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What Do I Eat – Lunch

I am eating mainly 3 times a day (sometimes 4 if I am hungry). My “carb” consumption is greatly reduced due to me being ” insulin resistant” (new term for me) and having a difficult time loosing weight. I think the insulin resistance has something to do with the over consumption of sugar and carbs to the point that my body does not know what to do with all of these low nutrient foods, so it stores as fat. Because the majority of my diet was sugar and carbs, my body did not have the opportunity to use up the stored stuff. Now, I am limiting my carb foods to once a day (and a limited amount).

Since my carb meal is usually in the morning, what’s for lunch!! Left overs are one of my “go to’s”. However, having other people in the house, I never know if I’m going to have left overs from the night before available for lunch the next day. Then there are days that I will have that left over for 5 days of lunches and dinners! Kinda crazy!

So, I am learning to always have soup in the fridge for my lunch. If it is around for a few days, I will put it in small portion size freezable containers, label them and freeze them for another time.

The soup today is Egg Drop soup (I’ll put the recipe at the end). I am learning that bone broth is great for my body especially my gut. Now, I think this is the new “hip” name for stock or broth. I have made my stock from the bones of chicken or turkey bones for many years.

This is what I did for bone broth:

I went to the food store and picked up 3 pounds of turkey necks and wings. Placed them in a huge stock pot with a lot of water added salt, bay leaf, pepper. Sometimes I add carrots, onions and celery as well. Put it on Medium heat and bring to almost a boil. Then lower and simmer for about 6-8 hours with the lid on.

Two things I have learned: 1) bringing the stock to a full boil will make it cloudy. Doesn’t change the taste just the appearance. 2) leaving the stock on the stove for hours and uncovered will result in very little if any stock left in the pot due to evaporation!

This can also be labeled and frozen for future use. (I have to say that I always have bone broth from a box in my pantry if needed.)

Soup of the day: Egg Drop

  • 6-8cups Bone Broth (flavor of your choice)
  • 6 Eggs
  • 4 cups Spinach

The portions can be adjusted to your liking.

Bring the bone broth to a slow boil. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and set aside. Put the spinach in the broth. When the spinach is wilted into the broth, slowly drizzle the egg into the broth. The eggs should look like ribbons or noodles.

The featured photo is a stock photo. My soup image is below. I don’t have the technique for this yet, but mine tends to look like clumps of eggs and spinach. Still tastes good!

Still Yummy! I have to call on Ann Burrell to help me with the presentation!!!!

Thank you for reading my blog! Tell me what you think of the soup!

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What Do I Eat?

Yesterday, I had one of my “sick” days. My body was aching every time I moved, totally body fatigue, big time brain fog, headache, no motivation. This usually lasts one day or half a day. I usually nap (yesterday for 4 hours) and be a couch potato (which I don’t want to do) and drink a ton of water to flush out my system.

My health coach, Sharron, suggested that I may have an overgrowth of Candida in my body. I’m going to give you my non-medical definition of Candida: It is a yeast or fungus that everyone has a small amount on and in their body. It’s one of those bad bacterias that gets balanced out by the good bacteria. Since Candida is a yeast, I think of making bread to compare. Any yeast needs three things to grow–moisture, sugar, and warmth. When the Candida is overgrown in my body, I am itchy in certain areas, tired, more headaches, more mucus production, and brain fog.

Since Sharron put me on some supplements to combat the candida, I have been feeling really good! Like almost back to normal energy good!

I still crave breads and thought if I eat a gluten free bread every now and again, I’d be ok. WRONG! The one slice ended up being 4 slices (because it tastes good!). That was on Tuesday. Yesterday I paid for it by feeling really sick.

I think I can call these accidental experiments. I get a craving, I feed that craving, I feel sick after, I learned not to eat that food or I’ll feel sick.

