Monday, December 31, 2012

Mama said sew finish...

This weekend I've been cleaning up and seeing what needs to be completed on the many projects I have going in my sewing room. 

This was a quick finish, just needed to finish quilting and bind it.
You can previous post here and here on this quilt.

Finished - I made this from one Jelly Roll of Mama Said Sew from Sweetwater
 and 2 yards Kona Snow.
48" x 60"
The idea for the quilt came from Modas Bakeshop - 

I practice some of the quilting techniques from Angela Walters book.
This is a great book I highly recommend it!



Back - for the back I purchased a few additional half yards.

Happy last day of 2012!

Wishing you all a Happy, Peaceful, and Prosperous New Year!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Be kind....

"Maybe Christmas,"
he thought, 
"doesn't come from a store.
Maybe Christmas… 
means a little bit more."

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Tree Skirt..

We got our tree last weekend and finally got around to decorating yesterday.  I realized that I have never taken a photo of the christmas tree skirt that I made many years ago.  I made log cabin blocks, and appliquéd poinsettia's.

Enjoy your day,

Just smile....
it looks good on you!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

November finishes..

Wow where has 2012 gone??  
Hard to believe that December is here and 
here in New England it brought snow!

Sorry to report that I didn't get anything finish in the month of November.  Nope, nothing!  But don't worry I'm going to show you some of my favorite quilts I saw on Pinterest!

This quilt is from "Quilt it
Love how she set this wonky stars.

This quilt is from "Made during Quiet Time"
Cathedral windows on my list to make one day.

This quilt is from "Flekka Journal"

This quilt is from "Fiberliscious"
Love this!  A wonderful story to go with it!

Love to hear what your making for Christmas/ Holiday gifts!


I still find each day too short for all the
thoughts I want to think,
All the walks I want to take,
All the books I want to read,
and all the friends I want to see.
-John Burroughs-

(And I need to add all the quilts I want to make! )

Friday, November 23, 2012

Modern meets traditional...

This is what I've been working on, Modern Dresden blocks with traditional fabrics.
My inspiration came from this quilt here and I found instructions here.


Beautiful in my opinion
 has nothing to do with looks.  
Its how you are as a person and
 how you make others feel about themselves.
The notebook of Life

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Oh no...

As you can see there are no photos this morning. :-(

I was writing my post this morning and I went to upload my photos and guess what I've ran out of free space.   So as soon as I get that figured out I'll post some photos and an update of what I've been working on.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tonight is the night..

Tonight I have a date with one of my daughters to see the final chapter of the Twilight Saga.
Movie starts at 10:00PM, 
Tickets already purchased, check.
An hour waiting in line for the perfect seat,
overpriced popcorn, snacks and drinks.
Time spent one on one with one of my twins,

At our house we're divided between Team Edward and Team Jacob.

My daughter has been counting down the days since the 1st part of Breaking Dawn came out, she is super excited!  Tomorrow she gets her braces on and guess what we're going again with all her friends.

Wish me luck!


“I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars.” 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

November blocks for Stash Bee...

The first blocks are for Hive #2 Laura, she wanted us to do a self portrait and a portrait of a pet.  You can read more about the process here. I have the normal pets, two dogs, two cats and several chickens.  But I wanted to do something different and since I've very fond of the classroom pet, Fredrick, that we babysat several times this past year.

This was a coloring page I found online. I made his body from one piece of the olive green and then I layered 8 separate pieces on for his shell. 

 My self portrait.  

This is also from a coloring page I found online and then traced out the pieces on fusible webbing. I actually ended up making three copies of the hair, one was fused on to the gold base, the medium yellow and the light yellow.   My hair was made by making a base layer of the dark gold,  I then cut the medium and light yellow into strips and placed them over the dark gold base and ironed and then I stitched them down. I hope this make sense.  

Hive #4 blocks for Jessica, she blogs over at Sew Crafty Jess.  
This was a super quick block to make and I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Don't forget to vote for your favorite quilt 

I'm bumming, I was planning on entering a quilt, I kept putting it off because I couldn't decide and then Hurricane Sandy came for a visit and we lost power and then it was too late.  There are so many wonderful entries it's hard to choose just one.

A couple of nerds, a vampire and a witch oh my!

Have a wonderful day,

Every great dream begins with a dreamer.

Always remember,
you have within you
the strength, the patience,
and the passion
to reach for the stars
to change the world.
Harriet Tubman

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Savanna Bop Baby Quilt...

Yes, another baby quilt!  
My neighbor's daughter had a baby boy a couple of weeks ago.
I used this great fabric from designer Thomas Knauer,
 Savanna Bop it's bright and fun!



I love this line, the bright colors and the cute elephants, giraffes, and rhinos oh my!
Enjoy your day,

Happiness is like a butterfly:
the more you chase it,
the more it will elude you,
but if you turn your attention to other things,
it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Spice of life layout change???

