Wednesday, October 29, 2008


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 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. 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 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 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!