"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Courthouse steps

I finally finished the August block for the Sew Sweet Bee. This block is for Nanette at Freda's Hive.   I feel really bad that I am so late with it!  However I am glad that I finally had time to do some sewing, even if it was just one block!  The problem is that I leave for work around 11ish, so in the morning I get busy and forget to to quilt, then when I get home I'm too tired to quilt or I have "homework".  I really like this block and want to do one sometime.  I am really enjoying teaching though, I have really missed it!

I had to take a picture of my Muffin and Pippi all curled up together on the bed.  I really need to put a quilt back on the bed, it's getting cold now!
What is the weather like where you live?  It was cold the end of the week and is starting to warm back up now.


Friday, September 12, 2014

New Basket Block!

 I got another block from the Sew Sweet Bee!  I am loving the fabric everyone used!  This one came from Nanette at Freda's Hive.  She makes the cutest things on her blog!  She also sent me a little treat bag with some 2 1/2 inch blocks and strips and other fun stuff!
I could not help but take a picture of Custard, she looked like she was posing while sitting there!
Have you ever made a basket quilt?  This will be my first!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Question for you!

I am trying to get caught up on my block from last month for the Sew Sweet Bee, this one is for Nanette and she is making a red and white courthouse steps quilt.  She asked for one side to be red with a fussy cut flower in the middle.  I had the perfect material for the flower!
 and the other side to be white or light.  Do you think there is too much green in the cherry?  I still need to pull three more fabrics for it.
Here is her sample block:
Any suggestions would be helpful, I'm always so scared of messing up someone else's block!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

When is a cake not cake?

Or when is dirt not dirt?  When it is dirt cake!  This is one of my most favorite recipes, good old fashioned Southern dirt cake!  This is the first recipe I put in my cookbook when I was 16!  I got the recipe from Mrs. Virginia Cook, a dear sweet lady from my church.

Dirt Cake
1.  Mix together:
     1 8oz package cream cheese
     1 stick of butter
     1 cup of powdered sugar
     1 small container of Cool Whip

2.  Mix together in a separate bowl:
     1 small package instant vanilla pudding (last time I used white chocolate, or plain chocolate is also         good.)
     1 1/2 cups cold milk

3.  1 package Oreo cookies
      - crush in food processor (or ziplock baggie using a rolling pin)

*  Mix 1 & 2 together.  Keep Oreos separate.  Layer the filling on the bottom and Oreos on top, one after the other.  I made a total of four layers, make sure you end up with cookies on top.

*  This looks really good either topped with gummy worms or in a flower pot with a fake flower stuck in it.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!


Saturday, September 6, 2014

A little sewing here and there

This cute cat planter was in a "mystery box" I bought at an auction.  I have been super busy with school work so I have not had hardly any time for sewing.  When I saw this cat I knew I wanted to make it into a pin cushion.  It has been three weeks and so far it has not happened.
 I had a leftover piece of fabric and batting from my cat quilt, so I literally just shoved it in there for now!  LOL  I'll sew it up one day!
 Monday I was able to get two blocks sewn on my scrappy trip around the world quilt.  I got another two sewn up one evening this week.  That makes four more done.  I think I only have 15 left to sew!
I went to sit down to write my blog post and this is what I found.  They are so cute!

I hope you are having a great day!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

With Every Breath

With Every Breath   -     By: Elizabeth Camden

I love Elizabeth Camden, she is a great author!  I have several of her books.  I read With Every Breath  and I could not put this book down!  The underlying story is about tuberculosis and a doctor who is fighting to find a cure for it in the early 1900's.  I really learned a lot about this disease that I did not know before.  Of course you have to have romance and Elizabeth does not disappoint!  Kate and Trevor are being brought together but Kate has misgivings.  Can they admit their true feelings or will an unseen threat destroy them first?

I highly recommend Elizabeth Camden's books to read!
I found the book at a good price here!


This book was provided to me for free to review by Bethany House Publishers.

