Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's Hard - Too Hard!

It is so hard to blog these days. I love to let everyone know what is going on, but lately I have forced myself to not blog - Why, you ask? Well because I would be so tempted to tell you what I have been working on and spoil Christmas for some. I have been taking pictures and will share them when all the presents are open.
I can tell you that this last Saturday, I made some wonderful Gingerbread Cookies, along with a few loaves of Zucchini Bread, yesterday (Tuesday) the cookies are gone; and I can bet that I ate about 80 percent of them. Gingerbread cookies are so addicting, problem is I will have to make more before the end of the Christmas season. In fact they were gone before I remembered to take pictures of them so I could include them in this post.

This evening I spent time in the sewing/craft room, but again cannot tell you what I am doing. I can say that I will have to change things around with this project, I am not that pleased with how it is turning out right now. I will tell you all about it later, after Christmas.

I am so tempted right now to spill the beans, looks like I will have to make more Gingerbread cookies so I can take pictures and blog more about them.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Yes I'm still here!


You are probably wonder, where in the world I am, what in the world I am up to, and how in the world I am doing; this is a brief post that will try to answer these questions.

Where am I?
Yes I am still around, just not that active in the blogging world (duh! everyone knew that).

What am I doing?
Lately I have been focusing on work; see I have agreed to add more responsibility to my workload (without the added pay increase, so sad). For those who don't know or have forgotten, I work at our University Hospital (which also includes the adjacent Cancer Hospital) as a material manager, making sure that the stock rooms of specific departments that I am in charge of are fully stocked. The organization is in the process of building another 'satelite' hospital across town, and I am working on getting the materials side for four departments are quoted, ordered, set up, and eventually stocked; all this is to be done by January 2012. The best part is that this is a new challenge for me, because one of the major departments (the OR) is very new to me and I am learning and will be learning about a whole lot of new products and equipment.
Unfortunately when I come home from work, I am tired and tend to not want to work on quilts, gardening, and too much of other things, especially exercise. However a few months ago I did take on a wonderful challenge of compiling a family cookbook that will be auctioned off at our next family reunion in July 2012. I have received many wonderful recipes from the extended family members, along with pictures of ancestors, family members when they were young, and stories that will be included in this hopefully treasured item. I am having fun designing the book cover and organizing the recipes inside.

How am I doing?
Old and Tired! But very optimistic that my energy will start picking up as I start to see my work project coming together, the cookbook taking shape, as well as the holidays fast approaching and me wanting to make sure that we don't loose track of time and miss out.

Since I have mentioned the holidays, my projects will not be made know at this time, especially since most of them will be come holiday gifts and I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Sorry, nothing, not even hints, well unless it is something that I know for sure that will not be given at Christmas time (we all know that I have a huge list of wedding quilts that need to be made or finished, those I will show as I am working on them). I will try to start back up with Judy's Design Wall Monday to let you know what I am working on, if I can.

Yes you caught me I did say 'old'; a couple weeks ago I had another birthday, they tend to come around every year somehow. This one was a very quite, but sweet day for me. Not sure how I feel that a milestone is quickly approaching (next year, maybe I should ask MMM how his same milestone went, yes I just 'name dropped' let see if he notices, smirk).

