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Thursday, December 18, 2014


Every year Jayden and I make a Gingerbread 
house together.  Its so much fun to have this 
annual tradition with her.  This year she was home 
sick from school but that didn't stop her
from hanging out with her Granny and decorating 
our candy house.

She always has such deep concentration when 
applying the candies!!

She did great with placement of all the different colors too.

Here she is super proud of her completed house!!
Shes such a ham!
I love this little girl so much!

Then out of no where came a measuring tape....
she insisted that we measure to make sure the 
house was correct!!

Hmmmm...color placement and measuring???

Quilter in the making???!!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I sold a quilt!

At the annual craft fair where I work, I 
always enjoy showing my
quilts and talking to people about them and seeing
what they like and why they like them.  

When my friend Lara showed up and said she
wanted a quilt for her mom for Christmas, I was thrilled.  
She washappy too because she said her mom was super hard to buy for!  Score!

  • So she was thrilled to spot a quilt that she 
  • loved for her mom!

  • She chose this Arkansas Crossings scrappy quilt....

Heres Lara all wrapped up in her quilt Burrito style! 
She loves it! Yay!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Doggie Sleeping Bag

Anyone who know us knows that our whole family is crazy
about critters of the four legged variety.....and maybe a
few of the two legged variety!

My daughter in laws grandmother asked me to make her
weiner dog a sleeping bag...

I used this super cute doggie novelty fabric that I found 
in my stash for the exterior of the bag.

and this super soft furry stuff for the inside...

She loved it, thought it was perfect and I heard that 
it was a big hit with her weiner dog!  Yay!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sharing with Friends

I ran into our friend Chris at the market, hes a fire fighter here 
in El Dorado County.
He is an exceptional guy & a wonderful single father
 to three great kids! (Crazy photo bomber below!)

He blew out the "ahem" crotch of his "turnouts", 
part of his fire fighting gear.
He needed to make a he asked if he could come over and
use one of my sewing machines for a little while...
he brought the kiddos too!
All of them took a turn sewing, it was so cool!

This is Catelynn, the oldest, she is 10.

This is Cole, hes the youngest, he is 8.

And this is Cassie...shes 9....

It was a blast having them over for a quick little sewing retreat!
I love this special family...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Grand Illusion Start!

God Bless Bonnie Hunter!  

Its mystery time, and this year its Grand Illusion.  
The first clue
came out last Friday and I got started!

First order of business was to cut my Aqua and "pinks", mine are more mulberry colored into
2.5" hsts with the Easy Angle Ruler...

Once that was done, I got down to business with my cut pieces and a turkey sandwich and cheetos!
Gotta keep my energy up right?

I had lots of help....This is Suki..shes horrible..pure Tortie!!

This is my girl, Jacey Mae....I love black labs, 
shes the best dog ever! Shes 10!

She needed to rest her head....shes old ya know...

Then the Suki monster got back in on the action...
at this point I realized it was
because of the turkey sandwich!!! Brats!!
Its all about the belly with these critters!!

The next day I went over to my kids house to 
watch the grandbabies..
I brought along my chain pieced triangles hoping 
that Jayden would enjoy helping
me snip them apart....she did a few and decided it wasnt such fun...but she posed for this 
super cute picture...shes such a character!!

And low and behold, here is the motherlode of 125 Broken Dishes blocks...DONE!

Bring on Clue #2 Bonnie!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014



I have made so much English Toffee this season that I am
ready to drop!  I made 11 pans in two days.  
Thats ALOT of Toffee!!

Its Soooo good!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Damons Quilt

You may remember this quilt that I blogged about last month,
its for my nephew Damon who is a student at 
Sacramento State University.  He is a Mechanical Engineer Student.

I decided to go very masculine with his quilt and use recycled 
mens shirts and make string blocks...

I even talked his brother into helping me!
This is Damons younger brother Zane...he is also a student at
Sacramento State.  He loves to come and hang out with his crazy 
Aunt Julianne on the I put him to work!  Its 
fantastic to see this 6' 3" handsome guy sewing! His 
grandmother would be so proud!

Probably needless to say, he is a dork just like me...
must be genetic! LOL!

He completed several blocks...and he did a great job!
I was so thankful for the help, lord knows I have a ton of stuff to 
get done for craft fairs and the holidays! He was a big help to me!

Heres where we left off...I put all of our blocks together 
and we have a good size top, now I just need to figure 
out borders and then wrestle with the longarm!  

Heres a close up...its pretty neat looking!  
I know Damon will love it, hes been wanting a new quilt
for quite a while and I know he will be thrilled!