So, what to eat………This is breakfast time for me as I’m writing and I have a few “go to’s”:

  • Oatmeal bake/slow cooker (recipe in one of last week’s posts)
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Eggs (recipe at the end of this blog)
  • Apple and Peanut Butter (Just Peanuts for ingredients)
  • Chia Seed Pudding (in one of last week’s posts)

I choose from one of those for breakfast and usually have a couple of them ready in the fridge to eat when I need it. I also use the apple and Peanut Butter or Chia seed pudding for a snack if I need it.

Not the best photo I’ve taken! Sweet Potato and fried egg (over easy) breakfast. Yummy!!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes:

  • Diced Sweet Potatoes
  • 1-2 T. Olive oil or Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 t. salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil. I dice the sweet potatoes into about 1/2″ pieces and put them right on the lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle the oil and salt over the potatoes and toss until all is coated evenly with the oil and salt.

Place in oven for about 60 min or until to desired doneness.

My daughter and I like them when they are a bit caramelized and slightly brown on the bottom. This brings out the sweetness more.

The bigger the dice, the longer it will take to cook them. My daughter and I love to watch WORST COOKS IN AMERICA and Ann Burrell. She would not like the inconsistent knife cuts!!! My knife skills are a work in progress!

If you try any of my recipes, please tell me how they turn out!

Have a wonderful day and thank you for reading my blog!

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My Virtual Craft Show!!!

At 6pm today, I will be live on my Facebook page showing all the items I have been making through the quarantine so far.

Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/646125319349205

Below are some of the items I will be showing and ready to sell. I will be talking about my custom items as well and some will be great Holiday gifts!

You can shop at my Etsy store if you are ready to right now!

Hope to see you there!

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Dairy

In my late teens, I started with not being able to tolerate dairy and my stomach started to hurt and show signs of reflux or gurd (I always get them confused). I was told I was lactose intolerant by a doctor and to take the enzyme pills that aid in digesting dairy. They never seemed to work. So, many years ago, I gave up all dairy like cheese, yogurts, milk. I would eat them occasionally and just deal with the issues like stomach pain (and another issue that I don’t want to want to mention because it is just embarrassing and gross).

So, I am totally eliminating dairy from my diet! But, it’s in many processed foods like salad dressings, butter, desserts! Now what do I eat!!!! Instead of getting frustrated, I turned to one of the tools that my mother taught me and I really enjoy doing (and it’s not sewing this time). COOKING!

I had to change many of the recipes that I have been cooking and find alternatives to the wheat and dairy in my recipes. It was harder many years ago when I first started feeling sick because eliminating these foods from my diet was unheard of and not readily accepted.

So, here’s some of the substitutes for dairy that I am using:

  • Almond milk Unsweetened – can use in cooking or drink straight or in a smoothie
  • Coconut milk in a can – can also be used in cooking
  • Dairy free Cheese – American, cheddar, Ricotta, Cream Cheese, Parmesan Cheese…..so many choices!
  • Coconut Cream – (be careful that there’s no added sugar) I’m seeing that this can be used like whipped cream (yummy!).
  • Dairy Free yogurts – Kite Hill is a brand I like even though I cannot eat them any more due to the sugar (which I will talk about next time).

Back to cooking…….I love to cook and altering recipes to see what I can make. Today, I made Chia Pudding. I learned that Chia Seeds are really good for gut health, and the “pudding” made with it is easy to make and yummy! I have made it before and it reminds me of a tapioca pudding.

The recipe I followed had honey or maple syrup in it (which I cannot tolerate), so I altered it and here’s the recipe:

CHIA SEED PUDDING 2 servings

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 banana mashed
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix all together in a pint size canning jar or other container. Place in refrigerator and let the chia seeds absorb the flavors overnight (or 6-8 hours). Enjoy!

As I’m typing this, there are so many other variations that I can think of and I’m going to try! Like Pumpkin spice chia pudding, lemon pudding, chocolate pudding! This is going to be fun! You’ll see the variations soon!

This is the Chia Seed Pudding I just made! I’ll tell you later how it is!!
This is the brand of dairy free cheese I like. It does not melt like normal cheese, but it tastes good to me.

