Monday, October 29, 2012

A Pinched Nerve,...Possibly

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I have a pinched nerve in my shoulder. Luckily it only hurts when I pull my arm back at odd angles but it always seems to hit at inopportune moments. I was trying on a jacket today while out shopping and I thought I was going to burst into tears when I tried to put that arm in the sleeve. I don't think Kohl's associates would have known what to do with me. I keep hoping that it will work its way out and I won't have to go to the doctor or anything, but I'm afraid that may be wishful thinking.

Well, back to planning a soon to be 11 year old daughter's Bday party for the 10th. So far, not good. I've never been this slow about getting things pulled together. Of course, my birthday is Friday so, how is it fair that no one's planning for me? (excuse me while I laugh hysterically at the thought that my children would even remember that it's my birthday!)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I almost didn't post a quilt for the Blogger's Quilt Festival since I haven't actually finished anything in a while, but then I decided to do something a bit different. I am posting about one I did for my hubby's cousin who lives in the Hague. This was one of two I actually did for his cousin's children. Instead of focusing on the front of the quilt, I actually wanted to post about the back since I love how it turned out.
 This was the back of the quilt with giant Granny Squares from charms.

The front was based on the Four Square Layer Cake Quilt. I did straight line quilting to echo the charms on the front.

Quilt size is approximately 64"x87 and fits a European twin
The design on the back was totally made up on the spur of the moment because Granny Squares were so big. I just thought it would be cool to make big ones because I had 5x5" squares.
Quilting: Straight line quilting echoing the squares on the front
Quilted by: me
Best Category: Bed quilt, ROYGBIV quilt, home machine quilted

I really loved how this one came together and how bright and colorful it is. Plus it's double sided! And it now it lives on a wee little twin bed in the Netherlands!

Amy's Creative Side

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WiP...When You Get in a Hurry!

Yeah, when you get in a hurry, things don't always come out the way you think they should. Like this, for instance...

This was my first attempt at a block for Michele's Quilt You Be Mine Mystery Round Robin. I had fun with the Regular Mystery Round Robin so I decided to try this one, even though hubby and I don't celebrate Valentine's Day. Yes, I know I screwed it up. But while I was fixing it, I decided I didn't want the pink at all and would go for a GA Bulldogs theme for colors.
So here is the changed one. I used Elizabeth's fab tutorial for it here.

I also got my latest Carpenter Wheel sewn together...

cut out the fabric for the next two Wheels...

and started playing with a layout for my gray, yellow and aqua Granny Squares.
Pretty sure I'm going on point with them. I also did some work on Halloween costumes. I hope to get those done ASAP!

Hope you had a productive week!WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

At Last!

My quilt guild won an honorable mention ribbon at the State Fair in Perry! This is a second version of the Loosey Goosey quilt we are raffling off. I would LOVE to win it! We made an extra set of circles and made up a second one for our president. She entered it into the state fair, and voila! A ribbon!

Looks like they had it hanging from the rafters.

What does that have to do with 'At Last'? Nothing. But this next thing does... have you heard? Jennifer over at Ellison Lane Quilts has come up with an East Coast sewing retreat! It will be March 21-24, 2013 in Charlotte, NC and tickets go on sale today at noon! What's the downside? Only 50 people are going to get to go, so you've got to decide quickly. It's only 4 1/2 hours from me so I could drive.  I do have to figure out getting the kids to school and such if I get to go.

Sew South Retreat 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Macro Monday!

I have enjoyed learning about the macro setting on my camera on occasion, so when I came across this linky party I thought it would be cool to join in sometimes!

Check out more cool pics over at Lisa's Chaos!

Update: I was goofing around on Palette Builder over at PlayCrafts. How gorgeous would this quilt be?

Saturday, October 20, 2012

An LQS Yard Sale!

Yup, you read that right! A semi-local (an hour away) LQS decided to encourage their employees to clean out their own stash to have a yard sale outside the store. I got there about 45 minutes after it started cause I woke up late, but I still found some goodies.
Here's just one side of what they had set up. The fabric side; the only side I was concerned with! So what did I find? Well, let's see...
3.69 yards of aquas and white for $10,...

2 yards of this cute orange and red print for $6,...

and 3 yards of this cute green and aqua print for $9. And it blends well with the above aquas in real life. Almost 9 yards of fabric for $25! Can't beat that! But I did have to go inside for some more stuff. Unfortunately what I really needed was not even on sale.

