Friday, September 12, 2014

Moving On?!

No golf today.  I got my chores complete, made some pumpkin scones, and started another quilt.  BUT, it is not a fall quilt, it is a HALLOWEEN QUILT!  I saw a similar quilt on Pinterest.

Two blocks

I will probably have to finish it at Quilt Retreat!  My sister and I are once again headed to McCall, Idaho for a 4-day retreat.  It is about  an 8 hour drive and is located in a beautiful three story lodge.  This year, we will not know most of the other quilters, but that makes it more fun.  I will show you pics of my finishes when I get back.  Until next week...

Monday, September 8, 2014

OK, I lied!

I said that I was finished making fall quilts, but I keeping finding patterns that are so cute.  Plus, some of the fall fabric is BEAUTIFUL!

I still have not figured out a morning routine when I am not golfing.  I really don't want to sit down to the sewing machine first thing.  It has been dark when I have gotten up, and too early for a walk. I have already had coffee, finished the binding on the above quilt, and vacuumed and oiled my sewing machine.   Sew, here I sit, trying to decide what to work on.  Will catch up with you later!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

It's Official

Yesterday was my official last day of work, although, I did very little!!  I did help mix up some chemicals in the morning.  My replacement moved his stuff out of my old office sew that I could use it for the day.  Thanks Marcos!  We had a nice catered lunch .  My boss did an excellent job at organizing the party and the surprises!  I received a crystal bowl that is engraved with:  "Live Well, Laugh Often, and Love Retirement"!  I also received personalized M&M's (Golf Greens with flags, "Retired and Loving it", "Congratulations" and "It's My Time Now")  I also got a gift card from the company and a gift card from my co-workers.  I will miss those guys!

Although I said that I was finished making fall quilts and table toppers, I finished this mini Bear Claw for the monthly "Prairie Children and Their Quilts" sew along.

And this quilt is called "Midnight Stars" from Red Door Designs.  It is not totally fall colors but the black background fabric has orange, red, and yellow dots on it!

Sew, I am off to take a walk and then shred some zucchini for the freezer and for lemon zucchini cake today!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due!

I finally found the blog with the modern quilt that I made and Karla won!  It is:  Although, mine did not turn out the same, thanks Debbie for the inspiration.  Here is Debbie's quilt:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Last Fall Quilt

I think that I am finished making fall quilts/table toppers.  I am definitely ready to try something else.  Sew, without further ado:

I can't decide which way the quilt looks the best!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!  The lucky winner of the quilt is Karla Schliep!  Thank you everyone for your nice comments!

Bye bye Boo Boo!

Blueberry Cream Cheese Bread

Strawberry or Blueberry Cream Cheese Bread
·         1/2 cup butter, softened
·         1 cup sugar
·         4 ounces cream cheese, softened
·         2 eggs
·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract
·         2 cups flour
·         2 teaspoons baking powder
·         1/2 teaspoon baking soda
·         1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
·         1/2 cup buttermilk
·         1 1/2 cups strawberries, rinse, dried and chopped OR 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries (DO NOT THAW)
·         1. Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
·         2. With electric mixer cream butter, sugar and cream cheese until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Mix in vanilla.
·         3. In separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Blend flour mixture with butter mixture just until blended. Add buttermilk and only stir until just combined; do not over mix.
·         4. Carefully fold in strawberries. Dough mixture will be thick.
·         5. Bake in a 350°F oven for 50-60 minutes.
·         6. Let it cool for at least 15 minutes before removing from pan.

I will draw a name for my quilt this afternoon! 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Morning!

I have been retired for 11 days now and I thought that I would start sleeping in.  HA!  I was up at 5 am! And, trying to vary my routine and spread out a bit, I did not sit down at my sewing machine.  I had a cup of coffee, read the paper, and then went downstairs and quilted two small table toppers.  Since no one but my sister commented on the last post about my cute backing fabric, I am going to assume that you all loved it too!!

