Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas Tree Stands

I thought I would share with you some old metal Christmas tree stands that I would find at markets while living in Germany. The one on the right has candle wax that needs removed. These tree stands make wonderful candle holders. My photo of the stand in the back doesn't clearly show the angel's faces that screw down the tree. I believe that is a really old one. They were getting more difficult to find and I never see them in antique shops here.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Spools Edge-to-Edge Design

Isn't this a fun edge-to-edge design? I just need the perfect quilt top for this design since this was simply stitched out on excess fabric I already had loaded for making gifts.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Random Act Of Kindness (RAK)

My check of the mailbox today had a lovely surprise from Stefanie aka The Quilt Buddy! She sent a RAK gift to me. I'm truly tickled to open this up and find this table runner just in time for Thanksgiving tomorrow!

It's an absolute surprise (best kind) to find such a wonderful gift that I will treasure for years to come! Stefanie is a wonderful blog friend of mine, though having never met in person we have a friendship not only with quilting blogs but our husband's are both military; mine having retired a few years ago.
She's very creative and I hope you will take time to check out her blog, introduce yourself and while there scroll down to her many blog post about the Halloween party she put on for her "little person." I love the decor all handmade by her and on a budget. (smart cookie!!)
I've said it time and time again that I want my blog friends to be my neighbors or at least within a short driving distance. I'm grateful and thankful to have found Stefanie as many of my blogger friends.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Kim's Gingersnaps Quilt

Something I quilted a few weeks back is now revealed! I snagged this single photo from Kim at Stillmeadow Quilting. She wrote the sweetest post but what really impressed me is how she collaged her photos showing her progress of the quilt coming together. Please do visit her to see what I'm talking about. Love it!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Best Chocolate Chip Brownies

This recipe for brownies was given to me many years ago. It's my favorite brownie recipe that makes up very quick; perfect for a last minute dessert after dinner. The pan is polish pottery and a dream for baking and clean up! While living overseas I bought quite a few pieces on my visit to Poland.

Chocolate Chip Brownies
2 eggs
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. margerine, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 c. flour
6 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. chocolate chips
nuts (opt)
Heat oven to 350. Grease square 8x8 pan. To the melted margerine add each ingredient and stir after each addition. Pour into pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes.

And because this is a quilt blog I will show a small quilt that a dear friend made me a few years ago. It is the perfect time of year to share this one.

If you only knew what I've been working on upstairs....OMG.....gorgeous!! But I'm sworn to secrecy and cannot show it so I scramble to find something to post about! Sorry, I just don't want you to forget me over here at the hollow.

Remember the tuffet made from Jo fabrics that I posted a few back? Well, I got a call from the quilt shop and I should have the pattern soon! I'll post a photo and details of the pattern if your interested.

I've got pincushion woes! Mine is shot, done for, can't take being needled anymore! I'm in serious need of a really good one. I hear alot about crushed walnut shells. How many people are using their homemade pincushions that have these shells? I mean really using the cushions? I guess what I am saying is that I can make one; it will be use heavily so I need it to hold up and not ruin pins. Suggestions on your favorites please!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Magazine Alert

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks "Collector's Edition" is on newstands. I was lucky enough to win my copy through their blog. It is fun to see a few of my friends in it! Congrats to all of you!!

My Jan/Feb 2010 issue of McCall's Quilting came today. I love this one!! What is even better is that my friend Kim Brackett's quilt is published in this issue. Kim has a blog, Magnolia Bay Quilts. Kim is also the author of Scrap-Basket Surprises and has her second book in the works. Congrats Kim!
Also have you noticed the adorable penny rug giveaway at the top right of my side bar I posted several days ago? Hurry and go HERE to Cath's Pennies to get your name in the hat!! She has an adorable website of wool goodies not to be missed!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Tidbits of Nothing Post

When I was dusting my sewing room I realized I had not shared these cross stitched quilt blocks. You can easily see by the color they are dated. There was a time when I was quite a cross stitcher. I made a few sets for gifts and I kept these for myself.

I have told you I don't own any animals and I have shared the fact that the neighbors beagle pup and two kitties visit often. Their visits have become a daily ritual and when they get tuckered out I can find this in my front yard; Lexie is just plain tired and taking in the warmth of the sun.

...and then there is today when I happen to look out on my back patio deck and find this! Too funny!! I did say...I don't have any pets!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Another Secret Reveal

Several weeks ago I quilted this top but did not want to show it on my blog until the owner was able to see it in person. I knew that I would be meeting her at Jo Club yesterday. (see yesterday's post if you want some Jo!)

This was a challenge quilt for me with those prairie points on the outside borders.

I added a bit of whimsy with some butterflies.

The quilt started out as a round robin of borders with her sewing group. She initially made the center and it grew from there.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Jo Club Today!

This little mini quilt (looks larger here) is wonderful tiny pieces using all the "toast" line of Jo's with black. Quilt named "Burnt Toast" made by my friend Shirley.

