rejoiced with Sarah this week who won $100 worth of quilting services for one of her quilts
enjoyed a quilting week leading up to Worldwide Quilting Day!
Here are some photos of my week:
The Red, White and Free charm pack all laid out to test the possibilities: And here are the Disappearing 9-Patch blocks all sewn together first, then cut apart, and then sewn back together again. Quilting is a crazy hobby! It's now awaiting backing, quilting, and binding: Here's the completed Row-Along quilt top which I promised to show you that I worked on with my friend, Chris. Now it needs to be sandwiched and quilted: And here's the Bee label I made for the back: I feel like I can finally check the Row-Along off my list...that was a lot of work! But...no quilt is complete without the quilting. So I'll decide how to go about that next.
Actually, I entered a giveaway over at Ruby Blue Quilting to win $100 worth of quilting services by a long-arm quilter. I so wanted to win, especially to get this Row-Along quilted now that it's finished! But if I couldn't win, then Sarah winning the prize was the next best thing!
Here she is holding up her quilt top that she thinks will be the one she sends in to be quilted. She still needs to add the borders to this, however, before it's ready to mail off: In the meantime, I took a break and started making the Snow Time quilt for Sarah. Here's an almost completed top below; the appliqued snowflakes and cardinals just need to be added.
And I'm waiting for some soft and comfy minkie fabric for the backing to arrive any day. I think Sarah will love it! And in other quilting news, this delightful package of goodies arrived from Cotton Berry Quilts yesterday! It was actually a gift to me from Christa over at Cotton Berry to make things right after a mix-up on her website. What a wonderful gesture, and I will love making the mini Puddle Jumping quilt: Check out Christa's blog to see the beautiful Fig Tree Homestead quilt (love it and want to make one!!) she finished quilting for one of her customers! I've never used Christa's services for any long-arm quilting, but I have first-hand experience that she would treat you right! Thank you, Christa!
Hey, how did this picture get in with all the quilting photos? Well...I guess while I'm playing with my fabrics, Tom's keeping busy playing with his wood! Maybe he's making something for me?
Comment and let me know what you're doing for Worldwide Quilting Day tomorrow? Maybe it doesn't even have a thing to do with quilting! That would be a shame! :) Ha!
Did you know that today is a once in a century event? Every year we can celebrate Pi Day on 3/14, which are the first three digits of pi. But this year it's even better, because twice today the date and time will be the first 10 digits! I didn't get this post up this morning for the first occurrence; but in just about a hour, it will be 3/14/15, 9:26:53. (EDT, that is.)
Anybody eating pie today to celebrate? How about an Oatmeal Cream Pi? ;)
We had a couple of leftover avocados in the fridge, and Hannah found a yummy sounding recipe to try with them! Avocado Mac and Cheese! I made it for lunch today, and it was pretty good. It matched my sweater. ;) The lime juice in the avocado sauce made it a little tangy, and I think next time I would leave it out. Also, we didn't have any Pepper Jack cheese, so I had to make do with what we had in the fridge - I bet the spicy cheese would have really made it even better!
So I thought we'd show you what our week was like here in Virginia. Mostly we stayed inside in a warm house since our area received another 6" of snow. Here's our view out the kitchen nook window at the snow-covered deck: Picnic anyone?: The fire sure felt nice and warm; and hats, scarves, and mittens were drying there after the girls shoveled and snow-blowed to get our steep driveway cleared so the guys could make it home after work:I stayed busy sewing on the Row-Along I've been working on recently. Since I'm sewing this project along with my friend, Chris, I'm finding that peer pressure can be a good thing to keep me motivated to finish. Ha!
Here's a picture below of Chris' Row-Along with her borders already finished. I think she'll be okay with me posting it. Aren't the colors all just beautiful? She did a great job!:I'm sewing my borders today and will post a picture soon!
Hannah worked in the kitchen cutting soap this week and then made new soap to fill the empty molds. She's adding some new products for market coming up next month:Today, to finish up the week, the gang drove down to Jonathan's house and worked on electrical stuff all day. Here's a sampling of what was accomplished:
Hannah started by marking centers of each room to determine where the ceiling lights will go, and then she sawed boards and screwed in light fixtures.
Jonathan worked on wiring, and Sarah drilled holes through the studs for the wires in the laundry room. This is the stage where you can work all day and see very little progress!
