Saturday, September 21, 2019

Wedding quilt

Bound and quilted. This wedding gift is ready for the bride and groom.



Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Blueberry Lemon Cake recipe

I've always loved blueberries. And when they are in season, they are the best. So recently I made this cake and we all loved it.



Original Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Servings: 10 people (9" blueberry cake)

Ingredients

Instructions

Prep:

  1. Lightly butter a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with parchment. Preheat Oven to 375˚F.

How to Make Blueberry Lemon Cake:

  1. Beat 2 eggs and 1 cup sugar with whisk attachment on high speed 5 min, or until light in color and thick.
  2. Add 1 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup oil, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt and whisk on low speed until well combined.
  3. Whisk together the 2 cups flour with 2 tsp baking powder then add to batter 1/3 at a time, whisking to incorporate with each addition (DO NOT OVERMIX). Finally, add 1 Tbsp lemon juice and 1/2 Tbsp zest.
  4. Rinse blueberries and drain well. In a medium bowl, toss blueberries with 1/2 Tbsp corn starch and 1 tsp lemon juice, stirring until well combined and no dry white cornstarch remains.
  5. Pour half of batter into prepared springform pan and spread evenly. Top with half of the blueberries. Spread with remaining batter then sprinkle the rest of the blueberries evenly over the top, pushing them slightly into the batter (about halfway). Bake at 375˚F for 45 to 55 min (mine was perfect at 55 min), or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cake rest in the pan 15-20 min then remove ring and cool until room temp or just warm. Serve dusted with powdered sugar.

Recipe Notes

**If using frozen blueberries, thaw and drain then in step #4: toss with 1 Tbsp cornstarch and omit lemon juice. Do not add more than 16 oz blueberries
or they weigh down the cake.
*measure flour by spooning into measuring cup then scraping off the top.



Enjoy!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Thanks Eleanor!

A lot of things have changed in 36 years. Especially in the quilting world. I recently found the folder from my very first quilting class.

Looks pretty vintage and worn.

And amazingly I had dated the page from the first class. July 6, 1983! Wow, look at my list of what was needed for the class.

Between needles
Thimble
Pins - T pins
Quilting thread
Batting
Cloth
Quilting frame
Transfer paper
Plastic for templates
TWO pair of scissors - cloth and paper.......

Okay you get the picture.

It was a fun and interesting, and at times intensive, class. We were to work on blocks for a sampler quilt. The teacher was patient and very knowledgeable. On the day we were learning about creating and cutting out templates, she brought out a package and showed us a tool that would make cutting much more accurate and easier then using scissors. Yeah, right, we all said. Well of course that tool was the rotary cutter, and the rest is history.

I never did finish my 15 1/2" blocks. As a matter of fact I do not even know whatever happened to those blocks. But a wonderful thing did happen. My sister in law went to a different quilt class in a new quilt shop that had recently opened. She not only learned HOW to use this amazing new tool, she was introduced to the queen of stripping, Eleanor Burns and her Quilt in a Day method. She of course shared the information with me, and helping me pick out fabric, we both made a Log Cabin quilt.

This is the one that I made.

Yes that was my first completed quilt. And I've been hooked on Quilt in a Day ever since.

Over the years I've made many different quilts, and they mostly stem from the method I learned from Eleanor Burns. I loved her process and enjoyed making.this Christmas one.


I am not a fancy quilter. I love to make geometric designs and highlight beautiful fabrics. It's been fun to use Eleanor's techniques to make quilts that look harder then they really are. Yep, we've come a long way baby.

Have a great quilting day!
 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

May We Never Forget

Usa, Ground Zero, United States
In the United States, Sept. 11 has become a day that haunts the nation of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Since the attacks, the day has been called Patriot Day and serves as a day to remember those who lost their lives. The day was passed by Congress on Oct. 25, 2001 and was signed into law by then President George. W. Bush. 

 "Now, we have inscribed a new memory alongside those others. It’s a memory of tragedy and shock, of loss and mourning. But not only of loss and mourning. It’s also a memory of bravery and self-sacrifice, and the love that lays down its life for a friend–even a friend whose name it never knew." -- President George W. Bush

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

You Belong With Me

 

You Belong With Me by Tari Faris is a most delightful novel. Ms. Faris wove a sweet romance, with many layers of challenges and secrets that blossoms into reconciliations on many levels.

Luke Johnson is a foster kid who grew up living next to his best friend Hannah Thornton. Never feeling like he deserves her or that he fits in, Luke kindles his love by being the best friend he can be. He tries to find out about his past, thinking it would be a pathway to her heart. But more surprises await with deep secrets that shake him to the core.

