Saturday, August 31, 2013

Ghastlie Family Tree

I visited Quilted Works today and saw this amazing
Ghastlie Family Tree quilt: (sorry, awful quality of a phone photo)
The quilting is just beautiful on it!

Blog Hop Alert - Batiks!

Want to play with batiks?
Then head over to Sew We Quilt to hear the news.
Mary just needs an email from you saying:
"I Want To Twist"
Mary: quilter dot maw at sbcglobal dot net

Friday, August 30, 2013

Superior Thread And Fabric...Sweet Stuff!

I ventured out by myself today to visit a new-to-me store in Utah...Superior Threads. My mouth hung open and I had to try not to drool as I looked around. Seriously, it was awesome!

One part of the building had fabric. Lots and lots of fabric! I was so awestruck I didn't even take pictures of the fabric area, but I did pick-up just a little  some  a pile of fabric. The sales people were over-the-top helpful and nice. I also picked up a couple patterns and was lucky enough to meet the sweet lady who created them. Annie of byAnnie.com gave me some wonderful hints on wool felt. I'm SO going to try it! She also showed me a couple hints about a pattern of hers that I bought...I was so impressed!

Next stop was just around the corner (or down the elevator) at the thread warehouse. OH MY GOSH! I was really in thread heaven! There were rows and rows and rows, etc., etc., etc, of thread of every color and type imaginable.

Just a little of what I picked up...yes, there is purple in that pile!

I need to venture out like this more often!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hexie Hop Winner Is...

SHERRY 
from Quilts, Fabric, and Thread Tales
(She'll be receiving an email from me)

Congratulations and thanks for visiting my blog!

She won a gift certificate to Quilt Taffy.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Last Day To Be A Hexie Queen

Madame Samm and Debby Kratovil are leading the way
to Be A Hexie Queen...it is so fun!

Don't forget I have a giveaway over 

Today's Hexie Queens are:


Want to see ALL the blog hop creations in one place?
Check out Madame Samm's Pinterest page.

Be A Hexie Queen - Day 6

Madame Samm and Debby Kratovil are leading the way
to Be A Hexie Queen...it is so fun!

Don't forget I have a giveaway over 

Today's Hexie Queens are:

Day 6: Tuesday, August 27
   
  
   
   
   
   
   
   
  

Want to see ALL the blog hop creations in one place?
Check out Madame Samm's Pinterest page.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Be A Hexie Queen - Day 5


Madame Samm and Debby Kratovil are leading the way
to Be A Hexie Queen...it is so fun!

Don't forget I have a giveaway over 

Today's Hexie Queens are:

Day 5: Monday, August 26
  
   
   
   

   
  
   
   
  

Want to see ALL the blog hop creations in one place?
Check out Madame Samm's Pinterest page.

A Pineapple Angel Of A Cake

I need to stop looking at:

Food blogs
Pinterest dessert pins
Facebook food recipe sharing

Or...maybe not!

This is what's for dessert at my house tonight
 (it was shared on Facebook--no idea where it originated):

One box Angel Food Cake Mix
One 20-ounce can crushed pineapple (don't drain it)
Mix until frothy and no cake mix shows
Pour into greased 9x13 pan
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes
Serve warm, cold, plain, with whipped cream and/or with blueberries
Is this just too easy!
It was yummy!

A LITTLE SOAPBOX RANT: I have often been totally shocked by the negative comments that are left on food blogs just because someone doesn't like what's in a recipe. If you don't like things made with a package mix, don't make this. If you think it is too sweet for your taste, don't make it. If overall this DOES NOT look like something you want to make or would eat, please do not make it. Most of all, I'd rather you don't tell me what's wrong with this recipe and what ingredients are going to rot my teeth or put more fat on my body. Really, I like sweet things in moderation (or sometimes I like to pig out.) I like package mixes for their convenience. In fact, I thought this was pretty darn good for something quick when you're short on time or just lazy (like me.)  Stepping off the soapbox now. 

P.S. I'm so thankful that no one has ever left me a comment telling me my sewing project was ugly and they hated it. LOL! Quilters are just the nicest people!

This is from That Other Lady:

Friday, August 23, 2013

Laying Around With The Lion

When my children were really little I made four lion quilts for my nieces as Christmas gifts. I got busy and never made them for my own four children, so my sister jumped right in and made them each a lion quilt using my pattern. What a great sister! My kids took their blankets in the car when we went on vacations, they slept with them, and they wrapped up in them to watch TV.

I love that they all still have them!
 
With a few updates and a larger size, I made a pattern and put it on Craftsy 
(with that cute logo Madame Samm whipped up for me.)

The kid's always referred to their quilts as "The Lion Quilt" so that's what it's called:

I think there is a whole new generation out there who need their own lion quilt.
Maybe even the Monkey Boys need one, too!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hexie's Have 6 Sides! - Day 4

YES, I know hexies have six sides.
YES, I made 8 sided blocks in my "hexie" quilt.
NO, I didn't even realize it until someone pointed it out.
NO, I probably won't do that again. Well, hopefully I won't.
YES, I've had a good laugh over my mistake and 
I've had some of the sweetest comments ever because of it.
Thanks for all those hexiliciously sweet comments!


