Thursday, May 25, 2017



Where the heck did the week go? I can't believe it's another Thursday. Here are the things I liked this week:

1. My new Lime Table Topper made from a charm pack -Mimosa by Another Point of View onto a blue background. It finished about 12 inches square:

It was an experiment to join half of a charm to another half and cut out a 5 inch dresden plate, so fun.

2, A retro Red Vinyl Tablecloth for my kitchen table. I had never sewn with vinyl before and loved making this in about an hour!  I cut the vinyl to the circle measurement of the table and added a white 2.5 inch border:

Isn't it cute!  With a klutzy adult brother and then my 12 year old grandson, this is so much easier on a glass table  then just placemats.  LOVE IT!  Too bad I couldn't remember how to calculate the circumference of the table (Ugh-Geometry was 50 years ago!) so I just kept sewing jelly rolls together to fit the tablecloth.  yes, I was too lazy and too much in a hurry to Google the formula. Oh well.

3. Sweet Chili Chicken. I am so into easy. I put 3 boneless skinless chicken thighs (spread out) in the crock pot. Added Thai Sweet Chili Sauce to each one and drizzled agave syrup all over.  Adding the slice sweet pepper and then Tarragon sprinkled on top makes it pretty.  I covered them with a parchment paper tent, then the lid.  Cooked on high 3 hours and done. Really good. Not too spicy. Just right.This meal for 2 cost a buck-thighs were on sale for $1.77 a pound.

You're welcome.

On a serious note, I DO NOT LIKE WHAT OUR WORLD HAS BECOME with such violence to innocent victims at a concert in Manchester England. I don't have any answers. I just wish they could stop terrorists. Quite frankly, I don't think they can. Sorry to end on a sad note.

I do hope everyone has a safe happy weekend.

Thursday, May 18, 2017



It's been another crazy week and things are going to get even crazier. I'm going to spend 2 days a week watching, playing, pretending school, enjoying my grandson this summer.  In the past, he went to summer school or UCP for respite care every day in the school summer vacation. So, I will cut back (pun intended) on my quilting until August when he returns to school. What happened to being off ALL summer from school? Since it is unbearably hot here in the summer, it's really hard on special- needs, wheelchair bound persons  to transport in the heat. Oh well, who knows how the school calendars are decided. Anyway, I am so looking forward to spending these fun days with him.  I plan to try teaching him more life skills as well. I can't believe he will be 13 in June!

I do plan to keep up my blog especially on Thursdays for our "like" posts.  I NEED IT! for my sanity based on the daily news. So, here is my list for this week:

I like:
1. Coconut milk. I have become lactose intolerant the last few years (added to my other allergies). But, lactose free cow's milk is so expensive. So I've been trying different alternatives. I especially like coconut milk by this brand and unflavored so I can add to it if I like.

Recently, I made tapioca pudding with this milk and it was divine.

2. Feeling better. Gee, that's a no- brain-er.  My allergies went bonkers 10 days ago and I developed bronchitis because of it, so I have been suffering.  It's not a pretty picture.  Can I say with all the over -the -counter drugs which I cannot take, Vicks Vaporub is still a great standby at night. Just sayin.  I can't take hardly any of the sinus, cold, flu, pills or liquids because I feel worse from the side effects.

3. My new May plants.  I received a gift card for my local nursery and picked up a few new plants.

The tall purple one is Salvia and has the most unusual fragrance. It's a new one for me. I also purchased another stand -by for the summer, Vinca and a baby Kolanchoe for the kitchen.

4. My new Tea Wallet. Sometimes, while dining in a restaurant or I'm visiting my kids' house,  I want caffeine free tea( hot or cold) but it is not available. So, I made a Tea Wallet to carry tea in my purse.

Here is a photo of the template I made on card stock.

I cut out 2 from layer cakes (one for exterior and 1 for lining) and a matching piece from Pellon 808. I attached the interfacing to the lining and sewed the exterior to the lining right sides together leaving a small opening.  I top stitched the edge and quilted a few lines. Then, it was just a matter of folding the four sides in, tacking the left and right to the bottom piece and I attached a small piece of black elastic to the back of the top piece. The picture above is when it's open. The elastic is to keep the wallet closed.  Sorry for no tutorial. I really didn't know if this would work.

