Thursday, November 17, 2011

It’s a wrap!

As of about three hours ago, the postage stamp WIP is now a flimsy!  Woo hoo!


I’m absolutely thrilled with the way it turned out.  Man oh man, I thought the piecing would never end but it was worth every hour spent on it.   It’s what I call my six bobbin quilt because that’s how many bobbins it took to complete the top.

Next step?  Call Donna to ask when I can drop it off so that she can work her longarm magic on it.


The quilt top measures 60” x 80”, a perfect size for the layered look which I just love as you can see here in the guest bedroom.


Recognize the quilt?


It’s one of the two cuddle quilts from Allie and her world-wide posse which you can read about here, just in case you missed it.


As soon as I finished piecing the quilt, the clean up of my studio began.  It went from this…


to this…


in about an hour.


And while I was tidying up, I hung a few more mini quilts on the walls.


Whew!  Everything is clean, neat and tidy once again…until I start on my next project which I’m hoping will be very soon. 


I had some veggies left over from our shopping expedition to the Wolfville farmer’s market last Saturday and decided to use them up for dinner tonight.

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A favorite of ours is my ‘Harvest Veggie Casserole’ and this is what it looks like before adding…


the bread crumb topping.


Here it is 40 minutes later, piping hot right out of the oven.


Mr. Painted Quilt has an early meeting tonight so we’ll be eating soon.  

Here’s the recipe, just in case you your veggies as much as we do.

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Harvest Veggie Casserole

3-4 C diced rutabaga  (fancy name for turnip)

2 C diced carrots

3-4 C diced potatoes

2-3 C squash  (I used butternut)

1 large onion, chopped

5 tbsp butter

3 tbsp flour

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 C milk

1 C grated cheddar cheese

1 C bread crumbs

Butter a 3 quart casserole or baking dish.

Place the diced rutabaga, carrots and squash in a large saucepan.  Cover with water.  Bring to a boil then cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Add diced potatoes and onion to the veggies, adding more water if needed to cover.  Simmer covered for 15-20 minutes or until veggies are tender.

Drain and allow veggies to cool slightly.

In a saucepan and over medium heat, melt 4 tbsp butter.  Add the flour and stir until well blended.  Stir in salt and pepper then gradually stir in the milk.  Cook stirring constantly until thickened.  Add cheese and stir until melted.

Combine sauce with the veggies and stir gently.  Turn into the prepared baking dish.

Melt 1 tbsp butter and toss with the breadcrumbs.  Sprinkle over the veggies.  Bake uncovered at 350 F for about 35-40 minutes until brown and bubbly.

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We’re having ours with fresh pork sausage links.  Yummo!



Chris said...

Oh Kaaren........great postage stamp project! You deserve a pat on the back, girl :-)

sunny said...

Six bobbins?!? That's a lot of stitches, my friend. It's beautiful. I'm not sure I have enought patience to stick with one project that long. Your veggie casserole looks very tasty - I'm putting it in the menu rotation for next week. Thanks for sharing th recipe. And since you're between projects, would you mind coming down to clean, organize, decorate, and 'cutify' my sewing room?

Love Of Quilts said...

I am loveing the the scrappiness of it.... so pretty. Thanks for the recipe too. Trish

Sheila said...

I absolutely love the postage stamp quilt , wonderfully scrappy and beautiful colors .Thanks also for the recipe I will be trying that out as we definitely love our veggies .

Vroomans' Quilts said...

This turned out so lovely, Kaaren! Very 'old pattern' look to it which I like. What a wonderful sewing room - lot's of inspiration.

Candace said...

Now that's sticking to it, Kaaren! This quilt is SO you, and your quilter will transform it even more! There sure have been a lot of tasty dishes coming from your kitchen these days! This one will definitely be on my to-do list!

karen said...

Both the quilt and the dish are yummmmmmmy. Thanks for sharing both and that quilt is just beautiful. Don't ya just love a clean sewing room - it always gets me in the mood to start something new. I'm currently at this moment straightening up mine - and it's almost done as well. I'm printing out that recipe it looks wonderful

Hugs - Karen

Karen said...

I think I have commented on your Hoosier cabinet previously but I just have to again. It looks so very good! What kind of treasures are hidden in it?
I know it feels good to get all those squares sewn into a quilt top and it will look good laying on a bed. I like the look of a quilt folded on the end of a bed. Or even a couple of quilts.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Congrats on the quilt top finish! It looks great. I wish my sewing room looked as cute as yours. Someday! Thanks for sharing your joy with us today.

Abby and Stephanie said...

Postage Stamp Prettiness. :o) I'm making your Cornish Pastie Pie tonight. It's cold and blustery and is just sounded like the perfect warm dinner.