Hannah loves her town of Heritage and is trying to save it's historical value from being wiped away in the name of modern progress. She has such a big heart, and falling for Luke sometimes has complicated things.

I loved the secondary characters. They were flawed, in a good way, but taking life as it is handed to them. Finding their way back to God instead of trying to fix it themselves.

Tari Faris is a new author, and she has certainly won me over. Her writing style is easy to read and yet deep enough to keep your interest. I had a hard time putting this one down.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Monday, September 9, 2019

The last

Everyone seems to get all excited about the coming of Fall. We live in an area where there's no color change in leaves. The only thing that happens is cooler weather and darker days. We haven't yet felt the effects of cooler weather, but I'm really not looking forward to winter! Until then I'll enjoy the last of our seasonal color.






I guess I will just have to keep the needle going up and down.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Finding Lady Enderly


Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano was a wonderfully refreshing tale. A cross between Cinderella and Pygmalion.

Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London's East End, who finds herself going from rags to riches. When a stranger offers her an opportunity on an adventure like no other,  she finds herself on a train to Rothburne Abbey. Taking the place of Lady Enderly while the original recuperates, Raina is given the opportunity to help others like herself. But as the story unfolds, Raina starts to wonder what had happened to the real Lady Enderly.

When her lost love Sully shows up at the Abbey, Raina is challenged to reveal her true identity. Yet she is determined to find the real Lady and find out what truth lies within the walls of the Abbey.

This is a beautifully written novel. Great characters play out each scene, with mystery, romance, and a very original plot. Loved it.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

OSO

OSO is a pattern by Miss Rosies Quilts.


 I had a really nice Layer Cake called Frosted Memories. I was wanting to make a wedding quilt for a friend of my daughters, and this one fit the bill.

And so it starts!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Lake Season

Lake Season (Bluebell Inn Romance #1)


What can I say. I love to read. And when I am reading a new book by one of my favorite authors, well, time passes quickly.

Lake Season by Denise Hunter is a tender, inspirational story. The story begins with the Bennett siblings, Levi, Molly and Grace, losing their parents in a tragic accident. Levi and Molly are young adults on the brink of  their careers. Teenage Grace begs them to put a hold on their career moves and asks them stay and renovate the hundred year old inn instead of selling. The renovation was their parents dream.

Adam Bradford, is a shy unassuming man who comes to Bluebell in search of a creative spark. As a popular author, he writes under a pen name in hopes of anonymity. Adam meets effervescent Molly and is immediately taken by her.

Molly's discovery of a love letter written in 1962 puts her on a mission to find the recipient. What ends up happening sends you into the mystery of lost love and resolution.

The story is good. Really good. Clean romance, heartbreak and discovery. I would give this one a 5+ rating.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Net Galley and the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Let's talk organization

Organization is something that I really have to work at. It just isn't one of my gifts. But I would like to share a few things that helps me to be a little more organized in my sewing area.

 
 I think we all collect a healthy assortment of patterns as we make our way through this quilting adventure. Not only do I have patterns that I've purchased at the LQS, but I have also downloaded patterns from my computer. So what to do with all of these dreams in the making.

I came across this file folder which has worked really well for me. Comes in very handy for paper patterns.

Of course it is fun to use pretty folders.

Who said we had to use plain old office manila folders?

Perfect for storing individual patterns as well.

Another great tool for organizing. I like going vertical as it frees up work space.

I found this storage unit at Target on clearance during the holidays. It's also handy to carry if you need certain notions for a class.

My collection of scissors grows. And everyone in my household knows that if they use my fabric scissors......... well, they might walk the plank! I try to keep my craft scissors and fabric scissors separated. I found the little green garden holder and the jumbo pencil cup at the office supply store.

Whenever I find these magazine organizers at the thrift stores, I swoop them up.  It's a great way to have them organized. These plastic magazine holders can be pretty dirty, but if you  put them in the bottom rack of the dishwasher, and they come out good as new :-)

For years I have cut out patterns from magazines, or downloaded and printed them off of the computer. I like putting them in a clear sleeve and into a notebook which is a wonderful way to store them. It's fun to take out the notebook and browse through for creative ideas.

A slotted wooden ruler holder is a great idea, but I really did not have a good place to set one up. So instead I just put a nice long nail (thanks dear hubby) into the wall and hang my acrylic rulers in an out of the way place. Most rulers have a hole to accommodate such a feat.
Happy organizing!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A Glitter of Gold



A Glitter of Gold is the latest novel by Liz Johnson. Having read many of her previous books, I was anxious to get my hands on this one. And she did not disappoint.

