Friday, September 30, 2011

Life's A Dance

On Monday my dear friend, Kalyn's grandmother passed away.  She had suffered from alzheimer's for the past several years.  The family asked that in lieu of flowers food be donated to the local food bank or a donation be made for alzheimer research.  So I decided to make this quilt and donate it to The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative in honor of her grandmother. 
Her grandmother loved to dance.  She was one of the dancing grannies.  And her and her hubby went dancing every weekend.  It was the one thing she never forgot.  So I appliqued a silohette of two people dancing before a rising and or setting sun to represent her wonderful life and her love of dancing.  And although she is in a better place she will be missed.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Free and Easy

I took a machine quilting class while I was at Quilt Fest last week.  I throughly enjoyed it.  Lisa Brothman was the teacher and she did a beautiful job.  We started with our name and then she gave us other designs to try.  Some came easy others not so much as you can see from this sample.
But by the end of class I was feeling much better about my free motion quilting and was enjoying playing with the many designs she taught.

One of my favorite parts about the class was when she taught bobbin drawing.  What a fun way to use heavier threads and get a new effect on your quilting projects. I see a lot more of this in my future. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Getting Caught Up

I've been missing in action here on the blog and at home.  I had a little escape to the Utah Quilt Guild's annual Quilt Fest.  I meant to get some posts up before I left but obviously that did not happen.  I was busy getting things ready for a class I was taking, hand work ready to do while I volunteered, lists for the family to make sure things ran smoothly while I was away, and a few projects to work on in my spare moments. 
Speaking of lists I had to laugh when a young mother in my class said her hubby forgot to take her son to preschool.  And again when in a lecture by Sally Collins and she mentioned a lady in one of her classes that had left such detailed lists on what her hubby was to do while she was gone that when she called home he said he didn't have time to talk to her, it wasn't on the list.

So besides getting in some good laughs, learning new things, and making new friends.  I was able to get caught up on my 15 minute play BOM blocks.

They were really fun to make and caught the eye of several quilters in the open sew area while I worked on them. 

I'm thinking I might go back a redo a few of my earlier ones.  Because even though I like the blocks I feeling that I want them all to have the same background fabric.

Then to figure out how to put them together and have the quilt done by Dec. for the challenge and voting.  Weather I win in the challenge or not I'll be a winner with this happy scrappy quilt.

Monday, September 19, 2011


Saturday was salsa day at our house.  If you've read my blog for very long you know my boys love salsa.  A bag of chips, a pint of salsa makes for one teenage boys afternoon snack.  So we need lots of salsa.  Gotta keep those boys growing, cause 6 feet tall is just not big enough,  hee hee.  So we picked, chopped, simmered and stirred this big pot of salsa.

I joked with Alex that next year we wouldn't have to make as much cause he would be away at school.  'Nope, just means you'll have to make me my own personal supply.' 
To which I replied 'I'd give him the recipe and he could make his own.'  
He challenged me to a salsa cook off.
 'OOOOOO, I'm up for that', I said. 
So the challenge is on.  I figure I win either way.  'Cause it's one less pot of salsa I have to make. 
As requested my salsa recipe  (remember nothing is set in stone here.  Adjust to your own liking or to what you have on hand.  Heaven knows I do.)
10 hot peppers
35 lbs. tomatoes
6 onions
3 green peppers
1 garlic clove
3 Tbs. oragino
3 Tbs. cumin
1 bunch cilantro
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. salt
1 c. vinager
Chop up veggies. Add herbs, sugar, salt and vinager.  Cook until thick.  Process in pint jars for 20 min.
Enjoy it really is yummy!

Friday, September 16, 2011


Remember when I made these blocks?  I thought they would look good as alternate blocks in a simple appliqe project I was working on.  But they were to busy so I needed to find another home for them.  Well here is there new home.  I call this quilt Serendipiy thanks in part to Sue's comment.  The pattern is available on my website here.

Here is a little close up of the big stitch quilting. 

 I'm counting this as one of my finishes for the Ott Light.  How many more do you think I can squeeze in?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Free Four All

For the last year or so as leaders and enders I've been making four patches, that I've made into four patches, that I've made into four patches. The result are these blocks. 
 And I've had a lot of fun playing with them.
 Arranging them this way and that
 Oh there are a lot of way to put these blocks together.
   I've asked my family what way they like.

Now I'm asking you.
What is your favorite arrangement?

How to make it:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Finding the Good

It's been a little while since I did a find the good post.  But with yesterday being the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 I wanted to remember some of the good that came from that tragedy. 
Those that turned on evil forces to save others and ultimately gave there lives in doing so.  Those that rushed into burning building with only the thought of helping those in need.  Those that gave blood and prayed for the victims and their loved ones.  I remember the comfort that came to me in the days following this atrocity when I saw America pull together and help each other.  To know that although there are very evil men in the world as a race there is still a lot of good. 

I don't know if you know it or not but yesterday millions gathered to do good deeds.  Some believe it was the biggest day of charitable acts in America's history.  Once again it does my heart good to see the good in mankind.  And gives me hope that one day we will all learn to live in peace.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ott Light

Every month my local quilt guild awards the Ott Light.  I wish it were one of those wonderful lights but it is this little lightbulb looking container and some candy.  The recipient, me this month, must finish something to bring to the meeting next month.  Well, as you can see I've eaten the candy.   That was the easy part.
Now to figure out which of these UFO's will be my finish for next month. 

Friday, September 2, 2011


If your kitchen counter looks like mine you are enjoying an abundance of fresh veggies right now.  One of my favorite things about summer is fresh veggies.  There is nothing better than a vine ripened tomato. 
But there are times when I wonder how do we eat all this before it goes bad.  I do can salsa.  My boys will go through a jar of salsa in one sitting.  So this is a must and it takes care of the peppers and tomatoes.  I love pickles but the rest of my family are not fans so it hardly seems worth it.  And when I do make them I don't always finish all the jars before it's summer again and I have a bumper crop of cucumbers again.  You may ask why I plant them.  Well, while my family does not like pickles they do really like cucumbers.  So a lot just get eaten with salt or ranch.  But the counter was getting full so I went to  Oh how I love this site.  You can type in the ingredients you have and it finds recipes for you.  Just look at this yummy salad I found for dinner last night.
Not only was it super yummy and healthy for our dinner.  It used up a lot of those delicious fresh veggies.