Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day...

On this day,
take time to pause and remember those
who have given their lives in service to our nation.

I'll be back tomorrow...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Spring Fever Bingo!

Just checked today's words for Spring Fever Bingo...
one more checked off my list!
I have four crossed off the list of 25 I chose.


I see 9 patches...

Hi... how are you? Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

It is the last Wednesday of the month which means it is Thimbleberries Sew Day hosted by crazy'boutquilts. Be sure to visit her to see what she and any other participants are working on today.

I cut these strips yesterday in hopes of making some 9 patches today... lots of 9 patches.

These are all Thimbleberries fabrics with the addition of some unbleached muslin. I was going to use some Kona natural but decided to save it for another project.

Here is block #7 in the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along.

I made the binding for my table runner yesterday but didn't get it sewn on... maybe today.

Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

projects for today...

Good Morning, and Happy Tuesday!

Yesterday, I was able to do a bit of sewing and finished Block 6 for the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along.

The pattern for Block 7 was released yesterday so that is on my sew list for today. We are half way through this project.

Also, I need to make some binding for this project. This is a table runner I ran across in my stack of un-quilted tops. And I found yet another table runner... need to do some "meandering" on it today, too. I will share them both later.

The best thing I found was a zip top bag full of Thimbleberries strips from my good friend Crazy'boutquilts. I had totally forgotten about these... AND more importantly, that tomorrow is the Thimbleberries Sew Day! I will be cutting 1.5 inch strips for my project... lots of strips!

I must need some ginkgo to improve my memory. I would settle for the tree as they are one of the most beautiful I have seen, except for the red oak in my backyard. I love the shape of the leaf, and its color change in the fall is a spectacular golden yellow.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today. Make it a good one.

"O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Blue Monday

Captured this photo of a Great Blue Heron at Swan Harbor Farm. The farmhouse and grounds, located on the Chesapeake Bay, were a beautiful setting for my niece's wedding last fall. (Personally, I could live here... hubby says, "Hyacinth, it is just not in the budget..." ...sigh)

This is the path from the farmhouse leading to the gazebo.
There is a long pier beyond.

These pictures were taken from the pier.

For more Blue Monday posts, visit the blog of Smiling Sally.

Have a wonderful Monday, and thanks for stopping by... Karen

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Spring Fever Bingo!

All the fun begins on Monday, May 24!

Get the game instructions and rules HERE at "In Stitches," which is the official blog of The Quilt Shoppe and the Holiday Cloth Shoppe.

But HURRY... you must email your word list to them by midnight (PST) Sunday, May 23rd.

Monday, May 17, 2010


It's Monday and time to join Smiling Sally for Blue Monday.

Remember my fabrics from last Monday? Well, I finally decided on a pattern. Here are the pieces I was able to get sewn. More on these below.

For another part of my Blue Monday, I'd like to share some pics from our visit to see the VLA (Very Large Array). You can read more about them: and

We had watched the movie "Contact," and thought we would like to see these "up close and personal." They are VERY LARGE! So in the picture below, I am reading the plaque there and look up to notice the caution sign on the steps. Of course, one could not go near them but the sign said "CAUTION... automatic equipment, MAY START AT ANYTIME." :-O They move!

I decided I'd rather have pictures at a distance...

Now... back to that quilt top. I poured through books and magazines last week. Not enough fabric for this one, not enough color contrast for that one; so I decided on the Hunter's Star pattern. I need to make 48 more triangle sections to have enough for the size top I would like. This is what the inside of the quilt will look like. Borders will be added, as well.

I hope you have a wonderful day today. I'm putting on my laundry fairy wings today.... ;-(

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Comin' for dinner?

This morning I cut some fresh rosemary and sage and cut up a lemon...

Hubby started a fire in the smoker and the temperature is rising...

Yesterday, hubby brined a 20 pound turkey, and this morning it is in the smoker. It'll be ready in about 8 hours... just bring a side dish! Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Blue Monday...

Good Monday Morning!

I am joining Sally for Blue Monday. 
 Be sure to visit her blog and all the other participants.

First, I would like to share my "second breakfast" and this quote from "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."

Aragorn: Gentlemen! We do not stop 'til nightfall.
Pippin: But what about breakfast?
Aragorn: You've already had it.
Pippin: We've had one, yes. But what about second breakfast?
(Aragorn stares at him, then walks off.)
Merry: Don't think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.
Pippin: What about elevensies? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn't he?
Merry: I wouldn't count on it....

A week or so ago, I made the strawberry freezer jam I am enjoying on my mini bagel using this:
It is quick and easy. 
 Of all the fruit you can use according to their package instructions, 
strawberry is my favorite.

For an additional "blue," these fabrics are on my cutting table this morning. 
 Check back next Monday to see what I've come up with... 
 Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by for a visit.


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day...

Have a wonderful day!


Friday, May 7, 2010

top is finished...

Ok... took a little longer than expected to get back with a pic.

