Thursday, December 29, 2011

Warm Cranberry-Orange Bread

What could be better than a day off to spend with my girls and our new puppy?  Some warm Cranberry-Orange Bread to go along with it.  After all, we must be properly nourished to finish all those quilting wips. 
Cranberry-Orange Bread
From:  Favorite Recipes of Daviess County Extension Homemaker's
Owensboro, Kentucky

2 cups all-purpose flour

1cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 cups cranberries, coarsley cut

1/2 cup pecans, chopped

1 1/2 tsp grated orange peel

1 egg, beaten

3/4 cup orange juice

2 Tbsp vegetable oil

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.  Stir in cranberries, pecans, and orange peel.  Combine egg(beaten), orange juice, and vegetable oil.  Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

Bake in a greased 5 x 9 1/2 x 2"loaf pan at 350F for 50 to 60 minutes, or until center is completley set.  Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.  Wrap with Reynolds Warp when cool, or store tightly covered.

It's Delicious!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fun Project

Found this adorable pattern over at
this summer.  It's called

"Flower Sugar Sewing Caddy". 

I had so much fun choosing the fabrics for it.

  It fits over the arm of your favorite

stitching chair. 

I used Transfer Ease to stitch the embroidery. 

Hope you enjoy.

Buzz for now,

Monday, November 7, 2011

Future Fabric?

The fields are bursting with new cotton.  Thought you might like to see a picture of the cotton after it is harvested.
Some round bales of cotton.

Not sure exactly where the cotton goes from our area or its end product, but I'd like to think it will one day be beautiful quilting fabrics.

Buzz for now,

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Stilling Buzzing Along

It's been too long, but still buzzing along with my quilting. Perhaps I'll be able to keep up with posting more often.
I wanted to share that I entered two quilts in my very first quilt show!!  Landmark Park is a local agricultural learning and activity center. This past weekend they held their Heritage Days Fall Festival, which included a quilt show and juried quilt contest. Our guild, the Enterprising Quilters' Guild was asked to participate. As the guild president, I encouraged our members to enter their quilts and challenged myself to place two quilts in the contest as well.  Seven of our guild members entered the contest.  I am pleased to announce that all seven of us placed or received an award. The following are pictures of our quilts:
Best of Show and Best Machine Quilting by Linda West:

First Place Team/Group Quilts by Diane Howse
Quilted by Linda West

Third Place Team/Group Quilt by Merritt Crawford
Quilted by Sharon Russelburg

First Place Miniature Quilts by Karen Callen

First Place Applique by Kathi Campbell

Third Place Applique by Karen Callen

First Place Wall Quilts and Judges' Choice 
by Merritt Crawford

Second Place Wall Quilts by Kathi Campbell

Third Place Wall Quilts by Judi Rairigh

Judges' Choice and People's Choice by Karen Keevert

It was such a joy to see our ladies rewarded for their beautiful quilts.  I was very humbled to receive the awards for my quilts and I'm blessed to be able to enjoy such a wonderful hobby in quilting and to do it with such great friends.  Hope you enjoyed seeing our quilts.

Buzz for now,

Monday, March 21, 2011

Joining "Just One Star"

When I learned about "Just One Star", I knew I wanted to participate. Soooooooooooo, I printed the instructions from modafabric. and got busy.  What a worthy project!!

Here's my start:
I'd like to encourage my fellow quilters to take part in this wonderful project.  I found it just as quick to cut fabric for 2 blocks as for one, plus with chain piecing they went together in a snap.  While you are sewing your blocks, you can say a prayer for the soldier that will be the recipeint of the quilt with your blocks.

Let me know if you decide to join in.  I'd love to see your blocks.
Buzz for now,

Sunday, March 13, 2011

More Abbey Bags

As a beautiful Sunday comes to an end, thought I would share some pictures of some Abbey Bags I made for some special quilting friends of mine, a group of ladies that meet on Tuesday afternoons to stitch and share. 

These bags are sooooo much fun to make.  I have probably made over 20 now as of last count, for perfect little gifts. 

This week I will be teaching The Abbey Bag pattern at my guild's workshop.  Everyone has bought their own pattern and was given a little "homework" to give them a headstart in preparation for Thursday's workshop.  I plan to have move Abbey Bags pictures to post after class.

Hope you've had a great weekend.
Buzz for now,

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Back to the Buzz

It's so good to be "Back to the Buzz"!!  I have missed blogging about what's going on in my world of quilting.  I have some UFO's to show and some stories to share.  The pictures to follow are of a quilt I made for some special friends of mine.  It's called "Gone Fishin'".  The front is made from all batiks.  It was my first time to work with batiks, but it won't be the last.  What nice fabrics to work with!!
I enjoyed the combination of pieced blocks and raw edge applique blocks.  A dear friend, Kathi Campbell, quilted it. 

Thought I'd show you a few close-ups.

This quilt was featured in Fons and Porter Magazine.  June Jaeger is the designer.  "Cattle Country Quilts" put the kit together for me.  They chose beautiful colors.

That's the all for now.