Sunday, January 25, 2015

The clam is happy, it's wearing pickles!

Hello, dear readers!

Hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday.
Today I worked on my first clam shell pickle.  
It took me a while to get it right and my first one is good to go.
I thought that pressing would give me a problem but it didn't.  
I just followed "Inklingo's" directions and away we went!

I'm not sure how many pickles I'll work on today.  Most likely, I'll be able to prep a few and have them ready to go for the rest of the week..  Besides printing the clam shells and the prepping, they are so much fun to make and quick!
I'd like to get into a rhythm so I can cut out the shells and then the pickles, sew and press and stack them up.
I have decided on a lap quilt so far, but who knows, maybe it will be a quilt for a king sized bed?
LOL
Now I'm happy as a clam.   
Now, I ask you, how do we know when a clam is happy?

I have 15 shells of this particular fabric and enough to make the pickles.  So I know that I'll have to make another couple of fabric choices for the rest of the quilt. 

Until later......

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Not a happy clam.....


Hello, dear readers !

Today was an experience.  I managed to cut my fabric for the clam shell.  Iron on the fabric to freezer paper and run it through the printer.  How easy is that?
I'd already cut out the center of the clam and ready to work on printing the pickles.

Hmmmmm
Apparently I screwed up.  The pickles should have been reversed.  I don't have much fabric left, but I'm hell bent to make it work.

So here are my fabric sheets and some cut out shells.




And below is the mess I made LOL.  Pickles are reversed, duh. 
So I've left it for tomorrow, it will be another wonderful day!


Until later...



Friday, January 23, 2015

The Ahhhh Moment

Hello, dear readers !

I've been playing around with shapes!  
Today I worked on a few more hexagons for my Grandma's Flower Garden quilt.  
It's growing.
I'm having so much fun.


For this quilt, I'm thinking of a lap size for this one.
For the flower garden I used Inklingo's hexagons.  There are so many shapes and sizes, I'm sure I'll end up buying every one eventually. LOL
It's a snap!  

You'll have to check out Linda Franz on her website: www.Inklingo.com
It's a breeze to use.  
I always hated to make templates the old way.  
Linda's way is so wonderful!  
Pick a shape, pick a size, print it off on fabric!  It's that easy.

This is why yesterday I just had to have the clam shell shape so I ordered it and had it in an instant.  It was really a shape that I had never tried before because it seemed too daunting.  
But thanks to Inklingo, it was sooooo easy.

Using a regular roll of freezer paper (of all things) is a wonderful tool and much easier than using those 8 1/2 by 11 paper sheets.  I found this to be the most beneficial method and it gives you a lot of freedom and more shapes.

So I had a scrap of fabric and made my freezer paper 8 1/2 by 14 for a 6" clam.  
I hope you can see the printed clam ?
I'm going to try and add the pickles first as a test piece and then pick out my fabrics and plan what I'm going to make. LOL
Thinking about another lap sized quilt for this one as well.
Until later...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Life is too short




Hello, dear readers.

It is with a heavy heart that I'm writing this, but one of my sister-in-laws died suddenly.  
I still can't believe it.  
She was getting ready to retire and was looking forward to being with her children and grand children.
I still can't believe it.

She was loved my many.  
She was so kind to everyone she came in contact with.
I still can't believe it.

I'll remember her distinctive laugh that only she could utter.  
It was unlike any other laugh that I have ever heard.  I will miss this.

Your time on this earth is not very long, we are gone in an instant.  
We live, we die, that's the way it is. 

But when your life is cut short, you question why.
I guess it's in the cards that were dealt and we can't change a damn thing.

Dear sweet,  Barbara - rest in peace.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Need more chocolate, I think

Hello, dear readers !

I was having a good old time, making some more "Inklingo" hexagons, when disaster happened..
 Max felt sorry for me I think.  
Maybe he's thinking that I'm so goofy and just rolled his eyes.



This is NOT what to do with a rotary cutter.
Pay attention!



I must say that it finally stopped bleeding and the skin kind of sealed itself....LOLOL

Anyway, this morning was ironing day.  



