Monthly Archives: October 2013

Cat Man Boo – Halloween Wool

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Cat Man Boo

Cat Man Boo

 

If you have followed my blog in the past, you will recall that a few years ago I happened upon an Estate Sale where I purchased many unfinished projects as well as some kits.  Well, “Cat Man Boo” was one of the purchases that I made that day.  He was a kit and he is wool.  The background reminds me of an old army blanket. (and that may be just what it is)  I purchased many wool kits at this sale and this is one of the first I completed.  (Well, almost)  The “Cat” should really be a pillow and as we speak, he is just a spooky cat on an army blanket.  I have yet to make him into a pillow,  but I wanted to share him since tomorrow is Halloween.  He is from the book “Spooky Threads” by Need’l Love.  I just love all the books in the “thread” series and would love to complete every project.

Spooky Threads

Spooky Threads

 

Happy Halloween!  I will be hosting the “quilties” on Halloween and I am making a new surprise for dessert….stay tuned!!!!!!

 

Spooky Deviled Eggs

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Spooky Deviled Eggs

Spooky Deviled Eggs

 

I was invited to a wiener roast at my sister’s house this month and I thought it would be fun to make these “spider” deviled eggs that I had “pinned”.  I just looked at their picture to see how to  cut the olives.

deviled eggs

deviled eggs

 

To make my deviled eggs I use just three ingredients:

 

Oh yes… and 6 boiled eggs…

 

1/4 cup of yellow mustard

1/4 cup of Miracle Whip

1 tlbs of sweet relish

 

Cut the boiled eggs length-wise and place the yolks in a bowl.  Add the relish, mustard and Miracle W hip.  Mash with a fork until well mixed.  Place this mixture back into the egg white.  For my Spooky Eggs, I cut black olives to make the spider and it’s legs…

Clayton and Craig

Clayton and Craig

The wiener roast was to celebrate the birthday’s of these two handsome young men!   Happy Birthday Clayton and Craig!!

 

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

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Pumpkin spice cupcake

Pumpkin Spice Cake

If you want to make some simple cupcakes that bring with them the great pumpkin flavor, you can buy this limited edition Duncan Hines cupcake mix.

pumpkin spice cupcake

pumpkin spice cupcake

 

Included in the mix is a wonderful icing.  I think the icing is what makes the cupcakes.

frosting bag

frosting bag

The pastry  bag is included  the cake mix, The instructions state to put the bag into a tall glass to fill it and this worked great.  This was the first time I had used a pastry bag and the first few cupcakes didn’t look so great.

pumpkin spice cupcake

pumpkin spice cupcake

pumpkin spice cupcake

pumpkin spice cupcake

I just smoothed the icing on the first tries and added some sprinkles.  They still tasted delicious .  The mix makes @ a dozen cupcakes.

 

The card was made by my dear friend, Francie.  She sends me tons of beautiful cards throughout the year and I love it when they arrive in the mail.  Thanks Francie!!

 

 

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Week 9, blocks 15 and 16

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Farmer's Wife Quilt - Buzzard's Roost #15

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Buzzard’s Roost #15

 

I really like the way this block turned out.  It gave me a large area to showcase my “bucket list” fabric.

Creative Grids ruler

Creative Grids ruler

I used this Creative Grids Square it Up and Fussy Cut Ruler designed by Penny Haren.  You place the ruler over the fabric and center the part you want it use in your block.

Creative Grid ruler

Creative Grid ruler

The ruler has  holes located  at the four corners for your block. You mark it with your pencil and then cut on those dots.  If you look closely above the S, you can see my pencil mark.

buzzard's roost #15

buzzard’s roost #15

I paper pieced the rest of the block using the patterns found on the Yahoo Farmer’s Wife Quilt Group site.

Farmer's Wife Quilt - Block #16 Calico Puzzle

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Block #16 Calico Puzzle

To make this block, I used Triangles on a roll.

Thangles

Triangles on a roll

 

Triangles on a roll come in several sizes and the directions are printed on the roll.  I was happy that I could use my “number” fabric on this block.  Happy quilting, 16 down and 104 to go.

 

 

 

 

 

Cricut Classroom August and September

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Cricut Classroom August and September

Cricut Classroom August and September

 

 

One of the reasons that I haven’t been posting is because I took a job as a para-professional in a Preschool class this school year.  We started out the school year with a substitute teacher.  Today was her last day to teach, so I went to the Cricut Craft Room and found the FREE cut of the week was Classroom August and September.

Cricut Classroom Aug/Sept

Cricut Classroom Aug/Sept

 

My first cut was this school-house.  I added a bottom to the school-house and put a gift card inside.  I covered the windows and doors so that you could not see the cards from the outside.  I then made her a card using the same FREE cuts.  I wrote the word “Falls” and used the FREE Cricut Craft Room Basic Font to cut the words, “We’ll Miss You”.  We truly will miss you, Miss S!!

Make sure you take advantage of the FREE Cricut Craft Room cuts.  I have found that they usually add a new cut on Sunday or Thursday and take them off the following Thursday.  Happy cutting!!

 

Candy Bar Quilt

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Candy Bar Quilt

Candy Bar Quilt

I am sorry, I dropped off the map for a couple of months!  I need to get back into the hobbies I love and share some of my crafts with my readers.  This Summer we were able to visit our good friends in VA.  Before my trip started, I planned all the sewing I would get finished in the car.  My “Candy Bar Quilt” was just waiting on the binding.  It was the first thing I completed on the trip.  The little girl in this picture, happens to be one of my best friends, Laura. (who we were visiting)   This picture was taken by her father and was in the guest bedroom on our visit.  We had a wonderful visit and Laura admired my quilt, so I left it in the chair, just like this when we left and she loved it!

This was one of the fastest quilts that I have ever finished.  When I went to “sewing days” in May, one of my friends, Janice, provided us with the basis for this quilt.  It was a very simple pattern that anyone can complete in less than a day.  The cream pieces were cut 5″ x 10″ and provided by Janice, then I used a “candy bar” pack that I had won at a local quilt shop.  The original pattern used a charm pack with the 5″ x 10″ blocks.  Janice cut all the cream fabric and we got to choose the ones we wanted to complete our quilt.  I choose all different creams for my quilt.  There were 11 rows in my quilt with 3 cream and 3 pattern pieces in each row.

Candy Bar Quilt

Candy Bar Quilt

In my quilt, I used 33 (5 x 10) and 33 (2.5 x 5) pieces.  I then added a 1.5″ small border and a 7″ border.  I really loved the quilt when it was finished.  I didn’t get a really clear picture of the quilt.

Charm square quilt

Charm square quilt

Candy bar / Charm square quilt

Candy bar/ Charm square quilt

This is a picture of my Candy Bar quilt next to the Charm square version.  You can see that the Charm squares make a much bigger quilt. Irvalee choose to use two creams and alternated the blocks in a brick like pattern.  What you will love about this quilt is there are  really no seams to match. You can use up some of your scraps or one of those Charms packs you had to have, but haven’t yet found a use for!

Oh yes, the yellow strip in the picture is another one of my UFO’s.  If you are looking for a fast and easy quilt…here’s the answer!!