Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year, New Beginnings, New Quilts!

Many of us are deciding on our New Year Resolutions. While I really didn't give it much thought besides getting back to exercising regularly, eating better, spending good quality time with family and friends; Julie has set some goals that I think are promising in my own quilting studio. As I read her posting today I had an "ah-ha" moment....it sounded like something I want and could do. So if you think you spend way too much time in front of the computer, drooling through quilt magazines and more time thinking about doing them rather than doing them you may want to consider her goals to be your own as well. Though I must admit I don't have that many UFO's (likely from drooling over photos rather than working on them!!)

Yesterday I had all intentions of making a small project for a friend until I was interrupted by son #2 that Meowzer made it home. Meowzer went missing Saturday evening. We live in a heavily wooded area so he makes the rounds to numerous homes and loves to hunt. This isn't the first time he was a no show but this time it was for three days of not coming home for food or his naps. The cat was soaking wet with mud; a bewildered look in his eyes and he wanted in. We promptly bathed him as he purred the whole time (yes, he loves baths). He then slept through the rest of the day and night. He obviously didn't eat for a few days as well. I don't know what happened to him but he is glad to be home. I hate having a cat that loves the outdoors but this is how he came to live with us.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and promising resolutions or goals that are manageable!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy 25th Anniversary


DH and I celebrate 25 years of marriage today. One of our best accomplishments together is our two sons, ages 15 and 19. Here is a recent photo of our family.
Why would I marry on Dec 30th? Long story shortened....he joined the military and he wanted to be sure I could go with him to his first duty assignment. At that time we knew for sure he would be home on leave during the holidays so planning a wedding was doable. Once we made several deposits to hold the hall, church, and order the invites we learned his first duty assignment would be right there at "home" in California! We went on with the planned wedding. Life for me during the first few years didn't change much as a military spouse since I never left my family, friends, job and life as I knew it. The only difference was now he got into a military uniform everyday and worked at the base (less than 10 minutes away). His next duty assignment took us to Europe and we spent many wonderful years traveling until his retirement just two years ago.
The 25 year anniversary is a milestone and we would love to celebrate it on a cruise or even perhaps Hawaii. But for now we still have the boys to get through college.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Pondering The Holiday Birthday

A few days ago I posted about my December birthday and the fact I don't much care for it during this month because the merriment is all about Christmas; granted Jesus' birthday is the reason for the season. I'm envious of birth dates during the long lazy days of summer. Well, as it turns out I received several emails from other bloggers having December birthdays and they too had stories to tell. Christmas wrapped birthday to Christmas ornaments as birthday gifts....ah the list goes on!

We met up with friends last night and the subject of December births was brought up. His birthday is in January and he said that the month just after the holidays is just as bad because nobody has money and the credit card bills show up. I had also heard this from another blogger with a January birthday.

I had a blogger ask if we might have a special birthday exchange for these months. Hmmmm...it is a thought and possibly something to consider. What do you think? Leave a comment with your birthdate and ideas if you have them.

One of my blogging friends, Judy celebrates her birthday today. Happy Birthday to you!


We had an enjoyable day Christmas and I wanted to share this quilted bag I received as one of my presents from Claire. Thank you Claire....you spoil me.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas To All

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
May Santa bring you all that you wish for and SEW much more!

Monday, December 22, 2008

My Birthday

Today, just three days before Christmas is my birthday. Some of you already know just how much I absolutely hate having a December birthday. Every year during this time I get a bit down just because all the merriment is geared towards the holidays.

A package came several days ago from my best friend, Claire. I was good and didn't peek because I knew that I wanted something to really make my day today. This is a Jo Morton quilt called, "Rebecca's Baskets." I should have taken close-ups to show off Claire's absolutely perfect hand quilting. I'll treasure this little number forever....thank you Claire.....you are the best!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Holiday Photos Of Christmas Past

These are photos from last year but I did want to share something for the holiday. There isn't as much out this year since I'd been gone the majority of it.

