February 2009 Archives
February 24, 2009
I love fabric! I know that this does not come as a surprise to anyone. I love home decor! I love apparel! I am dotty for quilting fabric! Like most of us, I have trouble visualizing how it will look. Magazines do a great job showing quilts in those collections we love. They should -that is their job!
I have done some hunting around and found several collections featured in recent quilting magazines:
Nuts & Robolts from P& B Textiles. Robots are hot! This quilt is from Easy Quilts. This is quite easy to assemble. There is also a free download from P&B Textiles. This panel is extremely easy to work with. You may use the panel as is or cut it apart to reassemble as they did in the Easy Quilt magazine.
This is the free download quilt:
By the way, I have a limited number of free project sheets for
If you would like a free project sheet for one of these groups, please email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. She handles all my paper work. I will be happy to send it as long as supplies last.
February 12, 2009
Mes petite amies, it is my joy to tell you that you can have your sale and chocolate too! I have devised this recipe for you only. Just a token of my admiration for you lovely ladies who spend all your time making other people happy!
There is something in this recipe for everyone.
Black-Bottom Pecan Cheesecake Pie
1 deep dish pie crust
3 Tbsp. whipping cream
1 8-oz cream cheese, softened
4 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar, divided
2 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup light corn syrup
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
1 1/3 cups pecan halves
Chocolate syrup, optional
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Microwave chocolate morsels and 3 Tbsps. whipping cream in a small microwave proof bowl at MEDIUM (50% power) 1-1 1/2 minutes or until morsels begin to melt. Watch closely so chocolate will not burn. Whisk smooth and set aside.
3. Beat softened cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/2 cup sugar,1 tsp.vanilla,and salt at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour chocolate mixture into pie crust and spread evenly across the bottom.Pour cream cheese mixture evenly over chocolate layer.
4. Whisk together corn syrup, melted butter, remaining 3 eggs, remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, pinch of salt, and remaining 1 tsp. vanilla. Stir in pecans, pour over cream cheese layer.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes or until set, shielding pie crust edges after about 45 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Cool completely on a wire rack. Drizzle each slice with chocolate syrup if desired.
If this does not bring your husband or boyfriend to his knees, throw him to the curb. He does not deserve you!
The pie will be extremely full. I would place the pie crust on a cookie sheet before filling. so you will not spill it.
Happy Valentine's Day!
February 9, 2009
Did you know that conversation hearts ( the heart shaped candy from Necco) :
1. were first manufactured in 1847 in the shape of a scallop
2. Sayings were first printed on the candy in the early 1860's
3. The current heart shaped form was created in 1902.
4. Some original sayings are still being printed. For example- "Be Mine", "Kiss Me" and "Be True".
5. The sayings must be short and g-rated. In honor of the 150th anniversary in 1997, one saying was brought back from the early 1900's- "The One I Love"
Valentine's Day should not be just about the love between a man and a woman. I like to expand that to all my relationships. I think "Moms" are extra special. What to do for mom or a special girl friend? Aprons are hot. I know that a lot of Moms have special memories from their childhood. What a great idea to make an apron from some of the retro fabrics recalling her younger days. I have a friend who just loves Elvis Presley. I have another who loves the Beatles. Check out the Novelty category for some ideas sure to hit the right note for a Mom or friend. As you can see, we made an apron using fabric from the I Love Lucy Chocolate Factory collection and this pattern from Indygo Junction- It was a hit with our staff!
Give a cookbook along with this and take your Mom to lunch. You will be a favorite daughter.
Chef Bubba will be back this week with a special Valentine treat. Of course, I am his tester! I can give it a double chocolate thumbs up!
February 4, 2009
Have you been asked to be a bridesmaid in one of your girl friend's wedding? Well in the past four years I have been asked to be in four. I happily agreed to each invitation and ran out to buy each of the dresses. The first three weddings & dresses were beautiful. The dresses colors ranged from gorgeous lilac, candy apple red, to lovely lavender. The fourth, however, I never attended and have had the tiffany blue satin dress hanging in my closet just waiting to be worn.
