Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Let Us Count The Ways We Love You Quilt

Sometimes people need to be reminded of how much we love them, especially when they are sick.
This "manly" heart quilt will let us count the ways we love our sweet family member...which is a lot!
It's got some Tim Holtz number fabric in it that I've been holding on to for something just like this.
It just needs some quilting and binding and it will be done!

Let Us Count The Ways We Love You

I begged The Monkey Boys to come outside in their pajamas to help me hold this up for a pic. 
Thanks, boys! I love having them come visit!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Have A Heart Quilt

I've finished my quilt, Have A Heart, by adding a scalloped border.
It needs some quilting and binding and then it will be a sweet treat to wrap up in.

Have A Heart

It's was such a fun and happy quilt to make!
I need to make a more "manly" one for a sweet family member who is quite ill.
He's in my family's heart and he needs to know that we love him. Maybe reds and blacks?

Here's a little snippet from my row for the Row-A-Long in September.
It's paper pieced and made with Northcott's fabulous Artisan Spirit fabric.

My row is simple compared to some of the other amazing designers. Their rows will wow you!
Plus, lots and lots of giveaways have been donated by so many sponsors thanks to
 Marian at Seams to be Sew and her hard work at putting this blog hop together. 
My monsters multiplied and began to be stuffed by some nice ladies who even sat through
my class on freezer meals. It was such a fun night with lots of service projects going on.

I found some HUGE zucchinis in my garden...wowzers! Luckily I picked them before the skin got
too tough and they got all seedy. I ended up with 10 bags of shredded zucchini to put in the freezer. 
 They'll be great in muffins, breads, and spaghetti sauce. Yum!

My sister shared some of her overgrown plants and now our yard is looking pretty amazing. 
We weren't sure they'd survive transplanting them in the summer heat, 
but they were tough and made it. Even the rose bush made it. Yay!

Take time to smell the roses and of course, sew!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Hearts, Meatballs, And Other Stuff

A few months ago I spent a birthday coupon and bought some fabric that seemed like 
just the thing I needed/wanted. It was a fat quarter bundle by Moda...Hearts Content.
It's still in process, but it makes me smile when I'm sewing. 
Don't you just love when fabric does that for you!

I've also managed to finish a quilt top for the EQ7 Row-A-Long in September.
So many amazing rows to choose from...I wanted to make all of them!

Next week I'll be teaching a freezer meal class, so I've been busy getting ready.
I've cooked and frozen bags of chicken, beef, and even some rolled cookies ready to cut and bake.
Seriously, over two hundred meatballs rolled, baked, and in the freezer, too? Yep!

Not only will I be teaching the class, but there will be tons of medical dolls and monsters to stuff
for donations to local hospitals. It's crazy how many of them a few women managed to make!

I've made several of these using the idea over at It's Always Autumn as suggested by the
Primary Children's Hospital. They are so fun, easy, and are open to lots of possibilities.
I'll be having the Monkey Boys make some to use as bean bags, too!

All these projects have gotten me a bit behind on the Snapshot Quilt Along...ugh!
Hopefully, I can catch up soon. I really want to be able to say that for once I finished a quilt along!

I'm off to play with the Monkey Boys now. Yay!

Monday, July 6, 2015

I'll Have Another Cinnamon Roll Please

In the "olden days" I made a lot of cinnamon rolls for my family and I rarely had to look at the recipe
 because I made them so often. So why did I feel a panic attack coming on when the 8 year old
Monkey Boy looked at me with those big brown eyes and said he'd rather have "homemade"
cinnamon rolls than the ones I was planning to buy at the bakery. Yikes! Where's my rolling pin?!!!

Of course, I made him some!
They weren't as fantastic as the ones his mom makes, but they were pretty darn good!
These are the quick and easy kind...made in less than an hour!
It makes about two dozen rolls. 

2 1/4 cups warm water
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups oil
4 tablespoons quick rising yeast
2 teaspoons salt
7 1/2 cups flour
3 eggs
4-5 tablespoons of cinnamon
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup softened butter

Lightly stir warm water, sugar, oil, and yeast together in a small bowl and let rest for 15 minutes. 
In a large mixing bowl, add yeast mixture to salt, flour, and eggs. Mix all ingredients and knead by 
machine (or you can do it by hand) for 6 minutes until smooth and elastic. Add a little more flour if 
dough is too moist and doesn't pull away from the sides of the bowl. Remove dough from bowl and
place on a lightly floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll dough into two large rectangles. Spread 
both dough rectangles with softened butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar. From the 
long side of the rectangle, start tightly rolling up dough to enclose the cinnamon and brown sugar. 
Pinch long edge closed. With a serrated knife, cut into one inch wide slices and place on lightly 
greased baking sheet about an inch apart. Bake at 375° for 10-15 minutes or until cinnamon roll 
edges are a light golden brown. Frost if desired. *Optional: add raisins or chocolate chips over the 
dough before rolling up.

Creamy glaze: 
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 
2 tablespoons softened butter 
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
1-2 tablespoons hot water 
Mix together and frost rolls while warm.


Cream Cheese frosting:
Beat together:
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
4-5 cups powdered sugar
Mix and frost rolls while warm.

Now that the five Monkey Boys and their REALLY BIG BROWN EYES have gone home, 
it's time for me to start sewing, quilting, AND cut back on my sugar...no more cinnamon rolls! 
I think I'll bake some of those yummy muffins by Madame Samm at Muffin to Lose
She says they will curb my sugar cravings and help me lose weight. 
Sounds good to me!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Turquoise Quilt Gets Spiffed Up

I wasn't crazy about this turquoise quilt with the paper pieced star, 
but adding some beautiful quilting spiffed it up a bit. Thanks, Quilted Works!

