Thursday, August 20, 2009


What is there about borders that can slow you down.  I finished sewing this top together in September 2008, and in May 2009 , I finally sewed one border on.  Here it is almost September 2009 and it is not done.  So today I drug my project box out and prepared another border.  I am taking it along to a retreat I am attending next month and finish it up!

BOAF Top w one border

The next few days I will prepare more applique to take with me.

Until next time.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Question

When you purchase a pattern and start to make the project, do you check on the designers/publishers website to see if there corrections to the pattern? You guessed it I got stung twice on the same pattern after I purchased fabric and cut into it.

Frustrated today.

Until later.


Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Celebration

First I am celebrating that I have the Nine Patches all done with a month to spare! I just need to bag them up.

Matts 35th 001

And most importantly my youngest son turns 35 this week. For his birthday we always celebrate with a Shrimp Boil. Nothing FANCY here just good eats. This is a popular thing along the Gulf coast and the Low Country along the southern Atlantic Coast. You just spread the table with newspaper or brown bags. I always use a plastic tablecloth and when we are done just wrap the whole thing and put in the trash.

Matts 35th 002 Matts 35th 003

Here is my recipe and the cocktail sauce is an old family favorite.

Pat’s Frogmore Stew

Serves 8-10 people

7 lbs. Medium Shrimp

2-1/2 lbs. Smoked Sausage cut into 2 inch lengths

6 ears of corn halved

Small Red Potatoes – quartered or halved depending on size

1 Pkg. Zataran’s Shrimp Boil

1 Tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper or more

Fill large stock pot half full of water add Shrimp Boil and Cayenne Pepper. I used one well rounded tablespoon. Bring to a boil, add potatoes and bring to a boil again cook for about 10 minutes, add corn and sausage bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes more or until potatoes are tender. Remove potatoes, corn and sausage and keep warm. Add Shrimp to water and bring to a boil cook for 3-5 minutes. Heap all in a large bowl (s) and serve with Killer Cocktail Sauce.

Killer Cocktail Sauce

Combine 3/4 cup Heinz Chili Sauce, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 to 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon grated onion, and drops bottled hot pepper sauce. Season with salt to taste; chill. Makes 1-1/4 cups.

Notes: I will only use Kraft Horseradish, but do not get the creamed variety and I use the 2 tablespoons, also sometimes I don’t bother with the grated onion – I have used a couple of drops of liquid onion if I have it on hand. Chill for several hours for the flavors to really blend. I also double the recipe because my gang really likes a lot.


Until later.