Gra said...

I love the quilt!!!!! The casserole looks yummy!!!!!!!

Doniene said...

Kaaren!! Lovely flimsy!!! Simple, but so beautiful!!! What a nice project to have done. Looking forward to the next one! I never thought about naming a quilt for the amount of thread!! Novel idea!!


Unknown said...

I love your quilt.
Everytime I see one of your creations I'm in Awe!!
I wish I could quilt.
Yep, I admit it, I'm jealous of your talent. LOL!!

Your sewing room looks great.
Cant wait to see what you create next!


Anneke said...

It turned out great! Wow, I'm a bit jealous. Of this beautiful quilt ánd of your workspace.

Shelley said...

What a pretty quilt and right now, what you're having for supper looks wayyyy yummier than what I'm having :)

marina said...

your quilt looks fantastic. I think I would have given up on all that piecing.
Your heart quilts look beautiful in your guest room. Love your sewing room too. It looks like a lovely room to work in.

V A N I A said...

Fantastic quilt!!!
and your laboratory is beautiful!!!!! all the quilters would like to have a nice space like this!!!!

Stephanie D said...

Congratulations! What a task!

I have several baggies of 1 1/2" scraps that I put together sometimes, using Bonnie Hunters Leaders and Enders method, but there are soooo many more to go. I figure someday.....

Mad about Craft said...

Lovely quilt!!!

What is a Rutabaga? Being from the UK, I've not heard of one before.

Phyllis said...

Your postage stamp top is just lovely. Nice job!!!!

Heartsdesire said...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, that quilt is absolutely fabulous. It may have taken some time to piece it all together, but you certainly have something to be very proud of. And what a cute sewing room you have. I always have to clean up my room before I start a new project. Thanks for another great recipe. It's rather cool here today and windy, so a hearty casserole will be just right.

Needled Mom said...

Gorgeous fast too.

Allie said...

Wow Kaaren that is a LOT of bobbins, lol! The quilt looks fabulous! I've never had the patience to make one. I can't wait to see it quilted! Hey, I recognize that quilt, lol. I too love the layered look - can there ever be too many quilts? I think NOT.

Your studio is too darling. I have to clean up after every project too, I can't seem to start a new one until everything's in place. Even if I just finish and start making a new mess, lol!

Thanks for the recipe, oh it looks so yummy, perfect for a cold autumn day!

WoolenSails said...

That is a lot of sewing, but well worth, considering the beautiful quilt you have made. I love how you decorated your guest room, so warm and cozy.


Lesley said...

Kaaren, as I knew, the quilt would be breathtaking! You are amazing and your expertise at matching seams is next to none! It's so lovely. An inspiration for all of us! Lovely clean-up of your sewing room, but I bet it's beautiful even when messy!

annie said...

That's a beautiful quilt! I really love your studio, just fabulous!

Marsha B said...

Your postage stamp quilt is amazing, I can't wait to see it all quilted. That is one beautiful quilt! All the hard work really paid off on this one. The veggie casserole sounds great, I will have to give it a try.

Marilyn said...

What an amazing quilt. Kenn to see it after quilting.
Your vegetable casserole looks yummy.
Take care xx

Bertie said...

Kaaren you made a wonderful quilt, I have been following this one closely with my beady eyes, just gorgeous:))
I do love your workroom, very cosy indeed.
The food is lovely too but I am too busy quilting LOL.
Have a fine weekend and hope you are feeling ok?

Sandi said...

Your flimsy looks lovely! Love how the light cream makes it sparkle.

It will be so pretty once it is quilted. Congratulations!

Merilyn said...

Wonderful work Kaaren!!! Isn't it amazing how the simplest of piecing can look the most sensational!!! It'll look great once it's quilted, I'm betting it could end up being one of your favourites!!!! Lovely sewing space, you pack things in very well, if only mine was as tidy LOL!!!!

Cotton Blossom said...

That is sew pretty I love it! Thanks for sharing :)

Darlene said...

Kaaren - I love your Postage Stamp quilt! I did one the same time as Carol and wish I had done it with a second patterned jelly roll instead of the plain - I love how yours turned out.

The veggie casserole looks delish. Will have to give that a try once I can lift again.


linny said...

Hi Kaaren,
I'm from down under & would love to know what a Rutabaga is. I love getting all your First friday freebies, & love reading your blog.

antique quilter said...

I love your new quilt! and just love seeing your sewing room and the quilts on the wall, yeah! the sewing room is just so comfy and cozy looking.
can't wait to see what you start next!

Peg said...

I love the quilt and will be anxious to see the final show! Pretty warm colors. Looks so cozy. Love your Hoosier cabinet in your sewing room.
Great job and especially staying so busy! Wishing you the best!


