Monday, September 28, 2009

Holly Hobbie Hot Pads

A while ago I found some Holly Hobbie fabric I liked on Ebay. I also found some nursery rhyme fabric with Mary Quite Contrary and Mary and her little lamb. I put the two fabrics together to make some hot pads. I used scraps to make a patchwork border around Hobby Hollie.

I used the "Mary" fabric on the back.

I used the leftover patchwork on some toweling to make a matching dish towel.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Stuffed Peppers

Recently I made stuffed peppers. My brother-in-law, Phil and sister-in-law, Linda have a huge garden. They sell their produce and flowers at a farmers market. They gave me some pablano peppers to make the stuffed peppers. I was afraid they might be too hot for my taste so I also used some bell peppers.

When I stuffed the pablano peppers, I took Kathryn's advice and laid the long peppers on their sides.

I combined different recipes I found on In my final recipe the peppers were stuffed with corn, rice, stewed tomatoes and ground beef, then topped with tomato soup and cheddar cheese.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Bumble Bee Wall Hanging

Quilter's World had a bumble bee wall hanging on the cover of the April 2008 issue. I really thought it was cute and set the magazine aside. This spring I saw some Pixie Patch fabric in a quilting magazine and knew it would look good in the bee wall hanging. It took me a while but I have finally completed the wall hanging.

I think the Pixie Patch fabric makes a great border. The fabric also came in a brighter version but surprisingly I chose the tamer colors.

I added a ladybug button to one of the flowers and tried to make the wings on the bee look iridescent.

I'm behind on my posting, I should have posted these earlier. I tried a new recipe Jenny gave me for chocolate chip cookies with oatmeal. They turned out quite well.

I also tried a new recipe for coconut cake. I used a recipe for coconut frosting that my sister-in-law, Faye, gave me. The cake and frosting were deadly to any diet, lots of butter and a whole can of cream of coconut. The cake didn't rise as much as I would have liked, but was still very tasty.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Way to go CMU!!!

My alma mater is Central Michigan. CMU played football against MSU today in East Lansing, Michigan State's home field. CMU was definitely the underdog. With 3 seconds left in the game CMU made a 42-yard field goal!

Final score: CMU 29 MSU 27

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Millington Quilt Club Meeting

The Millington Quilt Club met on Wednesday. We had a lot of nice quilts for Show 'n Tell.

Julie made this beautiful purple and teal quilt.

Julie also made this green quilts. The backs of her quilts were also pieced so they were reversible.

Mary Lou quilted the following quilt. The detail is amazing.

Marion showed us some of the squares she is going to use in a quilt she is working on.

Jeanann showed us two quilts a friend made for her. Jeanann is soon going to have new twin grandchildren.

Karen made this colorful flip flop quilt.

Darlene made this green and brown quilt as a present for her granddaughter's wedding later this month.

Darlene's granddaughter made this scrappy quilt when she was 16. Impressive!

This is Linda's first quilt. Nice job, a lot of sharp points for a beginner.

Linda has really gotten bit by the quilting bug. She also made this beautiful lighthouse quilt for her daughter.

Dianna made a bowtuck purse.

Kay made this colorful quilt for a friend's baby in Africa. The cute critters are made of minke.

Nancy made this quilt with family hand and foot prints on it.

Mary made this prayer wall hanging. She also made a beautiful red purse but I wasn't fast enough to get a good photo.

A big thanks to Linda for taking notes on the quilts while I took the photos.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Favorite Sunflower

This is my favorite wall hanging. I made it a few years ago. After doing a lot of research on Mr. Google I designed the pattern myself.

The leaves are 3-D, with hand embroidered veins.

I used Joan Shay's book "Petal by Petal" to make the appli-bond flower petals.

I really like embellishing, so the center of the flower is beaded. I looked at pictures of sunflowers and tried to duplicate the center with a variety of beads.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Happy Faced Flowers

I have a sunflower patch in my garden. The flowers aren't quite as big as in summers past.

I still think they are a very happy looking flower.

This bunch really likes to cluster together.

Jeff was home on Sunday, so I had a good excuse to try a new recipe. I made a blueberry cream cheese pound cake.

I haven't quite figured out how to take photos without glare on my glass topped table and the color isn't quite right, but the cake was tasty.