Saturday, March 28, 2015

GoofingOff Sewing New Listings The End of March

So, I am so inspired by the quilt show but no time to do much of anything. I did find a little time to list a few patterns in the shop...and there's some honeys in the bunch. 

Kwik Sew 2139 One Piece Bathing Suit Pattern UNCUT I just love this pattern!

McCall's 9494 Raggedy Ann and Andy Costume Pattern for size 2-4  UNCUT
How adorable! Imagine toddlers trick or treating in this costume. Too cute!

Simplicity 1953 Animal Hats UNCUT
Maybe not for this winter but winter will be back...and it's never too early to get started on holiday sewing.

Pearl Louise Designs #477 Flying High Quilting Pattern UNCUT
This pattern makes a banner...great for a little boy's room.

McCall's 8378 Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy Dolls UNCUT
When my daughter was born my dad made sure she had a Raggedy Ann to cuddle with...What a great gift. 

McCall's 2337 Misses' and Girls' Costume Patterns  Complete
This pattern includes all sizes. Good for reenactments. 

McCall's 4266 Jingle Bells Christmas UNCUT
A handmade Christmas stocking is an instant heirloom...

Hot Patterns 1121 Misses Riviera Cote D'Azur Knit Dress, Tunic, & Top UNCUT
This dress is incredible!

Simplicity 5835 Disney Princess Dress Size 3-8 UNCUT
Because little girls want to be princesses.

Sew-Knit-n-Stretch #156 Girls' Swimsuit Two Piece  Size 2-6 Complete
A vintage pattern that is still relevant.

Simplicity 9054 Doll Wardrobe...for 20-22-23 inch dolls UNCUT
There's lots of patterns for 11 1/2 inch and 18 inch dolls...this is for the bigger doll..hard to find.

Post by Eileen Patterson...who doesn't have time to goof off but is GoofingOff!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Peach Blossoms

The sight of beautiful flowers always gives me a feeling, a wonderfully giddy feeling. The peach trees are in bloom. I love seeing the pink flowers. 
The hubby takes care of these trees with loving hands. On the trees there are tiny peaches formed but until I get to enjoy the fruit I think I will enjoy the beauty of the blossoms.
Hope you enjoy them, too. 

Post by Eileen Patterson

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Rag Quilt is Done!

So here it is as promised....the rag quilt. 
Since it is for a little girl I made it in pink flannel with a layer of flannel on the back. No batting. 

It's soft and minky, cuddly soft for a little one. The rag edges soften the look even more. 
Hope the new mom likes it. 

Post by Eileen Patterson...aka GoofingOff

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

How to Make Broccoli Salad...A Gluten Free Recipe

I love broccoli....steamed, raw, chopped, in a soup...I love it. That being said, there are times fresh for dipping doesn't work and I want to do more than steam it. One of my favorite ways to fix broccoli is broccoli salad...and it wins raves from family and friends. 
This recipe makes about 1 1/2 - 2 pounds of salad. 

1-1 1/2 pounds fresh broccoli
1/2 cup of dried cranberries
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar (or 1 packet of stevia) 
bacon bits (about 4 slices worth), optional

I don't use broccoli slaw (I guess one could but I shop at a local flea market so I buy fresh. I see what's in it and chop it myself). 

Wash the broccoli and chop into small pieces (crowns and stems, as long as they are not woody). 
 Prepare the bacon. Add cooled bacon to the chopped broccoli. (Skip the bacon if the salad is to be kosher).

Add about dried cranberries.

Add the almonds.

Put mayonnaise in a separate bowl. Add the sugar or sweetener.

Add the apple cider vinegar to the mayonnaise mixture. 

Pour the mayonnaise dressing mixture over the broccoli salad and mix until everything is coated. Place in the refrigerator. It is best when made ahead and left in the fridge overnight.

This recipe is very forgiving. If you are out of bacon and are fortunate enough to have leftover Chinese Roast Pork, use it. Yummy! The bacon I use is bacon bits (real bacon but already made in a package). They last a long time in the refrigerator and handy. A big time saver and no pans to clean.
If almonds aren't in the pantry and walnuts or pecans are.....go for it.
As for the mayonnaise, whatever the preference. I use the mayo with olive oil but the recipe works well with low fat and fat free, too.

How many calories? No idea. I bring it to work and share so I can't eat too much of it.
It is gluten free for those gluten sensitive folks.
It's kosher, too, if it is made without bacon or the roast pork.

Anyway, it will be a welcome addition to the summer parties ahead.


Post by Eileen Patterson...who is GoofingOff

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Quilt Finished....Loving That I Accomplished It Feeling

What a I won't use that one again. Back to work (yesterday,  too) after having an amazing weekend of getting things fixed, accomplished, and out of the UFO basket. It feels so good to get something up and running again or to put the final stitch in.
After months of staring at the walking foot (or even feed foot) for my machine I asked someone how to attach it. For as long as it took me to ask you would think I was a guy (no gender bashing, just the truth). When the woman told me I stood in amazement that it could be so easy and I missed it. After getting home I hooked it up and made my first rag quilt. I'll post pictures tomorrow. So cute I started another. Now I can finish the strip quilt I started.
The big Trenton Quilt Show will be here in a few days and I am excited to see all the beautiful work from around the area. If anyone's in North Florida take a trip to Trenton Saturday. It will be worth it. Hope to see you there!

Post by Eileen....who is anxiously waiting to Goof Off but has to work today.