The Pursuit of Tamsen LittleJohn

I just finished a book by a new author for me, Lori Benton.  The name of the book is The Pursuit of Tamsen LittleJohn.  It is a very good book and I really enjoyed!

It is about a young lady who is being forced to marry a man she does not know.  Another man she has just met helps her escape.  For the first time Tamsen has a chance to learn who she really is.  Does she want to get married and who does she want to get married to?  What does she want to do with her life?  Does she want to be a the wife of a rich plantation owner or a penniless trapper?  She learns to lean on God for her direction.

You can read chapter one here:  http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/SneakPeek_PursuitofTamsenLittlejohn.pdf

I found a good price on the book here:  http://www.christianbook.com/the-pursuit-of-tamsen-littlejohn/lori-benton/9780307731494/pd/731494?product_redirect=1&Ntt=731494&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP#curr

I recommend getting the book for a good read!


 "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I won!!

I'm sorry I have been so quiet on here!  I might only be working part time as a teacher, but the day does not start and end when the bells ring.  I'm also an OCD planner which means everything takes twice as long!  I have not left the school before 5:00 yet, sometimes 6,  but I'm sure as I get the swing of things it will get much easier!

First of all, my cat quilt won the Pets on Quilt Show!  I can't believe it!  Thank you to all who voted for me!  Right now I have it hanging behind my desk in my classroom!  Here is the post of the Viewer's Choice winners and to see what I won.

I also won a quilt through a raffle at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I am so excited!  Sarah is trying to help her daughter raise money for the adoption of a little deaf boy from China.  Be sure to check out the quilt here:

While I have been working, the cats snuck into my sewing room and made a mess.  They found the tulle and pulled it out of a box.

 I think I found the culprit though!
They have also learned how to manipulate doors!
They also claimed one of my quilts for "their" love seat.
Of course they have the cat beds set up in my husband's office and sleep in there while he is working.
I had a turtle as a class pet for a week, but he really started stinking with all of the heat, and yes I did clean the cage.  He is now back where he was found.  I'm sure Bob is a lot happier now!
I'm really hoping to have time to quilt tomorrow!

What have ya'll been up to?


Sunday, August 17, 2014


I've been super busy with getting my classroom for school, school starts on Tuesday! I've been trying to find good Christian books for my 3rd through sixth graders to read also.
 A couple of weeks ago we went to Branson for our 19th Anniversary, I found a groupon for an old fashioned photo.

I also got to briefly meet one of my bloggy and treadleon.net friends.  We were passing on a treadle for another friend.  We met in Springfield at the Bass Pro shop there, it's humongous!
Cheryl from Cheryl's Teapots 2 Quilting.  Be sure to check out her blog, like me, she does all of her quilting on people powered machines, but she has a lot more then I do!

I'll leave you with a cute picture of Pippi.  She thinks this is her rocking chair, LOL
Don't forget to vote for me at Lily Pad Quilting!  All of the links are in this post.

Pray for me as a start a new school year, it's been a few years since I taught in a school!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

More Baskets and a reminder

Hello everyone!  I'm sorry I have been so quiet on here, but I started a new job.  Last week I got hired as a part time reading teacher at a local Christian school here.  I am super excited!  That means I am super busy trying to get ready for school to start next week!
Don't forget to vote today over at Lily Pad Quilting.  I have entered the cats on quilts category (#6) which you can see here, and the cat themed quilt category (#54) which you can see here.  If you like my entries, please vote for me!  You can vote here:

A week ago I got several more basket blocks from the Sew Sweet Bee.
These two pink ones came from Pam Kitty Morning.  She said that she did not like the first one, so she made a second one.  I think both look great and will use both of them.
 This pink one came from Amy at a Quilting Sheep and she also sent me a sweet charm pack!

 This last yellow one came from Heather at Vintage Grey and she sent me a sweet fat quarter!

I love how all of the blocks I have been sent have had practically the same fabric on the baskets!  I am loving them!

School starts next week so I am going to be super busy getting my classroom ready.
I hope ya'll have a great day!
"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalm 34:8

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