Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe

Black Bean and Corn Salsa
from Gayle Marian

1 can black beans, rinsed well and drained
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
2 lg. tomatoes, diced
2 lg. avocados, diced (optional)
1 small bunch green onions, chopped
1 medium bunch cilantro, chopped
dash salt (opt.)
1 pkg. Good Seasons Italian dressing mix, prepared as directed.

Mix first 7 ingredients together. Add the prepared Italian dressing (or, if you want, bottled Italian dressing). Dip regular tortilla chips and avocado tortilla chips in salsa and enjoy.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Blue Mountain Hospital Baby Quilt Donation

During the first week of May, Bobbie Holt dropped by several more baby quilt to Blue Mountain Hospital.  Lisa Nielsen, RN, accepted the quilts on behalf of the hospital. 
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Bobbie Holt and Lisa Nielsen
A special thanks to all members of the Grayson Country Quilters who assisted with this project!

Farm Days

Despite the drizzly weather, the Grayson Country Quilters had a fun time introducing kids to quilting at the bi-annual Farm Days.  It was lots of fun working with kids, though. I couldn't believe we had one 3rd grader who didn't know how to tie a knot of any kind! 
We weren't in the barn this year, but outside the back door on the porch, but Bruce brought over a heater for us and the Mahon’s who demoed the old fashioned wringer washing machine. 
Thanks everyone for helping and a big THXX to Jeri Montella for donating the batting. 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Guild Meeting – May 18, 2011

Lots of business with regards to the 4th of July Quilt Show.  We had time to visit….
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Our 4th of July Raffle Quilt.  Jeri Montella’s machine quilting was fabulous!
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Katie Montella, age 10, made this quilt for her teacher, Mrs. Nielsen.
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Cathy Cosby shows off several of her quilt tops.  Cathy’s goal this year is to use all of her stash before buying more fabric!
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Gayle Shumway displays a few of her creations…
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Deb Bayles shows off her latest Trip Around the World.
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Nancy Kimmerle shows one of her first quilts, a baby quilt for her son, Kyle.  Kyle and his wife now use this quilt for their son.
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Gail Glover displays her table runner from last month’s guild meeting.
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Gail’s ‘Worst’ quilt.  The white fabric changed to pink once the quilt was first washed!
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EveLynn Perkins shows of her African Safari quilt.
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Janet Wilcox shows several of her completed projects!
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Bobbie Holt displays the six table runners she’s made for her sisters for Christmas.  (Talk about getting your gifts early!!!)
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Betty Shumway show two baby quilts she has recently completed.
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Quilt of Valor Presentation in honor of Sergeant First Class James E. Thode

On May 7, 2011, Holly Walker of the Utah National Guard here in Blanding presented Carla Thode this Quilt of Valor, made by the Grayson Country Quilters, in honor of her husband, Sergeant First Class James E. Thode, who died on December 2, 2010 in Afghanistan.

Holly said, "Please tell the quilt guild how much Carla Thode appreciated receiving the beautiful quilt you made.  We snapped the picture after the tears had stopped--she couldn't believe how much time and effort had gone into making it and how pretty it was and said she will always value the love it represents from our community."

Carla Thode wrapped up in the Quilt of Valor

Friday, May 6, 2011

Using Your Computer to Make Quilt Labels

Courtesy of Rosalie Payne...

  1. You must have an Ink Jet printer!!!!!!!!!
  2. Cut piece of freezer paper 8 ½ x 11. (I just buy packages of precut paper. You can get 50 sheets from http://www.clotilde.com/ for about $8.00 (I’ve also seen it a little cheaper in some quilt stores and I have seen it at Mrs. Guppy’s here in Price.) Cut a piece of fabric slightly smaller – about 8 ¼ x 10 ¾. I generally use unbleached muslin but have also used light colored cotton broadcloth. Press the fabric to the shiny side of the freezer paper.
  3. Design the label on your computer. You can use any pictures or graphics but you need to print in black and white for a permanent label. Colors will fade out.
  4. Put the prepared paper into your printer and print as usual. In my HP printer I put the fabric side down but you may want to experiment to be sure you are printing on the fabric.
  5. Press with a warm iron to help set the ink.
  6. Remove the backing from the label, cut it to the size desired, and sew it onto your quilt.
  7. If you have questions, call me and I’ll try to help you out – (Rosalie at 613-0634).
  8. **Note: I generally “save up” and put three or four labels on the same page to save paper.
  9. **Note: I tried this same technique to put photographs on a quilt. However, the fabric I used had a small pattern and the people in my pictures ended up looking like they had a rare disease.

Monday, May 2, 2011

April 20, 2011 – Guild Meeting

Norma Madden invited two visitors from Half Moon Bay, British Columbia to attend our Guild meeting.  These visitors even provided a show and tell quilt, BUTTONHOLES.  Pattern may be located at http://sew-be-it.biz/1800_quilt_patterns.html
Sallie Lyman shows off a table runner.
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Norma Madden made this scrappy quilt using five inch blocks with white sashing and one in blocks between the sashing.  This was made while at a quilt retreat with daughters and granddaughters.
Kathy Hurst displays a couple of recently completed quilts.
Kathy Hurst and Betty Shumway display their stack and wack quilts from March’s quilt-a-thon.   http://graysoncountryquilters.blogspot.com/2011/03/quilt-thon.html
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Eve Lynn Perkins shows off a colorful spring quilt.
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Robin Jones displays this bright quilt that she made for a family member.