roman holiday

i loooooooooove this quilt. i got the kit for Christmas and can't wait to make it!

Paisley Playtime lrge quiting panto by Lorien


completely forgot to post this picture when i finished this quilt. this is the one i started and ended up putting the pattern on upside down(ugh) lol. turned out really great-i love this pattern!(fall's reward by Dave Hudson)


i've noticed that i've become a better piecer since getting my longarm quilting machine. just simple little changes i've made that in the end, makes a better looking project.

i've been spending the past few days trying to get my thangle blocks finished from last year before i start on this year's set. you would think that since you use templates to create each block, your piecing would be basically dead on. no such luck in my case.

i finished this block earlier today and noticed when i was ironing it, how *out* the seams were. i debated about leaving it but i couldn't do it. so i bit of reverse stitching and i am happy i fixed it(sorry the pictures are blurry!).

now on to my last 2 blocks!

card club

was last night and my turn to teach 2 cards. i had wanted to try some fun folds but when planning my cards on Monday i realized that the 8X11 sheets i had told everyone to buy weren't big enough.

this card is a case with a twist from Kristina's blog. go take a peek at her work-her make a card monday's are fabulous! the background for the flower is done using the melted crayon technique.

wordless wednesday

tempting tuesday!

comment on THIS post and be entered to win YOUR choice of any card i posted this month. good luck!

and the winner is Jennifer! please email your mailing details and which card you would like. thanx for playing everyone

thank you

for all your kind words about Pepper-i miss him terribly.

had the chance to get to do some stamping with some friends Friday night-and get out for a yummy dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory too. here's one of the cards i made. it is a complete case off of a card posted at SCS done by Jeanne. take a peek at her blog, Inky Paws

quilt monday

here's a close up of one of the snowflakes. i would love to make this into a bigger table topper with 9 snowflakes but cutting three of these out was fun enough lol!


we came to a painful desicion today and are having our Pepper put to sleep this afternoon. we've been dealing with bladder/urinary tract problems with him since the beginning of December. his test results have all come back inconclusive; there is no explanation to why this is still going on. he is in such pain and this is the best thing for him. we love you Pepper

some blogging help please

if anyone can tell me how to make my blog banner wider? and possibly my columns smaller? anyone?? please and thanx muchly!

and the winner is

Floss! please email me your mailing information and i will get the fabric and pattern off to you.

thanx to everyone for entering. come back next week for Tempting Tuesday and enter for your choice of any card i've posted on my blog for this month

wordless wednesday

implements of torture

with spending 95% of last week working on the website, i am very behind on my longarming.
i thought i should start with something quick and easy-a cute Halloween panel that i was planning on doing a new pumpkin pattern on. i got started, all was going well when i stopped to answer the phone. came back into the room and horrors, the quilt pattern was upside down on the quilt-eek!!

not sure how well you can make it out in the picture(click on the picture to make it larger should do it) but it was a major opps. so i got to rip, 15minutes of quilting took just under 2 hours to remove *sigh*.
i never did finish the quilt

did you know

that today is apparently the most depressing day of the year? i don't know about you, but i had a GREAT day!

so to cheer you up, i'm going to do a small giveaway(will pick a winner Wednesday) up for grabs is this table runner pattern and the snowmen fabric(mitten/hats fabric measures 18"x22.5" and the snowmen is 1/4yrd-maybe a meter lol)

post this on your blog directing people to the giveaway and i'll enter your name in twice(and yes, i will check lol!)

good luck! and scroll down for newer posts

oh yummy!

thanx to Cindy for the very yummy blueberry/lemon coffee cake she dropped off this afternoon. saved me from having to sacrifice more quilting time to make dessert lol!

edited for the recipe
Blueberry Coffee Cake
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs
1/4 cup cooking oil
3/4 milk

1 cup frozen blueberries, cranberries or raspberries


1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp cinnamon

Mix dry ingredients.

In another bown beat eggs, mix in cooking oil & milk. Pour into dry ing. Mix. Fold in blueberries. Scrape into a bundt pan.

Mix topping and sprinkle over batter.