The story behind the dress:
Two years ago one of my girlfriends called and asked me to be in her wedding that following March. I agreed and was given the information on where to go & purchase this gown. I ordered the dress and received it a few weeks later. Months went by, and I received a call from the bride stating something had come up and the wedding was being pushed to March of the following year. Ok, that was fine. This gave me more time to lose a couple of pounds so that I would look great in my dress.
The year came and went, and it was now time to start making preparations again to attend her wedding. I received yet another call from the bride stating that she had promoted me and I was now to be a maid of honor. (Oh joy!) The only problem was that I needed to get a different dress. (Oh, brother!) The shop I purchased the dress from will not allow you to return, only to exchange for different sizes of the same dress. This worked out fine because she had added a bridesmaid and she need a dress. I went to the shop and the employees were so friendly, they allowed me to exchange my size 16 dress for a size 6. The bride informed me that she would cover the expense of my new dress since I had already purchased the other dress. All was right in the wonderful world of weddings... or so I thought.
I wasn't going to spend my money again, so I waited to receive some form of payment from her. By this time it was the end of December and I still needed to order the dress, which could take several weeks to come back. She asked me for my address so she could send me the money, and she also requested that I send her the bridesmaid dress that I had in my possession. However, a little voice in side my head warned me not to send her the dress without getting the money she still owed me. This turned out to be a good thing because by January I received a text message (yes, a text message)... "The wedding is off...I don't want to talk about." No apology. No explanation. Nothing.
To make the situation even more over-the-top, I later found out via Facebook (yes, Facebook) that the reason the wedding had been "called off" was because they were married in December and just didn't mention it to anyone. She still has not informed me personally that she is now married. (Good thing I'm still not waiting to order that second dress...)
The problem is, this dress is too beautiful to just sit in my closet. How do I turn this around? I need someone to benefit from my bad experience, so I figured why not give the dress away? How do you win this spaghetti strap tea-length dress with grosgrain ribbon at empire waist with a retail value of $110.00.
Here's the deal: I want to hear your bridesmaid or prom horror story. The more over the top or funny your story the better. Email your tales of "bridezillas", bad-dates, mix-ups and more (along with your name, address and phone number) to email@example.com by February 12. Feel free to include a picture if you have one. We'll collect our favorite stories, and to the winner goes the dress. Obviously, we can't keep the good ones to ourselves, so by sharing with us you are giving us permission to share your story with the rest of our readers (we won't share your name if you don't want us to).
Not sure what to do with a size 6, tiffany blue dress? You could wear it out for a night on the town or give it to someone you know who is going to a wedding or the prom this year. A few embellishments and some imagination could turn it into a great Halloween costume (burnt-out bridesmaid who goes crazy, maybe?). At the great price of "Free," it would make some little girl's dress-up collection the envy of her friends. Anyway, you get the picture.
February 3, 2009
February is one of those dreary months that need all the help it can get. It is the last burst of winter. I always feel sorry for people whose birthdays are in February. I just can't seem to get excited about their birthdays and I do have some good friends whose birthdays fall in February. To them I say I am so sorry, but can you move your birthday to March? Valentine's Day is the one shining star in all the days of February. I have declared that the colors of February should be red, pink and white. Red is the color of power and energy. White is the color of joy. Pink even makes the Fabric Maverick sweet and adorable. Those two adjectives are not usually applied to me.
Romance is not dead. Prevention magazine took a survey about spending money. People who bought jewelry, clothes, shoes, etc did not feel as content as those who shared a meal or activity together. In my experience, I remember those times I spent with someone and not what gifts they bought. I would be interested in knowing if you agree or disagree with me so let me know your feelings about this topic. Are you interested in shared times or do you want bling bling? I, personally, expand Valentine's Day to all my favorite people that I care about. To start your month off to a good start, I am going to show you the quilt Kathy (the tool lady) made over the weekend. It is made from one jelly roll and some coordinating fabrics for the border. She used Moda's Love is in the Air collection. She belongs to a "stripping" club. We have similar patterns in the Jelly Roll Quilts book.
Here is a picture of Kathy's quilt top: