Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Let's Panel

Panels often make a quick quilt. Adding borders and quilting can end up being a lovely gift.

Case in point.

Last month I saw this panel made up in my local quilt shop. It looked like something my DIL would like.

I added a border and finished the binding...

.....ready for gifting!

Happy Christmas Quilting!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Pumpkin Pie Cake

My daughter makes this yummy dessert recipe. With the holidays very soon upon us, this is one recipe you will want to make. This is almost like a pumpkin pie cobbler. Try it warm from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Pumpkin Pie Cake

2 (15 oz) can canned pumpkin puree
1 (12 fluid oz) can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 (18.25 oz) package yellow cake mix
3/4 cup butter
1 cup chopped nuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease one 9 x 13 pan
2 In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
3. Sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly over the pumpkin mixture. Melt butter and drizzle over the cake mix. Sprinkle nuts over the top.
4. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until done.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas all around

We've talked about decorating for Christmas, but this year I wanted to add some Christmas cheer to our guest room.

JoAnn's has this really cute fabric with a red truck carrying a Christmas tree in the bed. There are also quilts and puppies. What could be cuter.

So being that I was on a pillowcase binge, I thought I'd make a couple of pillowcases and brighten up the room's decor.

Maybe by next year I can add two matching Christmas quilts at the foot of the beds.

And don't forget to sign up for my giveaway. You can find it on my last post HERE.
The giveaway is open until December 15th.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Deck the Halls plus (givewaway)

 This time of year we do more decorating with quilts than any other.  Tablerunners, wall hangings, throws on the sofa.

Do you decorate for the Christmas holidays? In the past I've participated in Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway day. But I don't see it listed for this year.  So it's been a long time since I've hosted a giveaway, and I thought to end the year with my own giveaway.

Here it is! A layer cake from Tula Pink called Holiday Homies plus a copy of the Fall issue of BLOCK by Missouri Star PLUS a variegated thread by Connecting Threads to pull it all together!

To enter just leave a comment on this post telling me where you are from and how you decorate for the holidays. That's it!  The giveaway will close on December 15th, announcing the winner on the 16th. Be sure that you leave your email contact if you are not a no-reply blogger. 

Thanks for hanging so faithfully with me all year. I've not done a lot of quilting this year, but I love hearing from each one of you. Wishing you a very Merry and joyful Christmas!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Snow Man wrappers

Printable Snowman Candy Bar Wrappers

If you want to make something too adorable for words, and does not involve sewing, check out these Snow Man Candy Wrappers.  I made mine with those 99c stretchy gloves. Just stick one on as a hat and tie it up at the top.  The fingers will look like the fringe on the pattern.  What a great little stocking stuffer or quick gift for that special child in your life :-)

I'm posting a second link in case the first one doesn't work.

Snow Man

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Case for Smiles

For the last few weeks, I've been working on a project.

It all kind of started when I read about the One Million Pillowcases. I knew I couldn't get them done in time for the challenge, yet I wanted to do my part. And it seemed like a good way to work down my stash (at least a little bit).

So I will be delivering 22 pillowcases for Ryan's Case for Smiles to my nearby Quilt shop. I have more cut out, but I thought maybe these would make it to some of the kids before Christmas. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

One more walk in a quilt shop

After purchasing the Home for the Holiday Christmas panel in South Carolina, we discovered they were out of the coordinating fabrics. So after arriving home, off I went to my local quilt shop to see if they might still have fabric in this line.

 I found a variety of Christmas inspiration.

And low and behold! They had the coordinating fabric :-)  

Quilting Treasures Home for the Holiday Pine Tree Scenic

woo-hoo!  Christmas project in the works.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cranberry Pineapple Salad

We love making this recipe during the holidays.  Although it's a refreshing salad/dessert any time of the year.  But the festive Whole Berry Cranberries goes so well with the holidays.

Cranberry Pineapple Salad
1 can (20 oz) Crushed Pineapple
2 packages (3 oz ) OR 1 large package Raspberry Gelatin
1 can (16 oz) Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
1 medium apple, chopped
2/3 cup Chopped Nuts

Drain pineapple, reserve all liquid.Add enough cold water to measure 3 cups and pour into saucepan.
Bring to a boil, remove from heat.  Add gelatin, stir for 2 minutes until completely dissolved.  Add Whole Berry Cranberry sauce, and stir until well blended.  Pour into a large bowl and refrigerate at least 1 1/2 hours until slightly thickened.
Stir in remaining pineapple, apple and nuts, stirring gently until well blended.
Pour into mediums size cake pan (or festive bowl) and refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.

