snack saturday

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 Tablespoons sugar
8 Tablespoons butter, melted

2 blocks cream cheese, (8 oz. each) at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups fresh blueberries

Preheat the oven to 325°.  Line a 9x13 inch pan with foil, lightly grease the foil.

In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter.  Combine with a fork until well blended.  Press evenly into the bottom of the 9x13 pan.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool, leave the oven on.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, combine cream cheese and sour cream.  Beat on medium speed until smooth.  Add the sugar and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. 

Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add in vanilla extract, salt, lemon zest and juice.  Mix well.  Gently fold in blueberries until evenly incorporated.

Pour mixture over crust and gently spread into an even layer.

Bake for 35 minutes or until just set and the center no longer jiggles when the pan is tapped.  Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool to room temperature.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.


I've been saving(hoarding??) a layer cake of Hometown for a while now. I love this line so much and am regretting not buying more when I had the chance! Sadly I didn't get any yardage but I did manage to find a polka dot that matched pretty close to the fabrics. 
Somewhere online(I think it was Flikr) I had seen someone do a Twister quilt with Hometown and I knew I had to do one too.

for whatever reason, this is the only picture I have of the (unsewn) quilt top
The quilt went together really quickly. I found the cutting easier with the bigger template than with the Lil Twister
The quilt went together so quickly that I just might be ready to quilt it.

quilt monday

Another little quilt this week. I had made these flying geese for a different project but when I sewed them together, I discovered that the fabrics looked almost the same.  

I debated tossing the geeses(gooses? lol) but I was fiddling with them one day while on the phone and realized that I could just simply sew them together and have a cute little quilt

What I find funny is that this is very similar to the June Mini Quilt; mine was just completed before Megan's block came out.

I love the simplicity of this so I quilted it with a simple water-stitch.

Happy Monday!

labour of love

My friend Andrea made a quilt for her parents for their anniversary. When Andrea contacted me about having it quilted, I had an idea.

Andrea brought the quilt in, we picked a pattern and I started planning. I decided that I would custom quilt the quilt for her as a surprise.

Because of the style of the quilt, I didn't want the quilting to overwhelm the quilt so I  kept it simple; meandering/stippling and outlining.

The hardest block was the one I started with; the courthouse. I just couldn't decide how I wanted to quilt it. I ended up quilting horizontal and vertical lines to give the impression of bricks.

I continued the same theme with the rest of the buildings.

For all the stars, I water-stitched in the background so the stars would just pop.

My favorite part of the entire quilt is this tree. Andrea embroidered the birthdates of her kids on it; the date she and her husband married as well as her parent's wedding date.

When I saw that, I wanted to do another little something to the quilt and quilt some words into it.
Above the church, I quilted the word faith.

And above the brown/tan house, the word family.

The words are not perfect but I think they add a bit of rusticness to the quilt.

There are so many fun thing about the quilt. I had so much fun quilting it. When I was finished, I didn't think I had quilted it that much. At least I thought that until I turned it over. Check out how the quilting shows up on the backing.

That's a whole lot of quilting!
The look on Andrea's face when she came to pick up the quilt was so worth it. Thanx again for letting me have some fun Andrea!

quilt monday

I was cleaning out my blog picture folder when I realized that I hadn't share the teacher gift I had made this year.
I will admit that I was pretty excited to make a teacher gift this year; this was our last year of elementary school so last teacher gift I will probably ever make. Maybe lol.

As with years past, I went with my go to end of the year gift.

I really love the fabrics I used this time.
Anyone interested in a great teacher gift pattern? lol

Remember Me?

Summer is just flying by and we are trying to get as much out of it as we can. With this amazing weather we have been having, more time has been spent outside then in.

I have gotten some sewing done. I finished up this adorable baby quilt.

fabric DS Collection. pattern Little Man from the book Simplify
I started a pinwheel quilt from a newly found stashed charm square pack.

I also finished another month of the Fresh Mini Quilt Club. This is May's quilt.

But the best finish of all, my summer quilt.

pattern is Off Track by Cluck Cluck Sew fabric is Adornit

Now will I get it quilted this summer?

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