quilt monday

I'm still swooning.

I saw the black fabric at a recent trip to Joanns and knew it would be perfect for a single Swoon block.

I quilted this one like my Swoon quilt; all with a water-stitch.

If you haven't jumped on the Swoon bandwagon yet, what are you waiting for?

snack saturday

Pumpkin Gingerbread Loaf

12 tablespoons butter, melted, plus extra for pan
2 ½ cups flour, plus more for pan
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed dark brown sugar

3 eggs

Preheat oven to 375. Butter and flour two loaf pans.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

In a separate bowl whisk together butter, sugars, pumpkin, and eggs. Add flour mixture and stir until combined.

Divide batter evenly between the two loaf pans. Bake 45-50 minutes.

Cool 15 minutes, remove from pans.

card friday

in the zone

I have been cranking out the quiltie goodness lately. Now I need to find to quilt some stuff for myself :p
 I posted about my Bento Box oops here. I ripped it all apart and a few hours later,

I'm not sure how I feel about the brown; I hope I have enough to bind it with that, should tie together than.

I went a little crazy and bought up bunches of Double Chocolat and made the following,

a table runner

a fabulous zigzag,

and a stripy quilt,

I think I'm done with this line lol.

Next, I made 3 twin quilts and a baby quilt earlier this year. I was so sick of the fabric that I shoved all the leftovers in a box and left them. Until this week.
Wednesday I pulled the blocks out and ended up with two more baby quilts.

I'm still debating taking the borders off and adding a white inner border but being lazy may win out.

And lastly, another table runner.

I fell in love with this Share the Joy line.
I might have to pick up a few more charm packs and make these for teacher gifts this year. It's time to start thinking Christmas!

quilt monday

I'm still on a table runner kick; I love that in an hour or two, I can whip up a fun gift.

My favorite pattern is still from the book, Happy Hour quilts by Terry Atkinson. For this runner, I wanted more of a table topper so I modified the pattern layout and came up with this.

I love straight-line quilting these.
Lots of straight-line quilting.

I wish this matched my house more; I really love how it looks and just might have to make one for myself.

snack saturday

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

1 3/4cups flour
1/2tsp salt
1tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsps milk
40 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped

Preheat oven to 375degrees. Sift together flour, salt and baking soda.
Cream butter, sugars and peanut butter until fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla and milk.
Add the flour mixture and mix well.
Shape into 40 balls; place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan.
Bake at 375 for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball.
Cool and remove from pan.

it's today! it's today!!

Spending the day with a bestie and ALL FIVE Twilight movies! 

It's going to be a great day!

it's been tradition

For me to start my Christmas cards on Remembrance Day weekend. This year,  actually got started in October at a craft evening. I didn't get much done but it was a start.

I took the following picture with my cell phone. I had forgotten two colors of ink I wanted to use on this card so I laid it out and took the picture so I wouldn't forget how I wanted to finish it up.

And the finished card

the color is way off in this picture.

And one more.

I'm in a Christmas card class next week and have a feeling that I may just accomplish completing all my Christmas cards by December 1st.

I can dream right?

good news and bad

Last week my quilting machine broke down. Thought we had the problem solved and continued on. Tuesday  I discovered that the problem was worse than I first expected. And the part I needed was with Mom in Calgary on her trip. So, work was done.

So bad news, my machine is broke down. Good news? I was able to hobble my way through Wilma's quilt and got it finished.

quilted with Holly Ribbon
I love the applique blocks.

Better news? I got an unexpected week off work; no quilts due until the 15th. woo hoo!

So I scrubbed the house from stem to stern. Had too much fun spending birthday money. And more importantly, am spending time with these.

to market, to market

Fall market has wrapped up for another year so now I can show you some of the quilts I quilted for the show.

We started quilting for Barb of Coach House Designs roughly 2yrs ago and it has been such a fun experience to get to see new fabrics and patterns before they are available.

First up, Bouquet of Irises.

quilted with Leaf Scroll
I love this next one, Wrapped in Flowers.

quilted with Trailing Vine
How about this backing fabric(for some reason my question mark isnt working! apparently neither is my apostrophe lol.)

So pretty. Love it.

Lastly, Sentimental.

Quilted with Blowing in the Wind
Love the fabrics in this; Lario by Three Sisters.

All of these patterns can be purchased through CoachHouse Designs  or your local quilt store.

quilt monday

Thanx for all the birthday wishes; had a fabulous weekend. 

Earlier this year, I got intrigued by a quilt along; the Sparkle Quilt Along.
I picked up some fabric way back in February and it sat and waited. And waited. And waited a little more.
I finally sat down and started on the quilt. That's when I discovered that even though I had enough fat quarters, one of them was a white backed print and against the white background of the quilt; it wouldn't look right. This is what I came up with.

I made a smaller sparkle block using the leftover hsts from the bigger blocks. I think it worked out nicely.

My favorite part of this quilt? The quilting.

I quilted the whole quilt on the diagonal. And cross-hatched just the center square. 
I also debated about the binding. I couldn't find the white I had cut so I went with the grey. Of course as soon as I sewed the grey on, I found the white ;)

Love it.

happy birthday to


I've always wanted a birthday quilt; I have a 'seasonal' wall in our living room and have always wanted a birthday quilt for the month of November.

I saw a kit on Connecting Threads a few years ago and it was perfect.

quilted with a meander

I love the fabrics; cupcakes galore!

Like I said Monday, there was a lot of excess fabric for this kit. I got almost 2 quilt cut out of 1 kit; I just needed more border for the second quilt.

I kept the quilting simple and just meandered the quilt with a pretty pink thread.

And now it's hung on my wall for birthday month.

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