Saturday is a relaxing,chocolate day.  Mmmmmm
Real hot cocoa the old fashioned way.  
Add some real whipped cream with some shaved dark chocolate.

Later I'll make some more hexagons and figure out how I want to put them together.
So the moral of the story is, SAFETY with your rotary cutter. 
I was lucky it was only a good nick, it could have been the whole tip of my finger in one swoop!

Until later...

Friday, January 16, 2015

Inklingo Hexies

Hello, dear readers.
I've been using a rotary cutter forever.  
Keep your fingers out the way.  Right!
Must, must, must. 
 But it finally happened.  
Sliced my finger and the sucker bled and bled.  Poor finger is double wrapped in a band-aid. 
Anyway I am busy (slowly) making flowers.




I am having so much fun with Inklingo.  
I really want to try the clam shell pattern, but I need to finish this one.  It's on my wishlist.
I am hoping to make a lap sized quilt for this fabric.
Hope you go and check out Linda Franz and her wonderful concept.  
It is so cool!
Until later...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Inklingo !!!!

Hello, dear readers!

Well, you know I'm one that likes to try new things (all the time), love gadgets, quilting, and other crafts.  
Well, this one takes the cake.

When I found Inklingo, that was it!

Do you know you can take a full page of a shape, iron your fabric on to freezer paper and PRINT it off!!!
Magic.  
The shapes with their seam lines and cross hairs are beautifully printed.  
Then stack them up and slice and dice and AMAZING you have your shapes!

You have to check out Linda Franz and her Inklingo website. I hope you get a chance to visit.  
 It's fantastic.  
 I couldn't really decide on what shape I wanted to try first but selected the hexagon to make a lap quilt called Grandmother's Flower Garden.  It's such fun!  So quick, so fast!




So with the freezer paper and fabric it's so quick - you won't believe it.  
I have also learned some helpful hints for hand piecing that I didn't know.  
One thing was with the pressing.  
In order to make the quilt joining nice and neat, you have to make sure that you press every flower the same way. Hmmm
Once I got the hang of the pressing it looks neater than ever.

Okay, but really, the most fun is to iron your fabric to the freezer paper and start to print the page.  
Out pops the fabric already to go. 
So I can get  5 - 6 sets of flower petals and one sheet of contrasting centers in an instant.  No lie!
I have prepped several flowers for later so I can "nest" in my chair and have a nice, hot cup of green tea.
I'll keep you posted!
Until later...

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Smokin.....

Hello, dear readers!

Happy New Year!

I am a subscriber to www.justonecookbook.com and she has such great recipes - this time a smoked beef roast. As I was watching her prepare her food with the smoker the other day, I thought  that I might need another toy to play with.

I actually was interested in the larger cooker as it would have given me more room, but there's only the two of us to fix food for.....so this one worked out perfectly with room to spare.  I will need to order several different kinds of chips though:  the bourbon chips sounded good when I make our salmon. 
 I'm hungry already.


There was no one in town who carried it, and I tried everywhere.
So I jumped to the amazing Amazon (of course) and there it was, complete with all the different kinds smoking chips.
I ordered this and one container of mesquite.  It came with alder chips.   It arrived yesterday!  
There was free shipping on this item as well, which was really nice. 



Okay, get out skinless chicken breasts.  
Together they weighed 1 pound + 4oz which was perfect for the two of us.
Following the directions that came with the smoker for the chicken, I seasoned them and wrapped them in a strip of bacon.
 It took exactly 30 minutes for the two chicken breasts.  You start to time your food when you see a little curl of smoke, then you shut the lid.
It smelled divine. 
I must say I always dry out the chicken breasts by cooking them in the oven.  
This was a wonderful surprise!  
I am amazed that these chicken breasts were cooked through and so juicy we couldn't believe it.
Yum Yum Yum
I can see a lot of uses for this nifty smoker. 
 I thought today I'd try a meat loaf with sliced potatoes and onions.  I'm drooling already.

More later on the disastrous neck warmer!
LOL
Until later...