Monday, April 30, 2012

A Gift from Paducah

Several of the girls went to the wonderful quilt show in Paducah this past weekend - if I were a few years younger I would have been right there with them!  Leslie brought me back a lovely die cut Hawaiin applique that is positive and negative.  It had me fascinated so this morning I looked through my fabric and found a piece of fabric in my Kaffe stash.  I needed a pretty good sized piece and sometimes that's hard to find in my stuff.  I thought this went well with the beautiful turquoise.  So now I will probably machine buttonhole all around each motif and then layer and quilt the pieces since I think these will make striking pillows.  The pillows will be large ones!  There is also a spool of yummy thread that came with the gift, but I think I will need another color for the fabric that I chose.  The thread will be put to good use later on.  It was a little tricky laying out the motifs without fraying the narrow stems.  I did fine with it, though, and they may not be exactly perfect, but I think they look really good.  Thank you, my friend!!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Good Afternoon

Lately I have been fiddling a little bit with the Nancy Page Laurel Wreath quilt I started some time ago.  It's been one of those love-hate relationships with the blocks, but now I think I am in love with it again.  Earlier, I had tried making the leaves all the same green - and I didn't like that at all..  I also had planned to use Aunt Gracie type fabrics.  Instead, I decided to go with Kaffe fabrics and  put one  together which is the top right one in this picture.  Wasn't too sure of that, either.  However, I did put together three more wreaths and they looked rather pleasing together even though they were empty.  Today I cut the applique pieces for the three that needed centers.  See the strip of glorious fabric down the side that I just tore and put up where sashing would be?  I just love that!  I bought that - maybe a yard and a third -  some time ago at the Park Bench because I thought it was so very pretty.
This quilt would be 5 across and 5 down with the blocks being 12" making a 60" square quilt sans border.  If I add a 1 1/2" sashing all around and 6 to 8 inch border, I would have a great size quilt for a double bed with a dust ruffle.  Would also have enough of the fabric to bind the quilt. 
Have also decided to also use some of the pretty dotted fabric in each center as a constant in the quilt.  It really lends itself to the flowers and birdies that will be featured in the individual blocks.  Doesn't it make you feel good when you finally have a plan?  Must go and scrounge up some supper!  Wish that were as much fun as quilting. 

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sweet Little Pin Cushion, Fran's Jungle

 I took in our quilt show this morning - and a fine one it is as always!  We are a talented bunch, the quilters of Q2!   I am going to spend all afternoon there on Sunday taking my turn at being at the door and then just having fun socializing with the rest of the gals. I will also take my camera along and take pictures of the lovely quilts hanging for everyone to enjoy.   About half an hour before closing, everyone comes in to pick up their quilts so it's kind of a party.  I also shopped our bazaar.  I knew Lori, my friend who makes pin cushions, had made some little rings to put your pins on and I wanted one.  I have a "Lori" collection as you  can see if you check out  the March 17th post.
I took the picture from two angles so that you can see all the neat little pieces in the ring cushion.  And it is sitting on a piece of Kaffe fabric that I just bought today.  There is even some of the lime green in the fabric in a different part of it.
Also a few posts back, I posted a picture of a round robin or strip quilt from several years ago and was wondering if Fran, the owner of this cool piece, had ever quilted it.  Well, she did and here it is.  Fran is our featured quilter this year and her quilts are in the foyer and the hall leading to the show.  She has a lovely display of her work. 
Here you can see the pretty quilting.  She also said she had some of the fabric left with the large leaves and added some of them in strategic spots.  I think this turned out to be about the best round robin type quilt we have ever had in our guild.  Will post more pictures after Sunday.  Have a fun weekend and if you live in or around Midland and can get to our show, come enjoy some beautiful work.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Good Things!

Our guild has it's quilt show this weekend and one of our big attractions is our bazaar.  Members bring in fabric, patterns, various and sundry notions, items they especially make to sell  for the guild, and lots and lots of magazines and books.  It has been a great source of revenue for the guild since the first quilt show.  One of my bff's in the guild (look for Just Tickety Boo on my sidebar) asked me if I would like to have a look at some of her reproduction fabric and some other goodies she was donating and that she would drop by with them one evening.  Of course, I said I most certainly would.  How about the array of fabric in the picture above - it's so sweet!
Here is a cute piece of alphabet fabric along with some pretty striped flannel that would make a great floor quilt for Henry or another sweet little baby.

