Saturday, August 14, 2010

I so *heart* this quilt!

Or should I say 'fabric'?

Mom's Quilt

I know this is a simple pattern...and mostly all from the same designer {Anna Maria Horner}...but when I see this quilt in person, I just feel good.

Mom's Quilt

Color does that for me.

Mom's Quilt

And these blues are amazing.

Mom's Quilt

Just look at that deep pink that almost reads red. {I love those 'fans'}. There is not much about this quilt that I don't like.

Mom's Quilt

It lives with my mom, so I can visit.

Mom's Quilt

Monday, August 9, 2010

For Tessophia

Tessophia is making a quilt for her six year old daughter. She asked for 12.5 square, 12.5 x 6.5 or 6.5 square blocks. My picture does not do this fabric justice. My top block is 12.5 x 6 and the bottom 2 are 6.5 square. This will be a sweet quilt, perfect for a little princess.

Fussy Cut Love Bee - tessophia

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Wedding Gift

I got excited. I sent this quilt on to it's final home last year cause I was so excited to see it get to my niece and her husband. And it was late. Of course, I have heard the old adage that a wedding gift is not late if the couple receives it in the first year of their marriage. I think that saying was made up by a creative person who struggles with organization. It doesn't matter. I claimed it for this one. Anyway, I got Mrs. S to send me some more pictures of it.

Wedding Quilt

I love my longarm quilter. She does beautiful work. But I want to learn to 'do it myself'. We'll see how that goes.

Wedding Quilt

I just love this fabric. There is something so satisfying about blue. It makes me feel comfortable and happy. Kind of like driving under the vast Kansas sky on a bright summer afternoon. We are tootling down the highway, the ground is flat and there is nothing but sky in all directions (and of course all the other cars enjoying the view!). I love it!

Wedding Quilt

OK...I like to have fun...

...and try new things. So, I joined an online exchange and I made a fabric postcard. Yes, I did. It was a first and I learned a lot. It turned out cute, even with everything I did wrong. :) Of course, I am not going to tell you everything I did wrong. I love that cute 'tree' fabric...and the owl stamp...and the fact that Lisa now has it!!!

Fabric Postcard Exchange

Friday, August 6, 2010

Flying Geese June Block

The Quilting Journal Round Robin Bee that I am in, has a quiltalong on the side. We call it the Secret Society of the Traveling Bee. It isn't really a secret. :) Many of us are fairly new at piecing quilts or wanting to try out some fun blocks that seem difficult or scary. I shared the July block here, but realized I had never shown you my June block. I love those flying geese. I pieced two long strips of coordinating fabric from the Amy Butler Love line, and then cut out my geese. My eye is drawn to those polka dots. They make me feel happy just looking at them.

Here is a picture of the July paper pieced string block. That same green background fabric from the flying geese is the center piece on each of the 4 quadrants of this block. It was fun to make.

Love String Quilt Block
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Quilting Journey Round Robin Bee - Caliquilter - Joan

I had so much fun making this block for Joan. I fussy cut the flowers from the leftover fabric I used for Emerson's baby quilt. I love those funky, fun flowers!!!

I like our blocks (Joan's and mine) together. It kind of feels like two friends meeting! :) (Wish we could meet in person, Joan!!!)
Here are the blocks that are done so far from our little group. What fun it is to watch new 'friends' being slowly but surely added. :) This is going to be a quilt full of personality.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Pimento Cheese Spread

I remember going in to Grandma Wenger's home in the mornings on a summer day. She would often be listening to Kitchen Klatter on the radio (the forerunner to our food network on TV). When something struck her as interesting, she would write down a recipe they were sharing on any old scrap of paper she could find. I used to love looking through those scraps of paper. It was like a treasure hunt! :)

When I got married, one of the shower gifts she gave me was a copy of the Kitchen Klatter cookbook. I like almost everything I try from it. (I need to dig that book out again). We used to make this recipe from the cookbook and then use it to make grilled cheese sandwiches. Delicious. 

Pimento Cheese Spread 

1 lb American Cheese
⅓ c pimento
1½ T sugar
1 t salt
1½ T vinegar
½ c salad dressing

Grate cheese on coarse grater. Mash pimento and add to cheese with the rest of the ingredients. Add more salad dressing if necessary to make a nice spreading consistency.