Meatballs and a Chipmunk

Hi There.  I was a little surprised when I checked the blog and realized it’s been over a week since my last post.  Time goes by so quickly and I just can’t keep up!  There’s been a little sewing around here, but it’s not very exciting yet, so I’ll wait to show it to you next time.

In the meantime, I’ve been cooking over at MeMum and BigDaddy’s a lot more lately and I really love it when I can just get one of my recipes from my blog, rather than having to bring it from home.  So, I thought I’d add another one here, since I have it on their menu in a week or two.

Back in the dark ages when TheManoftheHouse and I were newlyweds, I subscribed to one of those recipe clubs where you could get a pack of recipe cards each month for some paltry sum.  The first month, they sent a recipe box along with the subscription and by the time I was done I had a box full of recipes.  I’ve long since thrown the box and it’s mostly worthless recipes away, but I did find one recipe that we’ve loved over the years.

Thimbleanna: Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Waikiki Meatballs.  Or as we call them Sweet and Sour Meatballs.  You can see I’ve spilled a lot of sauce on this card and used this recipe a lot.  These are quick and easy to make on a weeknight — especially if you use frozen meatballs or you’ve made your meatballs ahead of time.

Thimbleanna: Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Waikiki Meatballs

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
2/3 cup cracker crumbs
1/3 cup minced onion
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon shortening
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 large can pineapple chunks, drained (reserve syrup)
1/3 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/3 cup chopped green pepper

Mix meat, crumbs, onion, egg, salt, ginger and milk. Shape mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls into balls. Melt shortening in large skillet; brown and cook meatballs. Remove meatballs; keep warm. Pour fat from skillet.

Mix cornstarch and sugar. Stir in reserved pineapple syrup, vinegar and soy sauce until smooth. Pour into skillet; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Add meatballs, pineapple chunks and green pepper; heat through.
6 servings

I’ll leave you with a shot of a local culprit we found this weekend. This is why our bird feeders are usually empty. I watched this little stinker climb the pole on the right side of the picture, and just before he reached the squirrel baffle, he leaped over to the seed tray. Look at those cheeks! You’d think the little pig was getting ready for winter.

Thimbleanna: Fat Little Chipmunk

Have a Chipmunk Bountiful week!

XOXO,
Anna

June?

June Junie June.  Can you believe it’s June already?  My spring has just disappeared in the mist and it feels like we just jumped from winter to summer.  It feels that way weather-wise too — it was cold for so long and now it’s pretty darn warm.  We’ll take it though, won’t we?  It’s been beautiful out there!

I had a busy weekend.  SweetiePie dropped in for a short visit.  We went shopping for CuteNiece1′s upcoming birthday but I forgot to buy wrapping paper.  Pinterest to the rescue  !  I found a cute gift wrap that would use the little flower loom that I’ve saved since I was a little girl.

Thimbleanna: Yarn Flowers

SweetiePie and I played with the loom and I was surprised that I remembered how to make these little flowers.  I used leftover yarn from this fun bag.  It pays to be a hoarder!

Thimbleanna: Yarn Flowers

I also managed to do a teeny bit of applique this weekend.  I’m working on the center block from Phebe in the book Primarily Quilts by Di Ford.  I love using that green and white stripe for flower stems — but you already know that from my last post.  I had some of the green stripe from Bonnie and Camille’s Scrumptious line in my stash and I figured I’d use that because the stripe that I ordered at market wasn’t scheduled to be here until the end of summer.

Thimbleanna: Phebe

But yesterday, the vendor called and said the stripe I ordered is no longer available.  I’m distraught!  I REALLY wanted that stripe to use on The Aunt’s Quilt!!!  What are WE going to DO???

If it’s any consolation (I don’t think it is?) guess who’s here????

Thimbleanna: Ghastlies

The Ghastlies* arrived on Friday and they’ve already found a friend among my fabric bolts. That’s the 1/8″ black and white stripe from Timeless Treasures. If you’re a fan of Red Pepper Quilts, you recognize this stripe as one of her favorites for quilt bindings. If you need some of either fabric, they’re in my little shop. ;-D

Have a Good Week!
XOXO,
Anna

*As I mentioned when I returned from market, this is rumored to be the last of the Ghastlies line!

Spring Quilt Market: A Few Quilts

Hi There.  One more little market post and we’re done.  I thought I’d show you just a few of the quilts that I liked.  At each market, they always have a small display area of some pretty quilts.  Here are a few that I liked.