 Good morning,  It's a foggy morning here!  
 View from my sewing room window.

This is the original layout for Spice of Life quilt.

But of course I had to play around with the layout.

Layout 2

Layout #3

So which layout is your favorite??
Do you find yourself manipulate layouts?  Do you start making a quilt top and change your mind part way through the design process?  Or do you tend to follow the pattern?

Have a wonderful day,

If you can dream it 
you can do it!
Walt Disney

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Spice of life....

I saw this quilt in the background of a quilting magazine, I did some research and found the instructions in Miss Rosie's Spice of Life Quilts.  The name of the quilt is True Blue, it's done in scarps of blues and whites.  Lately I've been on a red kick, and decided I wanted to make this in red, with a beige/tan background and making the small pinwheels in a different color, dark brown. I also adjusted the pattern, the quilt was much bigger than I wanted to make, 85 x 85 and I just want a lap size. 
 I always seem to adjust or modify the patterns in some way, do you? 

 Here are the red, brown and beige/tan squares.  
Lines draw diagonally with pencil on the light squares.

I have Fridays off, so I had a half an hour before I had to get the kids ready for school. I chained pieced the 5" squares, 40 sets, yeah me!  You can see it's still dark outside the and the photos aren't the best. 

All set to be cut.


All cut..

To be continued....


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 
Mark Twain

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mama said sew continued .....

The top is sewed together and the backing is done.  I have the quilt all sandwiched together and now on to quilting.  I received Angela Walters new book for my birthday. 
 I can't wait to try to some of her techniques on this quilt - wish me luck! You can find her blog here.


Backing - is made from 4 pieces of 1/2 yard cuts,
 I took the leftovers of my jelly roll and cut them into 1 1/2" pieces by 2 1/2" 
and sewed them together - the backing wasn't quite long enough so I pieced them in between the 1/2 yard cuts.  I then added a 9" Kona Snow border on the each side. (The above picture does not show this.)

Enjoy your day,

Chocolate doesn't ask silly questions,
Chocolate understands

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Giveaway winner...

First of all I was over whelmed with the birthday wishes, thank you all!

Now for the winner, I turned 51 so the winner is: 

Happy Birthday. I'm a Public Follower and Read in Google. I do love birthdays, it's a sign that we're still going and have another day to make it right and have some fun.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sneak Peak at Mama Said Sew..

Good Afternoon, it's a beautiful fall day here in the Northeast.  
This morning we went to the corn maze, we do this every year it's so much fun! 

I was rudely awaken by the hiccups at 5AM - which was really annoying!
 So I got up and finished sewing my blocks for Stash Bee.  

 Hive #4  blocks for Jennie
She asked for pink and purple, it's going to make a beautiful quilt for her Aunt.

Hive #2 - Blocks for Rachelle 
These were fun to make and it's going to make a great quilt!

Here's the layout for my Mama Said Sew blocks.
I made this from one Jelly Roll and 2 yards of Kona Snow. 
Thank you to the Fabric Shack for great customer service!

Fall Photos...

My daughter, Sidney.  Gotta love the uniforms!

Have a wonderful afternoon and don't forget to enter my giveaway.

The happiness of your live 
depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Giveaway...


My birthday is Tuesday and I decided to give one lucky follower a gift!  

Here's what I'm giving...

This great stack of fat quarters that I won from Film in The Fridge, back in March
 from Laurie Wisbrun‘s line for Robert KaufmanBrrr!  

Must be a follower of my blog..
Shipping only to the United States and Canada, thank you.

Do you like birthdays and why?  

I love birthdays, it's your special day! So enjoy every moment and do what makes you happy!

Entries close on Monday, October 8th at midnight EST.  I will announce a winner Tuesday evening.

Thank you,

Instead of focusing on all the bad,
Be thankful for all the good,
 because every day you have 
is a blessing.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cinnamon Apple Cake..

It's fall and we went apple picking...and I made my favorite apple apple dessert

Cinnamon Apple Cake
This cake is super moist and super delicious! 
I'm not a cake person, but this is something else.

Cinnamon Apple Cake

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup sugar - keep separate
6 ounces block style fat free cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of cinnamon - mix with 1/4 cup sugar above
3 cups of chopped apples - about 2 large ( I used 3)

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Beat 1 1/2 cups of sugar, cream cheese, butter, vanilla at medium speed.
For about 4 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time, mix well.
Add flour, baking powder, and salt, mix.
Put apples in a separate bowl and add 2 tablespoon cinnamon mixture.
Stir apple mixture into batter.
Pour batter into a 8 inch springform pan covered with cooking spray, sprinkle with the rest of the cinnamon mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cake pulls away from sides of pan.
Cool cake completely on a wire rack. 

From Cooking Light
Greg Patent