Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Something Other Than Snow

It's ready for quilting. The second border is added and the back is pieced so once I can get to the quilt room it will get quilted. It is a colorful quilt and feels wonderful and measures about 61 x 72" so it is a large lap or a twin topper.
Next, my sister has finally started her blog. You can find her at http://ladycatquilts.blogspot.com/ . So if you get a chance stop by and say Hi. She does lovely quilts some of which you have seen here. The blue one Miss Emma was posing on (in one of my earlier posts) is one of my sister's quilts. She also has 3 cats and I'm sure you'll be introduced to all of them sooner or later. Like my three they all have their own personalities and are very outspoken. Off to have some cocoa and read for awhile.

Monday, December 22, 2008

White Christmas

These are a few pictures I have taken the last two days. The stumps make me think of elves with snow hats. The weatherman on T.V. just gave us an interesting fact: The last time the Seattle area had more than a foot of snow on the ground was 1861. So this is going to be a winter for the record books
here in Western WA. Now that we've set a new record I hope we go back to our normal weather of 40's and rain. Never thought I'd miss the rain.
On the other hand I am getting some sewing done and enjoying reading and knitting. I almost have a pair of socks done so as soon as I get them finished I'll post a picture so you can oooh and aaaah over
them. LOL
I hope where ever you are that you are warm and dry and ready for Christmas. This to shall pass (probably not as soon as I would like it to) and spring is just around the corner. Right?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Counting My Blessings

Today we have had another storm move into Western WA. So far here (Kitsap county) we just have lots more snow while other parts especially up in the mountains had wind with gusts up to 90 miles an hour. The snow on top of the garbage cans is the amount we have received since 2 pm this afternoon. The biggest blessing is that so far we still have power. Keeping everything crossed that the power stays on - which makes sewing and everything else harder to do. Okay, I'm off to crawl into my quilts and read awhile before I sleep. Stay warm.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Winter in the Northwest

Even though it is not officially winter someone didn't get the memo here in the Pacific Northwest. The last time we had weather this cold for this long was 18 years ago. This morning about 11:30 this is how it looked out in front. The second picture is out the back and looking up the hill. So far today we've had about 4 (four) inches, but the day is young. On the bright side we do still have power. So while that is the case I think I will do some sewing. I am finishing up Christmas projects so I will have to post pictures later next week. I might even get some baking done.

Emma and Lucy have worn themselves out watching the snow fall and trying to catch the snowflakes that get to close to the window. Stay warm and safe and have a cozy day sewing or whatever you are doing.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Free Fabric

I just discovered the following site. If you have time before the 2nd of January check them out. Hope your elves are almost ready for Christmas at your workshop. It is snowing here as I type. Spring can't come early enough for me. Back to sewing.

A great new online store, WINFABRIC.COM is giving away two yards of FREE FABRIC every week beginning January 2, 2009. Simply visit the site at http: //www.winfabric.com and enter the drawing. You could be the first winner! Plus, in addition to great fabrics at the best prices-5% off all purchases will be donated to charity.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Recipes

Dana at the Old Red Barn posted her sugar cookie recipe and pictures of the cookies she made with her girls, which made me think of our Christmas recipes. The last few years I usually make a Coconut Pecan Pie to go with the Pumpkin pie. So I have included the recipe for the Coconut Pecan Pie for you to try. It is very easy to do. For many years I also made Magic Bars and Zuchini Bread every year and my husband made fudge. I'm suprised that I haven't had a call from my son wondering when I was going to get those things made.

So what are your favorite things to bake at Christmas and will you be doing them again this year? This has me thinking of doing some baking. If I get busy I'll post some pictures for you to enjoy.


1 ½ C. SUGAR
2 tsps lemon juice
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 ¼ C. flaked coconut
½ C. Coarsely chopped pecans
1 Unbaked pastry shell 9”

In mixing bowl, beat eggs. Add sugar, butter, lemon juice and vanilla; mix well. Stir in coconut and pecans; pour into pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 – 50 minutes or until set. Cool completely. Store in the refrigerator. Yield 6 – 8 servings.

Oct/Nov 95 Taste of Home Magazine

Saturday, December 13, 2008

First snow of the winter

The weather man has been promising we were going to have snow and it appears he was right. Earlier this week we were told 1 - 6 " and then they said 1 - 3". I came home about 9:30 p.m. tonight and the ground was clear and the air was cold. About 5 minutes ago when I looked outside it is snowing and looks like it will be sticking. The worst part is it is supposed to be below freezing here all week. This is the coldest weather we have had in the last 20 years here in western WA. The picture is of our front deck. Snow is pretty to look at, but not my favorite thing to have to get out in and go anywhere. Hope everyone is staying warm and getting lots of quilting done.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Where Does The Time Go?

Seems like it was just Thanksgiving and now Christmas is 20 days away. We had a very nice Thanksgiving day here with 9 people. We all over ate and then we played games breaking for desert.

This is most of the gang. Megan (Kyle's girlfriend), Kyle (the boy), Richard (the brother-in-law), Janet's hand (the sister) and Kevin (the nephew). They are patiently waiting for the rest of us to dish up our plates so we can all eat.

This is what I have been working on sporadically this week. It is a Flannel Batik twin size quilt kit from Sew Batik. They call it Chocolate Rose. It has a pieced border and then a regular border still to be added before it is quilted. It is really beautiful fabric and I am enjoying working on it. I'm going to use a cotton batt in it and then it will be washed once it is quilted. All the fabrics were washed and ironed before it was cut.

In the evenings I have been knitting dish clothes in Christmas colors. So far I have made 9 and should have enough yarn to make a couple more. Then I'll have to find some red and green yarn to go with the multicolored.
So tomorrow it will be time to get a customer quilt done. So I guess I'd better go have a cup of tea, and read for awhile before it's lights out. Hope everyone has a good weekend.