Sunday, October 5, 2014

Just a Test

Last night was a bit frustrating trying to type on a black screen, so I decided to bite the bullet and try something new. I previously had been using Blogger+ but since the new Apple updates things were a bit challenging to say the least. I check out a few free ones but 
I am sure you have heard the old saying, "you get what you pay for" and I think part of the reason I lost interest in posting was because it was just not easy using my old program. 
The new App was only $4.99 and so far seems quite easy to use, so wish me luck! Oh is case you are interested in what App I decided to go with, it is called Blog Touch Pro.

After church today there were 8 of us for dinner. The menu?
Swedish Meatballs
Riced Potatoes
Carrots and Broccoli
Hot Buttered Corn
Garlic Cheese Toast (a little over toasted) * just keepin' it real folks
and for dessert
Tea/Coffee
Grandma Iny's Prune Cake with fresh whipped cream

Now before you turn up your nose at the idea of a prune cake let me redeem myself. 
The recipe comes from Pioneer Woman's website and we all know how yummy her recipes are!


This is NOT my photo but shamelessly  stolen from Pioneer woman. I will however give you the link so you can make this cake too.

Prunes get a bad rap and they really are good. Don't you just love a big juicy plum? Well prunes are just big juicy plums that hung around long enough to get wrinkled. Just so you know wrinkles get a bad rap too but I think they add a lot of character. Okay okay I know I'm getting off track but this cake is very similar to a gingerbread cake in fact my company all guessed that I had made a fresh gingerbread cake for dessert. That's just what it smelled like coming out of the oven.


That is the link the link posted above. Now go check it out. The next time you need a really yummy dessert try this one.I promise you won't be disappointed.

About this new app, you know the one I changed to for today's post, I think I'm going to love it. It seems very easy to use and a really nice feature is that it uses Siri so that means I can talk to you and it types for me how sweet is that?
Yup there is a lot of truth to that old saying, you really do get what you pay for.
Now I am going to go play with my new app and you really should go check out Pioneer woman's recipes.

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

Warren Buffett

P.s. So far I am thinking I got good value for my $4.99

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fall and Falling Behind

My last post I mentioned that I was going to turn my mimi Whit into a cosmetic case. Welll I had a reader ask about it so I thought I would post a picture of it.

You may notice a lot of errors in this post because with the update on my IPad Blogger+ is misbehaving terribly. I am typing onto a black screen with black font, so I am literally working blind. I have a fellow blogging friend who lost her Appp altogether. Just when I was getting back to blogging!
The Autumn colours are so pretty this year. I have been seeing lots of photos on Instagram and Facebook and blogs of all the Fall decor, but I have been so busy with trip preparations, moving back from the cottage, sewing and quilting Christmas gifts and dealing with some health issues that decorating just has taken a back seat at my house. Thankfully God does a better job than I do, so just take a look at how He has beautified my yard.

No matter what window I look out of I seebeautiful colour!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Two Whits

I can hardly believe that September has come and gone. Of course October 1st is Parade Day and if there is a parade then I must be blogging. How sad...I keep saying I will post more and every month I have an excuse. I really have been busy tho, but nothing I can blog about. Christmas is something like 86 days away and I have a few gifts in the making so for now the only things I can show are our Two Whits.

Carrie's pattern this month gave three different pattern layouts and Sue and I chose to do differing projects.

Every time I thought about Sue and I making Whit, I tried to come up with a blog title.
It was only after I realized that we had both decided to whittle down the size of our projects and make minis for our studio wall that I came up with a name.

Sue made is lovely version in French General scraps

That centre square is perfect for a lovely hand quilted feathered wreath, and that was the plan. She has major surgery coming up and it seemed like the perfect little hand work project during recuperation. I am told that that plan may change, so for now all you get to see is a "flimsy" but quilted or not it sure is a cutie and it will look lovely on her newly revamped studio wall.

