Sunday, July 31, 2011

Movie Monday 7/31/2011

This is a favorite video of mine.  Ricky Timms shows a one seam flying geese technique.  The fabrics he uses are beautiful, but then, aren’t all batiks?

One Seam Flying Geese

Monday, July 25, 2011

Movie Monday 7/25/2011

Today’s video shows traditional patchwork from Korea.  The technique is called Jogakbo.  It is a folding technique similar to Cathedral Windows.  The music is a little annoying but the direction are pretty good. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Catching Up…With a Mocha Latte

This will be one post with several items.  I hope that you will find something that you will enjoy!

First, our guild had our annual picnic this past week.  Since the theme was summer garden, I brought these to share:DSC02446

I baked and Katie decorated.  Delicious!

The boys were having some fun and decided to put on each other’s shirts:


They are showing off their muscles.  They are too goofy!

Do you remember the sashiko I was working on during the trial? (And I don’t want to talk about it!)  I finished one and started another.  The new on is white and I am using variegated thread.


Michael took a picture of my latest finished top.  It is a striped fabric from Marcus-very quick to do:


It is a little blurry-sorry.

Finally, I have learned to make a decent mocha latte-with only 3-or less weight watchers points.


I make a pot of coffee-10 cups with enough coffee for 12 so it would be stronger- and I stick it in the fridge to cool it down (hot coffee never gets cold enough no matter how much ice I add).

To make the latte I fill a 16 oz. glass with ice and fill it 2/3 with coffee.  Then I add 1/2 cup skim milk, I T. chocolate syrup and sugar (or substitute) to taste.  I thought it tasted pretty yummy!  If you decide to try one, let me know how you like it.

Have a great weekend and I will see you Monday!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Four Patch Posies

I finished this quilt top:


It is very busy. Very busy!!  It is really out of my comfort zone. But I will definitely finish it. I have a plan in mind-and it is very do-able on my frame.

Look for updates!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Another Finish!

The quilt from you know where is finally done.  As I quilted it I kept saying, “I really hate this quilt!” ( Cue Dylan in the background saying, “Momo!  Don’t say hate!”)

So now it is done.  After it was bound and washed I looked at it and said “I guess it really doesn’t look that bad…”  There are some lovely mistakes quilted in but overall, I am pleased and  I am glad that I did not give up on the quilt.  What do you think?




Movie Monday

I thought it might be fun to share videos that I have found on line each week.  Some may be instructional; some may be just for fun or some, like today’s may inspire you.

Meet Diane, a quilter from Texas.  I almost didn’t watch it but now I am glad I did.  She has a great attitude.  Surprisingly she became a quilter AFTER she lost her sight.

Blind Quilter

Saturday, July 16, 2011



Today my husband, my grandson Michael and I went to see the final Harry Potter movie.  Michael and I prepared by watching Part 1 (and the Yankees) last night.

It.    Was.    Awesome.

When I finished reading the last book (and, by the way, I have read and or listened to each book at least 3 times) I was disappointed that the series was over   The movie, although dark and somber at times was surprisingly uplifting. The short scenes of comic relief were appropriate and not at all forced. I was concerned the last scene (the characters as adults) would be cheesy, but it was very well played.

As a child going to the movies, I remember booing at the bad guys, cheering the heroes and applauding at the end.  We showed our appreciation of a good movie.  Many people at the theater showed those same reactions today (although Michael told me he thought that no one clapped as loud as I did).

I have started listening to the books again on CD. (Do yourself a favor and listen to the great Jim Dale reading this series.) Hopefully when I finish all six books, the video for this movie will have been released and I can enjoy it all over again!

P.S. Look for something new on Monday!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday Leonard!

Adrienne, Joe and Leonard visited this weekend.  Friday is Lenny’s birthday (one year old already!) so we had a party yesterday.  Of course we also celebrated the 4th of July!

Yesterday we had beautiful weather for a party.  All the kids (and some of the moms and dads) enjoyed swimming and we had lots and lots of food.  A good time was had by all!DSC02310DSC02312DSC02314DSC02343

Katie made some cookies and a cake.  Don’t they look delicious? Lauren made a trifle-it was too yummy!



Surprise! A red white and blue cake!


Lenny is eating his special cake, made by mom Adrienne.


Amanda and Lenny-Amanda is Lauren’s boyfriend’s sister.


And now, Adrienne, Joe and Leonard are back in Maryland.  I miss you all but we will see you in August!