Thursday, November 26, 2009


Have a gratitude attitude!

I do and am glad that I was able to finish the Thankgiving Patchability last night. Phew! Just in time for the Holiday and then I'll be taking it down. Here's a close up of some of the detail.

Recently I've seen this you tube production and it makes me feel glad and grateful. You have to take a look at this video that was created to raise awareness of breast cancer. Once it reaches 1 million hits Medline will make a big contribution to Providence St.Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon and will be offering free mammograms to their local community. Way to go Emily MacInnes Somers for choreographing and getting so many hospital employees to participate in "The Pink Glove Dance". Many of us have been touched by the effects of breast cancer in some form or fashion either directly or through a loved one.
Awareness is a beautiful thing.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Son's passion....

Check it out. My son loves his swift water rescue, ice water rescue, high angle rope rescue, technical animal rescue and is certified to teach world wide through the Rescue 3 International Inc. Check out his slides on you tube. He teaches all parts of this technical rescue and can be reached at or leave a message here and I'll let him know.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Have you ever wondered...

I love shopping for fabric and textiles, but probably really should say anything to do with my latest obsession or focalized hobby. When I visit quilt shops, I could be there for hours, checking out all the new fabric lines, looking and learning the manufacturer and designers on the labels. Of course feeling the fabric and imagining how I could incorporate this "new" gem into my stash. Now with being on the next no-buy challenge through the stashbusters group I belong too, I have almost stopped any frivolous purchases. I still love to go into the shops though and just browse. BUt I seriously never thought about how those lovelies get on the bolt. Surprising!
While visiting a blog I frequent, I saw how fabrics are placed onto the bolts. If your interested, check out this posting on Beth Ferrier's blog.
Interesting how the machine puts the fold in the fabric when wrapping it onto the bolts. You'll see the rolls waiting on the shelves, followed by the bolts stacked and waiting on the shelves. I wonder how many steps it takes from start to finish.
Excuse me while I'm pondering. Well, I'm off to get to some things I need to attend to.

Stay Well,

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Got them framed!

Finished these stitcheries awhile ago and had to order the mats. The Michael's store that I ordered them at sends the orders away and it took a couple of weeks to get it back. I picked the mats up Thursday while in town for a class and finally got to it today.

The first is Autumn Spots put out by Trilogy. Had trouble finding an appropriate "leaf" bead /button, but found this one while shopping with daughter in Burlington. Not quite what I had in mind but it's the best I could find. The picture on the right is the Pumpkkin by JBW that was written about in this post. Love it- 2 more totally finished!

A close friend stopped by to visit and brought a few gifties to celebrate my latest Birthday. Thanks Gina, I absolutely love them. The 2 pumpkins are textured and the burgandy panels complements my living room colors. She had won a raffle with a container full of items.

Alot of these items came from that besides a couple extra that she and her husband selected knowing my interests. Notice that yarn and the Nantucket style basket. Perfect! I do enjoy decorating the house for the different seasons, but even more so now with the grandchildren.
Check out the Pandora bracelet that DD and PGD#1 and PGS#3 gave me. I cried. It was very touching and the charms are perfect. A Granddaughter, grandson and an ORANGE charm (PGD's favorite color, PGS#3 is too little yet to have a favorite).

My Mom did an appliqued angel block and wasn't satisfied with the face she drew on it so was going to ditch it. Luckily, she offered it to me and I thought it would be perfect doll blanket for PGD#1. Since orange is her favorite color, I bought that color binding to make a blanket edge on the little qultlet. I mentioned this project on a previous post and started the orange embroidery someone recently suggested while discussing it at the edging class I took with Diane Shink. Here's a photo of what Mom did with the selected binding.

This will be my next "focus" project in my UFO conumdrum. LOL

Happy Stitching,

Some handy embroidery links

This post is aconvenience for me. Some of my favorite sights to get information from.
For thread chart substutions go here.

For fabric size calculator with the difference size thread counts go here- A Great tool!

Here is a video link showing how to do stitches.

And this blog has many embroidery stitching directions.

Hope you find these as helpful.
Happy Stitching,

pattern links

Link for a tutorial of a quilted wallet. Nice looking.

Adult bib directions.

QAYG method

Friday, November 13, 2009

One more done!