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Gluten Free

I have learned that Gluten, Sugar, and Dairy are in many of the processed foods we eat. I have to be a detective because these foods come in all types of forms!

When I was growing up, my mother taught me how to make bread. One of the tasks is to “knead” the dough. This process encourages the gluten to develop and make it stretch. Gluten I found out later is a protein in wheat flour (all purpose flour as well) that I cannot tolerate. Gluten can be found in Rye, Barley, Wheat.

Wheat is in a lot of processed foods and can be hidden with the term “Modified Starch” for one example.

Which leads me to another topic: Modified Starch can be many things like wheat, corn, tapioca, etc. My definition of starch is that all the nutrients have been stripped away and only the part that turns into sugar in my body remains. I have learned that sugar/carbs will give me a short burst of energy and then I crash and feel tired. If I don’t use those sugar/carbs, they will be stored as fat on my body. I need that like I need a hole in my head! So, any of those “Gluten Free” processed foods are mainly made of starch and not good for my body.

I eliminated all starches and glutens, and feeling a little better. Next step…..

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Getting Healthy!

For a long time, I have been thinking about writing blogs on my getting healthy journey. Today is the day that I decided to start, and the inspiration is that there are other people out there struggling just like I am. Maybe I can make a difference in their life while changing mine.

A little history: I was following the “American diet” of high carbs, refined and processed foods, high sugar, large amounts of food. This lead me to a very unhealthy mind, body and soul. I have tried a lot of diets and paid good money with little or no results. I was feeling exhausted, depressed, anxiety was setting in, not able to concentrate, and no motivation to do anything including excecise. Doctors take one look at me with these symptoms and basically said: loose weight and exercise. I got to the point that I was giving up with myself.

Over the summer I discovered that a friend has been studying to be what she calls a “health coach”. I was excited to start and as always I pray that this time will make a difference. During our initial appointment, she taught me a ton! This is the stuff that I want to share with you as well as recipes that I have tried and adapted to my nutritional needs.

One of the biggest things I have learned is that life style change will happen slowly. It is not all at once and cold turkey. I found that I’m good for a while, then slip into bad habits for a few days, feel my old symptoms creeping in, and then I change back to the good habits. No beating up myself, this is just the process. The good habits will take time to get use to and I’m ok with that.

There’s a lot of basic foods I cannot eat: Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar are the main items. My stomach right now cannot tolerate any type of peppers, eggplant, or tomatoes. That may be for the time being while I’m healing.

When I was eating these foods, my digestive track (esophagus, stomach, intestines) would get all inflamed and cause problems like reflux for example. So, I’d go to the doctor and they told me to take a pill. Even though it stopped the symptoms, it was causing another issue in my body. This would eventually cause my body to not be able to absorb nutrients from the food I eat. Leading to other symptoms, more pills, higher strength of pills because I was not able to absorb them.

So, with Sharron’s help, I have been working through what foods my body needs to function. I will be explaining in my next blogs about my continued journey to health.

Have a great day!

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Updated Etsy Shop!

Hi Everyone! I am excited to share with you that my Etsy shop: sewwon.etsy.com is up and running. I have a few items on there now and will be continuing to add art pieces as they are finished.

You can also find this shop by going to my home page and clicking on quilts to sell.

Please share this site with your friends.

Thank you so much for sharing my blog and my shop!

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Emotions

We are all in the same boat with this novel virus. Today, my emotions are getting the best of me. I want to share with you how I handle emotional days. (Not that I’m an expert)

To date I have made about 600 masks. Some are donated and some are sold. Some of you have donated extra money which I have contributed to Buffalo Resilience ($380).

As I work on the masks, I am praying for the health of the people who will be wearing them, all of the essential employees, first responders, and any people who have contracted the virus. These are heavy days for all of us.

So, I find my happiness comes from my art quilting. I am making little art pieces (which are for sale). Today I’m going to continue on a piece to help me get focused again.

