Friday, August 22, 2014

A Date With Subzero Ice Cream

I had a quick date with my hubby that involved ice cream...my favorite kind of dessert!
This was no ordinary ice cream adventure, though.
It was made and frozen right before our eyes! So amazing!

It's a place called Sub Zero Ice Cream.

They pour cream, yogurt, or custard along with any other goodies you want into a silver bowl.
(Pics were taken with my phone, so sorry about the quality.)

They blast it with nitrogen (see their technical explanation below.)


This is what my final treat looked like. There's some peanut butter, caramel, and brownies in there.
It was delicious AND a fun experience (I'm easily entertained!)

In case you just HAVE to know...
The Sub Zero's explanation from their website on how it works:

"For those of us who haven’t been to school in a while, here is some chemistry 101.  Nitrogen is one of 118 known elements and because it evaporates at such low temperatures, it typically exists as a gas (in fact, it makes up about 78% of the Earth’s atmosphere). Therefore, in order for it to remain in a liquid state it must be kept at extremely cold temperatures.  Since liquid nitrogen boils at -321˚F, it freezes anything it touches. Sub Zero uses this molecular gastronomy (the merging of science and culinary arts) to transform milk and sugar instantly into ice cream. So why is liquid nitrogen-frozen ice cream so good? It’s all in the flash freeze. Since the ice cream is frozen so quickly (15 seconds or less), the milk molecules stay very small and the water particles don’t have time to grow into ice crystals. Without ice crystals, you get the smoothest, creamiest ice cream possible. Our rapid freezing process also helps preserve nutrients in the cream, yogurt, soy or rice milk!"

Monday, August 18, 2014

Just A Little Late With The Valentine Quilt

Okay, so I'm A LOT late for Valentine's Day...like over two years late!

I started this ruffly Valentine's quilt in 2012.

A friend quilted it with lovely hearts. I loved it!
All it needed was binding, but for unknown reasons it disappeared into a box for over two years.
(There's several more in that box that ONLY need binding...I'm slowly making my way through them.)
The problem with waiting that long is that the matching fabric to make the binding had disappeared.
Luckily, I was able to use some Riley Blake black polka dot for the binding. Whew!

Let the binding begin...OR NOT.

I had to stop in the middle of sewing the binding on because we got hit with a huge thunderstorm.
It just poured buckets of rain and the thunder went on forever!

A little flash flooding went on, too, thanks to almost an inch of rain in a really short time.

A couple hours later the binding was on and I was off to take pics with the hubby.
Luckily, there was very little rain and the lightening was off in the distance.


The back was fun to make, too.
 

I love this fabric!

 I'm all done with my See You In September projects (my day is September 9th)
and I can't wait to see what everyone else has been busy creating all summer.

Then there's the Rush Hour Blog Hop...I'm so excited to host this one!
Then...oh boy...Black Cat Crossing!

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Monkey Boy Label And Quilt

I took the oldest Monkey Boy shopping to pick out fabric for his own quilt. 
I had so much fun and loved every minute of it!
He's very creative and put his full attention into what fabric he wanted.
We walked around Quiltique looking at the quilts on the wall to get ideas for a design.

I drew a quick picture on the back of a receipt to show him blocks, borders, and binding
so he could pick out the fabrics for each portion of the quilt.
It was no surprise that he zoomed in on fabrics in reds and blacks since he loves those colors.

I think he was pretty excited about it, too!
The red and black fabric is Fowl Play by Westminster and the
crazy white and black fabric is Night and Day by Robert Kaufman.
The solids to go with it are by Robert Kaufman...I love that Kona!

He drew a design for a label so I can embroider it.

The fabrics he chose in his favorite colors would be perfect for the Rush Hour blog hop!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pets On Quilts Winner


Brandy from Pampered Pettit!

She wins the little bundle of fabric Creepy Bunny is holding.
(Don't worry Brandy, Creepy Bunny will stay with me.)


Thanks to everyone for visiting during the show and leaving such sweet comments about your pets.
Voting is going on over at Lilypad Quilting right now, but if you haven't checked out all the amazing pet related projects you should go NOW to HERE. There are lots of beautiful animals to see.

This was my quilt that was pet related and the post about it is HERE.

Bruster thanks you for visiting my blog during the Pets on Quilts Show, too.

Monday, August 11, 2014

There Was A Little Hummingbird

I've been cleaning out my fabric stash and came across a quilt that I'd never finished
(I actually found quite a few I haven't finished...crazy!)
I sent this one to the quilters in April 2012, picked it up a few weeks later,
and then it went into the dreaded Not Lost But Forgotten Box.


Yesterday I pulled it from the Not Lost But Forgotten Box and realized it only needed to have the
binding attached. Seriously...that was all it needed? The binding is on now!