Today's show and share was off the charts wonderful! Here are just a few of the photos I took. I absolutely fell in love with the "Tuffet" made from Jo Morton fabrics. The shop owner says it will be a class in the near future. If I had a kitty this would be her tuffet. Does anybody know who's pattern this is? I remember seeing a blog post somewhere about these tuffets and now I haven't a clue where I saw it. Update: Pattern Here

This stitchery pattern was SOLD OUT! It is a Kathy Schmidt pattern. Loved it!!

This quilt is better in person than the photo. Bummer I didn't get a better photo and especially of how she did the side setting triangles with the basket blocks.

Simply red and white was very striking!

This Jo member made just a few signature blocks and turned them into a wonderful pillow cover.

This quilt....OMG...this one I want! It is a Kim Diehl pattern with BIG STITCH for quilting.
I was able to reveal a surprise today and will post about it tomorrow.

A Secret Revealed

First before the secret reveal I want to mention that the above quilt made by Barb is offered as a giveaway! Please go check out all the excitement and tell her I sent you. I won't get me any more entries; I just want her to know you were here.

Awhile back a fellow blogger Darlene was feeling a wee bit low and several of us other bloggers were missing her terribly and wanted her back in full swing of quilting. One of the things I had been busy quilting couldn't not be shared here because of the secrecy. You can read more here and you'll find an adorable embroidered quilt too! Also when you visit Darlene's blog check out her FREE pattern.
Now I'm off to Jo Club today and will be able to share another secret reveal post!

Monday, November 9, 2009


Today was spent cutting into Moda's Blessings fabric line. This fabric is gorgeous! There won't be any sneak peeks of this quilt. But I can tell you that you will want the book when released. You may want to start cutting your 2 1/2" strips now.

Winner Announced!

Paulette of Sweet P Quilting and Creations please contact me with your address so that I may get this out to you! Congrats!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Quilt Show Pictures

Today I visited our guild's quilt show. This is a minature paper pieced quilt that is prettier in person. The quilt was designed and made by my friend Scott Murkin. I want to say the quilt was maybe 17" square? Tiny!!

My dear friend Sandi made her very first whole cloth quilt on her longarm. I'm proud of her!

This quilt was a challenge quilt that my friend Ann made for another guild last year. She entered it in our show this year. It just cracks me up everytime I see it.

I don't know this person but do know TALENT! I was told that all her quilts are hand pieced and hand quilted. This quilt below has more french knots than I could ever count!

Then here below is another bright and cheerful quilt made by Sandi. She used variegated thread for feathers over the the whole quilt. I didn't get a good photo but this quilt is joyful!

The picture below is just a small section of this gorgeous quilt. If I'm not mistaken it is also the same maker as the penguin one above. It was all hand pieced and quilted!

There were many wonderful quilts but I didn't take many photos since I was busy visiting then time got away from me so I had to leave.
Kim over at Magnolia Bay Quilts has some news to reveal tomorrow about a fun filled week ahead for us bloggers!
Now if your visiting because of my give away and want to enter please do so on the previous post and not this one.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

What Would You Do If You Won This?

Would you simply bind the 24" little quilt and call it good as a table topper? Maybe you could turn this quilt into a mini Christmas tree skirt?

Would you keep it or would you use it as a head start on your Christmas gift giving?

This little quilt has been sitting unfinished long enough. It was one of those little tops I used to "practice" some longarm quilting techniques on. I did say the word practice! Do not look for perfection! What do you want for free?!

Tell me what you would do if you won this little quilt and spread the word willingly on your blog. I'll be sure to go have a look if you tell me you posted so that I can give you an additional name in the hat. Oh and one more thing; the folks who visit my blog and comment regularly get an extra advantage! I have decided to put your names in the hat if you commented on any of my last two post before today's date. I just think that is fair, don't you?
It is up to you to see if you have won. I'll post my winner sometime Monday, the 9th. Best of luck!
Little Update: Several have commented about this being a patriotic quilt with blue...sorry to disappoint. My photography does not show true color of black, green and reddish color.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mom's Taxi Service Is Over

Birthday boy and I were at the DMV first thing this morning. It is official; mom's taxi service is no longer. Here he goes solo for the first time. I know what I was doing 16 years ago today.

This post card I won from Jill at The Quilt Rat came in the mail today. Jill is an artist and her work blows me away each time I visit her blog. When you go over to visit be sure to scroll down to older post and you will quickly see what I'm talking about. I kid you not when I say she is an artist.

Also, Karen from Quilts A Lot has posted one of her quilts that I recently quilted. She has far better pictures to share than what I showed on my own blog.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hello? Remember Me?

Hello, remember me? There has been a lack of posting for sure. I've been busy quilting but can't seem to show much of what has been going on upstairs. This is a peek of a customer quilt. I've got a custom quilt that I want to show so bad; but can't at moment. Then I've quilted some secret projects for others. Do you know how hard it is to box these quilts and mail them back? Sigh, if only I could keep them.

My youngest turns 16 on Tuesday. Every year since he was a toddler he has requested pumpkin pie for his b-day dessert. This is the first year he has requested a chocolate swirl cheesecake! I've never made one and I don't even have a recipe! Will somebody send me your favorite chocolate swirl cheesecake recipe and fast? Thanks!!!