Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mitered Corners

I don't know about you but making those corners on quilts can be tricky. I think I came up with my own version of "how to" after I looked at several different ways to "miter" the corners. 

I found this useful for making that pesky corner on the baby quilt....


I have to say it was the easiest way I found.

Just a little sampling of the binding I have done on the baby quilt.
I have another side and half to stitch closed and then it is on to quilting the center of the quilt. I must finish the quilt today as I am going to be busy the rest of the week. Yikes!

I put together this little altar after being inspired by Peggy at


I shed some tears as I was putting it together and I realized I had resisted pulling the photographs
out because I have some healing to do. I lost my dad and grandmother last year right around Christmas and it all happened within a two week period. I was unable to go back home to see my dad and grandmother  and I worked (day job) through it all. 

I chose to put a picture of my mother (on the left) when she was younger. Reminds me of my youngest daughter so much. My dad is above her holding my daughter Sarah. Lastly, my grandmother is on the right holding Sarah and I am holding William, I was expecting my youngest at the time. My grandmother so loved children and this picture makes me happy because I know she was happy to be with her great grandchildren.

Ok...I am off to stitching...Have a Happy Day!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

mmm...Pumpkin Pie

Yippe! I have had two days off in a row and I am on day 2. I have been stitching like crazy to finish the baby quilt. The shower is next weekend and I will be working all week. Yikes! Lot's to do today...

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(Ok, I know the picture of the pie is not that beautiful, but when I moved the pie from the pan the crust crumbled off...it really is delicious.)

....and yes, I did eat this piece right after I took the picture : )
I decided to bake brownies for my children (sorry no pictures, already gone : ),  and a homemade pumpkin pie for me : )

I  made my pie from (mostly) scratch and changed the recipe ever so slightly. I used brown sugar instead of white sugar by cutting the sugar from  3/4 cup to 1/2. I used this recipe:


I opened the freezer and no ready made pie crust...so, I went cruising around the internet and found the best pie crust ever! This is the easiest pie crust I have ever made....check it out...

(Photo from All recipes)

This pie crust is light and flakey, just the way I like it.

Now back to the quilt....

I asked the new mom what some of her "love names" or phrases were for the new baby and she gave me a few....

I stitched "handsome boy".....

"hungry, hungry hippo"

and a few more words of endearment were stitched on.

Today I am going to attach the front to the back.

The green/white flannel gingham fabric on the left is the backing.
I found this twin sheet while thrifting. A mere $2.00. You could not
buy that much  flannel fabric at the Fabric store for $2.00! 
I love the idea of recycling and the fabric is already softened.

My daughter at  her High School Halloween dance....
Have a Happy Halloween!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Do you see happy?

Do you see "happy"?

Still working on the baby quilt. I decided to add some random words to it just because...
Words like "happy" and "joy" and whatever else comes to me while I am stitching.

I picked up the new Mollie Makes at the fabric store while my youngest daughter went
off in search of fabric to make a stuffie. She has always made her own little creatures since
she was really young. At 13, I thought she was over stitching...not so! She comes by it naturally lol!
Have a great day!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Smoke house

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I made it through my intense week and I decided it would be nice to take a country drive with my daughter Sarah. We 
 took a lot of scenic roads to get to a smoke house.
Unless you know about this place you would never find it.
They are not trying to hide it lol! it is just in the middle of "no-where". They do not have some big advertising budget so you must either hear about them or see the small signs along the way...

This is one of the roads right before you arrive....

There are lots of ponds along the way. The colors were just breathtaking. This is high "leaf peeping"
season! lol!

The Smoke house.....

a side view of the smoke house...

Now this is the best part...THE CHEESE!!!!

They have smoked doggy bones....

another beautiful pond....

another scenic view before we go....

and lastly, a couple of sweet little kittens living right on the edge of the pond. There is a drain pipe they are living out of. 
We left with some of our favorite "goodies". 
smoked Gouda cheese, smoked extra sharp cheese, smoked cashews and for my children, the smoked kielbasa.
Today is another beautiful day. I have plans to work on the baby quilt...we will see.