Pierogi and Frogging

March 7, 2011

Last weekend just flew by! Between working, grocery shopping, making pierogi, quilting and frogging, the weekend was over in a blink of an eye! I'll explain frogging a little later for those of you that are fortunate to be unfamiliar with it.

Lent is right around the corner, which means it's also time to make pierogi. My MIL comes from a Polish background, so making pierogi is a tradition. When Scott and I were first together my MIL would make all the pierogi for us. Now that we have a family, she comes to our house and we make them together, including Scott and the girls.

We have a lot of fun, but it's a lot of work! Not to mention messy. We make the pierogi and Scott is in charge of cleanup.
We used my cute little egg separator I received as my Secret Santa gift from Ellen at the quilt shop Christmas party.
Our pierogi are stuffed with potato and cheese.  I'm just pinching the dough together after stuffing one.
I made all the "ugly" pierogi.  My MIL's is on the right and mine is on the left.  LOL!  She's a professional!!
Here's a batch waiting to go in the freezer.  Not all of them made it to the freezer.  We fried up the the not so nice ones when we were done.  Mostly the ones I made.  Yummy!  Fried in butter then dipped in sour cream!!  They are delicious!  We will enjoy them on Fridays until Easter.  Although, Alyssa requested them this morning for breakfast!  LOL!

Now to my "frogging."  Some of the things Jamie and I worked on last Thursday was continuous curve quilting.  I decided to try it out on my Le Petite project from last October, "Paganini" Schnibbles.  I originally had a different idea in my head for quilting and realized half way through the quilting that I should have went with my original plan.  I hated how the quilting looked!  I started it Saturday night and decided to stop and go back to it Sunday to see if I still wasn't happy with it...and I still hated it.  It wasn't bad, I just didn't like it.  I knew that if I left it the way it was, I would always look at it and not like it.  So I took Paganini off Annie and frogged last night.  Frogging is what machine quilters refer to as ripping out stitches.  You rip it, rip it. :-)  Took me two hours for my little quilt top!  There's a lot of holes from the stitching.   I'll need to size and re-press.
I know it'll be worth the work when I am happy with the quilting.  I'm already happy with those stitches gone!!

I want to wish my MIL, Geri, a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!  Happy Birthday Mom!  Thanks for all you do!

24 comments:

  1. OMG!!! I am definitely a frogger! I also love pierogi...lived in Milwaukee WI for a lot of years and there are a lot of Polish folks there.

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  2. I loved your post! I thought it so cute how you work together as a family making those pierogi's! Loved how your daughter is so into that she's right on top of the island!! Way cute!

    I love your quilt top. I have to say you are much more of a perfectionist than I am. If I don't like my quilting, I don't rip out the stitches, I just use it for something else than what it might have been intended for from the start. I should probably work on that! ;D In fact, of all the years of quilting, I'd never heard of 'fogging' before! (probably because I don't bother! HA!)

    Wishing you a joyous, sunny day today!

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  3. Um, that should have said' frogging'. See I can't even spell it right!

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  4. You lok like you have a fun tradition! I like the idea of knowing what's for dinner every friday.

    You are probably right about the quilt. you would have never liked it had you left in the stitching.

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  5. Love seeing how you are all working togehter to make the perogi. It does look like fun, but I imagine that they taste good enough that noone minds the clean up. That's a cute little quilt. I just went to a quilt show Saturday and picked up one of the Schnibbles patterns.

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  6. What a fun tradition. I wouldn't mind having one now for my breakfast!

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  7. I can see why you didn't like the quilting on your Paganini. I don't think it's because you did it poorly, but it didn't enhance the quilt. Which is what quilting is suppose to do to a quilt top. There are just too many odd angles to make the continuous line work/look right.

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  8. Ah, does this post bring back the memories. I grew up in a half Polish/half Irish town called Belleville, in Southern Michigan. My Irish grandma's neighbor was Polish and taught her how to make pierogis, and they became a new tradition for my family. Only one of my sisters learned how to make them! I haven't had one in years, but remember how we had contests as to how many we could each eat. Dad could eat ten, Mom could eat six, one of my aunts managed sixteen once.

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  9. The pierogi look delicious.....I think yours look great :-) Yes, I am familiar with frogging unfortunately! I'm sure it was frustrating to take out, but I'll bet you would have never been happy with it if you left the stitching in!

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  10. What a lovely lovely post! So wonderful to see you and your famil all working together in the kitchen...just terrific. Wish I could do a taste test - it all looks fantastic. Frogging is something I understand - not one day goes by that I dont do some. I think I look at designs upside down and back to front sometimes...I just take a big sigh - and get on with it...

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  11. I'm sure the ugly pierogi taste just a good as the pretty ones!

    I also rip out quilting if I don't like it. Any tips you can pass along for hiding the ripped out stitching lines would be appreciated.

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  12. I love pierogi although I've never had homemade. Doesn't matter what they look like as long as they taste delicious! Love that you have a cleaner upper.

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  13. Mr. Squash wants to know if you and Scott will adopt him! He is Polish and fondly remembers Pierogi being made at home when he was young!
    Cheers!

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  14. I have never had pierogi. It looks like fun and a lot of work making them and they look delicious ... anything with potatoes and cheese!
    I am sure it was a pain to take the stitching out of your quilt.
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  15. Hi Linda,
    You made me hungry for Pierogi...and I'd never heard of it before! :) I'm sure I could manage one of your ugly ones...lol!
    I'd never heard of frogging either...but I do alot of it...hehehe
    Like you if its just not right it haunts me until I fix it, better to do it sooner than later...hahaha
    Have a fun week...especially on fridays eating Pierogi (Just wanted to try and spell it again...hehehe!)
    Hugs Wendy x

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  16. I hate frogging. I've had to do it a number of times. Hate it! Love your quilt. You are so lucky to have your family together. What fun you are having making these wonderful memories.

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  17. We all "rip it, rip it" at one time or another... most often then not. :)

    It's great your family is able to get together and cook. :)

    Have a great week!

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  18. What a wonderful family tradition...I'm with your daughter...I'll have one for breakfast please! ENJOY!

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  19. I just posted about making pirohy with my family! Lori commented on my post that she had just read about making pierogi on yours. Pirohy is slavic, but they look the same to me. My oldest son eats them for breakfast without heating them!
    I've never heard the term frogging but I've done it! Your quilt is adorable and I'm sure you'll be happy you took the time to love the quilting, too.

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  20. Family bonding. That is always a good thing.
    Never heard of frogging. What a job.

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  21. I found you through the Pink Cushion blog. The "Pierogi" grabbed my attention. I am Polish too, but we don't make pierogi often enough. We usually make them for Christmas Eve. I love that you make them as a family. Such a great tradition.

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  22. Pierogi has been a family tradition in my family my entire life and it is fabulous! We make a party of it with friends and family all pitching in so it's fun and makes the messy work part less like work. Sorry to hear about the frogging...rippit rippit, lol, rippit!

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  23. Good for you for taking it out if you didn't like it. I have such a hard time with that. I just get frustrated and set it aside.

    Love your pierogi! Lloyd made pierogi once and I LOVED it. They are sooo good! That is just wonderful that you all do that together.

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  24. Two new words learned!!! I love the look of your pierogi, and hate frogging!!! I am trying to machine quilt some designs at the moment and really, really not happy with them :( I wish I could send it to you to finish instead!!
    lv,
    Joy

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