Thimbleanna: Market Quilts

This is the Gorsuch Family Quilt Circa 1840 Revisited by Margo Hardie from Australia.  The Australia part comes as no surprise — Australians have the beautiful applique gene!  I’m really taken with applique and all the work that it takes.  SO pretty.  I love the little squirrel block — it reminds me of a squirrel block that MeMum made once for her Baltimore Album quilt.

Thimbleanna: Market Quilts

This quilt is I Have Many Faces by Natalie Carlton.  It’s such an interesting technique.  The faces are all done with raw edge applique with solid fabrics and then there is some threadplay on top of the fabric.

Thimbleanna: Market Quilts

Look at the detail!  Aren’t they cool?  And who doesn’t love an Einstein?

Thimbleanna: Market Quilts

This gorgeous Baltimore Album quilt is called Baltimore Classic by Rhonda Pearce from … wait for it … yes!  Australia!

Thimbleanna: Market Quilts

Isn’t it beautiful?  I love everything about this quilt — the colors, the setting and the applique border.

Thimbleanna: Market Quilts

Those were my three favorites from the display area.  And then there was this quilt — possibly my favorite quilt at market.  I’m not sure why really,  I just love it!

Thimbleanna: Market Quilts

I LOVE quilts that have applique AND pieced blocks together.  This is The Aunt’s Quilt by Gina Gregory from …. Australia!  Jen Kingwell will be distributing the pattern and it will be out in June.  I had a long talk with Jen about this quilt.  She said they had a quilt-along for this quilt at Amitie, her quilt shop in Australia.  When I mentioned how much I loved those striped stems and wreaths, Jen said they had a terrible time getting that fabric.  They were begging customers to bring it in from their stashes!  After that conversation, I went on a mission to find a green stripe like that, and I think I found one that’s pretty darn close.  Naturally, I had to order some LOL.

Thimbleanna: Market Quilts

I’m planning on making this quilt in the fall after the fabric and pattern are here.  I think it would be super fun to make it together — anyone want to join me? We could make it a quilt-along, even though I have no idea how to make it a quilt-along LOL.  Maybe a little research is in order!  We could make an applique block and a pieced block each month.  And take breaks.  And eat chocolate.  LOTS of chocolate!!!

Anyway, something to think about.  In the meantime, I started a new project and after I take a picture or two, I’ll show you.

XOXO,
Anna

Spring Quilt Market: The Booths

{Warning!!! Picture Heavy Post!}

I have lots of market pictures to show you.  No matter how many photos I take though, it always seems like I forgot a LOT — and I did.  Market is so busy and so inspiring and so overwhelming and sometimes I just forget to take pictures!   These pictures are definitely lacking in quality — many booths have random bodies in them, so I hope you can at least get an idea what some of the booths were like.

Back to the first booth — Anna Griffin.  Her booth is always so pretty and here’s the side that featured the Halloween print that I showed on my last post.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Sandy Gervais’s booth was beautiful and sadly this photo has cut it in half.  I Love the colors of the fabrics in this collection — those chocolate prints are yummy!

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

And look at these clever “flowers” she had at the center of her booth.  They’re made from Q-tips.  I heard the man in the booth assure someone that they were never-been-used Q-tips.  Whew!

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

The Westminster booth was fun — they had live models standing on each side.  All day in those heels doesn’t look like much fun to me.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Amy Butler happened to be in the Westminster booth when I walked by but I didn’t venture in.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

I was on the same wavelength as Sherri when I saw the Edyta Sitar booth.  I love her new house quilt.  I LOVE pieced blocks combined with applique and I think this is such a cute combination.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

(As an aside, look at these cute hexagon papers that Edyta Sitar will soon be offering.  Each hexagon has a little saying on it (Love in Stitches, Life is short buy fabric, etc.).  Edyta said there are 100 different sayings in each package and the papers will be in two weights depending on whether you’re a baster or a gluer.  Very Clever!)

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

The indomitable Pat Sloan.  Her new fabric has some really cute coneflowers on it.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

The ever cute Gail Pan.  I talked to several of the Aussie designers — I’ve been missing Kellie and I just wanted to hear their Australian accents LOL!