I hope you are healthy and happy.  Please hook up with Lee Anna at NOT AFRAID OF COLOR for all our likes!

Thursday, May 11, 2017



Happy May to everyone. Here are my "likes" this week even tho I am sick with allergies! I'm trying.

1.  Tomato Harvest. Ok, maybe that's a little exaggerated. Here's a pic of my one small tomato. So cute. The plant grew too fast in 100 degrees in April.

2. Gluten Free  Zucchini Waffles. Wow- veggies for breakfast.  I use Gluten Free Bisquick for pancakes and waffles(the best). I thought I would try adding one small zuke peeled, shredded and added cinnamon, dash of nutmeg and vanilla to the batter. SCORE! Try it- you can't taste the zucchini and it's better for us.

3.  Making a Dog Bowl Pad for my son's new home.  I went to visit their new finished home. It is just beautiful. They have 2 large dogs with large water bowls. But, with those nice new floors I could see the water staining the wood, so I asked if they would like a pad for the water bowls and they said "YES!".  So, I took some layer cakes and scraps and made one 48 x 18. Plenty of room for the big water bottle as well. Perfect colors for their floor also. I used scrap battings sewn together and a left over gray scrap for the backing. I consider that free.

I don't know why it looks green here.  It's a dark gray with beige and brown.

4. A new quilt basted and ready for quilting. The Courage quilt.  This is a small throw 37 x 46. I used a charm pack of Heritage Reds and Blues from Benartex and half pack of Bell Solids Zen gray charms. I bordered and backed it with a navy/gold small print fabric. Only 75 pins used for backing. I usually use at least 100 but this is a small one. It's for my daughter to accompany the patriot pillows a few weeks ago. It was so quick to put together- maybe 10 hours total. Love it.

Hope you enjoyed my likes today.  Please join LeeAnna at:Not Afraid of Color for more likes.

Thursday, May 4, 2017



I have been so  busy  lately it's all I can do to blog for Thursdays! We have 5 family birthdays in May, My son built a new home and Mothers Day is soon.  Lots of gift planning.

Please join me at Lee Anna's siteNot Afraid of Color to see all of the positive vibes.
Here are my faves today:

1. Pretty, comfy, cotton p.j's for the summer. It gets so hot here you barely want clothes on. But, I cannot seem to purchase anything in the stores that fit, so I made a pair. I just took a pair of knit ones, drew lines around the seams for a front and back while adding 2 inches and just sewed everything together! I added soft elastic in the waist band -done and done. Sorry, I forgot to take pictures.  It's not like I didn't have pretty fabric in the stash.

2.The month of May.  First of all (literally) it's my birthday, Mother's Day, other family birthdays, flowers are in bloom till they die in June, graduations, and just all around nice times.

3. My new Queen's chair.  So, there's a story about this.  I'm a frugal person most times and I'm on a fixed income since retirement, so I'm pretty careful with money.  BUT, lately I've seen a few websites showing small comfortable patios with lovely plants, a pretty big comfy chair, pillows, ladies lounging with a good book......... You get the idea.  Anyway, I like my patio but I never spend time out there.  So I purchased a high- back white wicker chair! I also got new throws and pillows. All from the At Home store. I love this and can now sit out there very early in AM (sunrise at about 5:30) and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds while meditating and reading for about an hour. What a luxury:

It's not the greatest photo but you have an idea.  When I'm done, I throw a new shower curtain over the whole thing, clasp with a clothes pin and everything stays clean and pretty on the covered patio. I was actually cold this morning in 64 degrees and right now we are flirting with 100 degrees in the afternoon.  The hibernation due to heat will start soon but at least I can go out in the morning for a little bit.

4.  My little baby Zinnia's. I started them from seed with plastic wrap over the top about a month ago. I have lots! so, I'm babying them along. So cute.

Well, that's all for today but I hope you have enjoyed the view. Join Lee Anna for more.
Have a great day.  May the fourth be with you!

