Sunday, July 25, 2010

ADD or Hands-On Learner??

I am a "Bible Marker". I write on it, underline it, highlight it, date it. I put pictorial representations of thoughts, ideas and reminders that mean something to me, but nobody else. It helps keep my attention and reminds me what impressed me as I read.

I am also a "Tech Fan". I like the computer. It is fast (and colorful)!!! It keeps my attention and I love being able to follow the rabbit trails, quickly and efficiently. If I find a rabbit I like, I stay. If not, I'm outta there!

I love to read the Bible online. I can go to a completely different spot and follow my rabbit trail before I loose the scent. (ie: forget where I was going and what i was looking for) :) But I love to mark my bible!!! It keeps me engaged and helps me remember what I need to remember. (see "Bible Marker" above)

ESV online (which is a great translation) now has a new site. I signed up (free), chose a reading plan, and now can add notes, thoughts, impressions and prayers, as well as different colored highlights and fonts (did I mention all the different colors??). All my 'worlds' collide and I am happy!!!!!

Try it. You'll like it. (At least that is what my Grandma used to say about vegetables....and now that I am an adult, I pretty much like them all!!!)

Friday, July 23, 2010

July Block - The Fussy Cut Love Bee

Fussy Cut Love for The Bella Modiste - July

The Bella Modiste with The Fussy Cut Love Bee, over on flickr, asked for a liberated block to showcase her fussy cut butterflies. I started with the butterflies, that she sent already cut, and just built out from them. The block came together easily. I had read some of the comments about maybe not having quite enough fabric, and Bella Modiste said we could make smaller, or even rectangular blocks, but I really wanted to try to get 12", so I only cut when I had to. 

Here's what I had leftover. Whew! I was a happy camper when this turned out like it did. :)

Leftover Fabric

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

35 Minute Rolls

Something really cool happened. My cousin Selena read this recipe and gave me "the rest of the story". :)  

"hi vickie! enjoy following your blog-an interesting side note about the rolls-this recipe originated with my great grandma cecil wagner(gr. ann's mother). mom submitted it to the first AC cookbook but i'm sure she probably shared the recipe with gma tillie before the book was printed. these were at every dinner at great gma wagners along with homemade jelly, chicken and homemade noodles(wish i knew how to make those), fried fish from the latest fishing trip, and i remember gooseberry pie and our favorite-chocolate cream pie! also in the AC you can no longer buy milk chocolate pudding around here)see you soon!"

 Now that I think of it, I bet Aunt Linda (Selena's mom) probably made these and brought them. When I got the recipe, I didn't get all this info. Thanks Selena!! This makes these even more special!!!! :)

These rolls technically only take 35 minutes to make (I don't think it counts for the baking time). I have only made them a handful of times and they are quick and totally scrumptious. When I was young, my Grandma Wenger used to make these for Christmas and Easter dinner. They still keep showing up at different family functions! The fold in them is the telltale sign they are going to be buttery and satisfying. These are very light brown when done. And delicious. Very delicious. (I wonder how they would be with some whole wheat??)

1½ c milk
½ c butter
4 T sugar
1 t salt
4½ c flour
2 pkg. dry yeast
¼ c warm water

Heat milk and butter till butter melts. Add sugar, salt and ½ of the flour. Mix well. Add yeast that has been dissolved in water. Add rest of flour and beat well. Let rise 15 minutes in bowl, covered with dish cloth in warm spot. Turn onto floured board or counter and pat to ½ inch thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter or a drinking glass. Put a pat of butter in the center and fold over (more than half way). Let rise 15 minutes. Bake 325° for 15 minutes.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Inbox Fun!!!

I found this curious email in my inbox a while back. I saw it and my heart started hoping. 

check it out...

I could hardly believe I had won!!!!!

Julie has a really fun blog called "Jaybird Quilts" that I follow. She has a wide variety of information and amazing pictures, tutorials and fun things to inspire creativity.

I won this great book, "Pieces of Me" and a pattern of my choice from "Two Little Aussie Birds". She also has a really cute blog.

Lucky me!!!

And then...since I couldn't decide....I purchased these. :)

Giveaway purchase

Monday, July 19, 2010

g is for garrett

g is for garrett, originally uploaded by myfullcolorlife - Vickie.
This little 6.5" block will live in a quilt with all the 6.5" paper pieced blocks made for a baby quilt for this new little guy, garrett.

I just printed off a computer enlarged 'g', traced around the back of it onto steam a seam 2, ironed it onto the background and did a yellow zig zag around the outside edge. Easy Peasy and cute as can be!

These blocks need some more 'friends' to help make Garrett's baby quilt just a bit bigger. (Since he arrived on the 4th of July, one of the girls is contemplating making an American flag. Better them than me!!!)

Paper Piecing Fun

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Love String Quilt Block

The Quilting Journey Round Robin bee has a side quiltalong. Our block for July is a string block. I paper pieced each quadrant on a 6.5" paper. I set my stitch length shorter, so that it was easier to take out the paper. The center pieces are leftover triangles from the flying geese block I made last month. This was a fun block to make.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Emily's Blanket

Emily's Blanket, originally uploaded by myfullcolorlife - Vickie.
This little flannel blanket should now be with the newest "Angell"! :) Little Emily lives in Portland, so her grandma, who flew in to Kansas for a visit, got to take it to her. I am jealous!!! :)

Here is a close up. I just love those fabrics! And that know, the orange polka dot one!! Yeah. That's the one. It sure makes my seams look like they meet perfectly! What a brilliant thing!!!

Emily's Blanket

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bee Blocks and Something Fun!

I finished my latest block for "A Quilting Journey Round Robin Bee". I followed this tutorial. Her directions are great and it was really fun and easy to make. If you would like to see my with the other blocks that are now on their way to Lisa,  look here.

This block was for Jennifer from "Sew Bee It".

And this one is for Tanyaisis for "Fussy Cut Love".

I am also working on this for Deacon. It is raw edge applique.

Monday, July 5, 2010

If feels good to say "It's done!"

I finished my Lantern Bloom Zig Zag quilt that I started with the Old Red Barn Quiltalong late last summer and I love it. The two things I was dreading - machine quilting and hand stitching the binding - ended up being fun and even relaxing!!!

I love these fabrics!!

Lantern Bloom Zig Zag Quilt Back

This is the first quilt I have done entirely 'by myself'!!! What fun!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Charming Mini Quilt Swap for Lily.Lemon

"Come Sail Away" is the cute mini quilt I made for lily.lemon. I have had a thing for flying geese and half square triangles, as well as liberated quilting. This little mini combines them both. The Neptune fabric by Tula Pink made me think of the ocean. I love red, but only wanted a touch of it on the front. This was my first mini quilt and my first swap. I had a terrific partner and another day will show you what I received from her!!! You are gonna "Love" it!!!!

Here is the back. It is OK, but next time it will be better!!! :) After doing this quilting, I learned how to use my walking foot!!

I had a simple label that was quilted in, but I didn't like it, so I paper pieced this cute sailboat and added it to the back for my label. I really like being able to use the reds, as I didn't want many of them on the front. I tried....really I did. I loooovvvve red, but they didn't 'work' on the front, except for those little touches of it in the pieced sashing.

All in all this was a great experience. I have learned soooooo much, and that is fun!!!