Sew, I saw this quilt on a blog, and don't remember where, but thought that I could piece it without a pattern.  The first thing that I should have done when I ran into trouble was to take it outside and take a picture to know how the screwed up HSTs should have been sewn.  It is pretty obvious in the picture. Anyway, this one will have to stay home and be mine.  If anyone wants it, send me your address to:  If I get more than one person wanting it, I will draw a name!

Yesterday afternoon, I made a double batch of Blueberry Lemon Bread, sew I could take a loaf to one of my golfing buddies!  I am off to the quilt shop for some border fabric.  Sew you later!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

More Fall Table Toppers with a Surprise!

Retired life is a busy life!  Monday = Doctor;  Tuesday = Haircut; Wednesday = Medicare Insurance Lady; Thursday/Friday = Golf!  I did some quilting after my insurance agent left, one for my sister, and two little fall toppers.  I spied the backing fabric in my stash and thought that it would be perfect for the season.  Hee Hee!

I also got some shortbread cookies and a lemon zucchini bread made the other day.  So far, I have cleaned something everyday, including my sewing room twice!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fall Table Topper

I wore myself out this morning by trying to clean my sewing room.  I bagged up three bags of fabric for friends to pick through and three bags of clothes and stuff for Goodwill!  I was going to make cookies today, but will have to wait until tomorrow.  Sew, here is my first fall quilt.  It is only about 40" but has the beautiful fall colors.

I didn't expect to finish sewing the binding on this topper.  I used Moda's "Sphere".  Love the colors.

My golf partner and I won our match yesterday.  We then had a nice lunch before heading home.  Hope you have a great week end!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Ladies, today is the first day of my retirement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am SO HAPPY!!!   I promised myself that I would clean something every single day.  I shook out all of the scatter rugs, cleaned the upstairs bathtub (that no one uses and is usually pretty dusty), and threw out questionable food from the refrigerator.

I have a golf tournament tomorrow, sew, I did a little practicing with my chipping.  And then finally, sat down at my sewing machine and made a fall table topper.  It is now loaded on the quilter.

I finished sewing the binding on two quilts.  Here are the pictures.  First is my "Carpenter's Star" and the second is a small quilt made with a pattern from Kaye England.

Did I tell you how HAPPY I am!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Am I confused or just totally insane?!

How is your week end going?  No golf this weekend, it has been HOT here and my partner can't stand the heat.  Instead, I have been sitting at my sewing machine for 4 days and have had just about enough for a few days!  I have made a "Transformer" quilt, a Christmas present,  a large "Carpenter Star", with Moda's "Sentiment"  and quilted a fall quilt that I made last year.

I still have to make a transformer pillowcase plus the quilting.  But, not today.  I think that I will go make some cookies or something!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July "Prairie Children and Their Quilts"

I finally finished my "Signature Quilt" from Kathleen Tracy's "Prairie Children and Their Quilts" sew along!  I know, that is a mouthful!  I had the top finished for a couple of weeks but just got around to the quilting last night.  Thank you Tilda from Huckleberry Stitches for hosting this monthly sew along!

I still need to throw it in the wash to remove my markings.  I will find out what our August project is tomorrow!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

It's Beginning to Look alot like Christmas!

I just finished a Christmas quilt for a little girl who loves horses!  I made a matching pillowcase as well,  Most of the fabric is Riley Blake's "Roundup"!

Her little brother is going to get a "Transformer" quilt!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Flying Geese!

I have wanted to make a simple Red and White Quilt for some time.  I can now cross it off of my "bucket list".  I bought the red 5" squares from Quilt Taffy last year.

Before golf this morning, I thought that I would finish cutting the sashing for a quilt that I am making for a friend at work.  It will be a wonderful Christmas present for her daughter.  I SUDDENLY realized that I had cut it all at 2.25" rather than 2.5".  I just had to trim all the finished blocks by a quarter of an inch  and everything will be fine??!