Monday, November 24, 2014


Last week two of my friends lost their mother.  Both to the terrible disease, cancer.  As I attended viewings and funerals my heart ached for my friends and their families.  But it also brought to mind how blessed I have been to have such wonderful people in my life.
I have been friends with Cindy since grade school and her mother also mothered me as we grew and learned about life together.  I have such happy memories of life in her home.  My friend, Amy, and I have raised our kids together.  Her mother was a comfort to me each time I saw here at the doctors.  (I go to the same doctor for my blood disorder that she went to for her cancer.)  Despite her pain and suffering she always had a smile and cheerful word for me.  I will miss both this caring and generous women deeply and pray for peace and healing for their families.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Little High A Little Low

You may remember a while back I was playing with the Majestic Mountain block.  I've created a couple of quilts that came about as a result of this play.  One you can enjoy now the other you will have to wait until latter.  A Little High A Little Low is featured today on Moda Bake Shop.
It makes up fairly quickly and uses one layer cake.  It looked really cute on DD's bed until she decided she wanted her room aqua instead of green.  No worries, I know of another home where it is sure to be loved.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WAGI~ Scrappy Slippers

Welcome to another WAGI Wednesday.  When I found this fun scrappy slippers I feel instantly in love.  Two of my favorites, slippers and scraps, combined to make one spectacular gift.  If, like me you are a lover of slippers and scraps you might want to make a pair or two.  You can find the tutorial here.  It's in Spanish but thanks to technology it's easy to translate it.  Your kids will love them, not to mention your quilty friends.  Wouldn't you all looks so cute at your next retreat?
Now for a recipe.  For me Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving without my mom's cranberry bread.  I love the stuff.  I could eat a whole loaf.  I look forward every year to when cranberries show up at the grocery store so I can make it.  I even by a couple of bags to go in the freezer for times when I need a little comfort food. So without further ado a family treasure...

Cranberry Bread
1 cup sugar    
1 egg 
2 cups flour
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup orange juice
1 Tbs orange zest
2 Tbs water
2 Tbs melted butter
1/2 cup cranberries
1/2 chopped nuts
Beat egg and sugar together.  Add sifted flour, soda, baking powder, and salt.  Add orange juice, zest, butter, and water.  Fold in cranberries and nuts. Pour into greased and floured loaf pan. Bake 350* for an hour or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

From Spring Green To Cool Jazz Blue

It's a woman's prerogative to change her mind.  Dd being a true woman has done that.  Even though it has only been just over a year since she last redecorated her room, back when her favorite colors were purple, green and orange.  You can see her former room here.
Here favorite color now is aqua.  She recently put together this collage to complete one of her goals for her Personal Progress.  With the help of one of her leaders she was able to create the two center pictures in the exact color she wanted.
The same color as this owl she received from her grandma last time we were down there visiting.  We had fun choosing just the right paint color, Cool Jazz.  She has decided that naming paint colors is a job she wants in the future.
We completed her room with a fun owl lamp she found at Walmart, a chevron duvet, and my quilted owl art I made and posted about here.   
She is thrilled with her new room.  "It looks like something out of a magazine" she said.  Makes me happy when she is happy.
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Friday, November 14, 2014

A Little Progress

You may remember here I was drafting a pattern for a Joseph's Coat pillow.  Well I've been prepping pieces and I'm about ready to start sewing.
I auditioned several backgrounds and have decided on this chocolate.  I think it sets off the brights and I think it will look good on my couch.  Looking forward to relaxing with this handwork.  Does handwork relax you or do you avoid it?
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WAGI~ Car Tidy

The holidays are fast approaching and soon many of us will be traveling over the river and through the woods to visit loved ones.  If traveling with the family does to your car what it does to mine (when the kids were little we affectionately called our vehicle the metal diaper bag)  then today's WAGI is a perfect solution.  A cute little car tidy, from Ditchin' Time Quilts, is sure to make your car look nicer even if your kids forget to put their trash in it.  (That would never happen, right?)  Stephanie has an Etsy shop that sells these in case you run out of time.  Not only are these cute wonders there but many other fun gift ideas.  Make sure you check it out.
 If your looking for a side to share once you get to your destination,  Butternut Squash Bake is a favorite around here.  It is a savory combo of squash, feta, and herbs.  I found it a couple years ago on all recipes and make it every fall.  You can find the recipe here.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Quilty Hugs

I love this scrappy quilt.  I have taught this class several times at various retreats ( I'll be teaching it in St George this January) and I love every color combination I have seen it in.  It is so versatile.  This picture of it is also a favorite.  I love how it shows the whole top so well.  But my favorite part is the feet at the bottom.  They make me laugh, like my quilt has sprouted legs and now is something like a Sponge Bob character.
This quilt is something of a mascot anyway it is the quilt Ginger and I use to let people know about Boxes of Love.  What is a Box of Love you ask.  Let me tell you.  It contains a quilty hug, resource information, and product samples a nice gift for someone battling the awful disease cancer.  The pattern is now available on my website.  You can also find dollar download patterns the proceeds from these patterns help me buy batting and backing for more quilty hugs.
Speaking of quilty hugs, every year our neighborhood gets together and ties quilts to give to charities.  The whole family gets involved and it's a fun time to chat with neighbors.
Together we tied 13 quilts for the local women's shelter.
Now that's a lot of quilty hugs.