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is originally from Minnesota, did 'time' in California, and is currently sentenced to doing a few years in Arkansas.
She's the "Lazy Quilter" who often doesn't take time to try to achieve perfection. She's "Walker Lady" who changed her lifestyle and lost over 70 pounds in the process! She wears the hats of a Quilter, Artist, Crafter, Musician, Life Coach, Wife, and Mom, all rolled up into one crazy eccentric woman!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Cooking up some Springtime

There are a lot of recipes that show up on my FaceBook feed. I tried this one this morning:

"This delicious breakfast snack will have your kids crying for more! It's an apple-studded pancake that you bake in the oven. Once it's done, cover it in syrup for a delectable breakfast treat! Here's what you'll need:
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 T butter
- 3 large apples sliced
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Beat eggs, milk, flour and salt together until fully combined. Preheat oven to 425, and in a medium sized glass pan add apples and butter. Once the butter is sizzling, it's time to add in the batter. You can also add the brown sugar and cinnamon to taste, then let it cook for about 20 mins.
That's all it takes! Top with syrup or your choice of toppings and enjoy!"

The recipe is a bit sloppy. First off, it isn't really as much a pancake as it is an egg bake. It says to use a medium sized glass pan. What is medium? I ended up and used my glass cake pan that is just a hair under 9"x13". It doesn't say how long before the butter is sizzling. I timed it to just under 20 minutes. It also doesn't say how to incorporate the brown sugar and cinnamon. I sprinkled mine on top of the apples, before putting the batter over all.

Here are photos of the process:

Sliced apples - I would chop them if I were to make this again.
Butter was sizzling and apples were just turning soft.
Sprinkling on the brown sugar and cinnamon

Pouring the batter
Some of the apples floated up
Ready to bake
Ready to come out of the oven
Nicely browned, saggy in the center
It puffed up during baking
Sprinkled with powdered sugar
Ready to eat!
I tested the recipe out on two teenage boys and an older woman. It was ok, but not something I would rave about. I think I would use fewer eggs and chop up the apples. I was concerned that the center wasn't cooked through. It was, but with fewer eggs, I think it would be been more consistent. The center was lighter; more fluffy, and the outside edges were tougher.
Tonight we are trying another recipe from FaceBook friends. This one will be a chicken bake. I will try to remember to review that one too!

Spring is so pretty around here. The daffodils are done blooming and the hyacinth blooms are dying back. The irises are exploding now! They are so pretty!
Bird bath was a Mother's Day gift from many years ago!
Pink tulips, purple irises, and volunteer yellow flowers that I don't know the name of!
My Japanese Maple tree made it another year!
Indoors we have an Easter Lilly that will be transplanted outside. My Mandavilla broke off during a recent storm and I am trying to root the broken part. That is it there, under the plastic baggie.
More flowers are blooming in the studio! I have block number two done for the Folk Art quilt:
I have pieces cut out for block three,
and stems for block four.
Ruby Crystal is in the stack for hand sewing:
The Sherbet quilt is making progress:
This layout?
The layout with stripes?
How about this one?
Oh, I like this one!
I now have orange sherbet and raspberry sherbet colors. 
What next? Why lime sherbet, of course!
Phew! This has been a posting full of photos!!! I hope you enjoyed them all. Tomorrow will be my monthly guild meeting. I am looking forward to it. Time to get some housework done. Funny how the guys expect clean undies and food during the day! hahahaha

Happy Sewing Y'all!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pink Elephants

My husband and I celebrated our 15th Wedding Anniversary on April Fool's Day. We've always been kinda quirky like that. We took a few photos to commemorate the day. I like this one because it also shows some quilts!
The quilt on the bed is BBQ'd Pansies and the one on the wall was made for our 2nd Wedding Anniversary. The 2nd Anniversary theme can be fabric, so a quilter would have to make a quilt for that, right? There is a lot of hidden meanings in that quilt. The kissing dragons are especially sweet.
Our gifts to each other were modest. Some wine, some Irish whiskey, a renfaire book and a deflated pink elephant. Since the 15th Anniversary theme is ruby and crystal, my husband named the elephant Ruby Crystal. He found it laying on the pavement by his car when he left work that day. He brought it home because he knew I could just fix her up!
I sure hope I can!

 I've been trying to keep busy in the studio. The April block for "My Favorite Things" has begun.

 I have the blocks around the snowman block for the same quilt:

 The Folk Art quilt's center medallion is finally finished:

 I almost have the center for the Pink Sherbet charity quilt put together:

 I discovered a surprising violet plant in the small flower bed behind the house!
Spring is springing here with a riot of color in the flower beds. I love it! Lots of rainy days have led to lots of time in the studio too. I love that!