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Fun of Creating

So lately I haven't done any quilting, at all. My reason? I actually do have a reason, I jumped into two other projects --- feet first; and I have been spending most of my time focusing on them.
The first project, I regret to say I did not take a picture of it before I gifted it. It was a beautiful crocheted baby blanket. It was made out of a soft variagated blue and yellow; then I trimmed the blanket with a solid yellow scalloped border. I have had this yarn for quite sometime and everytime I wanted to do a baby blanket, they always turned out to be girls. Just recently a good friend had a beautiful baby boy, what an opportunity I had to make a blanket for a boy and use up this yarn that has been waiting to be used.
I hear that the little tyke is really enjoying it and loves the feel of it.
The second project is a family cookbook (actually I am making two different versions). I was fortunate enough to get all of my mother's recipes when they left on their first mission for our church. During that time I entered all of these recipes, that were written on scraps of paper or gathered from friends and family members, into my computer. I then burned CD's of this collection for the family to enjoy and use.
Very practical I felt at the time, however during the years I found I would go to my messy cookbook collection to find a recipe before turning on the computer and looking it up. So I decided to compile all these wonderful collected recipes into one large book, having everything in one binder and easily accessible.
After discussing what my plans were to my parents, the thought came to make a few copies for our next family reunion (this is where the second version comes into play). The question was presented that "what if we gathered a lot of the family members' favorite recipes as well as obtaining recipes from my grandmother and great-grandmother?" the book would be more treasure-worthy and priceless.
Wahoo! I ran with the ideas and started to pass the word throughout our family for a copy of their favorite recipes. The response has been wonderful! I decided that a flimsy book would not suffice, so after some research I found an online 'custom company' that will make binders in small amounts.
Black_Stripes___Very_Big_by_iAmFreeman binders
This first binder is my overall master cookbook.
Make Your Own Bento Journal binders

Monday, September 19, 2011

Design Wall 9-19-11

My Design Wall has been the same for a couple months, in fact I haven't worked on any quilts for that long. I do need to get back into it, but other things tend to pop up and take all my attention (or lack of attention).
I am still working on the handquilting portions of my parents patriotic quilt; and since they know that it is their's I need to get it done.

Yesterday while we (my DH and I) were watching football, they showed an aerial view of the Georgia Dome and my thought was 'that is an interesting pattern, I wonder if I can put that on a quilt?'
This was the best photo I could find on the internet, but look at the pattern on the roof. Looks like I will have to put it on paper (don't have EQ) and see what I can come up with. My first attempt at designing a pattern, hopefully I won't fail terribly; wish me luck!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Computer Troubles = Less Blogging Activity

This past seven weeks I was forced to stop any and all blogging activity.
Why, you ask?
The answer is quite simple; my 2006 Toshiba Laptop decided that it was too tired to do basically anything, and I mean anything. This made it very difficult to post blogs, especially my Design Walls to keep me on track with my quilting; read and respond to blogs, open any website that required and extra window to be opened, apply for jobs, thus halting the job hunt quite considerably; check emails, and even work on excel or word on projects.
Was it frustrating?
Why Yes! Very Frustrating! (notice the clean language - it was so frustrating I was swearing in my head - I know I'll repent - later)
I am still working on my old, slow, and nearly 'toe in the grave' computer.
What did I do to get it to work?
Funny thing you ask, I deleted my anti-virus software; plus I deleted a bunch of programs that I never have used. And now it seems to be working, slowly, but working. Before it was so slow dial-up was faster, now it barely beats dial-up.
So right now I am back - Hip Hip Hurray!
So what has been happening these few weeks? Well ---
1) My DH got a semi-decent job, but I have been told today that tomorrow is his last day - the roller coaster ride starts again - some of you know I DON'T CARE FOR ROLLERCOASTERS! The upside to this he will be hired on at E-Bay (a step higher than semi-decent job) once all of the bells and whistles have been checked, it may still be a couple weeks before he starts.
2) The 16 year old is now a junior, another rollercoaster of checking the grades website to find that being in school for only what 3 weeks? He already has work missing and is failing a couple classes. Will this ever end?
3) My quilting projects kind of halted, hopefully now being able to post will be that extra push to keep working, especially since there is another wedding in the family coming up soon; I still need to finish quilts that were for weddings in 2006 (yes the same year and month that I got my laptop - go figure).
4) I am in the middle of compiling a very large family cookbook, which consists of all of Mom's recipes that were in 'The Drawer", mine and my siblings' favorites, as well as Aunt's, Uncle's, Cousin's, Niece's and Nephew's favorites. I plan on printing out a few and auctioning them off at our next family reunion in 2012. So far I have about half Mom's and mine compiled, I am on page 200 and will be adding the rest of our large family's favorites as they come in. I am deciding that it is going to be too large and will be condensing the reunion book to just family recipes, but our immediate family can enjoy the 'uncondensed' version with recipes from old neighbors and friends. Yes, this is a hugh undertaking but it has kept my attention and enthusiam to get it all together I have even made some of the recipes and took pictures to be inserted by the recipe -- it is going to be great!
5) Lately I have been working on a long awaited resolution, and have been going to the gym. I am up to working on the eliptical for the same distance as a 5K, unfortunately it is on the easy setting, but I plan to get it built up that I will be able to start participating in actual 5Ks.
That seems to be all that I can think of at the moment, not too much of an exciting family, but we are still alive and kicking!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pioneer Day - July 24th

