Monday, August 10, 2015

April Showers Mug Rug Hop

Note: This was a previous post - was deleting pictures no longer available and it updated with today's day. Oops! Hope to get back to quilting real soon!

Today is my day to participate in the April Showers Blog Hop. Mug Rugs are one of my favorite things to make. There is no limit as to what you can make. I think they are a great way to try a new technique before you commit to a full sized quilt. How many of us started a quilt to find out we didn't like it or got bored? Hence a lovely collection of UFO's!

Thought this lovely guy would be great to wake up to.
Rise & Shine!

 Recently, I met Nina at the San Diego VA Hospital. We had both entered their yearly Veterans Fine Arts, Applied Arts and Crafts Competition. She is quite the artist and not only entered three quilts but also entered other art categories. She placed first in her quilting category and I also placed first in another quilting category. Our quilts are on their way to the next level of competition. If you win at the National Level, the prize is an all expense paid trip to Reno for a week. Once there, you not only attend various art classes, but you also get to go on tours throughout the area. I am so hoping I win! What an opportunity. 

Back to Nina. She is in her 80's and what a nice lady. Wish I could remember what branch of service she was in. It was either the Navy or Air Force. (I was in Army) She shared one of her patterns with me and I thought it would be a nice to surprise her and send her the "Thank You" in the form of a mug rug. I don't know about you, but I really appreciate receiving a mug rug or a miniature quilt from a fellow quilter. We all know the time and cost involved in a quilt or hand sewn creation. 
Thank You!
I thought it would be fun to share one of our favorite cookie recipes. I got it from a friend back in PA in the 80's. I usually make this every couple of months. 

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups uncooked oats (quick or old fashioned)
1 cup raisins

  • Heat Oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  • Add the combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.
  • Stir in oats and raisins; mix well.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. 
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove to wire rack. 
Makes about 4 dozen. 

Go over to Madame Samm's Pinterest page Pinterest
You will be so inspired! 
Thanks to Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt for her
time and effort to bring us together to
showcase our projects and talent.

And last, but not least,
 my heartfelt thanks to 
our Cheerleader

Be sure to visit the other participants today. I can't wait to see what they all came up with!

Cathi @ Quilt Obsession
Jane @ Jane's Fabrics and Quilts
Heide @ Nutz4Redwork
Cherry @ Cherry'sPrairiePrimatives
Christine @ Quilt Monster in my Closet
Vickie @ More Stars in Comanche
Pauline @ Stekje
Jan @ Jan's Art Friendzy
Nissa @ Nissa Made Stuff
Robin @ As Sweet As Peaches
Lyndsey @ Sew Many Yarns
Eleni @ That Other Blog

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Time to Shake Your Pom Poms!

Let me introduce my favorite little baker, Bentley. 
She is busy getting tea ready for her Grandma. 

When visiting recently, she found a scrap of material with "Lightening McQueen" on it in my sewing room. She got so excited. I was really struggling with what to make for the "Shake Your Pom Poms" and all of sudden Lightening struck!

I just wish Bentley was here to model her apron! Can't wait to see her expression when she opens her present. She'll have her own "Lightening McQueen". 

 If you are interested in making an apron for that special child in your life, go here.

Here's our new "favorite" dessert. 
I saw this on Facebook recently and if it has pineapple in it, I've got to try it!

Two Minute Hawaiian Pie
This pie actually does just take a few minutes to prepare.

1 20-oz can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 box instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 oz)
8 oz sour creme
1 9-inch graham cracker crust
8 Maraschino Cherries
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 small container of Cool Whip for piping

In a large bowl, combine crushed pineapple with its syrup, dry pudding mix and sour creme. Mix well until well combined. Spoon into pie crust and decorate top with pineapple slices and cherries, sprinkle with coconut. 
Pipe with Cool Whip if so desired. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. 

I made my own graham cracker crust.  This is how I did it. 
Pre-Heat oven to 375 degrees. 

1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
1/3 cup sugar
6 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix ingredients and pat into pie pan.  Bake for 7 minutes. Cool before adding your pie ingredients. (After I tried this yesterday, I don't think I'll ever buy another graham cracker crust. It was that good!) 

Thanks to Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt 
for her time and effort to help us showcase our projects and talent. 

And to
Thearica at

An Awesome Cheerleader!  
Look at what I won!
I won this neat Clover Pom Pom Maker from Thearica! 
Woot Woot

Here's my first attempt. 
All I have is this pink yarn, so anxious to get over to the craft store to buy other colors. 
And practice on making better Pom Poms. The one above is a little on the thin side!
The Clover Pom Pom Maker makes short work in making Pom Poms
and sure beats using cardboard!

Be sure to visit everyone in the Blog Hop today, 
so you can get inspired to 
Shake Your Pom Poms!    

