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Simplify and be entered to win this fantastic quilt! make sure you tell her that i sent you :)

and the winner of April's Tempting Tuesday(where did April go?) is Lori said...

I love the raised look paisley. The card has such a nice springy feel to it!

April 29, 2008 12:24 PM

congrats Lori and thanx for playing everyong

wordless wednesday

tempting tuesday!

comment on this post and be entered to win your choice of any of the cards i made this month

good luck!


this is the quilt from hello ;) lol. i started quilting it in February and had a horrible time with the batting(nice thick 3 inch poly), the quilt was very full in the middle and than the thread and my machine were not getting along. i was 2/3s through the quilt when i decided i couldn't continue. it took roughly 9 hours to take all the quilting out(after 3 days of quilting the quilt) than we washed it and decided on a new backing(the other was very thin unmatched flannel) and added a thinner cotton batting

and 3 hours later today, we have this
the quilt measure 66x95 and was quilted with Surf's Up quilting pattern

quilt monday

tip toe through the tulips

spent the afternoon at the local tulip festival again. perfect timing as it started to rain just as we were just finishing wandering the fields. we all made a list of our favorite tulips to buy in June when the bulbs are for sale. our garden will be bursting with color next spring

struggling with this set

from Sell A Bration. i seem to have a total mindblock when using it

snack saturday

Banana Pudding Squares

25 Vanilla Wafers, finely crushed
3 Tbsp. non-hydrogenated margarine, melted
1 pkg. (250 g) Light Brick Cream Cheese Spread, softened
1/2 cup icing sugar
3 cups thawed Light Whipped Topping, divided
3 medium ripe bananas
3 cups skim milk
2 pkg. (4-serving size each)Vanilla Fat Free Instant Pudding
1/2 square Semi-Sweet Chocolate, grated

1 MIX wafers and margarine. Press firmly onto bottom of 13x9-inch dish.
2 MIX cream cheese and icing sugar with wooden spoon until well blended. Gently stir in 1-1/2 cups of the whipped topping. Spoon mixture evenly onto crust; spread carefully. Cut bananas in half crosswise; cut each piece lengthwise in half. Arrange banana pieces over cream cheese mixture.
3 POUR milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. Spoon over bananas. Spread with remaining 1-1/2 cups whipped topping. Sprinkle evenly with chocolate. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.

card friday

i love love love how this card turned out. and don't forget, tempting tuesday is next week!


we got this new pattern and i've been dying to try it out. this quilt was perfect for it!


by Barb

** Two (nick)names I've gone by: Rendezvous and Root

** Two things I'm wearing right now: jeans and a green shirt

** Two of my favorite things to do: stamp and quilt

** Two favorite drinks: water and Chai Lattes from Starbucks

** Two movies I could watch over and over: Sommersby and the Pirates of the Carri bean.

** Typically, what time do you wake up? 7 amish

** On a good night, what time are your kids in bed? 7:30 for the younger 2 and 9 for the olders

** What is your favorite kids show/movie? Madagascar

** What is your favorite chore? cleaning the windows

** What is your favorite quality about your mom? she's one of my best friends


i've never done a reversible quilt before and yesterday i got to do two. i used chinese crescents on the small runner and mini starflower on the tabletopper

and a public service announcement for all you quilters-be kind to your longarm quilter and yourself. please measure your quilt(length and width) and than cut your borders. trust me, after what we had to work with the other day, it's worth it! and it really doesn't take any more time than it does to just cut strips and sew them on

wordless wednesday

this and that

i made this card for my brother in law. he is still waiting for a bed to open up here in BC. his recovery has been absolutely amazing.

thanx for your kind comments and emails about Grandma's passing. this is one month i can't wait to see end

had a great time stamping

tonight with Cindy and Sarah. i just love these penguins! i think the girl one is missing something, i may add some brads

snack saturday

Lemon Curd Cheesecake


1-1/4 cups Graham Crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 pkg. (250 g each) Brick Cream Cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
6 eggs, divided
2 Tbsp. grated lemon peel, divided
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp. butter

