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Little Quilts Blog Tour!


It’s time for a little party for little quilts and Little Quilts! We are gleeful over the wonderful reception for our little (am I overusing that??) book so far, and we want the celebration to continue! Sarah and I have devised a blog tour and swap with some of our favorite people. Indeed, in the spirit of Little Quilts, we’ll make and swap wee (see, I didn’t say little) quilts and talk about our progress in blog posts. Our swappers don’t know from whom they’ll receive a quilt, so there will be mystery reveals when the mail arrives. Ooooh, tricksy, it was almost more than my summer brain could handle figuring that out (I know, it’s really not that difficult…).

I’ve already been pondering options for my swap partner. Hmm…


Which of these lovelies shall it be? Should I make one of mine?



Or should it be one of Sarah’s?


Who doesn’t love the Honeycomb quilt? Surely I can manage the embroidery, yes?!

As we all ponder and make, we’ll be checking in, so keep an eye out for our fabulous friends who have joined us. Here’s the Little Quilts visiting schedule for the next six weeks.

September 1: Amy and Sarah

September 8: Pam Vieira-McGinnis

September 15: Nedra Sorenson

September 22: Lynne Goldsworthy and Krista Hennebury

September 29: John Adams

October 6: Katy Jones

Should you care to join us in the making (or make and then send a small quilt to a friend!) and don’t (yet) own Little Quilts, you will find the pattern for Sarah’s Little Red Riding Hood quilt on the Ryland Peters blog.

Little Red


And befitting such a celebration, each stop will have a drawing for a copy of Little Quilts, courtesy of our spectacular publisher, Cico Books! So, if you’d like a chance to win a copy (what? you don’t already own one?) from this stop on the blog tour, leave a comment (making sure I can contact you via email behind the scenes) by the end of the day on September 7 — just before the tour stops off with the ever delightful Miss Pamkittymorning.

We hope you’ll join us in our continuing excitement about our book and have a visit with our lovely bloggers at each stop! I’ll check in regularly too to make sure you don’t miss any of the fun!


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Size does matter

I’m so pleased to be able to join in Pat Sloan’s “The Edge” blog hop celebrating her new Edge rulers! BUT, when I found out I’d be sharing the blog hop day with THE PAMKITTYMORNING and THE HAPPY ZOMBIE?!?!?! Can you imagine my glee?

I’m not sure Pat knew what she was in for.

Maybe Pat didn’t realize that we are AMP-ed about measuring! So we became Team AMP-ed and set about to show you that yes, indeedy, size does matter. We hit the road to measure the immeasureable (?), to compare and contrast the size of major landmarks, to take Pat’s rulers where they have never gone before! AMP-ed, I tell ya!

First off, my crack measuring team (Team Tiny AMP?), hit the city streets.

They totally got into the “spirit” of measuring. That’s the “Spirit of Detroit” statue, dontcha know.

Then they made their way into the middle of the street to meet Joe Louis and take the measure of the man.

Size matters! I’m getting out of the way of that man’s fist.

Next, they got a measure of the local economy.

Yeah, that’s the GM headquarters. I’m not sure that size is an accurate reading there.

All of that measuring made Tiny Team AMP hungry.

So they had to stop in to American Coney Island for a little refreshment.

And then they just took a picture of an immeasurably cute girl:

Well, because she’s cute.

Then Tiny Team AMP-ed 2 went back out on the road to get the measure of some fun and games.

First, we had to measure how much time we had.

Good, plenty of time before our ride wrist bands expire!

First we took on the Super Slide.

That was a measure of fun, BUT, the biggest winner on the midway?

Definitely the Skywheel!

Makes the Super Slide look absolutely puny. We confirmed that size definitely does matter when it comes to fun!

Finally, we took the ruler out into the wilds to see what we would find. What, ho? Giant marshmallows?

Well, OK, not really.

After putting Pat’s rulers through their measuring paces, we can say that other rulers just don’t measure up like Pat’s!

While the Team AMP-ed measuring feats were fun, Pat asked us to share our first quilting experiences.

