Thursday, May 3, 2012

May For Me - Day 3


Yester day I spent sharing my space with my SIL. She is becoming more confident and can work on her own. She finished up her pot holders - a dozen or so of each - cupcakes and pot pinchers.


And I was able to start assembling all those string blocks. For those that asked, this is the layout chosen. I am going to put thin black sashing inbetween to keep the star pattern - other wise they turn into another whole new look.

Once we did a little clean up - we started to play with prepping some pincushions - some simple easy work, to fill in the afternoon.


BINGO CALL WORDS

N - SUNFLOWER(S) *NOT SUN OR FLOWER*
N - TRAIN(S)
I - MATOR
O - LIZARD(S)
O - RAIN *JUST RAIN*

Remember we all have different lists, so check in with Marcia, Tonya, and Snoodles for their words as well as what they may share for May For Me.

Today, my ME time is going shopping - away from the computer. My SIL and I need to pick up a few supplies for some other projects planned, a few groceries, and a stop at the LQS for a wide quilt backing and king batt (maybe even some wonderful new Sulky Thread).

CLOSING THOUGHT

"The world's favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May."
- Edwin Way Teale

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May For Me-Day 2


CROCKPOT CHERRY COLA CHOCOLATE CAKE

Cake Ingredients:
1/2 cup cola
1/2 cup dried tart cherries
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 ounces semisweet chocolate- chopped
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate milk
1/2 cup butter - melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping Ingredients:
1-1/4 cups cola
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 ounces semisweet chocolate - chopped
1/4 cup dark rum (I used 2 teaspoons of rum extract)


Step One:
In a small saucepan - bring cola and dried cherries to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand for 30 minutes.

Step Two:
In a large bowl - combine flour, sugar, chocolate, baking powder and salt.

Step Three:
In seperate bowl - combine melted butter (I microwaved), chocolate milk and vanilla.

Step Four:
(topping) In small saucepan, combine cola, sugar and brown sugar. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, sir in chocolate and rum - stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.


Step Five:
Slowly add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, folding just to moistened. Fold in cherry mixture. Spray crockpot with cooking spray or coat with butter. Carefully pour in batter, preventing anything on sides or top.


Step Five:
Carefully pour topping mixture on top of cake batter - do not stir. Cover crockpot, set on high, and cook for 2 to 2-1/2 hrs. or until inserted knive come comes out clean. (mine took about 2hrs. 15 mins.) Turn off and let sit for 30 minutes.


This will still be very hot!! AND not a good idea to flip onto a cake plate as the topping sets to the bottom and you get a nice 'plop' of hot goo!! Best to serve from the crockpot. A little vanilla ice cream, or some whipped cream with some favorite toppings. Doesn't look pleasant, but let me tell you - yummo!! And I was very pleased with myself - I am so not the baker. ** this recipe was in the little cookbook that came with my crockpot**

BINGO CALL WORDS

A few of you were upset that you didn't get any words yesterday - neither did I - BUT I had the FREE space! Today may be your lucky day.

B - BIRD(S)
O - COWGIRL(S)
G - PENQUIN(S)
N - BRICK(S)
G - DOLL(Y)

Remember to check in with Marcia, Tonya, and Snoodles for their words as well as what they may share for May For Me.

What will you be doing today for your May For Me? I will be sewing with my SIL again - we have just a few more potholders to finish off. Then some clean up, maybe while she browses some magazines and books and thinks about the next project, I can pull my fabrics for the Sliced Apples Quilt Along.

CLOSING THOUGHT

"Tis like the birthday of the world,
When earth was born in bloom;
The light is made of many dyes,
The air is all perfume:
There's crimson buds, and white and blue,
The very rainbow showers
Have turned to blossoms where they fell,
And sown the earth with flowers."
- Thomas Hood

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day


My card is ready - I'm playig along for fun, you 'peeps' get the prizes. Now you can mark your card any way you like, we just suggested sewing buttons on your squares as a way of finishing off your mini quilt. And of course you all get to mark you center square - that's a free spot.

BINGO CALL:

G - RHINO
I - PIN(S)
O - TURTLE(S)
N - SCISSORS
N - BULLDOG

Be sure you visit Tonya, Marcia and Snoodles for their call words. And Marcia has set up a tab where she will list Bingo Winners so you can check. Tonya has the rules and prize list for the various types of 'bingo' - you really should check that out, because even though you don't get up, down, across, there are other 'bingos'. If you should get a BINGO - **please let Tonya know** (comment on her blog or e-mail her) as she has the master list and linked cards to double check.


ME TIME


I will be sharing my sewing space today with my SIL, so I plan on playing with my string blocks. Luckily my old phone book was 6.5" wide so I made 6" squares (to trim the glue edge). I Used a 2.5" string down corner to corner and then 1.5" and smaller strings on either side - and my orphan triangles on the corners. Then slice that center strip corner to corner to have two triangles. I then cut my lovely black Kona into 6" squares, cut corner to corner and then sewed to strings for lovely HSTs. Pressed and trimmed to 5.5" square.

WEEK 1 GIVE AWAY


I am giving away 2 double pks of charms - Love Letters and Farmer's Market. You must be a follower and make sure I have a way of contacting you. I will ship international. Just leave me a comment on at least one plan you have for May For Me. Marcia is dancing - you have to see the 'Wiggle' video if you don't know the wiggle dance. Comments open until Saturday, May 5th until 8pm (EST) and winner announced at 9pm.

