snack saturday

Lemon-Raspberry Semi-Freddo

1 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (85 g) Lemon Jelly Powder
1 pkg. (300 g) prepared pound cake, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup thawed Whipped Topping
1 cup fresh raspberries, chopped

ADD boiling water to jelly powder in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Refrigerate 15 min.

WHISK in whipped topping until well blended. Stir in cake and berries. Pour into foil-lined 8x4-inch loaf pan.

FREEZE 2 hours. Remove from freezer 15 min. before serving; unmould onto plate. Let stand at room temperature to soften slightly.

for Kate

Kate started this quilt a long long time ago. She know's that it is older than 10yrs but not how old it actually is. She had originally wanted to hand quilt it and had started on the borders. Than decided it was too much work and she pulled the borders off leaving the quilt as is.

She decided over Christmas that it was time to get it finished and she brought it to me to quilt. Kate didn't want a pattern that would stand out so we went with Cotton.

I love the colors in this and how the center star pops right out at you. Enjoy your quilt Kate!

warm-up card

Not thrilled with how this card came out. I was rushed doing it and I think it's missing something but I didn't have time to oomph it up at all. Want to try this lay-out again; I think it has potential.

two for one

Leona made these two baby quilts for her newest grandchildren. I adore baby quilts. Not sure if it is because they are so quick to make or the soft, soothing colors. They are favorites of mine to make.

Quilted with Angel Wings

Quilted with Random Star

quilt monday

One of 5 doll quilties I'm doing for some special little girls.


After our adventure to Vancouver last weekend, we knew we had to go back with the rest of the family.

The weather was perfect; who can tell it's February?

Don't forget, that temp is in Celsius, not Fahrenheit lol.

Olympic Village

Most of the residential buildings in Vancouver have flags on them.

Hundreds of Innushuks have been built on the shores of False Creek

Crowded was an understatement but with the weather, we knew it would be nuts

Street hockey; a true Canadian tradition.

One place we really wanted to see was the Canadian Mint display,

And their 1million dollar Loonie coin; the biggest coin in the world.

We also all got hold a solid gold bar. It weighs 28lbs. I found it surprisingly warm.

Sorry for the dark pictures. There was just enough light to make the flash not go off. And the line was long enough I didn't want to start fiddling with the camera settings.

Of course we saw the torch again. Easier to see with the fencing moved.

And the Olympic Rings that we forgot to peek at last time

We were lucky on our way home. We only waited 15minutes or so for the Skytrain(like a subway but mostly above ground). Jim remembered a way into the station from one of Vancouver's underground malls. Above ground, the wait was a minimum of 3 hours we later learned.

And what quite possibly may be my favoritest of all the pictures I took,


This is the third year I've helped out at A's school with their exploratories. Every Thursday afternoon, the school almost shuts down and the kids do fun things. As they go higher through the high school, the fun stuffs get a little harder/more serious. In Grade 7, they do skiing/snowboarding. Grade12s do an overnight winter survival hike.

February and March are the Home Economics exploratory. They get their choice of interior design, cooking, sewing(they make pj pants), hand-sewing or quilting. The first year, I helped with the hand-sewing. This is the second year I've done the quilting along with my helper/assistant Cindy.

The project isn't quilting at all; the kids make a pillow. The exploratory is 5 weeks; last year we finished in 3 and we even had the kids quilt the pillow(stitch in the ditch). The 4th week, I took them to work so they could see a longarm quilting machine.

This year, we finished faster. Maybe next year they will listen when I tell them that the project is too easy? lol.

One of the girls' took her pillow home and finished it on the weekend so it's not quilted. Love the fabrics she used.

Biggest problem the kids encounter is their machines unthreading. We spend more time in the 2 hours rethreading machines. That and reminding them again and again AND again to put the pressure foot down BEFORE you sew.

Snacks provided by Cindy. Bribery works well ;)

Rethreading. Again.

Pining their pillow tops for quilting.

They try so hard. Or in some cases, not hard enough lol.

snack saturday

Black Forest Mousse Dessert

1 pkg. (4-serving size)Chocolate Instant Pudding
1-1/2 cups cold milk
2 cups thawed Whipped Topping, divided
16 Oreo Cookies, coarsely crushed (about 1-1/2 cups), divided
1-1/2 cups cherry pie filling

BEAT pudding mix and milk in medium bowl with whisk 2 min. Stir in 1/2 cup whipped topping.

RESERVE 1/2 cup cookie crumbs; stir remaining crumbs into pudding mixture. Spoon half into 1-1/2-L serving bowl; top with layers of 3/4 cup of the remaining whipped topping and 1 cup pie filling.

COVER with layers of remaining pudding mixture, whipped topping, pie filling and reserved cookie crumbs.

easy as 1, 2, 3

Pieced by Paulina.

My favorite, paper-pieced stars. Quilted with Shooting Stars.

I loved her Tumbling Blocks. Quilted with Morning Glory.

And her paper-pieced tulips complete with hand embroidery. Quilted with Medium Meander.

Chai likes this one too.

out with the old

And in with the new.

As a longarm quilter, I am on my feet basically all day long. When I first started longarming, I bought these runners so standing wasn't too bad. These beauties cost $8! And with the color, I was never worried about wearing them out in public. No way would I leave work with these still on lol.

Yesterday I realized that my shoes were probably part of my back problems. And wouldn't you know it, they are dead. The support in them is basically totally worn away.

I ended up lucking out and finding these on sale for $20. Will try them out today. And no one will complain about the color of these lol.

quilt monday

Barely squeaking this one in lol. The kids had no school today; I did end up going to work for a few hours(too many deadlines to take the day off). But I got what I needed done done which was good because than I was able to get this one quilted up.

This is the last of the sock monkey quilts. Love the brightness of the colors. I'm sure the baby who receives it will enjoy it too.

Quilted with Surf's Up.
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