Monday, September 1, 2014

Do You Have Any Orphans--Blocks, That Is????


What do you do with all those blocks you make that aren't used in a quilt? How about all those extra flying geese, 4patches, 9patches, sundry little blocks you make? You just can't throw them away! How about all those projects begun and not finished? I have one box of UFOs! So, I was very excited and elated when our Bonnie Hunter Club meeting was discussing "orphan" blocks! and how to use them in a quilt. We were talking about backs for quilts; but once, you see how these are laid out--I'm thinking QUILTS!! Here we go:



First off, I bought a flannel backed tablecloth--purchased at discount price!  I've taken some of my 'orphan' blocks and laid them out.  Some of these have been saved for years! And now, we are ready to stitch!  How about this??  All I need to do is add borders and we are set--I'm thinking this will make a nice quilt for gift giving!


Our fearless leader, Jessica, laid this one--have clever!  Begin in one corner and go diagonally!  and alas, Jessica has no qualms about cutting her big blocks in halves or thirds or fourths!  I'm saying "horrors!"   But, it works! and you are using up those 'orphans'!

But, look at this one!  And she has such a nice collection of 'orphan' blocks, she also has a color collection--this one is pink and browns.  So, sort all your colors and go from there!

Can you believe?  It looks great!
 
Here is another one she has laid out--in batiks.  and she cut some of these into halves and quarters to get a good layout

She began with the large block in the middle, set on diagonal.  And added cut log cabins as corners to square up the block
This one is all green, black and red with some gray thrown in for good measure

This is Judy's 'orphan' block collection--what to do with this assortment?


Okay, we are off and having fun with the layout!  one large block in the middle--other blocks cut in half for the added border--looking good!

We can't believe how many 'orphans' Jessica has!  Here we are working with her purple/gold collection

Then we found another block for the center that would work just as well

keep on building!

Doesn't matter if the block is not all there; just hang it off the side or top.


Here is another one that we worked on from Cheryl's stash--


and I had one more started--it was nice to get some advice from the "master" Jessica and fellow quilter gals.  This is certainly a fun thing to do--it is definitely Play Time when you bring out the 'orphans' and make them a family! 

 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Love


We have made it!  Thirty-one (31) days of August Break!  Writing each day has been therapeutic--an exercise for the brain, needless to say.....................................scheduled routine for the person who likes to 'do it on her own time'!  This has definitely been a "labor of love"!

Enjoy the  weekend!I "Love" knitting--anywhere, anytime!

**Free Pattern Alert!** Swing Dance by McCall's!  Cute snow ball blocks are easy..and all the fun with the setting happens in the sashing!

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#quilt #quilting #patchwork #quiltville #freepatternI "Love" Quilting--using my mind and hands for the benefit of others!

 I "Love" spinning!  Plying the colors through my fingers, knowing these fibers will yield a thread for someone else to "love"!
 
There is a long list of LOVES
 
friends
good food
animals
warm days
cool nights
travel to far off places
staying at home
reading a good book
watching a movie
and
on
and
on
So many THINGS in life to "Love" but most important
is
true LOVE for my FAMILY and GOD!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Soft

SOFT.................
is
 
 
nose of a donkey

touch of newborn

friendship

smooth lapping waves onshore

slow approaching night.
SOFT!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Something New--Recipe!


We are trying something new to us.................. baking with protein powder.  Brown headed daughter is on a protein kick--recipes loaded with protein--meats, etc. loaded with protein.............
Thank goodness for the internet--you can find anything there, just with a few strokes of the finger tips. 

Latest recipe from Spark Recipes

Rich Chocolate Protein Cupcake

Submitted by: PHILLYGIRL2012
 Introduction

This is a healthier version of a chocolaty cupcake made with protein powder for additional protein hit. 
Number of Servings: 12
Ingredients
    1 cup whole-grain oat flour
    (I ground oatmeal in a blender to make this)
    (use 1.5 cups if not using protein powder)
    3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (1 cup if not using chocolate protein powder)
    1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 cup low-fat buttermilk
    (I used 1cup 2%milk + 1tbs lemon juice. Let stand 5 minutes)
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    4 large egg whites
    1.5 cups unpacked brown sugar (either light or dark. I used a mix of both.)
    1 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt, sweetened
    (I used Greek 2% plain which adds to the fat count
    Photo: The sunset tonight was incredibly beautiful and refused to be photographed properly!  Instead, you get a picture of my birthday cupcakes and flowers.
    Guess you could say the cupcakes baked up nicely!  And for another new--peanut butter frosting--delish! 
    I used this product ,to add more protein, to the frosting mixture.  It works really well.  BH daughter likes to add this to plain yogurt--2 Tbsp. to 1 Tbsp. water, stir and you have it!  Brown headed girl enjoyed her birthday treat!

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Lines ///////\\\\\\\\\

    The notion of line or straight line was introduced by ancient mathematicians to represent straight objects with negligible width and depth. Lines are an idealization of such objects. Until the seventeenth century, lines were defined like this: "The line is the first species of quantity, which has only one dimension, namely length, without any width nor depth, and is nothing else than the flow or run of the point which […] will leave from its imaginary moving some vestige in length, exempt of any width. […] The straight line is that which is equally extended between its points....................................This according to Wikipedia..........................................did you get that!?


    And      

    there are lines drawn in the sand....................................................pick up lines................................
    sport lines,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,line games.....................................................geometry lines /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// cruise lines..................................line from a play...........................................................that 'blurred lines'......................................................
    airlines...............................................green line in the subway.................................................and we could go on and on...............................................

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Morning

    GOOD MORNING!
    Morning is such a wonderful time of the day--that is IF you are a morning person!
    So from me, who is a morning person, let's begin our day....................
     
     
    From our kitchen window, I see the sun breaking through the screen and shades as I prepare my coffee...........ahh, a good start to the day!

    And our day begins with our coffee and the computer--time to check the world events and make contacts with those in far off places

    As I sip my coffee and work on the PC, I can look out the back slider and across the deck to listen and watch the kiddos as they line up, waiting for that school bell to ring...........................
    and then
    All
    is
    Quiet again!