Elephant

I have to find about one hour per day to do my art which will bring me peace. Some days it may be half of the day or all day just to give myself some peace and happiness.❤️

If you find that you are struggling emotionally in these times, do something that makes you happy for a portion of the day! Please share with me what makes you happy!

Dog
Flowers

Above are a couple of art pieces I have done. Please contact me if you would like to purchase them.

Until next time, stay safe and healthy.

Peace.

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Keeping Busy!

Since I posted last with my wonderful plan of projects to do, I saw on the news that masks are being made with cotton and flannel. I was all over it and started making them like there was no tomorrow! To date, I have made over 300 masks and still going.

I was making them at a rate of 50 per day which totally wiped me out, energy wise. I realized I needed (actually craved) my art quilting and time to be creative.

So, today I did a piece that is a quick “sketch” in thread, painted, and put onto a frame. It helps me get focused on the masks more.

Size: 5” x 7”
$20

I will be doing some small pieces like this to keep my creativity (aka: my happy place) flowing while still helping during this crisis.

They will all be for sale. If you would like to purchase one of these pieces, please message me. Also, if you have an idea of a subject to sketch, please pass it along to me.

Thank you for reading my blog. Stay safe and healthy!❤️

Skills and Techniques

Basic Paper Piecing

I am writing a step-by-step to paper piecing for one of my quilt guilds and thought I’d share it with all of you as well!

In this sample, I used Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper. This paper is thinner and easier to tear away after the blocks are joined. Regular copy paper can easily be used as well. In either case I use a 1.6 length stitch (in other words, very small straight stitch).

When starting a paper pieced block, measure each piece and add 1″ to the length and width. This will be the size you will cut each piece. Be sure to label them!

The pattern you choose should have each piece labeled. This tells us which order to sew the pieces in.

The basic concept is to place the pieces of fabric with the wrong side of the fabric facing the wrong side of the paper and that each piece of fabric will cover it’s coordinating place on the paper with at least 1/4″ seam allowance extending past it’s line. In other words, the lines on the sheet are the sewing lines. The seam allowance needs to be added.

1. Take your first piece of fabric and cover the outline of A1. I use stick glue to adhere the fabric piece in place.
Place piece A2 on top of piece A1 with right sides facing each other. Make sure that when these pieces are stitched on the line, A2 will cover it’s spot when folded to right side up.
2. Stitch on the line between A1 & A2. Start at one end of the line and sew to the end of the line. Do not sew past or before the line.
3. Fold paper on line that was sewn and cut to 1/4″ from the fold (which is that seam allowance), and press A2 to lay on it’s spot.

4. Fold A2 back in it’s place and press seam. I like to put a dab of glue in the spot again to hold it in place.
5. Fold the paper pattern on the A2/A3 line and trim fabric to 1/4″ from the fold.
6. Lay A3 fabric piece, right sides together (on A2 piece) on the wrong side of the paper pattern. Line up the edge to be sewn, and stitch on the A2/A3 line.
7. Continue doing steps 5-6 until all the pieces are sewn onto the paper.
8. When all the blocks are complete, cut on the dotted line of the block which will leave 1/4″ seam allowance so the blocks can be sewn together WITHOUT REMOVING FABRIC at this point.

When all the blocks are sewn together then you can remove the paper. This is a great task for a TV night!!

Thank you for reading my blog! Please tell me how you liked it, and please share with your quilting friends!

Have a wonderful Day!

Pam

Skills and Techniques

Machine Stitched Binding Technique

There are many ways to do a binding that are good. I want to share the techniques I use for creating and sewing binding. This is for the big queen (almost king) size quilt. I encourage you to research a bit and find as many different bindings as you can and try them on a placemat size quilt. This way you know what feels comfortable to you.

In my art quilts that are small, I cut strips of fabric that are 2″ wide. For this project, I cut them 2-1/2″ wide just to be proportionate. When cutting your strips, make sure you cut them salvage to salvage or it is sometimes called width of fabric (WOF).