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

The Michael Miller booth was very pretty — I didn’t even get a shot of the fountain.  Those big panels in the foreground are all fabric and were so pretty.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

I loved this wall and I don’t even know the fabric manufacturer.  Dots and plaids in any color you could imagine.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Jillily always has a pretty booth.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Hatched and Patched from Australia.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

And both sides of Jen Kingwell’s booth.  There’s the famous Steampunk in the corner!

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

I Love the quilt on the table on the right.  Again — the combination of pieced and applique blocks.  I talked to Jen a lot about this quilt.  She said they ran a quilt-along in Australia for this quilt and I’m thinking it would be really fun to do the same thing here.  The pattern will be available this summer and you will be hearing more about it LOL.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Jennifer Sampou.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Darlene Zimmerman.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Dear Stella.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Alexander Henry.  Their booth was all about the Ghastlies.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.  SO many cute new patterns!

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

And Look!  She’s used the Moda Mochi Dots as sashing!

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Riley Blake had a fun beach theme, although I didn’t capture it very well.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

How cute are all those little flags in the American Made Brand booth? They’re all made of fabric and they were hanging on strings.   This may have been the second most photographed wall at market!

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Art Gallery’s Cherie line is really pretty.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Windham is bringing back Far Far Away by Heather Ross.  I love the cute Princess and the Pea quilt!

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

So, that’s enough for now! When we get back together I’ll show you a few quilts at market that I thought were really pretty. And then we’ll be done and we can get back to real life — which isn’t very exciting at the moment!

XOXO,
Anna

Spring Quilt Market 2014: The Fabric

Whew! I’ve just returned from quilt market — it was a super quick trip (luckily I’m close enough to drive!) and I even had time to sneak in a quickie visit with SweetiePie. When I arrived at her house, she saw my market bag and started laughing at the fabric I bought from sample spree — and she only saw part of it!

I have lots of booth pictures to show you, but I need to hurry so I can run to MeMum and BigDaddy’s, so I thought I’d just show you the fabric that jumped out at me while I take a few extra days to sort through market pictures. I failed to take pictures of all of the fabric (which is just impossible) and some will appear with the booth pictures.

Blend Fabrics was the first booth, so I’ll start there. As you may know, I love Cori Dantini and her cute little illustrations. She has a new woodland line that includes hedgehogs, foxes, owls, and squirrels. It’s super cute!

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

She also has a new Christmas line out — I love the whimsical Santa.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Also in the Blend booth, but not new was their Halloween line by Maude Asbury. I’ve always loved those pumpkins and I finally had to get some!

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Speaking of Halloween, Alexander Henry has a new Ghastlies line. Rumor has it that this will be the last one. Some of you are thinking “Finally!” and others just can’t get enough. If you’re a collector, this is a fun one. (Coming to a shop near you soon — ha!)

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Next up is Moda. Moda always has a lot of new stuff and I love almost all of it! More later, but here are a few of the fabric lines I loved:
Rambling Rose by Sandy Gervais. My photo doesn’t even begin to do justice to the beautiful colors in this fabric. Some of the prints are just so pretty too!

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Miss Kate by Bonnie and Camille.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Elementary by Sweetwater.  I love every. single. print in this collection!  {Swoooon.}

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Horizon by Kate Spain.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

I also love this collection of dots by Moda — what a fun stash enhancer!

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Riley Blake has a super cute little celebration line coming out in June. I’m really excited about this Happy Birthday print and I’m looking forward to making some fun things with it.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Then there were the Japanese fabrics. I was so star struck that I hardly got any pictures.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Lecien usually has a new Flower Sugar line and this is the entry for spring 2014.

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

The fabulous Pam Kitty fabrics are always so pretty they remind me of Japanese fabrics. The new Pam Kitty collection is SOOO pretty. I LOVE the aqua prints!

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

I also loved this cute little fabric by Dear Stella. How fun would it be to applique (or embroider) clothing for all of those little animals. You could use scraps from all of your children’s clothing that you’ve saved!

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

And last, but far from least, there was much buzz and commotion about the debut of the Cotton and Steel division of RJR Fabrics. I didn’t get a good close up of their fabric (I’m sure you could google it) but here’s probably the most photographed wall of market:

Thimbleanna: Market Fabric

Ok, more market pictures next time — it sure would have been lots more fun if YOU had been there! If you just have to have a few of those lines before they officially come out at the end of summer, I managed to snag a few extra fat quarter packs at market and I’ve put them in my little etsy shop.

XOXO,
Anna