Thursday, May 21, 2015

I've Been Holding Out

Last August, I subscribed to a new Block of the Month..I had a guilty conscience doing it and it took several days to talk myself into it because I have "several" BOM's stored in containers that I haven't even touched, most a few years old..but this new BOM was wool applique and I had not done any wool applique.  So that was my persuasion to myself to order it. The pattern is How Does Your Garden Grow by Norma Whaley and my monthly blocks come from Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop. I have been 95% satisfied with the fabrics they send and have only replaced a couple of them. Sometimes it's scary to do this as it can get quite expensive but I had very little wool so I thought it was the wise way to go..  I decided to do a little beading on them so here are the first 4 blocks that I have done.  They have been a lot of fun to do.  I have all of the blocks finished, just haven't done the embellishment on the rest yet.

 I'm linking up with Super Mom-No Cape's Vintage Embroidery link, so hop on over there and check out the rest of the links...there are some pretty cool ones!!  Sew until next time, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day....

Monday, May 4, 2015

Bluebirds, One of My Favorites

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly ... Why then, oh why can't I? These Bluebird towels were so much fun to embroider..if you want to check out the rest of the set, you can go here:
Bluebird Tea Towels, The Rest of the Story.  I'm linking up to Super Mom-No Cape again today....Just click here and you will get there. Sew until next time, I hope you have a Super Stitches kind of day...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Remember His & Hers?

Do you remember the His and Her's pillowcases? They were popular many, many moons ago.  I embroidered this pair when I was in high school. I remember using the colors that were recommended and I thought it was very daring to use lime green with lavender/purple and blue..then aqua to outline the letters...and bold pink flowers!!!  But I have always loved these colors together and now I treasure these pillowcases.  And I crocheted the edging too!! A couple of years ago, I dug them out and they were so yellowed with age so I soaked them in Oxyclean several times for several days and they came out sparkling white again.  This was just a little trip back in time as I made them over 60 years ago and I still love them even though there isn't a "His" anymore. :-(  I wonder what my kids will do with them when I'm gone?  Treasure or trash???

 I linking today with Super Mom-No Cape, you should go check out what others have shared with us if you like hand embroidered pieces..Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day..............

Monday, April 20, 2015

Re-visiting the Bunny Tea Towels

I have been making sets of tea towels for the last couple of years and giving them as shower gifts for my grandkids when they are getting married. And then a few extras besides. My DIL wanted a set for their 20th wedding anniversary, my two college age, single, granddaughters said they would like some too. I made them each a couple for Christmas. And then my two daughters ordered a set also. This is the first set I made and now I am working on my 6th set, that's 6 X 7=42 towels that I will have embroidered..I love to embroidery!!!  Thank goodness!! You can see more of these towels individually if you click here: Bunny Tea Towels . Today I am linking to Super Mom-No Cape for her Stitchery Link Party, hand embroidery only. You can click right here: Stitchery Link Party to go to her blog and check out what others have posted. It's always fun to see other nice projects..gotta keep those needles hot!!  Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day...............

Monday, April 13, 2015

Linking with Super Mom-No Cape today

Here is a cute little pillow that I made a few years ago to go with a quilt that I made for my bedroom.  It says "The flower garden is also my garden of thoughts and dreams...The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers and the dreams are as beautiful."  I loved the sentiment and the flowers around the border. I used just one strand of floss to embroider them. It was a free pattern off the internet and I'm sorry that I don't remember where I got it and I haven't found the pattern since, if anyone knows, please let me know.  The quilt is used on my bed spring through summer, it is really pastel and I always look forward to putting it on the bed every year.  The fabric collection was called "Secret Garden" I'm pretty sure and Robyn Pandolph was the designer. Still one of my favorite collections.

The above pictures are the border which I designed with Robyn Pandolph motifs. I didn't have a pattern for the quilt, I just made Flying Geese blocks until I had enough, sewed a long piece in between, machine appliqued the border, and then more Flying Geese!! It was machine quilted by Nancy Anderson and I love what she did with the quilting. Today I'm linking to Super Mom-No Cape. She hopes to have a Linky party every Monday for something embroidered that you want to share. Click on the link above and go check it out, you will find her blog very interesting to browse around. ......Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day..................

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I Tried A New Bread Recipe

This is a No-Knead Jalapeno Cheddar Artisan Bread recipe that I got from the Chef-in-Training site. It came out really good according to some of the grandkids..I did do a little taste test but I'm not a jalapeno fan and tried to avoid the peppers (it didn't work). I really liked the "crumb" in the bread and I may try it again without the "heat".  It was fun to try something different!!  Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day.......

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Beautiful Day

I don't know when I have seen a more beautiful blue sky, literally no clouds and it's 65 degrees right now..And the maple trees are starting to show signs of growth...And I just watched a huge flock of geese flying north.....And I saw my first Robins today......And it is the 14th of March!!!!! do you think Winter is really over???  I am hoping we are having an early Spring...How about you?...Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day..............

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Gathering

Wednesday afternoon I hosted our Mini Quilters Group so I decorated a little early for Easter. I don't have any St. Patrick Day decor so Easter it was!  I have to go on the hunt for St. Pat's Day decor, maybe I can find some on sale this year. 