Thursday, April 27, 2017



Thanks to Lee Anna of Not Afraid of Color I get to focus on sharing things I like today instead of moaning about negative "stuff'. Thank you Lee Anna.  It seems like everyday lately, there is another negative news break.  Gheeze.  I am so happy to have an outlet like Quilting to run to for therapy.

I digress.

Here are my likes for this week.

1. Making another quilt for donation.  This one came about thru a local church.  I volunteered to quilt up a top, batting and backing provided by the church and then add a binding.  It was really difficult because the batting was a high-loft and hard to corral. I had never worked with such batting before and will never do so again. Ugh! I also managed to re-injure my neck and shoulder due to reaching and guiding  the quilt thru the sewing machine for quilting. It's a full size quilt, soft and pretty so I'm pleased someone will have comfort :

2. New mini planters for my dining room window.  Aren't they cute?  Found the tray with the planters included at the "At Home" store nearby.

They have a slew of items with this design. Just sayin.( I spray the rocks with water to add humidity to the indoor plants).

3. A Patriotic Pillow Cover for my daughter's home.  We wanted a subtle, old fashioned look to coordinate with a pillow I made for her last year.  The fabric is from a layer cake of Sandy Gervai's Red, White and Free. I have made many items from this layer cake!

4. A finished quilt- the Large Thread Spool quilt.  This is about 50 inch square which is my favorite size because I quilt my own projects. The larger quilts are a killer on my neck and shoulders-see comments in number one.  I love this quilt and placed it on the wall over my sofa. It is made of leftover charms and jelly roll strips and inspired by Jenny Doan's (MSQC) tutorial on making spool blocks but I made some small changes for my design.  Very very easy to put together.  I added a Connecting Threads backing from the stash:

As you might have guessed it was a busy week of sewing-best kind. And, there are a few blocks on the design wall!  Guess I needed a lot of therapy. hee hee.

I hope all of you are having a good week and please stop to see Lee Anna's post for positive energy!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Things I Like Apr 20


Here are some happenings I like for this week:

1. My new pink shirt:

This is the only shirt I own with text!  I'm fairly conservative with my wardrobe or maybe that should read casual.  Anyway, I saw this shirt on Facebook in black and ordered it.  It was quite an extravagance for me.  I have been a fan of Willie Nelson for many years.  His music soothes my soul. Country Music is not my favorite but he seems to cross over into jazz, pop, you name it.  Unfortunately, the shirt does not fit or even come close. So far, I shortened the hem but I will have to alter the sleeves. I might even cut out the center and applique it onto a shirt I have that fits!  Or even make a pillow!

2. Dyeing unusual Easter Eggs to keep the young guy interested in this tradition.  My daughter and I were all set to color eggs but realized my 12 yr old grandson wasn't interested and would rather watch tv with the men.  Until I suggested we could make "Monster Jam" eggs.  Well he couldn't move fast enough to the table to help. Hysterically funny. Due to his Cerebral Palsy, there are few "toys" he has ever played with but recently went to Monster Jam with his dad and is hooked. So, I had a few stickers from an arena I built for him out of cardboard boxes and we stuck the stickers  on the eggs. That led to plain stickers for some family members, fictictous names and sports heroes:

The event was so much fun even Dad helped.

3.Building a Monster Jam arena for my grandson.  I'm not usually this creative especially with cardboard boxes, but this was fun. There is a ramp and 2 boxes which are the side arenas.  I just purchased party favors, and  attached contact paper with washi tape to the boxes. He can pretend to have the trucks do their tricks in the middle of the "arena":

Hope everyone is enjoying Spring and please see Lee Anna's Likes at Not Afraid of Color.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017



Hope you are enjoying spring. It's that time in the week for a concerted effort to actually write down things that I like! This is such a great exercise.  Thank you to Lee Anna at NOT AFRAID OF COLOR for allowing us all to take part in this positive energy.

Here we go:

1. Avocado toast for breakfast. Just avocado, mayo, salt and pepper. I buy these little mini's that are just avocado - no other stuff like guac. I have the worst time buying fresh avocado, judging the ripyness correctly etc.etc.etc. Or, maybe I don't want avocado for a few days and end up throwing it out. This is so more convenient and just about 4 Tablespoons worth in each serving.  I hope everyone has these available in your area.