While the kids were over at the new construction site, Tom was here at home building a prototype of Jonathan's and Bethany's kitchen cabinet doors so they can determine if they like this style/size before he starts on the real thing: And, yes, the clamped cabinet doors are residing in the living room at the moment so the glue will dry better than it would in the cold garage.
As I mentioned in my last Sunday's post, we had a guest this past week visiting us...Tom's sister, Toots, from Connecticut. No...really, her name is Sue, but from forever ago, she's Toots to everyone. One of the places we took her around town was my all-time favorite shop, Appalachian Piecework. You've seen this shop before here on the blog...I take everyone there it seems! Come to visit me, and I'll take you, too!And here's more of the front entrance: Here's the beautiful vintage quilt that greeted us inside the door, just lovely: Here are Hannah and Sarah talking with Laurie, the owner and amazing crafter of so many of the pieces in her shop (I didn't take my camera with me...big mistake, so these not-so-good photos were all taken on my phone): Laurie is working on sanding a bracelet made from hickory to make it smooth. She also had some unique hickory baskets on display: There were so many new things to see, including some unique swinging/moveable wall quilt racks (didn't snap a picture of these) that I now want Tom to make for me. Here's a vintage fan quilt that Hannah is standing beside: The Shenandoah Heritage Market was another of our outings, and I was hoping we'd see a horse and buggy. We were rewarded with this scene: Of course, while she was here, Toots wanted to see the progress on Jonathan's house...but we were iffy on whether we could get down the driveway with all the snow we had last weekend still hanging around.
Uh-oh, looks like we're going to have to park on the country road and trek up to the faraway house...we definitely found out that Jonathan's driveway is longer than it seems when you're walking in deep snow! Here I am below trudging along, seemingly on top of crusty snow, but my boots kept breaking through down into deep drifts. Sarah is holding onto me, thankfully! The arrow is pointing to our destination far ahead: We made it! Sue enjoyed looking around and taking pictures. Here are Tom and Sue inside Jonathan's house: And a view from the porch looking back towards the way we walked in: Okay, time to head back to the car...we walked single file so we could step into each others' footprints, and then we rounded the bend below... ...to see our destination far in the distance. This was our workout for the day for sure!Still smiling after the journey: We sure enjoyed our week of food, fun games, treks in the snow, and catching up with each others' lives. Come again, Toots!
As a side note, if you missed our October post about Tom's brother, Steve, coming to visit, you can read that here. Now, we just need to get Tom's other sister, Ellen and her family, here to visit this year!
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing: For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal.
Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing; Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing: Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He; Lord Sabaoth, His name, from age to age the same, And He must win the battle.
And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us: The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure, One little word shall fell him.
That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth; The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him who with us sideth: Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still, His kingdom is forever.
Here's the view this afternoon from our front porch after we received 15 inches of snow yesterday. The temperatures are up to the mid-40s today...so some has melted already...a good thing for the guys who need to traverse our steep hills to get to work tomorrow!
The gang spent quite a bit of time snow-blowing and shoveling towards the end of the day yesterday even though snow was still falling heavily. It made today's shovel-up-the-rest-of-the-snow easier.
Our church services were cancelled again this Sunday, and the above hymn was one of our selections picked for our family time of singing and listening to a sermon together this morning.
Do you like customized ring-tones on your phone? I'm a fan of them...and have selected certain songs to play when a certain person is calling. Every time I hear the above song, A Mighty Fortress is our God, I know my friend Jan is calling because that's what's programmed into my phone for her ring.
So this morning when we were singing this song, I felt like my phone was ringing off the hook! Ha!
And in case you're interested, Tom's ring tone is Be Thou My Vision (I love when I hear that song if he calls on the way home from work!); Jonathan's is There is a Fountain; Hannah's is Amazing Grace (The Water is Wide tune instead of the normal one); Sarah's is Oh, Shenandoah, because she loves this area of Virginia so much; Granny rings in as At Calvary--because it reminds me of her church back home; my sister's ring is The Cleansing Wave; and anyone else who calls without a customized ring plays as Come Thou Fount.
Well, enjoy your week, even if you're digging out like we are! We should have an enjoyable week as Tom's sister is arriving tomorrow from Connecticut for a few day's visit...and she thought she was getting away from all their snow! Haha!
