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April 15, 2018

2018 seems the year when winter just won't end.
I hope this constant rainy weather doesn't start a trend.
  Don't know 'bout you, but I would surely like to see the sun!
  I'm ready for a day outside, a cookout and some fun!
But when we're forced to stay inside we know just what to do!
Rev up your 'engine', heat the iron, let UFO's debut.... (again!)

                                 
I ~ GREETING
  II ~ BITS 'N PIECES
III ~ MONTHLY/WEEKLY SPECIALS
IV ~ RECIPES & CLOSING
1) Lazy Day Stew
2) Sun Dried Tomato and Sausage Pasta
3) Asparagus and Mushroom Pappardelle
April 15, 2018
Hi Friends!
I. GREETING 
   Yep, another newsletter begins with the wish for 'real' spring weather! I guess spring comes with rain.....but it would be great to balance all of that with equal parts of sun! Sigh. Well, I have about 12 patterns to write, and am currently curled in my big Lazy Boy, fluffy afghan, hot cup of coffee and 2 lazy (clean!) dogs snoozing next to me. All-in-all, nothing to complain about. Sew I predict it will be a day of pattern writing for me!
    If you're tired of being chilly and cold and cranky.....come hang out with us! It's always sunny at Creations! Wednesdays and Fridays are the FREE Sit 'n Sews ~ guaranteed to make you warm and happy!! 
    I plan to ramp up the happiness this week during our super-fun April Quilt Away!!  I have my sewing projects lined up, the menu planned, the masseuse and nail tech ready to pamper you, and the hotel throwing out the welcome mat! We have some openings if you get a last minute hankerin' to join us!!  You deserve a fun long weekend with your favorite quilters!! Give Meg a call and she can make arrangements for you! (740-775-1957)
     We have some great goodies in stock for the Featherweight Fanatic in your life!!  At Creations SewClever we now stock these wonderful 'gas pedal pushers' for our Featherweight Friends and anyone else who has an antique machine with this style foot pedal. Especially great for those with arthritis or neuropathy. Holes are drilled to hold foot pedal pads, nonslip grips on bottom, fold top across foot pedal and use your entire foot to depress your 'gas pedal'. Made from beautifully stained and finished hardwood. ($25.)
         
   
II ~ BITS 'N PIECES
  Here is a compilation of upcoming classes and events for you to consider.  I hope you can join us!!
1) ~ FEATHERWEIGHT CLUB  
        Sew many of our customers have one or more of these little darlings ~ 
            Singer  Featherweight 221 machines from the 1930's to the 1960's.    
       The next meeting for our fun little gang is  Saturday, April 28 from 10-5. We'll be working on these cute Singer Fabric and black mesh tote bags. These are PERFECT for 
carrying all your class accessories. Kits will be available for bag as shown. Kit fee is$36.95.  Debbie Leedy is teaching this fun class. Maybe I'll even have time to sew!!
   
     Sat. April 28                                            10-5                              $5 / Kit $36.95 
     
 Currently I have no Featherweights for sale here at the shop. However a customer who is starting to downsize has a gorgeous Singer 27 from 1924 ready to find a forever home. A little cleaning and wax will make her sparkle! Wooden case is in excellent condition, however it can use a small repair on the back of the base. The only serious issue I see with this machine is the need for some electrical wiring repair. $199. Machine is at our shop.

       
 2)  OSU CHAMPIONS         
    Kits in any size are available for order, and the large lap is alsew in stock in the shop
  for $105.95.  Each kit is complete and cut and ready-to-sew. It contains Thangles
  needed to complete half-square triangle blocks, borders, binding, and complimentary
  label. If you would like me to schedule another class for this quilt, please let me know!
 
Due to popular request, we're now kitting Ohio University kits. These quilts are fun and fast to do. Alsew on the kitting table are kits for the University of Kentucky. We've been cutting both of these kits all week, and they are ready to go!
  Ohio University Large Lap kit ~ $112.95  /  UK Large Lap kit ~ $112.95
    EMBROIDERY CLUB ~ 
      Our fun embroidery gathering ~ JEF Club (Janome Embroidery Friends) will resume again starting April 24 from 4-8pm. Meetings will take place the last Tuesday of each month throughout the summer and early fall. 
   
