Another Quilter’s Recipe: Slow Cooker, King Ranch Low-Cal Chicken

28 09 2008

Happy Sunday! I have another quilter’s recipe to share with you for a weekend dinner or lunch that takes little or no effort and would be perfect for a relaxing weekend. This recipe was given to me from Janie Nash, a quilter from San Antonio, TX.

Low Cal King Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken

Chickern Tenders (judge according to your family size as to how many lbs. to purchase)
1-2 cans of mild jalapeno peppers
1 can of low calorie cream of chicken soup
minced garlic and fajita seasoning to taste
1 cu. low fat Mexican cheese

Prepare separately:
white rice (according to family size to determine portions)
1 can Black Beans

Place chicken, soup, jalapeno peppers, garlic, fajita seasoning in a slow cooker. Cook on low, 6-7 hours. Twenty (20) minutes before serving, stir in the cheese and allow to melt. Stir through to mix. Serve over rice. Use black beans as a side dish.

I have prepared this recipe twice and it is always DELICIOUS! I hope you enjoy it!


New at ChiliQuiltes:Dakota Collectible Fonts

22 09 2008

Font Examples

Font Examples

I have recently acquired a new selection of fonts for embroidery monograms. This is a great selection and I think will provide many options for your monogramming needs. The collection is by Dakota Collectibles and is called Dakota AlphaSizer and includes some truly awesome fonts.  I have the ability with this program to arc, bridge, balloon, distort, pennant, decline, incline, squeeze, curve and diamond any of the font designs. I also have some new 3 letter seal monograms that would look very classy on just about anything.  I plan to share one of our new products with you tomorrow, our leather luggage tags. With these new fonts, you can order great gifts for the holidays or special occasions at extremely reasonable prices. To view the fonts that are now available to you, visit Click on a font, scroll down and you can see the fonts in 3D.





Guest Blogger: Patricia Ritter (Designer, Quilter, Teacher)

18 09 2008

Patricia Ritter is a a talented designer of both patterns and quilting motifs through her company, Urban Elementz. Today, she is sharing her method of loading a quilt on a machine quilting frame. Note: Visit Patricia’s website for great pantos, design boards and digitized designs, 

Preparing A Quilt Sandwich by Patricia Ritter

  1. Square up your backing fabric. Mark a straight line approximately 2″ across your backing fabric from side to side on the wrong side of the fabric. Then mark the center of your backing fabric at both the top and the bottom.
  2. Lay your quilt backing wrong side up across a table with the marked line facing towards you.
  3. Lay out your batting across the backing, aligning the top of the batting with the 2″ line on the backing fabric. Let the remainder of the batting hang down.
  4. Beginning at the center, pin your batting to the backing. Using your regular domestic sewing machine bast the batting and backing together, making sure to keep the edge of the machine’s foot with edge of the batting (and the edge of your marked line).
  5. Now mark the center of your quilt top. Lay your quilt top across the backing/batting sandwich. Beginning at the center pin your quilt top to the batting, backing sandwich, matching its top edge of your quilt top along the stitched line you created in step #4.
  6. On your regular domestic sewing machine, baste stitch your quilt top to the backing batting sandwich.
  7. Take the entire “sandwich” to your quilting frame. Lay the completed sandwich across the bars of your machine and attach the top edge of your sandwich to the take-up roller. Remember to start at the center and work out in both directions.
  8. Flip the quilt top and batting over the take-up roller out of the way. Line up the opposite edge of your backing with the back roller of your frame. Again starting at the center and working out in both directions attach your backing to the back roller.
  9. Roll your backing fabric onto the back roller. Straighten and remove any wrinkles in the backing fabric so it is completely flat and square. Now flip the batting and quilt top back into place. Straighten and remove any wrinkles in the batting and the quilt top so it is completely flat and square.
  10. Now you can begin your quilting.
  11. When reach the bottom of your quilt, spray a little temporary spray adhesive on the wrong side of your quilt top to hold the edge down, and beginning at the center and moving out in each direction, baste the bottom of your sandwich together.

Dangerous 5 Minute Chocolate Cake

14 09 2008

Okay, I realize that chocolate cake isn’t really a necessary tool to do professional embroidery or longarm quilting, but it does act as a creative agent so I think it is appropriate to pass along this recipe from a fellow quilter.



1 Coffee Mug

4 tablespoons flour (that’s plain flour, not self-rising)

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons baking cocoa

1 egg

3 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons oil

3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) some nuts


Small splash of vanilla

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the

egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.

Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla,

and mix again. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3

minutes on high. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but

don’t be alarmed!

Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

(this can serve 2 if you want to share!)

Now, why is this the most dangerous chocolate cake? Because you are now only 5 minutes away from it any time day or night. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Great Places To Feed Your Fabraholic/Notionholic Tendencies

12 09 2008

If you are always looking for the next Fabric/Batting Heaven or Notion Nirvana, I have some great suggestions for you. Most of the stores have online shopping. I don’t have any association with the shops; they are shops that I think give great service and have great fabric and other goodies.

Creations Quilt Shop, Kerrville, Texas

If you ever get anywhere near the Texas Hill Country, you have to visit this shop. You can plan on seeing fabulous fabric, great quilting ideas and a staff that will make you feel like a queen.  BTW: They have beautiful batiks and cool kits.

Fat Quarter Shop

The best online source for fat quarters, 1 yd cuts, patterns, and fabric that is going to be new and exciting. I LOVE to visit their web site and their blog. AWESOME service!

Las Colchas

Are you looking for reproduction fabric? Unusal designs for quilts? Las Colchas (spanish for The Blanket) is located in historic southtown area of San Antonio in a turn of the century Sears Roebuck kit house. Darling location, awesome fabric, reasonable prices. (they also have a link to their blog on the site)

The Quilt Haus

Deanne Quil has done an exceptional job of buying awesome fabric for children’s quilts, beautiful batiks and the newest fabrics available from the largest vendors. Deanne also has designed quilt patterns that are fun and easy to piece. Located in New Braunfels, TX, the shop has an online store.

Quilter’s Point

If batiks are your weakness, this is the shop for you! They specialize in batiks and have an awesome collection. They also have a wonderful staff and are a vendor for APQS. Their website has recently been revamped. The store is also actively involved with Threads of Love, which provide quilts and clothing for premature babies.

Notions, Thread, Books, DVDs

Columbia River Quilting: These folks are fast, efficient and have competitive pricing on books, etc. They had the best price for a TOWA gauge when I was comparison shopping.

Kings Men Quilting Supply: Another great source for just about everything you could possibly need for quilting. They have good prices on thread, media and magna glide bobbins.

If any of you have any other suggestions of quilt shops or notions vendors, I would love to hear from you so that we could post those as well.

This last line is NQR, but please remember the folks who are in the path of Hurricane Ike here in Texas and then into Louisana and Arkansas. It is going to be nasty.

Pre Wound Bobbins for Embroidery

9 09 2008
Fil-Tec Bobbins

Fil-Tec Bobbins

I have been using pre-wound bobbins for my machine quilting for the past two years and have found that they are the best thing going (although I do like Jamie Wallen’s suggestion of using Isacord in the top and bottom…I LOVE Isacord thread). That being said, since I purchased my MB 4 embroidery machine to make the move into professional embroidery, I have been investigating the pre-wounds for my machine. My user groups had many suggestions but without actually trying them and looking at the stitch I was hesitant to go forward with any particular brand.

While at the AQS show in Nashville, I visited the Ken’s Sewing Machine booth (I had bought my Janome 6600 from them last year…great company out of Alabama). I asked Kevin, their rep, if they were using the pre-wounds and the response was YES. They are using the L Fil-Tec. I put in my order and I am proud to report that they are great, are a reasonable price and very handy when you have multiple orders and not alot of time.

A Word About Batting

8 09 2008
Hobbs Tuscany Polyester

Hobbs Tuscany Polyester

One of the topics frequently addressed in my user groups is the types of batting that users have found to be the best for the type of quilting that they are doing. Having been somewhat of a batting snob, I thought I should “come clean” and share some of my recent epiphanies about batting.

I am a snob in that I seem to have had a habit of staying with 80/20 or 70/30 or wool and I keep these on hand for my clients. Recently, however, I discovered Hobbs Tuscany Collection Polyester and it is WONDERFUL! Polyester was not a favorite of mine, but I have to say this quilts beautifully, has a nice drape, is warm but not at all heavy. I used it in a quilt for my husband and it thinks it is the best I have made for him because it isn’t heavy.  If you have the opportunity, try it…I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I am going to start suggesting it to clients whose quilts may have to be washed repeatedly or for children’s quilts so that they can see how nicely it quilts; I think they will want to use it in other quilts after they see it “up close and personal”. My next “adventure” will be to try the bamboo batting. It is getting some really good reveiws.