Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Fabric Hoarder

I've been holding on to several fat quarter bundles of Bonnie and Camille fabric. So today, I listed a bundle of Ruby and Happy Go Lucky that I have never opened. Will I regret it? Probably! But the fact is I have more fabric than I will ever be able to sew in my lifetime! I have three daughters and not a single one of them interested in sewing.

I haven't sold anything on Ebay in several months, so I will see how it goes! I hope you have a great week. I'm back at work tomorrow!

Monday, January 18, 2016

It's Monday!

I dusted off my featherweight Singer sewing machine over the weekend. I haven't used it very much since I bought it a few years ago. I need to take my Janome in for a spa day and get her ready for some serious sewing! I have fabric just waiting to be made into quilts and also some drapes I need to sew for the dining room.

I love samplers and discovered this wonderful piece for $18.00. It is not dated, but the colors are very bright and I thought it was beautiful. I've always loved cross stitch samplers, but they were out of my budget. Over the years I have picked up a few from the early 1900"s, that I have found in junk stores. I did happen to win a great schoolgirl sampler off  Ebay a few years ago. Since they are so hard to find in this part of the country, I will have to be satisfied with my pintrest board.

I took some time this weekend to tidy up my sewing spaces. Target has great plastic bins that I picked up on clearance. I wish there had been more of them. I was able to sort through some fat quarters and put them in order of color. I also found a quilt kit that somehow had been stuck in the bottom of a basket! I have 3 shelves from Ikea that are in my sewing room and I love them. They are so handy with adjustable shelving and I can see my fabric at a glance. Hope you had a great weekend and a wonderful week! 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Chocolate Pie

You just cant go wrong with a Chocolate pie
Here is my grandmothers recipe. I hope you enjoy! Have a happy day!
baked pie shell ( I cannot make piecrust)
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 cups milt
1tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
In a large saucepan, combine flour, cocoa, sugar, salt and egg yolks. Stir in milk and cook over a medium fire stirring constantly with a whisk. Filling will thicken quickly, so stay on it! Afterwards add vanilla and mix well. Pour into baked pie shell.
Beat the 4 eggs whites until stiff and pour onto pie filling. Bake in over at 350 degrees until golden brown!

Sunday Scripture

Our new home has a closet off the dining room that has been used as a butler's pantry. My plan is to turn this smallish space into a prayer room. I usually wake a couple of hours before my husband, just to have time alone in the morning for prayer and seeking God's face. I'm looking forward to having an actual room to go into and close the door. To be uninterrupted from my time I spend in prayer and journaling. I am so thankful for the ability to start my day with prayer and quiet time. If you have any time at all I encourage you to get quiet, read your Bible and make your needs known to God. He will answer them beyond your wildest dreams. I love to write mine down with dates, then I can go back and check off the prayers that have been answered. Some are swift, other's take months or years. But He is faithful and that I am sure of.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Busy Week

I haven't had a moment to sew or quilt this week. Last Saturday we bought a new house and I have been busy gathering paperwork, meeting with the realtor, and making plans. When I got to work on Monday, I had 4 people out sick with the flu and one of them was my assistant, so my work week was in an upheaval from day one! I was happy to see Friday this week, it was slow to get here!
Don't you just love the front porch on this house! There is a glassed in summer porch on the back of the house that looks out onto the yard. If you have ever read my blog, you know I have this thing for houses. All of my life we traded houses every few years when I was a child, then I married a contractor and spent many years flipping houses. In contrast, my husband has lived in the same house for 35 years. We currently live in his home and our new house is at the end of the street. So we are not moving far, but there is more room. I will have a true quilt studio in this house and be able to buy a long arm quilter!
I have numerous projects that I have begun and I need to spend time finishing them, but now I need to pack, have a garage sale and move. There will be some painting and new floor coverings going down, but my son will help me with that. I'm hoping to spend a couple hours this afternoon sorting through my fabrics and attend a birthday party for one of my grandsons. Have a happy week!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along

 I love this quilt! Fat Quarter Shop will be hosting a quilt along using Fig Tree Fabrics, Strawberry Fields Revisited. They will post a new block each month on their website, so you can sew along all year!
My fabric came in today and its gorgeous! I cant wait to download the first pattern and get started. There are so many wonderful quilt along's this year that I am having a very hard time choosing which I can participate it. I don't want to over commit myself and fall behind. Hope you enjoyed your week and having a great weekend!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Finale! Downton Abbey