I picked up a half yard each of the prints I did not already have from Helen Mulder Peterson's Artful Home. This is what I've been using for my Carpenter Wheels.
I had also picked up that brown piece to make a strap to tie my daughter's hair and braid back for her Halloween costume, and for a tree I need to make. When I got up to the register I had a coupon for $5 off a $25 order but mine came up to $23. So I just had her add a fat quarter and ran back to pick one out which ended up being the lime swirl. So I figure it's about 11 yards total for about $48; a little over $4 a yard for high quality fabric. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. Now I just need to put some of it to good use!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Winner, Winner, Cook Me Dinner!

I know, people always say Chicken Dinner, but I like the idea of someone cooking me dinner much better! Well, I guess you are all wondering who won? Let's give that wheel a spin and see whose name pops up!
And the winner is....

Number 14!

And number 14 is Linz who said:

Blogger Linz said...
I sure wish I could have gone to the summit too... but thanks for making it a little easier to cope :)
October 13, 2012 2:09 PM

I have to admit how excited I am that it's Lindsay! She was one of my very first followers and I couldn't figure out why in the world someone I didn't even know would want to come read anything I had to say or look at anything I had made. But she did. And she stayed. And I'm so glad I get to send her a little treat! I was kind of surprised that it was someone I knew because most of my giveaways have led to me meeting someone new.

Congratulations Lindsay! And thank you all for playing along! My birthday is coming up soon and I may try to do another giveaway for that so stay tuned!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sorry so Late Posting but The Day Got Away!

Today's the last day to enter my giveaway so head on over there if you haven't entered yet!

I have a squirrel in my attic and he's making me pun intended. He seems to have found a way to get in and out because he's not always up there, but when he is it makes me a bit crazy. Hubby picked up a humane trap but it has only succeeded in going off without anything in it so far. And if you trap one, who's to say he didn't tell his buddies how to get in as well? And what do you do with them once you trap one? I'm still freaking out a bit about this whole thing. But the scratching... that freaks me out worse than anything.

*I told this to publish hours ago but I walked away and didn't check it. Darn Blogger sometimes! I will draw Friday morning!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WiP...With a Doozy of a Headache!

I am posting quickly because I volunteer at the school library on Wednesday mornings so I've got to go get ready! I started posting it last night but had a horrible headache and ended up on the bed with pillows on my head until I got rid of it. Then I had to wait for the nausea to go away cause it hurt so bad it made me feel sick. Oh joy. So glad that's over with!
If you're looking for my #notgoingtosewingsummit giveaway, check it out here. Otherwise, here goes the weekly progress!

I got my next Carpenter Wheel layout on the carpet. It just needs to be sewn up.

I also am working on the charm layout for the bottom half of my Yule Pop which can be seen here, and I now have 9 gray, aqua, and yellow granny squares which can also be seen here. I know a lot of you went to Sewing Summit. I can't wait to hear more about those trips. What's up at your sewing pad?

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Don't forget to check out my quilt pin giveaway here. It's in honor of those of us #notgoingtosewingsummit, but if you went, that's okay too. Just make sure you let me in on any great information you learned while you were there!

So what am I working on this weekend? Well, let's see!
First, I had sewn together half of the charms for my Yule Pop quilt, so I draped it over the back of my design board with one strip showing so I could figure out placement for the other half of the blocks. I haven't gotten very far with that yet.

I also got the next set of HST's for another Carpenter Wheel block sewn up, trimmed, and ready to go. I just need to put them in place and start sewing.

And then there's my gray, aqua, and yellow Granny Squares. I finished up a few more and now I'm up to 9. Woohoo! 
I really need to get some more light down in the basement where my sewing room is; my pictures always look so bad!

I'm also baking. I had a banana that was very over ripe so I picked up another at the store & made banana bread. I have made it plenty of times before but this time was in muffin form.
I don't know if I've mentioned this recipe on my blog before, but it really is the best banana bread I've ever had. It was from an old issue of Cooking Light and uses plain yogurt which makes it moist. I usually use vanilla yogurt because it adds a little more flavor but I already had plain I was using to make smoothies for the kids so I used that. I would also add walnuts if it were up to me but my son doesn't like them, so...

