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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

**Scroll down for our JOKE OF THE DAY**

**Featured Artist: Waterrose

My love of textiles has taken me on some wonderful adventures. My first love is quilting. My grandmother taught me to quilt when I was little and growing up in Ohio. We cut pieces one-by-one using what ever templates were available. Handstitching all of those pieces together helped teach me even, tiny straight stitches. First we made small quilts for my dolls and later in my life we made large quilts for beds together. She also taught me to applique.

As time has gone by, and now that my grandmother is gone, I have taken those basic skills and experimented with art quilts. There is nothing more freeing or more scary to look at your collection of fabric and just start designing. There is no right or wrong. If you make a mistake it generally turns into something beautiful and much different than your original idea.

My second love is embroidery. My mother's skill at embroidery was that of an artisian. She was so patient, especially since she was left-handed, while I'm right handed. Some of the stitches were difficult to master when you are wrapping the needle in the wrong direction! Since I do love embroidery so much, I brainstormed for a while to figure out a way to bring this art up-to-date. You usually see embroidery on pillowcases and I thought there was so much more to it than that. I had a stack of wool felt and some silk and then had an "ah ha" moment. Cuffs. Then I began designing some patterns that would fit on the average size wrist. This discovery has now led to my embroidery cuffs being featured in "Quilting Arts Gifts" edition in September. I'm also pursuing different quilt shops and craft venues to teach this wonderful skill. Stop by and visit my blog at

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Signs of FALL - Chicken and ALL

I took my electric eye and did a little nature hunting. Enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Notice these tree friends.
Would you like to be a tree the next time around????

Grapes of a different kind.

Oh, how pretty.

Me doesn't think that these grapes are the edible type.

Wanna bake some dinner here.

Oh the wonderful trees.
I'm not afraid of the forest, are you????
What possibly could be hiding in there, other than a great looking, bikini clad male homo sapien?? Hmmmnnnn

Oh, the wonderful sky.

Inviting Forest.

What's this silver box called???

Are the chicken real???

Feel free to comment so that I will know that you like nature, and my photos.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fool Proof Sudoku Quilt

Fool Proof Sudoku Quilt
First of all, a sudoku quilt is THE most unrandom way to make a quilt look random. A sudoku puzzle is a 3 x 3 grid. Each box is made up of 9 numbers. The numbers don't repeat in a box or in rows, across or down. So how do you make this into a quilt? Here's the way I did it.
First, get a sudoku puzzle and solve it. OK, to make it even easier, use the answer in back of the book. I get my daily sudoku fix in my daily paper. Pick out 9 great fabrics. This is the fun part! Cut 9 squares of each fabric in whatever size you choose. I made mine 3 inches because one of my fabrics had animals that fit into that size. Make piles of each fabric. Assign a number to each fabric and label the top of the pile with masking tape. KEEP THESE PILES TOGETHER AND LABELED.
Now, look at the sudoku. Arrange the squares by number to match the puzzle. It is easier if you cover the part of the puzzle that you're not using. Take squares off the bottom of the piles and arrange them nearby. Refer to the numbered piles to make the first block. Remember to pay attention to directional fabrics. When the block is done, label it with a piece of masking tape in the upper middle square. This helps to keep track of the top and bottom. This will make a big difference when you go to put the blocks together. Repeat this process for each block. Make sure to keep the masking tape on until the blocks are all put together.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008




+++++++++JOKE OF THE DAY++++++++++

Harry, age 94, and Liz, age 92, were all excited about their marriage and honeymoon. They went for a walk, and discussed the upcoming wedding as they passed a drugstore. Harry and Liz went inside. Harry conversed with one of the store clerks. Are you the manager? The clerk answered yes.

Harry said: We're getting married. Do you sell heart medication?

Clerk: Yes we do.

Harry: How about medicine for circulation?

Clerk: Yes, of course, all kinds.

Harry: Arthritis, rheumatism, etc? Clerk: Why, sure.