Yippee! Another one down. Inspiration came Tuesday and I was able to strike while the iron was hot. Finished it tonight at a class that I followed, visited with friends, and all the while doing my hand work. Check it out.

You guessed it, all the fabrics for the piecing, framing and backing came from my scrap bins with the exception of the first little brown scrap border, that came from a friend's scrap bin. Thanks Trudy! Yippee, more used up. Many of the fabrics were used in 2 pillows, 2 pillow cases, a queen size quilt that won Best of Show at Paul Smith's Quilt Conference Service's Quilt Show and a pansy wreath wall hanging. Would you believe I still have more squares left!$#@&**!^&!!!! YIKES! Will they ever be gone?

Happy Stitching,

PS: I think I'm on a roll now.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

think quote


If you think you are beaten, you are;

If you think you dare not, you don't;

If you'd like to win but you think you can't,

You can almost be certain you won't.

If you think that you'll lose, you are lost,

For out in the world you will find

Success begins with a person's will;

It's all in the state of the mind.

If you think you're outclassed you are;

You've got to think high to rise.

You've just got to be sure of yourself

Before you can win the prize.

Life's battles don't always go

To a stronger or faster man;

But sooner or later the person who wins

Is the person that THINKS they can.

- Anon.

Veteran's Day

Flower of Remembrance - Veterans Day
In Flanders Fields
By John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

This was the poem written by World War I Colonel John McCrae, a surgeon with Canada's First Brigade Artillery. It expressed McCrae's grief over the "row on row" of graves of soldiers who had died on Flanders' battlefields, located in a region of western Belgium and northern France. The poem presented a striking image of the bright red flowers blooming among the rows of white crosses and became a rallying cry to all who fought in the First World War. The first printed version of it reportedly was in December 1915, in the British magazine Punch.
McCrae's poem had a huge impact on two women, Anna E. Guerin of France and Georgia native Moina Michael. Both worked hard to initiate the sale of artificial poppies to help orphans and others left destitute by the war. By the time Guerin established the first sale in the U.S., in 1920 with the help of The American Legion, the poppy was well known in the allied countries — America, Britain, France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — as the "Flower of Remembrance." Proceeds from that first sale went to the American and French Children's League.
Guerin had difficulty with the distribution of the poppies in early 1922 and sought out Michael for help. Michael had started a smaller-scaled Poppy Day during a YMCA conference she was attending in New York and wanted to use the poppies as a symbol of remembrance of the war. Guerin, called the "Poppy Lady of France" in her homeland, and Michael, later dubbed "The Poppy Princess" by the Georgia legislature, went to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for help. Following its first nationwide distribution of poppies, the VFW adopted the poppy as its official memorial flower in 1922.
However, a shortage of poppies from French manufacturers led to the idea of using unemployed and disabled veterans to produce the artificial flowers. In 1924, a poppy factory was built in Pittsburgh, Pa., providing a reliable source of poppies and a practical means of assistance to veterans. Today, veterans at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities and veterans homes help assemble the poppies, which are distributed by veterans service organizations throughout the country.
Donations received in return for these artificial poppies have helped countless veterans and their widows, widowers and orphans over the years. The poppy itself continues to serve as a perpetual tribute to those who have given their lives for the nation's freedom.

I was thinking it appropriate to share some of the information I have gathered on this topic, especially in light of it being Veteran's Day today.

So to all who have served, supported and embraced liberty, I thank you.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

What I'm Working ON.....

This little tidbit is currently on my sewing table. I finished an embroidery in the Spring of 2008, and it's been hanging on my design wall since, even repositioning it when needed. I found some inspiration today while looking at it and here's a sneak peek.

There is no pattern for what I want to accomplish, so I'm trying to plan it out ahead of time that way I'll hopefully eliminate any errors. Wish me luck.
I love having finishes and proceeding on my quilty and needleworks but I'm at a loss to explain ultimately why I keep setting them aside. Years ago I know it was because I was taking too many classes, that I wouldn't have time to finish one project and then I'd be jumping into the next project wholeheartedly. So after that realization, I have been able to slow down in classthat taking, almost to a screeching halt.
Another attempt was going as far as bringing scraps to quite a few classes so I could learn the technique but not have another project started. As soon as the class was over I would literally throw it away, since I learned what I wanted and it really was only a scrap fabric or would file it in with the paper work for a reference if needed. Quilting has been a process not only of my creativity but also has shown me glimpses of my authentic self. Sometimes that has not the best picture, but even then I am grateful for what I am and have been learning and the many friendships made along the way. Love the journey.

