Friday, December 6, 2019

Virtual Cookie Exchange

Hi All!  I am joining in on Carol at Just Let Me Quilt blog's:

Virtual Cookie Exchange
December 2nd

December 3rd

December 4th

December 5th

December 6th

If you are just joining in today, be sure to visit the prior days participants after you have visited all of today's posts.  Lots of fun inspiration!

Today I am going to share a sweet quick bread that we enjoy at Christmas.  It is basically a banana bread with the twist of adding cranberry sauce.

The recipe:

3/4 cup canned whole berry cranberry sauce
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. grated orange zest
1 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup mashed ripe banana
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

1. In a small mixing bowl, combine cranberry sauce, sugar, and orange zest.
2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda,and salt.
3. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, bananas and oil stir well to combine.
4.Add banana mixture to dry ingredients, stirring just to moisten.
5.Stir in cranberry mixture and walnuts.
6. Pour into two greased loaf pans and bake at 325F for 1 hour or until golden brown.  Cool before slicing.

Have a Merry Christmas All!

And a BIG thank you to Carol for hosting this fun blog party 


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

And, I'm Back...

Won't waste time with the why's, let's just say life circumstances kept me from enjoying much sewing although I have been busy enough on other things.

It looks like it's been close to a year since I last posted...whoops!  Should be interesting to see if anybody reads this, lol!  I have fallen off reading blogs too, spend a bit of time on Instagram....

I have been trying to get up the gumption to start to sew again - and this week finally clicked.

Gay at Sentimental Stitches has just released a long-term bom quilt and those blocks just really looked like a fun use of my repro stash so here they are:
I am thinking reds and greens and yellows and pinks and browns mostly with a creamy solid background but I am just going to see where the blocks take me and try not to plan or organize this one much.  Will need to come up with a sashing stripe if I set it the same as the original and a setting triangle fabric as well.

Can I keep up?  4 a month certainly seems do-able.  I guess the original quilt lives in Chicago - may have to visit it sometime :)

I also have 4 quilts in need of binding, and the nights are starting to be just right to curl up under a quilt and sew :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Crickets and Houston

Hello...anyone there?  It's just me and the crickets as little sewing has been happening around here lately.  Yes, it has been awhile.  I don't really have anything much to share but I am trying to see if the comments on my blog are being sent to my email again.  So if you don't mind saying hi I would appreciate it :)  Waving to all my bloggy friends if any of you still remember me  :)

This is me and my SVBQ quilt this summer when I went to visit it at the Virginia Quilt Museum.  We weren't allowed to post pictures during the exhibit but this is a picture from their Facebook post and the exhibit is over now so I think it is ok. 

If anyone is headed to Houston Quilt Show  I would love it if you would take a picture of my quilt and tell me what you thought of the exhibit.  It is called Beyond the Valley and is truly a beautiful exhibit.  The original quilt is a stunner and all the quilters did a wonderful job with honoring it with their reproductions.  It is quite an honor that they chose to include my little quilt in the exhibit taken to Houston, I would never have thought I would have something hang there.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

X Block Blog Hop

So happy to join you all today with a fun project suggested by Doris of Quilting Queen Online the new owner of X Blocks templates and Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy.  We were given the opportunity to work with the amazing Block X templates and patterns to make a fun quilt.

I used the Pocketful of Posies Pattern  without the suggested border and the 7 1/2" X blocks Template.  It made a kind of elongated petal effect with the way they are joined.

I used Kona School Bus and Kaufman Quilter's Linen in Navy and Royal Blue with a Vanilla Grunge background.

I love the graphic effect and I think a baby will enjoy looking at this quilt as much as snuggling into it!  :)

Thanks Doris and Amy for letting me play along with this project today!

Please make sure to visit the others and see all the wonderful creations in this fun hop!

May 7th

May 8th

May 9th

May 10th

Visit the bloggers on their day and enter the Rafflecopter drawing for a
very generous prize from XBLOCKS worth over $175.
Giveaway closed....

Friday, April 13, 2018

Life Challenges and Friends Who Help You Through Them

I am very fortunate that through the years of blogging I have made many good internet friends.  It is why I continue to post this blog though lately I have been MIA.   I know many of us have never physically met and have to satisfy ourselves with email and blogs and Instagram posts but you are all the kindest, most generous souls and I feel I really do "know" many of you.

I am especially grateful for these connections recently for I have embarked on a journey dealing with some health issues though, thankfully, I have been given a very good prognosis. Many with cards, pretty fabric gifts and such caring emails, a most wonderful pillow, a stunning quilt...have shown me that faith, friends and family are really important to a positive and healing path.  The Lord has me in His hands and shows me His love through the loving care of these important people to me.

A couple of these beautiful little sunshine and joy packages:
A healing Angel from my friend Shelly...

The most beautiful package of Dutch Petra Prins fabrics from my friend Doreen...

This lovely and oh-so perfect pillow which pretty much encapsulates many of my quilting loves from my friend Patty...
Here it is on my couch Patty :)

A beautiful pre-filled sewing bag and caddy from my husband's aunt, an aunt of my heart if not by blood, Sharon...

A gift from my Aunt Jan which is a progressive one enticing me with all the pretty wrappings...

And this stunning quilt from my friend Colette that came wrapped in such love I just sat in a puddle for a bit after receiving it.
 So many people have touched my life the last month and a half, many from church with gifts of food (thank you Cheryl and Shari and Debbie) and flowers and prayer and counsel as well as those in my family and friends with their support in so many ways.

Thanks to all for your well-wishes and prayers and support.  I love you all.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

30 Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop with Creatin' In The Sticks

Welcome to my day and the block featured is Broken Cinder Block!  Thanks to Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks for letting me play along :)  You can find the pattern for today's block here:

I chose to make a baby quilt using this pattern with a layer cake and a bit of background yardage...

 Sorry it isn't a great picture the wind was horrible and the sun was hiding when I was trying to take this!!

I almost like the back as much as the front...I used all the extra 10 inch squares from the layer cake to make a pretty and scrappy backing.

Please visit all the other participants in this fun hop!!

Project Designer

April 1st

Block 1- 4 Patch
April 2nd

Block 2 - Double Stuffed
April 3rd

April 4th
Block 4 - Dutch Door

April 5th

April 6th
Block 6 - Tacked Up

April 7th
Block 7 - Stripper

April 8th
Block 8 - Staggered

April 9th
Block 9 - Topsy Turvy

April 10th
Block 10 - Chunky Pinwheel

April 11th
Block 11 - Painted WIndow

April 12th
Block 12 - Broken Cinder Block

April 13th
Block 13 - Reaction

April 14th
Block 14 - Median Strip

April 15th
Block 15 - Center of Attention

April 16th

Block 16 - Bounce
April 17th

Block 17 - Sweet Sixteen
April 18th

Block 18 - Yeah Eights
April 19th

Block 19 - Weave
April 20th

Block 20 - Classic
April 21st

Block 21 - Spot
April 22nd

Block 22 - Cross Walk
April 23rd

Block 23 - Opposites Attract
April 24th

Block 24 - Possibility
April 25th

Block 25 - Camper Window
April 26th

Block 26 - Catching Z's
April 27th

Block 27 - Broken Stripes
April 28th

Block 28 - Stockade
April 29th

Block 29 - Dovetail
April 30th

Block 30 - Slow Tee