The Ending of a Week

This past week, Carole invited her Blog Readers (From My Carolina Home) to join her for a Saturday Virtual/Zoom Sewing Retreat. So Friday’s plan was to do cutting & organizing for a day of sewing to catch up with my many Quilt Alongs (QAL). Since this was a Video Retreat, of course, I had to do some Sewing Room Clean Up – you know, when company is coming you must do a bit of straightening! And lastly, I didn’t want to interrupt my day of stitching, so I had to plan a Slow Pot meal to cook while we were sewing.

Tops for Fabric Cafe

First thing Friday was a quick Grocery Run. I like shopping early when it’s less crowded. Plus it gets it finished quickly. On my list was 2 Slow Pot meals and simple lunch for Saturday. I wanted one Slow Pot meal for Friday to free up my time to clean & organize for the Virtual Sew Day and, of course, one for Saturday while we met.

Once home I put a pork roast into the Slow Pot. This was good for Friday night dinner and shredded with BBQ sauce it would make great sandwiches. That done, off to my sewing room.

I was getting a bit behind in my QALs, so my goal for the Saturday’s Virtual/Zoom Sew Day was to have blocks cut and ready to stitch. This would allow me the most time in front of the Sewing Machine which is where I set up my computer with Zoom open.

All cut and ready to stitch: Left: Weeks 1 & 2 of Wednesday’s Quilt of Valor Mystery QAL, 60 Blue & White Flying Geese & 60 White & Red Flying Geese. Right/Top: 16-Patch QOV Blocks. Right/Bottom/Center: Week #3, Fat Quarter Shop’s 2022 Christmas Time Mystery QAL. Right/Bottom: Project Linus Week #1 Block 1A (need 3 more Friendship Star blocks).

QAL Blocks ready to stitch

I got my computer ready for the Zoom meeting, so of course I had to clean & straighten my Sewing Room “Background.” I hung some of my UFOs over the bookcases covering the clutter and showing off some of my projects.

Zoom set up for Virtual Zoom Sewing Day
A picture of a picture “Selfie”

Friday ended and I was all set up for Saturday and a day of sewing & visiting with fellow quilters.

First thing Saturday was to start the Slow Pot Meal so it would be cooking while I was stitching and ready to eat after we were done. My Friday grocery run picked up a roast and the rest of the ingredients were in my pantry.

Simple Roast, Potatoes & Veggies for the Slow Pot

This is a simple Dump & Go Recipe and mostly uses whatever you have on hand – First, layer a handful of baby carrots, quartered potatoes and sliced onions. Put the roast on top of the veggies. Mix together a can of Cream of Onion soup (or Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushrooms, your choice), 1/2 can of Beef Broth (Chicken Broth or water), 2 packets of Soy Sauce (leftover from Chinese takeout, or 2 teaspoons of Soy Sauce, Worchester Sauce or whatever you have in your pantry), 1 packet of dry Italian Dressing Mix, and 1 Tablespoon of Lipton Onion Soup Mix (I found using the whole packet to be a bit too salty for me, so adjust to taste). Pour over Roast and Veggies.

Potatoes, Carrots, Onions, Roasted in Slow Pot Gravy & Seasonings ready to pour over & cook during y
Gravy & Seasonings to Pour over Roast & Veggies

Set the Slow Pot on Low for 6-7 hours. My CrockPot will switch to “Keep Warm” after the set cooking time which is a nice feature if we’re not ready to eat when it’s done. At lunchtime, I added a 16 oz bag of frozen cut green beans. I’ve found if adding these at the beginning, they are too mushy. If I were using fresh, I’d probably add with the rest of the veggies. I use Russet Potatoes because I think they retain their shape better, but I will use whatever I have on hand. This recipe is very forgiving and flexible. If you don’t have Italian Dressing Mix, just use a combination of Italian Seasoning and any other spices from your cabinet. If using the Lipton Onion Soup Mix, I don’t add extra Salt. Click here for a PDF of my Recipe.

Post Sewing Finner
There was gravy, too, but I’m not much for gravy.

With the remnants of Hurricane Ian dumping rain all day and temperatures staying in the mid-50s, soup was on the menu for Lunch along with a half of a sandwich made with leftover chicken & a cut apple. I picked up 2 servings of Panera’s Broccoli and Cheese Soup at the store. A few years ago I found this Lunch Pot by Crockpot. It doesn’t cook, but does warm and is great for setting up in the morning with soup or leftovers for an easy, hot lunch. I bought one for our daughter to take leftovers to work for lunch and then I bought us one for home.

Lunch in a Pot – Lunch Pot holds enough for Hubby & Me

The Zoom Sewing Retreat started at 10 am and went until 4 pm. Participants came & went as their time schedule permitted. I got a picture at one point. Carole, the host, is pictured at the top/left. I lost count, but think there were a total of 13 or so including those that came for a bit. Usually there were 8-9 active.

Saturday Virtual Zoom Sewing Day Hosted by Carole of From My Carolina Home Blog

My organization paid off. I got a lot of stitching done, and didn’t have to keep popping up/down to cut. I did have to get up to iron a few times.

I got caught up with Fat Quarter Shop’s 2022 Christmas Time Mystery QAL. Week 3 block is 4 Christmas Cards. Look close they are a bit hard to envision. I probably should have used a better contrast between background and cards. But it is what it is!

Fat Quarter Shop's 2022 Christmas Time Mystery QAL
The Flying Geese are the front of the Christmas Card and the HST is the interior as it sits open

I also got the final Friendship Star Blocks done for the Project Linus Week 1, Block 1A. The Week 2 blocks were downloaded yesterday morning, but I didn’t work on them. I have until next Saturday to get them done.

Project Linus 2022 Mystery Challenge QAL- Blocks 1A & 1B
Project Linus 2022 Mystery Challenge Week 1, Blocks 1A & 1B (I got 3 Friendship Stars completed at the Virtual Sewing Day)

Finally I worked on Flying Geese for Weeks 1 & 2 of Wednesday’s QOV 2022 Mystery QAL – Long May She Wave. I will be working on the rest of these today, so hope to be caught up.

QOV 2022 Mystery QAL- Long May She Wave
Progress Made: 30 Blue & White Flying Geese and 20 White & Red Flying Geese

All in all a very productive day!

Hope you are having a great weekend.

Happy Stitching!

Quilt Mouse

About Quiltmouse

I am retired. I love to quilt. I make charity quilts as well as quilts for my friends & family.
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4 Responses to The Ending of a Week

  1. trkingmomoe says:

    Looks like a lot of fun. Spent the weekend cleaning up from the storm. I was one of the lucky ones.


  2. Wow – your organization is impressive! You were ready to go for the whole day.
    Love the screen shot of the zoom crowd. So much fun!


  3. It was nice to see you again during the Zoom Sewing day. I shared a link today on my blog ( ) back to your blog. You DID get a lot done! Thanks for taking the photo of the group! That was nice. Your recipe sounds delicious. I have a container of the Panera soup in my freezer, and wished I had pulled it out for lunch instead of reheating a piece of chicken. It may come out today for lunch! Stay high and dry, more rain today.


  4. Nice Zoom sewing day. We were traveling all day (finally home after being gone most of the summer).

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