Friday, March 29, 2013

Oh my goodness--I am telling my age

This is so fun, I found it over on We Sew Retro.  I am telling you my age here but that pattern for 1968 was one I made to wear at Girls State that summer.  In fact I made it three times in great fabrics, I wish I still had that fabric.  One was a to die for yellow print, one was brown and the other was a mint green stripe.  I was very stylish for the time.  I remember being in a hurry to finish and broke the sewing machine needle off in my fingernail.  Ouch! but the worse part was I didn't know how to put in a new needle and my grandma wasn't home to show me. It was her new machine.  I could not get it bigger here but if you want to see it enlarged go to this link it will tell you the pattern maker and number also.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Still trying to fill out my brackets. How do you choose?

I am picking Honey Honey by Kate Spain to go all the way.  

Pearl Bracelets

 and Pam Kitty Morning are also favorites.

 It is between "Rock n Romance" and "Lucky Penny" in the first round.  

 I am crazy about both Wish fabric and PB&J.  How will I choose?

 I could not find the whole collection so will give you my favorite piece and a link
So many more.  I can't wait to see who made it to the next go round.

Enjoy Jan

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Even more fun stuff

Pats modern quilt is breathtaking with the colors she chose.  She said these are the colors the collects.

Sandy has really been busy this month.  This is a finish of  the guilds block of the month from several years ago.

Keela's fabric choice for the mystery quilt.
Sandy's choice.  These are all going to be so great.  And sandy has another finish here.  It is very modern.  The blues are more teal than what is showing on this picture. 

Sandy began talking about this top by saying "do you know how sometimes you have a quilt you are so excited to start a quilt and when you get it finished you wondered what you were so excited about?  This is one of those."  I think it is adorable and I bet when it is quilted she will fall back in love with it.

Gwen's fabric choice.

Keela participated in a Jelly Roll Race and here are the results.  I can't wait to try this but I am not going to race or I would become all thumbs.
I have a weakness for tumbler quilts and this one is great in pink.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

How did I miss all these?

Melissa of Happy Quilting had a post on her blog about the Fatquarterly modern madness brackets.  I remembered this from a few years ago so I went over to check it out.   Where did all this great fabric come from and how did I miss it? I was only familiar with about half of these.  One I hadn't seen that everyone seems to be talking about is called "architextures."  I see why is is getting so much attention.  This is probably my favorite piece in the collection 

Another line I had not seen was called "Lucky Penny"  How did I miss this one what fun colors. 

This is probably going to be one of my favorite pieces of the year.  It is from the Madrona Road Collection.  Another one I had not heard of before.  What fun to have a reason to look up new fabric. 

If you want to catch up on some of the great lines that are out there, or if you want to vote for your favorites, head on over to the fatquartely web site and print off you own "Modern Madness"  bracket chart. 

 I am looking up fabric and going to fill it in this week.  Who do you pick to win?  

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Fun stuff from our Guild Night

Lillian has been making little boy quilts since she is getting grandbaby boys now after have girls for quite a while.  She used a panel that she cut apart for the animals.  So fun, I bet the little boys will love them and their sisters will be jealous. 

 She also said she makes these pillow cases for her grandchildren.  What a fun gift.
 We are doing a mystery quilt for guild this year and some of the ladies brought the beginning of their quilts so far.  It is fun to see the different fabric and combinations everyone is using.  I am still contemplating fabric for mine.  Remember I hate to cut into it.  This is Katherine's fabric.
 Becky has made this to cover the back of her husbands new leather chair to protect it from kittens.  She said that their living room is decorated in Buffalo Bill.   She owns the Cowboy collectibles store on Main Street.

And here is her selection of fabrics.  I like how her pattern and plain fabric are reversed from most of the blocks shown.
 Lauretta's selection.

Florence's.  I am loving her stripes.  I would say sorry about the sun but it felt so good to have it streaming though the windows.

Lorna finished this wall hanging from a kit she bought.  It is so intricate and mini hexagons.  

She made this little needle holder at retreat and said that she finally learned how to applique after all these years she found out she had been doing it wrong and this is so much easier.  

And here is Crystals spring quilt.  She quilted this on her machine.  

She is the one who made the sweet Valentines quilt last month.  
More to come. These ladies are so talented.  

Thursday, March 14, 2013

3.14 Pie for pi day.

pi day.  The day we all learn to find the circumference of a circle or make a pie.  I could give you the formula for finding the circumference for a circle but you have to mix numbers with letters and well I would rather make pie.  
Compared to my family; mom, grandmothers, aunts etc.  I can’t brag too much about my skills in the kitchen.
Many years ago my Grandma Mac gave me a recipe for pie crust she said even I could not mess up.  I have been using it ever since.

Grandma Mac’s Never Fail Pie Crust

Work together until like meal
1 cup flour
1 stick margarine
Add ¼ cup milk and knead lightly.
Roll out on a floured board.
Makes 2 crusts.

I am going to give you one of my Grandma Mac’s recipes.  Sorry I didn't make this today to get pictures (found this one online) this was my dad’s favorite pie.  I never see this pie anymore so I am thinking it is a “vintage pie”     

Grandma Mac’s Raisin Cream Pie—I lost my copy of the recipe I  got this from Ann Dalton.

½ cup water
1 cup raisins
¼ teaspoons salt
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 Tablespoons corn starch
1 ½ cup cream
Combine raisins and water, simmer 10 minutes.  Blend sugar, cornstarch and salt, stir into raisins.  Cook until clear, cool and add vanilla and sour cream.  Blend well and pour into pie crust.  Cover with second pie crust.  Bake at 375 for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I admit it--I hate to cut into my fabric.

If I have a project I pull out my fabric go through it all then order new fabric so I don't have to cut into my stash.  I thought there was something wrong with me until I saw this on Pinterest today. 

Speaking of pinterest, I love to look through my pins and see all the things I like, while going through my computer, I found a file that had some quilt pictures  saved. I had not seen these for a while.  I love these quilts and wanted to share them with you.  If they are yours or you know who's they are let me know so I can give credit.  

I love this and it is on my wish list.  I think this one may be one of Sherri M's from her blog. I found this one it is a Thimble Blossoms pattern called "a la mode."

This is such a great quilt.  I think it might be one of Bonnie and Camile's