1 PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Mix graham crumbs and melted butter until well blended; press firmly onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Set aside. Beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup of the sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add 3 of the eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Stir in 1 Tbsp. of grated lemon peel. Pour over crust.
2 BAKE 45 to 50 min. or until centre is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
3 MEANWHILE, beat remaining 3 eggs and remaining 3/4 cup sugar with wire whisk until well blended. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. lemon peel, the lemon juice and 2 Tbsp. butter; mix well. Microwave on HIGH 2 min.; beat until butter is completely melted and mixture is well blended. Microwave an additional 2 min. or until mixture just comes to boil and is slightly thickened; stir. Cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Drizzle sauce evenly over cheesecake slices before serving.

want to win these cards?

than hurry over to Quite Quilted and enter!

quilt monday

yes a new quilt! yay! still have to get the binding on but i wanted to show it off. this was basically a test quilt, i had some work done on my quilting machine and she is running wonderfully now. good thing too as the quilts are piling up to get quilted at work

i used the quilting pattern Arabia

an update on my brother in law

the drs weaned him off the paralyzing drugs yesterday and today they started cutting back on the sedating drugs. he's already started sub-conscious movements. he does have pneumonia but this is pretty much expected with the breathing tubes.

yesterday was a scary day. his brain pressure went amazingly high. turns out it was a faulty monitor

A made this card for Peter. i'll get one done tomorrow and J wants to make one too and mail them off to the hotel where Sarah is staying

don't laugh

but for some reason, i could cut NOTHING straight on this card lol! i received tinkerbella in a swap earlier in the week, she is so cute! and the ribbon, we just got some as a sample into work and i think i have to buy more. i love how it is variegated. if you are interested in getting some, leave me a comment and maybe i can do a ribbon share

another quilt show quilt

forgot to post this last week, or maybe it was the week before? i don't remember lol.

this another one for Hamels. used a very simple quilting pattern, medium meander by Trillium House

i love the appliqued ducks on the quilt and there is a puppy in the blocks as well-just too cute

snack saturday

JELL-O "Dive-on-In" Cake

1 pkg. (2-layer size) cake mix, any flavour
2 cups boiling water
2 pkg. (85 g each) JELL-O Berry Blue Jelly Powder
4 cups ice cubes
2 cups thawed Whipped Topping
Decorations, such as OREO Cookies, TEDDY GRAHAMS Cookies, ring-shaped chewy fruit snack, fish-shaped chewy fruit snacks, sharks or worms

1 PREPARE cake batter and bake in 13x9-inch baking pan as directed on package. Cool completely.
2 INVERT cake onto large platter; remove pan. Using a serrated knife, cut and scoop out a shallow rectangle from centre of cake, leaving a 2-inch border of cake on all sides and a thin layer of cake on the bottom. Reserve removed cake for snacking or other use.
3 STIR boiling water into dry jelly powder in large bowl at least 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add ice cubes; stir until jelly begins to thicken. Remove any unmelted ice. Pour thickened jelly into centre of cake. Refrigerate 4 hours.
4 FROST borders of cake with whipped topping. Decorate with remaining ingredients as desired to resemble a swimming pool. Store in refrigerator.


Jim and i are home again; we arrived back to BC at 3am last night/this morning. i'm not really sure what day i'm running on or what time zone lol

this is the update i had planned on posting this morning but there have been a few changes. i'll mention the changes at the end of the post

