Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fifteen Minute Challenge - Week 13

15 minutes a day and I have a Grinch quilt top!
{I know, it's really wrinkled.}
Tuesday - measured & cut red border
Wednesday - sewed red border
Thursday - measured and cut white border
Friday - sewed top/bottom borders
Saturday - cut flying geese squares for Advent Calendar
Sunday - sewed charms for Advent Calendar
Monday - sewed side borders

I realized this weekend that the first holiday deadline I had was Nov. 27 for Advent...and I hadn't started the Advent Calendar yet. I'm doing this one from Moda Bake Shop, and boy they're not kidding when they say it's easy.
Whipped this pile up in no time. I'm going to let the embroidery machine add the numbers, and this sucker should be on the wall in no time.

I'm also combining linky parties again. Over at the Quilter's Table, she hosts a recipe link up on Tuesdays. I'm not a great cook and all my recipes are from Alton Brown or All Recipes. However, I do have my favorite sweet potatoes recipe from my mother. Copied directly from her email to me.

peel and cut up the sweet potatoes
put in your pan with a little bit of water, half cup maybe
then put in some brown sugar - a cup maybe, a cup and a half? whatever looks good. I usually pinch off about 2 inches in the bag and just dump that in
about 2 tablespoons of margarine
sprinkle a little tiny bit of salt
cook until the potatoes are soft, maybe 25 minutes?
you have to turn the light down after they boil
then thicken the liquid with cornstarch mixed with water - maybe a tablespoon of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water?

Don't you love the exacting details of a family recipe? It's still usually the only thing I get right.

Check out how others are managing their time at Life in Pieces and other holiday recipes at A Quilter's Table!


  1. Good work on the challenge this week. Catch you next week.

  2. love the recipe - I remember asking my grandmother for her lemon butter recipe when I was a mere child. I stood by her and was completely puzzled by the pinch of this and a little bit of that. But, I did enjoy the time.liz

  3. Love the Grinch quilt, what a fun Christmas quilt to snuggle under.

    Sweet potatoes are one of my favorites at Thanksgiving. Yours sound good.

  4. wow. 15 minutes a day & you have a quilt - cool. And the advent calendar looks like a fun quick pattern! Yay. Thanks for linking up to Tuesday at the Table - your sweet potatoes sound delish! (Love those family recipes!)

  5. Love the grinch quilt! Great week!

  6. I am amazed at what you are getting done in 15the mintues a day. I may have to try that. Thanks for posting the sweet potato receipe. It sounds so yummy. I want to eat them now!! :)

  7. Your quilt looks so cute! 7 out of 7 - good for you!

  8. The Grinch quilt top is really fabulous. Well done.

    I keep thinking about an advent calendar (just like I have for the last three years ) but I'm not going to get there this year either!

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

  9. I love the way your mom gave you the recipe! That sounds so much like my family. In doing my grandmother's recipes, you have to have a "cup" like the one she had which was a teacup with a broken off handle! LOL

    Your Grinch top is great. I love the way sticking with it for just a while each day gets the job done, don't you?