This past week was my turn, once again, to take an entire week to plan and cook all the supper meals. It worked out well, since Mom was still gone Monday and didn't get back from SC until late Tuesday afternoon.
My first meal was simple - Sausage and Corn Chowder with some of Hannah's toasted bread. Yum! For dessert I made Chocolate Fudge Cookies.
For Mom's welcome home meal, we had something that's been on my Pinterest board for awhile: Parmesan Honey Pork Loin Roast. I think everyone really liked this one! We also had salad and onion roasted potatoes with it.
Wednesday night was one of my more involved meals, Fried Rice with marinated steak on top. For the rice, I followed part of this recipe. Then for the steak marinade, I used this one. The main side dish was a definite keeper, Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad. It took a lot of time to dice all the fruit, but it was worth it. Sooo good! We actually made this a second time already, for guests on Sunday. Dessert was Coconut Cream Poke Cake (Pinterest!) - just a 9x13 yellow cake, poked and cream of coconut poured on top, iced with whipped topping and coconut.
Thursday was leftover day! Yay for leftovers! :) That gave Hannah a free kitchen to make her weekly batch of bread and also a batch of soap.
Friday was our Mexican night. The girls really liked this meal, it wasn't the guys' favorite, though. Chicken and Avocado Enchiladas, another Pinterest pick, were the main dish, with both poblano and jalapeno peppers in the filling. They weren't that spicy, I could have left some more of the seeds in to up the heat, I think. Sides were Mexican style black beans and creamy white cheddar baked corn. For dessert, we had Mexican "Fried" Ice Cream Dessert. I didn't put quite as much sugar in the topping as they call for...they say 3/4 cup, but I put more like 1/2 cup, and it was plenty sweet. We also had this dessert on Sunday when our company came over. Yum!
Saturday - Valentine's Day and Italian night! This was Dad's favorite meal of the week. Two more of my Pinterest recipes finally got to be made: Chicken Parmesan Meatballs and Stuffed Italian Bread. :) A salad (with heart shaped cucumbers and tomatoes) and strawberry limeade rounded out the meal.
For the final dessert, I made individual Raspberry Red Velvet Brownie trifles. I didn't follow an exact recipe for these, it was just a mix of several ideas. This is the recipe I used for the brownies. The trifles were layered with brownie chunks, chocolate syrup, red raspberries, and whipped cream.
All in all, it was a fun week! I enjoyed getting to plan out everything and try some new recipes. Several dishes were definitely make-agains. Let me know if you try any and how they turn out!
Behold! the mountain of the Lord In latter days shall rise On mountain tops above the hills, And draw the wondering eyes.
To this the joyful nations round, All tribes and tongues, shall flow; Up to the hill of God, they’ll say, And to His house we’ll go.
The beam that shines from Zion hill Shall lighten every land; The King who reigns in Salem’s towers Shall all the world command.
Among the nations He shall judge; His judgments truth shall guide; His scepter shall protect the just, And quell the sinner’s pride.
No strife shall vex Messiah’s reign Or mar the peaceful years; To plowshares soon they beat their swords To pruning hooks their spears.
No longer hosts encountering hosts, Their millions slain deplore; They hang the trumpets in the hall And study war no more.
Come then, O house of Jacob, come To worship at His shrine; And, walking in the light of God, With holy beauties shine.
This is one of the hymns we picked to sing here at home this morning. Many churches in our area, including ours, were closed for Sunday services due to the extremely low temperatures, high winds, and forbidding traveling conditions for our friends who would be driving from over the mountain.
Whenever a Sunday like this happens, we still get together as a family to sing, pray, and listen to a recorded sermon. This morning Tom downloaded a message given by Phil Johnson from Grace Community Church in California speaking on Effectual, Fervent Prayer.
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
~ James 5:16
Jonathan first read James 5:7-20 for us before the message began. Then Mr. Johnson spoke on Elijah from I Kings 18. Elijah prayed Privately, Passionately, and Persistently. If you'd like to listen to his sermon or just read what we heard today, you can go to this link.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday...if the power doesn't go out here and Tom's not called in to work the outages, we're expecting guests for supper tonight. Should be some good fellowship, even though we didn't meet with our regular church group today.