Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WIP Wednesday


The cocky doodler was crowing at 5:00 am again this morning. 
It was pretty much deja vu since Fleetwood Mac was playing on my alarm. 
I think the DJ on the radio needs to try harder.

So last Friday night I went to the IQSCM to hear Victoria Findlay Wolfe speak and see her double wedding ring quilts. I was surprised when I got there that they were having a "meet with the artist" moment and she was standing next to her quilts and talking about them! I was able to meet her and we took a photo together, which I wasn't expecting to do at all but that was really cool!
I really enjoyed her talk. When she spoke about her grandmother's polyester quilts, I couldn't help but think of my own grandma, who also made some of those. I also loved that she talked about how making and giving quilts is a joyful thing. Yes, I agree!
So I bought her latest book and I had to jump right in and try something! I pulled out all my brown fabrics and cut out pieces to make the retro mod quilt. In the book it's made with brightly colored polyester fabrics, which is so much fun. I'm kind of going for a 70's vibe with mine. I really want to use up the older fabrics in my stash and some of these browns are OLD! I'm tackling the curves one day at a time and I think I will have a top put together by the end of the week! 


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Maple Leaf Quilt

Check it out, I finally finished my maple leaf quilt! 
I'm so happy with this one, it's a total stash quilt, using some of the oldest fabrics I own. 
I'm feeling pretty good about using up what I already had!
I first talked about these blocks here, way back in 2013. 
The finished quilt measures 61" x 61" and is machine quilted with straight lines.

What a difference a week makes! 
All that rain last week is helping the flowering trees to burst to life, 
especially the crab apples, which I love!
 I thought, wow, those trees would make a great backdrop for a quilt pic!! 
Gary and I headed out to the park but darn it, the wind was a blowin'. 
We did get one good pic before my quilt holder called it quits, though!

Speaking of my quilt holder, he did some investigating about the rooster I heard last week. 
Turns out I'm not crazy, but what I heard was not a chicken!
Apparently, we have a man living nearby who likes to step out on his patio and yell random things from time to time, including rooster crowing. I was hearing him at 5 am last week. 
I'm not sure how I should feel about that but I have to say, he does a very realistic rooster call!
I hope you're having a great week!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Not A Good Hair Day

My first memory of today was Stevie Nicks singing about Rhiannon. 
My alarm clock had gone off and I got up out of bed. Not 30 seconds later, I heard a rooster crowing outside my window. What the heck?! 
 I quickly opened the blinds and peered out, bleary eyed, into the darkness. 
Nothing. I waited to see if I would hear the crowing again. Nope. 
That was weird.
 I live inside the city limits and to my knowledge, none of my neighbors have chickens. Now I want to investigate because I'm wondering if I was hallucinating?
 I swear I don't usually hear roosters crowing outside my bedroom window.
In other wildlife news, Gary and I heard two owls calling to each other and Gary saw a fox in our neighborhood just last night. It's almost like living in the country with all the critters we see, so why not have a random rooster roaming around? 

With Easter last weekend and a school concert tonight, I've been making lots of music. Not much quilting happening. I did get the maple leaf quilt marked and I'm hoping to get started quilting it this week but it's not looking promising. We're taking the choir to Worlds of Fun on Saturday which is an allllll day/night thing. I'm hoping for good weather and I've got my hexie kit ready to go. There's plenty of hexies to keep me busy on the bus ride, I think I cut out about 100 or more from the background fabric! This hexie project is going to take forever and right now, I really want it to come together because I'm loving what's happening! 
I must have patience!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I had intentions of working in my yard this afternoon, but when I got out of church, the wind was really blowing. Booo. I ditched the yard work idea pretty quick. I'm not to the point of wanting to work too hard outside yet anyway. Sitting on the patio and reading the Sunday paper with a cup of coffee, however, did sound good, so I got out the lawn chair and my paper and sat in the sun. Ahh it was so nice, the warm sun on my face, the birds chirping and the squirrels scampering around. I got about halfway through the front page of the local section when the neighbor's dog began yip yapping at me (not pleasant). I think he somehow squeezed through the fence because when the barking stopped, I turned around and there he was on my patio. The little pip squeak didn't even come over to me to say hello, he just trotted off, happy to be on the other side, I guess.

Spring is slowly making an appearance and I am slowly but surely working on a couple projects. My motivation has been pretty non existent with all the cool and cloudy days we've been having but I pulled out my maple leaf blocks that I made FOREVER ago and got them put together into a top. Taking a pic with the wind today wasn't happening so I worked on getting the backing together.
Now I can't decide how to quilt the thing!

I'm getting excited about my hexie project and I really want to finish it but I have to keep reminding myself that this is a SLOW project that will take a lot of time to finish. I'm also undecided on how big I want to make it so there's that. For the time being, it's nice to look at on my design wall ha!

Here's hoping for a more productive week! Wait, what am I saying?
This is Holy Week.
I'll be at church almost every night.
Maybe I will be more productive after Easter? 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Bit O'Green

I've talked about my friend Sheryl before, she's the one who is a really good cook. Baking is definitely her "thing" and I so appreciate that she brings me holiday cakes and cookies every so often!
Last Wednesday night after church choir practice, Sheryl brought a cake to share with all of us. It was her green Watergate cake, which I am quite fond of!
 Every year, I tell her that I love the cake and I need to get the recipe.
This time, she really hooked me up. 
On Sunday, not only did she give me the handwritten recipe, she gave me the cake mix AND the pudding mix AND the Dream Whip AND half a bottle of Club Soda!! 
I mean, how sweet is that?

I had no excuses, I made the cake as soon as I got home.

If I have to choose between cake and pie, I usually choose pie. But, I do like chocolate cake and jello cake! This cake is right up there with jello cake. 
I didn't realize that I like pistachio pudding until I made the frosting. 
I could have eaten that all by itself! 

I had heard of Watergate salad before but not Watergate cake. 
While my cake was baking, I poked around on the internet to find out more about how this cake got it's name. Apparently it became popular around the time of the Watergate scandal and the development of pistachio pudding. Some of the recipes online call the frosting "cover up icing" haha!
This was fun to read if you want to know the folklore!  

My cake turned out so good and just in time for St. Patty's Day. I think Sheryl would approve.

Here is the recipe, according to Sheryl!

Watergate Cake 

 Preheat oven 350 degrees

1 White Cake Mix
1 cup oil
1 cup Club Soda
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 pkg Instant Pistachio Pudding
6 drops green food coloring
3 extra large eggs

Mix all ingredients except eggs. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each one. Spread evenly in a greased and floured 11" x 17" pan. 
(I used a 9" x 13" pan) 
Bake for 25 minutes and test for doneness with a toothpick. 
(The 9" x 13" pan took longer to bake, closer to 40 minutes) Cool cake completely.


1 pkg Dream Whip
1 pkg Instant Pistachio Pudding
1 1/2 cups milk
6 drops green food coloring

Beat all ingredients together until stiff and spread on cake. Refrigerate.

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