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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Sew Much Progress!

It must be the extra (Holiday) time off from the job...

Or, it could be the extra bits of daylight being added onto the end of the day...

Maybe it's the promise of having a cheerful quilt to share with a fuzzy buddy while napping?

Whatever the reason...I'm very happy with the fact that 168 five inch blocks became 42 nine and one half inch blocks....

Which then became seven rows of six blocks...

Which then acquired a one inch border followed by a four inch border...

Which is now a finish 62-ish by 75-ish quilt top?

Ooooh yah! Looks like we're going to be sandwiching and quilting NEXT weekend! :-)

In the meantime....since not sew much progress has been made on my Halloween Victorian House cross stitch...I'm going to try my best to add a few threads on it each night during this week.

It has been fun to read everyone's blog posts about their dreams and aspirations for the New Year. My plans for 2020 are to eat when I'm hungry, sleep when I'm tired...and create when I'm inspired! :-)


Tuesday, December 31, 2019


December (like most every month) did not go as planned... but, it was very enjoyable! Looking back at my previous post, I see a mention of the Bonnie Hunter "Frolic" mystery and the Temecula "Tiny Tree" sew-alongs... neither of those happened in my sewing room...lol!

Instead, I enjoyed the kitchen... Yes. There was a fair share of Christmas cookies... peanut butter, chocolate crinkle and walnut snowballs... but, I also tried something different. I had always wanted to start making fresh yeast breads...but, rather than invest in a pantry full of special flours and other specialty ingredients (and then decide I don't like making bread)... I decided to give a mix a try.

Enter King Arthur Flour company! They sell quite a variety of mixes that contain everything you need to make what's pictured on the box. So, I tried the Almond Filled Sweet Bread. Here's what's in the box...

All you need to supply is the butter and liquids. I followed the simple directions... made sure I watched a little YouTube video about how to knead bread dough first...

...and was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out!

Is it perfect? Nope! There are some tricks about yeast and temperature, etc that need some fine tuning...but, this little experiment was certainly tasty anyways! I do have three more mixes to try... and will update here as I bake them up!

On to the stitching part of this month... I was hoping to start that Merry Christmas cross stitch on Christmas Day. But, when the day finally arrived, I just wasn't into tiny x's... so, I stitch up this little guy instead...

This was offered by Sew Graceful quilting company. A little pillow kit for only $5... and who could resist that retro Santa winking at you while stitching? lol! It was quick... and fun... and that had fulfilled my holiday stitching desires.

Then... as it always does on December 26th... my spirit moved forward to Spring and Summer and FLOWERS!!! So, I pulled out a quilt I had started earlier in the year...

The fabric is Summer Breeze VI. The pattern is called "Lattice" which I learned from watching a Missouri Star Quilt Company video. I've always wanted to make a blue and yellow quilt.

When all of those flowers get mixed between the white lattice... it reminds me of Morning Glory's growing on a trellis. I have all of the blocks finished, and hope to start stitching them together tomorrow. This may very well be my first finish of the new year!

And tomorrow will bring a few more starts.... and fresh new lists to bring inspiration to one of the most quietest months of the year...


I'm going to focus on the positives of this month... and make good use of the indoor time that is being gifted to me... it's going to be a month of fabrics, threads and baking breads!


Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a warm home,
a full belly and a peaceful heart!

Merry Christmas!!!

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