Saturday, January 26, 2013

Garden Fence Crazy Quilt

Hello again!

Just finished this quilting this patchwork crazy quilt. I started the top and started the quilting a few years ago but didn't get a chance to finish this until this year. Fun to do and I LOVE creating my own quilting templates.

Here's a picture of the flower template I used to create the quilting on this quilt.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

For Mike

Hi everyone,

I write this with a heavy heart. I have been very close to my cousin all of my life and have always been amazed and impressed by her. In fact I idolized her when we were very little and still do very much today.

For a long time, her husband has been battling a kidney disease. A couple years ago, he was lucky to have a new kidney transplant. As with all transplants, nothing is a guarantee. Although the kidney has done well, the medications he took effected other parts, causing his body to slowly fail. Recently, he has taken a turn for the worse.

Ever since his recent hospital admission, (a month and a half ago) I started quilting this. After working on it every free minute (and even stealing time from other important things), I have had to send it out mostly but not completely finished. My cousin's husband is now heavily sedated to enable his body can work it's best but these days things are happening more quickly and I fear my vanity to finish this quilt was out-weighed by his failing health.

Here are some pics of the quilt. The lighting in the room was poor, but you can see the basic pattern of the blocks and quilting.

Please everyone keep my cousin and her husband in your hearts and prayers.

Thank you.

The stipple pattern was quilted on most of the blue blocks, but unfortunately the center blocks were not completed, as you can see in the picture above.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hugs and Kisses with Quilts

Hello again! Started working on a quilt project for someone. For inspiration, I pulled out some quilts I made in the past. These are several of my favorites...

Hand drawn and hand-sewn airplane and background to hold all the quilt layers together. So much fun to do and turned out AMAZING!

Hand drawn quilt pattern repeated all over the quilt top and then hand-sewn to hold all the quilt layers together.

I cut the square's pattern from a piece of wood! Sewn together, I think the blocks look like pinwheels.

This is a crazy quilt block. They are fun to do. Cut to look random, this pattern falls together into a quilt nicely. For the hand quilting I created a puppy paw pattern and a bone pattern which I repeated all over. I also included my daughter's hand print, the size her hand was at the time. She was such a little munchkin and loved her new puppy so much. All the elements just made sense to put together.

This is a princess quilt using Disney's fabric. To hold the layers together, I quilted by hand little crowns all over, in honor of my younger daughter and her love for princesses at the time.

Thank you for stopping by and looking at my latest uploads. Hope you'll come back soon!!!!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Garlic Pasta

Hello again! I had to buy a new pasta press and cutter. Been so long since I made pasta and recently I was going crazy. When I got married, my mother gave me a pasta maker and I loved it. It was a bit huge and difficult to clean, but all was worth the great texture of real pasta.

The other day I saw a manual pasta press and cutter and finally broke down and bought it. Was I so glad I did. There are so many great tasting pasta dough recipes that I never knew of, (so many decades ago).

Here's a garlic and onion pasta I made for dinner tonight. Have to admit I cheated a bit and used powdered garlic and onion seasoning but the taste still really pops in the dough!

I find it easier to make pasta nests to let them dry. Otherwise the strands tend to break when I pick them up to throw the pasta in the boiling water.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you try making pasta too, one day!

I made a pork tenderloin crockpot recipe and used the pasta instead of potatoes. I have TRIED to make this dinner several times, this week but it was too frozen. The other afternoon I cooked the meat part way and left it on the back porch (accidentally over night) and it FROZE solid. Took several hours in the crock on low to melt and cook. Finally a couple days later the meat was pull-apart-good and done and ready for the homemade garlic pasta!

Now it's time to get ready for a friend's house, for the evening!