This little tree sits in what I call my internet cafe. My internet cafe is actually supposed to be the formal dining area. The area is anything but formal since I love the old look! I made the rip-rag garland many years ago and the tree skirt is a pattern from Fig Tree I believe. There are also cookie cutters for ornaments. The tree has been through many Christmas' and is due for a replacement this next year.

Rip-rag garland is easy enough to make. Cut rectangles of a variety of scraps about 3 x 5 (this actually depends on the look you want). You'll need ALOT and even more the larger the tree. Using stacks of 3 rectangles, center a long line of jute, twine or something similiar down the center and zig-zag stitch the jute to the fabric.....just keep on stitching. Again, the larger the tree the longer this will be. You may want to start wrapping this long length onto something so it does not tangle and knot. Next step can be a messy and lengthy one....remember the key word is "rip-rag" garland. Now you will tear each fabric towards the zig zag stitch on the jute and fluff up the rips. To store it I wrap it around an empty fabric bolt.

Another one of my favorite quilts is this Christmas Ribbons table topper.
A few more decorations.....


A view of my living room from the front door entry. I made the holiday stockings many Christmas' ago. I wanted to be sure the boys had something hand made from me that they would remember using while growing up.





Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I'm Home Again...With Many, Many Thanks!

My life was turned upside down nearly a month ago when I received the call that my dad's health took a turn for the worse. I immediately took the next plane to California and cared for dad the last week of his life. My dad passed away December 2nd of cancer. While dad will be missed I'm thankful he is no longer suffering. Thank you to so many who sent prayers; dad is now in heaven.

I was in California for three weeks having left the weekend just before Thanksgiving. Naturally this was the worse possible time with so many appointments on our calendar here. My DH was run ragged between his job and now taking over my domestic duties. He did an absolutely wonderful job of keeping it all together in addition to our friends here. With that said, I did come home to tons of mail, empty kitchen cupboards, bills to mail, cards to get out, and a house to decorate. DH did get out all the holiday boxes from the basement and had them sitting in the living room for me when I got home. Bless his heart, he put up the tree (without decorations) and he did put the garland out on the porch. I think he gave up after that! He told me he had to refer back to last year's photos to see what went where and finally gave up. Too funny! I've decided with the time cut short I won't decorate as much as last year and hope to post last year's photos to share later. I still need to find gifties for my guys too!

Speaking of gifts...my friend Shirley had this pillow waiting for me along with a charm package by Moda called, "Collection For A Cause"....just cause she knew it would cheer me.

About a month ago my son brought home a fundraiser for 10 gift baskets his school was raffling. I never ever win but purchased $20 worth of tickets to support his school. The drawing was held while I was gone and I won TWO baskets! The one above is loaded with chocolate and the one below is a pamper basket.


Also my blogging friend Wendy received her swap from me just after I left here for California. She is the sweetest blogger to have asked me and I hope we'll do it again after the New Year.
Again, thank you to so many who commented with your thoughts and prayers. It really meant the world to me to see so many caring wishes being sent my way.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Emergency Posting To All My Friends

Dear blogging and non-blogging friends,

Most of you know that my father is dying from cancer. I received word from my sister a few hours ago that I needed to get there because they weren't sure that dad was going to make it for my planned visit two weeks from now.

It is doubtful that I will have access to a computer but will try. I apologize in advance for not responding to email and comment post. My return ticket is still set for 14 December.

Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Show, Share and Pattern Winner Announced

Night & Day quilt finally has the binding stitched down. I had every intention to finish this earlier in the week. Sometimes life's direction goes the opposite way in which we intended and this past week let's just say the hits just kept on coming. Things are getting much better again....whew! This little quilt won't be living with me....no hints!

I've been paper piecing and making small framed quilts. These won't be living here with me either.

Lucky number 27 wins the pattern giveaway I posted last weekend.
Cathi please send me your address and I'll get it in the mail to you!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Blogging Friends Are Some Of The Best!!!