Harry: What about Viagra? Clerk: Definitely. We have medication for alzheimers, arthritis, memory loss etc. We have all sorts and types. Harry: Do you have vitamins, sleeping pills, geritol, and treatment for parkinson's disease? Clerk: For sure. Harry: How about wheelchairs, walkers, and adult diapers? Clerk: Yes, we have those, and diapers in all sizes and thicknesses. Harry turned and conversed with Liz, and then said to the clerk: We will register here for our wedding gifts, for sure.


"Ever since we got married, my wife has tried to change me. She got me to stop drinking, smoking and running around until all hours of the night. She taught me how to dress well, enjoy the fine arts, gourmet cooking, classical music, even how to invest in the stock market," said the man. "Sounds like you may be bitter because she changed you so drastically," remarked his friend. "I'm not bitter. Now that I'm so improved, she just isn't good enough for me."


Jill and John got married. John thought this would be a "marriage of the 90's" -- equal roles for equal partners. So, the first morning back from their honeymoon, he brought Jill breakfast in bed.

Jill wasn't impressed with his culinary skills, however. She looked disdainfully at the tray, and snorted, "Poached? I wanted scrambled!"

Undaunted, the next morning, John brought his true love a scrambled egg. Jill wasn't having any of it. "Do you think I don't like variety? I wanted poached this morning!"


A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment.

The next week the man realized that he would need his wife to wake him at 5.00 am for an early morning business flight to Chicago. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence, he finally wrote on a piece of paper, "Please wake me at 5.00 am."

The next morning the man woke up, only to discover it was 9.00am, and that he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't woken him when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed ... it said... "It is 5.00am; wake up."


Monday, August 18, 2008

******* Just Something To Think About

This would be lovely for a holiday item for pet lovers. I plan to make one soon; so can you.
Just something to think about.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Teams' 10% off Coupon

Click on coupon for larger view.

Would you like some new friends ???

I found these buddies somewhere they weren't suppose to be.

Would you like some new friends ????
They're in the process of increasing your family.

Friday, August 1, 2008

How About Grandma? - Dresden Grandmother's Fan Quilt Project

I decided to add these SCRAPPY FANS variations. You decide.

I can do these samples in ANY color combinations. Let me know if you'd like to see a different color combination.

Click for a prettier view.

How about this for a future team project?

(Must be finished in a 4 day period

Uh uh, 99.5 % of the team stampeded off)

It can be done in any color scheme that you like.

The fans can be foundation pieced or string pieced.

The dresden fans can be appliqued to the background, or inset.

The blocks finish at 8 x 8 inches. (You may make yours smaller or larger)

The finished quilt size is 60 x 60 inches. (variations on the block size will change your quilt size)

There are 36 blocks. (hides as I type that)

Can we get a vote?

Type YES or NO in your comment space below.

(Seriously, with our busy schedules, it could take at least 3 months to finish this one.)


3/4 c. butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. molasses
3 eggs
1 1/2 c. cooked squash
3 c. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. each baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

In bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add molasses, eggs and squash. Mix until smooth. Sift dry ingredients together and add alternately to batter with milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Beat until smooth. Stir in nuts. Pour into 12 cup Bundt or tube pan that has been well greased and dusted with flour.Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until cake tests done. Do not underbake. Allow cake to cool in pan on a rack for 20 minutes. Then invert onto rack or serving plate. Serve plain or with whipped cream flavored with a dash of cinnamon, ginger and 1 tablespoon brandy, if desired

Quote of the day

By Mark Twain:
"Forget and forgive. This is not difficult, when properly understood. It means that you are to forget inconvenient duties, and forgive yourself for forgetting. In time, by rigid practice and stern determination, it comes easy."

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Can You See The Cute Frog???

This lovely frog was found on my back deck in a chair a few weeks ago.

What's so fascina-ting is that the frog is the SAME color as the chair. At first, I didn't notice the frog, then he/she moved and, to my surprise, holy macaroni, not only was there a chair but, also, a lovely living frog.
Actually, I was pulling trash from the chair, when the TRASH began moving - nearly peed on myself. LOLOL

The frog has long since escaped.

