Sunday, December 27, 2009


I've finished my session 3 Sylvia's Bridal Sampler blocks. Session 3 was easy foundation piecing.

I had done some foundation piecing and hated it, so I wasn't looking forward to these blocks. I figured I needed additional help, so I signed up for a paper piecing class at Glads.

Wow, what a difference a class will make. I got cutting instructions at the club meeting, which help cut the fabric, to prevent wasting too much fabric. During class I was able to finish the sample and three blocks.

I would really recommend the class to anyone wanting to brush up on their skills or learn paper piecing. It is great fun!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to Me!

Caroline gave me the best Christmas gift ever. She helped me finish a UFO.

I bought this project a couple of years ago when my great-nephew, Kaiden, was still a baby.

I got stuck trying to get rid of puckers in the nose area. I brought it with me to Utah and Caroline helped me finish the nose with puckers. You know galloping horses and all.

The embroidery kind of hides the puckers, plus if you didn't make the project you don't see the mistakes as much.

The pattern is called Puppy Love, and I love that he is done. I hope you love him, Kaiden!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My Little Helper

Daisy has turned into quite the little seamstress. Anytime she hears the purr of the machine, her ears perk up and she comes to see how she can help.

Usually, it is to sit on my fabric or to curl up on my lap. I love it! I can use all the help I can get.

So I'm working on my paper pieced blocks for Sylvia's Bridal Sampler. I love the tip I got at Glad's.

Nancy and Susan suggested making kits for yourself for each block. I love it. It has the foundation papers and the fabric cut to shape but a little over sized.

I'll post pictures of the blocks once I finish them.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tis the Season

It is that time of year, which means Miss Richfield 1981 and Christmas cookies.

Cheri has organized an outing with Steve and I for the last couple of years. She and her friend Bob set up dinner out at the Gay 9o's, and then head to the Illusion Theater for the show.

This year Amy and her husband joined us. After the show we had cocktails and appetizers at Bob's condo. Good food and great views!

Thanks Cheri and Bob! It was great fun.

Now I must confess that this year's cookie is brought to you by way of Debbie's Doings.

I made them this year and they were yummy. Absolutely delicious!

You may be wondering why a picture of only one cookie. Well of the 50 something cookies the recipe makes, this is the only one left.

I have to admit I had a little disaster with the white chocolate. I tried to melt the chocolate in the microwave, and it seized. Apparently white chocolate is harder to melt than other chocolates.

Any one know what true love is? Going out on a Minnesota night to get replacement chocolate.

Thanks, Steve!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Soup Du Minnesota

I must be in a french mood lately, with my titles.

What could be more Minnesotan than Turkey Wild Rice Soup?
Most turkeys come from Minnesota and wild rice is the state grain.

Plus it uses up your left over turkey from Thanksgiving.

Steve's brother gave him some real Minnesota wild rice, with the long medium brown kernels. It was so fragrant when it was cooking.

I didn't modify the recipe hardly at all this time. I did think it was a little thick when I finished following the recipe, so I put in the full pint of half and half and two more cups of broth.

It has such a nice aroma and flavor, all turkey.

Other than the hour to cook the wild rice, the soup was actually very quick to make. Give it a try. You'll love it!