I can’t show you my very first quilt because it died a slow, shred-dy death. I will tell you it was all solids in peach, brown, red, blue and green and it was a quilt-as-you-go log cabin from an Eleanor Burns’ book. I took a class through our local recreation program back in about 1993. I thought it was great and was having a lot of fun until it came time to figure out how to attach a backing to the thing. I believe I decided at that point, so early on in my quilting career, NEVER to quilt-as-I-went again. I’ve pretty much stuck to that. Although I have quilted-as-I’ve-appliqued a number of times.

The closest living relative to my first machine-done quilt is this one:

The venerable four-patch on point. Do you see the rebel yell in the quilt? I went against the grain, so to speak, and wanted to put a color in the setting squares. I took this class at a local shop and caused trouble from the start. I think the next quilt project was a small trip around the world (I believe I am still handquilting that one…). The one after that was a heinous elongated nine-patch with heavy use of tea dyed muslin and lipstick coral.

And, look, here’s my first rotary cutter:

I believe it still has its original blade. Ah, well. It got me on the road to much quilting mischief. The rest, as they say, is history and stuff I haven’t done yet.

Finally, Pat asked us to share a recipe. I’m going to share two because they are on my mind these days what with the change in seasons.

I start making this one around December.

Horseradish-Olive-Cheese Spread

2 – 8 oz. lite cream cheese
2/3 C. chopped green olives
2 Tbsp. horseradish
1/2 C. grated parmesan cheese

Mix together well. Chill. Seems to be best with stoned wheat crackers. yum yum

And I do believe vegetable roasting season has begun. This makes the house smell amazing!


Tomato Vegetable Casserole
(Recipe originally from Giada De Laurentiis)

1 medium potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium yam, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced into rings
2 small or 1 large zucchini, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick pieces
Salt and pepper
2 large ripe tomatoes, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons dried Italian-style bread crumbs
Fresh basil sprigs, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Toss the potato, yam, bell pepper, carrots, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss until coated. Spread vegetables evenly over the bottom of the pan.

Arrange the onion slices evenly over the vegetable mixture. Arrange the zucchini over the onion. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange the tomato slices over the zucchini.

Stir the Parmesan and bread crumbs in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the Parmesan bread crumbs over the vegetables in the baking dish. Drizzle with the last tablespoon of olive oil.

Bake uncovered until the vegetables are tender, and the topping is golden brown, about 40 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil sprigs, if desired.


OK, now I’m starving. I’m going to have to go eat something now.

Anyhoo, if you’ve stuck around through the measuring antics, first quilt and recipes, you deserve a prize! And someone’s going to win an entire set of Pat’s new rulers.

To be entered to win the set, you must comment on ALL of the ruler blog hop posts. Comments will be open through Sunday.

In addition, I’m giving away a fat quarter set of Color Theory by Sandra Banava:

I’ll draw a winner from the comments to this post through Sunday.

Here are all of the other The Edge ruler blogs:

Monday, Sept 27

The inimitable “how does she do it all?” Pat Sloan
Kelly of “IHAN” Fame… she is the funniest writer out there!

Tuesday, Sept 28

Amy “NEW quilt book author.. oh yeah!”
Jackie “fabrics so awesome”
Wednesday, Sept 29

Julie “the tutorial queen”
Amanda “who pumps out projects!”

Thursday, Sept 30

Monica “lover of red and aqua”
Amy “you are here”
Pam “the Kitty” herself

Friday, Oct 1

Carrie Nelson “standing in for Miss Rosie”
Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson “the DY-Na-MO Sistas!”
Cheryl Arkison “A most Modern Girl”

Saturday, Oct 2

Michele Foster “master of blogger heaven”
Pat Sloan- Pat’s wrap up

Thanks for visiting! I hope you are AMP-ed about Pat’s new rulers, and I hope this blog hop stop measured up!

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I was kind of a fan of the old schedule

Summer F.U.N.K. This summer out-of-schoolness has hit me up-side the head and I was not ready. Clearly. There is a mental recalibration that seems like it’s happening about as fast as turning a big ship. Not ready. But the end of school arrived, ready or not. I may not be able to call in sick on these days, but I have been calling in crabby. But, I think we may be headed in the right direction with compromises in hand.

