Wednesday, June 27, 2007

More about last Sunday

As I mentioned in the previous post I hadn't had so much fun in a long long time as in our last meeting. I don't know what was in the air but we were all laughing and having a good time. I just wanted to share some of those moments with everyone else.

I don't know when Clara finds time to make this beautiful but most importantly, perfectly made quilt top for her daughter! It looked beautiful!

The mascot of the group, aka Luca, was wearing the t-shirt I just made for him from a drawing that my friend Soraya designed. He looked really cute with it on.

Amisha was trying to get a balloon for Luca and this was not easy. We had a good laugh until she got it!.

Pilar didn't even need to take her pants off! She was sewing them right on the spot!

Claudia showed us her new creation, a bracelet she made in a jewelry class.

Marcela was posing too with her new three bags, she has been very productive with these bags lately, they are nice...

Michelle played with Luca and his balloon.

And while everybody was talking...I was doing some flamenco moves....

And for next week we are announcing our first Anniversary celebration! Hurra! We will have a very special event, here goes the announcement!

You are invited to the First Annual Minerva's Circle Anniversary Party!

When: Sunday July 1, 2007, 4pm-6pm
Where: The Mcguire Commons Room, on UF Campus
Who: Anyone interested in quilting, sewing, crafts, or anyone interested in someone interested in quilting, sewing, crafts, etc.!
Why: to see what Minerva's Cirlce has been up to during its first year, to share inspiration, to socialize, to encourage new members, and to eat yummy snacks!
There will also be door prizes made by Minerva's Circle members!
See the linked flyer for more info and directions.
Please pass this on to anyone you think may be intrested.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Happy birthday and see you soon!

At minerva's Circle we are celebrating something most of the time. This past Sunday it was a special one. I think I haven't had so much fun in a very long time. It was a speacil day for Minerva's, we were celebrating a birthday and a farewell.
After her 3 week long trip to China and Korea, Amisha came back with a birthday in her hands! Actually her birthday was today, but we wanted to make sure we remembered and gave her a nice card that Pilar made.

This time too, we wanted to say goodbye to a good friend and member of this special circle. Clara, from Portugal is moving out to North Calorina, and after a great year of quilting, knitting, chatting, and sharing a special friendship with her, it was time for Minerva's Circle to say goodbye, or rather, see you soon.
Michelle made sure we were all color coordinated with the fabrics, bright and colorful, just like Clara. We made 9 blocks and all of them were quite different. We put black sashing and black back and quilted in yellow so you can see it clearly in the back. I think she liked it. We all enjoyed making it and some of our members didn't participate because we did it in a rush, but all their hearts are in it too.
Clara, we hope you enjoy this wall hanging and that you remember all your friends from Minerva's. We will have to visit you and see how it looks in the wall of your new home. Best of luck and warm wishes from Minerva's circle. More pictures here.

Friday, June 08, 2007


Since we went to the Blueberry Picking the other day, I was so excited about baking them and turning into muffins. So, this is the recipe I got from a book (*) that my friend Denise left me before she went to Chile around a year and a half ago.

Makes 12
  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar (I recommended 1 cup instead)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F

2. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan or use paper liners

3. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a bowl

4. In another bowl, whisk the eggs until blended. Add the melted butter, milk, vanilla and lemon rind and stir to combine

5. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the egg mixture. With a large metal spoon, stir just until the flour is moistened, not until is smooth.

6. Fold in the blueberries

7. Spoon the batter into the cups, leaving room for the muffins to rise

8. Bake until the tops spring back when touched lightly, 20-25 minutes (for me 20 min were enough). Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before unmolding.

Enjoy baking -and off course tasting- this yummy muffins!

(*)Baking. Easy – to – make home bakes. Carole Clements (contributing editor), Hermes Ed., 2001.