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Dec 11, 2014

Another 2014 Finish

Sometime back in January I started this table runner. I've finally gotten it stitched down, quilted & bound. It measures 9 1/2 by 30"
Here's a close up of some of the machine quilting.

Dec 8, 2014

Another Finish

The teacher's aide in Ayden's class loves the red/black combo so I whipped out this 20" square number. I used my favorite "kite" shape as a template which makes the wonderful fractured diamond design. From start to finish, this quilt took around 8 to 10 hours. If I hadn't had to stop for nourishment it might have taken a short period of time.....LOL
Two Christmas presents are now crossed off my list!!

Dec 4, 2014

A Roaring Finish

Here's my finish. I decided to do an orange & white border.
If you enlarge the photo you can see some of the quilting directions. Of course I used Steam-a-Seam & then quilted crazily over everything.....laugh out loud! 

A Roaring Christmas Present

As you may know, Ayden is now in kindergarten and loving very moment of it. I get to visit the class about twice a month. Her teacher is very nice to allow me to sit in unobtrusive as possible.......;-]
I recently asked her what her favorite colors are and also her aid's as well.
After finding out what was what, I am inspired to make them a little something for Christmas.
The school's mascot is a lion, so that's going to be the back of the mini quilt.
I draw what I thought was a nonthreatening lion then pulled some fabrics.
I am loving what I see but then I needed to find a good mane fabric.
I like this one but realized the lion's face would get lost unless I figured out a solution.
Black fabric is the fix....oh dear, all I need to so is figure out a way to get that in place.....onward!!
Finally I got it all together. I think she will love this part. Now I need to do a front to the mini quilt. Her favorite colors are orange and white.....now you see why I did the lion first. Orange and white are colors I'll have to think about.
BTW......no fabric was purchased in the making of this project!




Nov 22, 2014

What I've Been Doing

First, I made pink cupcakes for Ayden's birthday. The class gobbled them up!!
Next, there was a grade level Thanksgiving program. The kids were adorable all dressed up. Afterwards, they sat down to a great feast provided by the parents & grandparents.
Baby Austin showed up to encourage big sister. And GoGo was all over those fat cheeks. I did manage to get most of the lipstick off......;-)


Nov 11, 2014

Veterans Day

At our retired teachers meeting, we honored & lunched with veterans from WWII, Korean War & Vietnam War. 
I salute all war vets!

Nov 4, 2014

Oh my gosh!

I went to the Houston Quilt Show the other day & had a blast.
Here's what I got.
Two great magazines.
Thread for embroidery projects.
A water soluble backing for embroidery projects.
More thread for embroidery projects.

And then.......OMG, I found one of my favorite artist's work......Ginny Greaves' piece "Worry" won 3rd place.
On another note, here's what I've been up to these days.
I know the floss color is subtle but I love the old-fashion look. It coming along fairly quickly. Each time I think I'll take a break, I find myself saying, 'just one more!' 






Oct 18, 2014

ABC's

Hi everyone. I've been off the blog scene for awhile. Lots of family stuff going on but I have managed to find something new to get into.
I saw this amazing pattern from Michelle Ridgway's blog. The pattern can be found on her Sidebar and on one of her Pages as well.  I immediately contacted Michelle, who lives in Australia, BTW, and she was gracious enough to tell me to order here in the US to save on the old pocketbook.
I thanked her and popped over to Crazy Quilt Girl Fabric Shop to place my order. A few days later the pattern came and I started stitching a couple of days later.
I decided that I was going to enlarge some of the letters just to make things interesting when I'll have to stitch everything together down the road.  Remind me then if I start wondering "What was I thinking!"
I found a wonderful fabric at my LQS and am using #839 DMC Floss.

Oct 4, 2014

Banana Bread Recipe

I decided to post this before the family got to it.....laugh out loud! 
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup  low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canola, vegetable, or corn oil
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg or 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Craisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place the rack in the center of the oven. Spray an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with a nonstick vegetable cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix the mashed bananas with the baking soda and yogurt. Allow to sit while you prepare the rest of the batter.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, egg or egg whites, and vanilla.
In another large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, ground cinnamon, walnuts, Craisins and salt.
Then combine the banana mixture with the oil mixture and then add to the flour mixture. Stir just until all the ingredients are moistened. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for about 45 minutes, then lower temp to 325 degrees of another 10 to 15 minutes. When toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean remove from over and allow to cool on wire rack.
Place on serving plate to slice & enjoy.

Oct 2, 2014

Mug Rug Thursday

I can't believe that it's October already.
This month is going to be very busy for me, so I'll be taking another break from the rugs.
With that said, here's the winner of the letter "C"
#4 - Suze!
Congratulations to you!
Just leave a comment so we can talk.
Remember, if we can't connect within a week or so, I'll do another random pick.

Oct 1, 2014

All That's Left

I had a sweet tooth yesterday & decided to bake some cookies. I wasn't in the mood for peanut butter or chocolate chip cookies so I pulled out one of my mom's old cookbooks and found a great recipe.
"Pecan Crunch Cookies"

1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsps. lemon extract (optional)
1/2 cup crushed potato chips ----- yes, you heard me!!
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
Directions: 
  1. Cream butter, sugar, vanilla & lemon extract together. Add crushed potato chips and pecans. Stir in flour. 
  2. Form into small balls, using about 1 tablespoon dough for each.
  3. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Press balls flat with bottom of tumbler dipped in sugar.
  5. Bake in 350 degree oven for 16 to 18 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.

Yields roughly 3 dozen
These are great just coming out of the over.....how do I know this.....well, you can guess what happened to most of those cookies. Someone had to be the taste-tester.........LOL
I did manage to save some for mom and the grands......just barely.

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