The 24th of July is a holiday in Utah. If you are not aware of Mormon history the saints were driven out of their beautiful Nauvoo, IL; they crossed the plains and many brutal miles of wilderness. On the 24th of July 1847 the Prophet Brigham Young came into view of the Salt Lake Valley and proclaimed 'This is the Place'; this is where the saints will be able to freely worship and live without persecutions. So every 24th of July is Pioneer Day or also known as the Days of '47.

Back on the 12th of July my parents returned from serving a 18 month mission for the LDS Church. They were working/serving in the Guayaquil, Ecuador Temple. On the 24th (Sunday) they had their Homecoming Talk, reporting on what they did and the experiences that had. They live in Monticello, Utah (which is about 5 hours southeast of Salt Lake City) and most of our large family (eight kids) was able to go down, be with them, enjoy each others company, and go to their homecoming.
Since it was Pioneer Day weekend, Saturday their small town of Monticello had a parade, our family was able to get wonderful seats in the shade of the San Juan County Building, especially since it was a blistering 101 degrees. Mom and Dad are on the steps in the center, and yes that is me working on a quilt, that will be given to my parents once it is done, and yes they are aware of the gift, in fact I needed more ideas from Mom letting her have a choice on some of the quilting designs.

At this point I am quilting a rope pattern in one of the white borders, quilting with red thread (my first hand quilted section with colored thread).
"Smile babe", says DH.

Then he yells, "what kind of smile is that?" I tell him to turn around. At that time a firetruck carrying the baseball state champions was passing, shooting water into the crowd from the fire hose. All I could think of is 'please don't get us, my quilt is not ready to be washed!' Luckily we were back far enough and the boys didn't know how to turn it on full blast.
So here are a bunch of photos showing what I have done so far (still working on it).


Here is the rope hand quilted in red thread.


Does Malee approve? After a close inspection...

She is still deliberating...



The answer is YES! The Princess approves!

As you can tell there is a mixture of machine quilting and hand quilting. All the borders are done by hand with the exception of the stitch in the ditch around each border.

This weekend was wonderful, to see most of our family, two brothers and families were not able to make it, on lives in the Philippines and the other had to work; and reconnect with our parents. WELCOME HOME MOM AND DAD!
Gathering for a family picture (which will need to be posted later when it gets emailed to me).