Peter is doing amazing. we had a meeting with his team yesterday(wednesday) and they explained all what was going on. also got the police report from the accident-Peter was cut off(the front right corner of his car was clipped by the when it did so) Peter swerved, lost control and hit a concrete barrier than bounced back into traffic where he was hit on the passenger door by a semi truck. Peter was the only person injured

today the hospital hopes to start weaning him off the sedation and see if he will start to wake up. they are confident that he should; the dr was saying yesterday they had to really sedated him as he kept trying to get out of bed. he had surgery Tuesday afternoon to release some of the fluid on his brain and to remove a blood clot. no brain tissue was taken. when they brought him back to his room, Sarah was there with Nathan and when Peter heard Nathan cry, he actually tried to get out of bed. the hospital took that as a great sign-as did we.

we were able to spend some time with him yesterday talking to him. that was until his heart rate spiked when I mentioned on Jim's GPS that we brought had a dominating female voice telling us directions lol

if all goes like planned, he could be airlifted back here to Vancouver as early as Wednesday but it sounds like it would be more like 2 weeks or so.

Peter's injuries are the following-there is some damage to his right eye. he is not blind in his right eye(there has been some damage. they aren't sure if it is because the impact on his head was the left side and that has caused the eye problems or if it is just the swelling impacting his optical nerve. the other thought is that the eye socket has cracked enough to impact the nerve. Peter will need some plastic surgery as part of the eye socket is damaged as is his right cheekbone) his lungs are bruised and have a hole in each side from broken ribs. he also broke his sternum.

earlier today, there was a mix-up with Peter's medicine. the result of that was a spike in his brain pressure. he is now back on the right medicine(we understand it was simply where a new bag of medicine wasn't hooked up correctly) they are now watching the brain pressure. today is also the day that the brain pressure should spike and start going down in the next day or so

that is all we have for now. i'll keep you updated and thanx for the prayers and support

wordless wednesday

a quick post

we recieved word Tuesday morning that Jim's brother had been involved in an accident in Hamilton Ontario and was in critical condition. Jim and i and his dad and stepmom flew out here Tuesday afternoon.

Peter is still critical-has massive head injuries. those of you that live in this area may have seen the story on the news on Tuesday

we plan on heading back home late Wednesday night. please keep Peter and Sarah in your prayers. they have their 4week old baby here with them and other family members are caring for their other 2 children

i have a flimsy!

this is the easiest quilt. 1 package of charm squares(this is Shangri La by Moda). put two right-sides together. draw a diagonal line. sew on either side of the line and cut apart. iron, sew together in rows(pattern called for 12 rows of 4 but i wanted it more square). i also added the skinny border(cut at 2inches)

a Sunday drive

snack saturday

Strawberry Swirl Cake

1 pkg. (2-layer size) white cake mix
1 pkg. (4-serving size) Strawberry Jelly Powder
2/3 cup sour cream
2/3 cup icing sugar
3 cups thawed Whipped Topping
1-1/2 cups sliced strawberries, divided

1 PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Grease two (8- or 9-inch) round cake pans; set aside. Prepare cake batter as directed on package. Pour half of the batter into medium bowl. Add dry jelly powder; stir until well blended. Spoon half of the white batter and half of the pink batter, side by side, into each prepared pan.
2 SWIRL batters together using a teaspoon. (Do not overswirl, or the colour of the cake will be all pink and not pink and white marbled.) Bake 30 min. Cool 30 min. in pans. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
3 MIX sour cream and icing sugar in medium bowl until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping. Place one of the cake layers on serving plate; spread top with 1 cup of the whipped topping mixture. Top with 1 cup of the strawberries. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread top and side of cake with remaining whipped topping mixture. Top with remaining 1/2 cup strawberries just before serving. Store leftover cake in refrigerator.

sewing expo goodies

look at all my neat finds! some very cute skinny wall hangings(the animal one is perfect for baby shower gifts) a cute little table runner(planning on using the scraps from my Thangles quilt on that) another jelly roll book(i am so addicted to jelly rolls!) and a charm square pattern-than of course i had to get the two packs of charm squares. and how cute that they come in a little tin. i also got little hangers for the skinny wallhangings.

also found a very cute quilt panel that is going to be making its way in the mail to a friend in the next coming weeks ;)
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