Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Little Big Stitch

My perfect sewing day was productive.  I finished the thread drawing on my hippie bus.  Even added a peace sign hanging from the rear view mirror.  Quilted it and now I'm deciding how I want to finish it.  Do I want a complete cozy with sides for my sewing machine or do I just want to bind and add ties?  While I mull this over in my mind I'm adding a little big stitch to my Joseph's Coat.
Just over half way and I'm getting more excited with every stitch.  Can't wait to finish it up and have it sit on my couch.  Hopefully tonight while I wait to ring in the New Year I'll finish it up.  Wishing you all the best in 2015.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Perfect Sew Day

We enjoyed a white Christmas.  In fact, it started snowing Christmas Eve and has just kept going.
 The combination of snow day and wash day creates for me a perfect sew day.  Laundry is the only household job I'm good at and I actually enjoy.  I love to hear the swish of the washer and the hum of the dryer while a sew.  I feel so productive.  So while the washer swishes and the dryer hums I plan to add some big stitch to the corners of my Joseph's Coat of Many Colors pillow.
 Add detail to my hippie bus I'm planning on making into a sewing machine cover.  After all I am my hubby's hippy wife.
 And if time allows I plan to play some more with these little bits.
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you all the best in the New Year.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

WAGI~ Tradition

Merry Christmas!  Whether we are ready or not it is here.  Hope you enjoy your holiday with friends and family.  That you find time to reflect on the wonder and beauty of this special time of year.  A time that so often brings out the good in people. 
I thought it would be fun today to share favorite traditions.  A few of mine are; the week before Christmas everyone in our family gets to sleep under the Christmas quilt to insure our Christmas dreams come true, giving of the three gifts, and decorating gingerbread houses.   This last one is more of a engineering feat at our house than a decorating thing.  It's a boy thing.  Who can build the biggest strongest house wins.
Now what are some of your favorite traditions?  I would love to hear how you make this time of year special at your house.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Helping Each Other Shine

I cut squares to go with the triangles I cut last week.
Made them into four patches and added a background fabric to my triangles.
Then combined them to create these blocks.
Don't they play nicely together?  That is what I love about scraps.  No matter how different, there are ghosts, cowboys, giraffes, and flowers all thrown together, and they just help each other shine.  

Friday, December 19, 2014

Pillow Exchange

Back in 2009 I stitched this little stitchery while my boys hit the slopes.  When I cleaned out my sewing room recently I found it.  I knew my quilt guild was having a pillow exchange at their Christmas party.  Well, because the stitchery needed a good home and I needed a pillow I thought I would kill two birds with one stone.  I added borders from strips in my scrap bin. (They also needed a home.)  This cute little pillow is the result.
 Ho! Ho! Ho!  I received this jolly little fellow pillow.  His face is the coolest button.  Click on the picture to get a better view.  He and my mom's carving are becoming fast friends.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WAGI~ Creative $ Gifting

 With Christmas just over a week away you may be doing a little holiday baking.  After all Santa is going to need some cookies when he pops down the chimney in eight days.  Sugar cookies are always a favorite at our house.  Decorating them as a family is a fun activity.  Now that my kids are older we are less likely to create the sugar high cookie.  You know the one with more frosting, candy and sprinkles than cookie.  To make a few of your own, sugar high or other wise, here is our recipe:
SUGAR COOKIES
1 cup sugar             
1/2 c. butter
1 egg       
1/2 c. milk plus 1 T. vinegar
1 Tbs. vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream sugar, butter and eggs.  Add liquid ingredients.  Slowlly add dry ingredients.  Roll 1/4" thick and cut into desired shapes.  Cook 8-10 minutes at 350* on greased cookie sheet.

If you are like me you have a few people on your list that have requested money.  I know for my college age children that it is probably what they need most, but it seems so boring to give.  So I thought this creative  idea from I Heart Nap Time fixed that problem.  Besides it seems it would be a lot more fun to receive than just and envelope.

I also heard of a fun idea from a friend for those hard to buy people.  She said that a friend of hers give each member in her family x amount of money at Thanksgiving.  They are to spend as close to it as possible without going over.  They meet at her house on Christmas and with the gift they bought wrapped.  Then she gets to watch everyone unwrap their gift and is able to see what she bought them.  Thought that was kind of a fun idea.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Little Gelli Play

I'm really enjoying my Gelli Plate.  I love mixing the paint colors and applying different textures.  I decided to try making a stencil using my contact paper quilting method.  I'm pretty pleased with the results.  
 I also decided to try some different layers and a silhouette to make a card for a friend.  
Oh this is so fun!  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hip to be Half Square

A clean sewing room makes from a productive week in sewing.  I started and finished the top to my last Scrap Squad quilt.  Can't show  you the top yet but here are the half square triangles I created from the trimmings.
 While decorating this past fall I realized I need another fall quilt to hang above my stairs.  I have a rough idea forming in my head.  I've been throwing scraps into a bin for a while now to use in it.  Well, this week I sat down and cut them into half square triangles in three sizes ( 1", 2" and 3") using my Nifty Notions Ruler.  Tutorial here on how to use it.
Hoping to find time this week to put a bunch together.  But with Christmas only 10 days away that may be wishful thinking.  Hope your enjoying this special season.  Good luck with all you are trying to accomplish.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Honoring an Icon