This is a current picture of the design wall in my sewing studio. A sight that has not changed in over a year and I'm sick of looking at it like that's time for a change! Stay tuned and I'll show you shortly what I have done.

While ebaying recently, I was fortunate to win a few treasures for my want to do someday stuff in CXS. Maybe I'm switching my spending to that now instead of fabrics and quilting. I hope not. Usually these patterns run for $8.00 or more each. Of Course, I bought them recycled so no where near that price. Now to start kitting them up until they can be stitched. I like to package them with the appropriate fabric and thread so they are ready to go at any moments notice, yet at the same time, I only want one or two going at a time.

Most of the family got together since we celebrated another Birthday today. DH made a great carrot cake (not from a box). Half decorated with a cream cheese frosting and the other with an orange rum glaze. YUMMO! Both wonderful and not exactly what I've been eating lately. But it's a celebration and I thoroughly enjoyed all parts of it. Enjoy your day, I'm enjoying mine.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Cross Country Christmas Blog Hop

They are 12 designers that are starting the countdown to their Cross Country Christmas Blog Hop. These designers have designed a special project to share with anyone who visits their blog. The projects are themed around gift giving, quick and easy to get done before Christmas. Along with all the projects, they will be sharing stories from childhood/adulthood, recipes and traditions so this will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about them if you stop by every day.

Here is the lineup of designers along with the date that they post their project, be sure to check every designers blog each day to read their stories. Put these blogs in your favorites folder now so you will be ready on November 9th the kickoff day.

Nov 9 - Gudrun of GE Designs will be starting it off, a MN transplant from Iceland

Nov 10 - Sandy from Pieces of My Heart lives in Iowa (born and raised in MN though!!)

Nov 11 - Terry of Atkinson Designs is a Minnesota girl

Nov 12 - Pat Sloan is a Virginia native

Nov 13 - Heather of Anka's Treasures is another Minnesota chick

Nov 14 - Pam from Pam Kitty Morning is a California girl

Nov 15 - Kari of New Leaf Stitches is from Minnesota

Nov 16 - Terri from Whimsicals is well centered in Indiana

Nov 17 - Sherri of This and That is also a MN designer

Nov 18 - Carrie from Miss Rosie's Quilt Company is in Arizona

Nov 19 - Roseann from Rosebud's Cottage is from Minnesota

Nov 20 - Linda is from New Jersey and she is our anchor

I am so excited about this blog hop and can't wait to get to see what they have come up with. Like the most blog hops, there will be some fabulous Grand Prizes!!
Check it out.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Christmas Pot holder Tutorial

A quickie pattern link for a quick finish tutorial by Karen Neary.

What a coincindence! Diane Shink who also co-authored the book advertised on this blog was a guest speaker at our Guild on November 4th. She had many lovely quilts.This first photo is a quilt that she coined as "Bad Alice" since the dolls face looked a little miffed.

I absolutely loved this embroidered quilt. Truly beautiful and it reminds me of something my grandmother would have made.

This next one is one she made several years ago.

The Work on it was amazing, what a talented quilter.

I am taking a class with her tomorrow on finishing edges and am looking forward to it.

Happy Stitching,

PS added 11/13/09: Oooops, I had misspelled Karen Neary's last name so came back to fix it. Sorry Karen! Diane's class was very informative and I enjoyed it. I brought in an appliqued angel so I could double check my idea for the satin wrapped edges and Diane shink thought it would be a good match for a little girls doll blanket. So now to get that UFO higher on my list. I think I'll go prewash all the silky fabric for backing and the satin ribbon for the edges.

QUOTE for today...

"Life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be."
-- Grandma Moses

This bridge is the Crown Point, Lake Champlain bridge that has been closed recently. It can't be repaired and needs replacement. I know this will be a hardship for those in the area that relay on it for their livelihood.

