Sunday, November 23, 2014

Raspberry Sherbet

The only quilting I have done since starting work is the prayer quilt for my friend, Jackie's daughter, Robin, who has a life threatening condition and whose favorite color is yellow.  This has been a labor of love and I am so thankful for the quilter, Dawnell Muelk and Marilyn Hersey the binder who helped me get this done in a timely manner.  When I heard about Robin from my friend I took her to my studio and we pulled fabric.  I had a sample of a quilt made by Julia Zgliniec that was square so I measured the pieces and drafted a larger size.  The block is an old one call "Children of Israel". It is a two block quilt and fun to make using a Kaffe Fasset large print for the center squares and the border.  I will give it to her tomorrow.

Still working full time  so will check back in when time permits.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Little Break

I have hit a wall.  My responsibilities as programs chair for our guild, the opportunity to teach a couple of classes, my involvement in a couple of classes and the starting prep for a tea for 160 ladies was a full plate but then I added an emergency prayer quilt and a special assignment from the district that is requiring that I go back to work for 2 months.  I am drowning and throwing things off the boat as fast as I can,  I am taking a 1 month sabbatical from blogging.  Will see you in December:)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

3rd Quarter Finish Along Completions

i am having some computer issues so can not upload pictures.  Thankfully I had prepared these a month ago to have ready to post. I will just roll my others into next month��
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1st completion is Lizzy who was entered into the San Diego Quilt Show 2014

2nd completion is Makenna the pillow.

All others will be rolled over to the last quarter!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Little Quilts

Just need to add the binding to this piece I did in Helene Knott's class.  I am doing more small quilts lately and am liking them a lot-instant gratification.

Using some of Vicki W's hand dyed for the binding

I started an art quilt class that meets 2x a month.  Our first project was a 12x12 using the theme, "chair".  It scares me a little that this 64 yr old picture came to mind although I do like the end result.

Inktense pencils on inkjet printed cotton-Day 24 of potty training.  My mom was not a fan of the diaper change.  She was a great mom with a delicate stomach:)
Leaving for Seattle on Saturday.  I am taking PFD fabric, fabric paints and a brayer. I am hoping to get some handprints of the girls for a Mother's day quilt for my beloved DIL.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Helene Knott

My husband left for a 2 week motorcycle trip with friends from high school and I was busy with our first guild meeting of the year featuring our guest speaker, Helene Knott.  I was nervous until after the trunk show which was preceded by a lecture about color and how it works in a quilt.  Helene was excellent and I received several emails telling me so.   The workshop the next day was a small landscape.  Helene had put together many options to choose from and some ladies bought more than one kit.  All in all a great start to the guild year.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First September Finish! Yay!

I had to pull out my trusty featherweight to make the cording for the pillow.  My fancy dance machine didn't come with a zipper foot that would do it.

1947 Singer Featherweight

I love it and think my DIL will too.  According to my schedule, it should have been finished a couple of days ago and I should be half way through making two pig dolls for the grands-maybe they will be Christmas presents.

The flying geese are supposed to be flying in opposite directions

The back works beautifully!

So much better than a gap and it appears that I spent a long time on it:)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Makena Progress

Greg left on his 2 week trip tonight at 6 so I was able to put together the top and back of the pillow.  I need to sandwich the top and lightly quilt then I will make cording out of the green.


back made out of a 40.00 blouse marked down to 6.00 and cut up for the back

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Makenna and Cookies

I have finished the drawing/painting part of the pillow for my DIL.  The picture is of their beautiful dog, Makenna, who passed away just before Christmas.

picture I was working from on the bottom
On Friday I sewed with The Paradise Girls and Carrie brought the best cookies I have ever had.  They were called Devil Drops so I renamed them, "Heaven Help Us" because they are deadly.

Heaven help Us!

2 sticks unsalted butter
1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
2 teas. Pure vanilla extract
1 teas. Fine sea salt
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teas. Baking soda
3 cups coarsely crushed potato chips (use really crisp old-fashioned potato chips like Hawaiian potato
  chips or kettle cooked-they stay crunchier in the batter)
2 cups milk chocolate chips
4 (1.4 ounces each) Heath Bars (you can get them in the bakery section of the grocery store already
1 ½ cups butter-roasted pecans, coarsely chopped (recipe follows)
1-2 teas. Maldon sea salt (optional) for garnish

In large bowl stir together the melted butter, granulated and brown sugar.  Stir in eggs, vanilla and salt.  Sift together baking soda and flour and stir into batter until just combined.  Fold in crucshed potato chips, milk chocolate chips, chopped toffee bars and pecans.

Scoop cookie dough by rounded ¼ cups and roll into a ball.  Line the cookie balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet and cover tightly with double thickness of plastic wrap.  Refrigerate 12-24 hours.

Remove cookie dough from refrigerator and allow it to come to room temp before baking.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment and preheat oven to 350.

Arrange cookies on the baking sheet at least 2 inches apart.  Bake on the center rack of the oven until the cookies are crisp and golden brown around the edges yet slightly soft in the center, 15-17 minutes.  Allow cookies to cool slightly on the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely-sprinkle a tiny bit of Maldon salt over each to season.

Butter-Roasted Pecans
1 ½ cups pecan halves
1 Tblsp. Melted butter
1 Tblsp. Granulated sugar
¼ teas. Fine sea salt

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Toss pecans with melted butter, sugar and salt.  Spread nuts in single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 9-10 min, until nuts are warm and fragrant.  Remove nuts from oven and cool completely before using.

This is hands down the BEST cookie I have eaten!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Win!

I was fortunate enough to win the grand prize for the HSTeria quilt along sponsored by Vicki Welsh a few weeks ago.  It was a package of her hand dyed scraps and a package of Mistyfuse (I have loaned that to my friend as she has never used the wonderful stuff).  I was pretty excited as I am more and more enamored of hand dyed fabric as I have used bits and pieces in my quilts recently.  I thanked her immediately but hadn't gotten around to getting the picture and posting-until today.  Thanks again, Vicki!!!

Aren't they beautiful?

I also won a bag of scraps at the Crazy 9 Patch on the second Friday of this month during scrappy hour where Martha demonstrates a new scrappy pattern and runs a sale on a fabric line or theme-one hour of happiness with door prizes, snacks and special drinks provided.

I had a couple of leftover Insulite hearts so made these the next day out of the scraps and some leftover binding.  Going to tuck these into my Spring box for next spring.  I don't hang mine so don't need a loop.

I have avoided orange since I retired (my school colors were orange and white) but it is sneaking into my fabrics again

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Last Thursday we had to have Bella put to sleep.  Her cancer was making her life unpleasant.  We adopted her 10 years ago and she was 1 or 2 at that time.  She had a great life and we  appreciated her sweet nature-except when she stared Lizzy down and drove her to distraction.  Goodby quilting buddy I will see you on the other side.

Thursday, August 21