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.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Merry Christmas "Quilt Show"

Merry Christmas to you all and yes I know it's a little early for that but not if you are going to be participating in Quilting Tutorials blog Quilt Show.
I would like to tell you about my entry. I first seen this book when on my anniversary trip, I went to a quilt shop near where we were staying and fell in love with it.
   Product Details
Ruby Red Dots: Fanciful Circle-Inspired Designs 
Sheri Howard (Author)

I have a passion for applique and knew I had to make this one. 
I do not believe this quilt is represented as a Chistmas quilt but the colors to me just scream Christmas.
So here is mine, it is a large quilt (fits my king size bed) which is hand appliqued, machine pieced and hand quilted.

I appologize for my picture, the quilt stand I have is missing a piece and I was unable to use it. So it's a floor shot.

It's now time to vote for Viewer's Choice.  You will need to go here and leave a comment with your favorite quilt ( hopefully mine # 62). Voting takes place on this weekend, Dec 1 &2. ( was wrong have Monday the 3 rd to vote too) There are so many entries for you to check out. Plus, if you leave a comment, you could even win a prize!

That you very much for taking time to visit.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Glutton for Punishment

I guess I am just that. 
(Update here, I making this my November NewFO. Click on link to see the others)

 Bonnie Hunter is doing another mystery and I hadn't joined in before and glad I didn't because they were a little to busy of a pattern but this time she saids "First off – this mystery will NOT be as intense as the last two years have been.  You can rest a bit easier on that factor alone.  I’ve worked really hard the past couple of years and so have you.  I thought we needed a fun break that will still use up a lot of stash in a very fun and beautiful quilt.  And that is how we find ourselves on EASY STREET!"

On my side bar I put her button, so if you wish to join in too.
Now I am not following her color choices because I just don't have a stash large enough in those colors but I do have a great deal of 1800's reproduction fabrics.
Here is my choices

The reds look more brown than red.
The first clue is to make 4 patches and I haven't made mine yet. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Lane Hop

It's here, my day and I am so excited to share what I have done.
But before I do I would like to give thanks to
                                          who is our hop hostess and cheerleader.
                                                   And Madame Samm,
                                          who is our Cheer-leader-in-residence,
                                       She will be maintaining the Pinterest Page
                                                 of projects by participants. 

                                          And a very special thanks to Jill Finley
                                                         for all she has done and
        for the use of her pattern, Holiday Lane,
          which is available for FREE here

I want to share that I did. I did  not make the pillow because this is going to be a gift for my daughter and when I asked if she wanted a pillow or wallhanging she asked for a wallhanging

So now it time to go to Henny Lane,

If you have been following my blog you know I have a thing for chickens so it should be no surprise that I found a way to include my little friends

Looks like Santa has them all up and excited 

As you can see I did a lot of appliqueing, in fact it's all appliqued. I did not follow the pattern and sew the houses to the background, I found it easier for me to do it my way. Plus I add a few more windows and a door. Plus I thought it would look nice to have a little snow on the ground.

Thank you and here is the list of others 

Wednesday November 28
Mary Jo - that other blog

Pillow Talk

Well Tomorrow is my day and I am working on my pillow. I have been so indecisive, which is  why I feel so behind.  I will have it ready thou and I like the changes I made.


 HERE are those on the hop today...

Tuesday November 27
Insanity Defense ) not up yet
Ginger Snaps Quilts not up yet

If you want to see all the days and the links go here

Hope to see you tomorrow.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Just too cute

I have a few Nativity scenes but I have to say I have never seen one like this. Being a chicken owner and lover I am just going to have to make this one to add to the others.

To find out more go to 

Monday, November 19, 2012

What's (not) Up

I had taken my part of the Quiltathon and meant to give an update each day but somehow the days got away from me. I was able to do a few things and would love to share what I did. Then I will continue with what I plan on doing this upcoming week. Yes I know,
Thanksgiving is this week but unfortunately the family are all far away and will not be here for the holiday. 
Well on to some happy thoughts, I did get the binding on the Sunflower quilt and now need to hand stitch it down and when I get it done I'll post a finish picture and I did work on Ben's stocking each night. Remember I was going to show a before and after picture. 
Here it is.


