Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Dorothy came in from Oz again this year, this time she brought Toto....... Planted most of the flowers yesterday. Sure was hot here, 92. Didn't get any quilting done yesterday, turned the machine on and that was it. Today I will have to make up for lost quilting time.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Loaded and ready to go......
I marked a half inch registration mark all the way around the quilt to leave room for the bind. I didn't want to quilt all the way to the edge, just a reminder for me.
I made Tamales yesterday too!!
1 cup masa
2/3 cup lard ...... yes I use lard ( can subsitute ) but I like the flavor and it is something I don't eat everyday
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cup lukewarm chicken broth (sometimes they use water ) again the flavor for me
Lard is whipped until really soft .....( like whipped cream)
Chicken broth is added to the masa and mix together until is like play dough. Sometimes I have to add a little more liquid to get it to the dough stage.....
Now the masa and lard are mixed together ..... in Mexico it is done by hand or wooden spoon.
I like using the mixer.
Now were ready to make Tamales
Pork is cooked in the oven until it falls off the bone. Garlic, salt, and onion for flavor, a little oil poured over the pork, then bake. Shread the pork ( could use chicken also)
Mixture of Chile's, Dried Ancho and Guajillo are steamed, seeded, put through the blender to puree..... garlic, cloves, & oregano are added for flavor.
Combine the chile's and meat mixture together, simmer on low heat so the flavors blends.I prepare my meat a couple days ahead , shortens up the time for making the tamales.
The corn husk are soaked in hot water to soften them....
add a table spoon of mixture on the corn husk and spread out...
next fold over and press the mixture slightly.....
fold over again....
Wallllaa you have a tamale
You can use anything for a filling. They also use cheese or fruit.
My family loves Mexican food. Great for a Holiday......YUMMMMMM!!!
Fresh " Pico de Gallo"
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
This is how I transfer my design on to the fabric .....
Starch the fabric heavy first ...... it makes it easier to mark on the fabric, the fabric doesn't move or stretch when marking. I learned this from Sharon....
fold the fabric and mark my center using blue marker.....
Most of my technics are from Karen McTavish, Judy Woodworth, and Sharon Schamber. Karen and Judy both design with stencils. Sharon draws on paper, which is up my alley..... cause I like to draw my own designs. A class with any of theses gals is really great, you can learn so much from them.
my set up.... I need a big studio
lamp under table
then I mark each section.... I tape the drawing to the fabric to keep it in place
when I'm through with the first section then I move on to the next
I don't mark the cross hatching and the background fill until I have quilted the main part of the design.
The veins I like marked a little darker then the leafy feathers, this way I can change the shape of the feathers if I want. When I have to heavy of a marking, it is distracting to me....
Thursday, May 19, 2011
This would make for a beautiful combination..... right Joyce!!