Finished Quilts

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

basket case

Something has happened... planets may have realigned or the wind is blowing in a different direction.. whatever it is, it means that I've got my sewing pants back on.  Huzzah!  I have bee blocks to do and lots of half finished WIPs to complete (obviously I will do my best to ignore those and start new stuff #quilter) but at last I've got the urge to crack on.

First up, and 6 months after everyone else in our Guild had finished theirs, I pulled out my weekender bag pile of fabric and made one side:

MM love!
I've nearly finished side 2 and have a plan for the rest so that's a major step forward!  I'm trying to get it done and dusted by 26th October - 50/50 chance I'd say.

On Saturday we had an EMMQG sewing day and I'd managed to find a location that was about 5 minutes drive from my house.  This meant that I was a little lackadaisical in my packing and I had to pop home three times for various bits and bobs (including all my precut fabric and my bobbin case! #doh). I was banned from returning after trip #2 by Laughing Boy because it was confusing the wee man so I had to wait until their afternoon trip out to make my final and most important trip.  I was such a basket case on Saturday. We had a lovely day though and a couple of very welcome interlopers, including young Shevvy all the way from Saaf Laaandan.

Bridget couldn't make it but sent the finished charity baby quilt tops she made using the blocks we made at the previous meeting.

Lovely aren't they?

Four of us decided to make noodlehead's divided basket.  Thankfully the lovely Jennie let me borrow her machine in the morning whilst she basted an absolutely lovely (and massive) Amy Butler swoon quilt.  Once you suss out the middle divider, it's a really quick pattern to pull together...

three complete and one well on its way!
I see more of these in my future.  I managed to finish mine (far right) on my own machine which became usable around half 2 (after trip #3!).

I made a big vat of three bean chilli for lunch and there were several yummy cakes for pudding (and morning coffee and afternoon tea!).  As promised to those there, here's the recipe for the chilli:

1 large onion
3 cloves of garlic
2 large dried red chillies (the recipe suggested ancho but I used chipotle)
1 can pinto beans
1 can cannellini beans
1 can kidney beans (I used ones in chilli sauce from Sainsburys)
2 green jalapeno chillies (I used ones from a jar as that was all I had)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon sweet paprika (I used smoked sweet paprika cos I am obsessed)
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon of black treacle (honestly - you can also add a couple of squares of dark chocolate)
1/2 pint of vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste
some fresh coriander, sour cream and cheese

Take the smoked dried chillies and dry roast them for two minutes in a hot, dry frying pan, then put them in water (freshly boiled) for 20-30 minutes

Drain the chillies and put them in a food processor wit he roughly chopped garlic and onion and process to a coarse paste.  Heat some oil in a large pan and add the onion and chilli paste, cook for 5 minutes.  Stirring obviously.  Add the jalapeno chillies, cumin and paprika and fry for a couple more mins.

Add the drained beans (don't drain the kidney beans if they are in chilli sauce though), tomatoes, oregano, treacle and vegetable stock.  Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer gently for as long as you can be bothered (30 mins or so), until the sauce has reduced and thickened.

Just before serving stir in some chopped coriander.

Serve in cups (guild style) with cheese, sour cream and lovely homemade bread (thanks Kerry).

I'm hungry now.....


  1. I'm so in love with your weekender bag - awesome fabric choices! Thank you for posting the recipe too, it looks delicious :)

  2. Oooh yey a recipe for that lovely chilli, that was a nice surprise :) Sorry one of the quilt pics is a bit blurry, not sure what happened there. Looking forward to seeing your bag, you do know you're not the last to finish as a certain someone unpicked theres (not me)? It's because the next step is horrible, you've been warned. Too many layers and the gusset is likely to be too big, please check before you start sewing it on, or do the lining one first to see how much bigger it is....! It's plain sailing after that point.

  3. he he he "gusset"...!

    Can't believe you included a photo of my pathetic offering there! I finished it on Sunday, I'll post about it soon. I added some fusible fleece, but it wasn't firm enough so it's still a bit floppy, not quite that bad though!

  4. yum, sounds good! need to remember that when I'm not preggers...

  5. how good is that to be able to go to a sewing group so near home, Weekend bag is looking good, love the baskets and the quilt is lovely.

  6. Yay for sewing pants and three bean chilli!

  7. Thanks for the recipe - going to make this soon. I am chuffed to bits with my basket, thanks for organising a fab day x

  8. Oooooo love how your Weekender bag is coming along! Lovely lovely fabric choices x

  9. Glad the planets have realigned. Your weekender bag is looking fab, love the fabrics you've used!

  10. Basket case is very jolly - a good way to avoid becoming one.


  11. Those baskets are handy! I actually had to source more of a certain print so I could make a few more that matched (ish) the first...

    How are all your sets of household lungs? I'm not sure when croup made a comeback (since it was only in Anne of Green Gables when I was a kid) but I have known too many people with it in the last few years. That and whooping cough. It's 1876 all over again!