Some people seem to be actively working to uplift my mood.

First, I’ll mention the new Kaffe fabric has landed over at Glorious Color. Happy!

Namely, Sarah, for one.

A parcel/extravaganza arrived. See, my birthday wasn’t over! There was a smashing Dollies Online quilt:

Little Trees! If you’re looking for something different to try this summer and you’re not already a Dollies Online member, keep an eye out for the individual pattern for this quilt — Sarah has lovely advice for changing up your fabrics with doodles! Take a gander at just some of her ideas:

There is a piece of Nicey Jane fabric — the one with the bubbly big polka dots — that I want to doodle upon.

There was also a SUMPTUOUS scarf:

Oh dear heavens! Isn’t it beautiful. No, you can’t have it, but I wish you could feel it. The base is the drape-iest wool I have ever felt. EVER. Gads, it’s gorgeous!

And? Matches the Little Trees quilt, dontcha know:

I’ll have to wear them together in public.

And she sent chocolate (sorrrrry, no photo, you understand). And one of a kind fabric:

And more fabric:

I know it’s a lot of goodies for one person, but I’m really old. And really crabby.

Thank you, dear Sarah!

Stephanie is also boosting my mood:

She sent me a LOVELY stash of Molnlycke fabric that belonged to her mom. This is the brand that was recommended by my home ec teacher in junior high. The quality is amazing and I’m thrilled to own it. She also sent along that lovely rayon in the front. Yum yum! THANK YOU, Stephanie! The Molnlycke is following a Swedish theme since I have decided to read Stieg Larsson mystery trilogy this summer.

Right when school ended, I also got these thank you flowers from Dear Daughter and Dad:

The flowers were for packing lunches and such. Awwwww. Yes, weepiness ensued. Followed shortly by unappreciative crabbiness. 🙂

Other than that, I’m trying to make headway on the to do list. I also needed to face the trimming of these:

Remember my off cuts from the Kaffe quilt-along stripes? I sewed them together a while back. Keeping them in a semblance of order is kind of challenging. That’s mainly why I thought I’d better get busy on them. Use them or lose them. Literally.

They are currently being monitored by Squidley Dudley:

He’s fresh back from monitoring the oil spill in the Gulf, I think.

And then there’s a new Dollies Online quilt to work on:

Oh, the math.

I’ll end with some gratuitous photos of flowers. I’ve been taking their pics in the mornings because I know they won’t last. In fact, the sweet peas have entirely faded after hitting their stride just last week. Sad, that.

Well, if all that can’t lift a mood… I’m in deep, deep trouble.

May your mood be bright!

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You can look in the bag

Just don’t touch anything.

Jan had a chocolate emergency recently.  Well, I considered it an emergency. She is so sweet that she sent me some SALT caramels. I did not know it but I was having a caramel emergency. These tasty treats resolved that situation — toot sweet.

Jan also must have known of our fondness for pigs and donuts around here too. Cute card! Mmmm, I’m getting hungry just looking at those caramels. Then again, I’ll take a look at the pig in her undergarments. Yeah, I’ll stop eating the caramels for today.

I’m excited about something else today. I picked up the March/April issue of Selvedge magazine yesterday and I can’t seem to put it down.

It’s the quilt issue! Over here, Borders and Barnes & Noble carry Selvedge — I’m sure it’s available other places as well. It is pricey ($25 a pop) so I may indulge once a year. I figured this would be the issue for 2010. It’s beautiful. Really beautiful. I plan to savor this one but can’t seem to get past the first few pages without rushing to the computer to look up a new-to-me something.

Yesterday’s “discovery” courtesy of Selvedge was the Liberty wonky log cabin made by Lynn Jones. You can see it at the Calico and Ivy store blog. Magnificent.

Anyway, if you run into this issue of Selvedge, I highly recommend taking a gander. It is a quilting feast!

Hey, get your hand out of my caramel bag!

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Mail call!