Here are photos that I took on the day of the Samuel de Champlain's celebration with the re dedication of the Rodin's "La France" frieze on the lighthouse at Crown Point.

Check out the details of the lighthouse.

Can you tell I fancy myself being a photographer. I know, not alot of talent, but I do enjoy it and it's a great way to revisualize palces and times. Despite the camera can never be as good as what you see in person!

When leaving the area, I tried to get a good photo of the bridge from a distance- it's probably a good 7 mile span, and though the photo isn't great I remember it well with the bridge glowing by the reflection of the sun, remembering perhaps it's "heydays" and the sights it has seen.

Enjoy your day,

Monday, November 2, 2009

November 2nd already!

Where does the time go? It's hard to believe that there are only 2 months left of the year. We just got all the Halloween decor put away and started retreiving the Thanksgiving items. Here's a wallhanging I hang over the back, kitchen door at this time of the year. It was made several years ago and I used scraps and stash that I had on hand. Notice the brick orange painted walls on the side of it. We had to hire someone to paint for us. Between DH's and mine health, these simple do it your self jobs are just too much for us now. Sometimes it's really difficult to swallow, but when it's necessary, you do what you have to do. Oh well, I digress.

It's always enjoyable to view but I do love it even more with the color of my kitchen as the background. NICE!

Being a member of Stashbusters, a recent topic made me chuckle. At different days, a member will give a shout out to Vacuum the floor of your sewing room, or clean up your sewing table... etc. Well today's shout out was to gather all your sewing machine feet and perhaps get a tackle box, or matchbox car case to store them in and put them away.

Yippee! That is one part of my sewing area that is organized and has been for years. Now why can't I get the rest of it together? Here is a photo of how I store my machine's feet. The container is a bead storage box that has 32 compartments. Some of the spaces are used to hold a couple of feet. I do use a numerical system to store or find which ever foot I need. How did I get so many? I guess fabric buying was not the only thing I overdid, but most feet (with the exception of some of the specialty feet) were purchased at quilt shows when most vendors offered a 25% discount. I'd bring in my handy chart of which feet I had and which new feet I'd like to get and would purchase 1 or 2 per show. Thank goodness that Bernina also puts out the volumes 1-3 of FEETURES, a very handy reference manual that I also acquired at 25% off to use as a guide and reference. Most feet have been used at least once if not more, so the expense and effort has been worth it. :~)

The feet and attachments that won't fit in that case or the base slip-off unit of my bernina go into this plastic shoe box.

This last picture illustrates how they look together on the shelf, with the exception of the cover that I removed for the photo. Nice and handy and I don't have to check all over the place. The only thing I need to do is to remember to grab whichever foot(feet) I'll need when I take a class or have a get together with friends.

Enjoy your day,

Sunday, November 1, 2009

New Recipes

While checking out one of my favorite quilter blogs (Thanks Judy!), I saw this recipe and thought, boy that looks really good. So printed it out and made it for a brunch I was invited too. Yummo! I thought I'd share the recipe here.

Pumpkin Scones

2 cups all purpose flour
8 T. sugar
1 scant T. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
6 T. butter
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
4 T. milk or Half & Half
1 large egg, slightly beaten

Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix butter, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.

Add pumpkin, milk and egg. Mix just til mixture is completely blended. Do not mix any longer than necessary.

Pat out dough onto a floured surface into a circle. Cut into 8 wedges.

If desired, sprinkle a little sugar on each wedge. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes.

Cool on wire rack. Stick the parchment paper under the wire rack and that will catch any drippings when adding the glaze and icing.

I skipped this next part, I felt it didn't need the extra calories or sugar

3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 T. milk or Half & Half

Mix, adding more milk or powdered sugar as needed to get consistency desired. Brush or spread thinly onto cooled scones.

Once the glaze hardens, Add the spiced icing.

BUT I did do this next part :~)

Spiced Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
3 T. milk or Half & Half
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. gound nutmeg

Drizzle over scones and



PS: Also we're trying another new recipe called cabbage casserole. I'll share the recipe if it passes our taste test. It did, so I came back to add the link. We made it with ground beef, but I think some ground up sausage with it would have been even better. The only thing I did different is use 2 cloves of garlic instead of just the one. I think it also would be a good low carb choice with, if anything perhaps use a little crushed nuts instead.