I'm also contemplating making some of these. That Bakerella rocks, doesn't she? This recipe actually came from a cookbook called Flour by Joanne Chang. As if there aren't enough yummy goodies in that cookbook, she is coming out with Flour, Too in May of 2013. Yum.
Homemade Oreos
Homemade oreos? Are you freaking kidding me? If they are even close, I'm in heaven. Hubby is an oreo freak and it would be nice to be able to make them since they are getting to where they cost SO MUCH in the stores.
Headed over to AmyLouWho's to link up!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

(A Giveaway) When You Wish Upon a Star...

...sometimes it still doesn't get you to the Sewing Summit! So if you're stuck at home blessed to be at home like me, then there's an alternative pity party get together happening over at amylouwho's bloggy pad!  She's having a linky party that amounts to a "virtual sewing room" for those of us who are #notgoingtosewingsummit. For those of us who are slaving away in our home sewing rooms rather than the sewing summit classes, this offers us a place to check in and report what we've been working on this weekend. I'm not going to link yet because I don't have pictures, but I have actually made some progress. The last Mystery Round Robin block I had to work on has been sent out (though my completely completed one is still here), and I started on another Carpenter Wheel last night.

Also under the heading of #notgoingtosewingsummit, I decided to hold a GIVEAWAY in honor of all the sewists who did NOT get to go to Sewing Summit! Sort of a last minute thing but I wanted it to be good since some of us didn't get to go and we need a little pick me up. I went by my LQS the other day and came across these lovely charms. I was so taken with them that I went back and picked up a few for you guys. I figured a rotary cutter and a sewing machine resulted in a block so that's what I ended up with.

The blade on the rotary cutter is all silver; that's just a shadow (of me) on the right edge. If you want a good closeup of what they look like or if you're interested in more, they are put out by pinpeddlers. Isn't it adorable all put together? Interested in winning it?
1.  Just leave a comment below for a chance to win. Aw, what the heck...
2. if you're a follower leave a second comment for another chance to win.
3. If you tweet, blog, or FB it, you can leave another comment. Have I exhausted everything? Gosh, I hope so!
OOPS! Forgot to add, make sure you are not a NO-REPLY BLOGGER or I can't get in touch with you. If you are or think you are, make sure you leave your email address in the comment so I can reach you!

I'll leave it open until 10/18, and I will pick a winner Friday morning so I can send it to it's new home. This is open internationally! It's light enough that it ought not be too expensive to send. Good luck!
This giveaway is closed!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sew Little Sewing, Sew Little Time

Well, I have actually done the tiniest bit of sewing this week. With funerals and BIL getting his first chemo treatment today, it's been another busy week. And on top of everything else, I'm going to be in another play. I know, I know; what was I thinking? How can I possibly get things done? I don't know, but a friend is directing it and they didn't have enough adults show for the audition so I told her I'd help. It's Madeline's Christmas and I will be playing the cook, Mrs. Murphy. It's actually a cute little part so it ought to be fun.

What sewing have I done? Well, like I said, not much at all.

Basically I've sewn half of my Yule Pop blocks together. It won't take much to do the other half. Then I have to decide what color to do the 'bubbles' in. Any ideas? I can't decide. I almost wish there wasn't a white fabric in the line, but I'll figure it out.

I am trying to get motivated to get some things finished but I also now have Halloween costumes on the brain as they have finally chosen what they want to be. Luckily they aren't too complicated. My son wants to be Diddy Kong; for those unfamiliar, as I was, he is Donkey Kong's son. Red cap, red tshirt with yellow stars and you're done...almost. He wants a jetpack. Uh, yeah.

Then there's my daughter who wants to be Katniss from Hunger Games. Our neighbor's kids are being Arwen and Galadriel, elves from The Lord of the Rings. When my daughter found out there really weren't any more girl characters, I suggested Katniss. She was thrilled since she just started reading the books. I'm pretty sure she has pants, but we'll need some form of everything else. Luckily, it's mostly just clothes she can wear again so we're fine. I may try to make her up an orange backpack instead of buying one unless I can find one cheap.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Another Loss

My aunt (my father's sister) just passed away yesterday afternoon. She had been quite sick for a while with cancer and congestive heart failure. She had reached a point where she had trouble breathing, and it had just become too difficult for her. When I was a child, my grandmother and my aunt babysat us after school: "us" would include my sister and myself, as well as several of my cousins. It was a sort of familial form of daycare, and if it takes a village to raise a child, she was most definitely a part of the village that raised "us". She was a good cook and we always ate well there. I can picture waiting impatiently for apple fritters to cool before we were allowed to snack away on them.