My dear friend, Kaylyn's grandpa is an important part of our community.  He can be seen each morning and afternoon riding his horse on Main Street.  It is one of the many things I love about where I live.  When his sweet wife passed away a few years ago I made this mini to honor her.  She loved to dance.  It was the one thing she never forgot as suffered from Alzheimer.   
Imagine my delight when I came across this documentary on Video West honoring this icon.  I'm sharing it so you can see just how blessed I am to live in such a great community.  And to let you meet the man who makes my day, everyday, with his friendly wave as he rides his horse down Main Street.  
video
The video is courtesy of vimo by way of Video West.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WAGI~ Garland

It's Wednesday and time for another Great Idea.  Today's feature comes from Make and Take. A cute ribbon and clothes pin garland to help you display the Christmas cards that are arriving at your house.  Isn't it just festive.  The cute buttons on the clothes pins just make me smile.  You can find the tutorial to make your own here.
 If you are looking for a scrappy garland for your tree I have a tutorial here.

Today's recipe is thanks to my mom and Aunt Darlene.  I got the recipe out of our family cookbook.  They both had a entry the only differences were my mom's said it was doughnuts but could be used for cinnamon rolls or dinner rolls.  And my Aunt's was for basic potato dough good for dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls and doughnuts.  Anyway I didn't know who to give credit to so I'm giving it to both.  But because I'm not so good at following directions I make mine into cinnamon raisin bread.  That and a loaf of bread is a lot easier than rolls or doughnuts.
CINNAMON RAISIN BREAD
1/2 cup mashed potatoes
2 cups milk
1/2 cup oil
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold water
2 eggs (beaten)
2 1/2 T yeast
1/2 T salt
6-7 cups flour

Scald potatoes, milk, oil and sugar.  Add water; let coll to lukewarm.  Add eggs and yeast, soften until it bubbles.  Blend in salt and flour.  Dough will be sticky.  Let it rise until it doubles.  Punch down; roll out into desired shapes.    Let rise.  For doughnuts or scones, fry at 375*, for rolls bake at 350* for 15 minutes
For the bread this recipe makes 2 large loaves.  I divide the dough roll out into a rectangle brush with melted butter, sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar and raisins.  Roll up, pinch to seal and place in greased loaf pan.  Bake at 350* for 40 minutes.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Creativity and Clutter

I live by the motto 'Creative clutter is better than tidy idleness.'  
 But there comes a point when all the clutter puts a damper on the creativity.
 And you have to take a moment to clean up a bit.  So the fun can start again.
 After a week of Christmasing in my sewing room I had reached that point.  Saturday I tackled the problem.  Cleaning off my cutting table and sewing area.  I even went through all the bins of donated fabric for Happy Chemo and unused craft items.  Organizing and eliminating unneeded and unusable items.

 Putting away all the fabric that was strewn about.
 I now have a empty design wall and I'm ready to play again.
Let the fun begin!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Shades Of Gray

When I first envisioned this a year and a half ago, I had no idea how much I would like it.  My purpose was to get rid of some scraps.  I figured it would be a good guy quilts.  When I finished the top I was pretty excited, I loved how the different shades of gray played together and my boys thought it was pretty cool too.
 Now that the quilting is done (just simple straight lines a 1/4" from each seam) and my Josh sleeps with it, I love it's simple beauty.
Linking up with Sarah to celebrate the compilation of Shades of Gray.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WAGI~ Vintage Spool Necklace

Welcome to another WAGI Wednesday.  Today's great idea comes from Ashlee over at My So Called Crafty Life.  I thought these cute vintage spool necklaces would not only look lovely around your neck but also hanging from the boughs of your Christmas tree.  Ashlee tutorial is easy to follow and you should have most of the supplies on hand.  Giving new life to a few of your scraps and use up those little bits of ribbon on the end of those spools.  If you haven't saved your spools I know you can find wood turnings that look like them at your local craft store.
Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving.  I know I did.  My DD and I were joking we ate pie three times a day while we were at my parents.  Let me tell you it was all very yummy.  I think I get that from my grandpa who only liked two kinds of pie; hot and cold.  I know I said I would take a picture of my pies but I got busy and by the time I remembered they were gone.  So sorry.
If you are like me you have leftover turkey at your house.  Today's recipe can help a little with that.  Because people in my family have not been feeling well I made a pot of Turkey Noodle Soup.  Here is my recipe:
Turkey Noodle Soup
4 cups broth
2 cups cut up turkey
2 carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, cut up
2 onions chopped
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp. basil
3 cups noodles

Combine everything but the noodles in crock pot.  Cook low 5-6 hours.  Turn crock pot to high about an hour before ready to serve and add noodles.  Cook until noodles are tender.  If you have leftover gravy you can add this also.    
Hope you enjoy it. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Smash and Dash

The day before Thanksgiving a long awaited purchase arrived in my mailbox.  Ever since I saw the Gelli Plate demoed I knew I wanted one.  I had told my mom it was suppose to arrive and if it did I would bring it with me for the holiday and we could play.  I was thrilled that it arrived on time and we enjoyed hours of play.  Here are a few of my favorites.  I look forward to many more hours of mono printing play.  They even have tutorials on how to do it on fabric.  Oh the possibilities!

In addition to playing with the Gelli Plate I was able to get my Mad Dash pattern up on the website.  This is a freestyle quilt that is tons of fun to make.  I will also be teaching it at Quilt St. George and Panguitch Quilt Walk. (Their website is not up yet.  I'll post the link when it is.)   
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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

Blue

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.