Terry said...

Your postage stamp quilt top is just beautiful! Congratulations on getting it finished! I can't wait to get started on mine! :0)

Darlene said...

Your postage stamp quilt is beyond wonderful - love it. :)

Your mini quilts on the walls in your sewing room are fabulous - they look great. Everything is so tidy and neat ----- me thinks it's time for a new project. :-)

The casserole looks very yummy!!!!

Jackie's Stitches said...

Congratulations on your finish! it's gorgeous. Do you make suggestions for quilting to your longarmer? If so, I'm curious as to what you're thinking about!

MoeWest said...

Your postage stamp quilt looks so nice! I love the colours. You are to be comended for sewing so many little squares! Thanks for the recipe too. It sounds so yummy.

Theresa said...

Your postage stamp quilt turned out so gorgeous!!!!!! I can tell that is a lot of work!!!!!

Love your studio!!!! I want one, too!!!! ^^

Cattinka said...

Beautiful, I got to make a postage stamp quilt now for sure.

cathpatch said...

It's Very Beautiful Quilt, and marvellous Bed room! Congratulations Kaaren!

Stina Blomgren said...

Well done Kaaren....:O)
And I do have to tell you .. I thought your sewing room was n´t messy before.. mine looks much worse..and it takes hours to declutter what do I do????

Janet said...

Great guns on the sewing, that's a lot of seams not to mention pressing. It looks magnificent on the bed, a perfect match for the room. I love how you whipped the sewing room into shape, the mini s wall and all these wonderful recipes you're churning out, love my veges!

Me and My Stitches said...

Love your quilt - can't wait to see what the quilter does with it. I always like to see pictures of people's sewing spaces - yours looks good before AND after.

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Kaaren -- congratulations! It is very beautiful & it looks just perfect in that room. You do such nice work. Thanks also for sharing your studio shots... Oh My.... I long to have my own sewing room. It's on my list for this winter... converting the old "computer room" into my sewing room. Thanks again for the inspiration... sending good energy your way !!

Anonymous said...

Your quilt is spectacular!! Love it, love it!!!!

Sara said...

Quilt pic time is fun isn't it because then you get to sit back and soak in the hard work you DID!!! And eat some of that delicious looking veggie dish--snatching the recipe up! Love rutabaga and squash and my 3 1/2 yr old might eat it too with the sauce and bread crumbs disguising the veggies. He loves carrots and peas though;)

You should try this recipe:

barcord said...

Good for you Kaaren. What a beauty.

Lori said...

The newest quilt top is fantastic! It looks perfect on the bed.

Wow, you don't waste any daylight when it's time to clean up the sewing room! LOL

Pat said...

The completed top is wonderful - looking forward to seeing it many possibilities!

Also enjoy seeing everyone' sewing studio's - so fun!

I would stay in your guest room in a heart looks so welcoming to anyone - especially a quilter!

Karen said...

Girl - you outdid yourself on the post today!! Great flimsy, can't wait to see the reveal. And your studio is wonderful, I love the green and red mini on the wall!!

Pat said...

Have never heard a quilt top called a flimsy before...a charming title!
Your postage stamp project turned out so well...looking forward to seeing it quilted - so many possibilities.

Anyone would be comfortable in your guest is so inviting and if you are a quilter, it would be heavenly.

Lindah said...

Ohh, all those little bitty pieces look so good. Not sure I could do that. Bud I need to. I'm Mrs. Gotscraps here.

Your studio is so neat and cozy. Decorated so yummy.

Speaking of yummy... Today was so damp and drear, I thought it would be a perfect day for your Harvest Casserole. I didn't have rutabaga or squash, but I did have pumpkin (We had a bumper crop.) and pumpkin is just an overgrown squash anyway. So carrots/onions/potatoes/pumpkin chunks. The casserole was So Good! DH raved about it. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Melanie said...

Catching up from being out of town... There's alot of envy involved in that sewing room. The accuracy in stitching that new quilt of yours is beautiful. Great job.

black bear cabin said...

that casserole looks delicious...thanks for sharing the recipe! as for that quilt...WOW!!!! I LOVE it!!! it looks beautiful, and i cant wait to see it all quilted up! You have such a lovely home~ hugs~

Heidi said...

That quilt looks great - so worth all that stitching! Thank you for sharing the recipe, it looks yummy, and I think I'll give it a try this week!

claire said...

c'est très très joli ! j'adore !!!!! bonne journée à toi ! bis, claire

Carole said...

Love that postage stamp quilt. I cannot wait to see what the machine quilter does with it. I love your home! So nicely decorated! Hugs!