Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cinnamon Apple Cake..

It's fall and we went apple picking...and I made my favorite apple apple dessert

Cinnamon Apple Cake
This cake is super moist and super delicious! 
I'm not a cake person, but this is something else.

Cinnamon Apple Cake

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup sugar - keep separate
6 ounces block style fat free cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of cinnamon - mix with 1/4 cup sugar above
3 cups of chopped apples - about 2 large ( I used 3)

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Beat 1 1/2 cups of sugar, cream cheese, butter, vanilla at medium speed.
For about 4 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time, mix well.
Add flour, baking powder, and salt, mix.
Put apples in a separate bowl and add 2 tablespoon cinnamon mixture.
Stir apple mixture into batter.
Pour batter into a 8 inch springform pan covered with cooking spray, sprinkle with the rest of the cinnamon mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cake pulls away from sides of pan.
Cool cake completely on a wire rack. 

From Cooking Light
Greg Patent


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mama Said Sew...

Look what I received in the mail this week Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater. I so wished that I had a local quilt shop that carried modern fabrics.  
I love this fabric!

These are all the fabrics you get in a Jelly Roll.  

Stay tuned to see what I turn these into!

Have a wonderful day!

The worse mistake anyone can make 
is being too afraid to make one!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fall cleaning..

I've been putting off the inevitable but I just couldn't take it anymore- so for the last two - not full days just a couple of hours each day.  I've been cleaning my sewing room. 
 I have a trash bag under my cutting table that I throw my left overs pieces in when I'm done cutting - but only pieces that aren't big enough to go back into my stash.  Well it's gotten to be a little much- a plastic bin and two trash bags full.



Then I organized my fabric stash...
(I still need to organize them by color.)

browns, tans, blacks, and grays

My bins are sorted by
 blues and purples
yellow and oranges
white and off whites and beige, etc.

Now what to do with all this fabric?  I've been collecting it for years and I've realized that I'll never use it all. No more buying fabric unless I have a specific project.  

Since I did a block on Stash bee that used salvages, I have been saving mine. 
Who knows what I'll do with these?  

So much fabric, so many ideas and so little time!
Thank you for stopping by!


"The days are long, but the years are short."
The Happiness Project
Gretchen Rubin

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Table Runner stitch and quilt as you go..

I've gotten quite a bit done this week.  

So we have this table by the front door and the top really needs to be refinished.  
And since I didn't see that happening anytime in the near future,
 I made a table runner to make it look all pretty again.

This was quick and easy to make. The idea is based on string piecing, except instead of using paper as your foundation, I used the batting and backing.  

I took strips of fabric between 1" to 2.5" but you can use any width you like.
I cut a piece of the backing fabric and a piece of batting that was 16" by 46". 
(I cut it about an inch bigger so that I could trim it after I was done stitching.)

I started in the center and laid my first piece upright and the second piece on top face down and made a 1/4 inch seam through all layers.  
 I ironed as I went to keep it neat and crisp.   Then I added my next piece and so on. I finished the right side and then I moved on to the left side.  After adding a few pieces I straight lined machined quilted about 1/2" apart.  Then I bound the table runner.  Fast and quick project - the machine stitching took me longer than the piecing of the runner.
If you would like more info on this please contact me.

Wall hanging continued..
Quilting is all done and now on to the binding.

I made this wall hanging using Australian Aboriginal and Batik fabrics that I had in my stash.

Well I'm back to work on Monday after 18 days off.  
If only I could figure out away to work from home!

Have a good day,

"People will forget what you said, 
People will forget what you did,
But people will never forget
how you made them feel."
Maya Angelou

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pinwheel Baby Quilt...

Another finish, yes another baby quilt!  This quilt is for my oldest daughters friend since high school.  She is expecting her first baby, a dream come true for her!
Andrew will love this quilt for many years to come!



Have a wonderful day,

At the end of the day...
within the struggles,
focus on what makes
your heart sing
and what makes your soul smile.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Which layout???

Which layout do you like better?? 
This is going to be a wallhanging if that makes a difference.

Layout #1

And the other option.

Layout #2

Edited to add Option #3

Thank you,


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September Stash Bee blocks completed..

I'm so pleased with myself I got my blocks down for the two Hives I'm in, yeah me!!!
Both these blocks are fun, quick and easy blocks to make - 
I can't wait to see the finished quilts.

 First block was for Hive #4 for Caroline,who by the way lives in Finland how cool is that??   You can find her blog here, Quilting in the Cold
She wanted a scrappy log cabin block.

Second block was for Hive #2 for Anneliese who lives in Ireland. She blogs over at Mail from the Cheeky Monkeys - she wanted a converging corners block. 
Originally posted by Film in The Fridge.  

Have a glorious day,

Not to spoil
the ending
for you, but
everything is
going to be

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Change is in the air..

Sorry I haven't posted lately, I had surgery on my lower back last week, laminectomy. 
I'm not a good patient.  Small steps and I'll be back to myself soon.

Sent my girls off to 8th grade this morning, that means fall is knocking at the door.  
Fall is my favorite season - I love the smell of the air, the colors of the leaves and of course I get to celebrate my birthday.  

I did finish a block that's for an up coming book, not mine.  I can't wait to see the outcome of this collaborative project!

I also got some quilting done on my tone on tone quilt.  

Saw this wallpaper on a TV show, Flipping Out - I can see this as a quilt.

Enjoy your day, 

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson