Thursday, November 26, 2009

Pies anyone?

Well, the pies are made and we'll be ready to go to my sister's in a few hours.  I knew you'd want a peek though after bragging the other day about what a fabulous pie maker I am.  LOL  So.....may I present:
Homemade Pecan Pie
French Silk:
Homemade French Silk Pie
And the all time favorite.....French Apple:
Homemade French Apple Pie
You all have a Happy Thanksgiving too......even my "out of the US friends". I am truly grateful for all of you no matter where you live!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Another Project in the Works

I imagine that most of you went into my photostream to see the quilting on the "Insanity" quilt, didn't you?  I sure hope so, and if you didn't, get your butt over there if you want to see, because I have bigger fish to fry here today.  I'm super excited about this project and I'm close to being done (and it is lookin' good, if I do say so myself), but it's been rainy and dismal here all day, so pictures weren't possible.  BUT....I do have some "in the works" pics to show you from the last few days and you're going to have to just guess what I'm making now.  

Another project in the works

And then, my attempt at paper piecing for the first time (and Lord knows if I even did it correctly???)

Attempting Paper Piecing

Can you guess what it is???? Next time, I'll show you the finished product that I made and thought about for months. It's turning out exactly as I had envisioned. Yahoo!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I love this Quilt!!

Oh, I love this quilt so much.  I'm not sure if it's now my favorite or second favorite, but I'm crazy about it.  The weight is amazing and reminds me of the old fashioned quilts of yesteryear.  I suppose I should wash it....but I'm not ready yet.  I really love quilts just quilted and not washed and dried right away.  You can never get the newness factor back again, so I put off the process as long as possible.  Anyone else feel like this????  Maybe it's the contemporary in me, I don't know.

Squared Insanity Complete

I just was reminded by a friend that I didn't take a picture of the back. Duh!! It's just plain white (because I was "squared out" when I finished the front), but the quilting is amazing and it really shows up nice on the solid color. My quilter does such a good job. I'll take a pic tomorrow!!! Come back..........

Friday, November 20, 2009

We Have a Winner

It's Friday and I can't believe how close it is to the holidays.  Next week is Thanksgiving already and before you know it, it'll be Christmas.  My sister and I were talking just yesterday about that.  Our families always get together every year, here, at our house, and with the kids growing, we need to coordinate dates, times, etc.  This year we're having our celebration on December 19th....less than a month away.  (That's a "flip out" with everything I still have left to do, believe me.)  I'm thinking that not much bloggin' will be going least until the beginning of 2010.   (Unless you want to see pics of wrapping paper, shopping at the mall, or cooking...although come to think of it, I do make some rootin' tootin', beautiful pies.)  I just might have to show you one or two of those.  LOL  BUT....I know you didn't come here today to hear about that.  I know you are anxious to hear about the winner.  And we have one.  


I had a friend pick a number between 1 and 122 without choosing 9 or 12 (mine and AmandaJeans) and 15 is what she picked.  So, blessings to you, Lauren.  I hope you like it.  I'm contacting you next for your mailing info so I can get that right off to you.
Thank you everyone for entering my giveaway and thank you so much,  Amandajean, for directing your wonderful and lovely readers to my little blog here.  I had so much fun reading all the entries.  I'm thinking I'll have to do it again right before Christmas.....I do have something else in mind......and I do love giveaways, don't you????  

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Giving Thanks

Just in time for fall and Thanksgiving, I thought a give-away would be nice.  After all, I am so grateful for all of you and the sewing community here in blogville and Flickr.  I have made so many friends!!!  (Oh, incidentally, I am posting this and the pic of the giveaway at the same time, if you can believe???.  For a change, you are not seeing things 2-3 days later.  LOL)  Anyway, I wasn't sure what you might like, but thought maybe a quilt front, back and binding might be nice.  Sooooo, if you want to win this Batik Beauty (48 x 65 1/2 inches), fancy back (4 inches bigger than the front all the way around) and scrappy binding, just tell me why you would like to win.  Please don't forget your e-mail address so I can contact you for mailing info. if you get lucky.

Batik Beauty

Batik Back

Scrappy Binding

Believe me that everything is straight. The wind was blowing when we were taking pics. Also, I have the tops labeled for your convenience and that's what the white thing is on the tops of both. LOL The winner will drawn by a random drawing next Friday, November 20th. Good luck!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I "get it" now!!!

It just occurred to me that I have it all wrong.  From what I've been reading, you're supposed to post a new pic to Flickr and your blog at the same time so that the pic gets the full effect.  E-gads, where have I been?  I told you that I'm not very good at this blogging business....but it takes months for me to figure that out????  Oh well, I'll try to do better in the future.  Today though, you're going to have to put up with something that Flickr has had for a few days.  So sorry!!  I hope to make it up to you by maybe a nice giveaway next time.  Would that do it??  

Anyway, I did the quilt along thing with Quilt Dad for round 3 here,  but I was late in posting because I had to wait to get this back from the quilters.  I sure wish my quilter was faster.  Don't they know that it makes me seem like a slacker?  Anyway, the quilt along was a blast and John's instructions were wonderful!!!  Oh well, here it is:

Just a Little Wonky

It was so fun to make and I used all this crazy fabric which sort of reminded me of Halloween prints. (Maybe because they were purples and lime greens, huh?) I do adore all the white though. Here is the back:

The Wonky Back

And finally, I do have to show off the quilting. I think they call the pattern, Loop De Loop:

Wonky Close-up

Boy they do a good job! My husband even liked this one. Go figure that!! I said, next time I'll post something totally different here and at Flickr at the same time and it'll probably be a giveaway so come back soon. Okay??

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Baking-Not Sewing

I can't believe it!  I'm all sewn out!  I think it happened because of my recent sewing marathon and I really thought the day would NEVER come.  I love to sew!  On top of that, my husband is traveling again....a time I relish to make huge messes because I don't have to pick up a thing until I'm done.   So what do I do to keep myself busy for 4 days??  Ummmm???  Well, Christmas is coming and when's a better time to make a mess but now making Christmas cookies?  I mean, I usually freeze them anyway, so what's the big deal if I make them a few weeks early?  So, as of today I have 9 kinds done already with about 4-5 kinds to go.....and most of them are double batches, I'll have you know!  I maybe should have taken pics, huh?  Oh well, I'm sure I'll do that when they're all done and I'm sorting them in tins for friends in a few weeks.  Until then, I wish I could share the smells of my kitchen with each one of you!  Ummmm.....soooo goood!