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lost Energy

This past month has not been a great month for me, somehow I seem to have lost all energy to do anything, I don't know why or how, I just don't want to do a lot of things.
I sit at my sewing machine, but I don't have the heart to work on a quilt project that is almost complete, for very long, luckily I made it a point to at least finish the stippling on a portion of it, I am machine quilting or attempting it. I have a few more border areas to quilt, then binding and it is off to my parents as a gift.
Lately my DH has been fixing our dinners, he is a good cook and enjoys trying new dishes (maybe not new to us but new to him in making it).
Church as also been on the very low of my totum pole of energy, which is really bad because I teach 17 year old gospel doctrine class, my sweet DH who was the Sunday School President would teach my class when I wouldn't show up. I say was, because he now has been released, so I need to somehow pick myself up and find my energy to go and teach.
Last week my parents came home from their mission (they served in the Guayaquil Ecuador Temple Mission for 18 months), while they were gone we watched over two over their dogs (the third one is at one of their friends') and tended to all of Mom's house plants. Now that they are back the dogs are happily with them and probably enjoying their new found freedom of chasing the deer, rabbits and whatever else runs wild in Monticello, Utah.
I did find some energy to finish painting the rest of our house (interior) and it now looks complete, instead of a few rooms finished and a partially painted wall.
Yesterday, while getting ready to leave work, I changed out of my scrubs and into my workout clothes with the mindset of visiting the gym for the first time in a few months. By the time I made the 30 minute drive from work to where we live, with the gym a few miles away, I justified that I needed to get home and start dinner so I don't have to feel guilty that DH is cooking dinner again.
I am also finding it hard to post blogs, but I believe that the reason for that one is because my computer doesn't like blogs right now. Everytime I try to read someone's blog, I get script error reports and it refuses to open it up (too many problems with this old laptop of mine, I just need a new computer), so I am back to blogging at work, which is difficult when your trying your best to not lose energy there.
ENERGY - where did I lose you and how do I find you again?!!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Who can resist A Christmas Story?

Who can resist the classic scene from A Christmas Story where Ralphie's friend Flick gets his tongue stuck to the flag pole?

I often wonder if kids still try it...Well that question can be answered at the following link, which was masterfully told and experienced by a fellow blogger.
One of my favorite "Joey" moments, You gotta read it:
http://teachinfourth.blogspot.com/2011/01/scene-1-exterior.html

Monday, July 4, 2011

Design Wall July 4th

After taking a couple weeks off the get my foot/ankle and knee/leg to heal, Saturday I sat down at the sewing maching to start planning my next move, what did I want to work on?
I thought it was fitting to work on this, since it is the Fourth of July weekend.
Saturday I traced some of the quilting patterns that I plan to do and started to to machine quilt around the red star. Since I have both white and dark colors that I need to mark, I used a pencil for the white areas and I had a white pencil for the dark areas, however after working the quilt around the machine while quilting the white pencil rubbed off. I have heard others using a disappearing pen that I would like to use. What marking tools do you use?
This is my second attempt at machine quilting in a very long time so I am very shaky at the free hand, floral type patterns. We shall see the outcome later this week.
To see what others have on their design wall, visit Judy L. at http://www.patchworktimes.com/
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY EVERYONE!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fourth of July 2011

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!
We are happy that we once again have internet at the house, so now I will be able to freely (like my choice of word?) blog instead of waiting to post what I can on my computer at work.

This weekend is the Fouth of July, hopefully everyone has wonderful plans, but don't forget to put out our Flag, showing reverence and respect for those who have served and sacrificed to make this country become and stay free. We owe a lot to these brave men and women.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Have a Great Trip?

I was finally successful in getting and good picture of my foot after the wonderful spill I displayed last Thursday.
Here is proof that I actually hurt myself. OUCH! This was taken last night, after 4 days and it is still very swollen and look and the pretty colors! I have decided that instead of painting my toenails this summer I thought of starting a new trend and put the colors on the entire foot. What do you think?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Design Wall 6-20

Unfortunately my Design Wall is the same as last week, and not by choice.

Last Thursday while walking from work to my car, I all of a sudden ended up spralled out on the parking lot ground. I don't remember tripping or stepping on a rock or crack, but I twisted my left ankle pretty badly; when I fell I landed on my right knee and elbow, banging up my knee and scrapping the elbow. Friday I could barely walk and lasted a few hours as work. Saturday and Sunday I was down with my ankle propped up on pillows. I tried to take photos of it, but the camera didn't pick up the awful color that my foot turned to. So unfortunately no sewing done at all. Today I was able to walk a little bit better on it and lasted the entire day at work; it is still sore, but my walking speed is better than the 'slow motion' speed that one of the construction guys labeled last Friday.
This is what I am working on, I need to go and get background material, which will be the same shade as my tan carpet or a light gray, depending on what I can find.
If you want to see the progress of other design walls visit Judy L. by clicking here.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Food Storage #2

I thought of first addressing WATER (at the request of a fellow blogger).

