Food and Drink Recipies

Mexican Quinoa

As I prepare my last detox for 2018, I decided to try new recipes to add, so the detoxing process will not feel like a routine.  I found this recipe while browsing pinterest and gave it a try.  AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One Pan Mexican Quinoa

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced ( I used 2 tablespoons of the jar minced)
  • 1 jalapeno, minced (I used a sprinkle of cayene pepper)
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (I used one cup of water and 1 vegetable bouillon cube)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and jalapeno, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  1. Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Stir in avocado, lime juice and cilantro.
  2. Serve immediately.

Hope you enjoy just as much as I did,

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Quilting, Sewing and Crafts

Wine Tote Bag

This past weekend I was able to celebrate a birthday with a long time and dear friend of mine.  Since the event was all black, I want to give her something she could use.  Since we both love wine, and I need something to accent my black, I made us some wine tote bags.  They were a hit!!!!

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Pattern Description: Wine Bottle Tote by Shabby Fabrics

Pattern Sizing:  One size

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, with a minor modification

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very easy

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love that this was quick and fun project for a Saturday afternoon.  Dislike…this pattern in for narrow wine bottles, not the fat ones.  I will have to make another bag and make some measurement adjustment for a the fat bottles.

Fabric Used: Quilting cottons from Joann Fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Instead of using the charm packs, I used quilting cotton and quilted grid lines in it.  I added some bling pieces to it to make it differnent and my own.  I also increased the  length and width of the pattern pieced by 1/2 inch.  I will go back and make adjustment for the larger wine bottles

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? YES

Conclusion: this was a fun and quick project. Great for yourself or as gifts. For those looking to get their sewing and quilting mojo back, this will be the project.

I was able to fine a beautiful wine quilting fabric at Joann’s and use it as the lining for the tote.

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This is the wine tore I presented it to my fiend and she LOVE IT!

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Until Next Time….Happy Sewing Everyone..

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BHFM: JAX JAXON

BLACK HISTORY FASHION MOMENT:  JAX JAXON

Jay Jaxon

orn in Queens, New York, Jay Jaxon (August 30, 1941 -July 19, 2006) was an “accidental fashion designer,” who was first introduced to the industry by a seamstress girlfriend. He began his rapid rise in the fashion industry at the age of 24. Jaxon, who trained under Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior was called on by couturier Jean-Louis Scherrer to help rescue the failing line. The appointment made him, not only the first black couturier in Paris, but also the first American. The tendency of both French and American press to emphasize his race over his nationality often frustrated Jaxon, but he took it in stride, stating his work would represent “the coming together of a people.”

Pieces by Jaxon were sold in high end luxury department stores such as Bendel’s and Bonwit Teller. Though the house of Jean-Louis Scherrer eventually fell, little is known of Jay Jaxon’s pioneering career. His obituary in the New York Times, reveals that he worked as a costume designer later in his career, for several television shows and major motion pictures, including “Ally McBeal” and “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”

 

HAPPY SEWING,

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BHFM: PATRICK KELLY

BLACK HISTORY FASHION MOMENT:  PATRICK KELLY

Patrick Kelly

Originally hailing from Vicksburg, Mississippi, Patrick Kelly (September 24, 1954 – January 1, 1990) was a celebrity-favorite designer known for his bright, flamboyant, and chic aesthetic. His bold works occasionally referenced issues of race through the use of charged imagery such as that of the golliwog. Kelly was also a tireless advocate for models of color who counted Naomi Campbell, Iman, and Grace Jones among his circle of friends.

Kelly began his career at the age of 18, working in Atlanta as an unpaid window dresser for Yves Saint Laurent. He eventually received personal sponsorship by a then chairman at the fashion house to travel to Paris to create his namesake label, Patrick Kelly Paris.

In 1988, Patrick Kelly became the first American and the first Black person to be admitted to the prestigious Chambre syndicale du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode, a French organization which governed the fashion trade in France. His clothing was sold at major department stores including Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdale’s.

Patrick Kelly’s work was the subject of a 2005 retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, and most recently, a 2014 retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

Happy Sewing,

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BHFM: Stephen Burrows

BLACK HISTORY FASHION MOMENT:  STEPHEN BURROWS

Stephen Burrows

Stephen Burrows (Born May 15, 1943) is best known for his glamorous garments, inspired by New York nightlife. Burrows graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1966 and began selling his first collection at Bonwit Teller in 1969. His work featured body-conscious silhouettes in bright and metallic fabrics. Throughout his career Burrows has dresses a long list of icons and celebrities, including Diana Ross and Michelle Obama. In 2010 he opened a design studio and showroom in New York City.

Happy Sewing,

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Learning New Stops, Sewing and Crafts

Kenneth D. King Workshops Are Coming To Denver — Denver Sewing Collective

I am marking my calendar now for this workshop.  Thank you Denver Sewing Collective for posting this information.

