Gaa-Barge #4

IMG_0897This wall hanging is 19″ x 19″  Several fabrics from different colors, red, yellow, tan and green were sewn together to make new fabrics.  Then, the made fabric was cut up and pieced in a tulip pattern





IMG_0896The piece was then machine quilted with polyester thread.






The small gaa-barge quilts are fun to make with the tiniest of scraps.  I have several bins of small scraps to make more gaa=barge or maybe a mile a minute quilt.  Mile a minute quilts are also fun to make.  They use  scraps that are larger than the gaa-barge scraps.  Nothing is thrown away.

Have a great day and happy quilting


Seed catalogues are still coming.  They will have to be enough until the real flowers come up in the spring,  I’ve ordered New England wild flower seeds, cosmos, zinnias, and sunflowers.  That should be a pretty mix.

The first two pictures are repeats.  I did pull fabric from my stash to represent colors in the pictures and made a block.

Poppy budIMG_0286IMG_0889IMG_0851









IMG_0289IMG_0882IMG_0890  Purple lupine and daffodils

Pink lupineIMG_0891IMG_0883IMG_0292




I don’t know yet what I will do with the blocks, but an idea is forming.

Lupines are bi-annuals and only blossom every other year.  A few years ago, I saved lupine seed and planted it the next year.  The purple lupines have blossoms every year now.  The pink lupine still only blossoms every other year.

Gave a great day and happy quilting.




The Single Gourmet

In family folklore, Nanna could go to a refrigerator and make a five course meal with what was inside. She was a marvelous cook.  I thought that it would be fun to try this.  My refrigerator needed cleaning anyway.  It would be two birds with one stone,

The five courses would be appetizer, soup, entre, vegetable, and dessert.

Appetizer – I keep Town House crackers and Cheeze it Crackers in my pantry.  I use Cheeze It crackers with a sandwich in place of potato chips.  The Town House crackers are used for a snack, sometimes with jelly and sometimes with cheese.  In the refrigerator is sour cream, mayonnaise, and onion.  I would make Linda’s Dip to go with the crackers.  It is my most favorite dip.  I received the recipe after an office pot luck party.  Linda brought the dip, thus the name.  This is the original recipe.  Even single cooks entertain at times.

Linda’s Dip  –  one 15 oz. container of sour cream, 1/2 c mayonnaise, 1 medium onion, chopped fine, 2 Tbsp. parsley, 1 Tbsp. Beaumont seasoning.  Mix all together.  It can be served with raw vegetables, chips or crackers.  Beaumont seasoning can be found in the grocery store.

IMG_0886Soup – I found a container in the freezer that had parts of a chicken in broth,  At some time, I was going to make a soup and put the simmered chicken into the freezer.  I stir fried 1/4 c each of celery, onion, and baby carrots.  This mixture was added to the broth.  Then the meat was taken from the bones and added to the pot.  Then I added about 1/4 cup of brown rice,  a small handful of spiralized zucchini,(more on that later.) salt, pepper and Mrs. Dash seasoning.  I made a little soup, not a large on like I usually make.

IMG_0885Entre – I found two small pieces of chicken breast in the freezer.  Tucked into the refrigerator drawers was some dried tomatoes, basil pesto, and pine nuts.  I pan fried the chicken.  The pine nuts were toasted in the oven.  The dessert was cooking in there and  the oven was on.  Then I deglazed the  pan and added the above to make a sauce.  All went into a casserole dish and baked for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  This might be good with some pasta.

IMG_0884Vegetable –  I bought a spiralizer on a whim and had never used it.  My daughter had brought me a delicious dish that she made using her spiralizer, so I thought I needed one.  I had zucchini and sweet potato in the refrigerator and used half of each.  It made a very large pile  of vegetables.  They are stir fried in olive oil with sesame seeds.  A very delicious and low calorie  addition to the meal.

IMG_0887Dessert – Raspberry , white chocolate cheese cake.  I have a raspberry bed Two years ago, it outdid itself and I froze a lot of berries.  Last year there were no berries, so it is good that I have some in the freezer.  I thawed and strained a package of berries, added some sugar and cornstarch.  It cooked in a pot until it thickened just a bit. Melt about 1/2 c white chocolate chips in the microwave a few seconds at a time.  For the crust, I used one whole wheat pita bread, It was made into crumbs in the food processor.  I added 2 Tbsp. sugar, about 1 Tbsp.  melted white chocolate, and one Tbsp. melted butter .  It was pressed into a 7″ pie plate.  Mix one square cream cheese, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/4″ milk, and melted white chocolate.  Pour half into pie plate, drizzle 3 Tbsp. raspberry over and repeat. Swirl with knife to create marble top.  Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.  This is not only very pretty, but very yummy.

