Wednesday, December 26, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Easy Street and Jelly Roll Party

After a disastrous Christmas dinner, I was glad to get back to my sewing machine, and something I am really good at!

OK, here's the story.  Because both boys were going to be away this Christmas, I decided DH and I would enjoy a non-traditional Christmas dinner.  I chose a recipe from Penzey's Spices for Ethiopian Chicken and Red Lentil Stew.

The chicken recipe called for 1/2 cup of Peri Peri seasoning, something similar to Cayenne Pepper.

I cut the amount of Peri Peri seasoning in half, but the chicken still turned out soooo spicy we couldn't eat it!  It smelled really good while it was cooking -- but I had tears running down my cheeks when I tried to eat the chicken!

Lucky for us, there was enough leftover ham to have ham sandwiches!

So I took my after-dinner glass of wine downstairs and finished up the next step of Bonnie Hunter's "Easy Street" mystery.  Even though this is a busy week, 150 quilters have linked up to Bonnie's "Mystery Monday" linky!

Today I started on the first "Jelly Roll Party" sample.  This is going to be a really cute quilt -- "Spools" by Camille Roskelley.  I even used the same fabric as on the pattern cover, "Marmalade."  Ruth's Stitchery is hosting a Jelly Roll Party on the first Friday of each month in 2013.

Even if you don't live in Colorado Springs, you can join the party.  Just click here and you can order the pattern and a jelly roll by phone!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Christmas to All

Happy Christmas from 52 Quilts!  Hope you all enjoy a day filled with family, friends and fun. 

Yes, I met my goal to piece 52 quilts in 2012 (the 52nd one is hanging as a store sample, photo to follow next week!).  I enjoyed two trips to Idaho, one to Ohio and a visit from My Little Sailor.  We added a third corgi to our pack, and the two cats "tolerate" them.

I haven't quite met my goal of quilting 30 quilts in 60 days on the longarm, but there still are six days left in 2012!

Neither have I written my resolutions for 2013.  Shall I try for a third year in a row of piecing 52 quilts?  Maybe I should make it "quilt 52 quilts!"  I'm sure I have enough tops to meet that goal!

If you have a free moment today, start thinking about your "13 in 2013 UFO projects."  New Year's Eve, we'll number them and pull the first number so we can start our UFO Challenge on New Year's Day!

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