Edna - QuiltSalad

Veggie and Fruit Delight Recipe

Veggie and Fruit Delight Recipe

1 cup fresh Apples
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup sliced seedless red grapes
1/2 cup Raisins
1 cup Plain Yogart (can substitute with mayo)...add more as needed
1/4 cup diced onions
1 TAB sweet pickle relish
1/4 cup chopped Walnuts
Fresh loose leaf Spinach and/or Kale and/or Collard Greens

Mix all of the ingredients together. Serve on a layer of fresh loose leaf Spinach and/or Kale and/or Collard Greens. Also goes great on bread as a Sandwich or in Peta bread as a veggie wrap.

Ojibwa Quote

"No tree has branches so foolish as to fight amongst themselves."

One liner Joke of the day

Early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Mahatma Gandhi Quote

"Man becomes great exactly in the degree to which he works for the welfare of his fellow man."


One day, at a bus stop there was a girl who was wearing a skintight miniskirt. When the bus arrived and it was her turn to get on, she realized that her skirt was so tight she couldn't get her foot high enough to reach to step. Thinking it would give her enough slack to raise her leg, she reached back and unzipped her skirt a little. She still could not reach the step. Embarrassed, she reached back once again to unzip it a little more. Still, she couldn't reach the step. So, with her skirt zipper halfway down, she reached back and unzipped her skirt all the way. Thinking that she could get on the step now, she lifted up her leg only to realize that she still couldn't reach the step. So, seeing how embarrassed the girl was, the man standing behind her put his hands around her waist and lifted her up on to the first step of the bus. The girl turned around furiously and said, "How dare you touch my body that way, I don't even know you!" Shocked, the man says, "Well, ma'am, after you reached around and unzipped my fly three times, I kinda figured that we were friends."

Friday, July 25, 2008

Veggie Spaghetti

This is a yummy yummy recipe! And healthy too! You can substitute using dried ingredients, but it is best when using fresh ingredients. Best eaten warm, but you could eat it cold if you like.

serves 4-6

1lb. spaghetti pasta cooked, drained2 cups Brocolli cooked, drained9-10 cloves garlic 3-4 Tbs. fruity olive oil1/4 tsp red pepper flakes3/4 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsleylots of grated Parmesan cheeseoptional-2 chopped fresh tomatoes

Peel and chop garlic. Cook in about 2 1/2 Tab. of olive oil until golden...not brown. Remove from heat and add red pepper flakes and parsley. Toss into pasta, add brocolli. Add tomatoes if desired. Top with lots of Parmesan cheese. Add extra olive oil as desired.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote

"Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good."


A pair of chickens walk up to the circulation desk at a public library and say, 'Buk Buk BUK.' The librarian decides that the chickens desire three books, and gives it to them...and the chickens leave shortly thereafter.Around midday, the two chickens return to the circulation desk quite vexed and say,' Buk Buk BuKKOOK!' The librarian decides that the chickens desire another three books and gives it to them. The chickens leave as before.The two chickens return to the library in the early afternoon, approach the librarian, looking very annoyed and say, 'Buk Buk Buk Buk Bukkooook!' The librarian is now a little suspicious of these chickens. She gives them what they request, and decides to follow them.She followed them out of the library, out of the town, and to a park. At this point, she hid behind a tree, not wanting to be seen. She saw the two chickens throwing the books at a frog in a pond, to which the frog was saying, "Rrredit Rrredit Rrredit..."

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Rumi Quote

"Gamble everything for Love."


