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!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful

Well, I'm either really late for last weeks post or I am one day early for this weeks.

Mothers Garden was on display in Houston at the Festival.   It is always an honor to be included in this show.
 I received several photos of it on IG, email and FB and I thank all who took a moment to visit her and send me photos.  I so appreciated it.
She had lovely applique neighbors!
Hanna popped home for a visit before starting her new job in DC (not in politics).  We went to the Town Green for Trunk or Treat.
Here we are in a photo online.  Ever the stage mom....ha ha adjusting coco's ladybug costume.  I have to say kids LOVE seeing a dog in a costume!
Quite a few town businesses give out candy.  How festive were these two gals?  Great decorated trunk. 
More good stuff~
At the CT Fair Banquet 2 of my quilts were awarded Top State Ribbons.  I received a 2nd Place for my Snowflower One Block Wonder Quilt.
 And a First Place for my Jubilee Quilt.  It was a thrill and Mr. Fun was with me at the banquet which was extra special.
Thank you Macomb County Quilters for welcoming me to your talented group!  We had a great time making lollipops in the workshop. 
I am booking into 2020 and would love to visit your guild.  Send me an email if you are interested or want me to provide information to your program chairperson.

Now the Bad.  Sad actually.  We had to say goodbye to our beloved Mr. Starbuck.  He really loved all things quilty.
He had a gentle sweet disposition and was very curious and loving. 
We all miss him too much.
The Beautiful~
Blair M. of the Berry Basket Quilters sent me finished photos of her Yellow Basket quilt.   It is so so wonderful!  Do you think she knows there is a piecing anomaly?  I like it, I always like a little surprise.
She used my Fan Stencil and hand quilted it beautifully.
Blair was in my Liberated House workshop in May and started a beach themed quilt.
 And it turned into Captivating Coastal Cottages.  Love it Blair!
 So many fun beachy themed fabrics and details.  I would love to see this in person someday.  The Crab Shack is a hoot!
Currently on display at our place is a little quilt that Mary B. made me many years ago.  
It is made with Cherrywood Cottons and hand quilted. 
Thanks for catching up with me!  I am looking forward to hearing all the reports from Houston.
Happy November!