Friday, December 7, 2018

Deck the Halls Danish

My Mother-in-law, Geraldine Bovbjerg Vedder, was 100% Danish.  We both shared a love for all things Christmas.
I have a collection of Danish Nissemen.  The one above is holding his giant porridge spoon.  Here is a little more about him.

Julnisse with porridge
A nisse considers porridge his due and is greedy for butter.  The legendWhen the Nisse Got No Butter on His Christmas Porridge  illustrates the consequences of tampering with his porridge.

You can read more here: The Legend of the Nisse or Tomte.
The whole gang~
My dear friend, Jill, celebrated Christmas the Nordic way too and loved all things ginger.  Here is a little quilt she made me.  I just treasure it as I do our friendship.   I miss her so much this time of the year.
I think she'd love that I paired with my leg lamp this year.
I'm late to the amaryllis party this year but finally got one potted up.  Looks like I'm having twins.
My cactus is blooming early and looks beautiful in the morning light.
Have a happy week!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

It's all Good

Vintage Ceramic trees keep popping up at my house.  This one is special because Norma custom made it just for me.  
On the kitchen counter.  I went to 2 Christmas Fairs before picking up Mr. Hip.  Is that wrong?  ha ha  I got this great table cloth for only $8.
Thank you all for your kind comments wishing Mr. Fun good luck.  The hip surgery went well and he is doing really great!
Can you believe how many meds I'm keeping track of? 
 I've been busy working on my Yellow Whig Rose quilt.  I'm well into the 3rd block.  I'm thinking about how to set them and what to do with the borders.
 Here are some ideas.
Do you rough sketch?  What does this even mean?
2019 Sew Along!
I excited to participate in in Barbara Brackman's 2019 Sew Along.  The quilt will be 9 paper pieced blocks and the border blocks.  I stink at paper piecing, so I thought this would be good for me.  Oh yeah, and fun.
Kevin the Quilter asked me to demonstrate how I arrange things.  My first ambition as a child was to be a window dresser.  I do love to arrange objects and set up displays. 

It is mostly intuitive for me, but there is some thought and design process involved.

I started with the tree and the little quilt.  I added the troll and the Avon bottle because they are of the same time period; 1970s.
I added the mini tea set because it is Christmas themed like the tree.
I added another dolly to make them a group of 3.   Three is always a good design number like 1 (tree) or five (the items in the tea set).
 I added the black miniature dress form and sewing machine, which also tied in the black on the nesting doll.
 **Forming relationships between items is key for me.  They have to relate to something else in the grouping, tie in an object or create balance.**

I added the little mushroom pincushion because my friend Pauline made it and I love it. It also plays off the red and white little quilt in scale and color.
 The tiny camper and spool/tree were added for kitschy fun and they both have blue.
 They also create balance with the mini sewing items.
 Here you can see I arranged things from tall to small.  I also created a triangle with the 3 Christmas tree items.
Back to charting meds and Holiday Decorating.  Hope you enjoyed this surprise Sunday post.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Red & Green Forever

Who can resist a red and green quilt?  Seriously they are the best.
 My favorite feature on this quilt is the simplicity and the different greens.  I feel they add so much!
 The quilting is swoon worthy.
 I met this quilt white visiting our farm last summer.  The owner is our partner farmer.  Lucky him!  He has quite collection.
I also used 2 different greens on my holly quilt.  My pattern was published in Quilt Mania Moderne Nov. 2017
Here is my ceramic tree at night.  I have it on a timer so it will be lit when I go bed for a while.
I set up another little ceramic tree in my sewing room.  I grouped a few of my favorite things around it.  You are never too old to play, right?
This year my "major award" leg lamp is on my dresser. I think it is fun to move things around year to year.
Since I didn't use all the fresh rosemary on Thanksgiving I dried it and added it to my spice jar.  The key is not to leave it in the fridge, put it out at room temp while it is still fresh and green.

 All I can say is "YASS"  90 calories and 5 grams of protein. 
 Have you tried this yet?  I know I could mix it myself, but would I?  If only it was Miracle Whip and Ketchup.   Ooops, I'm letting my Midwest upbringing show  :)
Mr. Fun will not be having fun tomorrow.  He's getting a new hip for Christmas.  Wish us all luck.  Let me know if you have any hints or suggestions.
I end this post with a little dolly quilt.  This is a personal favorite of mine.  They are 2" finished four patches.
I made it in 2001 for Hanna.
Have a great week - Advent Starts on Saturday! 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Thanks and Giving to Paradise

I hope my fellow countrymen had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
We did a lot of cooking including 2 pies, 2 cheese balls and cranberries 2 ways.  At the end of the post I am sharing my Honey Mustard recipe.  It is delicious!
I decorated the DR hutch this year featuring my vintage postcards.
and my kitchen windowsill, where I spend a lot of time at the sink.


My heart goes out to all those who are suffering in Paradise, CA following the devastating fire. There are many quilty ways to help those in need here are just a few:

You can buy fundraising raffle tickets for this quilt by visiting Lynn's blog. Thank you, Wendy, for sharing this opportunity to help!  A great cause and a gorgeous quilt.
You can join Lori's effort, check her blog post here.

You can help rebuild the quilting community that has lost everything by sending quilt items directly to:
Honey Run Quilters
2418 Cohasset Rd.
Chico, CA 95926

Lap Quilts are being accepted here on the Joy for Grace blog.

I have decided to send them all my destash items from my IG Destash account.  It includes fabric, books, magazines, rulers and thread.  I've also added some UFOs and blocks to help get them going again.
I am thankful for so many things in my life including the pleasure of writing this blog and making so many wonderful friends.

Thank you all~

4 ounces Coleman’s Dry Mustard
¼ tsp gr. Red pepper
¼ tsp. white pepper
½ tsp black pepper

1 ½ cups Apple Cider Vinegar
2 cups sugar
2 sticks of butter
3 eggs - beaten
  1. Combine first 4 ingredients with ¼ cup water in a saucepan – Whisk to make a paste.
  2. add 1 ½ cups apple cider vinegar and 2 cups of sugar, continue whisking.
  3. Bring to a boil, whisking regularly
  4. once boiling, add 2 sticks of butter and whisk until butter is melted. 
  5. remove from heat and cool 4 ½ hours.
  6. Add 3 beaten eggs to the mixture and bring back to a boil.
  7. Remove from heat, let cool.
Store in refrigerator.   Good with ham and turkey and on sandwiches, or with pretzels for dipping – yum!