A newlywed farmer and his wife were visited by her mother, who immediately demanded an inspection of the place. While they were walking through the barn, the farmer's mule suddenly reared up and kicked the mother-in-law in the head, killing her instantly. At the funeral service a few days later, the farmer stood near the casket and greeted folks as they walked by. The pastor noticed that whenever a woman would whisper something to the farmer, he would nod his head "Yes" and say something. Whenever a man walked by and whispered to the farmer, he would shake his head, "No" and mumble a reply. Curious, the pastor later asked the farmer what that was all about. The farmer replied, ''The women would say, 'What a terrible tragedy' and I would nod my head and say, 'Yes, it was.' The men would ask, 'You wanna sell that mule?' and I would shake my head and say, 'Can't. It's all booked up for a year.'"

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Abraham Lincoln Quote

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."


A couple returned from their honeymoon and it's obvious to everyone that they are not talking to each other. The groom's best man takes him aside and asks him what is wrong.Well, replied the groom, after the first night of our honeymoon, I got up to go to the bathroom an I put a $100 bill on the pillow without thinking.Oh, you shouldn't worry about that too much, said his friend. I'm sure your wife will get over it soon enough. She can't expect you to have been alone all these years.The groom nodded gently and said, I don't know if I can get over this, though. She gave me $75 change back!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Team Member: amberafternoon

Botanical Pillow
Available for Sale here:
Completely embroidered by hand, this Victorian-like Botanical study can be displayed as a Pillow OR Sachet. Lightly scented in Rose, the scent can be changed or enhanced by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the back. size approximately 6" Wide x 5" Tall x 1/1/2" Deep.

Fairy Princess Pillow
Available for Sale here:
Completely embroidered and sewn by hand, this Victorian-like pillow would make a great gift! The image depicts a Fairy Princess with her Frog Prince sitting on a mushroom. Display it with your other fantasy collectibles. Give it as a gift to someone who is Irish, to someone who loves Victorian items, or to someone who loves Fairy Tales :)size approximately 13" Round x 3" Deep
Angel Pillow
Available For Sale here:
This Beautiful Round Angel Pillow was completely embroidered and sewn by hand. I used Silk thread to create the Wings and Hair. Her body was rendered in ink, and the edges of the pillow were frayed. Silver, blue, brown, and black thread.Approximately 11 inches Round x 2 inches Deep.

Joke: Lets Go Bowling!

Two bowling teams, one all blondes, one all bruneettes, charter a double-decker bus for a weekend bowling tournament in Atlantic City. The brunette team rides on the bottom level of the bus, the blonde team rides on the top level. The brunette team, down below, is wooping it up and having a great time until one of them realizes she doesn't hear anything from the blondes upstairs, and she decides to investigate. When the brunette reaches the top, she finds the blonde team staring straight ahead at the road, frozen in fear, clutching the seats in front of them with white knuckles. "Whats going on up here?" asks the brunette. "We're having a great time downstairs!" "Yeah," screams a terrified blonde, "but you've got a driver!"

Veggie Burger Recipe

serves 2-4 and is easily doubled
make substitutions as necessary

Cooked, drained, Black Eyed Peas (about 15 1/2 ounces)
1 medium Shallot finely minced
1 Scallion chopped
2 cloves Garlic minced
3 Tbl Parsley chopped
1/4 Tsp Chili Sauce
6 oz. Crimini Mushrooms chopped
1/2 cup Toasted Walnuts chopped
2 Tbl Olive oil
salt and pepper
1/2 Cup Flour
Oil for frying

Mash Black Eyed Peas in a bowl. Add shallots, scallion, parsley, and chili sauce. Heat a skillet on medium heat. Add Olive Oil. Wait a few seconds and add mushrooms. Saute just a few minutes until nicely browned but not cooked down. Add toasted walnuts, garlic, and saute for about a minute. Remove from heat and add to pea mixture. Blend well with a fork or hands. The mixture should be a little dry and easily shaped into patties. Form patties to desired size.

Heat a heavy skillet, cast iron is best with a good coating of vegetable oil. Put the half cup of flour on a dish. Take each burger and dredge in flour. Place in hot skillet and cook until a nice brown crispy coating appears. Turn carefully. When done, place on a bun with your favorite burger toppings, or serve with a salad.

Goes great with a side of Fries or Mashed Potatoes too.

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