Wendy's package arrived today! This is my very first blog swap package and I just love it all! A few months back we discovered each other's blogs and asked about doing a small quilt swap for November. My new little quilt is to die for! I remember commenting on her blog's post last August just how much I loved the stars and that border print.....little did I know one would come my way! But wait, there's more! She also sent a needle keeper she made complete with a tiny little rusty bell (love that added touch!), embroidery needles that I've had my eye on, a pattern and also holiday notepad.

I just started blogging this past summer after reading other quilter's blogs. I observed just how much fun they were having interacting and getting to know each other and then their exchanges of small quilts, pin cushions, needle keepers, fat quarters or whatever they wanted to create small surprises in the mail. Sometimes they were done secretively; one blogger would be the "ring leader" and match up the quilters. Blogs would post pictures of their latest quilts in progress and this kept me motivated in my own quilting. I especially love to see the newest lines of fabrics, patterns being used and not sitting in a stash....it opened up a whole new world to me and I decided to jump in and join the fun. I've enjoyed getting to know many who comment and regularly email me outside of the blog postings. Many of these new blogging friends have very similiar interest as myself making me wish we all could live in the same town and meet regularly for quilting, coffee, lunches, antiquing or whatever friendship allows.

So to the non-bloggers out there (and you all know who you are.....I've got at least 7 non-blogging friends who read me regularly!) consider joing in on the fun.

And to Wendy, thank you so very much!! I can't wait for you to receive yours so I could post the photos!!

There is still time to enter the drawing for the pattern. Please keep comments to the post below.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Giving Away A Pattern

Have you heard of Cotton-Theory Quilting? I purchased this pattern while living in England a few years ago from Patchwork-Corner. Since I've already made myself the pillow I really don't need to hang on to the pattern any longer. This giveaway is for the pattern only. Interested? Leave a comment by Friday, 21 November.

If you are a noreplyblogger or anonymous I cannot contact you if I pull your name. I noticed a few entries I have no way to contact you! Please be sure to send me a good email address separately if need be.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dress Up Your Blog And Grab A Tissue!!

I may be a day late and a dollar short.....perhaps clueless? I'm still new to figuring out the blogging world. I can't be the only one, right? I've been seeing some very pretty blogs and kept wondering how can I do that. Well, I'm still getting it figured out and with help here.

Ok, mine isn't exactly pretty....but I was goofing around and trying different backgrounds. I'm giving myself a pat on the back for getting this far.

I haven't figured out how to place a You Tube video on so you could quickly click it....so have pasted in the link to Reveille here. This plays just over 10 minutes and is worth every single minute....have a tissue handy.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Another Day In My Life....

I've talked about Meowzer in previous post and how he came to live with us rather than his own family. (I had tuna!) Well, my DH is allergic to him so he rarely gets to spend much time inside; though he does prefer to be outside with exception of rainy days. My DH was a sweetie and made this shelf on the garage window so Meowzer could see out when we put him in there at night. He is such a silly cat. I went out to the garage during the middle of this gorgeous day, the large door wide open to the world, and here sits Meowzer looking out his window!

I've started the quilting on my Night & Day quilt and should have the binding on by tomorrow. This is the plan anyway!
My friend Kimberly has posted a FREE mystery quilt. It is mentioned in about the middle of her homepage. Register your name and email address to have access to the first installment and details.
Thanks again to all well wishers with regards to my dad. He called me today and is out of the hospital. He sounds tired and weak but in good spirits considering. I've made flight reservations to visit him for a week in December.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Christmas Sparkler

Thank you to Marcie of Patchalot Patterns for sharing this free pattern with us bloggers. I needed something to keep me busy while I waited to hear from mom regarding my dad's health. I started this on Wednesday and finished that last stitch of binding last night just as the phone rang. It was mom with the news we've dreaded hearing. My father's cancer has spread rapidly and he has only 3 to 6 months. Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Annie Giveaway Alert!

This has got to be one of the cutest sites for Annies and she is having a giveway on her blog for these patterns! But wait there's more!!! She also has two free patterns to make your own Annies along with a great tutorial and other fun stuff.