Yes, this is more expensive about $4, but I'm not throwing any away.  Avocados are just so good for you. I happen to like them.

2. Art that moves me.  I love going to the  Phoenix Art Museum and do not go often enough.  I am in awe of any artist but some just take my breath away. When I started to quilt 5 years ago I did not know how artistic I could become. Now, my own art moves me -occasionally.

3.  The Voice on NBC. I love music, so this was an easy choice, but it's the format and judges that make the show. We look forward to a happy tv show when  other channels keep running bad news-real or imagined.

4. Seeds for Autism.  This is a program that provides jobs for adults with autism when the unemployment rate for these adults is 85%!  We found an outlet for them at our local nursery, Summerwinds , in Glendale, Az.

I purchased zinnia seeds, small pot, and a garden butterfly.  I then found another of their displays with small plants and tools, so I purchased a "coffee arabica" plant.

I don't know anything about this plant except it likes humidity which should be interesting when we live here in the desert. Since it  is a houseplant, I may be able to control the humidity. It's such a beautiful dark green.

4. Holiday table runners.  This is one for Easter :

It's not the best photo, but cute nonetheless.

 Here's a close-up of the center applique:

I didn't have a pattern, just started putting scraps together. Such fun.  I no longer have a rectangle table so I put this on my hope chest instead!

Well, guess these are my favorites for this week.  Hope you get a chance to see everyone's list at Lee Anna's post.

Monday, April 10, 2017



My daughter and I had such a great time at Art on Cinnamon Roost. I was very good in that I only purchased a few gifts.

This is for my grandson. The author signed the book to him. He will be so pleased. They are a series of books, mostly in rhymes and are educational but fun.

This is a bowl with a recessed area for your thumb. a great salsa bowl and I purchased a special spoon to go with.

A Bejeweled spoon!  The artist wrapped tiny beads around the spoon with thin wire. Very cool. These 2 will be given to my son as a housewarming gift when his new home is completed.

So, except for eating unhealthy food, I did good.

Here at the farm were at least 50 sheep grazing next to the art festival. All in the middle of the city.

So fun. Hope everyone is having a great week!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

I like Thursday Apr 6


I'm grateful for the opportunity to post  likable thoughts thanks to Lee Anna at NOT AFRAID OF COLOR. It's an opportunity to focus on positive energy in a mixed up daily environment. I hope ya'll take a moment to check out all the good stuff over there.

In the meantime, here are my "liking" thoughts for today:

1. An anonymous post I saw recently:" You are what you love." So I am definitely a mom, gramma, quilter.

2. Farmer's Markets and outdoor art/craft festivals. .  We only have a short spring, so I have to get out there and check out the ones close by. I am very excited to go to one on Saturday:

This is "Art at Cinnamon Roost"at  a local small farm right in the middle of the city. This is such a cute place-goats, many sheep, chickens, donkey, ducks etc.  The owner, Melanie, is such a sweet person who has a family, works full time outside her home and manages with her husband to keep this farm running. Then, remarkably, has these Art fairs twice a year. This spring there are 50 vendors! Heaven.

3. Making holiday/event quilts for my daughter's home. (As if I need another reason to quilt). My daughter has a really busy schedule working full time and raising a special needs child so she likes to decorate for holidays or special events with sofa quilts, pillows and table toppers. Yay!
This week,  I made her a Spring Quilt:

This is from "Spring Fling" by Me and My Sister for Moda -a panel.  I then added leftover Bandana charms for the border. The backing is a pale green geometric print(sorry, forgot to photo). The binding is my new favorite Robin's Egg Blue from Bella. The quilt is small - about 38 x 49 inches. I only had a few days to pull it together so was thrilled it went well.
So cheery!

