Potpourri – Pat Sloan’s Latest, Pattern Review and More

Lazies, Last week was one of those weeks that flew by in bits and pieces. You know the kind. So I thought I’d share some of the bits and maybe a few pieces that crossed my desk and my life.

Virtual Quilt Retreat
Pat Sloan hosted an ‘Orange Pile’ virtual quilt retreat this weekend. This was such fun. It could have been called ‘orange appreciation’, focusing on celebrating the orange in your stash.

Pat’s OP block.

I must tell you that I’ve been a long-time fan of orange, having only colored with orange and purple in kindergarten. I can’t imagine what my poor teacher must have thought. The good news is that you can still check Pat’s blog and see all the goodies posted and visit the participants.

Start at Pat’s blog here. Grab your cuppa cuppa, it’s beautiful browsing to be sure. Pat hosted her retreat between her blog, Facebook, her Yahoo group and other quilter’s blogs – very cool.

Pattern Review
Tracy Chapman at Sew Thankful has a lovely review of our Checkbook Cover (LGD204) design at her blog – Thanks Tracy! Tracy put an appointment on her calendar to make sure she has sewing time. She made a date and kept it. I love this idea and have made a date for myself on Friday.

Tracy’s Checkbook Cover makes the most of this beautiful striped fabric.

Tracy mentioned in her review that the first one she made was a little squishy. I think I know what she means.  The single layer of batting inside the cover could make writing checks feel a little like writing atop a marshmallow. Tracy used a fusible interfacing to firm things up a bit. Great idea!

Wilderness Eye Candy
My friend Jen is braving the Alaska wilderness with her hubster Mike and she posted some incredible pictures at her blog. Somehow, that winter looks much more pleasant than my Ohio winter.  Hmmm. Here they are canoeing across a lagoon. Amazing! More pics at Jen’s blog here.

Jen and Mike in Alaska

Now I’m Cookin’
You may not know this, but I love to cook.  The stove top is my arena, fearing the mysteries of the broiler, yet slowly working on my overall oven-confidence. I make a date with the kitchen several times a week. This weekend I made my favorite veggie dish: Italian Veggie Saute. It’s a simple medley of squashes, onions, tomatoes and spices.

My Italian Veggie Saute, topped with feta cheese.

I surf foodie blogs and websites, in search of my next Lazy cooking adventure. And lately I’ve found myself posting my antics on Facebook. A favorite site is Karina’s Kitchen. Get acquainted with Karina by trying her amazing chicken soup for the soul recipe.

Also check out the versatile sausage rolls at Any Ideas For Dinner? blog, by Lazy Girl Regina. I haven’t tried these yet, but it’s on the list. You might remember Regina from our Long Distance Lazies post.

One Last Bit
TipNut included our easy pillowcase tutorial in their February Neat-O projects medley. Nice list of goodies to create.


Thanks to Pat, Tracy and Jen for thier photos.

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9 Responses to “Potpourri – Pat Sloan’s Latest, Pattern Review and More”

  1. Penny — February 23, 2009 @ 6:53 am

    It is a fun little medley this early in the morning. Got my juices flowing for sewing and dinner. Excercise I am not to sure about this early but those are some awesome pics!

    Penny in Chesapeake

  2. Gwen — February 23, 2009 @ 7:37 am

    Your Italian Veggie Saute sounds wonderful to this vegetarian. I will have to search for the recipe.

    Bags and food–isn’t that the best?

  3. Robbie Foster — February 23, 2009 @ 8:57 am

    I was almost late for work as I read through this and followed all the links before getting ready for work–great way to start the day.

  4. Melissa — February 23, 2009 @ 9:10 am

    Thanks for the referral to Karina’s. I also love your blog. I always look forward to the next one.

  5. sylvia — February 23, 2009 @ 9:13 am

    Hi.! Lazy Girl, i enjoy every lazy girl bags and quilts that u had made, when time permits u, can u come up with a lazy hat for everyday wear to go with the bags?!!!!!! thank u and c u kaye wood’s show.

  6. Karina — February 23, 2009 @ 3:13 pm

    Hi Lazy Girl! I love browsing your designs- some great stuff. And your Italian veggies sound delicious. Thanks so much for the shout-out on my recipe blog. I appreciate it. Have a fab week! xox Karina

  7. Grama Chris — February 23, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

    Hi Joan,

    I’m just WILD about your purse patterns I’m making them for all of my friends maybe one of these days I’ll make one up for me! Some times I make them wider, taller, shorter whatever they want & they still come out adoreable. Some of us would like to see 12 1/2 X 12 1/2 quilt sq. & make a purse out of that or “your” OWN FABRIC LINE. When I make the purses I either use matching fabric or nylon webbing for the straps. Keep up the great, fantastic work & continue to make more patterns. How about designs for table runners?

  8. Liz — February 23, 2009 @ 10:25 pm

    Hey Lazy Girl
    You are anything but lazy. How many hours do you have in a day? You surf; you cook, you sew, write patterns and blog!!!!!!
    Enjoy your site.

  9. Sandi Harvey — February 25, 2009 @ 5:05 pm

    Hi – Yesterday I received my Lazy Girls Design Pattern for Perfect Pouches – sounds a bit like a tongue twister!! I have had a hang up for ever regarding inserting zippers and last night I made a pouch in under half an hour and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. Can’t wait to make more and more zippered pieces of sewing. I’m about to make a cover for my laptop now and reckon – having put it off for months – it will be done today – what a lovely feeling – thank you so much the idea is absolutely brilliant.

    Warmest regards