Sunday, November 30, 2014


I am very blessed to be able to be with family two times this Thanksgiving Holiday.  Thursday The King and I and the Court Jester went to my Aunt Del and Uncle Roy's in the metropolis of Harwood MO, population about 25...

My cousin Michael and his friend Laura were there.  It was our first time to meet Laura.  She's such a delight.  And it was a true blessing to see Mike so happy with her.  She's a bright ray of sunshine in his life for sure!  My very special second cousin (and adopted 2nd daughter) Delnelle and her boyfriend Justin were also there.  Delnelle is only 19 but she's a natural in the kitchen.  I wasn't feeling up to par.  Mom and William had the stomach bug on Monday and Tuesday and I was feeling like they were a little too generous with their sharing.  So far, I'm fortunate they didn't share too much!  Delnelle's brother and dad were also there making 13 of us total.  It was a great meal.  You can read about what I prepared here.  It was banana cream pie.

And we gobbled till we wobbled and played a mean game of "Liverpool Rummy" afterward.  I would have won if the high score was the goal!

Because I wasn't feeling up to par, when we got home, I laid down for a "few minutes".  I woke up at 3:30 a.m.!  I got up and should have went Black Friday Shopping... but didn't.  Just cruised Pinterest and Facebook instead.  I did do some Black Friday Shopping later in the day at the LQS!  :)

So my Second Thanksgiving Dinner was at Mom's on Saturday.  The Whole Gang was there except this precious family that's serving our country while stationed in Japan.

Miss you Hollie, Kyle, Raleigh and Kameron but we got this for next year!

Saturday I made homemade strawberry pie and the King made homemade macaroni and cheese.

Here is the recipe for the Strawberry pie.  It is soooo easy!

  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C Water
  • 3 T strawberry gelatin mix
  • 1 Pint Fresh Strawberries
  • 3 Heaping Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 pie crust, cooked and cooled (Sometimes I make it from scratch and sometimes the Pillsbury Dough Boy makes it.)
  1. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and dry gelatin mix by stirring well. Add water and cook until thick and clear over medium high heat, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Set aside and let cool. Wash and hull strawberries, cut in half and arrange over pie crust. When filling is cool, pour over strawberries and chill pie until ready to serve. Serve with whipped cream. Think of me when you eat a piece :)

The King's recipe for Macaroni and Cheese is here.


  • 1 lb large elbow macaroni
  • 1 stick plus 1 tbsp butter
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 9 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 4 oz. creamed cheese cubed
  • 2 cups grated Colby/Monterrey Jack Cheese


  1. Cook the macaroni as directed on the package
  2. in a heated sauce pan add butter and let it melt
  3. add salt, pepper, flour and whisk to remove lumps
  4. add milk
  5. whisk over heat until it becomes thick
  6. Add the cheeses and cook until cheese is melted
  7. Pour the macaroni in a casserole baking dish
  8. Pour your flour/milk/cheese mixture over the top and fold in gently
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 mins
  10. EAT!

Of course, Mom made her homemade egg noodles.  You can read about that here.


Saturday, November 29, 2014


A day or so ago I posted some quilting eye candy and 2 of those quilts belonged to Ruby.  She sends me the quilt tops, I quilt them and send them back to her.  On the same day I send them back, she mails me a check and we each usually receive or respective mail parcel a day or two later on the same day.  Well, a couple of days went by and I didn't get Ruby's check.  She got my package with her quilt in it but no check from her for me.   I was about to call her when I got this in the mail. It was in a clear plastic sleeve from the post office with an imprinted mumbo jumbo about how accidents happen.   Hmmm.... I don't think I can read the note and I certainly don't think I can cash this check.  Do you think the letter got caught in a postal machine!?

Debora is always so generous with her quilts.  I don't think she's kept one for herself yet.  This one is for a co-worker.

I quilted round pegs in a square hole on it in Sky blue thread.

Every once in a while Debora will have me embroider a label for the quilt.  

Then out of the left-over scraps from the quilt above, she made this darling baby quilt.

A simple swirl, called Deb's Swirl was quilted on it in the same Sky blue thread.

And another baby quilt using a charm pack that Debora made also.

I quilted rubber duckies on it in Neon Green Glide thread.