You may be asking “How do I know how many strips to cut?” Here’s the formula I use:

  1. Measure the top or bottom and one side. For this example, let’s say that the quilt is 50″ x 50″. There are 4 sides to a quilt. The equation would be: 50″ x 4 = 200″
  2. Measure the width of your fabric. (In this example we are using a 40″ width.) Take the 200″ and divide by your width of fabric (40″) to equal 5 strips of fabric need to be cut. (I usually add one more strip for extra).
  3. Take that number of strips needed and multiply it by the width of each strip desired. For example: 5 strips x 2-1/2″width = 12-1/2″ of fabric needed for this binding.

Now you have all the fabric you need and the strips cut. It’s time to sew the strips together.

2-1/2″ strips cut for quilt.

These strips need to be sewn together. I sew them at a 45 degree angle. This will disperse the bulk of the fabric in the seam allowance as to not create bulky spots on the binding. If you are a beginner, I encourage you to mark and pin everything until you are comfortable. The directions are under each picture.

1. With the wrong side of fabric facing up, place the 45 degree angle on the short straight edge of the strip and move the ruler to the bottom corner of your fabric strip.
2. With the ruler still laying down as it step 1, mark the line.
3. Place a second strip perpendicular to the first strip with right sides facing together. Be sure to line up all the edges, pin on either side of the line and sew directly on the line.

The previous 3 steps are for beginners. The next is for more advanced and using the markings on my machine.

1. Over lab two strips with right sides facing each other. This time don’t line up the edges. Off-set the edges a little bit to create tiny 90 degree angles as shown above.
2. Place the top 90 degree angle to the needle and under the presser foot. Then use the bottom 90 degree angle to line up at the center needle mark on your machine. (Not all machines have this mark. Bernina’s do have it. You can put tape or a mark on the extension table that mimics the line I use.) Sew from the point of one 90 angle to the other 90 degree angle. I like to chain stitch the strips all together.
3. After all of the strips are sewn together, I cut them apart and cut off the point, leaving more than 1/4″ of the fabric for seam allowance. I do use scissors in this case because accuracy in cutting at this point will not make a difference in my opinion.
4. Press the seam allowance open and press strip in half with wrong sides together, creating a 1-1/4″ strip.
I tend to roll my binding strip as I go to keep it neat.
5. Sewing the binding onto the quilt. I start by sewing the binding onto the back of the quilt. I stitched a scant 1/2″ seam allowance and checked it by folding the binding over to the other side of the quilt and making sure that the folds meet up and cover the stitch line.

Leave 6-8″ of the binding free and start sewing onto the back of the quilt.

The above slide show has step-by-step photos of how to fold and sew the corners and I explain it below. I wanted to give you as many photos I could to help explain what is hard to explain in words.

1. Stop sewing 1/2″ before the edge of the quilt. (second photo)

2. Fold the unsewn part of the binding back at a 45 degree angle and finger press. (3rd photo)

3. Fold the unsewn part of the binding back lining up the raw edge of the binding to the raw edge of the quilt and leaving the fold along the first raw edge of the quilt that is already sewn (6th photo)

4. Starting at the edge of the quilt where the fold is, continue sewing that scant 1/2″.

5. Repeat these steps and stop 6-8″ from where you started sewing the binding.

Joining the binding is another tricky spot. Once again, I am providing a bunch of similar photos to help to understand the written directions below.

