Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mom's ROCK!

My mom has passed so I have to enjoy and celebrate my friend's moms.
 I was out when I saw an amazing pattern that had embroidered frogs on it made into a quilt.
 My BFF, the one that got kicked in the head by her horse, her mom collects all things frogs.
 Of course I thought she *needed* this quilt.
 I know that I don't have time to do all the embroidery and put the quilt together.
 What to do, what to do?

Froggy Embroidery Quilt

See what I mean?
 I was talking to another friend, my LAQ Liz,
 and asked her if her mom might like to stitch these for me if I gave her the fabric and the floss?
So she asked her mom and voila!

For the frog quilt

For the frog quilt

For the frog quilt

I think this one is my favorite
Thanks Jane!!

For the frog quilt

I'm hoping to get these pressed and trimmed up this weekend.
 If I'm lucky I may get the blocks cut out too.
 I really need to get on my dad's quilt first though so it may not happen this weekend.

As much as I am happy to be back at work, it does take up all my time,
 At least I have another month away from the gym.
 I didn't realize how much of my time was taken up with going to the gym too.

 Last night DH asked me where I was going.
 I looked at him, puzzled, b/c he knows I am not going anywhere.
 I answered, "I'm not going anywhere". 
He just smiled. 
OK...I get it.


Friday, February 24, 2012

The Most Amazing Recipe

I have 2 words for you...
Snickerdoodle Bread. 
Yes it really is as good as the cookies, maybe better!
 I made it last night and thankfully left it at home. 
I would seriously have eaten it ALL if I was anywhere near it.

Snickerdoodle Bread

I found the Recipe at Barbara Bakes here.
 The recipe follows.

Snickerdoodle Bread

2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
1 cup butter, softened
2 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 t. vanilla
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cup cinnamon chips (1 pkg. Hershey’s)
2 T. flour

2 T. sugar
2 t. cinnamon

Combined 2 1/2 cups flour and baking powder in a bowl. In a separate bowl, cream butter and 2 c. sugar, salt and cinnamon until fluffy, about two minutes. Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and sour cream and mix to combined. Add flour mixture stirring until just combined. Coat the cinnamon chips with 2 T. flour and stir into batter.

Spoon batter into four/five greased mini loaf pans (5 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 2 1/4. Don’t fill more than 2/3 full.) Combined 2 T. sugar and 2 t. cinnamon and sprinkle over the top of batter in the pans. Bake at 350º for 35 to 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into a crack in the center of the loaf comes clean. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before removing from pan.

Note: You can also make this in two 9×5 loaf pans. Bake at 350º for 60 to 70 minutes until a toothpick inserted into a crack in the center of the loaf comes clean.

Now that you are totally drooling. Get going and bake some up. You won't be sorry (unless you are trying to lose weight, LOL)  You know you want to = )


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Aren't Friends The BEST?

I am overwhelmed by the blogging friends that have all taken time to
send me some blues for my dad's quilt.
 I received more in the mail this week. 
This is a GREAT thing as I need to add some more variety to the mix. 
Also I received a package from Australia from Badskirt Amy
She just happened upon some Mendocino and I scored BIG with her help.
 Thanks Amy!

From Amy

These blues also came along from Amy. 
Hey, so I just noticed the black spots on both of these pics.
 I will have to check and see if that is really on the fabrics when I get home! 
I suppose I can work around! haha

From Amy

These are the other blue packages I have received, one from Brenda
(a fellow Michigan quilter)
Thanks, Brenda!

From Brenda

The other is from Jan Maree.

From Jan

Spectacular!! Thanks Jan Maree.

I did manage to get a quilt bound this week but have not been able to get any photos, hopefully soon! DH came home last night and it was good to have him home. 
 I brought the dog with me to go and pick him up as he was going to be at his work
 so the dog was allowed.
 I think she almost had a heart attack when she saw him, it was hysterical!! 
She may be even more excited to see him than I was! LOL. 
The cats were not impressed.

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, February 20, 2012

My Dad's Quilt and There's A New Blogger In Town

I'm back to work today and I can't believe it is almost time to go home already!
The day went by so quickly.
Just thought I would take a minute to share the progress I've made on my dad's quilt top.
 I managed to sew (after loads of unsewing) the first 4 rows of the quilt.
 I have 2 rows of 2 sewn together.
I like the effect so far.
 What do you think?

Dad's Quilt

Dad's quilt

Also, My DD2 has a good friend that is her age that loved my quilts sooooo much 
it made her want to learn! 
Specifically these two Noah's Ark quilts that I made using a panel and designing around them.