Most of all, I love that man of mine who supports my fabric-ey habits! Smooches Love!
 Happy Sewing y'all!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring arrives and World Quilting Day fun

Spring arrived on the 20th. My flowers are blooming like crazy!
One of my crocus flowers blooming

I do believe that Saturday, March 21st, was World Quilting Day. 
Three, two, one, QUILT!!! And so I did. 
March = 3 and then 2 + 1 for 21 - get it? 
On the cutting table is my evidence!
That little bit of yellow fabric above the blue block was from a fellow quilter. I gave her some music fabric that I had and she sent me back that pretty yellow fabric in exchange. She didn't have to do that! Quilters are so generous.
Binding is on my 2014 guild BOM quilt
My March block for "My Favorite Things" over on the Quilt Doodle Doodles Blog

Progress on my Lancaster quilt BOM

Another Spring Crocus

This came across my FaceBook page last week. I think it is pretty appropriate:

Quilting and playing with fabric is therapy for me. I used to feel guilty about having more fabric than I could ever hope to use up. Fabric is expensive though, and 99% of mine was purchased when it was on sale at deep discounts. In a few years I won't be able to afford to spend $11 or more per yard, for fabric! This is my way of saving for my retirement. I keep what I love and can use. I make quality charity quilts and pillowcases with fabric that I just don't want anymore. Nothing wrong with that!

I recently took advantage of a huge sale and bought a bunch of fabric. It arrived here in a box that looked like this:

It was soaking wet on that corner too. I didn't think that the fabric was injured though. I mean, it is just water, right? I proceeded to take the fabrics to the laundry room to pre-wash them all.

After all the fabric was washed and dried I started folding it up in order to put it into my storage area. As I worked on folding I noticed this yellow fabric:
Those dark marks are not supposed to be on there!
I don't know if you can tell but it went through all four layers of fabric!
The online store will make good on the fabric. I think I get to keep it, although it won't be used for what I had hoped to use it for. If I do get to keep it, I might try getting those ink marks out of the fabric. If I can't I will make a dog bed out of it...or something like that.

St. Patrick's Day was last week. I found this cute shamrock picture and want to use it for an appliqué block someday. Trouble is, I can't find out who the artist is that made it! I want to give credit where credit is due, if I can. When I get ready to start actually making this, I will try one more time to find the artist so that there are no issues down the road. OR perhaps I will use this design as inspiration to design my own clover.
At the most recent guild meeting I mentioned I had gotten a lot of pre-pieced fabric blocks or patches. I have not figured out what the maker was trying to do with the fabrics. I've been playing around with them on the design wall.
The upper left has a bunch of four patches and half square triangle blocks. I have about 20 of each and they measure about 2.5" square. I can make up all kinds of block ideas using those patches. The bigger challenge is with the patches just below that block. See the triangles matched with a pieced triangle?
Here is a better shot of those blocks. See them at the bottom right? The light pink in those blocks, matches the light pink in the bigger block I am working with in the upper left there. No matter how I try though, I cannot make the bigger triangle patches work with the smaller ones because the math doesn't add up! I am sure they were all supposed to be together because of the common pink fabric in all of them. What was she trying to make? Had she made a mistake in making some of the blocks the wrong size? This is quite a puzzle for me to work out. I am enjoying the challenge.

I hope Spring arrived at your house. It is busting out all over the place here. If it would dry up enough, we could mow already this year! In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying a bit of sewing this weekend. Till next time, Happy Sewing!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Free Stuff for Me

I scored big at the quilt guild this week. They always have a table of free stuff. I have some scrumptious bright colors to play with. A lot of it is already cut and pieced...not only that, but pieced well! I will make some pretty pretty charity quilts with this. I love fabrics, all kinds of fabrics. This find makes me feel like it is a special occasion and I got presents!
The photos don't do the colors justice. (When do they ever?)  I also got yardages of some green and a rose color. I plan to make some summer tops with them. The green is a gauzy light weight cotton with a palm tree print on it. I can picture it as a cool summer top to wear! The rose is more like a linen. I am not sure what I will do with it yet.
You probably can't tell from the picture below, unless you click on the photo to enlarge it, but there is a bunch of owl prints in this bunch of fabric. Who can go wrong with owl prints? I know I can't.
I love working with such lively colors! I would never have mixed them up this way and the challenge of making this into a quilt, energizes me!

That's all from here! Happy Sewing!