NOTE!! 
   These little monthly celebration quilts are machine appliqued on the embroidery machine, however..... if you would prefer to do these on your regular sewing machine and do machine applique (not embroidery-machine-driven!) YOU are invited to join us, too!!  Meetings are $10.
 
.....AND.... just in time for our club start up....the awesome Janome 500e is currently on sale and we have one here in the shop. Sale price is $2499. 
 
 
6) MYSTERY!!! Our next Mystery Event will be Sunday, May 6 from 9-6. Join us for food, fun, fabric and friends as we solve another tangled Mystery with the help of lots of Willing Wenches! A complete meal along with snacks and desserts will be part of the event....if you go home without a completed quilt top, or if you go home hungry, you have no one to blame but yourself! Price for all, including a completely cut kit in your choice of colors, is $129.95. Sign up with a friend and you will both save $10! We cut the kit For You.....sew we'll work with you on your choice of fabrics!
Sun. May 6                                          9-6                                                     $129.95
      Here are dates for Mysteries scheduled for the rest of 2018....
   Sunday, August 12 from 9-6
  Sunday, October 21 from 9-6
      ....If you would like to join us, don't wait until the last minute!!  
 Update! May 6 event has only a couple spaces left, August is nearly sold out!!  Don't wait!!
  We have new kits available for this fun and super-fast twin-size quilt! Kits are $139.95 and contain everything, pre-cut and ready to sew, to complete this bright, fun quilt top (with binding). Stop in to see the quilt, or visit us at the Ohio One Stop Shop Hop at the Nutter Center in Dayton, April 6 and 7.
 
II. MONTHLY & WEEKLY SPECIALS
      For those who can't come in to shop, but enjoy shopping on-line, if you visit our website ~ www.creationssewclever.com  and make a purchase, enter the promo-code THANKU and receive 10% off your entire order!!  Check it out!!  If you need something and can't find it on our website, email me, use the promo-code and we'll still give you the 10% off!
    APRIL SPECIAL
EMPTY-A-BOLT ~ 20% OFF!!!
  Our Hot Stuff this week is:                                  
     ~ All in-stock fabric panels, 30% OFF!!    (perfect for Stack'n Whack quilts!!) 
 
   We have some other fun specials around our place, too! In our book room is a spinner-rack with loads of books on it. All have been marked $5! (final discount). 
 
LOTS of new bolts of fabric added to the Clearance Wall!!     
    
CREATIONS SEWCLEVER QUILT AWAY!!
    April Quilt Away will be Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22.  
 
 Registrations are held with a $50 non-refundable deposit and the April dates fill fast!! Weekend cost is $335 per person for single or double room occupancy.  For 3 or 4 to a 2-queen room, price is $275.  If a non-sewing/eating spouse accompanies you and shares your room, the cost for that person is $165. Meals are $20 for evening and $15 for lunch. The weekend includes the following:   
  • Your comfy hotel room (single or double)
  • 3 (or 4!) whole days of uninterrupted sewing
  • Private, discounted after-hours shopping at Creations
  • Catered (dee-licious!) meals
  • Quilter/masseuse and nail tech available all weekend (cost extra)
  • Your choice of anything you'd like to work on during the event (even knitting or reading.....or nothing!).  We go to any length to make sure you have a fabulous, stress-free time!   Price for Quilt Away to include Thursday is $425 and Thursday meals are NOT included.   The Christopher Inn has a wonderful, clean, bright conference room. There is a sparkling indoor pool and hot tub! We alsew invite a quilter/masseuse friend to offer massages throughout the fun weekend and a nail tech to pamper our tootsies and nails                                                                                                                                        
  • RECIPES & CLOSING
    SEARED SCALLOPS WITH KALE AND TOMATOES (serves 2-4)
    12 large sea scallops, remove side muscle and pat dry
    1 sweet onion, sliced thinly and randomly to look attractive
    1 cup chopped fresh kale
    1 cup halved grape tomatoes
    olive oil, salt, lemon pepper, lemon juice, garlic powder
      Place dry mussels on platter and sprinkle lightly with salt and lemon pepper. Heat 1T olive oil in cast iron or heavy skillet. Add scallops to skillet, separating them sew they don't touch. Sear until golden on one side (about 2 min), carefully turn over and repeat on other side. Transfer to plate and set aside.
      Add another dash of olive oil to pan and saute onions until tender and beginning to turn golden. Reduce head to medium and add kale and tomatoes. Saute until tomatoes begin to char. Add scallops back to pan and sprinkle with lemon juice and garlic powder. Serve on salad greens, pasta, or zoodles (zucchini noodles)

