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I cannot take credit for this Month's recipe. Back in 1988, I requested the free copy of Del Monte Quality, Premier Edition, of “The Tomato Times”, with 9 pages full of tomato related recipes. I still have the worn copy stashed inside the “Good Housekeeping Cook Book” that I gave my mom back in the 1970s. Mom is gone. I now have the book that is full of her fingerprints, daydreams and handwritten recipes. It is so worn that a piece of gray duck tape holds the spine together that my dad added at some point. My prized book is kept in a bookcase full of my cookbooks and recipes.

The spices in this recipe make for a tasty broth. I had been making the recipe a few years. I went to lunch in South Charleston WV, where the restaurant brought the patrons a cup of a similar soup. It was broth with a small amount of cabbage. It put a smile on my face to see this tasty treat in a restaurant.

Here is the recipe as printed in the book:
Hollywood on the vine

Word is, health-conscious visitors to the spa that caters to the stars voted this satisfying GARDEN SOUP their favorite light lunch. The chef tells us her flavor secret is making the soup a day ahead to let the flavors develop.
Incidentally, tomatoes add vitamins C and A to your diet and they weigh in at 35 calories per half cup serving – a good nutritional bargain.

MAKE AHEAD GARDEN SOUP
A mouthwatering soup without salt.
1 can (14 ½ oz.) Del Monte Stewed Tomatoes (No Salt Added)
6 C unsalted chicken broth
2 C dry white wine
1 carrot, sliced
1 onion, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
½ tsp. basil
½ tsp. oregano
½ tsp. Thyme
1/8 tsp. Pepper
1 can (17 oz.) Del Monte Sweet Peas (No Salt Added)
1 can (16 oz.) Del Monte Blue Lake Cut Green Beans (No Salt Added)

Place all ingredients (except peas and beans) in 3 qt. Saucepan. Add liquid from peas and beans. Simmer 1 hour. Remove from heat; add peas and beans. Refrigerate overnight. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes.
8 servings (approx. 1 cup each)
Sodium per serving: 47 mg
Note: Sodium content for unsalted broth varies with individual homemade recipes.


I make this without carrots, peas and beans but added shredded cabbage at the beginning.


  • Faster to move the tip of the iron fabric over the seam 
  • Pressing to one side and opposite directions forms ridges that lock tightly together
  • Batting may find its way out between seams since the seam is not folded that would prevent batting from sneaking out
  • Can stitch in the ditch

Tools

  • An Iron with cotton setting
  • Spray bottle that will give you a crisp and fully pressed seam or a mild starch alternative like Best Press
  • An Ironing surface
  • Pressing correctly
  • Do not force the iron. Let is nudge your fabric in the direction you want it to go
  • Set the seam by pressing seam flat as it came off the sewing machine. This allows the heat to ease any tight tension the fabric that sewing may have caused and allows the thread to settle into the weave of the material
  • Press with seam to the dark side
  • Use the tip of the iron to press from seam side to dark side. Do not run the iron up the middle of the seam allowance. It can cause pleats.
  • Spray seam with a shot of water or starch alternative creates a crisp seam insead of a rounded on that is created by heat alone.

 February is the only month that can pass with no full moon
So let’s see what we can find out before it’s over. 

Back with left side applique

 Parent's T Shirts Make Baby Quilt by Kathy 

Caravan Kit is available at Calli Lily

Diamonds  by Dianne

These quilts were pieced by Calli Lily highlighting new fabric that hit the shelves

Pressing Talk
Is it important to press?

Dogpatch Quilting



1. February is named after the purification ritual Februa, which was a sort of early Roman spring cleaning festival. 
2. In Old English, February was called Solmonath (Mud month) or Kale-monath (Kale or cabbage month). 
3. February frequently occurs in lists of the most commonly misspelt words in the English language. 
4. The Americans have trouble with the word February too – last year, a press release from the White House consistently spelt it as Feburary. 
5. Much Ado About Nothing is the only Shakespeare play that mentions February. 

February Newsletter

This Month's Recipe

​Make Ahead Garden Soup

​By Alan


Applique for Granddaughter by Carrol

Monroe
March 9-10
Carolina Lily Quilt Show
March 9-10, 2018
Website: charlottequiltersguild.org Email: quiltshow@charlottequiltersguild.org
Location: Union County Agricultural Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe, 28112
Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Admission: $5
Sponsored by: The Charlotte Quilters Guild, Charlotte
There will be have more than 180 judged quilts on display, a special exhibit of Carolina Lily quilts, local and regional vendors, raffle quilt and raffle basket prizes.