Bake in 350 oven for 50 - 60 minutes. Cool 30 minutes before removing from pan. Drizzle with icing sugar mixed with lemon juice.

quilt monday

i got the binding finished on this on our drive to Calgary for Christmas. you may remember i started this quilt before Christmas 2006, i just ran out of time to get it quilted. i did hang it up when we came home though so i could at least enjoy it a bit this past Christmas lol
and yes it is straight! i even measured it as it doesn't look like it is. course it would help if it was hung straight to begin with lol!

as with all my pictures, click on the picture to get a closer look

a ho hum card

it just doesn't work for me. i think i should have left everything straight instead of angling it. but hey, i stamped!

for all you longarmers out there

look here!!!
after a year of frustration and learning new skills, we've finally launched our new website----->LongarmSupplies

i've put in close to 75hours myself this past week inputting product-i've left a permanent indent in my new office chair and my carpal tunnel may never go away but HEY, it's done!

Orange Dream Cheesecake

1/3 cup Graham Crumbs
2/3 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (10.2 g) JELL-O Light Orange Jelly Powder
1 cup 1% cottage cheese
1 tub (250 g) Light Cream Cheese Spread
1-1/2 cups thawed Light Whipped Topping

1 SPRINKLE graham crumbs onto bottom of 8- or 9-inch springform pan sprayed with cooking spray. Stir boiling water into dry jelly powder in large bowl 2 min. until completely dissolved. Cool 5 min.; pour into blender. Add cheeses; cover. Blend well, stopping occasionally to scrape side of blender container; pour into large bowl. Gently stir in whipped topping.
2SPREAD onto bottom of pan.
3REFRIGERATE 4 hours or until set. Run knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake; remove rim. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Jazz It Up
Garnish with fresh mint sprigs or thin peeled orange slices.

thanx Mom!

mom surprised me with this quilt kit as a thank you for all the work Jim and i have been doing on the new website for work(we hope(have lol) to launch it on Sunday, i'll post it when its up)

i did have to give mom a bit of a hard time, look at all the blue fabric in the kit!

card friday

more snowmen

and again this one was blue! i bought the kit from Hamel's and luckily enough, they still had some of the green snowmen i used in the border

i've noticed a bunch of new readers lately, so HI!!
thanx for stopping by!!

wordless wednesday


by Cindy

1. Name your 2 favorite Scrapbooking themes: i don't scrapbook, shocking i know!

2. What are the 2 best places you've been to? San Fransisco and New York City

3. Name 2 things you do every day: spend too much time on the computer and laundry

4. What are your 3 favorite stores? Hamels Fabrics and, don't laugh, Walmart lol

5. What are your 2 favorite accessories to stamp/scrap with? i still love skeleton leaves and ribbon

6. What are your two favorite occasions to make cards for? baby and birthday

i'm slacking today

Jim and i were up way too late last night rushing to get the website for work finished. i really really strongly dislike data entry lol!

anyway, here's a card to share for today. have a good one :)

fun freebie pattern

to make this bag, here

and check out Lonnie's blog for her twist on the bag

first customer quilt of 2008

for Hamels Quilt store

quilted Simple Stars and Loops quilting pattern

snack saturday

Molten Chocolate Surprise

4 squares Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/2 cup butter
2 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
1 cup icing sugar
1/3 cup flour
12 CHIPS AHOY! Cookies
1/2 cup thawed Whipped Topping

1 PREHEAT oven to 425°F. Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir with wire whisk until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended. Beat whole eggs, egg yolks, sugar and flour with wire whisk until well blended. Gradually add to chocolate mixture, beating constantly until well blended.
2 LINE 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Place 1 cookie, upside-down, on bottom of each cup; cover evenly with batter.
3 BAKE 8 min. or until cakes are firm around edges but still soft in centres. Let stand 1 min. Carefully remove cakes from muffin pan. Invert onto dessert dishes; remove paper liners. Serve with whipped topping.

