Quilts and Folks

20 02 2010

Today I would like to share a quilt that I recently completed, a new product and brag on my community ed students.  I also want to tell you about Over the Top Quilting.

First, I would like to brag on Doug, a student in my class. He has just uploaded his first posts, along with several images, and I have to say, I am impressed. I can hardly wait to see the other students’ work…they are really an exceptional group of individuals.

Secondly, I HAVE to tell you about a quilt that I finished this week that was actually for ME! I never have the opportunity to do quilts for me so this was a real treat. The pattern is by the lovely ladies at Las Colchas, a quilt shop located in a historic home near downtown San Antonio. It is basically a bunkhouse with a twist…I think when you see the pictures, you will understand what I mean. with the 6.5 inch “logs” , it is a quick quilt to make and, with cool fabric, a joy to piece. I chose to use a new pantograph to quilt this quilt.  I am pointing it out because I think it would be great for tailored quilts,  quilts for the men in your life or for baby quilts. It is called Dutch and has a lovely open look to it. Oh, and I don’t want to forget Swirl Meanderings, the panto that I used on the image of the red, white and blue quilt…I think it is perfect for a man’s quilt or baby quilt, too. BTW, the beautiful quilt was made by Liz of Texas as a QOV…it is beautifully pieced.

I am adding a new product to my “stock”. You will notice that I now have embroidered greeting cards that are very affordable; I will have the price list on my pricing page. The designs that I have currently are birthday (2), thank you, congratulations, new baby, anniversary and many more. The designs are from

Finally, I have to mention a fun class that I attended in Austin with the two sisters who own Over the Top quilting. Susan Rubino and her sister, Chris, are adorable and VERY talented. If you live in the Austin area and are looking for longarmers, look no further than these two ladies who not only do custom and edge to edge, but also do a fantastic job with art quilts.


The Return of Quilter’s Recipes!

16 02 2010

After a lengthy hiatus, at last, the quilter’s recipes returns to the ChiliQuiltes blog! Today, the recipe is one that I literally just made…I found it to be delicious and was originally published in our community newsletter by Julie Hudgins.  I think it would be perfect for any gathering, especially if your tastes lean toward Mexican cuisine.

Baked Southwestern Dip

15 oz can yellow corn kernels, drained
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2-1/4 oz can sliced black olives, drained
1 cup mayonaise
4 oz can of green chilies, drained
Pam Spray
2 jars of roasted red peppers, dained
Tortilla Chips
1 cup  shredded Monterey Jack or Colby Cheese (I used a Mexican blend)
Optional: 1 medium fresh jalapeno pepper or 2 T chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine drained corn, olives, and green chilies in a medium bowl. Finely dice roasted red peppers and add to bowl. Add both cheeses and mayonnaise. Stir well. Spray a baking dish lightly with Pam. Place dip into the dish and smooth the top. Bake until bubbly, approximately 20-30 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips.


Yippee Skippee!

14 02 2010

Yipee Skippee!

At long last, my computer glitches are resolved, the wonderful rush of business during the holidays is lonag ago complete, my husband’s relapse with Meniere’s is back under control and I can finally get back to visiting with all of you. I have several things to share with you, so I will just “bullet” each one to expedite all the things I want to say :

  • First, please take a look at the Machine Quilters Expo website! This fabulous machine quilting conference will begin April 12 and will provide not only fabulous quilts but also wonderful classes, including mine, LOL! The conference is held in Providence, RI and has a long history of providing wonderful learning opportunities for all levels of experitise and machines. I will be teaching Blog Cabin Blocks, a course on business blogging as well as Putting the You in YouTube. This course will discuss how to create YouTube videos to promote your business.
  • I have added THREE really cute items to my embroidery business. You will see pictures of these on the site today. They include a quilted and monogrammed bag tag, doggie bandanas and an adorable portable tea or sweetner caddie to keep with you in your purse or tote. The patterns were designed by DigiStitches and are really darling.
  • I added pictures of one of the art quilts that I completed for a customer during the holidays. I am so proud of how this worked out…it is so much fun to create designs “from the front” of the machine. Also, the precious puppy modeling is my dog niece, Mattie, of Asheville, NC. Attie is modeling a doggie bandana in a cowboy novelty print which slides over her dog collar. Very spiffy! These can be monogrammed, of course!
  • Another item that I am showing is an order that I did for Veronyka’s, a lovely salon here in San Antonio. Please notice that one of the items is basically plastic and it embroidered beautifully.
  • If you live in the San Antonio area, I will be teaching a business blogging course for the North East Independent School District Community Education beginning on Feb. 17 for three class sessions. If you have your own business or just want to learn the basics of blogging, please join us by registering for the class on the NEISD website, clicking on Community Education.
  • The baby quilt is my tip for today…simply take a cute panel, add borders, and, if you have monogramming or lettering on your machine, add some cute embellishments. In this case, I added “mommy’s girl” and  a “k” on the pajamas hanging on the close line. I also added some free motion designs, including a dragon fly. Fast, Easy and Fun…all the elements you need for a gift!
  • A picture of the personalized quilt labels that I will do for your quilt is part of the blog today, too.

I think that I have shared all my news. Hope that the New Year has been kind so far and that you are well. I continue to be thankful for all of my blessings, especially in light of the recent horrific earthquake in Haiti and all those who have suffered job lose as our economy struggles to improve.