Yes I am back. Thanks to all of you for your support. Surgery ended up being not as serious as it should have been(long story but that is the gist of it) As a result, my dr is pursuing other possibilities of what has been causing me constant pain for the past 10 weeks. The pain is bad enough that I haven't been sleeping and I have a very hard time doing things as simple as picking things up off the floor and sitting down. But I have great faith in my dr(he really is fantastic) that we will get this figured out soon!
Today was my first day back to work and I realize tonight, I did too much lol. I started these quilts last week and got 2.5 of them done. Finished them off today and very happy how they turned out-and that I didn't have to call my customer for an extension!
All four were quilted with Daises Galore
The health problem I posted about in August hasn't been solved. I am scheduled for emergency surgery Saturday morning. It is only day surgery but I don't know when i will feel up to posting again. Hopefully not too long!
And a quick peek at my finished pumpkin wall hanging too. I am so in love with this quilt!
That is the perfect description of my last two days of work. You know the days were people ask the dumbest questions(seriously, the answer was RIGHT THERE the entire time) or just don't seem to get it? That's what I've been dealing with.
Top that off with a quilt I was working on today(not the one that is pictured in this post!), when I got to my last row of it, I discovered that an entire seam(okay, about 8 inches of it) wasn't sewn together! ARGH! And this is one of four quilts for this customer, another one of them she had pinned, and than ditched half the quilt! So both got pulled off the machine and I'll worry about them next week lol!!
I quilted this pretty in purple quilt last week. Was lucky enough to hit a sunny day so I could get a picture of it outside. Quilted with Daisies Galore
By the way, did you know there is only 3 MONTHS until Christmas???
I got this grapevine gourd and light up pumpkin on Wednesday when I had a shopping day with my friend Karen-I absolutely LOVE the pumpkin(I truly do have a pumpkin obsession)
And on Saturday, Cindy and I went on another shopping day. We stopped at the Mt. Lehman fall fair, Micheal's and at an open house at Country Quilts(if you love primitive country quilting and decorating, that is the site for you!) I broke my no new Christmas stamps vow at Micheal's. All their stamps are 40% off this week and when I saw Snoopy, I couldn't resist! I also found the cute bell in their $1.50 bins so I grabbed a few of them for Christmas too(and I'll probably put them away and forget about them until AFTER Christmas lol)
I got the chicken quilt pattern(another obsession) at Country Quilts. I will have to make an appointment to go back to Cheryl's store soon, I could have spent waaaaay more money there-she has fantastic goodies!
4 squares Unsweetened Chocolate
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups sugar
8 large egg whites
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Grease foil.
MICROWAVE chocolate in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add oil, applesauce and vanilla; mix well. Stir in sugar. Add egg whites; stir until well blended. Add flour and pecans; mix well. Spread batter into prepared pan.
BAKE 25 min. or until brownies start to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely. Remove brownies from pan using foil handles.
I have finally finished the Buggy Barn quilt that i started in January 2007!
I was going to completely custom quilt it but I chickened out. I just wanted to get it done. I'm not overly thrilled with the quilt-I wish I had gone with a lighter thread and I regret not customizing it but it is done and I will learn to love it lol
Quilted with Flirtatious
Was funny quilting a Valentine's Day quilt when it is close to 30degrees outside. This is another one for Hamels Quilt Store-have you checked out their online store? Great prices and selection.
I quilted this with one of my favorite patterns, Daisies Galore
A friend of my mom's makes lots of charity quilts for an orphanage in the Ukraine and also a young mom's program in her town. We quilt some of the quilts she does for free. Today I had two to do. The snail trail quilt was quilted with Chaos
The second quilt i used a floral meander on.
Fall Apple Bavarian Cheesecake
1/3 cup butter, melted
1-1/4 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup plus 3 Tbsp. sugar, divided
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 apple, peeled, cored and sliced
1/4 cup Sliced Almonds
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Mix butter and crumbs; press firmly onto bottom and up side of 9-inch pie plate.
BEAT cream cheese, 1/2 cup of the sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Pour into crust; top with apple slices and almonds. Combine cinnamon and remaining 3 Tbsp. sugar; sprinkle over cheesecake.
BAKE 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on wire rack. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.
I love this. Quilted with Shooting Stars With the boys all in school, my productivity has really increased. Remember how I had posted that I was basically booked up for longarming until October? I've cleared almost my entire schedule in the past 2 weeks! And yes, that means I have lots to show you lol!
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cupcakes
1 pkg. (2-layer size) devil's food cake mix
1 cup cold milk
1 pkg. (4-serving size) Vanilla Instant Pudding
1/2 cup Smooth Peanut Butter
1-1/2 cups thawed Whipped Topping
4 squares Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped
PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Prepare cake mix and bake in 24 paper-lined muffin cups, as directed on package. Cool only 30 min. (to be filled, cupcakes must be warm).
POUR milk into medium bowl. Add dry pudding mix. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended. Add peanut butter; beat well. Spoon into small freezer-weight resealable plastic bag or pastry bag; seal bag. (If using plastic bag, snip off one of the corners from bottom of bag.) Insert tip of bag into centre of each cupcake; pipe in about 1 Tbsp. of the filling.
MICROWAVE whipped topping and chocolate in small microwaveable bowl on MEDIUM (50%) 1-1/2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 1 min. Dip the top of each cupcake into glaze. Sprinkle evenly with peanuts. Store cupcakes in refrigerator.
I truly have a pumpkin addiction
FYI, when you cut out an appliqué quilt-iron it down right away. Don't leave it for over a week on your ironing board so a 4 legged helper can mess up all your pieces so when you go to iron it down, you have no idea what piece goes where because you already took all the backing off. Not that this happened or anything ;)