Its sad but true. Only one more season of Downton Abbey! I have watched this wonderful saga since it began and I can tell you it is like saying goodbye to old friends. My youngest daughter was the first person to tell me about it. She was traveling and flipping through channels one night when she discovered it. Afterwards, she called and told me about this great show. "Trust me mom, you will love it". Love it indeed! I watched all of season one and two over that weekend.
 Who couldn't love Dame Maggie Smith with all of her caustic remarks and that look only she can do! The costumes, the manor, the manners and the butler! I think Carson is a hoot and I cant imagine anyone but him in that role.
I have relatives in the UK who have already seen the entire season, but I promise they will not reveal anything to me. Last year they were visiting us at Christmas and most of the table talk was what happened on Downton! And couldn't pry a thing out of them. I will be watching tomorrow night and although I cant wait for it to begin. I know how sad it will be when it is over!
Wishing everyone a New Year!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year (AKA What Happened to 2015)

We have had a busy year with kids, travel, work and family. I am going to show you a few highlights as I look back on 2015

 At the beginning of the year I finished up some quilt projects that were left over from the Christmas rush. I had promised myself that I would make quilts for everyone. That goal was met, but just barely. We had new babies arrive, which necessitates a new quilt and some of them, well I just loved to much to give away. I'm kinda selfish that way sometimes!
 I was able to visit California and Disneyland. It was a great trip even though I was there on business, I was able to sneak onto a few rides. I'm about 10 years old when I go there. Main street is my favorite place. It always gives me the nostalgic feeling of being a child again. Living in a small town we had a main area that everyone shopped on Saturdays. We would dress up and go with our mother to town.
 Another finish for 2015. This is a pattern and fabric by Bonnie and Camille. Did you know that a new fabric line is being released called Little Ruby? I cant wait to get my hands on it!
 We also made a quick trip to New Orleans for a long weekend. It was very relaxing and we saw many new sites that we had not seen on our previous trip. This was the first time back since Katrina.
 Peppermint Patty was my favorite quilt this year. I began this in 2014 and worked on it during travel times, in the car and airport. I have always wanted a red and white quilt!
 My baby is 5 yrs old now! Logan is the sweetest grandson on the planet! My daughter is pretty awesome too!
 And, Im not sure where all the time has gone but my oldest grandson turned sixteen this year! A carbon copy of his dad. Watch out because he got his drivers license!
 We had a couple of sad things this year. I lost my father in May. This is a picture of the 4 cousins, they were my playmates growing up. My sister and I are in the middle. Then a few months later we lost a cousin. She was a wonderful woman and truly exemplified the Proverbs 31 example. They will be missed.
Im trying to tame my scrap box by making as many Dresden quilts as I can. So far I have over 200 of them made. My goals is to complete them this year!
My favorite purchase this year was a Hoosier cabinet. I love it! favorite Christmas gift was the quilt cabinet that my sweet hubby bought for me.
Its been a busy year for me and my family. I'm praying that 2016 will bring new memories with my children and grandchildren. That my husband and I will be happy and healthy. And you just never know what little surprises might pop up...uh in about 8 months or so! Hope you have a wonderful new year!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Day After

Another holiday has come and gone! I guess the older you get time starts flying by. It certainly does seem that way to me.
We had a fairly eventful year and I am praying this coming new year will be less stressful! 
Remember when it took forever for Christmas to finally get here? My sister and I used to mark the days on the calendar, making our lists, and trying to be good so that Santa would stop by and leave our gifts.
All of our children are grown now, so we look forward and count the days until our grandbabies come for a visit. We were not disappointed this year! Our daughter had an emergency appendectomy last week, so we had grandkids for days! I spent the morning, picking up toys, snippets of wrapping paper and tape stuck everywhere. I took the Christmas tree down at 2:30am this morning and took it to the curb. It had seen better days and I decided to buy another one for next year if I can get one on clearance. I still have some more decorations to take down and put away tonight, but I'm looking at them with a critical eye. I need to dispose of some things that are just not worth packing up another year.
I hope your holidays were wonderful and that you have a very blessed new year!