I have finished the Christmas Sparkler quilt with exception of hand stitching the binding to the back. I'll post a photo just as soon as I take that last stitch! I want to say a big thank you to all well wishers who posted and also emailed me separately. Dad is still in the hospital; mom will call me this evening with an update.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Christmas Sparkler Helped Me Today

Wendy sent me a note this morning asking if I'd seen the Christmas Sparkler quilt pattern from Marcie offered as this year's gift to us bloggers. Yes, indeed I had and I also had the pages printed out. I'm proud to say that I've started it and have proof in the photo! Today I needed a diversion of sorts. My father hasn't been well for a very long time and his quality of life dimenishing daily. I'd been waiting to hear from my mom on the latest details; he went back into the hospital again yesterday. This pattern was just what I needed to work on today; it was easy so I was able to think about dad and times spent together. My wish, my prayer is for my father not to suffer anymore.


Monday, November 3, 2008

Slappy Turned 15 Today!

Happy 15th Birthday to my son #2 aka Slappy. I'm sure the highlight of his day was getting his driver's permit. The nickname Slappy was his idea many years ago after he watched a movie called, "Slappy and the Stinkers." Slappy was a seal. He was about 4 years old when he asked if I'd call him Slappy. It's a fond memory and his face was just so darned cute when he asked me. The name has stuck.

Pumpkin pie is what he ALWAYS request for his birthday.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Three Sites I Hope You'll Visit For Free Stuff

Just over a year ago I was the newsletter editor for our quilt guild. I had to search for "fillers" so that the newsletter would be filled. I've been sitting here deleting files from those newsletter days and came across this.

Also for the past few weeks I've been forwarding a fellow blogger Kim a bunch of freebie patterns that she has posted to the side bar of her website. Check them out for some easy and fun Christmas gift ideas. She has labeled the side bar "Wee Gifties." There are coasters, wallets, pillow cases, tissue box covers, just to name a few!

At this link you will find a really cool BOM mystery quilt that is coming to an end in December. Be sure to download and save! The option is yours as to what size quilt you want to make and the idea of each pattern block is a great idea so look closely! Of course, you wouldn't have known this back at the beginning of the BOM....but always fun no less! Here's your link to enjoy.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

NoReplyBlogger

Somebody named Jan posted in my comments asking me some questions. You are a noreplyblogger. The pantograph used was stars and loops (no hearts). I can do hearts too. If you have quilt tops for me please email me directly for price quote. I'd be happy to help and realize this is a busy time of year for longarmers. If it is panto I've got openings.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Another Finish!

I got this quilt on the frame and quilted today! I'm just so pleased with myself. Time to mail it to the customer.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fun Day For Me

A bit of pumpkin bread baking makes the house smell so good and the added warmth from the oven is a bonus. This recipe is by far my most favorite out of all pumpkin bread recipes.

Yummy Pumpkin Bread

3 1/2 c. flour
2 1/2 c. sugar
2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
2 c. canned pumpkin
1 c. corn oil
2/3 c. water
4 eggs

Preheat oven 350. Grease & flour two loaf pans. Sift together flour, sugar, salt, soda and spices. Stir together pumpkin, oil, water and eggs. Comine the two and bake 350 for one hour.

I've posted this little quilt before.....I just LOVE where I've placed it in my home. For some reason this little gift from my friend Shirley is really catching my eye. Thanks again buddy!

Growing up in Northern California right near Anheuser Busch Brewery gave me plenty opportunity to see the magnificent Clydesdale Horses. It has been many years since I've seen them up close and personal. Today was a real treat for me when they came to town! Have you seen that commercial where the dalmation dog helps train the one Clydesdale to make the team? I just love it.






Friday, October 24, 2008

Two Postings Today With A Big YAHOO!!

I just had to post a 2nd time today since I'm so excited that I finished my first customer quilt! The quilting is simply stars and loops. She will trim and bind it.


