Monthly Archives: November 2014

What I’m Working On

I am finishing up a few deadline projects.

One on the machine..This is made with Moda’s Rambling Rose.  Oh –  I love this fabric line.  I love it so much that I snapped up the remains and quickly designed and sewed a baby quilt with the left overs.  I’ll show you that on Friday.

Quilt

and one is getting a binding and has to be taken to the post office yet today.  Yep, I am running close on this deadline.

binding

I’ll be happy to have both of these out of the way.  I have some fun sewing planned next.  I could use a little fun sewing time.  It’s happening with these fabrics.  I know it looks boring but just wait, I think you’ll love it too.

fabric

To see what others are working on, check out Patchwork Times.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today my Mom would have been 86…

Mom
Sadly, she only made it to 61.  It’s hard to believe that I’ve had 25 years of life without her.

My mom was awesome.  She loved family above all else.  She was an awesome cook…an amazing seamstress and in my eyes, didn’t seam to be afraid to try anything!!  Growing up she helped remodel the house.  She bought carpet or linoleum and laid it all herself…and had supper on the table that night too.

She would tackle any job.  I remember her reupholstering chairs.  She was active in farming, gardening and doing her share in providing for the family home.  She was an awesome role model.

One of her best talents was taking clothing and altering them.  She was short and had an hour glass figure (I didn’t inherit that!).  She loved blazers and thought she looked best in them if the bottom hem was just before the widest part of her hips.  She would buy a blazer from the thrift store and alter it.  She altered it so well, that it was hard to recognize that it was the same jacket.  When my brother was in a band she altered clothes adding fringe and rhinestones so that he had clothes to perform in.

Rarely, except when Dad was in the in the house for a cup of coffee did I ever see her sit.  I don’t ever remember her sitting and watching television.  She was always busy.  (I do get that from her)

I think my favorite thing of all that she gave to me was my drive to never stop learning or pursuing things that I am interested in.  Had my mom lived longer, she would have learned to use a computer…she would have sewn quilts right along with us…she’d likely have had a cell phone or even a blog.  She loved keeping up with the times.

She was a great lady who had a big impact on me and on my life.  It’s so hard to believe that this marks the year that I have lived longer without her in alive than I did with her alive.  Loosing a mom when you’re only 24 is much too soon…..Today I am thankful for the 24 years I did get to have with her and the part my mom played in making me the person I am.

I’ll always miss you mom.

Stash Report

I have fabric in…This time around it’s all good…all for projects that we’re finishing.

I’ve told you before and I’ll say it again, and again, and again.  I love Whittles Fabrics.  Kelli and I needed a backing for our quilt that we’re making with Kim Diehl fabrics.  We didn’t want to pay full price if we didn’t have to so I when to Whittles on line.  YEP…they had Kim Diehl fabric.  The even better news was that it was only $7.50 a yard!!

stash-report
It’s the bottom piece.

When ordering I ended up writing a note in the comment section saying that I needed a light blue fabric that would look good with my Celtic Solstice.  The I put a link to the blog showing a picture of my quilt.  Then I asked if they might have anything in the store that would work with it.

Celtic-Solstice-1
I got an email back saying yes..they did have a fabric.  Then they sent me a picture of the print.  I thought it would work fine for the outside border and binding.  Best news yet, that was only $4.50 a yard.  SCORE!!

This made me so happy.  I didn’t have to leave my home to shop which right now, I have no time for.  I didn’t have to go from store to store searching for the right fabric either.  It’s exactly what I needed.  Don’t get me wrong, check out brick and mortar stores is always fun…sometimes, I just don’t have time though.  Whittles has a flat rate $5 shipping charge…sometimes over the holidays they wave that.   I sign up for the newsletter so I know when that is and then typically buy a couple backing pieces of fabric.

All in all…Whittles is a great on line buying option for fabric.  They combine quality fabric, great prices and good customer service.

Used this Week: 0  yards

Used year to Date:  35 yards store bought +  148 gifted fabric + 67 yards of recycled/thrifted fabric…

To see how others are inventorying their fabric use, check out Patchwork Times.

Amazing Biscuits

If you have a Facebook account I am sure you’ve seen the recipes time and time again in your news feed.  For the most part I glance at them and then move on.  I’ve tried a few and I’m not always impressed…but the every so often one catches my eye that I can’t resist…

Biscuits
This recipe was one I couldn’t resist trying…so were they good???  Actually they were GREAT!!

Hubby and I both love biscuits.  One of the favorite meals ever around our house has always been biscuits and gravy.

So here’s the recipe…only 4 ingredients.
4 cups Bisquick
1 cup sour cream
1 cup 7-up
1/2 cup melted butter

Mix Bisquick, sour cream, melted butter and 7 up. Dough will be very soft – don’t worry. Knead and fold dough until coated with your baking mix. Pat dough out and cut biscuits using a round biscuit / cookie cutter. Place biscuits on pan and bake @ 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until brown.

Interesting right?!?!  BUT WAIT…This is where the story gets even more interesting.  I didn’t read the original recipe!  I just saw the ingredients assumed how to make them and did.  Then as I was writing this blog post I read through the instructions.  The original instructions said this, “Mix Bisquick, sour cream and 7 up. Dough will be very soft – don’t worry. Knead and fold dough until coated with your baking mix. Pat dough out and cut biscuits using a round biscuit / cookie cutter. Melt butter in bottom of cookie sheet pan or 9×13 casserole dish. Place biscuits on top of melted butter and bake @ 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until brown.”

I failed to read the highlighted part.  The biscuits get put in the butter…..not the butter in the biscuit mix.

I’ll have to try them the other way now…but maybe not, I can’t imagine them tasting any better than they already did!


Today I am thankful that we eat most of our meals at home.   We don’t eat out much…probably twice a month.  We ate out a little more when we were working on the house all the time but when we are in a regular schedule two-maybe three times a month is it.  That’s not too bad considering I feed Hubby two full meals a day.

I remember when the whole family went on a trip to Washington D.C. when the girls won the Iowa National History Day competition and advanced to nationals.  We ate out for two meals a day for a week.  It was awful.  Hubby and I both had gut rot.  Eating out that much just wasn’t fun for us and it didn’t make us feel good at all.

I have to say..when we do go out to eat, it’s for social or convenience.  For the most part, we both prefer the food I make….and luckily, I like to cook.