Friday, February 14, 2014

Cleaning up and remembering the journey...

Today is a day that, under our contract, we earn in exchange for the conference time done after school hours in November.  If Snowmageddon had to happen, I'm glad it happened yesterday so many of us, and the students, get a five-day weekend.

I have been meaning to take some time and clean out some of the drawers in my sewing room. In a way, its a reflection on my journey as a quilter.  I am amazed at how much I have evolved over the last 20 years.  My first piece, a wall-hanging, was done after the stillbirth of our son.  It hangs in the kitchen and is a constant reminder that quilting, for me at least, is a form of therapy and relaxation.

On the more humorous side, I find myself thinking how many times I "jumped on the bandwagon" so to speak.  I have a drawer full of rulers, gizmos and gadgets that I had to have and have never used or do not use anymore.  I'm not really sure what to do with them.  So after clearing out somethings that did go in the trash, I was able to rearrange the contents of many of the drawers and make access to things more user friendly while taking the things I don't use and putting them in other drawers.  Needless to say there are now empty drawers that while could be filled with new 'stuff' will remain empty.

Perhaps some time soon some of these rulers, gizmos, and gadgets will be put up for sale on the blog.  I'm not sure though as I have not had too much success with selling my no longer needed books and fabric.  We'll see.  They aren't harming anyone or anything by sitting in a new drawer.  Perhaps they are admiring their new home (personification at its best... that would be the English teacher in me).

So I sit in my sewing room contemplating my journey, watching the trees move in the wind,  grateful that the sun is at least melting away some of the snow from yesterday and patiently wait the next round of snow due to arrive over night.  It's only a small storm, 2-5" predicted... the light powdery stuff that is easy to push off... to where who knows.. we are running out of room as I am sure others are as well.

Have a wonderful day quilt friends.  Take a moment and drive down memory lane.  It is amazing what memories there are.

Quilty Hugs,


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Another Sew Day....

Snowmageddon has stopped for now, thank goodness.  So while it snowed, I sewed.

I started this project last summer, and decided I needed to finish things, or at least move them along, before turning to another start.  It's called Anita's Arrowhead and was in Quiltmaker Magazine in 2011.  The fabric is Moda's Dogwood line from a couple of years ago. I love Dogwood trees... but have yet to be brave enough to plant one.

I am moving slow and steady so that the pieces truly fit and they are squared down (as Bonnie would say) to the correct dimension as the pattern calls for.

Hope you are all having a wonderful day.


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!!!!

I love using the crock pot.. I just don't always get to use it during the week.  I leave for school by 6:15 am.. and finding a recipe that I can start that early that won't be all dried out by the time hubby gets home is sometimes difficult.

But I think I found a winner.

This is Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili... and it is awesome!  Cooking on low for 10 hours.... definitely fits the school week schedule.  I will have some fresh chopped cilantro, sour cream, and cheddar cheese for on top.. plus some home baked corn bread.

Click on the name of the recipe to link to the Skinny Taste blog.  If you are so inclined to make this, let me know what you think.


I am slowly culling and clearing out books and fabrics that I know I won't use in my lifetime.  Please check out my two Sale pages.  If you are interested, please email me - do not leave a comment on the blog.



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Miniature madness..................

It's done.... the mini-block madness has bit me and I am addicted.

First it was 3-inch Cheddar Bowties... 729 different bowties.

Then it was 3-inch Spools ...  729 different spools.

This morning when I woke up to yet another snow day (we are now going to school on June 12), I looked at the Chunky Churn Dash quilt on the bed (ala Bonnie Hunter) and I thought "why not mini-size that block?"  It wouldn't take much.

So here it is.

Bonnie has given me permission to post the directions, so there is a tab at the top of the blog under my banner for a separate page.  If you would like a PDF file of these directions, please click the link embedded on the pattern page... I uploaded it to Google Docs and I am so hoping it works.