A Late Announcement

Many of you would like to see a picture of our newest little niece.  Gabrielle Sophia made a wonderful, memorable entry into this world the day after my birthday.  Tammy and I were in Florida for our grandparents 70th anniversary.  (Yes – I said 70th ANNIVERSARY!  Incredible!)   We were ready to leave in the morning to begin a longarm training session in GA with a new longarm owner, when Jacquie called at 1 AM and told us the baby would be coming nearly 3 weeks early.  We couldn’t have been further away from home at the moment.  We looked at the clock and knew we were looking at a LONG drive ahead of us.  After 17 hours of driving we MADE IT!!  We were driving past their road when Jacquie called and said another little girl had been born.  We were so excited!

So folks….  For the maternal side of the family – that makes 3 generations of ALL GIRLS!  Amazing.  🙂

Best friends are we

It really blesses us to think of the special relationship these two will share.

 

New Reproduction 108″ Wide Backings

Wide backing fabrics still remain the easiest and most economical way to finish the back of your quilt.  There are more and more options available for quilt backs these days and we’re continuing to expand our line of wide backing fabrics.  Check out these beautiful reproduction backings we just added.  They’re just beautiful!

“Illusions” Accepted Into Paducah, Sale On The Website

One of our quilt customers chose to enter her quilt into the Paducah AQS show and it was accepted!  Kathy Lyon was the piecer of the quilt and I had the honors of quilting it for her.

Here is a link to the article that our local newpaper did on the quilt.  I’m still feeling pretty amazed. 🙂

In my amazement, we decided to put our entire website on sale!  We normally put merchandise on sale if we go away because of the delayed shipping.  But this time we are putting the ENTIRE store on sale.  Everything, including digital patterns (which are available for automatic download) will have 15% discount automatically taken at checkout.  No coupon code necessary.   Please take advantage of the sale while it lasts!

Happy quilting,
Allison

Always my sister, always my friend

It’s been asked for many times…  Updated pictures of us!  The poor, old About Us page on our website is in great need of updating.  🙂  It’ll get done…  Just after a while I suppose.

The other night Tammy and I went shopping in Nappanee with some friends of ours.  As we walked out of one of the stores we decided to get a few impromptu memory shots.  Tam and I rarely get pictures taken together so we’re glad to have one to share with you now.  Which do you like better – the black and white or the color?  And by the way – the texture on the picture is the newest fabric by 3 Sisters…  Etchings  Fun!

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Black Friday through Cyber Monday

Hey all! Just thought I should post the news that we’re running a Black Friday through Cyber Monday sale again. Our ENTIRE website is 20% off!! We don’t often run sales on our digital quilting patterns so please take advantage of it while you can. No promo code needed – prices are as marked.

Visit us at Three Sisters Fabric.
To see the digital quilting patterns click here.

The Sunshine In Our Lives

For all of you who know us and for those of you who just like to see who we are, here is an updated picture of Caroline. She definitely is the sunshine in our lives! We went up to Michigan last week to meet some friends for supper. Knowing of a beautiful park near by, we decided to do a photo shoot of Caroline. She’s hitting a very active stage and isn’t too impressed at stopping her busy life for a camera. But we did manage to get some cute shots. Here is our all-time favorite…..

Caroline Cecilia

We're totally attached to this little miss!

She’s growing up fast. One of her favorite things to do when she come to our place is hold onto the handles on our longarm while it is quilting. I think she really thinks she’s making it go! So much fun….

New Patterns – Roses and Feathers

I just added some new digital quilting patterns to our website.  Roses and feathers.  A friend got me out of my “feathers only” box and introduced the rose.  Of course, I always find patterns are wonderfully enhanced with feathers – and so these have been “enhanced”.  Enjoy! Check them out here: New Products on Three Sisters Fabric

Backing Fabrics On SALE through August 15th

Enjoy the new backing fabrics at a discount!

Using wide backing fabrics on the back of your quilt is already less expensive and easier than piecing 45″ wide fabrics to fit. Now you have the opportunity to enjoy the ease at a discount. Starting today and running through August 15th all wide fabrics are 10% off on our website. Stock up and enjoy!

Check out our wide backing fabrics here: http://www.threesistersfabric.com/fabric-2/backings-and-muslins-9/

More of Ghana – My favorite soup

This post deviates from the quilting/fabric theme of our blog.  But since quilters are often good cooks as well, I though some of you might like to try my favorite Ghanaian soup.

By far – of  everything I ate in Ghana, Light Soup was my favorite.  I’ve made it quite a few times since returning home and I never tire of it.  While in Ghana I did learn to really enjoy fufu as well.  Fufu is dough-like and is served with soups.  It is to the Ghanaian’s what potatoes are to us – their staple and favorite starch.  In America I make a mock fufu with instant potato flakes.  It’s close enough to the real thing and I enjoy it….  But I’m the only one who has acquired a taste for fufu, so I usually just opt for making rice – something everyone in my family enjoys with their Light Soup!

Ghanaian Light Soup

4 chicken leg quarters, skin removed
2 – 3 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2-3 cloves garlic, peel  & crushed
1 Magi chicken bullion cube (Magi cubes are larger than your typical bullion)
Seasoned salt to taste
1 onion, chopped
6-8 cups water, divided
6-8 oz eggplant, peeled and quartered
opt. – 1 medium zucchini (4 oz) cut in half (I usually skip the zucchini and use more eggplant because my eggplants are usually larger than 6-8 oz.)
6 oz tomato paste
½ tsp cayenne pepper

Put the leg quarters in a pot with 2 cups of water.  On top of the chicken sprinkle the fresh grated ginger, garlic, Magi cube, seasoned salt and onion.  Cover and allow chicken to steam for 2 hours, adding more water as needed.

When chicken is sufficiently tender and seasoned add remaining 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.  (I often add more water if too much has evaporated while steaming or if I want to stretch my soup.)  Add eggplant and zucchini, if using.  Allow to cook for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Remove vegetables from soup and place in blender.  Add some broth and blend until smooth.  Return to pot.  Add the tomato paste and cayenne pepper.

Traditionally, the soup is served over fufu or rice balls with a piece of chicken added to the side of eat person’s bowl.  In America, we have found it most practical to de-bone the chicken into the soup before serving over a plate of rice.  Use plenty of soup with the rice and eat with a spoon.  🙂  So good!

Optionally you can use smoked fish.  If using fish instead of chicken don’t add it to the soup until you put it in each person’s bowl.  It will make the soup too “fishy”.)

Light Soup served with smoked fish and fufu

Light Soup served in Ghana with smoked fish and fufu - Yes, you eat it with your fingers. 🙂