Jalapeños. …

Today we made a trip to south Austin to have the hitch for the motorhome fixed, which for us is about 150 miles round trip.  This is a shop that we’ve done business with for years and they do impeccable work.  Anyways,  the shop manager said “go have lunch, come back and it’ll be ready.  So off we went to our favorite pizza place for lunch…”The Brick Oven”. 

When the waiter placed our pizza on the table, immediately I saw the jalapeños and couldn’t help but remember my recent conversation with Audrey Kletscher Helbling of Minnesota Prairie Roots.  Why just last week she and I  were discussing jalapeños and how it’s a southern thing!  So Audrey, this one is for you… a pizza with jalapeños. ..yes, it was delicious!


Yummy, yummy!  Off to finish a quilt…till next time….

Childhood memories…

We all have them, they are forever embedded in our memory…our childhood memories.   As a pre-teen back in the early ’60’s, I can remember Mom buying me a potholder kit at the big Sears & Roebuck store in downtown Cleveland,  Ohio.  At the time I was so excited about learning something new and soon decided to sell my potholders to the neighbors. 

All summer long I’d take my samples, along with my patterns, and go door to door, taking orders for potholders.  Now mind you I would make and sell my potholders for $0.25 each.  What a bargain!  Believe me, I was in hog heaven, making and selling potholders. 

Fast forward to 2015…while on a recent RV trip to Kerrville, Texas, we took a drive and passed through the small town of Comfort, Tx,.  Tucked away in this small town is the neatest knitting and needlepoint shop called  the “Tinsmith’s Wife Shop”.  This shop has every type of knitting yarn, needlepoint canvas’ and yarn, and cross stitch materials that one could want.  Each room, yes there were many, we’re packed with all sorts of goodies.


As I browsed the shop, something caught my eye..oh my, there it was, bags and bags of 100% cotton potholder loops!  My mind immediately raced back to those childhood memories, so I bought a couple of bags…


Once home, I found my old loom from Sears, (yes I still had it) and thought..hmm… I’ll put this out in the RV for use on a rainy day….  Now it’s raining and I’m stuck inside the RV…..



Childhood memories…..aren’t they grand!  Till next happy quilting, crafting, etc.

A New Set of Eyes…

If you’re a quilter, sewer or crafter, you’ll understand how important it is to have sufficient lighting in the work area.
For months, no lets say years, I’ve tried adding all sorts of lighting to my sewing area.  I have 2 ott lamps, one by my sewing machine and one by my quilting machine,  plus 2 different LED clamp on lights for the quilt machine, and a “bright light” for the needle area.   Gee am I light crazy ??? 

The lighting around my sewing machine was ok, but not for my quilter,  Betsy, my HQ Sweet 16.  Being an older model, she didn’t have all the lighting that the new models have these days.  While I tried various options, the lighting was still inadequate….that is until now.
Here’s what I had before the latest addition…


See all the darkness.. only bright light around needle and where the overhead
ott light shines.

Now here’s the new eyes…


What a difference…



The new LED “eyes” provides lighting all around and under arm.  I’m amazed at how well I can see to stitch!  What a difference a new set of “eyes” makes.

Till next time…keep your eye on the needle and your foot on the pedal.

A 2nd top done…

After working for past 3 days on and off, the 2nd deer quilt is finally pieced together.  Now both tops are ready
To be quilted


Wanting this top to be different than the first one, I believe it was a success.  Surprisingly the quilt tops are about same size…55×60.  I say that because I used scraps and just designed it as I went.  Now in case you missed the first one….here it is again…do you have a favorite????


Both tops will be quilted and sent off to new homes….more to come soon.

Ready to quilt

The final borders are on and it’s ready to quilt.  I must say, I am very happy with the outcome.  Love the half-square triangles, as they frame the center well. The only really size is approx 60″ square. The flannel backing is washed and in the dryer,  so later today it’s “sandwiching” time.  Then the quilting process will begin…once finished, I’ll bind the quilt with the dark chocolate brown fabric.


Meanwhile, I’ve started on quilt #2…or should I say #5. This one will also be for a dear friend who is facing surgery later this month after several rounds of both chemo and radiation.  Guess that’s why the good Lord gave me an extra panel!  When i ordered the first one last year, (above) the lady accidentally sent me two.  After contacting her, she simply said “keep it and use it for someone”.  Little did she, or I for that matter, know what lie ahead.

Since this is my 5th quilt using this panel, it’s my hope it will be my last.  Don’t get me wrong, panels can make beautiful quilts…but I’m ready for a change.  My hubby has the original, then our oldest grandson, a cousin, and now these last two.  Have a great weekend as I’m off to quilt.

A Sunday Sew-in…

Started a new quilt over the weekend. ..this one is in rush mode as it needs to be finished and in the mail to Colorado this next month.  Have a distant family member who will be starting both chemo and radiation (at same time) sometime soon, and hope this will provide some comfort.


More to come later this week……

Last Blooms of Summer…

All across the northern part of our great USA, fall has begun to make its appearance.   Here in our part of the world, it’s still a tad warm.   Yes,  we had a couple of cooler days a week or so ago, but that’s long gone and our temps quickly are back into the upper 90’s.   Knowing that fall will eventually come, I quickly snapped a few photos of what surely must be some of the last blooms of summer…enjoy.

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Tiger Lilliestiger lillies

The name has escaped me!sweet

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Passion Flower


Double Petunia



Mexican Petunia

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Crepe Myrtle


That’s about it for now…check back soon as the sewing machine has been humming away these past few days….baby blankets and a gift quilt are on the table…more soon!