Friday, March 2, 2012

{Post #924} Yard Sale Saturday

Bonnie Hunter is hostessing another Yard Sale Saturday tomorrow.  I am getting a jump on it.  My faithful readers will have a head start on my items.  Tomorrow it goes to the public.  Here's how this works.  If you want an item from my list, email me (  It is first-come, first-served.  I answer the emails as they come in.  I charge actual shipping for all items, so let me know your zip code.  You can choose media mail (cheapest but takes the longest to arrive) for books, and for patterns, hoops, and quilt, first class or priority.  I will combine all items and give you one total with shipping.  I prefer Paypal but do take personal checks.  Here we go!

First up is my first large quilt.  It is a combination of hand quilting and machine quilting.  The large stars in the center have hand-quilted matching star shapes in the 4 corners of every block.  The quilt measures 88" x 104".  It has a white-on-white backing.  It will need to be washed before use as it's been stored for several years.  The pattern is called Stars in the Cabin.  Here is a picture of it all and several close-ups.  I want $150 plus shipping.

Next up are two hand-quilting hoops.  I used them both briefly and quilt w/o a hoop now.

The oval one is 9" x 15" x 1" deep.  The border hoop is 10" x 10" x 1" deep.  To use the border hoop, you open it up, pin your border to the "leader", then close the hoop on it and voila--you have a taut surface to quilt on.  (Border hoop is sold).  They are $10 each plus actual shipping.

Now for the books and patterns.  All are in like-new condition.  Descriptions are after each picture.

"Quilts Through the Seasons" by Eleanor Burns.  A quilt for each month of the year.  239 pages, spiral bound with soft-board cover.  $10

Thimbleberries "Collection of Classic Quilts" by Lynette Jensen.  26 Quilting Inspirations for the Home.  224 pages, soft cover.  $12 

"Winter Rose" by Barbara Brandeburg.  Like-new condition.  40 pages, soft cover.  Purchased with high hopes, but never used ;)  $8

"Scrappy Shaggy Stars" by Country Traditions.  It uses the raw edge applique method where the edges of the stars are loose.  3 different sizes.  Like new.  $4

"Harvest Table Toppers" by Thimbleberries.  Finish at 23" x 39-1/2".  Like new.  $4.  I have 2 of these; one has the applique shapes already cut out. (1 is now sold)

"Pairing Up 2-Block Quilts" by Nancy Mahoney.  Like new, $10.  94 pages, soft cover.

"Quick Quilted Miniatures" by Darlene Zimmerman.  Slight scuffing on bottom right corner of cover.  Instructions are given for each quilt in small and mini size.  I made the cover quilt, and it is one of my favorites.  The sizes for that one are 12-1/2" x 14-3/4" and 20-1/2" x 24-1/2".  128 pages, soft cover.  $8

"Stars Galore and Even More" (Speed-cut Quilt Designs Using Hexagons and Octagons) by Donna Poster.  Like new.  182 pages, soft cover.  $5

"Simply Fun" by Glad Creations.  Like new.  84" x 98".  $4

"Scrappy Hearts" by Prairie Designs.  53" x 63-1/4".  Like new, $4

"Trail Mix" tote bag pattern by This & That.  Like new, $4

"Federal Square Table Runner" by Calico Cat Patterns & Designs.  20" x 45".  Like new, $4

"Day's Gone By" by This & That.  Runner 16-1/2" x 32-1/2".  Like new, $4

"Harvest time" by Anka's Treasures.  Like new, 2 sizes (48" square and 22" x 28-1/2").  $4

"A Dash to the Finish" by Classy Patterns.  57" x 68".  Like new, $4  SOLD

"My Favorite Bear Quilt" is 65" x 85".  You could leave off the bear and just do an Irish Chain pattern if you chose.  The bear is pieced into the quilt top, not appliqued.

 That's it until next time.  As items are claimed, I will strike them through.  Let the shopping begin!!

I will link this to Bonnie's blog post tomorrow.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

{Post #923} March Count On It

Here is a good reason for having 29 days in February this year...I had to sew my March "Count On It" block this AM.  Cut out the pieces last night.

Check it out:

Just need to hand sew down the hanging sleeves, and I'll be finished.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

{Post #922} Winner Recipe!

The potatoes were a definite winner!  I will have to make more if there are more people eating.  I made 7 medium-sized potatoes and 5 of us ate...we all would have eaten more of them if there had been any.  I also made sauteed bella mushrooms and a separate dish of sauteed cabbage and carrots.

Here are some pictures:

{Post #921} New Recipe in Oven

Trying a new recipe tonight...Accordion Potatoes.  Got it through Pinterest.  I am not a Pinterest addict, but I have found lots of good ideas on there.

Here is the before-going-in-the-oven picture.  They still have 30 minutes to bake, so I'll try to remember to take an after picture.  I bought an inexpensive mandoline for slicing years ago.  I love using it.  Makes perfectly even slices for so many things.  That's how I got the potatoes so even.  Then I picked up slices from various piles of potato to make sure they weren't the exact same size as their neighbor.  Hope the family likes them.  I personally LOVE potatoes.

You just stack the potates around the edge and then the middle, brush with a mix of butter and olive oil, then sprinkle with salt.  One can add herbs, but we're trying them like this first. I will also have some sauteed cabbage and carrots.  Mmm-mmm.


Monday, February 27, 2012

{Post #920} Bow Ties So Far

I rec'd a lovely package from Julie this afternoon.  We swapped some bow tie pieces.  I was hoping I'd get to sew them soon, so I just went ahead and sewed them tonight.

Here are the little 2-piece units in a smile shape:

They are happy to be living at my house.  Here are the units from the above pic sewn to a colored square and in line to be ironed:

Here are the units pressed open...nearly finished--just one more seam:

Here's all my Julie blocks:

I wonder if they'll play nicely with the ones from my stash?  Well, let's see, shall we?  These are all the unconnected blocks.

Well, I might as well throw the ones sewn into 4-block units up there, too:

That's all I have cut so far.  181 blocks in all.  That looks (and sounds) like a LOT, but it's only 39" x 48" at the widest points.

Here are two blocks I was worried about playing nicely with my other ones.  See if you can find them in the above picture:

Tomorrow night is our second "Sit 'n Knit" at our house.  I already know two ladies cannot come, but one of my Y friends will be coming!  I am sure the group will vary weekly, and I am eagerly anticipating it weekly! 

Other wonderful news:  I sold my Little Gracie frame yesterday, and the new owner already took it away!