Kathleen has been a busy little beaver elf.  She didn't say who any of the next 3 quilts are for but I'm betting she's giving them away.  She usually does.  A batik quilt that looks fast and easy.

And some loop de loops quilted with Glide Sand thread. 

The cutest sock money quilt!  A simple nine patch block alternated with a plain block using the focus fabric.

And how could I resist quilting the "funky monkey" pattern on it with Latte thread.  When I saw this pattern I thought it was so cute and thought to myself I'd probably never get to use it.  Well guess what;  I DID!!!

And a sweet baby quilt by adding 2 borders to a panel fabric.

I quilted a pattern called Cotton Candy in Glide Sand thread.


Thursday, November 27, 2014


Do you have a favorite family recipe that you always fix at Thanksgiving?   You might remember last year I posted about making Homemade noodles.  You can ready about it here.

This year my uncle Roy requested my infamous Banana Cream Pie.  It's not really anything special but he thinks it is!

Here is the recipe I use. It's actually for a vanilla filling and you can add bananas or coconut or leave it just vanilla.

3/4 c. sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
2 c. milk - scalded
3 egg yolks slightly beaten
2 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in medium mixing bowl and mix well.  Meanwhile scald 2 cups of milk in a medium saucepan.  Add a small amount of scalded milk to the sugar mixture and mix well until smooth.  Add this to the milk, stirring constantly, bring to a boil.  Boil 2 minutes.  Slowly add several large spoonful of this thickened mixture to the egg yolks and then add the egg yolk mixture to the thickened mixture.  Stir well, cook 2 more minutes, stirring constantly.  Add butter and vanilla and stir well.  Pour into a baked pie shell.

If adding bananas, add before pouring into the baked pie shell.  I usually slice up 2-3 bananas.
If adding coconut, add 1 cup coconut to the mixture and stir well before pouring into a baked pie shell.

I also don't make meringue for my cream pies.  None of us are a fan of "sweet calf slobers" but we sure like some fresh whipped cream; none of that fake cool whip stuff or the canned whipped cream for Uncle Roy and I!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I had quite a time getting one of these quilts quilted.  First of all, have you ever wore out a surge protector strip?  I can say I have!

When I bought my machine, I was provided (sorta, I'm quite sure I paid dearly for it!) with a "heavy duty" surge protector to plug my computer into that runs my Statler Stitcher/Queenie.  I was quilting right along, things going so well, when all of the sudden the machine stopped and the power to it went out.  What the heck!  (ok, maybe that wasn't quite what I said but you get the idea.)   I checked and I still had overhead lights.  Yep, I paid the electric bill!  Then I check the breaker box, nothing tripped there.  Then I check all the connections to the machine and to the power strip.  All good there.  Hmm... then I decided to try one of the plugs in the wall outlet.  It worked!

I just happened to scrounge up another surge protector from the house.  Wow, I have never wore out a surge protector.  Got everything working again, and guess what, Creative Studio, the program that runs the Statler Stitcher, didn't auto save the quilt pattern.  Urgh!  And of course, I had fidgeted with pattern and resized it.  Double Urgh!  After a bit, ... a long bit..., I finally got it adjusted to what seemed to be close to the one before and I was off stitching again.

Then low and behold, 2 days later, of course before I could get somewhere to purchase another surge protector (there were no adverse weather conditions being predicted; what was the hurry?) I had the same thing happen again.  Power all of the sudden went out.  I wore out a second surge protector?? No, couldn't be, but yep, it appears I did.  Now in my defense, the second one was "old".  It had been around the block a time or two and I probably was overloading it... maybe just a tad...  I promptly went to town and purchased a brand new surge protector with enough capacity for my needs.... I hope....

OK, it's time for some more QUILTING EYE CANDY.

Linda made this quilt at the retreat I missed earlier this fall.  She makes lots of red and white quilts.  I love this one... of course.

Meandering feathers is quilted on it in white thread.

And she also made a Jelly Roll Race quilt for her cousin.  The colors look kinda washed out in the picture but the up close picture below shows the colors better.

I quilted a pattern called All Leaves on it in latte thread.

Jessica made this baby quilt for a friend.  An oversized LeMoyne Star and some charm squares for a border at the top and bottom.

Butterflies and flowers are quilted in Glide pink thread.

Ruby and her mom and their infamous string quilts.  I just love them.  Ruby says it's something easy her mom can do.  Ruby cuts the strips and her mom just sew away!  This one is a Valentine quilt table cloth for Ruby's harvest table.  It's really LONG!

I quilted a pattern called Hearts One in Glide pink thread.  You can see the pattern on the back better than on the front.

Ruby also made this one.  It's for a friend who she says doesn't sew a lick.  It's a Pottery Barn inspired quilt.  

I quilted wind swirls in pearl thread on it.  I like the zing of the red and tan chevron print randomly placed in it.   

Lawana made this scrappy quilt and I really like it.  She wanted me to use a brown variegated thread but I didn't have one.  Several of the fabrics had a gold fleck or vein in them so I picked out a gold, almost metallic looking thread.  I love the way it turned out.  

This picture doesn't do it justice.  I quilted a pattern called R & R Nested in it.  I think I've told you before it's one of my favorite patterns.  Kinda feathery, kinda demask, kinda pearly.  A great combination!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Last Tuesday was the regular meeting of the Brownwood Quilter's Guild.  I had so many things to do that I almost didn't go.  However, I remember we were giving one of our members a special gift and it was the Brown Bag Challenge reveal so I really didn't want to miss it.  Plus it might be one of my last meetings with these ladies.... depending on how quickly the house sells.  So I went.  I'm glad I did.  Show and tell was fabulous as usual!

This is Doniene's second Christmas Quilt.  By Christmas she plans to have Christmas quilts on 3 of the 6 beds in her house.  And by Christmas next year she plans to have quilts on all 6 beds.  If I know Doniene, she'll meet her goal.  This one is Ohio stars made from homespun plaids in reds and greens.  Oh, did I mention that she quilts them on her domestic using FMQ!  Wow!

Look at the Holly she quilted in the border.  And on the Ohio Stars she quilted a poinsettia.

Patsy brought a spider web quilt made by her aunt.  Then she told a funny story about that aunt.  It seems she was a smoker but didn't want anyone to know and would hide the lit cigarette behind her back when you would walk in the room.  Apparently the aunt set the quilt on fire at some point as there is a burn mark in the edge of the quilt.  Patsy says she will never repair that burn hole as it always reminds her of of sneaky her aunt thought she was being and it makes her smile.

Sherrie made this fall table runner

And this beautiful quilt for one of her Howard Payne students.

You might remember list month that Elaine won the card trick block of the month drawing and she came back this month with the top pieced!  Do you notice the heart, spade, diamond, and club in the corners of the quilt in the border?  How cute!

Our special gift we wanted to give to one of our members was our string blocks we all made for the block of the month.  We all used pink for our "strings" and paper piece the blocks.  Two were made by each member.  Then we all put Becky's name in the box to draw a winner.  Guess who's name was drawn... Yep, Becky won all those blocks.  And we did it to show her "WE SUPPORT YOU".  You might remember that last month Becky made 16 CPS service projects bags and donated them.  She made one for every time she came home from chemo treatments for her recent diagnosis of breast cancer.  She said it took her mind off of herself and on to others that needed it.  

The next several pictures are of the Brown Bag Challenge.  Members participating brought 4 fat quarters and put them in a brown bag with their name inside.  The person drawing that bag was to make them a finished project, using those 4 fat quarters and adding their own fabrics to it if necessary.  

Robin made this for Becky

Becky made this table runner for Doniene.

Doniene made this wall hanging and pumpkin set for Vickie

Vickie made this table runner for Wanda

Wanda made this pillow and candle mat for Debra

Debra made this table runner for Robin

Joy made these microwave fabric bowls for Sherry

Sherry made this table runner for Millie

And Millie made this thanksgiving table runner for Joy.

From all the smiles, I think everyone LOVED their Brown Bag Challenge gift.

Doniene made, quilted, and donated this quit for WeeCare service project.

Oh and look who won the fat quarter drawing AND one of the door prizes.  Doniene made these cute little ornaments, one for each of the 12 days of Christmas.  You can tuck a little gift in the middle too.  I'm going to give them to one of the grandkids.  And yes, I'll have to make another set for the other grandkids too.

This the the little ornament and that's a snap bracelet I'm going to tuck inside it.

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