    ZOODLES (zucchini 'noodles') (serves 2-4)
      Hint: prepare these just prior to serving sew they are not soggy or limp. If you squeeze them dry they are a limp, wet mess when cooked. (Ask me how I know!!)
    2 small/medium zucchini (before large seeds develop. They are less watery) 
      Run these through your Spiralizer using your favorite blade. There are a couple to choose from ~ spaghetti-like; fettuccine-like; or ribbon-like. 
      Pour or generously spritz a small amount of olive oil in a skillet and allow to heat. Add zucchini and toss gently as you heat it through. At this point you can add 1 T pesto, or a generous sprinkle of  grated Parm. I often add a pinch of my favorite dried herb mixture. This makes a yummy replacement (in light recipes) for pasta noodles.

    PESTO PASTA WITH SHRIMP
      Rita's 'Winter' Kale Pesto
        2 bunches of fresh kale, rinsed, patted dry and de-stemmed
        good olive oil (amount varies)
        1 cup grated Parm
        1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds
        1/2 cup toasted pecans
          In your food processor bowl with slicing blade, loosely pack fresh kale. Pour about 1/2 cup olive oil over all and process until all kale is broken down. Add more kale, and more olive oil as needed to break down kale leaves. Add grated Parm and sunflower seeds. Continue to process until all is pulverized. Add olive oil generously as needed to keep everything moving in the processing bowl. Add pecans and more kale, if you have room. Continue to process until pesto is the thickness of sour cream. Transfer to air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 10 days. This alsew freezes well. I often place the container in hot water before using the pesto to loosen it up. You can add more olive oil alsew to thin the pesto a bit. I find no salt is needed, because of the salty Parmesan. You can mix this up by adding spinach or basil. Unlike basil pesto, this does not turn brown when exposed to the air. I often experiment by adding horseradish sauce, or a favorite salad dressing to add some sass. Just have fun with it. This is a perfect topping for fish, salads, pasta, chicken and pork. Yum!!
    Pasta and Shrimp

    8 ounces uncooked whole-wheat penne pasta

    1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 2-in. pieces

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    1 tablespoon unsalted butter

    1 pound large fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

    1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

    1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper

    1 cup halved grape tomatoes

    1/4 cup prepared pesto

    grated or shaved Parmesan cheese

      To a large pot of boiling, salted water, add pasta; cook according to package directions, adding asparagus during last 5 minutes of cooking. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 3/4 cup cooking liquid.  Heat 1 tablespoon oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high until butter melts. Sprinkle shrimp with red pepper and lemon pepper. Add shrimp to pan; cook 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until done. Remove shrimp from pan. Add pasta mixture and reserved 3/4 cup cooking liquid to pan; cook 1 minute. Stir in pesto, shrimp, and grape tomatoes. Top with grated or shaved Parm before serving.

    The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it. ~Patrick Young 
     
    Weather is a great metaphor for life - sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there's nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella or choose to dance in the rain!                                                                                                                   ~Terri Guillemets
     
    The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain. ~ Longfellow

     
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