This is far more food than I could possible eat in a day.  I did get the refrigerator cleaned out, but I also did spend a lot of time doing dished and cleaning up.  Will I try making a five course meal  again?  Probably not.  I just have to pay more attention to what I put into the refrigerator and freezer.

Have a great day and happy quilting.


This has been a good week.  I finished two UFO projects.  Does that make me one week ahead of my weekly challenge to finish one UFO a week?  Probably not.


The first UFO project was a stack of squares.  They were cut from fabric that I received when another quilter cleaned out her sewing room.  There were enough squares to make two charity quilts and four placemats.IMG_0881






I backed the placemats with some Asian fabric,  I seem to have a lot of that type of fabric in my stash and hate to cut it up.  It usually has  a big repeat.  I do have a pattern that uses Asian fabric.  I bought it years ago at Keepsake Quilting.  It was a  “I just have to have that pattern” moment.  I seem to have a lot of those patterns in my pattern drawer.  I should think about making that quilt and use up the fabric.  It will be in the line of my “to do someday” quilts.IMG_0879




IMG_0877The second UFO project is the prototype of the Circle of Friends quilts.  I made it in pastel colors which is not at all like the colors in the other two quilts that I made.  I did learn a lot by making a prototype.  It helped me figure out how big to cut the strips and how to sew it together.  It also helped me design the quilting.  The other two quilts will be quilted differently.   It makes a very nice table topper or wall hanging.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Long Term Quilts

Last January, I went to the Dear Jane Club at the Quilt Shop.  A quilter in another group was making a Temperature Quilt and it was fascinating.  Each block was a flying geese. The goose was the warmest temperature of the day and the sky was the coldest. How hard could that be, making one flying geese a day.

IMG_0873Temperatures were charted in 5 degree increments and a fabric assigned to each 5 degrees. The temperatures were written on baggies and a fabric inserted in each baggie.  I had a lot of batique scraps  and put a different color in each baggie.


IMG_0874The baggies are kept in order in a bin.

Each morning, I check the temperatures on my I phone and pull the correct baggies from the bin.  It takes one minute to cut the three pieces with Kimberly Einmo’s Flying geese ruler.  Her method uses 2 1/2″ strips, so if I had used that temperature before, there is usually a 2 1/2″ strip already cut  in the bag.  Sometime during the day , when I am sewing, I sew the one flying geese.  It is a beginner and ender block.  There are just three seams,  Two to add the sky and one to place it on the strip.  I press the seams when I’m pressing something else.  It’s like making a quilt and not knowing it.  IMG_0872The joining seams are pressed open.

This is a year long project. If I’m not near my sewing room,  I can keep the temperatures in the message app in my phone and make the geese later.  If I forget to do this, there is a temperature app online that tells me the information that I need.

I have the temperatures of five different states in my phone.  Utah, California, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Maine. If a Temperature Quilt was made for each city, they would all be different, even if the fabric was the same.

IMG_0876The quilt is very busy,  Some of the fabrics don’t play well with the adjoining fabric, so I’m thinking of making a 1″ black Kona sashing between the months just to rest the eyes.  If I add the sashing each month, it will keep the months in order.   On the months that do not have 31 days, I can add rectangles of black at the end of the month.  The center of the quilt would be 62 1/2″ L x 59″ wide.   The geese are 2″ x 4″ finished.    (12 x 4″ = 48″  & 11 1″ sashing  11″  = 59″)

It will be interesting to see the colors change to summer colors and then  back to winter colors.  The sides of the quilt should be about the same colors.

Have a great day and happy quilting

From The Archives

Several of my wall hangings are on my walls.  The are rotated from time to time so that I can have a new look in the house.  Some are there forever because I enjoy them or they bring memories .

IMG_0437My welcome wall hanging is by my front door.  It is the only pattern that I repeated as it make a great gift.  I appliqued the pineapple and ribbons before I had an applique class with Nancy Pearson.  The later welcome wall hangings were much better, but we do get better with practice and knowing the right techniques.


IMG_0439My granddaughter gave me the lovely depression ware wind chime.  My kitchen walls are green and it didn’t show it’s beauty.  I made a wall hanging to go behind it.  Silver Angelina fibers are stipple quilted on the border to bring out the silver in the glass piece.



IMG_0432I found the pattern for the wire fox terrier at a quilt show.  The body of the dog was fussy cut from fabric that had several different dogs.  I still have that fabric but it has holes.  Maybe I will need more fur for another piece sometime.  The hair is placed going the right way so the dog looks real.  I machine quilted around the dog and then quilted the background from the back.  The backing fabric had a wavy pattern and I machine quilted the waves up to the stitching around the dog. When shopping for new fabric, I often look for fabric that can be quilted upside down.

