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The Scoop from the Coop - February 18, 2018

January flew by, but February seems to be crawling so slowly. Probably because I'm anxious for Spring weather to arrive and stick around for a while! I am also busy getting ready for Schoolhouse which is less than a month away. As I said last week, save the date for Friday, March 16th and, or Saturday, March 17th for the opportunity to visit 4 quilt shops, learn 4 new techniques, have fun, and win prizes. Stay tuned for more info!

We have more kits in the store this week. A cute kite wall hanging and an adorable woodland animal quilt.

And you'll have to check out the lipstick surprise we have below.

Finally, another Mardi Gras recipe, because I just couldn't let it go.

Happy quilting.
Peggy

This Week's Friendly Reminders
  • Monday, February 19 - We are open for President's Day!
  • Tuesday, February 20 - Kimberbell Club meets at 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 22 - Mini Quilt Club meets at 1:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 22 - Outlaw Chicks meet at 6:00 p.m.
New in the Shop
Kite Wall Hanging
This cute wall hanging has a windy theme! It features a kite and pinwheels! The blue, red, yellow and cream offer a great Americana feel. The finished wall hanging measures 12 x 18" and the kit, which includes the pattern, is available for $19.95.


Town Square
If you know of anyone with a woodland animal-themed nursery, this quilt would be perfect for them! A bunny, raccoon, fox and beaver are features in individual squares, but they also make cameo appearances in the group shots! Browns, tans, grays and greens provide a different pallet. Great for those avoiding pastels. But just as adorable. The finished quilt measures 53 x 65" making it big enough for a "big boy" bed as well. The kit, which includes the pattern, is available for $69.95.


Lipstick Needle Case
This is such a clever idea. It looks like a lipstick case, but it's really a needle case in disguise! Now you don't have to worry about loose pins and needles in your bag. They just stick in the cushion inside this case! We have coral, burgundy and black available. Each case is $5, and there are even needles included!

Book Review: '3 Times the Charm, Book 2'

Here's an encore quilt pattern book from Me and My Sister Designs partners, Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson. Many of you loved the original 3 Times the Charm. This one features seven more patterns named after girls--Hannah, Ingrid, Jennifer, Kendra, Leslie, Molly, and Nicole--and each of the patterns is shown in three different fabric collections.

Each quilt uses a charm pack... plus a little yardage. As we've seen with other precut quilt books, these could easily be adapted to use layer cakes if you want a larger quilt in the end.

I'm sure our design tastes might vary, but I absolutely loved the quilt named "Jennifer."
(see below)
It's such a unique design using half-square triangles made from the charm pack collection and a solid. This one measures 39 x 47", but with layer cakes and a wider border, this one becomes bed-worthy.

As I said, design tastes vary, and these designs will appeal to a variety of sensibilities. (There's even one featuring little dogs!)

This sister-team of Groves and Jacobson doesn't disappoint. Each quilt pattern includes detailed instructions, and they provide helpful general instructions--selecting fabrics, preparing fabrics, sewing sharp points, etc.--toward the end of the book.

All in all, it's a well-rounded collection that's full of inspiration.

- Review by Beth Golay

This week's deal: Buy 3 Times the Charm: Book Two (9781464706608, $9.99) at Hen Feathers and receive a free fat quarter. Special ends February 25, 2018.

"More Time for Quilting" Recipe
This is a hold-over from last week's Mardi Gras recipe. I couldn't decide between something sweet or savory. I went with the sweet beignets, but this has been in the back of my mind all week!

CAJUN BEEF CASSEROLE

1 package (8-1/2 ounces) cornbread muffin mix
1 pound ground beef
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, drained
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 to 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 green onions, thinly sliced

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare cornbread batter according to package directions. Spread into a greased 11x7-in. baking dish.

In a large skillet, brown beef and drain. Add tomatoes, vegetables, tomato paste and seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Pour over batter. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake, uncovered, until golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Sprinkle with onions.

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