Friday, July 31, 2009

What A Wonder!

Okay, so I know the quilt looks amazing, but the wonder is that it is actually done.

This blog posting is going to sound a little like a victory speech.

First, I'd like to thank Amy. She saved me from my funk. I was totally stuck and she came over and helped me arrange my blocks.

She is amazing and really has an understanding of the One-Block Wonders.
I'd like to thank Steve for strongly encouraging me to get the blocks off the design wall in the dining room. Sometimes you need a little pressure to get stuff done.

I'd also like to thank Cheri for her tips and encouragement. Everyone needs that now and then.

The original fabric used for the quilt is pieced into the back and shown in the second picture.

It is interesting to me that a monochromatic fabric could provide enough interest for this quilt. I think the reason it works is because of the high contrast in value.

I'll post a picture of this quilt once it is finished and finds its place in the monkey room.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Mid-Summer Soup

I just have to say that this is probably the best soup I've had in a long time. I haven't had soup since winter, but still it is a yummy soup.

Steve and I got some kale at the farmers market, so we needed a recipe to use it.

We made Sausage Potato Soup.

The recipe was more like a guide. I used spicy Italian sausage. I also put in a bell pepper and cayenne pepper. I also used new potatoes and grilled chicken breasts.

Try this recipe!

Thursday, July 23, 2009


The mathematician in me is kicking in. I'm 12.14857% done with my 140 Sylvia's Bridal Sampler blocks.

I'm doing the club at Glad Creations. They have the blocks divided into 9 sessions. I've just finished the first 17 blocks from the first session, Easy Rotary Cut Blocks.

I love the way the blocks are turning out. I like the colors; blues, greens and purples. You got to love the jewel tones.

I love the names of the blocks too. Steve can point out the "Contrary Husband".

Wish me luck as I start the next 18 blocks from session 2, Independent Piecing.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Summer Boats

I'm sure anyone with squash plants now have them coming out their ears. Steve and I seem to be pulling off two or three every couple of days.

I might have to start pulling off the blossoms before they can mature.

Steve and I have been looking for recipes to use them up and we found this one that we thought was good. Zucchini Boats on the Grill.

One major modification we made was that we used summer squash and Steve had me leave out the olives. In the future we would put in more bacon and cheese.

Now to find more recipes for the rest of the squash.

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Debbie is doing fundraising for the Breast Cancer 3-Day, so I donated $150 and rented her friendship and helping hands for a day.

If you would like to also donate, go the the website above, click on donate and search for Deborah Tonkin.

She was so helpful, she convinced me to buy fabric for a quilt, like I need any convincing.

I based the quilt off the Moda line, The Morris Workshop. My mom picked out the Scrap Basket pattern. I think the quilt will have a nice soft organic look.

Monday, July 13, 2009

2 Down With 138 To Go

I finally caved to the peer pressure at Glad's, and decided to do Sylvia's Bridal Sampler.

If you aren't familiar with it, there are 140 6" sampler blocks in the quilt.

Glad Creations has started a club, with a planned exhibit of the finished quilts Jan. 1, 2012.

As you can see I've started with the easiest blocks. We'll see how far I get. I'm hoping to do all the blocks.

Wish me luck!

Friday, July 3, 2009

A Quilted Thank You!

I haven't posted my project list for a while. As you can see I've passed the 20 marker on my way to 30.

Now I just need to finish the original 20!

I finished the binding on my Antique Rug quilt. I think it turned out nice.

My friend Jen has been taking pictures of my quilts for me, to document them. I'll have to put together a web album with her shots. They are beautiful.

The quilt is a bit of payment for the job well done.

Thanks Jen!