Friday, April 18, 2014

Wishing You A Happy Easter


All I need to know
I learned from the Easter Bunny!
·         Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
·         Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
·         There's no such thing as too much candy.
·         All work and no play can make you a basket case.
·         A cute tail attracts a lot of attention.
·         Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
·         Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
·         Some body parts should be floppy.
·         Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans.
·         Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.
·         The grass is always greener in someone else's basket.
To show your true colors, you have to come out of the shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.
May the joy of the season fill your heart.

Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

I Won A Giveaway From Pam Buda

Yippee!!! I won these really good scissors from a Pam Buda giveaway a couple of weeks ago. They came in the mail yesterday and I was thrilled to see that they are the Medium size of Karen Kay Buckley's "Perfect Scissors"..I really like KKB scissors, they have a micro serrated edge on the blades, that really hug the fabric and best of all, are the nice big should try a pair!!!  .Heartspun Quilts is Pam Buda's company..she designs quilts and also designs fabric's for Marcus Fabrics..I really like her style of quilts and fabrics, sort of "folksy" and that's my favorite style also. Check out her website and see if you don't like her too!!!  Thanks again, Pam...Sew until next time, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day...........

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Paddy's Day

Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day......................

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sochi Olympic Mug Rug Exchange

I participated in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Mug Rug exchange with Lizzie, from Key Largo, Florida..While I was shivering in below normal temperatures here in Iowa, she was basking in lovely warm temps in Florida so our mug rugs are now experiencing new environments in their new homes. These are the lovely mug rugs that came to live at my house yesterday, sent to me by Lizzie..and she included a package of Key Lime Coconut Bars!! The mug rugs are very nice and I like them a lot and the bars are very tasty too!!

Here are the Mug Rugs that I made for Lizzie.(above)  I included a beaded string bookmark, some micro brushes and a few little quilt labels  I hope she gets them okay, I haven't heard from her yet...keeping my fingers crossed though. Sew until next time, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day............

Monday, February 17, 2014

Joe Carson's Ginger Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. salt
3/4 c. shortening ( I used butter)
1 cup sugar
2 T. molasses
1 egg
water & sugar
1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt and cloves.
2. In a large bowl, beat shortening with electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1 cup of sugar and beat until fluffy.
3. Add egg and molasses. Beat until combines.  Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until well combines
4. Shape into 1 1/2" balls. Dip into s small bowl of water and a bowl of additional sugar. (For a lighter coating, just dip in sugar)
5. Arrange balls 3" apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in 350 degree F. oven for 15 minutes or until light brown on bottoms.  Cool the cookies on wire racks. Makes 20 cookies
Footnote: I used a small cookie scoop, it measures 1 1/4" across. I just dipped half the cookie in water and then sugar. I baked about 11-12 minutes and removed from the sheet in just a few minutes. This made about 40 soft and chewy cookies.  This recipe came from the Midwest Living Magazine many years ago and has remained one of my all time favorites. I hope you will try them and like them as much as I do.  Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day.....................................

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tea and Cookies For One

It has been snowing most of the day, not real hard but it's supposed to continue on through the night until we get about 3" of snow... I have been hankering for Ginger Cookies and today was a good day to make them. So I did and now is a good time to have a cuppa tea and a cookie or four!! I am having Irish Breakfast Tea, love it, and I like it hot, strong and a little sweet. My kitchen smells so good and I always leave the oven door open when I'm done baking, to let the heat get the kitchen is nice and warm too!!  I love my Bumble Bee Teapot and cup & saucer. I bought them at a "used" store and what I wouldn't give for another cup and saucer!!  Then I could have Tea and Cookies for Two and it would be much more if you ever see this pattern, be sure and let me know..

If anyone would like the recipe, just let me know and I can post it in a day or two.  Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day......time for another cuppa!!!!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Pretty Valentine Free Patterns

I think this little wall hanging is really pretty and it's a free pattern from Janome. They also give directions for a flanged pillow. If you get busy, you could have this done for yourself and a friend. Here is the link to the Janome page to find all the particulars.  I found another freebie that looks fairly easy and quick to make. (I need to get off this computer) This one was at Cottage Quilt Designs, a fun blog to look around at her posts and patterns. Sorry, 'it' won't let me drag the tablerunner picture down here, %&%(*#)   Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day!!!!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

What I Made Today

January has been uninspiring to me, I just can't seem to wind myself up to get anything accomplished..but today, I made bread. Two loaves of French Bread and I ate some, now I tired and again, I don't want to do anything constructive. Oh well, January will be over in just a couple of days and maybe February will bring back my mojo!!!  Sew until next time.............................

