Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sea Glass

I have a basket on my sewing table, filled with fabrics and patterns - projects all sorted and ready to for me to begin stitching.  There are more than enough 'to do'  projects to keep me busy.

But, flipping through a new quilting magazine last weekend, I saw that pillow up there on the left.  Its name is Sea Glass.  Those lovely colors of Kona Cotton were purchased, washed/dried and pressed - I"m ready to stitch (this weekend I hope).

My sincere apologizes to all those other projects, waiting in my basket.  They just will have to wait a little longer.  Sea Glass is calling my name.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Snapshot: Cousins

Cousins at the Lake House - swimming off the dock  

Inspired by

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Words on Wednesday: Summer

“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”
― Jeannette WallsThe Glass Castle

As far as I'm concerned, one of the few good things about summer! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Leftovers of the best kind . . . .

Apricot Bars, made for my Guild meeting last night.  I think my sister quilters liked them. There were only a few to take home at the end of the meeting.  The leftovers went well with my morning coffee - not quite Dean & Deluca pastry - but, pretty close as far as I'm concerned. 

Apricot Bars

3/4 cup butter (room temp)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Dash of salt
1 1/3 cups shredded coconut
1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped nuts 
1 (12 oz) jar of apricot preserves

Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl,set aside.  Cream butter and sugar together, add egg and vanilla, mix well.  Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture to make soft dough; stir in coconut and nuts.  Press 2/3 of dough into a 9x13 inch lightly greased baking pan, using buttered hands to cover bottom of pan. Spread dough with apricot preserves to within 1/2 inch of edges.  Crumble remaining dough over preserves and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until top is light golden brown.  Cool in pan and cut into small squares.  Yield:  36 bars. 
Note:  if you don't care for apricot preserves try strawberry or peach

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mother's Day Eve - country roads, family and catfish

May 10th - Highway 76 - between Lindsay and Ratliff City, Oklahoma.  I've driven this road so many times, in so many seasons and Spring is my 2nd favorite (Autumn is my very favorite).  Spring in Oklahoma is a mixed blessing - beautiful shades of green, blue skies, flowers blooming and the sound of bird song in the air. And, spring also brings fast and furious storms that can bloom and blow across the state - some bringing much needed rain and others leaving a path of destruction along it's path.  It's the price we pay for living on the Southern Plains and the reason we keep a watchful eye on the skies (and pay attention to our local weather wizards).  But this day, was breezy and mild for a day trip to see my Mom.

Lunch out with Mama and my oldest sister, Sue (or Sue-Sue as Joe and Laney call her) in Wilson, Oklahoma.  Catfish, coleslaw, red beans and hush puppies all washed down with large glasses of iced tea with lemon.  Dessert was a large serving of peach cobbler, topped with ice cream and served with three spoons - yum!  As you can see, we were warned about parking in the wrong spot - thankfully, we all are catfish lovers from way back so we were in good shape (and not fried !)  

Just down the road from the catfish place is a local nursery - and, they were having a sale! Something we three couldn't pass up.  That's my Mom below checking out the plants and helping me pick out a few plants to take home with me and for her garden too.  Sweet potato vine and portulaca in yellow and dark pink are now growing and blooming in pots on my porch and patio.  

A pretty drive south, a good visit with family, a catfish lunch and a trunk full of pretty plants -- I'll say that was a very good day.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Projects: 'low volume' and 'gypsy prints'

My 'low volume / shabby chic' quilt is finished. 
I love it but also feel a little bit guilty for keeping it, 

For so many years, every quilt I made was for someone else.   
A new baby our large extended family,
(or a friend from church, or co-worker's first grandchild),
one (or all) of our 6 grandchildren, a friend facing weeks of chemo - - -
the list for quilt was always long. 
But, my mind was eased by my husband. 
After seeing the quilt all bound and finished, he took one look and said 'it looks like you'.  
And, so - with no more guilt - I've accepted that pretty quilt belongs to me.
Of course, there were no doubts about the 'Six Fat Quarter Bag'  --
stitched up at our last Guild Sew Day. Yes, that big, loud,  gypsy print bag -
just right for toting quilts (and other large projects) -- is mine !!

PS - No header picture today. My new computer and Blogger are currently not communicating very well. I'm hoping they can find some common ground and come to a more productive working relationship soon.  4/17/14  Willie Jay (my personal computer wizard) has convinced my new computer to play nicely with Blogger. We shall see if the truce will hold.