I served chocolate ice cream cake roll,  filled with Mint Chip ice cream, drizzled with hot fudge sauce that I made too.  Then I used a little green paper doily on a Miss America plate...that was my representation for St. Patrick's Day, I guess!  We had a little chatter and even got some sewing done too.  Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day.....................

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sharing a slide show with you..

I just posted the slide show from our February Piecemaker's Guild show and tell.  We have some of the best show and tell around. This is my personal opinion..I belong to a much bigger guild also and at the last meeting, we had 2 people with show and tell.  My smaller guild always has great show and tell.  Watch the slide show and see for yourself..Here is the link to our Piecemaker's Guild Blog.

I hope you will enjoy the show...Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day............... 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

My Grandiose Amaryllis!

"We" are back again, my amaryllis and me!!  I can't believe this plant..after the first 4 blooms expired, it started to send up another shoot. I thought it was probably a leaf. But it wasn't and this one has gone crazy and it has so much fun to watch it grow. These blossoms are bigger and better than the first ones AND it has 5 blossoms on it..AND this morning I measured it and it is 29"or maybe 30" tall..I think the bulb will just shrivel and die when it's done blooming. (not really) Well, enough of this chatter, I will show it to you..

Can you see the 5th bud in the back?

Crazy, huh? And this was taken several days ago..

It's tall!

Maybe the frog added the fertilizer  ;-))  The enjoyment has far exceeded the $4.99 that I paid for it...Such a bright spot in my kitchen...I love it....Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day.....

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Is It Cold At Your House???

 My red amaryllis has brought a bright spot to my house this very bitterly cold morning. My indoor-outdoor thermometer isn't showing the outside temperature for some reason but I know it was supposed to be below zero this morning and our high today somewhere around 7 or 8!!  I bought this Amaryllis right before Christmas for $4.99 and it had already shown some growth. It has exceeded my expectations already. There are 4 lovely blooms and it's really pretty, the picture doesn't do it justice. I think it is rather strange that it doesn't have any leaves yet. I hope you are warm and cozy today, I know that I am staying in and perhaps get some sewing done.  I am working on a wool applique project and I will show it to you soon. The sun is really bright and that helps everything in my book!  Sew until next time, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day................until next time...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Oh, Christmas Tree!!

New lights and a few new ornaments, everything is good...Sew until next time, have a great Stitches kind of day....

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dilly, Dilly

I made some Dilly Casserole Bread this morning and my house smells so good!!  This recipe was a Pillsbury Bake-off winner in 1960..It was made and entered by Leona Schnuelle from Crab Orchard, Nebraska and she won $25,000!!!  My Gramma was the one that first made this in our family.  My husband hated cottage cheese but this was one of his favorite breads..we didn't tell him it had cottage cheese in it, until after he tried and like it. :-) 

Ready to add the remaining flour and knead a little bit.

All ready to raise the first time. When I get ready to make some bread, I turn the oven light on. Then I can preheat my oven to 100 degrees, shut it off and open the door. By the time my dough is ready to rise, my oven is warm and I put my dough in there, close the door and let it raise.
I put my Pumpkin silicon lid on the bowl and it keeps it air tight. I love these lids, they are so handy!!
They call this bread, a "batter" bread as you really don't need to knead it....but I do. I don't make it into a loaf but I make buns..They make a wonderful sandwich or just plain with a smattering of butter.  Here is the recipe that I use:   Dilly Casserole Bread
(2) 1 pkg. yeast                                     (4 t.) 2 t. dill seed
(1/2) 1/4 cup warm water                     (2 t.) 1 t. salt
(2 C.) 1 cup creamed cottage cheese    (1/2 t.) 1/4 t. baking soda
(4 T.) 2 T. sugar                                     (2) 1 egg
(2 T.) 1 T. instant minced onion            (5 C.) 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups of flour (I use bread flour)
(2 T.) 1 T. butter (the ingredients in parentheses is for a double batch)

Dissolve yeast in water. Heat cottage cheese to lukewarm. Combine sugar, onion, butter, dill seed, salt, baking soda and egg in a bowl with cheese and yeast mixture.  Add flour to form stiff dough.  Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk.  Stir down dough. Turn into well greased 1 1/2 qt. casserole or 8 inch round pan. Let rise 30 - 40 minutes or until light.  Bake in 350 degree oven 40-50 minutes. Brush with butter and sprinkle with salt. Makes 1 loaf.  (As you can see by the pictures, I make buns, and I cook each pan 10 minutes and then I switch around the pans on the oven grates and cook another 10 minutes. 20 minutes total for the buns. Doubled recipe makes about 22-24 buns)
Sew until next time, have a great day and try making some Dilly Bread!!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Time is Rushing By

I am dragging my feet about getting ready for Christmas this year .  I have very little decorating done so far!!  I have a Christmas cloth on my kitchen table with a centerpiece. And one of my favorite quilts "Welcome to the North Pole" hanging on the wall. I really need to begin getting ready for Christmas in July, it gets more over whelming every year, could it be that I'm getting older every year?
Click on Welcome to the North Pole, if you would like to see more of this quilt and maybe another one or two.  I hope my #1son  (and my only one)  will come today and carry my tree upstairs for me so I can get started decorating it!!! Sew until next time, I hope your decorating is ALL done and ready for Christmas.  Have a Stitches kind of day!!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014