10 - 2cup servings (approximate)

1T - Margarine (Country Crock)
2C - diced potatoes (2 small)
1medium - onion
2 T Tony's (divided/to taste)
10 Cups water
8 Bouillon cubes(divided) (can substitute fresh or packaged broth or consumme if desired)
1 or 2 jalepenos (or habeneros, or banana peppers if you don't like heat)
1/2 head cabbage (medium)
2C beans (lima, or great northern, or another white bean)
**if using frozen lima beans add to soup with 1st addition of liquid.

1 Large or 2 small potatoes - peel and cube
1 medium onion quartered and thinly sliced
Cook Potatoes and Onion in 1T margarine until soft/beginning to brown.
Add 6C water and 5 chicken bouillon cubes, bring to boil.
Thinly Slice Cabbage into 1-2" strips. Chop Hot Peppers, add to boiling soup.
Add 2 cans lima beans, 3 additional Bouillon cubes and 4 cups water.
Bring to Boil. Cook until Cabbage is tender.
Add additional 1T Tony's to taste.

This soup is intended for those who are sick with a cold or the flu. It has a sort of bland taste, but is high in nutrients, healthy proteins, and the spiciness is soothing to sore throats. The blend of spices will give you a short-lived and happy/euphoric energy. MISO OSO "sick" SOUP has magical healing properites. ; ) Try it!!
This soup is a good base for just about any vegetable or meat. I have added leftover shredded chicken, celery, carrots, and even crackers, noodles and/or rice for more fullness.
Tony Chachere's Seasoning is an amazing product that provides an insane amount of heat without adding TOO MUCH salt taste. If you're not a fan of heat/spicy, then you might want to reduce the Tony's significantly. I would start with 1teasp Tony's when you add the potatoes and then add additional Tony's to your taste from there.
Remember that when you are sick, Tony's has magical properties to heal sore throats and congested noses.
Today, as I was writing/reviewing this recipe, I was unable to talk before I had a few spoonfulls of hot MISO OSO. Miraculously I was vocally able to respond to a few questions from my husband for a short while after a bowl of it. All day I have been lethargic and lifeless, with an insane sore throat, congestion and stuffiness in my head and chest. After one taste of MISO OSO and my throat instantly felt soothed and pain-free. After eating a whole bowl I had a sudden burst of energy and I was able to accomplish some much needed cleaning for the day. Although this burst may be short lived, it is always greatly appreciated and well worth it. I hope this soup can have the same healing properties for you as it has on my family. Enjoy
Katie Wiseman
**I am no affiliation with Tony Chachere's Seasoning.. just love the stuff!