As you can see I did a much different arrangement and mine is quilted. It is also very wrinkled because it got packed up last week when we moved home from the cottage and did not surface until today. Mine was to be a mini for the wall, then it was going to be a cosmetic case, then a cushion cover, then I went back to the original plan. I made the binding and started and then decided that "No" it really wanted to be a cosmetic case, so I found a zipper and started to work on that....

By this time it was almost midnight and I was not going to trust my brain to figure out zipper installation and construction, so there it sits.

Either way though, it gives you and idea just how versatile a pattern can be. It can be constructed exactly as the pattern creator intended or it can merely be a jumping off point to something different.
Are you ready for what I decided to call our abbreviated versions of Carrie's lovely Little Bites pattern?

HALF WHITS !

Oh my I am so funny I can barely stand it...



“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Monday, September 1, 2014

Schnibbles, Schnibbles and more Schnibbles

For those of you who have followed the Schnibbles parades for the last couple years, you might be pleased to know that Sinta and Sherry will be starting them up again. I'm not exactly sure of all that will be in store for us and I do know that with all the travelling we have planned that I will not be able to make an appearance at all the parades but let's just wait and see what the future holds.
Sinta has asked us to post all of our Schnibbles entries from last year, so this will mostly be a phot blog post. Let's look back and see what Sue and I accomplished in the Schnibbles dept since last May.

Hat Trick The first one is by by Sue and the second by Moi.

June pattern was Dulcinea and again the first is Sue's and the second is mine. Because of the story of Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha, I was inspired to take mine along on our trip to Spain to photograph it. After a gypsy band had entertained for us They were kind enough to pose with my quilt. You can read about it HERE

The next ones we did was Lincoln and I loved this one.

Sue made hers from 1930 repros and it became a baby quilt while mine was made from Avalon by Fig Tree and it turned into a table topper and went to live with a dear friend in their new home in Alberta.

I will definitely be making this one again!
The next was Mercerie and Sue used her favourite Christmas fabric collection, Countdown to Christmas while I used a French General charm pack called Petit Ecole. Mine did not get finished in time for parade because a bout of pneumonia kept me a bit under the weather. I have finished the piecing but have yet to quilt mine.

Next parade entry....

Time consuming but well worth it. I loved the finished result and it on my coffee table at the cottage as we speak.
Are you ready for a few more?

Morning Joe quickly became another favourite of mine and has found a home on my dining room table.
One month we had the option of doing a quilters choice so Sue made Open Season for her wall of her studio.

I chose to do Squared in civil war repro fabrics. Our Jersey Girl Schnibbles were very different. Sue made a pink girlie one and I used scraps from a quilt
I had been working earlier in the month.

Probably the most challenging one I have made so far was Hook.
Again Sue went Christmassy and I used more of the same scraps.

One month we did something a little different and chose a favourite mini from a guest designer Camille Roskelly. This is a perfect example of how a pattern can be so different with each quilter. Sue turned her mini into a tote bag and I embroidered the center block and made mine a wall hanging.

Our last offering was a quilt called XRated. This pattern produced 2 lovely baby quilts.

There were times when it was really difficult to squeeze in these projects but we managed. Sue and I both had decided we would bow out of this season of Schnibbles...too many projects waiting to be done, but as the time approaches I find myself wondering what is coming up and I think Sue sort of feels the same. The great thing about taking part in the Schnibbles parades is that you are not obligated. Do it when you can and bow out when you need or want to...no contract to be signed, just a fun year of learning and sharing finished projects. Sue and I have talked about this several times and both agree that it has been a great experience. It has kept us in quilting when sometimes we were in a bit of a funk and just didn't feel inspired and it has stretched us technically and gotten us away from quick and easy,(although quick and easy is great too)
I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for us this time around and hopefully I will see you at the parade! If I don't happen to make it to some of the parade take lots of pictures will you cause I will want to see what I missed.