(Sorry they are so tiny here, my actual pics are on my FB and this is how they loaded here)
I made these for a friend that had twins. 
So anyway, my new quilting friend is Stacey, and she just started a quilting blog. 
 Her blog is called "My Old Quilting Soul".
 So if you have a minute pop on over to her blog, leave her a comment, maybe even become her newest follower! 
 She would be so happy to have you. 
 It's so important for us to encourage new talent! 
 She is already talking about fabric she *needs* to buy. 
  Welcome to the club, Stacey!! 
Tell her Mama Spark sent you!


Sunday, February 19, 2012


 It's a little hectic around here today for me, but not for someone!


I used Mr Random Number Generator to draw for the prizes today.  
We had three winners since my followers went over 500.  
Thank you so much!!

Our first winner is #73 Kathy who said:
"I blogged about your giveaway at"
Kathy chose the Happy honeybun

Our second winner is # 187 Hilachas who said:
"I am now a follower of your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway."
 She chose the Ready Set Snow charm pack.

Our third winner is number 50, My friend Sophie who said:
"I discovered you when we were both participating in a doll quilt swap quite a few years ago--coincidentally, I just took the quilt I received in that swap into my new job ... in a sea of beige cubicles and no window in sight, I really needed something interesting and colorful in my environment."
She will receive the birdie panel.

Congratulations to everyone. 
 Thanks to all my wonderful followers, and to Barb and Mary at Me and My Sister Designs for providing such great prizes!! 
 I guess I'll have to go back to the shop I bought the panel at and get myself another one!!

I will be going back to work tomorrow after an entire month off. 
 Part of me is looking forward to it and part of me is dreading it.
  Weird huh? 
 OK, off now to finish laundry and do some sewing on my dad's quilt.
  I did manage to get 2 whole rows sewn together yesterday!!
  I would love to get 2 more done today!

Have a wonderful Sunday!!


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fun Facts To Know and Tell

I was so very excited to start on the pieced part of my dad's quilt today.
  I made 2 blocks and went to put them with the snowball block and guess what?
 The triangle corners on the snowball block were too big!!
 Now I learned something last year about putting a small square on a larger square and flipping it to make the triangle that I am going to share with you.
 Why you ask?
The reasons, for me anyway, are two fold.
 1- If you mess up and have to re do the block everything is still intact and can be saved and
2-It helps keep your block square.
 Kind of acts like a foundation.
 I would have been sunk today if I had trimmed like I used to.
 I took some photos to show you what I mean.

I left all three layers intact as you can see here.  
Sure made my life easier today! 
Now for some tips on reverse sewing. 
I don't know about you but I HATE reverse sewing.  
These are some things I learned that make it slightly less painful!
 First I break the threads with the seam ripper, about every 4-5 threads like this

Then I lifted the thread from the other side like this,

Which makes all the ripped pieces pop up.

Then I use a piece of tape to get all the little broken threads off the fabric.
  It keeps the work area clean and I feel it is probably less stressful for the fabric you are taking the threads out of. 

Another thing I learned today, since I had to re-cut all the corner squares from 3 7/8" to 3 1/2"was that  if I pay attention to the way I turn the square, I ended up with the previously sewn line off set. 
 I felt like that was better in that I would not have to sew directly on the old line. 
You can see what I mean here where you can see the old sewing line and now if I sew corner to corner it will not be over the old line, keeping the fabric stronger.

Did anyone happen to notice there is not a drawn line corner to corner on this square? 
 I hate drawing those lines so I found a tool to use so I don't have to.  
There are 2 out on the market that I know of, The Angler 2 and Clearly Perfect.
  I used to use The Angler 2  but now have Clearly Perfect
 I like it better because it
  I put my fabric where I want to start sewing and line the bottom "point" up with, in this case, the center line on the CP and as I sew I keep that "point" aligned with the center line on the CP.

Interestingly, you don't watch the needle but rather the "point"
 keeping it on the center line as you sew.
 Sure beats drawing all those lines!!
 It is also an awesome tool for making HST too, although you align your fabric differently.
The CP allows for making fairly large HST blocks b/c the lines extend quite a way.

One more tip I learned recently is that you should pay attention to how you load your bobbin into the case, if your machine has a bobbin case.
 By that I mean whether thread goes "over" the bobbin or comes from "under"
 (kinda like your TP roll). 
 If you hold your bobbin case and gently pull the thread the bobbin should spin clockwise. 
 For my Bernina it means I load the bobbin into the case with the thread coming from "under". 
 I never knew that!

Can you tell I am avoiding more reverse sewing?  LOL 
 Anyway, the pieced blocks are a snap to sew together and I have managed to get a few sewn together, hey it's a start right?

They are turning out soooooo cool!!
 I hope you are all having a better day than I am so far.  
The good news is I have all day to work on this! 