A Small Quilt Finish

My small quilt using Jo Morton fabrics and a Lori Smith pattern is now a finish. Yahoo!! I wanted to show 2nd photo first but messed up. The quilt under my very old Raggedy is the final quilt AFTER the tea dye bath it received yesterday. I love to tea dye and the look of old crinkled quilts. The 2nd photo is before its bath.


My customer quilt should be finished but DH was off yesterday and for next few days. We tend to spend our time together so I don't get in as much quilting when he is home. I'm sure you know how that is. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sneak Peek


Thought it would be nice to share a sneek peak of a customer quilt I'm working on today.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Just Checking In.....

My tension is much better. I've spent many hours trying to figure it out and should have been quilting! Now I'm keeping fingers crossed that I can get in some serious quilting this upcoming week.

This is a little quilt from a Lori Smith pattern using Jo Morton fabrics with the exception of one light Thimbleberries in the nine patch.

Marcie at Patchalot Patterns is offering a new free pattern that is perfect for small quilt decorating. Be sure to check it out along with her past free patterns.

Meg from Crabapple Hill Studio also has some downloads you may be interested in. My friend Jan wrote and told me about this site.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Do Crickets Bring Us Luck or Not?

Meowzer has a pretty good life.....after my sleepless night this looks pretty darn good! I'll explain below.

A neighbor friend brought me these flowers the day before yesterday. We've had some very warm weather this week so I'm surprised they still look wonderful. They make me smile...I need to smile.

My sleepless night photo....

Yesterday I went up to the quilt studio and found a tiny little cricket so I carefully picked him up and released him outside....for luck right? I spent the major part of the day quilting away and Gam decides to have tension issues! Another few hours of pure frustration and I called it a night. Longarm tension issues are new to me; I spent another few hours researching my possibilities to correct it. This left me sleepless. Then this morning I was meeting up with a friend for breakfast only to find when I went to start the car it wouldn't start. My neighbor can't even get it jump started and suggested possibly the starter. Great! What I want to know is WHERE IS THAT CRICKET WHO WAS TO BRING ME LUCK?!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

A Taste of Home's Free One Year Offer

Thought I'd give you blogging friends a lead on receiving ONE FULL YEAR FREE of the magazine, A Taste of Home. Yesterday I was waiting in the grocery line by the magazines. I noticed that the magazine had different issues like Soups, or Family Favorites and I just kept thumbing through waiting my turn for the cashier. You know those little postcard advertisements that always fall out of the magazines? Well, one fell out and when I picked it up off the floor the word FREE caught my eye. Heck, I'm for free and especially these days. Of course, I'm thinking it must be one free year with a paid subscription of another year. NOPE! No obligations, no strings attached....the card was for one full year of a subscription.

Now I do realize that this means I'll be getting plenty of junk mail requesting I renew.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Two Postings Today....

Since I had major grocery shopping today I went to the Super Wal-Mart thinking I would save a few pennies on their roll-back pricing. Every time I shop the prices just keep going up so I haven't a clue what they are rolling-back from. It has gotten to the point that some recipes don't get everything they call for or if I'm the only one who cares for some green pepper in my meal I'll do without so I can save my $2! I love nuts but the rest of the family isn't as keen as I about the nuts....another corner I'm cutting with exception to my pecan cheesecake pie!

A few post back I mentioned needing new rugs. I found two possibilities today and brought them home for auditioning. Did you know that Wal-Mart is now carrying Better Homes items? They have some very nice rugs in; that fit my "country look".

The reason for my second posting and sorry if I babble on here. After putting away groceries I went up to change Gam's needle before loading my next quilt top. The needle screw isn't budging so requires some DH strength when he gets in this evening. So then decided to catch up on emails and going through some "old favorite" listings.

I'd forgotten about http://www.fatcatpatterns.com/ and it must be shared especially because of some new FREE holiday patterns. You'll find many FREE patterns as well as some retired ones for a small fee.