Storing water in hold milk jugs is a BIG NO! According to FEMA, if you are choosing your own containers, you should not choose plastic or cardboard containers that have had milk or fruit juice in them. "Milk protein and fruit sugars cannot be adequately removed from these containers and provide an environment for bacterial growth when water is stored in them. Cardboard containers also leak easily and are not designed for long-term storage of liquids." FEMA also mentions not to use glass, because they can easily break and are heavy to carry. And ProvidentLiving.org also stated that milk jugs do not seal well and become brittle over time.

So what should you use?

ProvidentLiving suggests using only food-grade containers that are made of PETE plastic or heavier plastic buckets or drums.
If you choose to use your own containers these containers must have screw on lids, two liter plastic soda bottles, is the recommended container.

Cleaning/Sanitizing
Both FEMA and ProvidentLiving suggests the following cleaning process before you use the 'soda bottles'. Clean the bottles with dishwashing soap and water, and rinse completely, sanitize by adding a solution of 1 teaspoon of household bleach, make sure that it is non-scented, no thickeners or additives are in the bleach, just plain old bleach. Swish the sanitizing solution in the bottle so it touches the entire surface of the bottle, neck, and lid. After sanitizing, thoroughly rinse out with clean water.

Filling Water Containers
This next information is directly from FEMA:
"Fill the bottle to the top with regular water. If the tap water has been commercially treated from a water utility with chlorine, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it clean. If the water you are using comes from a well or water source that is not treated with chlorine, add two drops of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to the water. Tightly close the container using the original cap. Be careful not to contaminate the cap by touching the inside of it with your finger. Place a date on the outside of the container so that you know when you filled it. Store in a cool, dark place. Replace the water every six months if not using commercially bottled water.

If you choose to use commercially bottled water, keep it in its original container and do not open it until your are ready to use it. Also pay attention to the expiration date.

So How Much Should You Have?
You should plan on at least ONE GALLON per Person per Day, now this is a base starting point. Each individual needs will vary based on age, physical condition, activity, diet and climate. FEMA states that children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more water; also if the temperatures are very hot the usage can double; and medical emergencies may require more water as well.

Our family will start saving our soda bottles and start adding water to our food storage. Hope this information will help you start your water storage, nudge you to continue adding to your storage, or go and check your dates to make sure nothing has expired.

What would you like to learn about concerning food storage? Comment or send me an email, I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, questions, or concerns.

HAPPY STORING!

Design Wall 6-13-11

I am at a crossroads in trying to decide what to do with my Scrappy Pineapple Blossom Quilt.
This is what I posted last week, however I started to play around with the arrangement and added the scrappy star that was made from the HST.
This is the arrangement that I came up with and really like, but now what to do with the background?

Sorry this picture is blurry, but here it is with the white. I'm not a fan of this because I am worried that the wonderful design that the white is making will get lost with the white background.

Here it is with Natural, still not a fan.

Here it is with a brownish background; its looking better.

And here it is with black, well sort of; the only black I had was the back of another quilt, hopefully you get the idea.
I need some help!!! What kind of background should I use? I kind of like my carpet color, light tan, but I am not sure. Like I said I NEED HELP!!!

If you want to see what others have on their Design Wall, visit Judy L's here.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Food Storage a MUST

Many of you know what our family has been going through these past 8 months. But for those who do not let me briefly touch base with you.
In October 2010 my DH lost his job, we felt that we would be successful in building a MLM (multi-level marketing) business; however with the economy the way it was, understandably people wanted to hold on to their money. This resulted in DH to start looking for another full time regular paying job. During this time I still had my job that was able to keep up with the house payment, utilities, and the bare necessities; while a lot of things that we could live without was dropped of the back of the wagon, like date night dinner and movies, Christmas for us parents (we made sure the teen got his), it even got as bad as no new makeup or perfume for me, wearing holy socks and tired shoes.
This is not a pity post, it is just to let you know how tight things have become. This is where the real post begins.
I am and have been for many years very active in making sure that we had a fully stocked Food Storage. I was teased by my DH when we first got married (three years ago in August), especially with the toilet paper (no one wants to run out of TP). Today he now understands the full meaning of having a food storage. While right now our storage is very depleted, we will be building it up soon, now that my DH is again working.