Anne Norris moved to Savannah, Georgia to start a new life, only wanting to live a life of anonymity. But after a hurricane pushes through Savannah, she discovers something on the beach. Something of worth. She cautiously approaches the museum curator, Carter Hale, with her find. Carter has possession of a diary that, if he can provide credibility, will be the answer to his dreams. And so the story brims with a most fascinating account of pirate life in the 1700's,

This story is about trust. Trust when trust has been violated. To the point of ruining Anne's life. Can love, finding forgiveness and accepting grace change all of that? I think there is a powerful message here.

Just like Liz Johnson's other novels, I was totally captivated by this story. She has a way of weaving faith, love, and mystery to bring you to a satisfying conclusion. Definitely a five star for me.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

She has arrived!

Our sweet little princess arrived on Sunday morning. We are all so grateful for her safe arrival. Mom and Dad are doing well. Mom ended up having a csection, as baby had turned sideways. Big brother seems to be doing well with the new addition. A new adventure for everyone. Including grandma and grandpa :-)

Have a happy quilting day!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Waiting

Waiting the arrival of our newest granddaughter, I made a quilt in the colors of pink and gray.

Hurry Shaina, we are waiting for  you  :-)


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Love this pattern

For the last few days I have been working on a quilt, cut from one of my favorite patterns.

I use this pattern when I teach beginners how to quilt. I have made this pattern in a variety fabrics and it always looks so different when put together. You teach on point, and then you can work just about any pattern. 

I love this pattern!  Happy Quilting! 

Friday, July 26, 2019

Sit a spell

Enjoy the summer with the "real thing" and a spot on the porch.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Pass it on

Several years ago I taught my BFF how to quilt.  She had been down to Florida and was only stopping by my house for a day or two.  But we managed to get the basics down and she has been a fantastic quilter ever since.

But you know the really best part about teaching someone how to quilt, is when that person passes it on to yet someone else.  And that is exactly what happened.  My friend taught a friend of hers and, as the saying goes, the beat goes on.

Except to say that these ladies have far exceeded my ability.  I have always been a simple quilter.  I like to make traditional style quilts in basic patterns.  But get a glimpse at what the next generation has already produced.
Now I want you to know that this lady, Michelle, designed and appliqued this quilt for my friend.  Each branch of the tree bears the names of my friends children and grandchildren. This is by a lady who has only been quilting for 2 or 3 years!  

So get busy people, and pass on your gifts.  It's amazing to see where the pathway will end up.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Spice King



Elizabeth Camden has once again written a fabulous historical fiction in The Spice King. I absolutely loved her characters and the depth of their interaction.

Annabelle Larkin is determined to win a donation from the Delacroix plant collection. Fresh out of school in Kansas, she feels somewhat at a lose to be living and working in Washington DC. Working in the Smithsonian for only two months, she tries every way she knew to contact the elusive Gray Delacroix.  After writing two times to Gray, she refuses to give up, being the latest of in a long line of botanist who'd tried and failed to make headway with Mr. Delacroix. If she can obtain the coveted Vanilla Orchid, she would secure her position with the Smithsonian. Boldly she makes her way to the Delacroix home. Along the way she spies a Spice map and hopes to gain entrance to entice his interest. As she meets Gray she notices that he is quite ill, the effects of Malaria, but he demands to see the map. Adamant that he doesn't trust the government, Annabelle charms her way into the man's greenhouses.

This is the most charming tale. The story is full of historical insights from a time when there was no regulation on foods stuff. I love how the relationship between Gray and Annabelle progressed and how they learned to trust each other. A definite 5+ star on my scale.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Crafting for Health?

There are so many different aspects to crafting.  I think we all need some kind of creative outlet.  Whether we are good at something, or just enjoy the process.

Are you a sensitive person?  Do you notice fine scents, sounds, tastes or works of art? I tend to notice sensory changes.


 For so many years I would stuff it down, and try to conform to what everyone else was doing.

When I read an article on how crafting can actually advance healthy living along with  joy and creative satisfaction, I stopped to ponder about this.

Whether it is cooking, gardening, knitting or sewing, crafts have become a proven way to bring sanity and calmness in a sometimes hectic world. You see apparently the brain cannot dwell on stress when it is engaged by the repetitive movement of your chosen craft. 
 Sometimes you come up with a solution to a problem when you give your brain a break.

So is that the reason we should cook, garden, knit, or quilt??  No I think the reason is that we enjoy it. And in turn that becomes our "therapy".

Crafting makes us happy, and we can also make other people happy, by making gifts for our family, friends and charity.  
So let's think of it this way.  The quality may not be perfect, but in the end, you have gained a healthy attitude and you have not wasted your time :-)

To find out if you are a highly sensitive person, you can do the self test at this website Highly Sensitive Person.