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wow Thanks For The Blog Lovin'

You, my bloggy friends are simply the BEST!!
 Now that I have gone over 500 followers via GFC (Google Friend Connect)
it means that I will also be doing a third drawing for that adorable birdie panel
 so many of you have asked me about.
This one:

Birdie Panel

So if you have not left a comment on the post with the giveaway here, and you would LOVE that birdie panel, scroll down and leave me a comment here.
 I will be doing the drawing on Sunday, so you still have time!!
 I would love to thank all the wonderful people that decided to become new followers too.

If you can stand a little more "cute" when I awoke on Valentine's Day and came downstairs
 this is what I found.

Valentine's flowers

From the "boys" in the family.
 When my kids were little the boys would buy Valentines for the girls and visa versa.
 The tradition continues.

Tulips from the grocery store? $$
Gas to get to the store? $$
This note from my 21 year old son?

Valentine's note

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's day.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My 1000th Post and a GIVEAWAY

Comments are now closed, I will draw the winners today.  Thanks to everyone that commented!

That's right!! This is my 1000th post.  Who knew I had so much to say?  I was trying to figure out what to giveaway when it hit me.  I emailed a good friend of mine, Barb, from Me and My Sister Designs.  She generously offered up a honeybun of Happy and a charm pack of  Ready Set Snow.  So there you go.  That's what's up for grabs.

Let's split it into 2 winners.  One person will win either the honey bun or the charm pack.  The first name I draw will get their first choice.  Here's what you need to do.

1-Become my follower via Google friend connect (or let me know you are already a follower) and leave a comment telling me you did. 

2-Let me know how you found my blog and which prize is your first choice.
I've always wanted to know how people found my blog for the first time!

3-Blog about the giveaway, leave me a comment telling me you shared the giveaway
for an extra chance to win.

That's it.
 Three things, three comments and three chances to win.
 In addition, it would be nice if you took a minute and hopped over to Me and My Sister Designs
 and thank them for their generosity!!
They are going to be involved in a couple of blog hops soon so it would be good to find their blog! 

I first met Barb and Mary at spring market last year.
 They are 2 of the sweetest women I have ever met and sooooo much fun!!  Thanks ladies for your generosity!

Me and My Sister

Oh, and if I happen to get over 500 followers,
 I have another little prize to giveaway,
 so please spread the word.

Birdie Panel

I will draw for the prizes on Sunday night EST, February  19th.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Due to Poular Demand...

One of the things many of you have been asking me is the name of the fabric line the bird panel comes from. 
So here you go, it's called World of Susybee for  Hamil Textile Design #SB20139. 
The shop I got the panel from is called Quality Quilting. 
This is their phone number  (734) 929-5169, so if you need them to send one to you, give them a call and I bet they would be happy to send it to you!!

I thought I would show you some of the blues that I have received from a few blog friends for my dad's quilt. 
Thanks Dar and Diane. I also received a package from Mary.
She was very generous with many colorful Christmas fabrics! 
I forgot to take a photo of them though, but thanks to you too Mary!

From It's Dar

Blues from Diane

It has been so fun to receive these little fabric bundles.
I was sitting in my family room watching tv and this is what was sitting on my right.

Aiden and Jack

I love my cats! I love my blog friends too!
Have a wonderful day!! 


Saturday, February 11, 2012

A New Quilt Shop and Some Good Friends

There is a new quilt shop in my area. 
A local shop went out of business and was bought by a local LAQ.
Some friends called me yesterday and wanted to go to the shop and they wanted me to go with them.  So I went out to breakfast with my daughter and then went to the quilt shop with my friends. 
It's called Quality Quilting.
This is what you see when you drive up.

Quality Quilting

Then we went inside and boy was it packed. This was the main part of the shop.

Quality Quilting

I found a few things that needed to come home with me (of course). Wanna see?

I thought this would make a really cute back for a chenille blanket.

Such cute fabric

There was a panel that went with that and it is about a yard too so I bought it.
Thought it would make a really darling baby quilt.
Very different animals.

love the alphabet

Awesome alphabet fabric

I also fell in love with these crazy looking birds.
I'm a sucker for cute and seem to always have a ton of baby quilts to make!

Birdie Panel

They kind of remind me of the stuff Carol does.
I also got this cute package of buttons.

New Buttons

I was looking for the last Aunt Edna fabric I was missing and so asked if we could go to the JAF in Ann Arbor and so we stopped there too.
Lo and behold, I found the elusive fabric I was looking for.

Aunt Edyna

All in all it was a great day.
I had a fun time and I'm so happy they asked me to go.
I just realized how close I am to my 1000th post.
I think 2 more posts and I will have written 1000 posts. 
I guess I have a lot to say. 
I am going to have to come up with something to giveaway to celebrate
. Hmmm I'll have to think on it and let you know.
I sure do appreciate all my readers and followers too.
Thanks guys!