Thursday, October 23, 2014

Those Mesa Ladies/ October

 Yesterday was that favorite day of the month
where I had the opportunity to spend the day with
those wonderful Mesa Ladies
We quilt together at the church, visit,
eat wonderful food, and have the best time.
Janet is getting ready for Halloween
with a work in progress
fusible applique
Bench Pillow
 I believe the pattern is by KimberBell
 Lori found this baby quilt 
 she had started 8 years ago 
for her grand daughter :)
Time to finish now!
 Only the binding needs to be done.
 And a new baptism quilt for the same grand daughter
CTR= Choose The Right
 For Show and Tell
Peg brought her 
Getting Around To It
that she designed
 Raw edge circles
 Soft Minkee back
Look at the wonderful quilting!
 Julie was working on a pink Chevron quilt for a grand daughter
 Each month two of the ladies in the group 
serve as hosts
This month Julie and Christine provided the most fun Halloween themed day.
As we walked in, one of the tables was decorated with snacks
and door prizes
 How cute is this?
Julie decorated her trifle bowl 
Inside was a snack of roasted peanuts and candy corn.
When eaten together, they taste a lot like a Payday candy bar.
 And for lunch Julie and Christine treated us to
the most delicious 
Halloween Bag Lunches
 Quilty labels
Chicken Salad Croissants
Veggies and Dip
Fruit Cups
Homemade cookies
and of course
eyeballs and spider rings
Can you see why I feel so spoiled?
Thank you ladies  !!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


 Our daughter Aubrey was married last Friday 
to the most wonderful man.
We like to call him Kevin Heaven
This is a joyous union
Mr and Mrs Kevin Daly
Because she had a fantastic photographer taking a lot of pictures
I didn't worry about that part of the event,
so I don't have much to share with you today

But, know she was surrounded by 
a legion of love and support
with family and friends.
My favorite part (other than the ceremony)
was watching her dance with her dad.
When Mr. Cactus and I were dating many, many years ago,
he used to play the guitar and sing to me
the song "Aubrey" by Bread
As this was part of our falling in love, 
we named our first child after the song
During the Father/Daughter dance
the music of Aubrey played in the background
which brought us all to tears.
"I love her name...."

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Candy Corn Snack Mix

 Tomorrow is a big day for us :)
Our oldest daughter is to be married !!
We have many family members and friends
 pouring in from Out of State for the happy event.
My happy happy 
is that all 5 of my children will be together.
And of course, I am most happy for 
Aubrey and Kevin
who are a perfect match.
I have plenty of food on hand to feed the crowds,
and made this Halloween Snack Mix
that can just sit out in the kitchen for whoever wants a little treat.
I've even left a spoon in the bowl
to make it easier to grab a bite or two.
 Kind of addictive
Candy corn, cereal, and nuts all mixed together with a sweet coating.
 The original recipe called for coconut
but I opted to omit because I have family members who are allergic.
Instead I threw in a few cups of Cheerios
and it turned out fine.
 As you can see 
half the bowl is gone already.
I think we have a new Halloween favorite.
From start to finish, it took less than a 1/2 hour to assemble.
The original recipe is from
Yummy Healthy Easy
and can be found 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Modern Maples Throw Quilt

 The last few days have been some very productive
sewing days.
Love it when that happens  :)
I was able to put a top together quite quickly for
Modern Maples Throw Quilt
59" X 70"
Designed by Amanda Woodward-Jennings
for Lark Crafts
Free PDF pattern can be downloaded

 I made this quilt as a store sample for 
a quilt store in Mesa, Arizona
It's also available as a kit.
Contact Mad B's 
if you would like to purchase one
 Love this fabric line
Let's Go!
by Camelot Fabrics
Perfect for a little boy, or a little girl
To be honest, I'd like this one for myself  :)
Fox in canoes
(*I've kind of had a Fox thing going lately)
 Fox in Indian headbands
Polka Dots
 I even added a few pieces of Grunge in the mix
We really don't have much of an official "Fall" here in the Phoenix Metro,
(we are just grateful for the cooling temperatures)
Modern Maples 
makes me feel like we are in the midst.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2 Antique Flimsie Quilts for Sale

I have a friend 
Road Home Quilting
who I know through my quilt guild
Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild
"R" has 2 Flimsie Antique quilts
she is trying to sell  quickly on her Etsy Site

 Close up of #1
Close up #2
I believe these unfinished vintage quilt tops are "Country Roads" (86"x73")and "Indian Tomahawk" (80"x61"), feel free to correct me. Very scrappy with 1930s fabrics, all hand stitched, obviously by the same maker is why they have been listed together. Same size. Both are perfectly clean in great condition. Found in vintage shop so unfortunately no other provenance available. Always Free Shipping, but please note these quilt tops will be shipped separately for added security.
$180.00 USD
If you are interested in purchasing contact:


Monday, October 13, 2014

Fancy Fox Quilt

 I have finished the top of
Fancy Fox
Pattern by 

 I really enjoyed making this quilt!
 Who doesn't love these fancy fox faces?
 The pattern is Jelly Roll friendly
I found an old "Nest" jelly roll by Tula Pink
tucked away in a box, and knew it would be perfect for this project.
Cleaning out boxes can feel like Christmas :)
 The pattern comes in several sizes
but I decided to make the lap size 50" X 62"
which requires 42 Fox faces
 Soon I was chain piecing the sections
and the design wall began filling up fast.
 For the background I used the color gray
by American Made Fabrics
 My grandson Noah loves to sing the song
What Does The Fox Say? by Ylvis
I sang the lyrics a lot as I sewed 
Kind of an addictive tune :)

Your fur is red, so beautiful!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Shari's Maple Block

 Shari Butler
is the host this month
for our Bees Knees Quilting Bee
Shari is having us make
a large 12" X 12" Modern Maples block
 Shari really made it easy for us.
She cut out each piece,
and mailed us the fabrics.
The block sewed up quick,
and is now ready to be mailed back to her :)
 Love being a member of the
Bees Knees