And it would be nice to go give Teri at QuiltnCards a birthday wish today - Happy Birthday Teri!


CLOSING THOUGHT

Tomorrow I will be sharing Crockpot Cherry Cola Chocolate Cake!

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bingo is Around the Corner



Bingo players have you got your cards out? Are you getting excited? Remember you will need to visit each of us each day - Monday thru Friday (first week will be starting on a Tuesday, May 1st) - no calling on the weekend. As soon as I can figure out how to add a page - that is where I will post my Bingo calls each day.


So get those buttons ready - remember, that is how we are marking our cards. Visit us:
Tonya at Hillbilly Handiworks
Marcia at Crafty Sewing
Snoodles at LilyPad Quilting
Sharon (me)at VroomansQuilts


MINUTES FOR ME


And have you pulled some ME projects? I just had to get this bag pattern by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts and my fabric is already picked out. Being in a historic Revolutionary area and a direct descendant of the founding fathers - this bag has a lot of meaning to me.

I will be sharing some non-quilty ME fun thru the month of May and if you check my very messy 'new' crafting area photo - that one shelf unit has two shelves dedicated to give aways. YES, we are celebrating my birthday all month! So check back Tuesday for the first set of Bingo Words and the week's giveaway.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Saturday, April 28, 2012

April NewFO


Another fun month with a lot of small projects. I am enjoying the freedom of just being able to play and create. I attended a class on the Rapid Fire Hunter Star, completed this month's Schnibble, made 2 mini projects with Sew Lux Charm Challenge, participated in the Table Topper Blog Hop, made a doll quilt for the HST Challenge, started and still trying to get re-organized in my new space, finished and mailed out my May Doll Swap (has to travel to Germany), sharing my space with my SIL (fun to create along side someone else), lots of string blocks, and have been enjoying the 30 days of paper piecing-Garden Party. PLUS, getting things ready for May For Me.


I did get the FMQ April Challenge done. Didn't photo any process as did it during a day sharing space with my SIL. I had no tulle, no hoop. no marker - so I used some solvy - clothes pinned to pattern, trace, solvy to sandwich, and used a machine that has no darning foot. I took off the foot, put a 3x5 card over the feed dogs, and stitched. You can see the tension is slightly off and I had a heck of a time following the lines, but it was doable. I found it a lot of steps - even though not using the exact method. I think a stencil and pounce is more practical. AND using my new,better machine for the purpose!

NEW BUTTONS

Lots of new things lining up for May and beyond:
SummerTime Adventures
100 Blocks Hop
Sliced Apples
Blogger Quilt Festival
12" Mini Club
July Blog Hop

WINS & GIFTS


Received this great book from Moose on the Porch for the FQ Star QAL (my SIL has picked out a pattern for her next project). Lovely charm pack - Cabbages & Roses. Think I will pair these with some shot cotton solids and do a disappearing 4-patch. Thank you Konda for such a fun project as well as the lovelies.

And Katie Q of Katie's Saltmarsh Path sent me some lovely 2" squares in one of her give aways. I can't show them as they are already sewn into my postage stamp quilt that is in progress. Thank you KQ!



And quilters are just great. Karen of KocanQUilt won one of my give aways. She saw that I collected Mary Englebreit and sent me this fabulous piece. Thank you sweetie!

**linking up with
Cat Patches - NewFO
Patchwork TImes - on the wall
SewCalGal - FMQ Challenge

CLOSING THOUGHT

May is coming!!

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dancing


Oh, ladies, don't we look good! We are dancing now, so close to May For Me - lots of fun things coming up. Of course, thank you to all 98 Bingo Card link-ups - you just thrilled us. Also, note the new top button - if you would like to have your own May For Me offering, be sure to link your blog over with Marcia (just click the button to get there). That will be your GO-TO place to see what is going on all month.

NEW BUTTONS

Cherise so nicely set up a button for the Traveling Stash - just click there for updates and feel free to put it on your side bar.

McCall's 100 Block Blog Tour - you don't want to miss this, lots of give aways.

Sliced Apples Quilt Along with Mama Spark and CrazyQuiltGirl - fabric requirements will be revealed May 1st.

To Come Shortly - Amy's Creative Side Blogger's Quilt Festival - will get that up in a couple of days - and Temecula Quilt Co will be having a new Blessed mini quilt offered in May - will get that up as soon as button is available.



OK, that tote of possible fabrics sat long enough and I finally decided to keep this a 3-fabric piece. So caught up with the four blocks - yes Billie, you were right.


And since I am sharing my sewing space with my SIL, keeping to simple so I can help when called. Lots of string blocks. I love those mini baskets - from the Dollar Store - just grab some strings in it rather than my huge bins and my pretzal barrel full of orphan triangles for the corners - I can work in a small space without too much thought.

WINNER OF TABLE TOPPER BLOG HOP GIVE AWAY


Thank you to all of you who stopped by and left such lovely comments. If you didn't get a reply from me you were probably a 'no-reply' (think I had a couple) - yes, I answered you all as you were so kind to leave me a comment. So happy to announce the winner is Debbie of Stitchin Therapy - oh, she has a wonderful blog so pay her a visit with a little love. I will send a private e-mail for mailing information.

CLOSING THOUGHT

We're fools whether we dance or not,
so we might as well dance.
~Japanese Proverb

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Last Day


Just a reminder that today - April 25th - is the last day of the Table Topper Blog Hop. Go see the schedule, prizes and give some comments at Sew I Quilt. This has been a very enjoyable and inspirational hop for me.