It's almost February and time to share the second barn quilt in the Civil War Barn Quilt of the Month! It's one of my favorite blocks of all time, called Empty Spools.
Empty Spools Barn Quilt
It is a tribute to the women and young ladies who put down their sewing projects and served their nation during the Civil War. There are countless stories in journals and letters from women who tore up their fabrics, and scraped the cotton threads to make lint bandages for the soldiers on both sides of the fight.
I read quite a few of them as well as the tributes to them for their service, and I was quite inspired. I have always loved this block because I love thread and quilting...and anything colorful. But now it takes on a new meaning to me and has helped me to look for ways I can give a little more of my time and resources to help those in need.
The kits are now listed in The Shop and are on sale! All Tweetle Dee Civil War Barn Quilt Collection items are 15% off through the 9th of February. Including the ready painted barn quilts in the collection for those of you who want one already painted! So go to the site and grab yours today.
Last night we reached 3,000 followers on Instagram! To celebrate we are giving away two 33" barn quilts!!! One for you and one for your friend. To enter to win, follow me on Instagram @tweetledeedesignco. Comment on yesterday's post and tag a friend. The winners will be announced on Sunday, January 29th.
Chili Rellenos Casserole
I'm often asked what Tex-Mex is and all I can say the food we call "Mexican" in America is not what you eat when you travel south of the border. We love to add our cheddar cheeses and lots of cream, which I'm not complaining about. Our favorite Mexican restaurants are judged on the creaminess of the beans and the flavor of it's cheeses. Seriously, we are quite picky...and my tribe LOVES this recipe.
The ingredients you will need are:
3 7 oz. Cans of Whole Green Chilies
2 lb. of Cheddar Jack Cheese, Grated
3 Eggs Beaten
1/4 Cup Flour
1 Can of Evaporated Milk
1 8 oz. Can of Tomato Sauce
2 Tbs. Fresh Chopped Cilantro
First Step is to wash and drain the chilies. Grate the cheeses and set aside. Layer the bottom of a thin casserole dish with the chilies. Split them open and lay them face down in the dish.
Once the dish bottom is covered, sprinkle the first layer with the grated cheeses.
Add a second layer of chilies.
In a blender, mix together the evaporated milk, eggs and flour until smooth. Pour over the chilies and cheese.
Cover the entire casserole with the rest of the cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until it is firm.
Pour the tomato sauce over the baked casserole and sprinkle with a little more cheese and the chopped cilantro. Return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes or until the top layer of cheese is melted.
Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes for everything to settle into each other. This dish can be served hot or cold. I love it with a spoonful of Mexican rice and my homemade refried beans...of course garnished with olives, avocado and sour cream!
I am beyond excited to share my latest labor of love with you! I am a history junkie as some of you know. I love how quilting tells the stories of our history, both personal and as a nation. Every stitch means something to someone and for us barn quilters...every paint stroke does too. Which is why I decided to create a Civil War Barn Quilt Collection for 2017!
The Civil War Barn Quilt Collection - 2017 Block of the Month
There are three ways to order the Civil War Barn Quilt Block of the Month. You can either order them monthly for $25.00, purchase the year in advance, or order the blocks already painted!
For the month of January we are offering a special kick 0ff sale! Simple use the promo code TDBOM at check out and receive 15% off your order of anything in the Civil War Barn Quilt Block of the Month collection. Click on the link to My Shop to order!
Union Square Barn Quilt
January's block of the month is called the Union Square. I chose this block to begin the Civil War Barn Quilt Collection because of it's name and the need our country had then and now for unity. I am thankful that we live in a country that has so much diversity, and yet we are unified in our purposes of freedom for all. My ancestors came here for this purpose and fought for it during both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Their stories inspire me today.
It's all about love today! We have three new barn quilts for you to help spread a little of the mushy stuff. I love the pinks and reds against the white...and of course those subdued grays! You can find them in The Shop tonight ready to be shipped!