So you're wondering helpful hints on how to start, add, or anything about a food storage? I believe I can help. I would like to start giving helpful hints and just to make sure that it is not all from my pea brain head, I will be obtaining information from different sources which I will clearly reference, no plagiarism here. If you have any wonder hints or ideas, please drop me an email, if I haven't already mentioned it and if it seems credible or insightful I will post it here and give you credit. Also don't worry, I will not be trying to get you to buy any expensive storage units or food; this will only be for reference to what is available and how an everyday family can build their food storage.

“We can begin ever so modestly. We can begin with a one week’s food supply and gradually build it to a month, and then to three months. … I fear that so many feel that a long-term food supply is so far beyond their reach that they make no effort at all.
“Begin in a small way, … and gradually build toward a reasonable objective." President Gordon B. Hinckley in 2002 General Conference.

Tip # 1 - DO NOT STRESS OVER IT! For many years I would worry about what to do, where to start, among many other things, in fact I spent so much time stressing over it that my food storage never was started. Finally I decided to 'chill' and started out small (real small) and purchased a few more cans of goods than what I usually use. So take a deep breath ....... and start storage building.

Isn't this pretty, sure wish mine looked like this.
Stay tuned for more tips and hints. Together we can build our self reliance through food storage.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Niagara Falls


Last night we received some new that brought tears to both of our eyes, that turned into Niagara Falls.

For the last 8 months my DH has been out of a job. As each month passed the money situation became tighter and tighter, I was totally worried about how to make ends meet and still keep the house. We went through having no Christmas for each other (we was able to get the teen his christmas on the light side); a very very light New Years, no Valentines, and an extremely small Easter. We tried to keep the spirit of the season up, but it was difficult knowing that the traditional things cost money, i.e. Nutcraker, movies, even gas to drive around and enjoy lights.

After many interviews and let downs, last night while in the grocery store getting items that we desparately need and trying our best to stay within a small budget, DH received a phone call that started the emotional outbreak. A few people mentioned that we must have received good news, it was more like GREAT news. He was offered a job, not a grand job, but a reliable one that will help put us back on our feet. I cannot count how many times I thanked our Heavenly Father for this huge blessing, and I will continue to thank him over and over.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Design Wall 6-06

I have been wanting to do a scrappy quilt for a long time, but have been very nervous about doing one. However seeing a few wonderful scrappy quilts done by other quilters I have decided that it is about time for me to do one, especially since I have a lot of odds and ends that I just couldn't throw away. So after looking at different options I have decided to do this block:
Since this is my first scrappy quilt, I am still undecisive about it. I will continue to finish the six blocks and make more blocks, then I will decide from there what type of design strikes my fancy.

If you want to see what others are doing on their design wall you can visit Judy L's here.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Finally Completed!

I have been debating on whether to post this or not, and after a few quilting blog friend's encouragement I have decided that I need to post it even though I am not truly pleased with it.


This is a quilt that I wanted to do since a real good friend of mine (T) lost her beautiful black cat. When 'T' moved into her new condo, she decided that it was too quiet and lonely; a co-worker of mine was moving and needed to give away this black cat she called Angel. She had another cat that was white and I believe her name was Devil, which fit her demeanor, she ruled the roost and was very mean to Angel, making him totally scared of everything. 'T' fell in love with him and took him home, he was scared of everything, even the tile flooring in the kitchen and bathroom; that is when she decided his name needed to be changed to Boo. It took him a few years to completely relax and even be able to go into the kitchen.