DD and I went to see IronMan 2. We both liked it and got a clue after the credits as to who will be featured in the next one. ;-) Do you stay and read the credits at movies?

Here's the top. The colors are so much brighter in the sunlight. And I ended up making this one 4 x 4 blocks instead of the original 4 x 5. I will save the extra four for something else. This will be a perfect patio table cover... don't you think so? I have enough fabric to make some napkins, too... another day.

Have a great weekend!

new First Friday Freebie...

A new First Friday Freebie has been posted by Kaaren over at The Painted Quilt. Check out her "From My Garden" stitchery.

Oh, and I found the perfect turquoise yesterday... off to sew it on! Be back later with some pics.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Blocks 4 and 5....

... for the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along. Just a bit of catching-up today.

Now I am off to find an inner border for the floral summery quilt. I hope I can find some of that turquoise blue. Thought for sure there was something that would work in my stash, but, oh well... looks like I have to go shopping. ;-)

Have a good afternoon!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

it's true... I couldn't make just one!

Hi... Happy Wednesday!

I have had a "stash busting" party...

Yesterday, my friend calls me to catch-up after returning home from a long weekend get-away. She visited her favorite quilt shops and excitedly tells me about the pattern she saw worked up in one of the shops. She bought the pattern, raided her stash and made a small one in an afternoon. It is called a potato chip quilt because you just can't make one. She told me basically what it was. It seemed pretty simple, so yesterday afternoon I raided my stash.... and here are the results.

These blocks here on my design wall were finished last night. They still need to be sewn together and a small inner border added plus an outside border.

The colors are very fresh and summery.

This RWB 9-block version, I started this morning. It just needs to be quilted.

I am anxious now to see her quilt top to see if I came close to the actual pattern. I did not use the cutting sizes she mentioned. My blocks finished at 12 inches.

Break time! Have a great afternoon... thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Blue Monday... no, not that kind!

I am joining Smiling Sally today for Blue Monday.

Blue used to be my favorite color... well, until I moved to the desert southwest. Now green is my most favorite, so I hope you don't mind me adding a bit of my Bur Oak in the pic above that we planted a few years ago in the back yard.

High atop the pine trees that border the back of our yard, this mockingbird serenaded me for the longest time one morning.

Most of time we have these clear blue skies with no or very few clouds. The clouds come during the rainy season in the summer. That's when we have the most spectacular sunsets....

These Jays have been one of my favorites to photograph in my backyard this year. There have been as many as six at one time flitting from the ground to the oaks to the pine trees to the feeders. Their soft coloring is beautiful in the sunlight.

Thanks for stopping by...   Karen

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy May Day...

It's the first of May and hopefully I can get back to this blogging. My final ENT appointment was yesterday... :-) ... and I really don't want to go back. I am still not 100% but well on my way.

I am soooo far behind with blocks and stitching and sew-a-longs and samplers... oh,my! There is time to catch up.

Let me share a few pics from the herbal evening I presented to the ladies at my church. I used damask table cloths and placed various herb pots along with lavender plants down the center of the tables. I visited a friend of mine who has a Bay Laurel and clipped some branches to lay on the tables as well.

The food table was covered with a table cloth my friend Mary just received from her mother. Mary's grandmother had embroidered this many, many years ago. It was just perfect for our table.

The food offerings were wonderful. As ladies started arriving, some who had not attended any of my Tuesday events were quite surprised at the "veritable smorgasbord."

Everything was prepared by me and a couple of helpers... well, except the tabouli, it was purchased.

A tea punch was offered upon arrival, as well as coffee, tea, or iced water. Our table included:

Boursin (made with 7 herbs) and crackers
Parmesan Cheese Crisps with walnuts and herbs
herbed bread sticks
Artisan Bread with basil dipping oil
rosemary herbed walnuts
cheddar dill biscuits
lemon and herb chicken salad
kalamata olives
and a wonderful baby lettuce salad with lemon vinaigrette

I didn't get a pic of the salad but it was what I ate mostly, as I had been snacking all day. This friend grows the lettuces and even the fennel she put in. And she brought a fennel from her garden to show everyone.

This really wasn't a dinner per se, but a tasting party. Many were surprised at the flavors and the blends that were used in many of the dishes.

As dessert was being passed... Oh, I forgot dessert. It wasn't really "herbie," but delicious just the same. An Italian cream coconut cake topped with pecans. We have a birthday board with baby pictures and try to guess "who's who." It is always a lot of fun.

After finishing our tasting, I gave a short program about the herbs that were used in our dishes and had the ladies pass the potted herbs around the table. They thoroughly enjoyed brushing the leaves to release the fragrance... especially the lemon balm, lemon thyme and the varieties of basil.

Each lady went home with a goodie bag which included a file folder with recipes and some herb information (history, uses, cultivating) and those that are mentioned in the Bible. There was a little purse size note pad and, of course, a lavender sachet. It was the favorite, I think. I hope you enjoyed the pictures...

Have a wonderful weekend!