Sunday, October 19, 2014

Are You Ready??

Are you ready???   I hope so, cause you will now want to miss it.  The "Black Cat Crossing" hop starts on Monday!

I have been working on mine, diligently and finished it today.  Ah, but you have to wait till it is my turn to see it.  

Today, I would like to share one of our favorite fall deserts.  (I must say one, cause we got many.)   

       Apple Cake

First peel, core, and dice 5 medium apples.  Set aside.


Next mix together in a large bowl:
    2   Cups Sugar
    2   Cups Flour
    1 tsp.  Baking Powder
    1  tsp. Baking Soda
    1  tsp.  Cinnamon
    Pinch of salt
    2   Eggs
    1 1/2   Sticks butter  (3/4 cup)
    1   Cup nuts. (We prefer pecans)
    1   Cup milk

Add the apples and pour mixture into a greased cake pan.  Bake at 350° until a toothpick comes out clean.

Serve warm with ice cream or enjoy with your favorite cup of coffee.

Oh, I know what I am having when I visit all the wonderful creations.   I will not miss a one and I hope you join me.

Remember, it starts tomorrow, Monday the 20th......

MONDAY'S Schedule:

For the full schedule go to:

I must say, I always enjoyed Halloween, and I love cats.....So, I can't wait to see...

Till then,


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October Quilt Guild in Weakly Co TN

This month our Quilt Guild had a "Sit and Sew".  "What is that" you ask?  That is when you bring along what you are working on to the meeting.  Most bring in hand sewing but you can bring your machine if you wish.  Then we sit around, work on our projects and talk. 

This time Linda Arant brought in a project she needed help with.  Unfortunately, she broke  her  wrist and couldn't get it all done.  (Linda was working on a project for Greenbriar Assisted Living here in Martin, TN.)

It was a lot of fun, everyone worked together.

We also got a lesson from Gail Young on "Needle Turn Appliqué ".  She brought in some samples and did a wonderful job explaining how we can all master it.

We all got a 1 on 1 explination, and everyone was all ears.  She did a "Great" job,  Thank you Gail!

Two of her quilts she brought along as a sample:

Her "Snowmen" above and "Sue Bonnet Sue" below, both done by hand using her needle turn appliqué  technique.

We also had some "Beautiful" Show and Tell:

Tillie came up with a unique star quilt using up some of her scraps.

Close up:

Bette is working on this top:

This is Joyce's wool quilt.  She said it took her almost a year to complete.   All was done by hand.  (It would have taken me a lot longer then a year, that's for sure.)  She did a "Beautiful" job.

Nancy brought in her placemats.  You know making these is like making 8 mini quilts.  I liked her fabric choices.

And Barb brought in some great refreshments.  Every month she takes the time to bake for us.  Then she comes early to set it up and decorate  it in the theme of the  month.  (That also  includes a cold drink and fresh coffee. )

Thank you Barb... It is greatly appreciated!

We have a "GREAT" bunch of ladies.
Next month we are going on a field trip to "Back Yard Fabrics and then Patty's.
I can't wait!

I got a lot to do till then.  So back to my room I go.


Monday, October 6, 2014

It's Pumpkin Time!!

Fall, the time of year when you see pumpkins everywhere.  I never knew there were so many recipes for pumpkins.  You name it and someone is making it with Pumpkins.  At our house, we love Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Cookies, and my favorite is Pumpkin Roll.

(Look he is trying to hide, lol)

I always had a lot of fun over the next few Holidays with my kids.  (Actually, I always had a lot of fun with my kids)  But now that they are  all grown....guess I have to make my own fun,  :)   

I got a new pattern and a new tool at the Paducah Quilt show this past April.   (The Lil twister)  

I finally had the chance to make this quilt and try my ruler out.

As you can see, I made lots of 3 inch squares, carefully sewing them together here the pattern suggested.

Here, as above you can see how I cut with my Lil Twister Tool.  (Which was a 2 inch square)

The tricky part, which really wasn't  tricky, I just had to be careful.  Alter each row was cut, your turned them to the right and sewed them together.   After a few rows I could see the pattern and felt more at ease.  I was afraid I was going to get them mixed up and not notice it, until it would be too late.  I was in visioning a lot of ripping.