  1. If necessary, trim the loose end on the left so that it falls approximately in the middle of the open 6-8″. Lay it flat against the edge of the quilt and pin. (2nd photo)
  2. Use a scrap piece of the binding (about 2-3″ long), open it up and pin the scrap piece on top of the already pinned binding. Line up the long edge of the scrap binding to the end of the already pined binding. Pin the scrap on the left side. (3rd photo)
  3. Lay the right side of the unsewn binding over already pinned binding from step 2. (4th photo)
  4. Fold the top piece so that the fold is matching the edge of the scrap piece underneath (5th photo). Finger press.
  5. Unfold that top piece and cut on the fold. Unpin everything. (both of the pieces are suppose to over lap at this point for sewing room)
  6. Lay the edges of the binding facing together and open up (wrong side of fabric facing up).
  7. Pick up the edges slightly and match the edges together (the quilt will seem to be shorter, just push it out of the way).
  8. Rotate the end on the right 1/4 turn away from you. The ends are now at a 90 degree angle from each other. Line it up the same way when the strips were joined together. (The right side strip can be marked at that 45 degree angle if you wish to have that line)
  9. Pin on both sides of the “to be” sewing line. (Tip: the binding strips are at a 90 degree angle and you will be sewing across to form an “A”.)
  10. Sew ends together
  11. Unpin and check to make sure the sewing was done right by folding the binding in half lengthwise (the way it will be sewn to the quilt). It should lay flat. (photos are in the below slide show)
  12. Open up and trip the corner, finger press seam open
  13. Continue to sew the unsewn section of the binding.
  1. Roll the binding over to the right side of the quilt. It should be snug around the edge and slightly covers the previous stitching. (6th photo)
  2. I use a foot with a flange to help line up the binding when I fold it over. I also move my needle to position 2 to the right. (photo7)
  3. When I get to the corner, I pull out the binding on the other side of the quilt and this should create a 45 degree angle on the right hand side. I continue to sew straight to just about 1/4″ from the edge of the quilt. (photos 11 & 12)
  4. I rotate the quilt 1/4 turn, fold the binding over aligning the corner to the previously sewn binding, and continue sewing until completely sewn around.
  5. Whew! Lots of information!

Thank you for reading my blog! Hope you try this method on your next quilt.

Have a wonderful day!

Pam

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What’s Happening!

Happy New Year everyone!!!🎊🎉

I’ve been working on the wedding quilt for my son and daughter-in-law over the past couple of weeks. I’m happy to say……I’m almost done with it!!!

I used a cotton and wool batting for the first time and I like the results. I did learn that I probably needed to pin baste closer together to avoid fabric shifting (like every 2-3” would have been perfect). It turned out nice and has a good weight to it! It will keep them warm for those winter nights!

I’ll be finishing it this weekend by squaring it up and binding.

That’s what’s happening! Thank you for reading my blog. I will be doing some quilt tutorial blogs in the near future. Please tell me if there’s anything you’d like to see!

Have a wonderful day!

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T-Shirt Quilts – Custom made vs Manufacturing Companies

There are a few manufacturing companies that will be more than happy to make a t-shirt quilt out of your t-shirts. Then there are private professional quilters like me who pay attention to details and the customers vision.

I looked into those companies a bit. Yes, they are less expensive (considerably) than the private professional quilter; however, you are getting a different quality and not as much attention to details. Here’s what I found:

  1. The manufacturing companies will take your shirts and use a die cutter to cut the design part of the shirt out. I’m not sure if they stabilize the shirts or not which in my opinion is a must when sewing knit (stretchy) fabric to woven (non-stretch) fabric. It produces a smoother seam and stronger end product. The other part…the die cutter cannot adjust for a shirt design that is larger than the size of it. In just about every t-shirt quilt I have made, there is at least one shirt design that is bigger than the size of the square I use and I have had to make adjustments. That is what you are getting with a custom quilter……creativity in adjusting square size to the design. Plus, I sit with the customer and ask if they want the back of the t-shirts if there’s a print on both sides. I don’t know if the manufacturers do that. My guess would be they don’t do that personal touch.
  2. I (as the custom quilter) give you a choice of how you want the back of the quilt to be. Traditional (batting and fabric), more t-shirts with batting between, or fleece alone. The one that I saw had just fleece which is much faster to work with.
  3. Once the front and back of the quilt is sewn together, the manufacturing companies don’t sew the layers together (or known as quilting together). That is a very labor intensive process. You do pay for the quilt to be quilted. In my opinion, the quilting together bonds the layers together to provide a stronger end product. The quilting together is important to prevent the t-shirts and other fabrics from sagging through the years, and when it’s washed the quilt is all bonded together and it’s easier to fold and put away.
  4. My thought is that the quilting together will overall last longer than the not quilted one. You’re getting a stronger quilt.