Salisbury
May 4-5
Salisbury-Rowan Quilters' Guild
May 4-5, 2018 
Website: Salisburyrowanquilters.net Email: srqg85@yahoo.com Phone: Chloe Goho, (704) 431-4998
Location: First Baptist Church, First Ministry Center, 223 N. Fulton St., Salisbury, 28144
Hours: Fri 10 - 5:30, Sat 10 - 4 Admission: $7
Sponsored by: Salisbury-Rowan Quilters' Guild, Salisbury
A professionally judged show in an 11,000 sq ft venue with over 200 quilts, vendors, demonstrations, boutique, door prizes and tea room. There will also be a presentation of quilts to local veterans on Saturday.

Asheville
September 28-30
The Asheville Quilt Show
Location: 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732
WNC Agricultural center in the Davis Event Center pavilion
Directions: I-26, Exit 40, Airport Road, Gate 5 across from AVL airport
Special exhibits, Demonstrations, Vendors, Gift Shop, Silent auction,
Opportunity Quilt, Kids Sewing Station,
Group and Multi-day tickets available
Admission $7 – Free parking, Handicap accessible

Hickory
October 12-13
Quilts of the Valley
Autumn Expressions
Website: www.catawbavalleyquiltersguild.com
Location: The Hickory Metro Convention Center, Off 1-40/ Exit 125--1960 13th Ave. SE, Hickory, 28602 
Hours: Fri & Sat 9 – 5 Admission: $5 or $7 for entire event
Sponsored by: Catawba Valley Quilters Guild, Hickory
Handicap Accessible, 200+ Quilts on Display , Vendors, Demonstrations, Bed Turnings, Lily Boutique Gift Shop, and Raffle Quilt 

Greensboro
October 12-13
Gate City Quilt Guild Show
Website: www.gatecityquiltguild.org Email: info@gatecityquiltguild.org
Location: Congregational United Church of Christ, 400 N. Radiance Dr, Greensboro, 27403 
Hours: Fri & Sat 9:30 - 5 Admission: $6
Be prepared to travel through a Galaxy of Stars?quilts that are absolutely heavenly. This year we have lots of raffles?one for a Judy Niemeyer Bali Wedding Star quilt, another for a sewing machine donated by Sew Happy (McKinney Sew and Vac) and lots of raffle baskets. Of course, there will be sought after vendors, a Boutique of crafted items, quilt appraisals, chair massages (restoreyourbalance.biz) and a Silent Auction to benefit Mary?s House (a shelter for abused women and their children). Ample parking. Everyone welcome.

New Bern
October 26-27
Twin Rivers Quilters Guild Show
Seasons for Quilts
Website: www.twinriversquiltersguild.com Email: 93salmon@gmail.com (252) 342-2107
Location: New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 S. Front St., New Bern, 28562 
Hours: Fri 9-5, Sat 9-4:30 Admission: $10 per day/person or $15 for both days
Sponsored by: Twin Rivers Quilters Guild, New Bern, 
Come out to view over 300 quilts, a gorgeous raffle quilt, multiple vendors, the famous Twice Around Treasures booth which has moved upstairs for the added space, the exclusive TRQG Boutique and even take a quilt home at the Quilts for Sale booth.






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Customer Quilts

Baby Quilt with Sheep and Ducks by Bonnie

QOV Cabaraus Pieced by Carol

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YES! Pressing ensures

  • Your block lies flat
  • Your points are sharp
  • Intersections where seams meet are tight preventing a messy bulge
  • Press to one side or open?
  • Pressing to the dark side prevents the darker material from being seen through the lighter colored cloth
  • Goal is to distribute the seam allowance so they evenly meet at an intersection
  • Press so the seams meeting at each intersection are pressed in opposite directions allowing them to nest when sewn.
  • Pressing seams open
  • Care must be taken to prevent fingers from getting to close to the iron point
  • Time consuming
  • Requires pinning all intersections before sewing to allow perfect intersections
  • The sewing thread is not protected between the two pieces of material which can be damaged with use over time.
  • Threads are more visible requiring thread to closely match the material keeping thread unnoticeable
  • Stitch in ditch can cut the thread holding the seams together
  • Small piecing must be trimmed to 1/8 inch makes difficult to press open.
  • Pressing to dark side​

Tunnels by Frances

Baby Quilt By Kathleen

Nurses Quilt By Ann For Sister

Upcoming Block of the Month to be available at Calli Lily

 
6. Before Julius Caesar’s calendar reform of 45BC, February was the only month with an even number of days. All the rest had 29 or 31. 
7. February is the only month that can pass with no full moon. This will next occur in 2018. 
8. In the USA, February is National Pet Dental Health month. It is also Hot Breakfast month. 
9. The birthstone for February is amethyst. The birth flower is the violet or iris. 
10. The ancient Greeks believed that amethyst protected the wearer from drunkenness.

February celebrates Valentines Day

After a busy 2017 of longarming, Linda took a couple weeks off to work on her projects.  Thanks for your patience.

Black and Teal by Dianne

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