April 24

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

My List of Things To Do Flew Out the Window Today

Every morning I get up, do a quick run though of my emails and surf the net looking at blogs mentioned that relate to quilting. Much to my dismay (really to my delight -- do I really need another project?), I found a new Quilt Along at Beaquilter. This one caught my attention and my list of things to do today were thrown out the window! I love star blocks. This is what I whipped up this morning. 
Block One --- Quilt Along At Beaquilter
Block two has already been posted at Bea's blog. This block involves paper piecing. Always takes me a minute or two to figure out the first two pieces, but after that I'm good to go and enjoy how crisp and sharp the points turn out. Can't wait to sew block two, but I need to go and find where the wind blew that list of things to do. Be sure to visit Beaquilter's blog today and check out the other star blocks and Bea's giveaway. You have three chances to win:
  1. Be a participant and link up.
  2. Goes to linky with most votes (non-participants, you need to vote)
  3. Goes to a Non- Participant. Just comment on post and say you voted.
The deadline is 3/11/13.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

DH Saves The Day!

Once again, my husband had to help me out of trouble! I get all these bright ideas, jump in with both feet and then he has to bail me out because I get stuck.

But the tide was turned yesterday, when he got arrested at the Moose Lodge's Annual Western Days. He was accused of bad cooking and a public nuisance. He needed my help to bail him out of jail!

Glad I bailed him out after all, as I ended up needing his handy, dandy assistance to help me finish  the Hope Stitchery project today.

Adding the Borders

 Wrapping the fabric around the frame was easy. It was getting the design centered, now that was a challenge. Thank goodness for the internet. Was able to find the directions on how to place and pull the fabric on the corners so that it laid  flat.  Trimming the batting from the corners helped reduce the bulk.

Ta Da!

Friday, February 8, 2013

And the lucky recipient is of the giveaway is

"Your dresden's are beautiful! The mug rug is my favorite with the stitched butterflies! Gorgeous! Thanks for participating in the blog hop and inspiring us! I'm from Alexander, Arkansas".

Gina, please email me with your mailing address,
 so I can mail your prize to you early next week.

Believe me, all your wonderful comments inspired me to clean the sewing room
and start sewing again.The creative juices are flowing again. 
You have no idea how much I appreciate it!
Stay tuned for the spring flower tutorial.
It will include applique and embroidery.
 I may even add a Dresden flower or two!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dare to Dresden

Who knew that the Dresden (aka as the Friendship Ring, Ester, Dahlia or the Sunflower block) could create so much eye candy this week? I am truly awed at all the creativity I have seen.  

I was first introduced to the Dresden Plate Quilt Pattern by Eleanor Burns when she was teaching and testing the blocks that were going into her book, Egg Money Quilts. We used a template to make the blades and she demo'd how to make a circle with non-woven interfacing. To this day, I still haven't mastered a decent circle with the interfacing method.

While looking for the block above from Eleanor's class, I found these lovely, beautifully hand sewn blocks. I had forgotten that I had them! My neighbor gave them to me a couple of years ago. There are twenty blocks! She thinks that one of her aunt's may have made the blocks, but wasn't sure.

Believe it or not, I did a quick press before I took the picture. I should have used starch! I'm afraid that I may have to remove the Dresdens from the background fabric. It is thin, flimsy, yellowed and stained. Hubby may like the "antique" look, but I think it will be a nightmare to put the top together.

Summer before last, I co-taught with my friend, Lisa, at our Fabric Floozies group. The members of the group take turns throughout the year teaching various techniques or projects.  You can view Lisa's blog here. Lisa’s  area of expertise (among others) are Quilted Jackets and they are exquisite! Lisa designed all her own projects for the class, while I found projects for the ladies to do off the internet. At the time, a lot of the members had no clue about all the wonderful projects and blogs online. One of my summer projects included the Dresden. I was inspired to make a wall hanging after I saw the online demo from the Missouri Quilt Company. At the monthly North County Quilters Association Guild's White Elephant Table, I found a Easy Dresden Ruler by Darlene Zimmerman. I got it for fifty cents! Not only a bargain, but it made short work preparing the blades below. Can you see the kitty cat?

Mug Rugs were quite the rage that summer. I demo'd another pattern using scraps
 and just for fun, I came up with the one below. 


The Dresden is definitely the perfect block in my book.
I prefer hand sewing over machine sewing and as you can see above,
once I got the blades put together, I could hand sew to my heart's delight.
The butterflies came from one of Val Laird's BOM projects. 

Looking for all the Dresden's from this blog hop?
Go over to Madame Samm's Pinterest page here
You will be so inspired! 
Thanks to Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt for her
time and effort to bring us together to
showcase our projects and talent.

And last, but not least,
 my heartfelt thanks to 
our Cheerleader

All your hard work and time is appreciated!!

And to you, dear reader, thank you for visiting! 

Although it has been a challenge to set up this blog, I am having a blast. It is really giving my mushy old brain a workout.  The San Diego Shop Hop is slated for the beginning of March. I already have my list ready for what I want to purchase. I have a particular fabric design in mind that I am  going to look for and hope to find (or I'll have to resort to Plan B). It will be part of a QAL I am planning later this spring. It will incorporate applique (freezer paper method) and embroidery. Be sure to sign up for the mailing list so you won't miss out on the announcement as to when we will start.

I found this in the same container as the Vintage Dresden blocks, so I am going to have a giveaway. I bought two and have never used this package. It contains 15 Screen-Printed 3-1/2" Quotes. It is recommended that you use a pressing sheet when ironing the quotes.

Please leave a comment and include where you are from 
(City & State and add your Country if you are outside of the United States). 
It will be fun to see where everyone is from. 
For a second chance, sign up for the mailing list and leave another comment to let me know. 
I will announce the winner here on this blog on February 8th.