Monday, May 25, 2009

Turning Twenty Finished!

LinkYay!!! I finished up my first Turning Twenty quilt top last Monday. I can tell you, it won't be my last. I love this pattern! Even though I used 10 fabrics instead of 20, I'm so please w/the way it turned out! Very forgiving and relatively quick to go together...if sneak cat attacks can be prevented during what I call the "laying it out on the floor" phase, that is.The fabrics I used are the absolutely gorgeous Mendocino line from Heather Ross(all but the gold print)! I'm hoping to find someone locally who can quilt this for me. These fabrics were too expensive and are too lovely for me to go trying it on my own! Besides, straight line machine quilting is the only type I've ever tried, and I think this needs something a bit free form.

Next on my project list:
  • A blouse that I started WEEKS was getting difficult, so I stopped. Time to re-start.
  • An apron for my Aunt Betty using some pretty yellow & purple 40's fabrics.
  • Aprons for my empty Etsy shop.
  • Another Turning 20 using batiks!
  • A tiered batik skirt(am I becoming batik obsessed?).
  • And speaking of skirts, I really want to make a skirt like this one from Lily Pulitzer. Of course I'd love to just buy it, but it's 158.00!! For. a. skirt! If there's anyone out there still reading this blog(I know, I rarely update)who might know, please tell me where I can find a pattern/tutorial similar to this lovely skirt...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Don't Forget...

I wish we didn't have to wear our "testing" T shirts on Apron Day! An apron needs a cute skirt and top for public wear! But I'm tying mine on w/my jeans and t shirt anyway!

Mini Hawaiian Roll Sandwiches

Need something quick and easy to take to a family/church gathering? You must try these mini sandwiches...they are deeeeelicious!

Assemble sandwiches:
24 Hawaiian Rolls
1 lb of ham, thinly sliced
3/4-1 lb swiss cheese (I bought 1 lb and had some leftover)

To assemble sandwiches faster, slice the entire package of rolls at once to make the top and bottom layer and simply cut them when they come out of the oven. Add ham and cheese.

Mix together
1/2 cup melted butter
1 TBS dry mustard
1-2 TBS onion flakes, depending on your taste
1-2 TBS poppy seeds, depending
3/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Drizzle a little of the mixture over the ham and cheese layer before placing top layer of roll. Drizzle remaining mixture over the rolls. Bake at 350 until cheese is melted. Best when warm, but not bad cold either!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Went with my family to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville on Monday. I did my third drop for The Toy Society while we were there.

I wasn't planning on dropping Lars after I first made him because I thought he was too ugly and strange for The Toy Society. Monday morning as I was getting ready to meet up w/the folks, Lars sorta called out to me from my sewing desk. Perhaps it had something to do with being so close to the children's hospital at Vandy...

"Please let me join the Toy Society!" he said
"I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!"

I couldn't argue w/that! SO.... my brother Shea and I meandered over to Children's Hospital while Dad was checking in. I left Lars at the koi pond in the garden area. I'm hoping that he will make a child very happy!

Check out the The Toy Society...and if you are the crafty type, please consider joining in the merriment and making a toy to drop!