If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Monday, March 16, 2015

What's Up 3-16-15

Made it home last night from the Dallas show around midnight. For now all I can say is I thought it was a wonderful show. I need to go through my pictures and the post my favorites.
So on my wall is what I left up there last week seeing how I been gone since Thursday.
I have been working on getting this months color YELLOW 

And a portion of a baby quilt using Jenny Doan's method of her Disappearing Hourglass 2

A word of warning there are a lot of bias edges, so be careful not to stretch them. Starch heavily, can help. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

My Homemade Version of Larabar

I have become obsessed with Larabars, especially the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. 

So being a penny pincher and at a $1.50 a bar, I figure I could make something close to it for a lot less.
Went online to read what others have done besides reading the ingredients on the bar. From there I started playing around.
I ended up with one I felt was pretty close. Actually down right yummy and a healthy, clean snack
All you need is raw cashews whole or pieces
pitted dates without sugar
and chocolate chips ( I found at Sprouts vegan, sweeten with Stevia mini chips. Perfect)
A pinch of salt
And a food processor.

I used equal amounts of cashews and dates, 1.5 cups each. If dates are hard, soak them in warm water for 10 mins, drain and pat dry.
Put them in the processor for about 10 sec. It should be well minced and starting to ball up. 

At least it did on me. All that is important is that it will stick together enough to form balls or bars.
But not too sticky.
Then mix in  1/4 cup of chips, I did this in the processor too. Maybe 4-5 sec.

Use parchment or wax paper to flatten for bars or can roll into balls, your choice.

Refrigerate for at least 30 mins before cutting.
Can store in the frig for a week or two (I read online) but I doubt if they will even last a week for me seeing how I just love them. 

Here is the one I made on the left and the store bought on the right.
Taste is really close, mine had a little more the texture.

Yum Yum

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Another finish

I wanted to show the Christmas Wall hanging that I had made 5 years ago. Its just now has it's binding sewn on. 
I can now cross this off my list for good.

This a Redwork pattern called 
Winter Twittering
by Pearl Louise Krush
publisher The House of White Birch

I linking this to julie k quilts

Monday, March 2, 2015

What's Up

Seeing how it's another cold gray day perfect for sewing and that's my plan. What I am working on and not yet up on the wall today, is the start of this month RSC 15 color which is yellow, So I am cutting all the scraps I need to make my blocks for this month 

Then I'm going to cut for the stash busters that is next month at Sugar Creek quilt shop that they have every other month. The pattern is a flying geese variation which is in rows of flying geese that Moda  had put out. 
This is going to be my March Lovely to Finish, which I link up to at fiber of all sorts, hope you go see what others are working on finishing this month.

It's a free pattern you can go to their site and download it or just copy which ever you want to do. (I was told but I can't find it)

I'm going to make it out of a fat quarter pack that my daughter had given me for Christmas a few years ago and then some background fabric that I had purchased last year for another quilt that wasn't the right color but it will work perfect with the fat quarter pack. Oh and I'm also going to use  Deb Tucker's flying geese ruler which she calls the wing clipper, it's perfect for trimming flying geese. 

linking up to

My Sunday

We still have snow on the ground, which I thought we were going to lose today because there was a prediction of rain but that didn't come about. It was cold and a good day to stay in.  Today was a good day, I got to speak to a lot of family today through face time or over the phone. Work on our taxes for last year. And did get a little bit of sewing done. All mainly handwork. 

I did prepping for my "Words to Live By" BOM by Primitive Gathering. 

you want a good reference book for appliqueing, this is it;Jeanne Sullivan's Simply Successful Applique

I also worked on my Morning Glory Designs  BOM

I did the Iris block. And I did some appliquéing on the Columbine block. 
So in retrospect, it with a good day. I'm going to be linking this post at Kathy's quilt for her Slow Sunday that she has every Sunday. You need to check it out, there's some really neat things going on out there and I enjoy reading other peoples blogs.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February's Finishes

This is my February's Lovely Finish,
Nested Churn Dash.
I am so pleased with how it turned out.

I wanted to thank those how left comments with their suggestion on how they would finish it. I am going to take their suggestion along with my friend Mary and combine them.
I will go with grey to frame it in but I'll use it in the binding. 
A change from my scrappy binding like I was planning. And will have that darkness of grey but not as thick as the sashing. 
Thank you everyone.

So now for a few other finishes.
This is an addition to the blocks I started for RSC15

I had these blocks left over from making Breast Cancer quilts many years ago (8 yrs). 
Now I have another donation quilt.
This one is crib size and will make a cute little girls quilt.

Then I found these block while looking for something. These date back again to 2008 & 2009. At one guild I was member of would have what you call a pizza box exchange. If you wanted to, you would gather up about 4 yards of fabric that you want your blocks to be made of. The box would be rotated each month to a different member to make a block of your desire. You would give instructions on what size, maybe a pattern, of suggestion or not. Whatever you choose. My suggestion was a 12" finished block, to use only the fabric I provided and to have the background fabric in the block.
I found this setting on Gen X Quilters.
Love it.


I finished my Pea Ridge Lily Quilt
Not a very good picture, this was taken before I had sewn it together. I thought I had but plan to take a one and will show it later.


I decided to go along with setting it like the original one was. 
A lot of the quilts of the 1800's would be set so you would see the design from both sides of the bed. This one I will hand quilt also.

February was a good month for sewing.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hardy chickens

I haven't given any information on my chickens lately, for one reason they haven't really been doing much. It's been cold and they pretty much just stay in the hen house and try to stay warm. Bless their hearts, they're doing a very good job of it with no help for me. I do not have a light out there in the chicken house. It's not well insulated is just plywood walls. There is straw on the ground to help with some insulation. But as you can tell from what I'm saying the poor girls are on the own. Boy are they from Hardy chickens.
I have not lost one this winter. I have 13 girls, and they're all older girls, 3years and  older. I really thought I would lose some of them with this cold spell we've been having. But just proves to show you what good health and mother nature  has created can do. Okay I have to give myself a little credit I have been feeding them exceptionally well. I've been trying to keep their health the best so they can fight off anything this winter. 
Now as far as eggs go  From  about Thanksgiving on, all I was getting was about an egg a day. Starting about February though this month, production is way up. I'm averaging about five eggs a day.
All I know is that if there's not a bounty on that groundhog, there should be, 

because the girls have cabin fever bad and as you can tell they really do not like to go out in the snow.
Now nothing against these girls, but I do plan on getting some new chicks in the spring,  just because the girls are getting old and I'm afraid I might lose some this summer. That's just what I do, I always get a few chicks every every spring. Except for last spring I didn't. Well over due for a few new ones. So there you go just a short update on the girls. Nothing much happening with them other than  hibernating in the hen house and waiting for nice days.

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