4.  On a serious note, I like Norton Security software for protection on my PC now and other electronic devices in the near future. This week, our US Congress passed a law undoing a previous law that protected our privacy on the internet and Trump signed it.  Now, Internet providers can sell our private information we have listed on the Internet.  So, immediately I received a notice from Norton Security because I have been a client of theirs for many years. I added WIFI protection to my security yesterday. This prevents servers from obtaining my personal data via my wifi. I am not paid by any sponsors on my blog, I just wanted to recommend everyone get their own protection. Just google WIFI Protection to see what's available for your needs. In the future, we may have to get even further protection of our personal  information unless our government changes these laws. The only other option is to not use the Internet.  That won't work, because companies and the government use the Internet which contains our personal data-banks, doctors,IRS, SSA, ....... Sorry for the downer but I felt this was an important topic.

Have a wonderful day and don't forget to see Lee Anna's post.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017



Hope you are all enjoying this week. We are having wonderful weather here in the 70-80's.  Some of you who are enjoying the final four NCAA basketball championship games might be interested to know that took place 2 miles from my home. I noticed the tv stations were showing our beautiful weather. The bad part of this is the wind is blowing pollen EVERYWHERE! I'm sneezing my head off.

Each month I go to my favorite quilt shop for a full day of WIP (and snacking, and visiting, and fabric purchases...) It's like a mini retreat for me. I look forward to each month. I've been getting away like this for over a year.  Finally, this last week I made a Quilt Carrier from some scraps I had:

It's just a simple tote about 18 x 15 but I made a 6 inch boxed bottom so I can carry either 1 large quilt to show off or 2 small ones.  I've been just carrying them in grocery bags!  This is so much nicer and easier. I made it in 2 afternoons which was so fun.  I had a lot of yellow ribbon so I just sewed it to the exterior panel with my Janome ! Didn't even know I could do that.

My WIP projects are all in those square plastic craft holders. Some people use those craft holders for paper scrapping.

On to my next project......

Have a great day!

Thursday, March 30, 2017



Thanks to Lee Ann at NOT AFRAID OF COLOR, I have some more likes to share with you:

1. Easter decos around the house. These are such fun to put together and are just small vignettes:

This one is the kitchen table -hence my kalanchoe plant and an orange. The purple stock is from my small patio garden.

This one is on a small bookcase in the living room.These bunnies I got at Tuesday Morning many years ago.  They are so cute!

2.  Chocolate Bunnies.  This a small wall hanging I made for my daughter this week :

It's about 15 x 12. I started to use the pattern from Seamstobesew 2015 but had to change the bows so I could make them in larger pieces.  Having tendinitis in both thumbs makes it difficult to work with small pieces.  It took 3 hours just to make the bunnies! But, my daughter(46) actually squealed when she saw it.  I made triangle hanging sleeves on the back and added a 12 inch dowel so she can hang it easily. :
I find this type of sleeve easier to make for small quilts;

3.  Watching basketball  on Sunday afternoons with my special needs grandson. So. much. fun. He gets all excited and tries to imitate the "moves" on the court. Slam dunks, three pointers, etc. All while siting on the floor! And, he repeats announcer comments verbatim  He is constant entertainment.

4. The "Mission" company for making flour gluten free tortillas.  Unbelievably like the real thing!  Many companies make corn tortillas but I prefer the flour for making cheese crisps or enchiladas.   They are expensive but such a treat. Years ago I tried making my own, but that didn't work.

5. The irreverent movie "The Heat" with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock.  We ran across it on the tv again recently and after watching the frustrating news reports of the day, this was a laugh-out-loud treat.

Hope you all are having a nice Spring week and don't forget to hook up with Lee An for more fun.
Thanks for stopping by and seeing my craziness.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017



I finished the Kaffe Fassett 2013 Cool Jelly Roll race quilt. It's for my bed for the summer.  It's about 60 x 75 finished. 

It's the only jelly roll race I've done, ( from MSQC tutorial on you tube) but I'm ready to do another one. This is fun if you are watching a movie at the same time. It took an afternoon to make the top. Then  a year later, I added a white border and a purple/lavender  border, plus a backing of a green floral and quilted it with vertical lines. I used my new favorite color-Robin's Egg Blue for the binding. 

I love it.
Hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 27, 2017



Happy Spring!

It's actually cool here today-yay.  Pink Carnations are my favorite so I was shocked when I saw a big bunch for $5 at my local Safeway:

They appear so delicate and yet they will last at least a week if I change the water daily.  Thank you Safeway for making them affordable.  Makes me want to make a pink carnation quilt...hmmm.