The fabric is by Laurel Burch.
It sparkles and shines...I love her fabric!

I love all the swirls in the quilting.

The back.


For some reason I hadn't noticed before that there were hummingbirds in the fabric.
Whenever I see a hummingbird I always think of Bryce, who left us too soon and is missed by many.

There was a little hummingbird that landed on the fingers of an angel.
He stayed a while and then left to do other hummingbird things.
Sadly, the angel left, too.
Sometimes that's just what angels have to do, even though we want them to stay.

"Well I have to say I am a blessed soul who gets a hummingbird to land on their hand...
that's once in a life time...and who gets a pic...I guess I'm that guy...what a blessing." ~Bryce

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Project #2 Completed...Photo Shoot Time!

Luckily, I'm two down, one to go with my three projects for See You in September.
Project #1...completed and photos taken.
Project #2...completed and time for photos!

I can't show the project, but I can show the small adventure my hubby and I went on to get the photos.
We got up early and headed to a spot not too far from our house.
It was gorgeous and alive with the sounds of the desert.


We saw this lizard getting a little sun.

He/she began to look a little annoyed at me! I love the look he/she gave me.

These flowers were everywhere and totally dressed the desert up with their beauty.


I didn't wait around to see who or what might pop out of this hole. It could be a SNAKE!

This is the hubby going to great heights and risk-of-falling just for me to get a great shot of my quilt.
Really, I held my breath a few times and envisioned a trip to the ER (he just laughed at my worries.)
The explanation to the doctor might sound a little lame if the doc doesn't blog and quilt.
"He fell over the edge while climbing up high and over big rocks to help me take a picture of my quilt."
Sounds perfectly normal to me, but the doc might not think so!
Luckily, he exited the scene without a scratch or bump on the head. Whew!

Project #3 is getting close to being done. Just a few more weeks until...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hoppity, Hop, Hop, New Hop Alert

We've had a break from blog hopping, but it all gets going again on September 3rd.
Yay!
See You in September has us making 3 projects of our choosing.
Shari at Living With Purpose will be cheering us on for this hop...fun!

September 23rd starts Rush Hour where we'll be using either
Rush Hour fabric from Studio E
or anything made with red, black, white, and/or gray.
I'm hosting this one and there's still room for YOU!
Let me know if you want to hop along with us.

Sign-ups for Black Cat Crossing start now!
We will be using Black Cat Crossing fabrics by Maywood Studios or any Halloween fabric
of your choosing. Wicked Wendy from Why-Knot-Kwilt will be hosting this one.
Check HERE for details and how to get involved in this hop.


If you're looking for my Pets on Quilts blog post, go HERE. There's a giveaway!

Friday, August 1, 2014

My Pets On A Quilt

Pets on Quilts Show starts today over at Lilypad Quilting...
...so fun!

Be sure to check out all the links at Lilypad Quilting HERE!

I've been known to rescue animals on a few occasions and most of them end up staying for years.
I'm not sure, but I think stray animals see a nonexistent neon sign on my house that says,
"Lost or Stray Pets Welcome Here!"

During a recent blog hop I made a quilt that included almost all the names of my family's pets.
Using Amy Bradley's pattern, I created a quilt that makes me smile every time I look at it.

The front of the quilt has 11 dogs, 7 cats, a bunny, and an iguana, all made using Dr. Seuss fabrics,
including the Lorax fabrics. Each pet's name is hand embroidered on the appliqued collar.
Besides the dogs and cats, the quilt includes the names of our snakes, bunnies, hedgehogs and hamsters.
(Only a few hamsters made the list because there was only so much room on my quilt.)
It's a wonderful memory quilt of all our pets (minus the gazillion pet rats we had.)

The back of the quilt has a hedgehog, snake, my superpower label created by my grandson, and a hamster.

Bruster, a rescue dog, likes his name on the quilt

He also thinks it's his quilt to sleep under

I have a little giveaway in celebration of Pets On Quilts!
The winner will receive this fabric (almost three yards including the panel.)
Creepy Bunny will watch over it until the winner is chosen on August 11th.

The giveaway deadline has ended...
  1. Leave a comment with the name of a pet you had, have, or have loved.
  2. One comment per person.
  3. The giveaway can be mailed anywhere...yes, even to the other side of the world.
  4. You don't have to be a follower to play along, but of course that makes me smile if you do.
  5. Giveaway ends at 5 p.m. PST on August 11thEntries after 5 p.m. PST on August 11th will not be included in the giveaway.
  6. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: If you aren't sure whether or not you are a no reply blogger, LEAVE ME AN EMAIL ADDRESS...pretty please! You can't win if I can't contact you! If you don't get a reply from me to your comment, you are a no reply blogger.
Thanks for stopping by to check out my Pet On A Quilt!