Tuesday, June 7, 2011


To anyone wonderin’ ~ I’m still alive!
I’m just sew darn tired I have to revive
My creative energies and gift of gab.
But never fear….I’ll give it a stab.

    Well....where to begin?  Last we chatted I was telling you a bit about myself.  Mostly I identify myself as a wife, a mom/gramma, and quilter. Since we last visited I became a gramma again! Our daughter, Erin and hubby Kris, presented us with a beautiful baby girl, Camille Eileen, born via c-section on Tuesday, May 24 at 5:30am.  The Count and I are nearly as over-the-moon as proud mama and pappa!
   Sweet 21 month-old cousin Charlotte has not yet met this newest Fishlette....but I'm sure it will be love-at-first-sight. (Especially since this little one is not going home with Charlotte!)  Anyhow, that's part of the reason I'm a bit bushed. I was 'night-nanny' for a few nights as everyone settled in. Lucky for mamma and pop, little Camille is a good sleeper.  I think Charlotte stayed wide-awake her entire first year, sew I'm thrilled for Camille's folks that she's a sleeper!
  After Camille settled in I headed to Cincinnati to teach a couple classes and demo to the Ohio Valley Quilt Guild, a HUGE, active group of very talented and super-fun quilters. I had a blast!  Now I'm home and getting myself geared up for the fun NQA Show in Columbus next week.  Meanwhile, I'm operating on a bit of sleep deprivation and a pile of "must-do" stuff on my desk.  It's actually the pile on my desk that wears me out. REAL life is nothin' compared to "what's comin'".....
  I'm teaching a very fun group of quilters-now-friends in Ajo, Az (extreme southwestern Arizona) in February. I've been teaching there for many years and have become good friends with many of the quilters there. I look forward to that visit all year long.   At the end of their class this year they asked to make the Storm-At-Sea quilt in February 2012, using the Creative Grids Storm-At-Sea ruler.  Sew.....I took a deep breath, picked out my fabrics, and started cutting and sewing.
  There is not a pattern yet using the Storm-At-Sew ruler, sew I figured I'd go ahead and write the pattern while I make the quilt, and that's what I've worked on today....as I successfully managed to feel like I was accomplishing something while I deftly, once again, avoided doing all the things I REALLY needed to do today. Any wonder I'm tired. That avoidance-thing wears one out!
  My goal with this blog is to pop-in frequently and keep you updated on all-things-quilty in the world of Rita Fishel and Creations SewClever.  Thursday I should be able to show you some pictures of the Storm-At-Sea quilt I'm working on, and give you some details of the things going on around the shop.
  Last week I took one long day mowing, trimming, weeding, and generally sprucing up around the shop.  The poison ivy on my arms and legs is a gentle reminder of all the hard work I put in.  All I can say is, it looks really nice, and is WORTH it (itch, itch, scratch, scratch).  Stop by and admire, if you have the opportunity, before the weeds grow up again!
  Next week we head to the fun NQA Show in Columbus where we'll have a large booth and I'm teaching a fun Mystery Class on Saturday (June 18).  I hope you can join us at this fun show, in our booth, or in the class!
  My day is winding down and now there's dinner to prepare.  Here's what I'm fixing to go with the pork loin we roasted the other evening. This recipe is light and fresh and summery!  Enjoy!
Fresh and Fast Quinoa Salad
1 cup raw quinoa
1 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1-2 ribs celery, chopped fine
1/2 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
1/4 cup chopped or slivered toasted almonds or pecans
1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2T minced fresh rosemary
2T minced fresh thyme
2T minced fresh basil
2T minced fresh mint
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
   In medium saucepan heat chicken broth to boiling and add quinoa. Turn heat to low, cover pan and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally as quinoa absorbs liquid.  As Quinoa cools make dressing by whisking together: vinegar, olive oil, herbs, lemon zest and juice. Add carrots, celery, craisins and nuts to quinoa. Toss all gently with dressing. Top with shredded cheese and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  Have a wonderful evening!!  Your friend in stitches, Rita


  1. That recipe sounds delicious. I'm going to make it this summer! Thanks for sharing.

  2. yay for a new baby!! i'm glad you got to spend some time with the family before you went off running around with quilters again!

  3. Congrats on the new grand daughter ... love her name. It's very pretty!

    Hugs & stitches,