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I Am Celebrating the Olympic's

I just joined this Mug Rug Swap and I think it will be lots of fun. There is a fee of $6.00 and you get both patterns and lots of information..why don't you join too! I ""checked" the box that I would do international shipping so I am keeping my fingers crossed that I get to do that..I checked Australia, anyone reading this post from Australia??? I am really looking forward to the Olympics, just love watching them!! Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day..........................

Friday, January 3, 2014

Love At First Bite

Homemade Raspberry Jam made by my friend, Jill C. and given to me for's delicious!!!  I love my toast and jam and my friends too!!!...Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day................................

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Good-bye 2013, Hello 2014

I hope you will have a "Stitches" kind of day to start the New Year.................

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Peanut Brittle

I have been on a peanut brittle rampage and I'm not done yet but taken a few days off from it. So far, I have made 6 batches.  I made the peanut brittle for one of my mini-quilting groups for an little Christmas gift. I also tied a little Christmas Tree pin (it's lights up) to the package.  It's not hard to make and really takes very little time, the hard part is the clean up to get ready to make another batch.

This bowl is the one I use, heaven forbid, if it ever would break. It's a Corning Ware 1 3/4 qt. bowl. I have tried a couple of other bowls and they just don't work as well for me. I have made my Peanut Brittle in the microwave for many years. I started with my Tappan microwave because a cookbook came with it, with the recipe in it. Now my microwave is a GE Profile-Spacemaker XL1400. It's a higher wattage so I had to tweak my recipe when I changed microwaves. Here is my current recipe if you are interested in it.                               PEANUT BRITTLE
Power Level: 100%       Total Cooking Time: about 16 minutes

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
 (or cashews, I like the smoked Almonds too!)
1 t. vanilla flavoring and 1 t. butter
1 t. baking soda
1. Stir together the sugar, water, and corn syrup in a 2 qt. casserole. Microwave on high (100%) for 11 minutes.
2. Stir in nuts, microwave on high (100%) for 2 minutes.
3. Stir in vanilla and butter. Microwave on high (100%) for another 2 minutes or until hard crack stage is reached. This is when I test it, in ice water.
4. Add baking soda, stir until light and foamy.
5. Pour mixture onto a lightly buttered cookie sheet. Spread to about 1/4 inch thickness.. You have to do this step rather quickly and be careful about spreading it out too much. I don't like to lose all the foamy because that's what makes it easy to eat.  Cool, and break into pieces.

(If you have a lower wattage microwave, this is what the original recipe called for in cooking. In Step 1, cook for 12-14 minutes. Step 2, cook for 4-6 minutes. Step 3, cook for additional 1-2 minutes. As long as you test your candy in Step 3 in ice water and it doesn't stick to your teeth, it should be fine)  Good Luck and let me know how your candy turns out...Sew until next time, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day...

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving with your family and friends, that's what I am doing!!!  Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day............

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Napkins

I sure haven't been here very often lately, but I wanted to show you the Christmas napkins that I have been making..One of the groups that I belong too is participating in a craft show so this will be my contribution for the show. The money we raise will go to our projects which in the long term will help women and families. I really like all of these napkin fabrics, I think the red/green is more elegant looking and the red/white just everyday..Sure hope someone buys them!!! And I hope you like them too.

 Sew until next time...........have a Stitches kind of day.......................

Monday, November 11, 2013

I Honor Veteran's Day

ARMY-Korean War, My husband, Jerry, 1935-1997
NAVY WW II, My Dad, 1913-2012
 Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day....

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Give Away on Cookies Treasures, I Won!

I won the give away on Cookies Treasures several weeks ago and I was thrilled about it. I hadn't won anything from anyone for a long time so it was exciting. She sent a little kit for a make-up bag, a really cute bracelet and a lovely card. I will try to get the make-up bag made up soon and I know I will enjoy wearing the bracelet, especially to my quilt meetings and it came all the way from Germany..It's very unique as you can see in the many, many thanks to Kerstin for all the goodies!!!!

My Burning Bush, it's the prettiest that it has every been
My neighbor's tree, beautiful isn't it?
 Sew until the next time we meet, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day.......

Friday, October 25, 2013

A Feast for the Eyes

     I think this Fall is one of the prettiest ones we have had in a while. On Tuesday, we were on our way to a quilt guild meeting and we saw this small grove of trees, that was breath-taking. So on the way home, we stopped and tramped through the bromegrass, some of us over the barbed-wire, to get to the trees. I don't have to tell you that it was a few minutes that I will never forget when we stood among these gorgeous red/pink Maples.

I think God did a wonderful job...Sew until next time, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day that I had on Tuesday.......

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Cow Stampede at AQS-Des Moines

hmmmm. I think this was a great challenge..Mary Lou Weidman challenged her students to step out of their box and boy, did they ever. This was a special exhibit at the AQS/Des Moines Quilt Show, I think it looked like a whole lot of fun...Enjoy!!

Aren't these funny???  Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day.................