As I write, Son #2 is on his way home to spend the next several days with us during his Fall break. Hence, the need for food! This will also be his first sighting of Gam.....he's an engineering student so I'm guessing he'll be somewhat interested.

More Show & Share of Jo Day

Let me see if I can explain this quilt holder. One of the Jo members shares a small quilt that she slides over the top of an office supply product. I don't know the name of it....if you do help me out and mention it in the comments. It is clear plastic, tilts at a slight angle back and is the size of a piece of paper. I think you can actually slide a paper in between the clear plastic. Anyway, she makes a small quilt that covers the size of this office supply thingy....a sleeve big enough on the back of the quilt that slides down over the office thingy. Confusing? I really like this idea. I want to say she mentioned it appeared in an old Quiltmaker magazine....could be wrong.....but if you know....would you share? I liked it because it was another option for displaying a small quilt.


She also shared these two little seasonal quilts that I thought you would enjoy seeing.

This picture does no justice for this quilt! She used Jo fabrics but then took a pattern from Whimsicals "Cabin Fever" for the center...and she used gorgeous wool!

I still have more pictures of yesterday to share in another post.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Jo Club Today!

This is just a small sampling of show and share today. I'll be posting more later. I just loved this little quilt! I had visions of it quilted, tea dye washed and dried for a lovely old crinkle look then placed in a basket in my home. Unfortunately....it isn't mine!

This was a keeper too....she wasn't letting go.

Then this one! Oh my goodness...the borders weren't on yet but isn't that center applique just too CA-UTE! I love how she had the top of the pumpkin lid laying to the side and of course...the crow is perfect!



Sunday, October 5, 2008

Directions to Make Night & Day (previous post)

I've received request for this pattern. My pattern came from a magazine called, Quick & Easy Quilting - Feb 2000 issue. The pattern was made using 9 blocks with a small border with finished quilt size of 22" x 22".

1 strip each of 9 different dark prints cut 1 1/4" by fabric width
1 strip each of 9 different light prints cut 1 1/4" by fabric width
1/2 yd dark print for borders and binding
Backing & Batting 27" x 27"

Sew a dark to a light strip along length, right sides together; repeat for all light & dark strips. Use a scant 1/4" seam. Press your seams towards dark print. You will have 9 sets of strips 2" wide.

First Set Strip - -Use a Companion Angle Ruler to cut your triangles. Just put blunt end of ruler along the top of a strip and line up bottom. Make first angle cut, flip ruler over and keep cutting your triangles. You'll need 16 from each strip. (8 will be opposite of other 8 - meaning one side will have a longer light edge and other longer dark edge)

Join two identical triangles sewing side seam; repeat for four identical units with dark edges and four idential edges with light edges. You'll have 8 opposites triangles.

Join a light-edge triangle unit with a dark triangle unit, stitching the diagonal of triangles to make a small square - - stitch three more identical squares for a total of four small squares. Now stitch these squares together to form one block. See my previous post for quilt block.

Now do again using your next Set Strip until all set strips are completed. You should have 9 blocks to arrange how you like, and add on your borders (Cut 2 2" x 22", Cut 2 2" x 18")

Fun Notes: Try just using two colors for all nine blocks just keep in mind one lighter than other for opposites. If my instructions are confusing just cut one light and dark strip as practice and refer to my quilt on last posting. 1 1/4" strips make 6" blocks, 2" strips make 12" blocks.

Seriously....this is way too easy once you make the one block you will see! Have Fun!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Practice, Practice, Practice and Neglected Blocks

It has been nearly a week since my last posting?! A few weeks back I posted about using old stash and making two scrappy baby bargello quilt tops. These had been set aside to be my first "real" quilts for Gam. (besides the plain muslin) In keeping cost low, I was trained using inexpensive polyester batting so I decided to use that up. I figured if there was any screw ups it wouldn't cost me much and this isn't a quilt I wish to keep anyway. The backing (should have taken a photo) was leftover cotton fabric I used for my kitchen curtains way back in 1993! I was into blues and mauves....it blends! I'll stitch the binding to the back this evening.
The following picture....and sorry I didn't realize I hadn't turned the photo.....is just random blocks I started making about 8 years ago while living in Germany. I'd set aside strips in a shoe box and every now and then when I had the urge to sew but not have a "real" project going, I could instantly gratify the need. I've pulled out what blocks I do have made and stitched them so I can also get this one on Gam and then share the whole quilt with you. This pattern is super easy with each block just using two strips!