Banner week in the mailbox department! You may recall that Cathy hosted a giveaway recently. Pinch me, I won this gorgeous set of stacking rings from the generous Louise:

Admit it, you wish you were me. I’m going to holler now: I LOVE THESE RINGS! I felt lucky that Cathy introduced me to Louise’s work, but then I won the rings and can’t believe how lucky I am! As you can see from my somewhat rough hewn hands, I am not a girly girl. Louise’s style suits me so well. You can often find me clicking on the items in her shop and dreaming. You MUST see more of Louise’s GORGEOUS work at her shop! Thank you, Cathy, for hosting the giveaway and THANK YOU, Louise! I really love the rings!!

Still can’t believe my luck!

The Royal Mail was busy with me today because some of Aneela’s adorable fabrics arrived as well:

Such cute designs!! Really sweet and playful! Aneela has been making some really fun things with her prints and with her collection of Heather Ross prints. Adorable!

A couple of new books hopped into my Amazon cart last week:

Wonderful books! Highly recommended!

A happy package also arrived from Australia:

This issue of Down Under Quilts contains Sarah Fielke and Sue Spargo’s collaborative design, Peacocks and Plumage. Not that you would know that by looking at my photo…which covers over that detail in the bottom right corner. Ooops! Sarah sent along some delicious fabrics for me to play with as well. Thanks, Sarah!

Many things going on around here this week besides checking the mail box. All of them half finished. Yesterday as I was quilting the Rouenneries spider web quilt, I RAN OUT OF THREAD. You would think I would have a suitable substitute for light beige quilting thread. Um, no, actually I don’t. I had been putting off a little mail ordering from Arizona. And look what happened. So, I got out a quilting hoop to work on a little “accent” quilting while I await the UPS truck:

The loopy part was done while I still had machine quilting thread…. See, I can find things to do while I wait.

Speaking of waiting, I’ve had a silly story to tell you ALL WEEK. But I have been waiting on Mr. Fed Ex Ground ALL WEEK so I can get to the story’s ending. Harumph. It even has a topical theme. But you’ll have to wait to hear it.

So, go find something to do while you wait! Enjoy the weekend!

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To say the least

The theme of today’s post is love as in things to love. For example:


Heh heh heh. Amy Butler’s new Love fabrics. The pieced hexagon quilt in the Love slideshow is killing me. Plus I can’t get the slideshow to stop so I can get a good look at it. So I have to keep watching the slideshow. Stop the slideshow, I want to get off!

I’ve been doing SO well this week staying on task. Well, that’s all blown to heck with the arrival of Love. Gotta get the Full Bloom quilt done, done done! I was fusing flowers onto and into the border when the Love call came. OK, focus!

But I also love what arrived in the mail today from clever Katy:


A Liberty journal! Get. Out! I will only put good clear thoughts in here so as not to mar the graceful beauty of the thing. That would mean it would remain empty, so I just need to get over it and write something in it.

Katy wrapped the journal in this juicy piece of Liberty:


And enclosed these precious birds:


She certainly knows how to spoil me. I will be your slave for all eternity, Katy! Thank you!!



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Pincushion rings

I forgot to mention that I am currently obsessed with these.

Please don’t buy them ALL.

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Christmas in July

Stephanie and Linda organized a lovely Christmas in July Swap. I received a FABULOUS package in the mail from Lorraine in Australia. If you want to be swept away by the Christmas in July mood, you have to run over and see Lorraine’s most recent post about visiting the Christmas in the Hills event. Be warned, you may come away hungry for a sweet treat…

Are you hungry now? I know I am.

Wanna see what Lorraine sent?

Look at all of these wonderful treasures:


Here’s flying Santa at the top of the perky polka dot stocking Lorraine sent:



The Melly & Me pattern (my first — only because I can’t choose just one to purchase…) is a shrinking sheet pattern. Just the other day I was reading about shrinking sheets — hadn’t heard of it before. Lorraine included shrinking sheets, so now I get to try it out!


You can’t see it well from the photo, but Lorraine included the Christmas Issue of Australian Homespun magazine — it is filled with loads of Christmas making inspiration.

As you can see, I have been completely spoiled by Lorraine’s talent and generosity. That she has spent so much time making and sending these gorgeous items to a total stranger humbles me.  Thank you, thank you, Lorraine!

Thanks to Stephanie and Linda for organizing a swap-tastic event!

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