My grandmother had 3 girls and 4 boys. All the boys married but the girls lived at home. Even after both their parents died, they chose to continue as roommates and are all still together now. As is done in the south sometimes, she was called Sister by everyone who knew her. I have this memory of not knowing her real name was Elizabeth until I was about 9 years old. I also remember my other aunts saying that they had called her Sister for so long that even the guys she dated in school sometimes called her that!

She and my other aunts worked at the local drive in as well as the movie theater selling tickets as well as cleaning up the theater. Occasionally they would allow one of us to "spend the night" and go with them to clean up the movie theater after a show. We were allowed to keep any money we found so we thought we were rich with our dimes and quarters.

As a child, my aunt suffered from polio, and walked with a limp. She had a wicked sense of humor, but could also laugh at herself. Her hearing had not been the best for many years now and it had gotten to be a bit of a joke if she staked a claim to a comment even when someone else had just said it a minute before; she just hadn't heard it. She also tickled us when she incorrectly used some words, such as when she chose to cook with "canine pepper." Though she could sometimes appear small and fragile, she was a firecracker and kept everyone as straight as she possibly could. Though I am glad she will endure no more suffering and pain, she will be dearly missed and our love for her will not be diminished.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

It's Gettin' Hot In Here!

I was asked about where I got some of my freezer recipes so I thought I would post about it. I used some websites and a cookbook, so I tried to mark them accordingly. I used the 30 Day Gourmet's Big Book of Freezer Cooking, purchased for my Nook. Those recipes are marked with a pound sign (*).
So far:
*Chicken and Broccoli Lo Mein
Chicken and Wild Rice
*Cheesy Chicken Penne and Vegetables (this only called for spinach but I added some frozen peppers I had to clean out some veggie bags from the freezer)
Layered Enchilada Casserole

Joyful Mama also has a few more recipes here if you are interested.

I'm going to use some of my shredded chicken to make this yummy looking crock pot cream cheese chicken chile. I'm going to do everything the same except not raw chicken. I'll just put my shredded chicken in with the rest of the ingredients in a regular pot and heat through. Last night I used it to make this Buffalo Chicken Pizza Roll. YUM! I made a half recipe and wished I'd added just a tad bit more buffalo sauce.
I should also admit that we have an extra fridge in the basement. When we bought our side by side about 12 or so years ago, the old one still worked fine so we put it in the basement for outside drinks and overflow. That's why the pics of the top freezer didn't look so full. The picture of the chicken broth cubes were taken in my side by side and I had to maneuver some things around so I could place all those ice cube trays in there to freeze.
Happy cooking!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

WiP With a Whole Lotta Life Going On...

What a week it has been. There's been a lot going on in our lives lately what with finding out my BIL's cancer and all. They went in yesterday for a liver scan and biopsy. He said he saw way more spots on his scans in the liver area than he had thought there would be (he was an X-ray tech for years). We are still praying every day and hoping for good news regarding prognosis.

To talk about something happier, I did keep myself somewhat busy this week. I finished up some freezer cooking (that sounds contradictory!) and filled it up with goodies. I'll post about those and the recipes I used tomorrow but here's a peek at my freezer.
That's 8 meals, about 6 bags of prepped beef for various meals, 4 bags of shredded chicken and about 7 bags of various marinaded meats. I also had what ended up being 4 quart size bags of ice cube chicken broth I made when prepping the shredded chicken. I used some of the chicken last night in chicken and dumplings and I'm planning on making this Buffalo Chicken Pizza Rolls recipe later in the week.

I also received the buttons I won from Incomparable Buttons the other day. So sweet!

I also finished a gift. I won't elaborate, but let's just say it's going in the mail today.
The front...
the back...
and inside. I used Amber's tutorial over at One Shabby Chick on how to put it together but just used some fabrics I was already working with on my Carpenter Wheels as my starting point.

I also finished one Mystery Round Robin Mini and got the other one. I still haven't figured out what I'm going to do to it yet but I can't post it anyway since it's a surprise. Stay tuned for the reveal on those on November 19th!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced