Friday, April 18, 2014

Variety, I love it!

Hi everyone!  recently I participated in a 2" charm swap.  The Curious Quilter hosted it.  thank you, thank you!!!! 

Those are 800 2" charms.  I received 100 charms from 8 lovely swappers.  Thank you ladies.  not one duplicate in that bunch.  that just goes to show how many fabrics there are.  lots and lots.... 

So, I am going to start sewing them together for my border for my cheddar that is pink quilt.  Yeah! 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hmmmmmm, Oatmeal cookies!

Hi everyone!  do you like fresh, homemade, warm oatmeal cookies?  Oh yeah!

The other day Melissa brought her boys over uber early in the morning for me to take to school.  she had to be at work at 6 AM, and Glen had to go out of town at 4 AM.  So at 5AM, here comes the grands! 

Gunner was asleep on the couch, Andrew on one of the recliners and Hudson in my arms in the other recliner.  It didn't take us long to go back to sleep.  At 7:15 Bruce woke us up.  While I helped the boys get dressed, Bruce made scrambled eggs.  They wolfed those eggs down, especially Hudson.  2 fisted eating! 

Anyway, as we were talking, Gunner wanted to know if I knew how to make cookies.  I knew they were coming back over after school, so I said yes, we could make them when they came back.  I asked, Doesn't mommy make cookies?  No, she doesn't know how!!!  Oh Gunner!  Melissa is a good cookie maker.  She works full time, so cookies don't always get made. 

Anyway, they all came back after school and we proceeded to make cookies, or rather grandma did, and Mom (Melissa) helped a lot, LOL....... 

We decided on Sister Cunningham's Favorite Cookies in the Whole World!  Many years ago, while living in CA., the sister missionaries came often, and usually brought us these cookies.  I begged for the recipe.  Sister Cunningham had the recipe memorized.  She shared with me, and I will share with you! 

The dough
Getting ready to bake
This recipe make about 9 dozen cookies!

and the eating!
Sister Cunningham's Favorite Cookies in the Whole Wide World!
2 cups softened butter
2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups flour
5 coups oatmeal
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 bag milk chocolate chips (I usually use Ghirardelli's but this time used mini chocolate chips)
Cream butter and sugars.  Add eggs.  Mix, then add vanilla, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and flour.  Then add chocolate chips.  Drop by spoonfuls to an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 9 - 12 minutes.  DO NOT over bake.  The less you bake , the softer they are.  Store in airtight container. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Hi everyone!  Recently we had our Thornberries meeting.  This time we went to Joe's Real BBQ for lunch.  we sat around and talked, got caught up, and did hand work.  And then we had lunch, yum!

Sue was the only one who brought show and tell. 

She is such a sweetie, she brought me a redwork pillow.  she had found it at a garage sale.  Thank you Sue!

Last year we traded 2.5" strips for Bonnie Hunter's Scrappy trip.  Sue has started sewing hers together.  this is going to be sooooo pretty.  I need to start sewing mine together. 

Also last year we traded 5 2" charms to make this cross quilt.  This is going to be a BIG quilt.  Hmmmm, I still haven't started sewing this together either. 

It was a very warm day.  towards the end, it got into the 90s.  Mercy, I am not ready for summer yet!  Please, let us enjoy spring a little more.......


Monday, April 14, 2014

Stash Report 9

Hi everyone, here we go......

Bobbins used this week: 1
Bobbins used year to date: 11
Thread spools emptied this week: 0
Thread spools emptied year to date:  3
Fabric used this week:  0 yard  
Fabric used year to date: 13 1/2 yards
Fabric added this week: 0 yards

Fabric added year to date: 25 1/2 yards
 Net fabric add for 2013: + 11 yards

UFOs finished this week: 0
UFOs finished year to date: 4 cotton and 4 wool

Mercy, another week of no finishes.  sigh......  but I have been busy sewing. 

Block 5 is done for Home for the Holidays.  Yeah!  almost half way done. 

I have all the rows sewn together for my cheddar that is pink quilt.  Now I can start the borders.....

I know, I showed this before, but I am still so excited to be at this point. 


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Scraps, wonderful scraps

do you save scraps of fabric?  I do.  do you cut them up?  I do.  do you use them?  I do!  

I try really hard to cut up my scraps.  I am pretty good at cutting up current scraps.  Also scraps my friends give me.  I get those cut in a timely manor.  But I have so much to cut, that it is a little overwhelming.  But I am working on it.  

the other day I received 2 small bags of scraps from 2 different friends.  Toni and Jancye.  Thanks girls.  I was quite busy for several days and didn't get right to them.  They were sitting on my ironing table, so I had to either move them or iron them.  I decided to iron them.  they were small bags.  

Well, here they are!  aren't they lovely?  Now I will spend some time cutting them...........  so they now look like this:

I cut 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5 and 5" squares.  I also cut those size in strips, if they are longer than 12"  I love Bonnie Hunter and her scrappy quilts.  I love scrappy quilts.  

So how do I store them?  like this:  

I have a old metal pattern file cabinet.  there are 5 drawers with 2 dividers in each drawer.  I separate light from Medium/Dark.  I keep my homespuns, batiks, and 30s separate.  I might change it.  we will see.  I have dividers in each section separating the sizes.  I do not separate my colors.  I do a lot of scrappy, and it takes too long to do random.  however if I am looking for a specific color, that is easy to grab.  I don't keep them neat, because, I am constantly going through them.  They are not wrinkled!!!  Just grab and sew......

And when I get enough, I make a quilt!

I still need to add the borders.  but I am loving this!!!   

Friday, April 11, 2014

World wide conference

Hi everybody.  Last weekend we had the privilege of listening to conference.  I Love conference!  We get to listen to our Prophet, President Monson.  And listen to the Mormon Tabernacle choir sing.  my goodness, they can sing!  by now you should be able to listen, watch or read all the talks - HERE

When our kids were little, we would stay in our PJs and lay around and listen to conference on channel 5.  in between sessions - there is 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday - we would fix pancakes and have brunch.  I have fond memories.....

We haven't had a get together for a while, so we had brunch in between Sundays conference. 

Jenn and her family came - bummer no pictures of them....  Lee and Zoe and Melissa and her family.  Melissa found some bingo conference sheets.  I am sure she found them on pinterest. 

She told the kids they had to listen  and every time a word was mentioned - like Jesus, testimony, temples etc.... they could color it in. 

Zoe won. the kids were so good in listening and so excited when they heard a word they could color in. 

So, before conference started we had waffles!  I used a mix of Krusteaz Waffle mix. they were very good.  I wanted to make the same kind of waffles that Waffle Love .  I found several recipes that sounded pretty good.  Only problem was I could not find pearl sugar.  I did find it at Amazon , but it wouldn't arrive in time.  I had no luck finding it local.  So I will order it and try it later.  We had all kind of toppings!  Strawberries, blackberries, nutella, biscoff spread, whipped cream, and homemade buttermilk syrup.  And bacon, lots of bacon. 

Those are mini chocolate chips in the bowl.  we sprinkled them on the batter before they cooked for some of them. 

I also tried using the cinnamon rolls that come in a tube.  I put them in the  waffle iron.

This was only picture I got of them.  as soon as they were done, they were gone!  Most everyone loved them.  Me?  I don't like cinnamon rolls.  so didn't even taste them.  gunner either.  but everyone else loved them. 

I was so thankful that we had everyone over to just be together and visit and share conference together.  It was a very nice day!