Boo and T went great together. T would work on quilts and other projects while Boo would sit on the back of her chair and 'supervise'. Unfortunately after he passed away, 'T' realized that she did not take any pictures of him, so I thought of this to help her remember him and his wonderful life with her, his heaven.

'T' if you are reading this blog know that I love you and will get you this quilt soon.

Here are a few more pictures. The reason that I am not real pleased with it is because I machine quilted (my first in about 7 years) and it looks rough and unpolished.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Need Quilting Ideas

 Now that I have completed the 54-40 or Fight quilt, I have nothing planned to make next.
A fellow blogger sewitsmidnightmama.blogspot.com is having a giveaway of this wonderful stack:

It would be so wonderful to be able to win this. I would love some ideas as to what kind of cheery quilt pattern that it can become.
What are your suggestions?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Design Wall-May 23rd

im starting to realize why some peoples post have no proper punctuation...they are doing it from their phones. that is what i am doing now and believe me i am desparately trying to capitalize and punctuate, but to success.

Okay, so the not being able to punctuate was driving me crazy, so I had to get on my computer and do it properly...this is so much better.

What is on my design wall today, you ask? NOTHING, because I finished the 54-40 or Fight Quilt. I received some inspiration from Judy and added a pieced border. Nothing too fancy, but it is the first one ON MY OWN, it turned out pretty well if I do say so myself. What do you think?
Here it is, blocks made and waiting to be sewn together.

Here it is with the first border. The McCalls pattern called for two more borders a 1 1/2" white and a 4 1/2" blue.

But this is what I did. I love the checkerboard border that I added. It also made it larger, instead of the original size of 48x64 lap quilt, it is now a bit larger at 54x68. Now I need to figure out how to quilt it, and since I do not have a long arm, the big question is...should I have someone do it or should I quilt it by hand?

If you want to see other wonderful designs go to Judy's by clicking here.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Addiction!

So this past day and a half the blogger was down and that is when I realized I am addicted to blog stalking. I didn't think it was that bad, after trying many times to get on and getting frustrated because I couldn't get my fix, that is when I found that it was leaning towards bad.

Not only am I addicted to blog stalking, I also have an addiction to Diet Coke, anything sweet, chocolate, food, quilting, and most anything that I set my mind to work on. Any type of addiction must have a background to it -
  • DC - its been too long to figure that one out.
  • Anything sweet - I have a major sweet tooth and have had it since I was a tot.
  • Chocolate - I blame that on genetics, all of my relatives on my mother's side is considered a chocoholic.
  • Food - my comfort. I am an emotional eater, which is not helping right now.
  • Quilting - I was a spot quilter here and there, until I met my BFF. She started to teach me new techniques and helped me when I was having trouble. We then started to have sew days and now I am hooked.
  • The last one is difficult to explain (no, I am not a member of the Huntsman family, who has difficulties explaining his religious relationship). I have found lately, that on Saturday I would say "A little time outside getting the yard nice, a little time cleaning the house,a a little time sewing/quilting, and a little time preparing the Sunday School lesson". I will go outside and 5 hours later my DH is telling me to 'quit already'; the house is still dirty, no sewing done this week, and the lesson was not finalized until Sunday morning, pathetic.
I am sure that there are other addictions, but right now I am probably in denial with them. As far as finding a balance with everything in my life, well... I am clueless...or am I careless?

Suggestions would be nice, if I like them I may implement them into my life, if not, well...sorry...or am I really? You decide.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tribute to Mom


Daisy's are my Mothers favorite
 Not all people are aware that my middle name is my mother's name; and I am truly proud to have it. My mother is my best friend, we can talk for hours (if Dad would allow us), and we enjoy being in each other's company. Growing up I was always told that I sounded like Mom, even Dad was fooled when he would call from work and I would answer the phone.