No matter what you do in life, a part of you still sits at a curbside, still hearing the drumbeat of a distant parade, still waiting for it to turn the corner.
Robert Brault

Friday, August 15, 2014

License to Quilt

I've been quilting for about 15 years now and I only just got my license.(s)

While in Ontario last month I participated in the Row by Row Experience Shop Hop. It is a summer long shop hop taking place in the U.S. and Ontario. Many of the shops had personalized fabric license plates made for the Hop with a catchy message as well as their shop name on it.
Each shop drafted a pattern for a row of a quilt and the pattern is free for the asking. The only stipulation is that you have to pick it up in person. Not by mail, or email or getting a friend to get your copy. The theme was Four Seasons.
You can read about the details and check out some of the shop plates HERE

I am making progress on my Jumping Jacks quilt. I finished the 7th and prepped 3 more for tomorrow.


BLOCK 7


3 more waiting in the wings.

I would like a little input though. What do you think of the grey floral? Would it be a good choice for one of the remaining blocks?



I made my batch of blueberry muffins and I am sharing the recipe in case anyone is interested.
I took a basic Blueberry Muffin recipe and changed a few things and added a glaze.

LEMON GLAZED BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup white sugar
Stir these dry ingredients together and add 1 cup of blueberries, fresh or frozen
Set aside.
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup of lemon yogurt

Mix well. I usually add all these wet ingredients into a mason jar or my Tupperware gravy shaker bottle and give it a good shake.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour the wet in. Stir just enough to moisten all the flour etc. Over mixing makes tough muffins.
Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes in greased muffin pans. Recipe says it makes 12 but I prefer to get 9 or 10 larger ones.

Lemon glaze
I squeeze the juice of a lemon in a bowl. Add the grated rind and then add enough icing sugar to make it the consistency of honey.
When the muffins come out of the oven I dunk the tops of the muffins in the glaze once or twice. Let them cool and then drizzle more of the glaze over cooled muffins.


I purchased a movie on itunes today to watch while I was sewing. I had seen it before but I am a sucker for Katherine Hepburn and even though her part was small it was thoroughly enjoyable. The movie is called Love Affair, staring Warren Beatty and Annette Benning with a small part by Kate. It is a third time remake of a movie Love Affaire(1939) and An Affair to Remember (1957) a story about two high-profile types both engaged to be married to other people, meet and fall in love during a business trip. They want to go back to their respective fiancees to end things properly and if they still feel the same about each other, the have agreed to meet at a certain date and time...
Although I have seen both versions from 1957 and 1994, I totally enjoyed it again today. If you like chick flicks , i think you will love this one!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Have Quilter Will Travel

Monday mornings some of the ladies in the community gather around a quilting frame to hand quilt. I try to attend every chance I get. It is a great social time and I can pick up hand quilting tips, everything from marking the quilt to attaching the quilt to the frame. There is always the possibility that all the chairs around the frame are filled up so. I usually bring something to work on as my backup. I have also been trying to add some exercise into my daily routine.
It is a little over 2km to the Community Centre where the quilting takes place, so I decided I would like to bike there BUT the project I had planned to bring is a double quilt I am hand quilting. I am at a bit of a standstill because I need to mark more quilting lines. Well let's see...I do have saddlebags on my bike so just maybe I can get everything packed in them.
1 double quilt ✔️
1 sewing kit with thread, needles, thimble, finger cots and scissors ✔️
1 marking pen ✔️
1 zippered pouch(for show and tell)✔️
1 quilted handbag(also show and tell)✔️
1 6x24 ruler for marking lines ✔️
1 travel cup filled with my fave coffee ✔️
1 bottle of cold juice ✔️
1 little purse with I.D. And money ✔️

That was easy!
I had a lovely couple hours chatting, quilting and sipping coffee, AND I got my exercise in as well! (Can you see my 6 x 24" ruler sticking out of my saddle bags?)

After lunch Mr. O. invited me out on a date...to pick blueberries! He is such a smooth talker how could I refuse. We picked today as well and all in all our 2 picking sessions netted us about 4.5 gallons of lovely wild blueberries.