** When in a pinch, I have used Strawberry Jello as a substitute for the Raspberry.  

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bread for the Journey

Do not be anxious, said our Lord.
Have peace from day to day - 
The lilies neither toil nor spin,
Yet none are clothed as they.
The meadowlark with sweetest song
Fears not for bread or nest
Because he trusts our Father's love
And God knows what is best.
~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

Friday, November 17, 2017

Another Quilt Shop hop

This quilt shop was by far my favorite stop on our trip. Located in Lexington SC, just on the west side of Columbia, it was a delightful treat.

Although not a terribly large shop, we were greeted with warm Southern hospitality. Everyone was helpful and offered smiles instead of frowns. (I've never been able to understand why employees of some quilt shops can be so grumpy) Beautiful selections of fabric.

And this is what we bought.

The panel and fabric to make Sidelights. (not the yellow fabric)

If we lived in the area, this quilt shop would be a regular stop for me and my quilting buddies.

It's sure to make for Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Follow me to South Carolina

Last week, I traveled with my hubby to South Carolina. While we were there I was able to visit three quilt shops.

The first one was not even worth mentioning, so I'll let that one pass. But finding two in Columbia that furnished food for the quilters soul was definitely enjoyed.

The first one was Creative Sewing. Lots of fabric, patterns and machines.

There was lots of newer fabric lines and an amazing collection of Christmas fabric.

Next time I'll take you to the second quilt shop we visited. It was quaint and loaded with friendly service. A real plus for a quilt shop. 

Happy Quilting~

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

A Dangerous Legacy

A Dangerous Legacy is written by Elizabeth Camden, a writer who has a love of history and the many interesting fascists that have developed over the years.

The attraction between Lucy Drake- a telegrapher for the American-owned AP news agency- and Sir Colin Beckwith- director of the British-owned Reuters news agency- was undeniable. He is drawn to Lucy's intellect and she is drawn to Colin's love of research and fierce desire to find answers.

Lucy and her brother Nick, have fought a long drawn out legal battle. They remain paupers as their shifty uncle reaps all the benefits and financial rewards from their fathers invention. But the romance that develops between Lucy and Colin is based on honesty and trust. Colin needing to find financing for his estate in England and Lucy needing help in uncovering the wicked ways of her uncle. Lucy finds that Colin's connections could be what her family needs to help solve their long legal battle. She negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, but what starts as a friendship develops into a tender love story.
What I love about all of Camden's books are the interesting historical facts. This story is set in the early 1900's in New York City, as it was becoming the hub of industry. The AP  and Reuters news agencies were the information hotline to world events. 

As always Elizabeth Camden's novels are refreshing and clean stories. I found this to be a delightful read, full of wit, romance, heartbreak, and family loyalty. Ms. Camden has a beautiful way of weaving words to bring the scenes to life. I totally enjoyed this book. 
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Fall decorations

The best way I like to bring fall colors indoors, is to use a splash of color on my table.

I made this table runner several years ago. It's one of my favorites. I still enjoy the warmth it brings to my home.

How do you decorate for fall?

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

Apple, apple, who's got the apple

Not much to share about quilting, but during this time of year we host get togethers and love to share recipes.

A perfect time to make Apple Dip.

1 8 oz package Cream Cheese (soften at room temp)
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/3 cup 10x Powdered Sugar
2 T Vanilla
1/3 cup crushed Salted Peanuts

Blend first 4 ingredients together til smooth.  Add peanuts.

Simple recipe.

Simply delicious!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 1st

Well it's the first of November!

27 days until Thanksgiving.

54 days until Christmas.

61 days until the New Year!

Are  you ready??

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Sweet Martha!  Don't you just love to find a recipe that says....... make me??  Well Miss Stewart shared this yummy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars.  Now if you are a chocoholic, this is for you!  (I could not even get a picture before my family was devouring these bars)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
2. With a stand or electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth; beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Add pumpkin puree and mix well. The mixture will look somewhat curdled. Reduce speed to low, and mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
3. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake bars for 35-40 minutes or until edges begin to pull away from sides of pan and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached.
4. Cool bars completely in pan. Cut into squares and serve.