Thursday, September 1, 2011

Queso . . and Green Chile

Queso, it's been ages since I posted.  I am going to try something new.  Weekly posting with categories:  What's on the design wall?  What's on the Quilting Frame?  What's on the stove?  and whatever else I can think of.

Before I get to all that, I really need to be marketing my fledgling business and the website is ALMOST READY. is the site.  Check it regularly and one day it will magically appear.  Thanks to Lucy at Pearcenet designs.

SO, What's on the Quilting Frame?  The Nolting 24 pro in the Sunshine Quilting studio is getting a workout!
Here are the baby quilts I did this week:

First up is this adorable cars quilt made by my friend Jeannie.  I quilted each car differently.  The blue one has flames, the orange one has a surfboard on top, the yellow one a banana,the purple one has a star, and the red one (that has the country boy in it) has rope like a rodeo cowboy.

Next up is an airplane quilt (transportation theme here)

Loopy planes in the borders and empty spaces, filled in by loop de loops:

And Kim's playful kitties needed some string to tangle up in, so I quilted loops and tangles all over.

And here is what's on the design wall.  I had some leftovers from making a quilt (to be seen on this very blog after I quilt it), so I arranged the blocks thusly:

Then I pulled them down and came up with this pinwheel setting.  I like much better.

And, what's cooking?  As the title of this post implies, it is green chile season here in New Mexico.  If you don't know how this works, it is pretty cool.  Folks line up to buy a box or two or three of chile (15 lbs or so each), then take it outside the store and have it roasted on an open flame.  Then it is placed in bags and it "sweats" for a few hours so you can peel the skin off.  Wearing rubber gloves of course.  Then when you are   done, you put the roasted, peeled chile in zippered bags and freeze.  When needed, you take a bag out, defrost, add garlic, salt, and add to recipes, to eggs, to pizza, burgers, mashed potatoes, as desired.  Here is Sweetie laboring over the chile.
 And the finished product.   I know this looks like an episode of "Breaking Bad" (which is filmed here in the Albuquerque area) but it is really legit.  ALTHOUGH now that I say that, this stuff is treated like a valuable 'commodity' that people will ration, bargain for, trade and hoard.  It goes something like, oh crap, I only have three bags of chile left and it's only June -- the harvest is two months away.  Maybe I will call Dad and see if he has any left - I can trade him for some when we get our new supply."  SERIOUSLY.
SO my recipe of the week is anything and everything with green chile.

And, to wrap up this post, what have we been up to?  Getting 2 kids ready for college and one off to preschool.  Visiting Carlsbad Caverns, entering quilt shows.  Oh yeah, I won 2d place at one local fair, and then 1st place quilt and best of show in needle arts in another fair.  WHOO HOO!!

Tomorrow, I am taking my entries to the New Mexico State Fair.  Awesome!!  Wish me luck, see you next time.

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