So there you have it, the pros and cons to custom t-shirt quilt and a manufacturer t-shirt quilt. Same end product in general, different quality of work and attention to details. If you are looking for a custom t-shirt quilter, please contact me for further details.

Thank you for reading my blog, and have a wonderful day.

Pam

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Time to Re-Focus!!

I am sew embarrassed that I have two wedding gifts from 2 years ago that I have not completed.  Sew, for the next few weeks, I am going to complete these gifts and give them!  This is going to give me a good focus on the work I have to do now.  I just started painting the fabric.  I am planning on finishing this by the end of this week, and I can give it to the happy couple (my cousin). The photo in the middle is the quilt at the end of the painting stage.  The original photo is on the far right.  Next step is to quilt it and frame it.

 

The other part of this is that my work area is totally messy.  I am focusing on re-organizing this space to get ready for a litany of projects I have to complete by the end of the year.

Since my teaching experience at AQS in April, I have decided to focus on teaching and competition quilts; andI will of course take any commissioned quilt work that comes along.  This allows me to have a very specific focus that I could market and expand on!

Thank you for reading this post!  I would love to read your comments!

Pam

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New Card Images!

There are four more card images for painting on fabric, creating a mini quilt, and sewing it onto a card.

All of the patterns are written for these images and ready for purchase. In the patterns, there is an image that has the placement area for each paint and formulas of how to mix the paints. Also, I have put together a small paint set, fabric medium (aloe vera gel), paint brushes, and fabric and card gifts for purchase to make it easy for students to start learning painting on fabric skills.

If you are interested in purchasing a starter kit, or if you know of someone who might be interested in purchasing a kit, please contact me and I will be able to send the supplies to you.

Thank you for reading my blog today. Have a wonderful day!

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Heart Quilt

I have the pleasure of having my youngest son getting married later this year! He’s marrying a wonderful young woman whom I just adore.

As one of their wedding gifts, I have created the Heart Quilt pattern and making it for them. This is all made from 2″ squares and the final size will be 98″x120″. Yes, a very big quilt!

This will not be completed by the wedding date, however, it will be hanging on the wall and all attendees will be able to sign their name and add a message for the happy couple. There will be a table with a piece of fabric that I ironed onto freezer paper. The fabric will eventually be part of the back of the quilt along with a blessing that will be on the label reminding the happy couple that we are all supporting them through their journey of marriage.


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Getting Ready for AQS Spring Paducah!

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Going through my list of things to do to get ready for teaching at the AQS Spring Paducah Show from April 23-27, 2019!!!  It’s only 3 weeks away!!

I filled all of the little paint containers with Red, Yellow, Blue, and White paint.  Filling the Aloe Vera (Fabric Medium) containers was a bit tricky, but using a pastry bag and the big round piping tip worked perfect!!  Labeled all of the containers.

There are a few more things to pick up for my classes, have to do the step-outs for the ALL STAR REVIEW on Wednesday, and organize all of the boxes of class supplies I have.

I am really excited to attend this show!

 

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Sugar, Sugar……

Oh My! What do I know about sugar……a lot! It’s a big topic. I will share with you as much as I know to help you make better choices.

The little wonderful sweet white granules we know as sugar is in many processed foods we consume every day. Salad dressings, tomato sauce, cereals, muffins, breads, and mayonnaise to list a few items. I have learned to read not only the nutrition facts, but the ingredients as well.

Sugar is also disguised under many different names and forms. I don’t know all of them, but here’s a few: dextrose, fructose, lactose, glucose, cane sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar, honey, corn syrup, turbinado, agave, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, molasses……….and many many more! Plus there are the replacement natural and artificial sweeteners (like stevia, splenda, etc.)