Thursday, March 23, 2017



Thanks to Lee Ann at Not Afraid of Color, we are expressing our likes today which is so fun.

Here is my list for today:

1. Pulling out Easter decorations for my home. The house will be much more cheery. Here is a basket of Fabric Easter eggs I made in 2015.  I got the pattern at

They are so cute and easy to make. My grandson and I play catch (or pummel) with these where no harm is done to lamp shades in the living room.

2. Any music from the 80's. I love music in most forms but especially that era. I literally cannot sit still if Michael Jackson's Pretty Young Thing is on the radio. Even in the car.-yep-that's me.

3. My new "Mod Dre" quilt which hangs over the sofa. It is 51 x 46.  I designed, sewed and quilted this cutie from Kaffe Fasset Spring 2016 layer cake. These are  half Dresdens. I used Bella Solid Robin's Egg blue for the background. The circles and border are made from Kona Cotton Purple Colorstory.

It's so cheery to see this hanging in the living room each morning!

I hope you are all having a good week and will hook up with Lee Ann for more fun.

P.S. After all my worries of early summer degrees in the 90's-we are having rain and 54 degrees this morning.  YES.

Monday, March 20, 2017



I wish we had smell -a- vision so you could smell these beautiful blossoms right now on my orange tree near my patio.  They are such a sweet orange scent. They only last maybe 2 weeks so I savor for now.

I'm a "tree" person but sadly, this is the only tree I have.  I live in a subdivision next to Sun City (retirement area) where there are only rock lawns, palm trees,etc.  Of course, for older folks, this is very low maintenance, neat and tidy.  I prefer green lawns, plants, flowers and so I have a mini potted plant garden on my patio.  Luckily, the citrus trees in the area have been here for decades. The birds are going crazy on this tree.

Enjoy this SPRING day! We will be 95 degrees today. I hope you will be cooler!


Friday, March 17, 2017

St Patrick's Day

                                        HAPPY ST PATTY'S DAY!    

Thursday, March 16, 2017



Here are things I'm liking today.  Please hook up with Lee Ann for lots more likes at:

1. Batiks.  Besides being beautiful, I love the way they feel and keep their crispness. The Batik pieces  are easier  to sew together.  Here are 2 purses I have made from Batiks:

The above bag is mine that I have been using since October.  Love love love these strips of jelly roll from Tonga Treats of Timeless Treasures. This bag is roomy but light weight.

The above bag was made from Tonga Treats also, just a different color combo made from charms into patchwork design. I made this bag for a friend. I hope she likes it.  It will be hard to give this one up.

2.  Air cleaning machines. I have allergy issues like most people here in the valley but also have COPD so I am more conscious of air pollutants. It appears that I have "batting" issues.  Most battings seem to "fly in the air" while I'm machine quilting. I sew in my bedroom so the stuff is everywhere.  I have tried different batting types but they all seem to shed so I purchased an air cleaning machine. Of course, there are hundreds of air machines  to choose from, but I chose this one based on cost and features:

It works as long as I remember to use it!  My furniture and tile floor seem less dusty since I've been using it; the machine is  doing it's job.  I just need to do mine.  By the way, I really don't like to dust furniture!!

3.  Chasing Squirrels.  I just heard of this term and feel so much better.  Evidently other sewists get easily distracted while completing their projects and stop to try something brand new they just saw at a fabric store or online.  Case in point, I have been slowly completing two WIPS this last 2 weeks but had to go to a sale at my LQS yesterday.  I found the cutest "scrap bag" from Me and my Sister (Rainy Day line) for $5.00.  I purchased a few other pieces to stash away for Christmas. However, when I got back home, I started cutting the scraps in the scrap bag into a baby quilt where I can attach white background pieces. Why?  I do not know of anyone who needs a baby quilt today or in the near future. I have a list of projects that need to be started or completed!  I'm not going to think about household chores needing my attention.

I had a wonderful afternoon cutting those pieces.  Just sayin.

That's all for now.  Hope you enjoy this post and will hook up with Lee Ann.