Actually, no ripping!  I was proud of myself!.  Till I quilted it.   I did an all over random quilting.  I am not sure if I had stretched it too hard on my frame (cause of all the bias ends) or did too much quilting.  But I just don't like how it tuned out.  Guess I will just have to do it again!

For now it will do, but I am going to use this tool again, that's for sure!   It was too much fun.   (I just loved these colors too.)

For now I am too busy.   I got some ideas as to what I am making for the next hop.

Wendy and Madame Samm are brewing up a doozy this time.

"Black Cat Crossing"
Starts October  20th

I can't  wait and I  sure hope to see you all there.

Till then,


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tick Tock, It's Rush Hour time

Rush, rush rush....seems we all do it or did it at one time or another.  In most cases it is because we don't  want too.  Fortunately, I am now retired and try not to "Rush" anymore.  (Neither are my helpers, Tamo and KC)

This hop was one that  I  did not rush with at all.  I was ready way ahead of time.

Thank you soo much Madame Samm  and Carol for coming up with this great theme and for all your hard work.

I made 3 different projects.

My first was well needed.  I always keep a calander on my desk at my computer.  I am one that loves being organized and also writing everything down.  My calendar not only keeps Birthdays, Anniversaries, appointments, but things I want to accomplish that day.  Also notes as to what I did accomplished  that day.   I needed to get a new holder, but we are 17 miles from our nearest store and I only go twice a month.  Unfortunately,  I keep forgetting.  So I got this idea:

I made a pocket using black fabric, and placed a thin piece of cardboard inside.  Not knowing, but it should  have been a  little heavier piece.

It is not perfect...but it sure works good for what I want it to do.  

My second is a wall hanging:
(I always say to myself.  Get your work done, then quilt.  That way I can quilt as long as I want and not worry about getting other things done.  Before, I had to wait till after 5:00, when I got home.)

My third and last is a mug rug.

I like to enjoy a good cup of coffee when drawing, or designing my next idea.  (Coffee  isn't bad but when I have a cold drink, it sweats.) 

(I usually  grab a few cookies too.  
Chocolate of course)

Oh, I almost forgot my pin cushion.  Isn't  it cute?  Holds lots of pins and a tape measure.  I have it sitting on my cutting table in the corner.

I purchased this a week ago when I went to Jackson with my husband.  I thought it was too cute to pass up.  Plus I can use it as a pattern. :)

Now it is time to put my mug rug to use.  I am going to pour myself a cup of coffee and see what others had made.

Come join me.  Here is today's list:

Check out the full schedule here.

Till next time,


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rush Hour starts today

Rush hour starts today.  I think this is the first hop that I was ready for wayyyy ahead of tme.  I actually didn't rush for this one.

Ah, but you have to wait till my day to see what I made.  For today's schedule and the whole hops schedule,  go to either Madame Samm        Or       Carol

As for me, well I was already with my coffee to go read today's posts and enjoy their work till my phone rang.  Seems as my son has off work today and called to see what was for breakfast.  

(A mom's job is never done, course, we love it!)

So I will join everyone after breakfast and visiting with my son.

Hope to see you all there.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Quilt Guild, Weakly Co. TN

This month our Quilt Guild had a table turning by one of our members,  Marguerite Branch.  Her quilts were beautify done and I wanted to share them with everyone.  

 (Marguerite is on the left)

She did ALL of her appliqué by hand.

Most of her quilts she quilted by hand also.  Her stitches were all perfect.  She was telling us that she insisted on 10 stitches per inch, or she would rip them out and start over.

These Hummingbirds were adorable.  She said she never bought a pattern.  Just drew her own.

She also told us that most all the quilts she made were at least queen size.

(I hope you can see the details in these quilts.)  This is a Scrappy  Cathedral Window.

After the table turning, we had show n' tell.  Here are a few.

Next hop is coming fast....
"See you in September"
Starts September 3rd.

Hope to see you there.  
I don't know about you, but it was nice having the summer off....although I missed the hops too.

Till then.....