It started like this.

With some girly flower quilting and binding, it looks like this.

So much better!
I'm hoping that next time the thoughts in my head will produce exactly what I envisioned.

My sister took pity on us and shared some of her overgrown plants to make our backyard look better.
Her beautiful yellow flowers made such a difference...I'm loving all the color in our yard!

With school out, we've been spending some time with the Monkey Boys.
Sewing is kind of on the back burner right now, but these guys are so worth it!
This was an amazing hike with the boys.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Quilted Works Row By Row 2015

I don't travel much, usually just between two states, so I've never participated in the 
Row by Row event. Well, when I saw this one at Quilted Works I HAD to join in...love it!

I picked it up late yesterday afternoon and had it sewn and appliques pressed on this morning in less 
than an hour. I still need to sew around the edges, but that shouldn't take long once I get started. 
This kit was ready-to-sew with all pieces cut, including the laser cut applique pieces. 
Love, love, love those laser cuts!

If you're in the Utah area, stop by and get this cute block. The pattern is free,
but the kit will cost you. It was so worth it! 

Call Quilted Works for directions...you will love their store!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Not One But Two Baby Birds

I thought there was just one baby bird two days ago...

But, no! My hubby took this picture today and look...there are two in there!
Mama bird was not happy with us and kept swooping down trying to attack us.
We've made our "photo shoots" quick so we don't upset her too much.

Their nesting in this little box. I'm nervous they'll fall out of the nest to the concrete below.

Look at it peeking over! Don't fall baby bird!

One egg didn't make it and it got pushed out of the nest to make room for those two babies.

Those are definitely only faces a mama could love.
Well, probably a papa bird would love them too!

Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Owls On The Baby Quilt

I just finished binding my Hoots Hollow baby quilt...I'm loving those owls!
This is definitely for a baby girl with that cute flower quilting by Quilted Works.

Minky on the back looks great with those quilted flowers!

Here's the pattern I used from Ribbon Candy Quilt Company.

But, wait! There's more!

Margie is offering 25% off her patterns if you use the code word
"Celebrate Summer!"
Thanks, Margie!
*Sale ends at 6 p.m. PST June 22nd, 2015.

Time to go shopping at Ribbon Candy Quilt Company!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Worry Less And Play With Friends

I've been so lucky to be hanging out with the Monkey Boys for the last couple of weeks, but things 
got switched up a little when my two friends, Brenda and Paula, came by to play for two whole days.

It was the best ever BIG GIRL slumber party!

They brought me this little sign which is so true! I do need to worry less!

I didn't blog,
I didn't answer emails,
and I smiled and laughed out-of-control most of the time.
We stayed up late and giggled about all those things that only long time friends can laugh about. 

They took me on a road trip on Friday to check out the Quilt Walk in Panguitch, Utah.
(Info on the Quilt Walk can be found HERE.)

Our first stop was the quilt store in Cedar City, Stitching It Up.  Such a cute store!
Not that I needed any more fabric, but since when has that stopped me from shopping.
Picked up this "Wicked" Halloween kit (the purple bow caught my eye)...can't wait to start sewing it!

After shopping, we headed towards Panguitch with Brenda driving the scenic route.
It was a gorgeous drive, but I didn't take any photos...left the camera at home!

We hadn't signed up for any classes, but we wandered around checking out quilts and vendors.
I was so excited to see Deonn from Quiltscapes. She was teaching a class...I wish I'd signed up!

We stopped at a few more quilt stores and ate way too much food on our trip, but it was so worth it!
Plus, I picked up two quilts from Quilted Works that need binding. So excited!

Now that Brenda and Paula are gone, it's back to hanging out with three of the Monkey Boys!
More fun for me ahead!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dr Seuss And Ribbon Candy Elephants

I bought Ribbon Candy Quilt Company's pattern, "Abby's Elephant Party," last week
so while hanging out with the Monkey Boys I drew the 48 elephants and 48 ears on fusible web, 
ironed them on to some Dr. Seuss fabric I had in my stash, and then cut, cut, cut!
There was definitely an elephant party going on and a little Horton Hears A Who in my thoughts!  

I've appears that I've become crazy in love with making elephant quilts!
That's not such a bad thing, especially when those elephants are as cute as these!

My first zucchini squash from my garden!
After being gone a week it was almost too big, but I think it will make some excellent
zucchini bread or I'll stuff it with something yummy and bake it.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Row-A-long Adventure Is Coming In September

There's a Row-A-Long coming in September with quilt rows of all seasons.
I've never made a row quilt. Nope, I haven't...never, ever!
Have you?

20 designers are using EQ7 to create their rows, but you don't have to use it to make your rows.
We will do all the work in EQ7 and share our creations and tips with you so you can make them.
You'll get to pick the rows you like and then make a quilt, runner, or whatever you want.
There will be so many rows to choose from in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall!

And...this is so exciting...there will be amazing giveaways by very generous sponsors!

The Fat Quarter Shop is VERY GENEROUSLY providing each of the 20 designers a
$25.00 gift certificate to giveaway on their featured day of the Row-A-Long.
That's 20 designers, 20 gift certificates, 20 chances to win. Wow!
Thank you Fat Quarter Shop for your amazing contribution to this Row-A-Long!

KNKUSA is giving away a Zing Air Cutting System for our EQ Seasons Row Along.
Winning this machine will give you free shipping if you are in the 48 contiguous states in the USA. 
Outside of the 48 states, you will have to agree to pay for shipping by entering to win this cutter.

Plus, there will be lots and lots of giveaways by the designers!

I hope you'll be there in September to join us!

Marian at Seams to Be Sew has all the info on her blog, so check it out!