If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Been One of Those Days

It's been one of those days when you plan on doing one thing and end up doing something totaly different. First of all I planned on  writing this morning when I am better at it but that is also when I have the most energy. My plan was to work outside for a while, then come in and write. Well I didn't work outside because it looked as those it would rain. So then I started putting around the house and couldn't stop. By the time I did, it was lunch time. Sat down to have a sandwich and play around with our new TV. Our old (22 yr) TV finally went caput. Being that its a smart TV we get internet programs like Netflix and Amazon. Starting looking up shows and found I could watch a PBS Masterpiece Classic "Endeavor" 
You can see where this going can't you. I ended up watching season 2, all 4 episodes.
Now mind you it wasn't a total waste of time. I did do some quilting and crocheting.
I have started my Christmas gifts and these are cotton pads to remove make-up that you can wash and reuse.
I figure I'll make sets of 10 to give.
I plan on making bars of soap, wash cloths and some other items.


And for quilting I'm still working on the 30's sampler still. If I would get the surgery done for the carpal tunnel snydrome I have in both hands maybe I would have this done a lot sooner.  I just can't find a good time to have it done.
So its been a slow go at it.



The other part of this post I want to share is what I have been reading this past month. I made a personal goal to read/listen to at least 25 books this year.
I have 5 books to add to my list.

I found all to be very good books. Do have a favorite one of the group and that is 
Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas  Loved it
The others were,
This Happy Year by Will Bowen
Strawbale Gardening by Joel Karsten
The Sky Took Him by Donnis Casey
Mindfulness by Ellen J. Langer

Oh by the way I didn't spend the whole day inside, I did go out and mow the yard.



Believe it or not "the man of the place" would have me do this all the time.

Linking up to http://www.gsheller.com/2015/04/yarn-along-224.html

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dallas Show

I had promise to show the pictures I took at the Dallas Quilt show last month. So Mama over at mamas mercantile here are a few of what you were looking forward to.
This is part of the special exhibit they had.
First is Dan the Woodman;
Second is a local quilter, Richard Larson. 
Beside his own display of his work there were a few quilts in the show that was quilted by him.
Did my best on pictures but as you know, pictures most of the time do not do justice to the quilts. Always more stunning in person























Hope you liked.
I have plenty more I need to go through.
So just hang in there a little longer Mama.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Finally Somethings Up

I have been MFB (missing from blogging) way too long and I have had wanting to write. I would either be too busy or just too tired at the end of the day. I am right now but I will do my best to make since.
The past couple of days I have been working on this months RSC15 blocks.





Still need to trim these up.



 But here are the others that are completed. YEAH!!!!




I had a few blocks left from a quilt I made my oldest daughter. I'll figure out how to make them into a baby quilt.

And I did finally finish the two tops I was doing for stash busters last month. I used what I had on hand and they will be gifts for this Christmas. Figure I get an early start.



Same fabric and blocks but love how a different setting can give each a unique look.




Monday, March 16, 2015

What's Up 3-16-15

Made it home last night from the Dallas show around midnight. For now all I can say is I thought it was a wonderful show. I need to go through my pictures and the post my favorites.
So on my wall is what I left up there last week seeing how I been gone since Thursday.
I have been working on getting this months color YELLOW 
done.


And a portion of a baby quilt using Jenny Doan's method of her Disappearing Hourglass 2



A word of warning there are a lot of bias edges, so be careful not to stretch them. Starch heavily, can help. 


























Friday, March 13, 2015

My Homemade Version of Larabar

I have become obsessed with Larabars, especially the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. 



So being a penny pincher and at a $1.50 a bar, I figure I could make something close to it for a lot less.
Went online to read what others have done besides reading the ingredients on the bar. From there I started playing around.
I ended up with one I felt was pretty close. Actually down right yummy and a healthy, clean snack
All you need is raw cashews whole or pieces
pitted dates without sugar
and chocolate chips ( I found at Sprouts vegan, sweeten with Stevia mini chips. Perfect)
A pinch of salt
And a food processor.


I used equal amounts of cashews and dates, 1.5 cups each. If dates are hard, soak them in warm water for 10 mins, drain and pat dry.
Put them in the processor for about 10 sec. It should be well minced and starting to ball up. 


At least it did on me. All that is important is that it will stick together enough to form balls or bars.
But not too sticky.
Then mix in  1/4 cup of chips, I did this in the processor too. Maybe 4-5 sec.


Use parchment or wax paper to flatten for bars or can roll into balls, your choice.

Refrigerate for at least 30 mins before cutting.
Can store in the frig for a week or two (I read online) but I doubt if they will even last a week for me seeing how I just love them. 



Here is the one I made on the left and the store bought on the right.
Taste is really close, mine had a little more the texture.

Yum Yum
   

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Another finish



I wanted to show the Christmas Wall hanging that I had made 5 years ago. Its just now has it's binding sewn on. 
I can now cross this off my list for good.

This a Redwork pattern called 
Winter Twittering
by Pearl Louise Krush
publisher The House of White Birch








I linking this to julie k quilts





Monday, March 2, 2015

What's Up

Seeing how it's another cold gray day perfect for sewing and that's my plan. What I am working on and not yet up on the wall today, is the start of this month RSC 15 color which is yellow, So I am cutting all the scraps I need to make my blocks for this month 



Then I'm going to cut for the stash busters that is next month at Sugar Creek quilt shop that they have every other month. The pattern is a flying geese variation which is in rows of flying geese that Moda  had put out. 
This is going to be my March Lovely to Finish, which I link up to at fiber of all sorts, hope you go see what others are working on finishing this month.


It's a free pattern you can go to their site and download it or just copy which ever you want to do. (I was told but I can't find it)


I'm going to make it out of a fat quarter pack that my daughter had given me for Christmas a few years ago and then some background fabric that I had purchased last year for another quilt that wasn't the right color but it will work perfect with the fat quarter pack. Oh and I'm also going to use  Deb Tucker's flying geese ruler which she calls the wing clipper, it's perfect for trimming flying geese. 

linking up to

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