Sewing & Design School has announced several Denver dates for Kenneth D. King Workshops! If you love garment sewing and want to refine your skills and techniques from a pro check out these workshops. Please visit the Sewing & Design School website to register, information and more. All classes for Denver location are: Holiday Inn & […]

via Kenneth D. King Workshops Are Coming To Denver — Denver Sewing Collective

Learning New Stops, Quilting, Sewing and Crafts

Uptown Quilt Workshop with Gyleen Fitzgerald

This past week the 2016 International Quilt Festival was in Houston, TX.  Wanting to expand my sewing craft and skills, I decided to go.  I enrolled in Uptown Workshop with  Gyleen Fitzgerald, owner of Colourful Stitiches.  Her class was AMAZING.

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Uptown Quilt by Gyleen Fitzgerald Featured in her upcoming book Bricks, Cobblestones and Pebbles

CHOOSING MY CLASS:

I’ve tried the jelly roll method but they are incomplete because they looked funny.  This was my opportunity have a hands on lesson and have someone correct me as I go.  I went online and pulled the class schedules and instructors.  Because I have a Craftsy account I knew to look for those instructors first and anyone I follow on YouTube.  Then I noticed instructors with websites and social media accounts.  This gave me honest feedback from students.

I sent a request to Mrs. Fitzgerald’s facebook group and within minutes I was accepted.  I introduced myself and before I knew it her students had me running to the Quilt Festival to sign up.  Mrs. Fitzgerald joined the chat session, give me some tips and then emailed me the information I needed for the class.

PREPARING FOR CLASS:

Prior to class, I went and reviewed a beginner class I took from Craftsy a year ago, so I wouldn’t look so lost in the class…lol.  I was able to catch an awesome sale at Joann’s and bought my fabric and square tool needed for the class project.  Good thing was I already own the major stuff ,like cutting mats, rotary cutters, etc.

The night before class, I stayed up and cut my fabric.  I could have taken the easy route and bought the pre-cuts, but I really wanted to learn the correct way.

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preparing my fabric for class

SHOWTIME….TIME FOR CLASS

Bag packed and ready to go, I was up early Saturday morning full of excitement and nervous at the same time.  The night before I visited the AllBrands booth to view the Brother sewing machines, so why not rock their bag to class.

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I arrive to class set up and introduce myself to the teacher.  A few of the ladies remembered my name from the Facebook post, can over, introduced themselves and we all instantly bonded.  Good thing the class was not full, this gave Mrs. Fitzgerald more time to work with everyone one on one, which seemed to please the whole class.

PFAFF was our sewing machine sponsor for the class.  Before the class began we have a quick lesson on how to operate the sewing machine.  We also had an ironing station set up with this nice flatter pineapple grove spray for pressing our seams.  This stuff was awesome and smelled so good.  I have never enjoyed ironing until now…lol

We received our pattern, took out our fabrics and began to work.  At the begin I struggled with the 1/4 seam allowance because the quilting foot was different from what I have at home.  Mrs. Fitzgerald was able to see right off my struggle was going to have my pattern alignment off.  Once I got it, square blocks were flowing….lol

Next was arranging the blocks into pinwheels and sewing them together.  HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM!  The seam ripper was my best friend.  I really had a hard time lining my seams up.  I keep looking over at my neighbors trying to figure out where I went wrong.  Mrs. Fitzgerald made it to my table and the taught me “NESTING” and how to feel when the seam in lined.  On my second try I NAILED IT.

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My first pinwheel 🙂

Next came trimming my block and setting the boarders. This is where I realized quilting has some OCD tendencies……………..

  1.  I learned how to use my square ruler to measure my block properly.  Now I understand why my previous attempts to make a quilt were not successful.
  2. Ironing in direction plays an important key in setting the block and constructing the final quilt top.
  3. Despite what the measurements are on the pattern, the first completed block sets the dimensions for the remaining blocks (this includes correct seam allowance and squaring the blocks correctly)

As you see below, I have pictured my completed block before trimming (left) and the back of my block after ironing and trimming (right).

Once I understood the concept, I was able to complete my second block on my own (the one on the right below).  When I brought it to Mrs. Fitzgerald she reacted like a parent receiving a straight A report card from their child, and I was standing there grinning like the child with the straight A’s…lol

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MY COMPLETED BLOCKS

 

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Myself, my blocks, and Mrs. Fitzgerald after class

HERE ARE A FEW COMPLETED BLOCKS FROM MY CLASSMATES.  OUR COMBINED BLOCKS ALONE MADE A NICE PATTERN TOP.  IT WAS NICE TO SEE THE PERSONALITY IN EACH BLOCK SET.

My confidence was strong and with the encouragement and support from Mrs. Fitzgerald and the other students, I felt bold enough to buy two additional patterns.  Mrs. Fitzgerald picked them out for me based on the skill level from class.  The Jack and the Bean Stalk is slightly above  my newbie skill level, but I really liked the pattern and she is going to help me when I am ready.

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Additional patterns from Colourful Stitches

Throughout the week I networked with soooo many people.  In the workshop I actually met a couple of ladies who live very close to me.  We exchanged information and I hope to be quilting with them soon.

I can not wait to post my finished quilt.  I hope it doesn’t take me too long to complete.  Stay tune and until next time……

Happy Sewing and now Quilting (hehe),

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