Don't forget I have a giveaway over 


Madame Samm and Debby Kratovil are leading the way
to Be A Hexie Queen...it is so fun!

Today's Hexie Queens are:

Want to see ALL the blog hop creations in one place?
Check out Madame Samm's Pinterest page.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My Hexies Hopping Here!

Madame Samm and Debby Kratovil are leading the way
to Be A Hexie Queen...thanks to you both!

It's HEXIE time and I hear there are some quilters out there 
who are loving making those hexies.
For me...not so much loving it, but giving it my best shot.

I tried a couple different ways to make hexies and finally gave up
and went the easy way with the a snowball block.
Well....they look like hexies to me!
Okay, so they have eight sides...I must have been hexed and thought
there were six sides. That Other Lady will win the Hexie Queen title for sure.
One of my Monkey Boys has claimed this as his own so it will
"remind me that my birthday is at Thanksgiving."
Of course, if he wants it, he gets it! I'm a sucker for those sweet boys!

I love the little kids in this Alexander Henry "Happy Thanksgiving" fabric.

My quilt with a view.

Britt-Inger from Hill Valley Quilter sent me a hexie pattern based upon a
needle case made by her friend, Karin, but I've never been very good at 
following directions. Karin's was so nice and fancy!

Mine was pretty simple, but I love it with those
Ghastlie ladies and some rhinestones to add some bling.


The inside...
If you're interested in the pattern, stop by her blog to ask about it.

There's a giveaway, of course!
(By the way....Quilt Taffy has Ghastlie fabric!)

The usual giveaway rules..blah, blah, blah
  1. Leave a hex of a comment. 
  2. This one is important! Make sure I can contact you if you're a no-reply blogger. *If you don't get a reply from me, you're a no-reply blogger or something else is screwed-up.
  3. I'll mail it anywhere...yes, even to the other side of the world.
  4. Giveaway ends at 6 p.m. PST on August 28thEntries after 6 p.m. PST on August 28th will not be included in the giveaway.
Check out today's hexie queens and their projects:

Thursday, August 22
    
    
    

    
    
    
    
    


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hexie Queens Are Here! - Day 2


Madame Samm and Debby Kratovil are leading the way
to Be A Hexie Queen...it should be fun!

Today's Hexie Queens are:

Want to see ALL the blog hop creations in one place?
Check out Madame Samm's Pinterest page.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Hexies Have Arrived! - Day 1


Madame Samm and Debby Kratovil are leading the way
to Be A Hexie Queen...it should be fun!

Today's Hexie Queens are:

Day 1, August 20







    
  
    
   

Want to see ALL the blog hop creations in one place?
Check out Madame Samm's Pinterest page.

Ice Cream And Flour Equals Bread

Since I had nothing else to do after getting my carpet cleaned…

“it will take three hours”
…and please leave those noisy “fans going for 24-hours”
…oh, and "try not to walk on it." 
Huh? How am I supposed to do that? 
The hallway to my bathroom is carpeted and my sewing machine is calling me!

ANYWAY...

As I was saying before I rambled on, since I had nothing else to do after getting my carpet cleaned AND my refrigerator repaired…$$$$....I decided to make Ice Cream Bread.

Yes, I said, ICE CREAM BREAD!
I love ice cream and I love bread...works for me!

I saw a post on my sister’s Facebook page about Ice Cream Bread and because I was trapped in my kitchen (with no carpeting) it seemed logical to try making this strange combination of ingredients. It seemed simple enough, but would it taste good?

Start with 2 cups of your favorite ice cream (use the ice cream with fat not the yogurt or nonfat kind.) Melt/soften that ice cream until it is soupy so that you can easily stir it (if it isn't melted enough, it is REALLY hard to stir.) Add 1½ cups of self-rising flour (not regular flour.) Stir them until they are just barely mixed together.

Once you stir the ice cream and self-rising flour together you can add extra ingredients like banana, chocolate chips, or anything that would mix with your favorite ice cream and make your Ice Cream Bread just a little more yummy. I added half a banana.

Shovel the mixture (it’s really thick) into a small greased loaf pan (about 4" x 8".
Double the recipe if you want to use a bigger loaf pan. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a 
toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.

My thoughts on this thing called ICE CREAM BREAD:
  • It was easy to make
  • The texture was really good
  • It looked pretty
  • It was moist
  • It smelled yummy
  • It needed chocolate chips or something else to add more flavor
  • Maybe a little vanilla or sugar would help?
  • It wasn't very sweet, which can be a good thing for some people
  • Banana in it was good, but I would use a whole one instead of a half
  • Maybe a different flavor of ice cream would make it taste better


Have you ever made Ice Cream Bread?