Saturday, December 28, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Quilt Finish...

Finished up the Duke Family Reunion Signature Quilt today...well, all but the label.

I am pleased and now it is all ready for our signatures. 

Here is the post about the reunion and
the quilt top...

Duke Family Gaathering

We are hoping to go to one of Cliff's first cousins 80th birthday party in Louisiana in January and get it then.

Blessings all,

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pinterest Paying Off...

Finally got around to trying one the recipes that I "pinned" on Pinterest...Pistachio Cranberry Cookies!!

The recipe said it makes 2 dozen but I make 31 cookies..

tasty and so festive for our Christmas season too.

Here is the site with the recipe...

Blessings all,

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Special Gift...

I have a wonderful and very talented quilt friend
who keeps blessing me by sharing her many talents with me !

Knitted socks,
knitted scarf,
now this wonderful pattern complete with 
her hand embroidery!!!

Didn't it turn out just lovely...

and she gave one to all of our Guild members too.

Check out her blog too...

to see all the many projects that she completes and just how talented she is!!!

Blessings all,

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Making Faces on a Saturday...

I have started on two snowmen table toppers
 And used the machine to appliqué and free motion
But just had to add some handwork!!!

using a double sewing thread (cotton)

up..down...same hole...
and my needle is a bit big, but it was the only one that would
accommodate the thread??!!

here is the back view...
and I know NOT to use a KNOT...
but I just did??@#??$$??

How do you like my stabilizer...Pellon interfacing wrapper...we must be thrifty so we can purchase MORE fabric you know!!

Keep posted..

Blessings all,

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Child's Dress from a Man's Shirt...

I just love this idea that I cam across from Pinterest!!!

So, I thought I would try one...

will let you know how it comes out.

Blessings all,

Saturday, October 19, 2013

New Scrap Project...

I have sorted my favorite fabric scraps...including just plain throwing some AWAY!!!!!  YES, I said I actually threw some fabric away. Why? Well, I just did not like it and was tired of it...enough said.
(They were really small pieces though )

As I sorted my red, white, blues, yellow and tans, I decided to start a new Veterans Home quilt. Here is  Beth's Blog post about the paper foundation blocks that I have wanted to try and this seemed like the project. 
Love, Laugh Quilt

Lovely star, isn't it!!
"Thanks Beth"

My friend, Betty from Guild, has been helping us make old fashioned string blocks which we had made for charity quilts so I am used to the process.

Betty on the right with one of her many creations .. a method that she learned from her mama.

here are the really quick and easy steps to making the star block.

I just kinda measured the same from the center point
and drew a line to the bottom part of the triangle
(sorry, but I forget what the sides are called...maybe one of you can correct me)
to make the template for the "star". Then I cut all of the yellow pieces.

Sew one strip, any size of scrap, both sides of the yellow star piece

Keep pressing and adding strips until finished...
I only used a 1/8" seam to keep bulk down.
But if you are not too sure of your seam allowances
you may want to use 1/4".

trim all sides...

and voila`
you are done....

with one triangle
that makes up the star bock of four.

Blessings all,

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Crab Apple Jelly...a first!!

This is a first for me...making crab apple jelly!!
The crab apples were given to me by a friend and I must admit
at first I thought
...looks like a lot of work since they are so small.

But after I got going
it was really quick.

I have not tasted it yet
but the pale pink color is just lovely.

Blessings all,

Monday, October 7, 2013

Yummy...Fresh Mountain Apple Cake

Here is one of those delicious looking recipes that facebook has been posting for some time now and after our mountain trip, I decided to try it with our apples from the orchards.

 Here is daddy's that I am taking over...

I have always used a bundt pan recipe from my mama's home town church recipe book and it is really good. But this turned out just fine and is easy to slice and serve.

Happy Fall Monday!!

Blessings all,

Friday, October 4, 2013

Love Easy Dinners...

What to cook?

Have you gotten like me and are kinda "cooked out"?
After years of my interest in nutrition and preparing fancier meals I have found that I am just plain
cooked out of ideas.

So, what is for dinner tonight ?

Ribeye (grilled inside & we are sharing one)
Asparagus (grilled)
Mushrooms (grilled)
Baked potato (oven)
Frozen garlic bread (oven w/potatoes)

I mean EASY....

Please...share your EASY dinner meal ideas with me!!!

Blessings all

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Lovely Quilts....lovely anniversary!!!

We had a fantastic time in the North Carolina mountains.

The quilts at the Asheville Guild show were just lovely but they ask that we NOT publish so I am just showing from afar.

We also visited Lake Lure, Chimney Rock and the apple orchards.

Thanks for a wonderful trip my sweetie!!

Blessings all,