Friday, September 9, 2011

Yummy Autumn Food

I made this yummy Tomato Basil Pie today for lunch. I got the recipe from Libby. Go to her Sept. 15the post and get this recipe! It is soooo good!! Randy and I both loved it. I took the leftovers over to my Mom and Dad, they really liked it too! I used basil and tomatoes from our garden. Yummo!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe, Libby!

On Tuesday the 16th, Randy and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary!
Randy loves homemade apple pie. Well, I do too! We are lucky enough to have an apple orchard real close to us. I stopped there yesterday, bought some apples and made this Anniversary Apple Pie today! Topped with a little vanilla ice cream, pure bliss!!! :~)That was the extent of our celebration. lol Randy is working nights this week, so we had a nice romantic lunch. Just the two of us! Kinda pathetic, huh? Yes, romance is still alive in our house! LOL Oh well, he did buy me the HQ, who needs romance! ;~)

I loaded another quick quilt on SuzyQ (HQ16, yes, I named it!) today. I used some of that cheater type quilt fabric, you know the kind that looks like it has been pieced. I added a couple of borders and Viola! a fast quilt. I still want to do some more practicing before I load a "real" quilt and I can't stand the idea of wasting time and supplies with just muslin. So I figure I can make a couple of these quick easy tops and I will donate them to charity. This one went on a lot easier. I still feel a little wobbly following the pantos. But, with practcie, practice, practice, I will get smoother. I hope! I am having lots of fun anyway!!!

I am going to a Kim Diehl class tomorrow. I'm really excited and a little nervous. This is my first real quilt class. I will take my camera and share with you all later.

Hugs&Stitches, Julia

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Table Topper

When I was moving the furniture in my sewing room and doing some cleaning I found a little project that I started a year or so ago. I was going to make an entire lap quilt using a little Tumbler template. I must have been insane! Now, making quilts from little, tiny, 1 inch pieces may be alright for some of you, but not for me! I had some of them pieced together already, added a border and some applique and Voila!!!!

A cute little doll quilt was born. It is now adorning the end table next to our couch. I do want to make a tumbler quilt, but it will be with a bigger template. The tiny template was just to darn cute to resist though. :~)

I also discovered that my string/scrap bin was totally full. I have vowed that I will not quit making string/crumb blocks until it is empty. I have pieced one top, another is almost done and I have about 1/2 of the blocks pieced for another one. I think that I still have enough scraps and old, not so cute, fabric left to make two more. I have a big pot of potato soup cooking in the crock pot, so I should be free to keep at it today.

Hug&Stitches, Julia

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New Project, Disappearing Nine Patch

I had heard about the Disappearing Nine Patch pattern from another quilter and of course I have to try it. I am pulling all of my purple and green scraps, cutting them all into 4 inch squares. Here is my first block, this is a lot of fun.
The blocks will finish up about 10 inches. I am not sure how big it will be or where it will find a home, but I just need to use up some of my scraps. This is a good way to get some experience, as I have only been quilting a little over a year now.

I have 3 other projects in the works also. When I started quilting I swore that I would start and finish "1" project at a time. Well that vow went right out the window in a quick hurry. I am doing a couple of BOM's and another group project. I will post picture's and info about those at a later time.

Just for your info, Eleanor Burn's, Quilt in a Day site is having a sale, 37 pages of fabric at $3.00 a yard. Of course I just had to see if I could melt my credit card, LOL. You might want to check it out.

Happy Quilting, Julia

Gratitudes for today,
1- Dh home today, he can help look after our 6 year old son, so that I can sew!!!!
2- A little cooler today!!
3- Quilt fabric sale!!!

Vintage Rick Rack & Baseball

This wonderful little pile of vintage goodness, came from my Mother. My Mom and Dad live right next door to us. Their basement was packed with stuff in storage. My Mom always said that she didn't want us to go through any of it until she was gone. Well, life happens and plans need to be changed. Their basement was flooded Saturday so we had to do a major clean up down there. Hence, we had to sort through everything. I found this old rick rack stored in an old shoe box. It smells a little musty, but other than that it is in great shape. I think that my Mom saved everything that she has ever purchased in her 76 years on this earth. :) She was a very accomplished crocheter, her doilies are works of art. I did manage to get a couple of those too. But anyway, I think that she had about 200 balls of crochet cotton. Some of them brand new with the wrappers still on them. I saved several of those too. I just might try my hand at making a doily or two myself.

We have been spending a lot of time at the ball fields watching this darling little man of ours play ball. This is his first year and he looks so cute out there. I LOVE baseball so this is lots of fun for me.

Today is the last day for signing up for my give-away, leave a comment on the give-away post below. The drawing for the winner will be tomorrow.

Hugs & Stitches, Julia

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Winner Is------------

Drum roll please!!!!!!!

Oh wait, before I announce the winner, let me just say, I am astounded at the amount of comments! Some of you said that you were new to my blog and others were lurkers. I had no idea that there was that many of you out there. I am honored and touched to have so many people interested in what I have to say. I am blushing! :~) I am glad that I decided to do this, now I have met some fun new friends. I have tried to respond to each comment but, I might not have gotten to all of you yet.

Okay back to the announcement!

Here is my cute little snowman bag, with all of the names inside.

Ethan was the impartial, official name drawer. (is that a real word?)

So without further adieu the winner is Teresa over at Stitchin Friends, Congratulations!!! Email me with your snail mail address and I will get your goodies sent to you!

Thanks to all of you for participating! Now that you have either found me or come out of lurkdom, I would love to hear from you in the future!

Hugs&Stitches, Julia

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Witch is In!!!

I finished this little witch last night. Isn't she just the cutest!
This is my kind of Halloween stuff. I don't like all of the gross, creepy Halloween stuff. With only 10 days to Halloween, I finally have all of my decorating done. I don't do that much for this holiday. Just enough to look cute without going crazy.

I also finished up my first month's blocks from the Simply Sophisticated BOM from Fat Quarter Shop. If you have this one or want to join in, Vicky is having a monthly drawing for a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop. read about it here. This might keep me on task and not get so far behind. I also signed up for the Designer Mystery BOM and I haven't made one of them yet. :~( I am setting myself a goal to get them all made before the next one is due.

Hugs&Stitches, Julia

Last weeks walking report isn't so good. Only 6 miles for the week. Trying to do better this week, 2 3/4 miles yesterday.