Monday, February 24, 2014


My Longarm friends (the Beach Girls) were here for the weekend.  It looks like something is missing from the breakfast table.  Hmm.  Ah - Baileys!!

I started working on a t-shirt quilt.  I gave up on Saturday night after I realized I accidentally cut up the border fabric for sashing.  That will teach me for drinking Southern Comfort Manhattans while I'm sewing.  I had more border fabric so I went back to the original plan on Sunday.

Carol Anne managed to finish a quilt top while she was here.  Diane cut a zillion tumbler patches with JAWS.  Debbie did lots of cursing while practicing creative piecing 101.  Karen was binding the 45 completed quilts she brought with her.
We have so much fun on these occasional get togethers.  Too much food, too much beverage, but just the right amount of laughter. 

Before they even got here I managed to throw my back out.  Then, on Saturday I took the top off a crown on one of my molars, so I have a dentist appointment today.  Today I should also be going to my Scrappy Club, but lugging all my stuff in and out of the church is not going to happen.  I think it'll be a couch day after the dental visit.  I think it was Erma Bombeck who warned us that growing old ain't for sissies.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hexagon Quilting and ... !!!

Another cancellation because of snow.  This time it was dinner out with friends.  When will it end?  The forecast is for two inches of rain.  That's a LOT of rain.  But it started with a blizzard that lasted a couple of hours.

This is a new one of mine.

It's on my quilts for sale page.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sticks And Stones quilt and more *&*!!$#!! snow

Mmm, yum.  This is one of the patterns (Sticks And Stones) that the Caledonia Scrappy Club is working on. Here's a LINK to the on-line pattern.  If you go to her link at the side of that post and check '52 week challenge' it will give you 52 different quilt patterns.  She was one busy gal for a while!!

This was quilted with a cute diagonal design - GEOMETRY using teal thread.

Purple backing matches beautifully with the front colours.

Snowbanks.  This was taken on the 15th, so... 3 days ago.  Last night we had another dumping of snow and I've had ANOTHER event cancelled.  Diane was coming today with a couple of friends and they were planning to rent JAWS and cut out a zillion tumbler blocks for their guild.  They have been sorting and sizing scraps and remnants so they'd be all ready to cut when they got here.  But there is too much snow and blowing on the roads.  Sigh.  I washed the kitchen floor for nothing because I like to keep a clean and sanitary cooking environment.  And since I was feeding them lunch I didn't want to scare them with all the paw prints and coffee spills.  Now DH and I will eat the whole pot of soup ourselves.  Maybe all at once.  Who knows?  Winter house-boundedness (I don't think that's really a word, but it certainly fits the season) will do that to you.  I guess I'll be painting the bathroom today instead of tomorrow.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

DESERT SUNSET Quilt and Valentines Dinner

A few posts ago I showed you the center of this quilt.
DESERT SUNSET from Quilt Sampler magazine, fall/winter 2008

This is going to hang on the wall in her hubby's man cave.

I love the border quilting design - it reminds me of porpoises playing with a beach ball.

So!  Did everyone have a nice Valentines Day?  DH and I went out for lunch, made the obligatory stop at Canadian Tire, bought a Lottery ticket at the variety store, then came home.  Friends were in the area so they popped in for a nice afternoon visit.  All in all, a good day.
For supper I tried out a new recipe from the LCBO Food and Drink magazine (Winter 2014 issue).  Yum, yum, yum.  Potatoes, onions, bacon and cheese.  All the food groups you need in the winter.  :-)

I healthied the meal up a bit with some steamed broccoli (which, surprisingly, DH actually ate.  Unless he slipped it to the dog when I wasn't watching.  Which is entirely possible.  Sneaky bastards, both of them.)
Here's the recipe, along with my changes based on the contents of my fridge at time of preparation:

Gratin of Potatoes, Bacon and Reblochon Cheese
Serves 4 as a main course or 6 as side dish

2 lbs potatoes cut in ¼” slices
1 Tbsp. olive oil
4 oz. (125 g) thick cut, double smoked bacon, chopped *
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp (5 ml) Herbes de Provence
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup (125 ml) whipping cream **
8 oz. (250 g) Reblochon cheese, rind removed, cut into cubes ***
1 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley

