Sunday, January 31, 2010

I have finished sewing the "sweet harmony handbag" pattern by Amy Butler. It is not a project for the beginner sewer. The instructions are detailed and well written but one must stay focused. I am wondering if the fusible fleece is necessary as it makes it very hard to get all that bulk under the presser foot. I may experiment with canvas in place of the fusible fleece when I sew up the tote from the same pattern. But, for now, I am on the the "liverpool tunic".

Dennis was out taking pictures of the beautiful winter wonderland this morning. We have electricity and the wood fire is roaring.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

I have been teaching beginning quilting classes at Tennessee Quilts these past months. And I need to come up with a direction in which to steer them for their next project. The nine-patch came to me in the night. It is one of the blocks they make in the beginning class. It has so many variations. I got up and started graphing some of the easy settings. Now, of course, I want to make a sample of each setting I've graphed!!

It's a winter wonderland out my window this morning. About 4 inches of wet snow fell during the night.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Mom is so happy to be home after 19 days spent in the hospital. She has a new pacemaker/dyfibulator. She is healing well. My dad and brother are keeping her entertained.

I was reading the angry chicken blog this morning and checked out her recipe for chai tea concentrate. I am enjoying a large steaming mug while writting this blog and it is very good!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What a joy. I received my first picture for the refridgerator drawn by my grandaughter.

Kim and I are working on our esty shop site. I photographed one pile of Victoria magazines from 1991. I didn't dare look inside or I might not be able to sell them. I have always enjoyed the inspiration their photography gives me.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Dennis and I watched the movie, "Julie and Julia" last night. We give it a thumbs up. It made me want to get in the kitchen and cook up a storm. I hope to find a used copy of her cookbook at Mr. K's.

This morning I cooked up Jean's Homemade Mustard and put it in the Weck jelly jar I received from Germany. I love the shapes of these canning jars and the lid system. They can be seen on line at

Homemade Mustard

makes 1 pint

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup cider vinegar

2 oz. dry mustard, less if too strong

4 eggs

Mix first 3 ingredients. Beat 4 eggs and add graduallyt to the misture, beating out lumps. Cook until desired thickness, about 5 - 7 minutes.

I made half a recipe this morning. I cooked it in a double boiler. Some of it will be used in a mustard sauce for tuna loaf.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The family mystery quilt continues. I have finished the fourth step. I am very curious about the final pattern.

Wouldn't a wood cookstove with a big pot of simmering soup feel good right about now? Our outdoor thermometer reads 20 degrees F this morning.

Have a great day and keep your toes warm.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

We had a good trip to St. Louis to celebrate Christmas with family.

Mom is slowly recovering from heart surgury Dec. 29th.