And these four prettyvintage sunbonnet girls were in a package and I took those.  The buttonhole stitch is done by hand and the actual girls and bonnets, etc., were sewn on the block by machine as you can see in the following picture.  These will go into a small quilt, hanging or pillows.  I love the old fabrics. 

I took along a check for my purchases and turned it in for the bazaar.  My contribution this year was four of the ten minute table runners done in Christmas fabrics.  In the past, I have taken lots of fabric, magazines, etc., but this year I didn't want to make all the trips up and down the basement stairs.  Our guild has grown in the last two or three years so we have lots of new quilters to weed out their stashes now.   Will get some pictures of the wonderful quilts we always have and post them the first of next week. 

Have a good weekend!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Quilt Labels and Old Stoves

 
Have been working on getting labels made for the quilts that I have finished this past couple of weeks.  Here is the one for Reese Tulip ready to be sewn on.  The printing fabric you buy by the sheet is so hard to needle, but by making a little border ala log cabin it's a breeze.  There is a cute little poem I found on the internet which I don't think you can make out.  Here it is in case you would like to use it also---

This quilt is made of cloth and thread to place upon your little bed.
It's not an heirloom - just to keep - but to lay upon as you count sheep.
Or perhaps the floor's the perfect place for a dolly and teddy picnic space.
 The quilt can be anything you dream - from Superman's cape to the robe of a queen.
Pretend it's a raft adrift at sea or just cuddle up when you watch tv.
 So use it up and wear it out - I promise I won't yell or pout.
Just tell me when its days are through and I'll make another just for you!

I'm sorry I did not find out the author - if I do, I will post it and give credit where credit is due.

Now, about old stoves!  I just did a post on my Pieces of the Past about cooking and heating stoves back when I was a little girl.  Clear at the top of my sidebar here on Funoldhag is my picture as a little girl with my doll buggy and doll  --click on that and it will take you to Pieces of the Past if you would like to check out that post.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Short, Sweet Post

Some little fellow is now standing on his own two feet and ready to explore that big, wondrous world out there.  He looks as if he is very serious about whatever task he is working on!   Seems like he is changing so incredibly fast.   Just wanted to share the cuteness with you again. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Snowball Star

Snowball Star is all done now and it turned out a-okay.  Took a while to quilt it, but the quilting wasn't hard - just lots of stops and starts.
A corner of the quilt showing quilting and the binding which is done with short strips of the fabric.
The back - only thing I would change on that is to make the first "E" a different color as there isn't much contrast between the orange and the pink.  Almost every quilt I have made has something I would have changed - but that's just being human and nothing to dwell on.  I will get the little quilt to it's new little owner next week.  Hey, hope the weekend is a good one for everyone!  Me, too!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Working on Some Finishes

The binding is machine sewn on my pretty hexie flower quilt now and ready to be turned over and handsewn down.   It's been quite a while since I have sewn the border on a large quilt and I have to get working on it - the quilt show is the weekend after the coming one and the quilts are due to be taken to the Carriage House a week from tomorrow morning.
Here is a little sewing machine cover that I quickly put together.   It just goes over the machine and has ties to tie it on each side.  Very easy to do.  It's binding needs to be sewn down, also.  The little snowball star is all done now except for a label.  I will take its picture tomorrow and show that one last time.  Then will have to get it to the little doll I made it for. 
I didn't make these darling little houses - found them on Pinterest.  There is a tutorial that goes along with them at http://retro-mama.blogspot.com      Just thought you might enjoy checking them out.  Would also make cute appliques.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bindings and Custard Pie

The other day I got the binding ready for Snowball Star and for my Hexie Flower quilt.  These for the smaller quilt are all sewn on and partially sewn by hand.
I decided to bind the quilt in green.  Had to piece the strips and now they are pressed and I will take the quilt down to my big table and trim the remaining backing and batting off then back upstairs to sew the binding to the quilt.  That is kind of a wrestling match since my machine is pretty close to the wall.  However, I do manage to get it done.

