can you help?

I am desperately searching for 1/2yard/meter of this fabric. It's a Lynette Jensen for Thimbleberries. The selvage says Paint Box 2004/2005.

It's a fairly light tan/cream. I have the same fabric in the darker color.

If anyone would be willing to sell me some, I would be forever ever thankful!

snack saturday

chocolate fudge cups

3 squares Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1 Tbsp. canola oil
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. Instant Coffee
4 egg whites
3 Tbsp. brown sugar blend sugar replacement
1 tsp. icing sugar
1/4 cup raspberries

HEAT oven to 350°F.

MICROWAVE chocolate and oil in microwaveable measuring cup on HIGH 1 to 2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in cocoa powder and coffee granules; cool 5 min.

BEAT egg whites and brown sugar replacement with mixer on high speed 3 min. or until tripled in volume. Add chocolate mixture; beat on medium-low speed just until blended. Spoon into 6 paper-lined muffin cups.

BAKE 18 min. or until tops are puffed and centres are set. Cool in pan 5 min. Serve warm topped with icing sugar and berries.

wordless wednesday

a confession

I thought long and hard over the weekend of continuing with my blog. To be honest, I've felt pressure to blog; I love posting things almost every day and lately that has just seemed like too much to get accomplished. I've felt guilty for not having new things to show you and I wondered, should I continue with this?

The answer is yes, for the main reason that I do love doing it; when I don't feel guilty lol. Why did I feel guilty? I hadn't touched my sewing machine in 5 weeks. Yes, FIVE weeks. Yikes. Course I was away, I was sick when I got back, my machine was in being serviced(I did bring a spare one home from work but never unpacked it).

I was hoping on the weekend, since the kids had no school on Friday and with Monday being the holiday, I would have 4 days of sewing bliss. That was not meant to be and you know what? It's all okay. We had a great weekend; some surprises that weren't that pleasant(it's all good, no worries). I got our dining room and hallway repainted; so glad that is finished and I do love how it turned out. Even though I'm still not 100% sold on the dining room paint color.

We went on some family adventures.

Come back later today to see a picture of the goat that tried to eat me.

I also played in my garden.

I got 15 of these beauties for $20-what a bargain! Dahlias are one of my absolute favorite flowers.

Yesterday I took off of work as well. And I finally fired up my sewing machine and got working on my last two(well four) blocks for my Pinwheel Sampler.

Block 7

And Block 8. I went with the Mosaic Block.

Than it was on to the mini pinwheels. Rachel didn't put them in with the sampler but once I saw them in her original quilt, I knew I had to have them.

I had started some a few months ago, teeny tiny pinwheels.

Too small for my sashing. But oh so cute

These were too big.

Still too big.

Just right!!!

card friday

Today is the kick-off of our long weekend here in Canada; 4 blissful days of slacking off, no school and lots of family time. As a result, I don't plan on being online a lot the next few days. I've even go as far as not scheduling any posts over the weekend; shocking I know.

So to all my Canadian readers, enjoy the long weekend! And I'll see you all next week. Unless something really exciting happens and I need to blog it lol!

In Memory

Debbie contacted me back in February. A friend had lost both of her parents to cancer 7 months apart approx 4 1/2 years ago. Prior to her mother passing away she had taken all the cowboy shirts she and her husband had bought over the years and started to make quilts out of them. She only managed to finish one single size leaving 3 more to do. Debbie wanted to help out so she offered to finish the others.

This is what she came up with.

The quilt ended up being 113inches square. And Debbie still has more shirts to make quilts out of.

One of my favorites shirts in the quilt was this armadillo one.

Quilted with Inkblot.

Mother's Day

Realized I never blogged the goodies I got for Mother's Day this year.

Jim surprised me with a delivery of my favoritest cookie.

And I'm even sharing! lol

Mom gave me this cute miniature quilt kit.

From the kids, Jim had mom sneak this quilt kit home from Quilts Canada.

Hmm, not sure why the last one is so little. Anyways, my favoritest gift of all is these that our oldest made for me from duct tape.

quilt monday

A cute panel I picked up at Quilts Canada. I still need to get the binding finished than it is the perfect wallhanging giftie for a new little one.

snack saturday

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

4 cups sliced rhubarb (8 to 12 stalks)
31/2 cups hulled and quartered strawberries (about 500 g)
11/4 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup minute tapioca
zest of 1 orange
1 double-crust pie pastry; prepared and divided into 2 discs
1 egg, lightly beaten, or 1 tbsp milk
granulated sugar for sprinkling

Combine rhubarb and strawberries in a large bowl. When you’re ready to roll out pastry and assemble pie, stir sugar, tapioca and zest into fruit. Let stand, stirring occasionally, for 15 min, so that berries and rhubarb release juices.

Place rack in lowest position in oven. Preheat oven to 425F. Using a floured rolling pin, roll one disc of pastry on a floured surface into a 12-in. circle. Loosely roll up around rolling pin. Unroll over 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Press dough over bottom and sides of pie plate. Don’t prick. Trim pastry, leaving a 1/4-in. overhang. Roll out remaining pastry disc into an 11-in. circle.

Spread filling evenly into pie crust. Moisten edge of bottom crust with water. Roll top crust around rolling pin, then unroll over filling. Trim edges, leaving 1-in. overhang.