These little quilts are for the grandsons of course and they fit in with what I did this past weekend and what I'll be working on this week

I'm still getting use to making two of everything. 
I did not get my stash bee block done so I need to work on that this week also but did not put that on the list.

So now on to the "to do list"
I fell short again on getting everything on my list done from last week. I just am puzzled, I just do not know what happens to my week. I think part of it is I did not take into consideration things like obligations, appointment and hunting season. 
Last week

I was able to plant bulbs and shown those, mow some and wash windows. 
But the rest will just be added to this week's, plus some.

(typo error in 1.) This week's
I would like to come back next Monday and say "TA DA"
Job well done.

Friday, November 16, 2012

New Day, High Hopes (Day 2)

I am ready, bring it on. It's day 2 and I have given myself a pep talk and have a plan for today. 
I am going to sew the binding on the two quilts that were on my list, I need to take the cats to the vet for shots, run a couple of errands, make a soup for dinner (not sure what yet) and if I have time make this months stash bee block so I can get in the mail.
Last night I did work on Ben's stocking but I thought I would do is show a before picture and then at the end of the 4 days I'll show an after picture. So here is the before,  

I think it will be interesting to see. When you do something it is hard to remember what it looked like in the beginning, your memory goes through the development along with whats being done. 
till later

Thursday, November 15, 2012

November is becoming a blurrrr

Day 1

That's me
I was checking some of the blogs I follow before I got my hiney up from this chair and saw Judy's post at Patchwork Times how it is the first day of November's quiltathon. Like Judy it came up on me. I am like an ostrich with my head buried. I planned on working on a few things this weekend for a change because you see it's hunting season here and "the man of the place" with be out in the woods and not here. Which means I will be in my sewing room.
But I will have to throw in a few other projects that I need to do or started already that are not quilt related. What the heck, I little added spice to the mix.
So I'll be back after a while with some progress to show, of what, I'm not sure yet. I have so much do which  makes it harder sometimes to decide what to do first. Especially when you think more than one should be first.

Egg Recipe # 32 Egg in a Nest

Egg in a Nest

1 24 oz. bag of shredded hash browns
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tbs oil (I use olive oil)
1/3 cup shredded cheddar
Bacon bits or 8-10 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled
8 Eggs
1/3 milk
green onions sliced into small pieces
Extra shredded cheddar
Muffin tin

Take your bag of hash browns and mix in the salt, pepper, oil and 1/3 cup shredded cheese.
Divide among the cups in your muffin tin, making sure to well grease tin beforehand.
Bake hash browns at 425 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until toasty.
Once they're finished, take them out and lower the temp of the oven to 350 degrees.

Add bacon, green onion and a sprinkle of extra cheese to the cup.

In a bowl mix eggs and milk until blended. Pour into cup about 3/4 filled
(Can add a little more cheese on top if you wish)
Bake at 350 degrees for 13-16 minutes (or until the eggs are as firm as you like them).

Slide a knife along the edges to remove from pan when cooled.
(They do not remove cleanly when just out of the oven)

You can also experiment with ham, sausage, and veggies to make them your own!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A little Knitting and Crocheting

I wanted to share a couple of the projects that I have been working on, along with the latest book I'm listening to.  I so liked the book The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton that I decided I would try her latest novel.

The Secret Keeper | [Kate Morton]

Publisher's Summary

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.
Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s 90th birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day and lay to rest her own feelings of guilt. One photograph, of her mother and a woman Laurel has never met, called Vivian, is her first clue.
The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths some people go to fulfill them, and the strange consequences they sometimes have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers and schemers, play-acting, and deception told against a backdrop of events that changed the world.
©2012 Kate Morton (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Now for what I have on my needles is "Honey Cowl"

I'm really enjoying knitting on this cowl, works up gorgeous.

 I did get the slippers done.

 I can't say that they will replace my favorite pattern but they are cute. I need to make the next pair smaller. I followed the pattern and I wear 8 1/2 and they are a little big

Then I found these cute little shoes to make the "little dudes" on Pinterest. So this is my first attempt and this one is a little small, which means I'll need to increase it some. 
Well that is what I have been doing and I'm now going to go check out the others at 

And Hooking on Hump Day

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