Being the oldest daughter (second oldest child), Mom made sure that she taught me how to cook, sew, crochet, quilt, garden, clean, and how to patiently work with Dad. She also taught me how to drive; I am trying to remember her patience and techniques, since I am now trying to teach the newly 16 year old.
Mom is a very patient and easy-going person, and I have some of her patience and a lot of her easy-going attitude. I have always looked up to Mom and wanted to be like her in many ways; I do remember that at one point in my life I wanted the same amount of kids she had and a few times one more that what she had. Looking back now, my mind can only scream, 'ARE YOU CRAZY?!', since she had eight children.

I am very grateful to my Mother for everything that she taught and suffered through with me. She continues to subtly instruct me, now only by words but by action. Mom and Dad are now in the last months of an 18 month mission for our church; they are serving in the temple in Guayaquil Ecuador; they are expected to be home around July 11th. I am counting down the time until they return, not only to get rid of their dogs that we have been watching, but to be able to sit and talk to them in person (no more Skype calls).

Thanks Mom for all that you have done for me and I hope that I will be close to the type of person you are, even if I am only half the person you are I am doing great.

I LOVE YOU LOTS!

Happy Mother's Day

Monday, May 2, 2011

Design Wall - May 2nd

I'm sure that I am a disappointment to all who follows my design wall. This past week was not a healthy week for me; I suffered from a major headache all week long and when Saturday came (my free day to sew up a storm) I was so backed up on everything else that sewing was on the bottom of my priority list. So the door to the sewing room was not opened and I am sure that there have not been any of Cinderella's mice up there surprising me.
So my design wall is the same as last week

I am doing it in the same color scheme. I hope to have more done this week.

If you want to see other quilter's design wall, visit Judy L. at http://www.patchworktimes.com/

Monday, April 25, 2011

Design Wall - 4-25-11

I have started on the 54-40 or Flight Quilt; I do not have pictures of the cut material or the messy sewing room since the internet is once again not available at our house and I forgot to download the pictures from my laptop to the thumb drive so I could do it here at work.

So this is a picture of the block from the McCalls website
54-40 or Fight
and here is what the quilt will look like

Hopefully it will look as beautiful as the picture.

Take a look at other design walls at Judy L's.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Irish Chocolate Mint Dessert

Today was 'Super Saturday' where sisters of our ward get together and make crafty items, eat lunch, and enjoy each others company.
I was asked to bring a dessert. This is what I made - Irish Chocolate Mint Dessert.
Many of the sisters asked me for the recipe, so I thought it to be easier to post it here for all to enjoy. This is a recipe that is found in a Hershey's Recipe Collection cookbook that I enjoy.

Ingredients

1 ½ C. + 6 Tbsp.  Butter or Margarine
2 C.  Sugar
2 tsp.  Vanilla
4  Eggs
1 C.  Flour
¾ C.  Cocoa
½ tsp.  Baking Powder
2 2/3 C.  Powdered Sugar
1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp.  Water
1 tsp.  Mint Extract
4 drops  Green Food Color
1 C.  Dark or Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Heat oven to 350 F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
Place 1 cup butter in large microwave-safe bowl; cover; microwave at medium (50%) 2 minutes or until melted. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs; beat well. Add flour, cocoa and baking powder; beat until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 30-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
Prepare mint cream center by combining powdered sugar, ½ cup butter, water mint extract and food color in large bowl. Beat until smooth. Spread evenly on brownies. Cover and refrigerate until cold.
Prepare chocolate glaze by placing remaining 6 tablespoons butter and chocolate chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Microware at medium 1 minute or until mixture is smooth when stirred. Cool slightly; pour over chilled dessert. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Cover and refrigerate leftover dessert.

My variation: I end up adding a little bit more water to the mint cream center to make it smooth.

Hope everyone enjoys!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ps i quilt giveaway

modern workshop 1
I am trying to get this bundle of fat quarters by participating in a giveaway by 'ps i quilt' . I am always in the mood for new and brightly colored fabric to quilt with.
Wish me luck!
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