Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wholecloth quilt


Okay so onto another adventure.
This is a design that I traced from a stencil.  Practice, practice, practice.
Changing colors, thread weight and needle, etc. etc.

Okay here we go!  This is a table topper or Xmas tree skirt.  Looks good for the table I must say.  Anyway, I started to put it together.  It actually fit on my dining room table, it was perfect!
So now, I'm using a wool batting and have made the sandwich.

It took a lot of pins.!!!!!

I hope I have enough pins!

I think I have a good amount of pins. (fingers crossed)
The next step is putting it in the frame and I'm good to go.
Let's see what tomorrow will be.
Happy quilting :)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Ring in the New Year

Hello to all!

Over this holiday season I have been trying to make a leaf.  I tried every way  possible.  I got so frustrated I put everything in a box and put it away.  I'm just not satisfied.  I really would like the freezer paper and starch method.  I just can't get the hang of it yet.

Some pieces worked others didn't!  Tried the glue stick too.

So now I pulled out a sweater that I started a while ago and will work on this till I make up my mind about the quilting method.  Grrrrrrr

This sweater pattern is from LionBrand as a freebie.
Nice and soft bulky weight.
It's the Father's Day Cardigan using Alpine wool.

However I wanted to make an afghan for my bed and ordered yarn - what am I thinking!  LOL
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Halloween at Christmas Time

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year!

Haven't been on here for quite a while. LOL

So I went digging (again) and pulled out an old WIP.  I couldn't believe that I bought this quilt pattern from Keepsake Quilting in 2009!!!!!  Zowie

One of the first blocks I was working on and used a freezer paper template with a brush and starch BUT I forgot to take out the freezer paper.  Looked nice on the block but I couldn't stitch anything down.  Oh me.

So when I found it again, I just ripped it off and saved the background block to be used again.  I hope that I'm not going to run out of fabric.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

The pattern is by Pearl P. Pereria - Baltimore Halloween.

First I started out with a needle turn for the witch and owl.  However, I have to admit that I'm really not a very good turner. LOL  So then I decided that I was going to use a lightweight fusible and just smack 'em down on the background square and use a blanket stitch.  I'm not sure how I'm going to stitch some of the tiny pieces.

I'm trying to hurry this up because I just put in an order for another of Pearl's design "The Octopuses Garden" which I thought was the cutest and happiest quilt I've ever seen in a long time.  
If you get a chance visit her website at

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Need to Kneed the Bread and Wholecloth

Hi all !

Well, I finished my pillow tops and they will be soaking tomorrow to get out the markings.  I have no idea if the blood stain will come out or not.  I'll have to decide what to do if it doesn't. 
Keeping my fingers crossed.

I guess that you might know this Magic Chef bread maker?  Unfortunately I couldn't find it on Google, especially the 200 model. I still have the small manual that came with it.  
It's gotta be older than dirt, and dirt is old, right?

We got hungry for fresh baked bread (here comes the season for fresh bread and chili, homemade soup) and I didn't have to kneed it when using this gadget.  So this machine had been put away and banished to a closet for a very long time and I just had to dig it out. LOL

It still worked!!!!!

This is the bread machine in motion.  It does a little dance in the bowl.  It looked good at first, but then when I checked on it after the first mix I thought that it was too gooey.  I was right.  So I dumped about 1/2 cup more flour and then it appeared to be the right consistency or so I thought!

It began to rise and do it's thing LOL!  Looks like a brain.

While the bread was doing it's thing, I began to prepare lasagna with three cheeses.  DH has to cut out his beef intake or give it up all together, bummer, but necessary.  Believe me, it's a food challenge of recipes.

Okay lasagna on the way and the bread is done. 

It was a job getting it out of the pan because of the blade in the bottom, but hey, it looked good to me!
Pathetic looking, yes? LOL 
It doesn't look like a loaf, does it?

Poor little loaf. (1 pound) Boo hoo

Kind of a weird shape because it stuck to the bottom, but heck, it was delicious.  I even saved half to make garlic bread the next day.  It didn't go to waste. LOL 
Very crunchy crust!

Okay so tomorrow I'll show you the progress on the pillows, and my next project!  Woo hoo!
Until later...

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Hi everyone!

The last flower for the year. Hate it when I can't enjoy the blooms.  I thought I might like to try and get them to bloom inside?  I'll have to look it up.  You can eat them too! of my favorite seasons is October and Halloween!

I'm still working on this quilt.  It takes a while to get everything prepped.
I did discover that when I used Roxanne's glue I couldn't get the papers separated from the fabric.  I'll have to experiment with something else.  Not sure about a glue stick or a brush with spray starch?  It probably won't be done until next year. LOL

And....I found the perfect thread for my wholecloth pillows.  (I even ordered another baby whole cloth quilt.)  It's a Sulky, thread size 12 weight and has a little twist and sheen.  It doesn't knot up at all.  So when I found this I thought I'd get an economy size and it comes in most all colors at 2100 yards a cone!  It should really last me a while.

And then disaster struck.  I stuck myself and bled on the piece.  I  tried everything to try and lift it out.  But I couldn't wash it quickly because I still had more to go and the blue lines would be gone.  So I'm almost done with it and in the bath it goes.  My fingers are crossed.
Oh, well, live and learn.
I thought if I couldn't get it out I'd probably tea or coffee the piece.  I just want it done now. LOL

Until later...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

By the light of the silvery moon

Hello everyone!

Last night I decided to try another dish.  
This time using ribeye steaks. We like the flavor. 
But you could really use any cut that you like.

Using my ancient pyrex dish, a skillet will work too, add about 1 tablespoon butter.
Let it melt.

Slice a good sized onion or two.

Add onion to the dish.

Cook until they start to get soft.

Then add your meat.  
I season mine with sea salt and cracked pepper.

And the fun part is to now cover your dish and let it simmer for an hour or two until the meat is nice and tender.  

All ready to serve.

Mashed potatoes work for this one.  Rice maybe?

And last night, what a moon, right?

And some time to spare.  It's finished!  Now for a good soak.

Until later...

Friday, October 14, 2016

It's all in the pan-again

Hello guys!

Tried another recipe yesterday.  
My own this time.
I love to use a mandolin for a lot of different foods.  
I wish I could afford a professional stainless steel mandolin.  
Maybe Santa will leave one for Christmas.
Potatoes are one of the favorites I love to slice thinly.  

So with my new cast iron grill (on top of the stove) (love it, love it) use a little olive oil and some butter.  I cooked them until they were on the crispy side and it didn't take very long.  Season to taste and sprinkle with paprika.

After your potatoes are done, wrap in foil set aside, and prepare two pork chops (cut of pork is your choice).  
I love using "Panko" this is so much better than regular bread crumbs.  I used garlic salt/sea salt, pepper to taste.  Make an egg wash with one egg.  Dip your chop into the egg mixture and coat with Panko.  There should be enough egg that you can do each chop twice.  Place in the pan and let it go!

Once the chops are done on one side, turn.  
 I'm a great believer of a thermometer probe.  
When they reach their destination, you're ready to eat.  

Using "Panko" makes them so wonderful and crispy.  
They were so good that the dog even had some. LOL
Still working on my quilted pillow.  
Hopefully I'll finish it tomorrow!
Until later...