Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange


Welcome! Today is my day for the annual Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange. Thank you to Carol from Just Let Me Quilt for organizing this every year. It is fun to get new yummy cookie recipes and inspiration for a new fabric craft.  I have a craft and a cookie recipe to share!

I have shared this on my blog before, but if you are visiting for the first time, I hope you will enjoy this fun and easy idea.

 

A couple of years ago I made these cute little snowmen for the children of some friends.  There's a full size Hershey bar wrapped under the snowman.  The hats are a pair of inexpensive children's gloves. Or you can make your own with fabric. You can also use scraps for the wrap, but I used a little bit of flannel and shagged the ends. I think this is one of the cutest little gifties for someone young and old :-)

You can find a link for the template HERE.
(p.s. be sure to turn the template to the Landscape position before printin
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Now for my cookie recipe. 


Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups softened butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips or M& M's

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.  Set aside

Combine butter, sugar, brown sugar. Beat until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Continue beating until well mixed.

Gradually add dry mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop dough by 1/4 cupful's, 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 10-14 minutes or until light golden brow. 

(I use M & M's instead of chocolate chips)

These cookies bake up so large and delicious. 

Thanks for visiting. I hope you will come again. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Trendy Tables

 While we were traveling in Texas a few weeks ago, I came across this at a quilt shop.


I absolutely fell in love with the color choices. So I tried to find the pattern by Anka's Treasures and had not found it in any of the shops I visited. 
But low and behold, last week we visited a quilt shop in Clearwater, Country Quilts and Bears, and right when we walked in I found the book!


I may never make this table runner, but I just had to have the book, in case inspiration struck :-)

Thursday, December 1, 2022

What to do this Christmas

 


  What To Do This Christmas

This Christmas, mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Share some treasure. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Find the time. Forego a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Appreciate others. Be kind; be gentle. Laugh a little. Laugh a little more. Deserve confidence. Take up arms against malice. Decry complacency. Express your gratitude. Go to church. Welcome a stranger. Gladden a heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love. Speak it again. Speak it once more. Christmas is a celebration, and there is no celebration that compares with the realization of its true meaning --- with the sudden stirring of the heart that has extended itself toward the core of life. Then, only then, is it possible to grasp the significance of that first Christmas --- to savor in the inward ear the sweet music of the angel choir; to envision the star-struck sky, and glimpse, behind the eyelids, the ray of light that fell athwart a darkened path and changed the world. 

                                        Author Unknown

Monday, November 28, 2022

Christmas sewing

 Christmas sewing in the works.



And an orphan block made into a hot pad!

Great way to use up scraps. 

                                      Sew and Tell

                                      Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving

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"Enter His gates with thanksgiving, His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name." Psalm 100:4

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

To Do List

 


Can't think of a better way to start the holiday season :-)

Monday, November 21, 2022

Need quick gift ideas?



There are so many wonderful tutorials out there in blog land. If you have one that you enjoy, I'd love to hear about it.
But for today, grab your cuppa of coffee or hot tea and visit a few of my favorite tutorials.

I love to read Karen's very creative Tool Time Tuesday. Handmade recycled gift tags to use for the holidays.
A very cute tutorial on making a Needlecase. What a great gift idea for a hand quilter from nana's company

This is one of my go to Travel-sized Tissue Cozy patterns. Kim shared her easy tutorial on "an oft traveled road".

I have all the fabric ready and waiting for this pattern by Tea Rose Home. It is a Modern Square Garden quilt.

Have you got a little buddy to make a gift for? How about this TOO cute Softie doll from "60piggies".

For teachers and friends a Notebook Cover from "My Patchwork".
How about a pretty gathered clutch from Noodlehead?
A quick and easy Table Runner by Diary of a Quilter.

And here is a library of Free Quilting Patterns and Projects from the Quilting Gallery. All in one place.

Go forth and SEW :-)

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Christmas is on the way

 I found these cute panels and decided to make them up for two little girls.  I'll give them before Christmas so they can snuggle on Christmas morning.


                                             Sew and Tell

                                      Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

                                      Finished or not Friday

                                         Peacock Party

Monday, November 14, 2022

Hancock's of Paducah

 One last post since our trip. And for me it was the highlight. We stopped in Paducah KY.