Now, one more picture----
one of the recipes I got from Pinterest that I have been wanting to try.  I love, love custard pie but have only made it a couple of times.  I found this recipe that is really easy so I gave it a go.  It smells divine but is too hot to eat yet.  Easy to mix up, it was supposed to make it's own crust and it looks like it did.  I will put in the recipe along with some words of caution.  When I mixed it up, I started pouring it into a 9" pie plate as called for in the recipe.  Well, there was way too much so I immediately poured it back into the mixing bowl.  I used a 9" round pyrex (I think that is the size) round baking dish and it held it fine.  As it baked, it started to rise to the top.  Of course, with my sparkling clean oven I didn't want to have a runover mess so I put a cookie sheet with some foil on it under the dish.   (It never did run over - but I still would not trust it).  I baked it about 15 minutes longer than it called for.  It was in the oven at 350 for approximately an hour.  When I took it out, there was melted butter on the top so I took paper towels and blotted that up.  So with that said, here's how to make

Magic Crust Custard Pie

1/4 c. butter (or margarine)
4 eggs
3/4 c. white sugar
pinch of salt
2 c. milk 2%
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c. all purpose flour

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and beat with a mixer. 
Pour into buttered 9" pie pan (needs a bigger one!) (I forgot to butter my pan but will next time.
Sprinkle with nutmeg!  That's what makes custard so good - at least to me.
Bake at 350 for 45 min to an hour.  It makes it's own crust.

Okay, I could not wait so I have taste tested it still quite warm.  It's yummy and I will be wanting to make it again every once in awhile!  Will let you know how it is cold as I am sure I will find that out later on this evening.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Newly Quilted - I Am Bubbling Over

Last night was our guild meeting and my friend, Linda, brought me my quilt that she had quilted for me.  It is absolutely gorgeous - her work is just beautiful.  Here it is - sans binding - on the bed in my sewing room. 
A closeup of her wonderful stitching.  The rows of flowers are echo quilted and the rows between are done in wonderful feathery ornate patterns.
More of the quilting close up.  She also did some stitching in the center of each flower and the flowers just pop up - they look wonderful.
At a different angle.  I will trim the rest of the excess backing and batting from the quilt and bind it (I feel certain it will be bound in the greens - if not, then the background fabric) and will have this pretty pretty piece in our upcoming quilt show.   Thank you, Linda, for the lovely quilting you did on my quilt--it could not be any more beautiful. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Candlewicking

Back in the early 1980's when I was trying out so many different types of needlework, I made several candlewicked pillows.  Lots and lots of colonial knots, satin stitch, running stitch and lazy daisies.  Those pillows still are perched on my bed and the bed in the guest-sewing room.  The one above and
 this one are done in dusty pink and trimmed with some pretty pink cotton lace and ruffling. 
They share a spot on the bed with this little pillow I did years and years ago.  That one is hand appliqued and hand quilted.
This is done in the more traditional muslin and matching thread.  It is actually a pattern for a quilting design.  The colonial knots are so much better than french knots - or that is my opinion - because they never pull through to the back.  Once you have mastered the movements, you don't forget how to do one.
I like this one a lot.  Amazed that I did a pretty good job on the satin stitched grapes.  That stitch is time consuming but very pretty.  Wonder if candlewicking will make a comeback?  It's very pretty handwork. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter

Tomorrow is Easter.  I want to wish all of you who drop by and visit my blog (thank you soooo much - blogging is a joy) a lovely Easter filled blessings, love, good food and yummy goodies from the Bunny.  As I look around the internet and fill my boards on Pinterest with things I love, I have found some gorgeous vintage cards - Easter cards, I think, are about the most beautiful.  Therefore, I will offer you quite a few cards in the styles that are my favorite and let you pick the one you like the best to send you my wishes.
Little houses with trees, flowers, pretty girls - these always catch my eye. I believe most of these cards will be in the Art Deco style.  If I'm wrong, let me know.  However, I am immediately drawn to anything in this era.
Another card which is adorable.  I love her huge hat, her darling print dress and her geese in pretty slippers.
I would imagine this little girl with her pretty pot of tulips would have been around my age if she were real. She is another of my favorites.
A little fuzzy yellow chicken is essential to Easter.  One Easter in Iowa we bought two little chicks for Sherry and Bill for Easter - they sold things like that back then.  Usually, the little creatures did not make it through but the ones we had lived on and on.  They were in a cardboard box in our kitchen - then they started being able to get out of the box!  Ray and the kids took the little chickens and finally found a home for them on a farm outside of town.  Lesson learned!  They were cute, though.
Those little chicks could have turned out like this!
And here is a bunny, essential to the array of Easter cards. 
And who could resist this adorable little sweetie pie.
The meaning of Easter.  You may have one card or all of them!  Happy Easter from Funoldhag.