We arrived home at 5pm giving me just 2 hours to make supper, bake a batch of lemon glazed blueberry muffins, get a shower, wash and curl my hair and get dressed for an evening out with a different bunch of gals for "game night". There are a dozen or so of us that gather to play Scrabble or Sequence once a week, and
I needed to bring a treat to share, hence the muffins. I have to say they were a big hit and several of the gals asked for the recipe. I plan on making another batch tomorrow and I will share the recipe for those of you who are interested.
Tonight Mr. O and I cleaned berries for several hours, but they are picked over, washed and bagged ready for freezing.

Can you see that little green worm that hitched a ride home with us? Just another good reason to clean and wash the berries!

We did up 8 large freezer bags filled with berries today and 6 last week! Muffins, loaf cakes, blueberry pancakes, pies...mmm!
I plan on trying a new recipe on Sunday for Blueberry Shortcake. It really does sound yummy and if it is a success I will share that recipe as well.

T-t-t-thats all folks!

Monday, August 11, 2014

In the still of the night...

It's late. Mr O. is sleeping and I know you will probably find this hard to believe, but I would rather do a little blog post than put away laundry or wash up those few dishes in the sink. Just a little recap of the last few days...Mr. O and I took a little road trip this week to take Ruby to see the Dr. It seems she had a large fur ball she just couldn't cough up.
We got that problem taken care of and thought she might look better with a new foot so we took care of that too.

Yes sirree! I got me a new foot pedal for the old gal, and I love it! I never understood why a machine of that quality didn't come with a larger foot pedal in the first place. I think most quilters have one leg slightly longer than other simply because the are always stretching their right leg out searching for that wandering pedal. Well
I think this big guy will stay put much better and I wont be chasing him as often as I did the other one. Look out gals, I will be able to put the pedal to the metal and keep up with fastest of you!
Just look what I found at www.badskirt.com


This little pattern just got placed on my "to do" list.
ZOOM ZOOM!
Here is the link for the pattern
http://www.badskirt.com/directions/BootPattern2.pdf

By the way, while we are talking about links, I can't seem to insert an active link to my blog post with the App I use for blogging on my Ipad. I use Blogger+ . If anybody has any tips for me, I will welcome them gladly.
p.s. When I say "active link" that is my highly specialized tech lingo that means, a link you can just click on and go directly to the site.

I made a 3 more Jumping Jacks blocks, and if you are counting you would think that my total is now at 7, but not so...I have 6 complete blocks. Why you ask, if I had 4 done and finished 3 is the total only 6. Well thats easy...I had to take apart #3 and remake it. It seems I had two different colour fabrics in my block sashing! Now It's bad enough I will end up with 5 with white sashing and seven with cream sashing, but having both colours in one block was just too much! Long story...I might explain once it is all done.

I have to say though, that I am liking them, even with my silly error in fabrics. It has been a little tricky with angled sashings but I think I am getting the knack of it now.
I made a couple little quilted fabric storage baskets, but forgot to take photos of them. I plan on doing another set so I will share those later.
Mr. O went blueberry picking a couple days this week and about 15 litres of berries. I was feeling a bit guilty that he did all the picking while I stayed home, but after standing at the sink cleaning and bagging berries, the guilt has dissipated. I did my part too!

So of course after the berries are cleaned the next thing to do is a batch of blueberry muffins. Yum yum!

We went for a lovely bike ride on some country roads. I started out to do a 8km ride but ended up doing 18, but it really was quite enjoyable.
The wild flowers and scenery were quite pretty and we took a few photos along the way.

We had heavy rains and strong winds the night before and just look at the windfall of apples from this apple tree!
Another curious thing we saw was a "shoe tree". A strange species grown in very few areas...

It really was a very enjoyable bike ride and I don't know why I don't do it more often.

I really need to get serious about my sewing this week. I have several projects I need to get done before our next trip and I have been bouncing around from one thing to another. Can we say A.D.D.?
Maybe tomorrow I will sit and make myself a list of what needs to be done and try to focus on those. Sounds good on paper, but if I know me...well, we'll see...