Happy Valentine’s Day

IMG_20160214_132643Well I started Valentine’s Day making my first block for the Splendid Sampler this morning.  I made two just to see what they would look like.  I still have to applique the hearts on, but it will get done.

Also I had family from both sides here yesterday for hamburgers on the grill and fries.  Had a nice time and the pictures are below.

So it’s been a busy weekend and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it.  So I will be back to working on my king size quilt either some time today or tomorrow.  I will have two more panels to show before long.

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My King Size Quilt IV

I have finally made the second nine patch panel.  I have also came up with a great idea….well I have to say that I had help on picking out the ideal sashing between the panels.  Well….. I’m still learning how to do this.  I have been busy taking care of my husband and haven’t had time to do much of anything.  The pictures are of the two panels, I just put to many pictures there.

 

Now the sashing will bring out the colors more I think.  The sashing is a gray/black color as you see below…

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Well, it does not look like black in there, but it is.  I now have six blocks out of nine blocks done and hoping to get my third panel done.  Now I’m getting excited….this is where the peak is going up and then it will go down the closer I get to finishing it.

I already have another quilt to start from a kit and another in my head I’ve been thinking about,  plus a mystery quilt with Quilt along with Pat Sloan and another quilt along called Splendid Sampler with Pat Slone and Jane Davidson.  So I will be super busy.

I really have to put a stop to my thinking right now or I will be overwhelmed with to many things.  Oh, I forgot I still have a table topper to finish for my daughter-in-law.

I have been so busy with taking care of hubby, animals and house that I hardly have time to think.  My hubby is healing nicely after his surgery before Christmas and he will be having another procedure in about three weeks.  Hopefully he will not be in hospital for two weeks this time….(smile).  It’s kind of hard when everything is piled on you and you don’t have any energy and you just want to run away screaming at the top of your lungs,  “Calgone take me away.”

So this is where I will close so I can get this panel done. Will be back later with picture of the third panel.

 

Merry Christmas

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You know, most of us (Baby Boomers), were raised to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Now a days all you see is people trashing Christians, political correct stuff and blah, blah, blah.

Well I for one do not like people telling me what I should or shouldn’t do this or that. In my book, I do what I want to do and say what’s on my mind. A lot of people do not like what I have to say because I speak the truth. It’s amazing how many people would love to hear lies, not truth.

Well here’s the truth, Christ dies on the cross for us, washing our sins away with his blood. What happened to our society??? It was built on “In God We Trust,” Is everyone so stuck on their life that they forgot about God and truth and love thay neighbor? Sadly, YES. Love, consideration, and respect flew out the windows a long time ago, and it’s a crying shame.

I raised my son to respect others, help others if they needed help and always have consideration for others. He also was taught to cook, clean, and wash his own clothes….
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I am surprise now when I run across people whom are nice and that is a crying shame. Now I’m not saying it’s all gone, but I am saying this country…USA was built on trust and God. Why are the people who come to live in our country trying to change it?

I say this, “If you do not like it, leave and go back to where you came from.” You have no right coming here to change our country. I believe you came here to be free…then act like it.

WE DO NOT WANT COMMUNISM, that is why we founded this Country, to be free, not suppressed.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God Bless.

My King Size Quilt Part III

Let me start by saying I have been busy and have had hardly any time to post on my blog.  We have finally found out what my hubby’s problem is and it can be corrected by surgery.  That is a relief to both of us.  So after the first of the year he will be feeling better.  Yeah…..

Now on to the quilt and recipes…..

I finally put together the first nine blocks, block.  It is big and no I haven’t measured it, but it consists of 12 1/2 inch blocks.  So here it is:

I turned it around so you can see the bottom blocks.  Today I will finish three more blocks for the second panel of blocks.  Hopefully I can finish the panel.  If not, I’ll finish it tomorrow.

I have also been busy cooking.  I have had a gourmet tooth the last few days and made several dishes.  One I actually heard about the other day at The Greater Outdoors in High.Springs, Florida.  We were having a couple of drinks and eating at the bar and talking to a guy that just moved to Florida.

The talk turned to cooking and rouxs (gravy).  He was telling me about a sauce that he put on his steak that was great.  It is called Marchaud de Vin and it sounded great to me, so much so that I made it the next day.  So here is the recipe that I got off of Pinterest.

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Marchaud de Vin

1 lge. clove of garlic
1/2 c. green onions
1/2 c. mushrooms
1 med. onion
3 small sweet peppers
1/2 stalk of celery
1/3 c. diced ham
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. thyme
2 c. beef broth (I used 1 can of consumme’ and one cup water)
parsley
1/2 c. dry red wine
6 tbl. butter
1/3 c. flour

Melt butter in skillet, saute’ gr. onions, onions, garlic, celery, sweet peppers, mushrooms and ham. Saute’ until wilted. Blend in flour then add water, Worcestershire, bay leaf, thyme, wine, consumme’. Cook until broth thickens. Salt and pepper to taste.

The sauce was excellent, but rich.  I could gave used a little more water.  You have to take in consideration, the salt intake, because the butter and consumme’  had salt in them and I therefore didn’t add anymore salt.  I had a great time making the recipe and the sides that went with it.  If you make it, let me know what you think.  Later….

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Hope you all had a great day.  We need to thank our military men and women who protect us and pray for their safe return home.  Our people are not well taken care of after they have put their life on the line to protect us and some have lost their lives for us.  Our government does not do enough for the military people and should do more.

So end your day thanking God and than thank our military personnel for fighting for our freedom, a freedom that is slowly being taken away from us.  So reflex on that and thank God for your freedom.

They sure had a hard day watching Momma cook for family and friends.  You would think they did it all, ha, ha.  That is Mitzie and Kimmy the cat.

I am thankful for family and friends and I enjoy cooking and the cleanup was easier today because I clean as I cook so there is not a big pile of dishes left.

Goodnight to all and sleep tight.

 

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My King Size Quilt – Part II

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Here are two more blokes for my quilt and now I’m thinking maybe a big four (16) patch block instead of nine patch block. Then I realized if I don’t stop hmmmen and hawwwing I’ll never get it done. But today and tomorrow I will be making something for my daughter-in-law’s birthday, which is Friday, but she’ll get it Thanksgiving day.

So today I’m going to sew like crazy and also tomorrow. Come Tuesday and Wednesday I’ll be cooking for Thanksgiving. So this will be a busy week for everyone.

But at this time I would like everyone to stop and reflect on their life and think about how good you have it and pray for the people in Paris and their grief and the horrific doings of the sadistic people and their beliefs. God would not want this to happen because their beliefs are sick. It is not done in the eyes of the Lord this way. So let’s all take a few minutes of silence and pray for those people that are less fortunate then we are, pray for the love ones that lost family and friends.

God bless and I will be back later with some more quilting and reflection.

Quilting — My King Size Quilt, Part One

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As you can see, I have a lot of squares cut of different sizes. Last count was 342. Now I will make some squares for my quilt then stop and cut again. I believe that you’re supposed to cut all of them first then sew, but that’s a lot of squares to cut at one time, so hence that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I made a square today, which took most of the day because I kept messing up, but it’s finally done. My hubby likes it but I’m not sure I do yet. Here is the square I did.
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I went today and bought more material. I also got the color I want my background to be. I set up a mock look so I could get an idea of how my design would look and I will probably change it some but for right now this is the idea I have.

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I know the last picture is not great, but I’m sure you get the idea. So I’m really getting excited about my quilt to be. I will keep you posted on the progress of the quilt. Later all.