Friday, April 6, 2012

More Fabric! Tsk! Tsk!

Yesterday,  Sherry took me to Bay City to Fabric Fair to leave my dear old Bernina there for a cleaning and spruceup.  They are the closest Bernina dealer and other dealers can't do any repairs if needed.  While there, of course, I had to check out the fabric and here are some 1/4 yard cuts of some prints that literally yelled out to me to bring them to live at my house.  Most are Aunt Grace fabrics that occupy a big soft spot in my heart.
Here are some wrinkly, crinkly muslins that I thought might be nice for embroidery.  Would love to do a sort of primitive stitching on the dark pieces.  No particular plans, but thinking about it.  Looks like I am going to have to live at least into my early 100's to use up my fabric - that is, if I don't keep buying more!  The manufacturers just keep making it more wonderful all the time and it's hard to resist.  I can justify it by the fact that I don't buy much in the way of clothes anymore - and with fabric, it always fits!

While we were in Bay City, we went to Red Lobster and had a really great lunch!  A nice time out with my very, very nice daughter!!  

Hope wherever you are,  you have the same pretty blue skies above that we do!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Yummy Casserole - For a Change

Finally, successful results when trying a new recipe and ending up with something really yummy.  Some things I have tried lately have turned out okay, so so,  or yuk!   Some I have saved the recipe and others tossed out.  Anymore,  I am not really enjoying time spent cooking and get kind of irritated when something I think sounds so good turns out to be not good and a waste of time.  That has happened a couple of times with things I've made in the crockpot.  However, this was really good and I look forward to the leftovers tonight - and tomorrow night - and maybe even another night if I would freeze some.

It's Mexican Lasagna  but I did not use all it called for.  I found it on good old Pinterest where there are just endless wonderful sounding goodies.  This involved using the lasagna noodles that you don't boil (hip, hip, hooray!!), black beans, tomatoes (I used the ready for chili kind), green onions, frozen (or fresh) corn, garlic powder, oregano, some salt and topped it off with Mexican style grated cheese.  It called for cilantro (I am not a fan), cumin (the tomatoes had a chilli flavor) and hot sauce (not a fan of that either).  No cooking before hand, just mix everything but the cheese together then layer with the noodles and cheese.  I only did two layers instead of three.  It was then covered tightly with aluminum foil and baked at 400 for about 45 minutes, uncover, bake 5 minutes more.  Let it stand 10 minutes. 

Ingredients I used are:
1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/4 c. fresh or frozen corn kernels
4-5 green onions, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp. garlic salt
salt
 28 oz. can tomatoes for chili
9-12 no boil lasagna noodles
8 oz. Mexican grated cheese
Layer in two or three layers - noodles, bean mixture, cheese.   Put more of the cheese on top layer.  Bake as above.  You can add 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and hot sauce, if you wish!

I always am so smug and contented when I have good leftovers in the fridge - better than money in the bank.  Well, almost!

And I also finished quilting Snowball Star!!  

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Quilting, Quilting, Quilting


There is a lot of quilting on this little piece.  I am now down to the border and there are a lot of short, straight little lines under each block which I am marking a few at a time and quilting a few at a time.  It is turning out nicely, but is taking forever.  I sew for a while and leave it for a while.
The end is in sight, though, and I will be glad to start binding it and have it finished.  I think the Mexican Star will  be much quicker.  I had a hard time deciding what to do with this one and think it turned out okay.
The corner - at least I have turned one and started down another side.  Back at it!