Most of these have an effect of spiking the blood sugar in our body and then crashing. If the sugar energy is not used up right away, it gets stored as fat on the body. Some of the sugars are better like coconut sugar. It does not spike that sugar level as much. The artificial sweeteners come with some side effects for me like headaches or I just don’t like them.

That’s the stuff I have read and been told. Now, let me tell you about my relationship with sugar.

Sugar and I have had a love, hate relationship. It comforts me when I am stressed; keeps me company when I am bored; and help me brighten my day when I’m sad or angry. Yes, that through all of the cookies, muffins, cupcakes, puddings, etc. that I consumed during these emotional times. It also continued to give me more and more cravings for it( like a drug ), that I needed a “sugar fix”. I remember a time that I was trying very hard to eliminate the sugar from my diet and it was a stressful time in my life, I was feeling shaky (like a withdrawal). As soon as I gave in and ate a cookie, my shaking subsided and I was much more calm. Weird, I know!!!! This leads me to believe some of the talk about sugar being addictive.

I want to mention that I have an A1C of 6.1, which is close to being a type 2 diabetic. That disease runs very strong in my family and comes with many other serious complications. I won’t get into talking about diabetes, because I’m not a medical person. I worked at American Diabetes association for 3 years and have witnessed my family members with diabetes and know a lot about it to be able to tell you that it is one nasty disease that you cannot see.

Many years ago, I gave up all of the artificial sweeteners. More recently, I limited my sweeteners to coconut sugar and stevia. These I’ve been told will keep my blood sugar steady. Keeping my blood sugar steady will also keep my energy steady without causing tiredness.

I did that for about 8 weeks and I have narrowed down that my stomach pain/reflux is still being effected by the coconut sugar. So, most of my “sugar” sources have been eliminated at least for now. If I want to bake and cook, and that is the only way that I can control what I’m consuming……what kind of sugar/sweetener can I add to my foods?

With all of the “out of the normal” cooking I have done in the past decades, I have discovered that my sweeteners come from bananas, prunes, dates, raisins. Here’s the basic way I use them:

  • Bananas – Mash or put them in a blender to mash them and make them smooth. When substituting them for a gradual sugar, remember that this is a “liquid” form now and the other liquid has to be reduced.
  • Dates, Raisins, Prunes -They are dried and most of the moisture is gone from them. I would put a bunch in hot water to steep for a bit (like I would tea) until they are plump and soft. Then blend them til smooth by using a blender.

I am not sure of the specifics yet. I am still in the playing with recipes stage to see what works and what doesn’t.

I want to share with you a breakfast recipe that I have been using and love:

Baked or Slow Cooker Oatmeal

  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups Almond Milk (unsweetened)
  • 1-2 T. Cinnamon
  • 1 T. Vanilla
  • 2 T. Butter (I like Earth Balance)
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Sugar (next time I’m gonna try 2 Bananas or 1/4 cup of date puree)
  • 3-4 cups Fruit diced (apples, peaches, berries)

Put all of the ingredients into a large corning ware dish or the slow cooker and give it a stir to mix together.

To bake: Place corning ware dish in oven at 350 degrees for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. I make this early in the morning when I wake and it’s ready when everyone is ready for breakfast.

For the Slow Cooker: Set slow cooker on low for about 6-8 hours. This is great to make before I go to bed and I wake up to the house smelling wonderful and have a nice hot breakfast all ready for me! It’s like having elves in my kitchen!!

This is uncooked. It’s a highly requested breakfast in my house!

Tell me how you like this recipe! Have a wonderful day!

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Paper piecing

Just starting a new project from my list. I designed a table runner and I’m working on it so I can teach it. I guess I need multiple projects to keep my mind engaged!

The beginning!

Just started it within the past 5 minutes!! Not much to see right now.

I’m still working on masks at about 20 per day. The art that I have been doing will be periodically and/or when I get another idea to thread sketch.

Keep safe and healthy, and as always, thank you for reading my blog!!