Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WAGI~ Mega Card Holder

It's that time of year when being able to find all those customer appreciation cards comes in handy.  You want to make sure when you are at the checkout you can find the right card to take advantage of discounts and points.  That's where the Mega Card Holder, from Infarrantly Creative comes in.  It holds 38 cards!  I have room to spare and I simply love mine.  
 Many of my friends have commented on how they wish they had one. I've even had a few clerks comment on how cute it is. It was fairly easy to put together.  So whether you want to make one for yourself or as a gift it's not too labor intensive.  The tutorial can be found here.
It is also the time for pies.  With Thanksgiving tomorrow, and my families love of pies, I will be making a few.  I must admit that I cheated with the cheesecake and bought one at Costco.  But later today I will be making a coconut cream and pumpkin pie.  I will post a picture once they are done. Because we make so many pies I make my pie crust in bulk.  Here is my recipe it makes enough for 7- 9" pies.

Pie Crust in Bulk
6 cups flour
2 tsp. salt
2 1/3 cups shortening
1 1/4- 1 1/2 cups cold water

In a bowl, combine flour and salt.  With pastry blender cut in shortening until mixture resembles cornmeal in texture.  Add 1 1/4 cups of water all at once.  Mix lightly with a fork until water is absorbed and mixture forms a ball.  If necessary add additional water.

Divide into 7 portions.  Roll out for pies or roll into balls and wrap first in plastic wrap then heavy duty foil and store in freezer for later.

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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.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Mentor and Friend

Do you have someone who has taught and mentored you?  Someone you admire and strive to be more like?  I have many such people, in my life, and I feel very blessed because of it. My friend Robyn is one of these people.  She was a member in the first guild I joined and took me under her wing.  She is also a scrap quilter and much of my inspiration has come from her quilts.  Imagine my delight when she agreed to come to my local quilt guild and do a trunk show.  I wanted to make a special gift for her so I made this little dilly bag.  
I'm filling it with lots of quilty goodness.  I can barely wait to share it with her.  But mostly I can't wait to see all the eye candy she will be bringing to share with me and my guild.Save 25% on Editor's Picks at Shop Fons & Porter

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WAGI~ Fabric Bowl

I found this cute coil fabric bowl on Radiant Home Studio.  I thought it was a great gift idea.
One it uses up scraps, something I have a lot of.  It is also very versatile.  You could use it for notions, candy, change, keys, etc.  And I think it is adorable.  You can find the tutorial here.

Now that it is November I thought it would be fun to include a recipe.  We have an apple tree in our yard.  I love the apples.  It produces more than we can eat.  So I fill the dehydrator with apples slices for snacks and the crock pot with cut up apples for applesauce.  One of my favorite things to do with that applesauce is applesauce cake.  My sister and I agree it is the best cake ever.  Here is the recipe.

Applesauce Cake
2 1/2 cups flour                                   2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp soda                                     1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder                 3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves                                  1/2 tsp allspice
1 1/2 cups applesauce                       1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil                                                    2 eggs
1 cup raisins                         1/2 cup chopped nuts

Measure ingredients into bowl and mix well.  Bake at 350* for 40-45 minutes.  Makes a 9" x 13" cake
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Monday, November 3, 2014

While My Machine Is Away

Last Wednesday my machine started acting funny.  I was almost done quilting a quilt for Fons and Porter when it stopped working all together.  What horrid timing.  I needed to have it to them by the first.  In a panic I called my trusty neighbor, Neil.  He used to work for Bernina, has engineered machines for Handi Quilter and is my go to when I need my machine serviced.  He was available and I ran my machine over.  Apparently the brushes in my motor are shot.  He is fixing it.  
I have many good neighbors who quilt so I was able to get the quilt finished and off to Fons and Porter.  So crisis solved.  But without a machine I've been squaring up already made blocks.  Aren't the trimmings pretty?
Making a pattern for a Joseph's Coat Quilt, which will probably only be a pillow.  Papers from the recycling bin taped together work well for this.  
Today, while I wait for my machine, I'm planning on cutting out and prepping the pieces. 
If I get that far, I'll be using my Featherweight to sew the blocks I squared up.
What are you up to today?
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