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Primitive Stitches Website is a Gold Mine!



Last year I discovered this little gold mine of a site and placed an order for a few stitcheries that I absolutely fell in love with. Actually I fell in love with all of them but had to restrain myself even though the prices are excellent! You just can't beat $1.99 for a great stitchery pattern or $3.00 for a homespun towel. She also has a FREE pattern of a small Christmas tree. Be sure to click on the patterns to see them stitched and finished. Rhonda's site is one of my favorites. She has a blog posting with tutorials about tea dying, making your own bread cloths, framing and how to stitch just to name a few.

This posting does come with a warning!! Grab yourself a cup....lots to look at.

Friday, September 26, 2008

New to You

I'm skipping out on watching Top Gear with the guys. Top Gear for those who don't know what I'm writing about is a show from England. Top Gear was watched faithfully by my crew the three years we lived in England on BBC. Oh my gosh, you should have heard the excitement here at the house when we discovered it was on television here! If there is ever anything you wanted to learn about cars from the British you'll want to check it out. It can be very humorous. But as I said, I'm skipping it this evening so I can post some "new to you." Thinking about quilting is much more fun than thinking about cars and how fast they can go.

The following pictures have been waiting to be posted to share. I have many. This little one was made by my friend Claire as a going away friendship quilt when I left England. It is a Lori Smith pattern and hangs in my quilt studio.

Here's another quilt in the quilt studio and also from my friend Claire. It is such a fun and cheery quilt that hangs in the quilt studio above the cutting table. It makes me smile to think of her every time I see it.

My only 30's fabric quilt is below. I had a few 30's fat quarters and Claire had a handful more. This pattern appeared in a magazine a few years back and I decided to use up those 30's prints just as the pattern. I convinced Claire to make it too. Claire and I each made two of these; one to keep and one for a gift. It is probably one of the only times we made two at the same time. (really need to do that more) Anyway, as we worked on them I learned for the first time that Claire doesn't even like butterflies. Just too funny because I'm not real keen on 30's until I see something abolutely adorable that somebody else has made! This quilt is also one you see upstairs in my home. My more colorful quilts upstairs and more antique, old-looking tea dyes in the main area. If you look back to my older post you can quickly see what I mean.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Easy & Fast Dinner for the Busy Quilter

Every post should have some fun eye-candy fabric or quilt right? At least, this is what I enjoyed when I first lurked in the blogging world. Because I don't have anything new to share and anything old I have is "new to you" I'm sharing a photo of a stitchery I made a few years back.

The past days have been spent "training/learning" on Gam. Actually I really don't have an official name for "him" yet. I'll have to give that some thought.

Who has time to cook when quilting?! My DH and son's belly beg to differ. The first question my son will ask upon walking in from school is "What's for dinner?" Of course, I'd much rather hear, "How was your day, mom?" One of my many quick and easy and inexpensive meals is Top Ramen Noodles w/Beef. It isn't gourmet but it fills the void. So for the busy quilter on a budget and so that you can purchase another fat quarter here is the recipe:

Top Ramen Noodles with Beef

1# ground beef, 3 pkgs Oriental Ramen Noodles, 2 c. frozen vegetable mixture (whatever kind you want), 1/4 t. ground ginger (I usually leave out), 3 c. water.

Brown beef into crumbles, pour off grease. Season beef with one season packet from packages of ramen noodles. Set beef to the side in a bowl. In the same pan - combine water, broke noodles, vegetables, ginger and remaining two packets of seasoning. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover; simmer for 3 to 7 minutes. Return beef to noodles and serve.