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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lazy Day Sunday

Craftsy July BOM - Dresden Plate is finished! I finished hand stitching the plate to the background while sitting out on my patio on this fair weather afternoon.

The weather has been so unusually pleasant, not too hot or humid with a nice breeze. The only down side is what is flying in the air that doesn't agree with me. Allergies means more naps and a need for more sleep! Two naps today, one in the morning and one before dinner.

Last evening I completed the Modern Dresden Plate, also a July Crafsty BOM. Pictures tell all! The snapshot shows fold lines and pulls - back to the ironing board. Which by the way have you tried the new spray starch by Niagara in a non-aerosol bottle? The Fresh Linen scent is very nice!

While running errands on Friday I stopped at my local quilt store, QBee Quilts, to see if they had the aqua fabric with the little darker aqua dots. I was holding my breath hoping it would still be on the shelf. Having shopped most of the store a feeling of defeat and disappointment was growing when all of sudden I spotted it! Sigh of relief! It just so happened to be a second run, something that rarely happens when not a regular stock type fabric.

Now to begin August's BOM. I'm not too far behind! Yikes a new month BOM will be available in only 5 more days.

I haven't been able to keep up with my challenges - Craftsy and Free Motion Quilting, having started an accounting business at home, now officially doing business as Joanne E. Page Accounting Services as of last week. Growth has occurred, all by word of mouth. It has kept me hopping during the last couple months leaving little time for sewing, quilting, gardening and blogging.

This evening I completed another red work Winter Twittering design while watching a couple episodes of Rizzoli and Isles. Eight are completed with only four more to go.

It has been a wonderful week, busy with work, family and friends. Tuesday my oldest son Ty was in town so he took me out for dinner for my birthday. It was so nice to spend an afternoon and evening with him. He came bearing a gift and cards, one from him and the other from my grandsons. The gift is the sweetest little carved angel with wings.

Saturday was FLAWS book club. We visited rather than discuss our book. We all took turns sharing what the latest was in our day to day and four hours later we were still in the parking lot saying our long good-byes. Many laughs and smiles, a fun day with the girls.We have organized and scheduled a full craft day complete with breakfast and lunch, each of us fixing something. The craft item will be these darling stacked fabric pumpkins for a table centerpiece.

After a busy and wild week come  this Sunday morning and even after a cuppa of coffee I only wanted to stay home and relax. Relaxing ended up making muffins and Chicken Cordon Bleu in the Crockpot. The muffins are Oatmeal Buttermilk with Berries. I doubled the recipe. What is it when the temperatures begin to cool the desire to bake and cook arises? Want the recipe? Go to ---> Cooks.com
I added berries to the recipe.

I found a recipe on Pinterest for Chicken Cordon Bleu. It was a winner. My hubby paid me many compliments. You can find the recipe if you visit my Pinterest Meats Board.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Making Progress In Steps

Craftsy July Block of the Month - Dresden Plate Block
Though it isn't completely finished I'm almost at home plate. I ran out of my background fabric with great hope that my favorite local quilt shop will have it on stock. I made the Dresden plate while watching Bonnie Hunter on live cam while she was working in her quilt studio Saturday evening.
It was fun sewing along with Bonnie as she fielded many text messages while on camera answering quilters questions on various topics.

 Craftsy July 2012 Block of the Month - Modern Dresden Plate Block
Sunday evening Bonnie Hunter again was on live cam so I took the opportunity to sew along with her. I can't wait to purchase more background fabric to finish the Dresdens. The first Dresden Plate went together well. The Modern one didn't!  I had to do some ripping and re seaming.

Yeah! This was Friday nights accomplishment. Now I only need to cut 666 more pieces of White Kona Cotton which I didn't have on hand. I am so looking forward to going to Mary Jo Fabrics with a friend on Wednesday. I am hoping Mary Jo will have White Kona in stock so I can continue.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Blues and Greens

Sigh. . . I look over at my quilt in progress
from my desk that was a piled mess.

Now the work is done the energy is none
but the heart says my quilt is not done.

Maybe an afternoon zip of coffee
will be all it takes for the spirit to be set free.


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