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::This Week::

How can it be Thursday?

My biggest accomplishment this week?  I actually vacuumed my home from top to bottom, all 600 and some feet of it…AND cleaned the bathroom including the dreaded tub.  When I start to notice the cobwebs, you know it’s bad.  I used to be such a good housekeeper until I started sewing.

Very little sewing actually happened this week because of my growing list of neglected duties.  My Mom’s birthday is May Day, so I did whip up a little zippered pouch for her yesterday.  I’ll pop some photos in it of her Grandchild, and her 70s prescription sunglasses that I found in a coat pocket here…no, maybe I’ll do her a favor and not let her know I found those.  Believe me they have not come back in style.

My mother, who is also a quilter, and I have VERY DIFFERENT tastes in fabric, so I hope she likes it.

I also bought this pillow at the local grocery.  My original idea was to copy it and take it back, but sometimes it’s just easier to be the purchaser.  I would like to copy it sometime though.

I love the stitching.  The quality of the construction, fabric and insert is rather shocking actually.  I’m sure I don’t want to know the manufacturing ethics behind it.

It will actually live in our bedroom with these pillows.  It will go lovely with the Citron walls, or excuse me, “Cumin Spice.”


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Remember WAYYYYYY back in the Winter I talked about this project and my photos?

flyerlarge-1(Photos by David Butler and used with permission of Electric Quilts.  You can click on the image to see some of Amy Bulter’s projects that will be in this software!)

Amy Butler’s collaboration with Electric Quilts will be out May 15.  Included, from my understanding, is a photo gallery showcasing some sewing done with Amy Butler’s fabrics by “normal, everyday sewers.”  Some of the photos and projects featured will be from Your’s Truly!

Does this woman ever sit still?  I’ve also heard through friends that have met her that she is actually a very nice person to boot.

It’s kinda come full circle.  I’ve always been surrounded by fabric, because my Mother always sewed.  But, it was Amy Butler’s fabrics that first enchanted me to the fabric buying world and sewing, and onward to a passionate part of my life.

Now all I want her to do is release the Nigella Line in quilting cotton.

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Hi there, the Value Quilt Tutorial is now found here.

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I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time with a fellow craft blogger and now friend.  Chara Michele is crafty and sweet.  Her giggle is contagious.


We had a coffee date paired with a fabric scrap exchange.  I packed her scraps in this wee box dressed with the Valentine Garland I made.  She gifted me some great scraps, but I spaced and put them all in my boxes before taking a photo.

Last week we meet up again and spent the afternoon cruising the aisles of Sew Expo.

This booth with ribbons was pure eye candy.  Though we decided we wouldn’t know what to do with it all, except spend a lot of money to wrap a present.


We stopped for a break and snacked on “scones” out in the sun.

Though they hit the spot.  But I was reminded that most Americans have no clue what a real scone tastes like.  Living with a Brit, and visiting relatives and friends in Ireland that always have time to bake up some scones and have a spot of tea had spoiled me rotten.  I’ve been thinking about them since.

So I thought on this rainy morning that I would whip up a batch of the real thing.


Plus, I joined this:

Beth Hensperger has always been one of my favorite cookbook writers when it comes to baking.  I occasionally check out from the library her Best Quick Breads, which is where this super easy and delish recipe comes from.


Makes 12

*2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

*1/4 cups rolled oats

*1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

*1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

*1 tsp. cream of tartar

*1/4 tsp. baking soda

*1/2 tsp. salt

*5 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

*2/3 cup dried cherries

*3/4 cup cold buttermilk

*1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract


-Preheat oven 400.

-Mix all dry ingredients.

-Cut in butter with a fork, food processor or electric mixer until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Add cherries.

-Beat wet ingredients and mix with the dry till it just forms a sticky dough.


-The “shaggy” dough can be turned out on a work surface and kneaded until it just holds together.


-Shape into 2 equal portioned 1- inch discs and cut into 6 wedges.

-Place wedges 1-inch apart onto a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

**ENJOY** with a spot of tea!

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I have googled away searching for the homeschooling Mama that had made these cards and posted them on her blog…no luck.  I would love to give her credit, so let me know if you stumble upon her.

Roan and I collected grocery flyers and food labels throughout the year.  Cut and glued the pictures on index cards.  Printed the word for each on, and finally laminated them the other day.

The idea is for the cards to be the shopping list.  Give Roan the cards,  have him help find the items at the store when we shop, and receive some letter/word recognition at the same time.

Once a child is reading the cards can come into play again.  Pull what you need for your shopping list and have them practice their spelling and penmanship by writing the list from the cards.

We punched holes in the corner so the cards can be slipped onto a ring for carrying.  At home they’ll live in a metal index box we thrifted and spray painted.


Thanks to my friend Shannon’s Dad for the use of the XYRON machine.  What an awesome thing.  If you aren’t as lucky to have a friend with a laminating machine, Kinko’s will laminate or you can purchase sheets.

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Roan and I made the rounds this weekend.  Two birthdays and a baby shower.  Luckily, one said no presents (huh?).  They didn’t know they could have a lovely pillow for their child rather than a piece of plastic.  Cousin Sam is a space boy.  I probably would have been pushing it to do two Saturday morning anyway.

By the time we finished with party number two at the gym…I was done.  So glad I had said I would make some easy goodies for the Baby Shower to follow the next morning.  Did these Easy Peanut Butter Cups.  I had to go old-fashioned, but if you have a microwave they will take you no time at all.  I used left over Valentine muffin papers and sprinkles as toppers instead of chopped peanuts.  Perfect for a girl baby shower.

I had purchased this fabric on sale at Joann’s.  I loved the retro birds, but was so reminded of my own room as a girl with the little rosebuds.

My sister-in-law and I spent some time together making some receiving blankets.  They are large enough for swaddling and so useful.  When I was pregnant I thought my mom had gone crazy with all the receiving blankets she kept making me.  I was clueless about spit up and blow outs.  So they just seem the easy, soft thing to make.  It also satisfies the urge to buy that cute reasonably priced flannel that Joann’s has sprinkled in here and there.

Everyone loved the fabrics and wanted one for themselves.  I was pretty pleased.

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I bought a FQ of this Alice in Wonderland Kokka fabric with a specific idea in mind.  To use it as the cover for a portable Tic Tac Toe board.  It has the whimsical kiddie graphics that are signature to Kokka, and that wonderful linen blend.  I love the heart on Alice’s skirt.

Roan has had some interest in playing Tic-Tac-Toe lately.  We had been setting up sticks and using bottle caps.  He asked me to make a board and the wheels started turning.

I used felt for the actual board and placed magnets on both the buttons that I covered and inside the board.  Sewing the Alice and Wonderland fabric as the outside cover.  I knew I wanted simple colors and went with black and red.

If I were to make it again, I would actually skip the magnets and make a pocket for the pieces.  I see some of these as future Birthday gifts.

We’re still working on the strategy of diagnal.

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