  1. preheat oven to 425 f (220 c)
  2. butter a shallow 6-cup (1.5 L) gratin or baking dish and place on a baking sheet ****
  3. put sliced potatoes in a large saucepan of salted water.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, covered, until potatoes are just tender but not breaking up, 10 – 12 minutes.  Drain well and set aside.
  4. meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add bacon, onion and herbes de Provence and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and golden, about 10 minutes.  Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.  Remove from heat.
  5. layer one-third of potatoes in prepared dish.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper, being sparing with the salt and generous with the pepper.  Top with half of bacon mixture.  Repeat layers, finishing with a layer of potato.
  6. drizzle cream into dish.  Scatter Reblochon evenly over potatoes.  Bake, uncovered, until bubbly and golden brown, about 25 minutes.  Let stand for 10 minutes, then sprinkle with parsley.

  • * I used plain bacon.  When frying (see step 4) I did not use any oil.  I started the bacon first for several minutes, then added the onion after there was some rendered fat.
  • ** I had no cream so I used 1 Tbsp. of butter melted with enough milk to make the required ½ cup.
  • *** I had no Reblochon cheese.  I used a hunk of Brie along with enough parmesan cheese to make up approximately 250 g.
  • **** I used a 2.5 L Corningware gratin dish.  This recipe JUST FIT with no spillover.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Disappearing 9-Patch, Wildlife, Stash Report

Hey!  I finished the Disappearing 9-Patch! This just needs a label and then it's being donated to Quilts of Valour.  These are super-simple to make.  A link HERE for the instructions.

I've seen these totally random and scrappy.  I'm not crazy about them without a theme, so I was more structured in my fabric choice.  Every block had a yellow center surrounded by blue.  The corner units were scrappy reds.  Once this is cut apart you get a nice continuity in the quilt.
All of my patches were cut at 5", and I made 30 of the 9-patch blocks.  After adding a 2 1/2" outer border this finished at 69" x 82".

Mmm - I'm lovin' this new panto:  Undulating Leaves.

On Saturday we got a surprise visit from Mr. Snowy Owl.  When he took off his wing span was pretty darned impressive.  Hopefully he was hunting the stupid rabbit I showed you last week.
Used since last report 6 m
Used YTD         17.85 m
Added since last report 0
Added YTD  0000 (heh, heh, heh, back-patting)
Net YTD        (-17.85 m)

In spite of last night's light dusting of snow which made outside look really pretty, I am so sick of winter!!!  The back patio and the driveway are total sheets of ice.  I haven't been for a walk since Tuesday.  Why do we live here??  Should we move to Singapore and become the favorite/closest relatives of my great-niece?  One of my customers gave me a gift of a six month subscription to The Quilt Show - my exercise these days is winging the computer monitor around and getting on the torture machine while I watch Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims videos.  Yesterday I watched an episode on Scrap Quilts.  Next up I will learn all about hexies.  The site also has a bunch of puzzles from quilts, which I am totally addicted to.  sigh.  Spring, where are you?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Looking for a STEAM PRESS on a Snow Day

Mother Nature dumped another several inches of snow on us yesterday.  I was whining remarking that I never get to take a snow day now that I work at home. 

So, since I need to keep my employees happy, I let myself knock off after just a couple hours.  This is the quilt I've been working on at the Caledonia Scrappy Club - I added the outer border and loaded 'er up on the longarm.

If you have something like this collecting dust please get in touch with me. There is a link to email me on the right hand side of the blog, under my picture.  I have a lot of fusing to do on my next project and this would make my life sooo much simpler. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Todays WIP and the Bean-eater

This is a little piece of what's on the frame right now.  OMG I love the bright colours.
That blobby-looking thing in the window is Peter-friggin'-rabbit.  He is living in the window well in the front flower bed.  Where is my gun???
The weather has no intention of improving.  Yesterday we got a couple inches of snow, then it turned to rain.  It turned to rain WHILE I WAS SHOVELING.  So I came in soaking wet.  Today there is ice everywhere, because, of course, it got COLD again.  I miss July...  This post from last summer will make you feel better.