It's been several years since I last went to the quilt show in Paducah. But the best part is Hancock's. 



Okay so I was caught up shopping that I didn't take pictures. But this is one my hubby took, as I wandered around in the back sale room.

If you are ever anywhere near Hancock's of Paducah, be sure to make it a day trip. It is worth your while.



Saturday, November 12, 2022

Sweet memories

Sometimes November starts out on a sad note. My mother's birthday was in November. She also died in November. I was a young bride when she passed away. So I did not have all the years that many people have with their parents.

But another very special lady stepped into her shoes.

She was my teacher, my friend, and my soul mate in treasure hunting for over 30 years. I used to tag along with her to yard sales, antique shops and all kinds of second hand stores. She loved paper weights, and she also loved vases. She had quite a collection of both. She had a heart of gold. She loved her kitties and was a generous friend to everyone she met. She shared her stories with me. About her youth, growing up a little on the wild side. About the time when her husband was away in the war, and so many of her adventures.She certainly loved life, and lived it to the fullest.

She loved my children and was a huge part of their growing up years. She never had children of her own, but she "adopted" me and became like a grandmother to my own children.

I think of her during this time of year, on the day it would have been her birthday. She lived to be 96, although her last few years were less active, she knew all of us and loved us still. We were blessed to  have her in our lives, and I cherish the sweet memories that she so freely gave from her heart.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Here we go again

Safe to say the chances of this happening again in our lifetime are extremely small. Eye of a tropical storm over central #Florida on the 10th day of November. #Nicole

Image
source - Paul Dellegatto - Fox 13

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Hearts of Steel

 


Elizabeth Camden once again draws you into an historical saga that completes the Blackstone legacy.

Liam Blackstone did not have the upbringing his siblings had after he was kidnapped as a young child. Growing up in the shadow of an unscrupulous man, Liam strives to make his real father proud. 

Maggie Molinaro is a hard working girl who has made great strides, starting with an ice cream cart, to an ice cream factory. But when she crosses the line with a powerful banker her life, and the lives of her neighbors, come under attack. Charles Morse becomes a common enemy with Liam and Maggie fighting to put an end to the corruption that plagues the streets. 

Elizabeth Camden is such a gifted writer. She uncovers some of the most fascinating details. Ms. Camden writes with history intertwined among the fiction. I have learned something in every book she has written. The facts are always so fascinating when you come to the end of her books. I could not put this book down.

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

Monday, November 7, 2022

Missouri Star

 Leaving Texas hubby and I traveled to Missouri. After two days on the road we arrived in Hamilton, MO. The home of Missouri Star Quilting Co. 


If you have ever been there, you will remember it can be a bit overwhelming traveling from store to store. 


Each shop featuring different lines of fabric. Penney's Quilt shop was all about solids. And the upstairs went on and on across the entire length of the building.


We also took in the Quilt Museum 
And the world's largest spool of thread .
It made for an interesting afternoon.

Friday, November 4, 2022

Sew Special Quilts

 We have since moved on from Texas but I had one more shop I wanted to share. 

This was an absolutely beautiful store.


The also sell sewing machines and apparently offer machine quilting services.

The staff was friendly and helpful. 
I thought this Ankas Treasures table runner was beautifully made up.
Of course they didn't have the book or any of the fabric line they used to make it.  Oh well, I guess I just will have to order it online

More travels ahead.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Lulling Texas

 When you enter a quilt shop what is the first thing you look for? Do you look at the fabric? The samples that are on display? Or any tools that may interest you? How about patterns? 

We found this little quilt shop in Lulling Texas. I was totally in love.



I bought this pattern because I didn't have anything like it. 
So what do you think? Do you have a certain way of visiting quilt shops?

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Monday, October 31, 2022

Visiting quilt shops

Visiting quilt shops in other states is often very interesting. The styles are often so different. Where we live the style of fabric is often very tropical. 

This is the first shop that I visited.


It was huge!



 

Although they had a large selection of fabric I did not find anything that caught my eye.  I asked if they had the Bottom Line Thread by Superior as I have been looking for some. They did not. 

More to come :-)