Have a great and happy quilting.



Gaa-barge #3

I do a lot of machine embroidery and sometimes the thread falls off the big cones of thread.  Once it does that, it can not be used in the sewing machine.  What a waste! It goes into the trash can.  That is where gaa-barge comes in.  From garbage to Gaa-barge.

IMG_0868On this piece I laid the thread, then fussy cut flowers from fabric that was in the trash can and made  a picture.  It looks like an abstract painting.





IMG_0869The picture was covered with tulle from the tulle box.  The box contains different colors of tulle.  Each one is placed on the piece and somehow, when the right one is there,  it makes itself known. Most of the Gaa-Barge designs itself.

After the tulle is chosen,  the whole piece was stippled quilted.  A border was added and bound.

Some of the Gaa-Barge was very interesting when finished.  I never knew which direction it would go.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Round Robin

I’ve never met a challenge or round robin that I didn’t like.  A round robin is a quilt that is made by a group of quilters,  There are usually four to six people that will work on the quilt.  Each person makes the center of the quilt.  It is placed in a bag with fabric for the other quilters to use.  The other quilters may also add their own fabric. The bag is passed to the other quilters in order.  There is a time deadline for making the next border, usually one month.   Some round robins have themes such as holidays, seasons or fabric types.  Other round robins have criteria such as shapes, colors size, etc. When all the borders are made, the quilt goes back to the original quilter to quilt and it is theirs.

IMG_0864Several years ago, I belonged to a group known as the Tuesday night quilters.  We made a round robin using the following criteria,  Triangles, applique, squares or rectangles, curves, and anything goes for the last border.  I wondered how it would be if I made two centers, passed one on to the other quilters and pieced the other with my ideas.


IMG_0867The quilt that was made by others turned out to be a very light quilt.  It is about one inch smaller that the other.  I liked the added buttons,.  The light blue fabric must have been what I included in the bag as it showed up again in both outer borders.


IMG_0402The quilt that I made, is much darker and the applique is not in the right sequence.


It’s amazing how different a quilt will be with different designers starting at the same place.

Have a great day and happy quilting


Single Gourmet

A quick breakfast for one usually is an English muffin or a bowl of cereal.  Here is a recipe for a different breakfast.  It does take a little longer to make, but is worth it.

IMG_0862French Toast Casserole – Butter a small casserole dish.  Add 1  Tbsp.. butter and 2 Tbsp. brown sugar,  Microwave for 20 seconds or until butter is melted and sugar is dissolver.  Cut two slices of bread into one inch cubes and place on top of melted butter and sugar.  In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup milk, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 2 Tbsp. sugar, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Pour mixture over bread crumbs, pressing pieces to help absorb liquid.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  Drizzle maple syrup over casserole.   Cover and refrigerate over night.  In the morning, preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Bake for 30 minutes.   Drizzle a small amount of maple syrup over casserole before eating.

While casserole is baking,  brew coffee and cook bacon.  Do you want crispy bacon?  After placing in pan and turning heat on, pour a little less than 1/4″ of water into pan.  Cover for a few minutes.  After taking cover off, fry bacon, turning occasionally,  until it is lightly brown and the water is gone.  It will be crispy and delicious. I usually cook double the amount of bacon and use half in another recipe.

IMG_0860If you use bacon only on occasion, divide the remaining bacon in package into single servings.  Place in snack baggies and place snack baggies in a freezer bag.  Label it with the date and place in the freezer.  If you want bacon at a later date, take out one small package and thaw.  If you have company, take out two packages.



Remember to use your best dishes, silver and glassware.  What are you saving them for?  Have a great day and keep quilting

Finished UFO

IMG_0859I wonder why I have so many UFOs.  There has to be a reason.  This week, I made a table runner from a stripped piece that I had spiraled.  I learned this technique in a pocket book class in Vermont.  I’m not sure why we did this.  I never did make a pocket book from that class.


IMG_0855This is how to spiral.  Fold a piece of fabric down at a 45 degree angle.  Place the machine needle 1/4″ from all sides at the point of the top fabric.



IMG_0856turn fabric so sides meet and sew to the end.

Press the tube flat.IMG_0857




IMG_0858cut up one side and the fabric will now be on a diagonal.




Now I know why I did not finish the UFO.  Stripes do not line up when doing this.  Some UFOs should be “left of the back seat of a bus” or at least tossed into the mile a minute bin,  I will be more careful in choosing UFOs in the future.  Some are not worth finishing.

Happy quilting.