Fold top edge under bottom edge. Crimp edges together using your index finger and thumb. Or press around edges using the tines of a fork.

Lightly brush top crust with egg. Cut small slits or a round hole in top crust for steam to escape. Sprinkle with sugar. Place pie on a baking sheet.

Bake on bottom rack for 15 min. Reduce temperature to 350F. Continue baking until bottom and top crusts are golden and fruit is bubbling, 45 to 60 min. Cool completely on a rack, at least 2 hours, before slicing. Cut into wedges.


I finally got all my goodies I purchased at Quilts Canada. My parents went up to Edmonton after the show and since they were driving, I sent everything with them. Now Can't wait to start playing!

Baby panel for a friend

Saw this on a blog in January; was so excited to find one!

My sister in law bought this for her mom. And than sent it home with me to do something creative with it lol.

An owl pattern and a fun fat quarter for owls.

This is my favoritest purchase. Soon to be a king sized quilt for us.
Love the fabrics!

Just like the picture

A tablerunner and fabric to make.

A fun looking purse.

A jelly roll.

Love this pattern. Might use the above jelly roll for it; not sure. I had one of the booths gives this to me as a thank you :)

Whew! That's a lot of goodies; I better get busy!

i caught a bug

A stamping bug that is! Since I've gotten home from Quilts Canada, I have done no crafting other than stamping. It started off with the 18 birthday party invitations I did last week and it has just continued.

It did help that my sewing machine was off being serviced. I didn't get it back until Monday and it is still sitting in my crafting room on the floor waiting to be unpacked lol.

Today I did 16 cards. 16!!!

And of course the last one would be my most favorite.

wordless wednesday


I've been trying to squeak in some stamping time. In fact, I spent more time stamping last week than I did sewing. Of course I didn't have my sewing machine here last week so that was part of it lol.

Anyways, here is one of the cards I created. I really like the simplicity of this one.

quilt monday

I bet you thought I forgot didn't you ;) Busy day today, my baby turned 8 *sob*. Time goes by way too quickly! Filled my day with doing his cake, making homemade lasagna(been way too long since I've done that. and oh sooooo yummy!). Birthday treats to school, grocery shopping and music lessons and the day is almost done!

I quilted this before I went to Quilts Canada thinking I could get the binding on during the show. As you can see, that didn't happen!

I custom quilted this; echoed each bird block and than meandered in the blocks. I matched all the threads to the fabrics even. And I just realized how small the blocks look in the picture; they are actually 19.5inch blocks. If I remember right, the quilt measures around 55 inches square.

I love how it turned out. The birds do have eyes but I'm thinking of using buttons instead; will decide once I get the binding done.

snack saturday

angel lush cupcakes

1 pkg. (450 g) angel food cake mix
1 pkg. (4-serving size) Vanilla Instant Pudding
1 can (14 fl oz/398 mL) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
1 cup thawed Cool Whip Light Whipped Topping
12 fresh strawberries, cut in half

HEAT oven to 350ºF.

PREPARE cake batter as directed on package. Pour into 24 paper-lined muffin cups. (Batter will nearly fill cups.) Bake 26 min. or until tops are light golden brown. Cool in pans 10 min.; remove to wire racks. Cool completely.

MIX dry pudding mix and pineapple in medium bowl. Gently stir in Cool Whip; spread onto cupcakes.

TOP with berries.

Angel Lush Filled Cupcakes:
Use small knife to cut "x" in top of each cooled cupcake. Spoon 1 Tbsp. Cool Whip mixture into centre of each cupcake. Frost top with remaining Cool Whip mixture.

quilts canada 2010

What an amazing experience and the most fabulous week! It was also a very long 10days away from Jim and the boys. I got home early Monday morning and spent the rest of the day napping and recovering; the flight home was very turbulent and I don't like flying at the best of times. Add in way too much laundry, getting groceries and cleaning the house it's been a busy week.

I hadn't been on the ground in Calgary for an hour when this happened.

And this wouldn't be the only time we got snow. It snowed on and off all day Wednesday than Thursday night we got dumped on. The snow was halfway to my knees the next morning. Sadly, it did end up effecting the amount of people at Quilts Canada that day.

The booths.

Jennifer did an amazing job organizing the APQS booth.

Here she is demoing,


My favorites of the Trend Tex Challenge Quilts

The Miniature Quilt display,

My absolute favorite.

And the antique quilts-absolutely stunning!

This hand appliquéd top was found in a Value Village in Calgary.

Feedsack quilt,

The convention center was beautiful.

We had the best view for the week.

Look at that blue sky.

Some of my favorite quilts on display.

The handquilting on this is stunning.

As is it on this one.

I did get some fun stuffs. But I had so much stuff that I sent almost all of it with mom and dad as they drove. And they aren't home until the weekend. So I can't show you everything. Yet.

Two fun new patterns.

Some fun new sandals. Actually, I bought a lot of new clothes. Calgary doesn't have a provincial sales tax so it made sense to buy some new stuffs there lol.

Now only if it was warm enough to wear them!

A quilt block charm for my cell phone.

And a fun purse.

Now I'm taking the rest of the week off(woo hoo!). I have 18 birthday party invites to make tomorrow(my baby is turning 8!!!) And maybe get some sewing done. Stay tuned!
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