Make Ahead
Batter can be prepared ahead of time. Cover tightly and refrigerate up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, pour batter evenly over cookies in prepared muffins cups and bake as directed.

stamps for sale

making room for some new goodies! shipping is not included and feel free to make an offer!
stamps are used and have some staining.
Riveting set of 8 $10
Lexicon of Love set of 4 $10 SOLD
Nature's Wonders set of 4 $10 SOLD

Marvy punches $10 each for the giga's(scalloped and regular)scalloped square/circle and regular circle SOLD
$8 for the next size(pink one) and $5 for the blue oval punch

how about another card?

because i LOVE how this turned out

card friday

gift for a friend

the week we were leaving for Christmas, our house sitter canceled on us(ack). a friend offered to come over to care for our cats; one of which needed medicine twice/day. and did i mention said friend is 4 months pregnant?

she told me when we came back i couldn't pay her. but there was no way i wasn't going to get her something in return. that's when i realized i had an extra quilt i decided that would be perfect

quilt is quilted with Loriens Bright and Breezy Panto and SoFine thread

mmmmmm fabric

i had heard that our local Liquidation World was having a big fabric sale before Christmas-i was good and stayed away.
and lately i've been reading on too many local blogs about the great deals on the fabric they still had, i just had to go check it out

i didn't get allot but i did find some great deals. most of what i bought will be used for quilt backings or backgrounds. the black/grey/red floral is the exact color scheme my sister in law has in her living room and i'm hoping i have enough fabric there to make up something for her.

the deal of the day was the Moda Chocolat fabric. this one was/is one i don't particularly care for but when i got it measured out(she wrote down 6meters and there was just over 7 left) and realized there was enough to back my king sized Thangles quilt i'm doing with this Moda line, i had to take it. and even better, when my purchase was rang up, $31.82 after taxes?!?! what a steal!

i stamped! i stamped!

and it took me so long to decide what i wanted to do that i only had time for 2 cards. and i still haven't played with my cuttlebug!

i'm not thrilled with the lighting in this picture, the paper is actually a pale blue and the ribbon is a grey/green with a green edge that matches the green layered square

quilt monday

made this for B for Christmas. mom quilted it in McTavish style. click on the picture to make it bigger to see all the detail


by Dawn at Amusing Musings & Things

The rules of the game:
• Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
• Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog, as we all want to know them. (LOL!)
• Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
• Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

7 Random Things About ME, and they may be repeats. i did this tag long ago but i'll be good and not look up the other one and copy the answers lol!

-i'm double jointed
-i'm terrified of heights
-i failed sewing one term in grade 11.
-i have no idea what my natural hair color is anymore(stop laughing! lol!)
-my first car was a 1963 Studebaker Lark. my dad always said i would mourn the day i sold it and its true i do!
-i'm shy
-i've never been to a nightclub

and i'm going to tag

snack saturday

Warm Winter Lemon Cake

1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
2 cups cold milk
1-1/4 cups water
2 pkg. (4-serving size each) Vanilla or Lemon Instant Pudding
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp. icing sugar

1 PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Prepare cake batter as directed on package. Pour into greased 13x9-inch baking dish; set aside.
2 POUR milk and water into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes and granulated sugar. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended. Pour over batter. Place baking dish on baking sheet to catch any sauce that bubbles over sides of dish as dessert bakes.
3 BAKE 55 min. to 1 hour or until wooden toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool 20 min. (Sauce will thicken slightly as it cools.) Sprinkle with icing sugar. Spoon into serving dish

card friday

this is an oldie, i don't have anything new to show you! will fix that this weekend :)

isn't he cute?

i still need to sew the binding down. and draw on some eyes. and i have no green thread to match the letters so i'll have to appliqué them later. but other than that, he's finished lol! and i did the whole thing with fabric from my scrap bin, have to love that!

and stay tuned, i may have another snowman wallhanging to show you tomorrow!

why are all snowmen blue?

have you noticed that? most snowmen quilts are blue, or at least the majority of the ones i've seen have been. i know it's because the blue represents cold but they are always blue lol!

anyways, was packing away the Christmas stuff today and bringing out my snowmen collection(yes, i have so many snowmen that they come out in January after the Christmas stuff is gone) and i realized that since painting my kitchen, the table runner i had on our kitchen table for January no longer matches. so what could i do but start a new one? and sadly enough, the one i did isn't even for the table lol!

this is the pattern i was using, hence the whole why are snowmen blue babble above. i just couldn't bring myself to do it in blue. so i ended up emptying out my scrap bin and found the wonderful snowmen fabric(that there was exactly just enough of!) i ended up using in the border and went from there. you may remember, i had started this wall hanging last month but goofed on the letters. i got it right this time!

not sure why mine looks like a cowboy snowman but hey, i like it.

and just when i went to quilt it, i discovered i'm out of batting!! and i still need a winter table runner lol!!
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