Wednesday, April 1, 2015

" Hard Crackers" Finish

I almost forgot to post a picture of my finished little quilt
so it is! (It still needs to be quilted and binding).
Recently.... a customer came into the shop and saw the
quilt hanging and replied,...Oh , you finished the quilt!
I didn't see it posted to your Blog and had been watching for it.
So fellow bloggers!
I find myself going in so many directions sometimes that
I forget about the little ( but important)  things that need to be taken care of.
Hope that you get inspired to make one of your own!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Hard Crackers

HARD CRACKERS... Civil War Legacies pattern
Row # 1 and #2
I don't know about you...but I am always working on several projects at a time.
I get a lot of this pattern just seemed perfect!
I must admit that this "little" project is time consuming ,but the end result
is going to be worth it.
First....plan to make a MESS! Sorting thru all those fabric scraps takes time.
and is a messy job.
 Also working with such small pieces of fabric has its challenges.
So, here are a few of my favorite things......
I love my small creative grids ruler and Rowenta travel iron for any small
piecing projects...Magic sizing or MaryEllens spray to stabilize the fabric.
Small applique pins,a sharp rotary cutter, pigma or frixion pen
Do I see Chocolate?
Row #3 and #4
Working with such small pieces does have its challenges and you
 have to pay attention to your seams allowances.
I am not a fan of the so called scant 1/4" seam, but in this case I had to keep
the seam really close to the 1/4".
Also, all the seams had to be pressed open in order to lay flat.
Now to finish the last 2 rows and decide on the borders!
Hope you all are having a great day!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Why Shortbread Cookies?
Well...recently we had our Civil War Club meeting
Everyone brought their favorite cookies for our annual
Boy, did we have cookies and lots of them...
The one that everyone seemed to really love...
was the delicate, simple and delicious
One of our ladies (Lee) that made the shortbread cookies shouted out the simple
3 ingredient recipe for us all.....but most of us didn't hear her.
So with Lee's permission and her suggestion to post it.
Here is the recipe...
2 Cups Flour
2 Sticks Butter
1/2  Cup Sugar (granulated)
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add flour slowly to creamed mixture
with spoon ( work with hands until it forms a ball). Roll out to about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut out with favorite cookie cutter and prick holes in top of each cookie.
Bake at 350 about 10-15 minutes.
* I tried the recipe on Sunday and added 1 teas of vanilla ( optional).
My oven baked the cookies just right at 12 minutes check your oven temp.
Enjoy this recipe and Thank You to Lee !

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Just finished this quilt from Kim Diehl's " Whatnots Club".
I love the rich colors in this Vintage Farmhouse collection
the wonderful feel of the fabrics.
Can't wait to make the next project from the club.
Also just finished this quilt from Creekside Stitches.
This will be the 1st project of our Monthly Club....
Just in time for Valentines Day or anytime of the year.
Who doesn't love a heart quilt....and its just the right size
for a wallhanging or table topper.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday Musings

Sunday's are always a day of catching up, baking, bookkeeping or sewing.
Today I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies for my oldest sons birthday, did a little cleaning and worked on setting up my ETSY SHOP. 
Since I didn't get to put away most of my Christmas decorations yet, I thought that I would share some pictures with you.....

Caw the Crow...a gift from my grandson

A favorite Wreath on window
Top of entertainment center

Side table with greens and snowman

Gingerbread boy with some greens

Favorite Snowguy ( he also visits the shop each year)

Coffee Table

Wreath on Kitchen door
Dining room window
Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Warm Kitty

Brr....has it been cold outside.....
I am not the only one that thinks so!
I thought that I would share this cute picture of Mia snuggled under one of my quilts!
Mom's quilts always keep me warm.
Hope that you are having a warm and peaceful evening!

Thursday, January 1, 2015



I hope that everyone is having a great 1st day of the New Year. I have been sewing like a mad woman trying to get ready for a new Block of the Month . It will be a Sampler BOM quilt made with 12" blocks and in two colorways. The 1st will be from Moda's Kansas Troubles fabrics and the other from assorted Civil War prints. The blocks are traditional and go together fast. The cost is $10 per month for each months pattern and fabric. It will run for 12 months with an optional finish kit.
Here is a sneek peak at the blocks made with the KT fabrics.
Sampler Block of Month
Stop by the shop or call if you are interested in this Block of Month program....607 648 8956

Happy Stitching,