Monday, April 5, 2010


This is what's on my design wall at the moment. I have to sew the pieced border strips on and then three more border strips after that. This is based on a design found on Judy's blog. The pattern is Peaches & Dreams. I've changed my version slightly. When you go to Judy's blog look on the right side of her page and you will find lots of free patterns.

For my quilt I have used fabric designed by Tina Givens. It is called Zazu. I just love it!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Haley's Hearts

This is another decoration for little Haley's room. Just picture it in a cute little girl's room, not my dining room that has been taken over by other projects.

I used one piece of Therm O Web HeatnBond UltraHold in between two fabric hearts. You can't sew through this stuff so I didn't! I made a template that had tabs on top of the heart so I could sew the binding to. The tabs did not have HeatnBond so as to allow me to sew through them.

Really close up you can see I used a pink heart print for the binding and some white ric rac for trim. It was a quick project for a cute little girl.!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Little girl's room decoration

My little friend Haley is having a birthday this month. She'll be seven years old. It seems like yesterday that I was giving her bouncy rides on my legs when she was 18 months old. I'm making some fun things for her to decorate her bedroom with.

First is this fabric wrapped clothesline that has her name in fabric letters attached with clothespins. The butterflies look like they're holding up the line.

Happy Birthday Miss Haley!


I decided it was time to learn how to make tamales. My husband gave me a phone number of someone who had made tamales at Christmas and had her husband bring them to his work for a party. It must have been at one of my husband's supplier's businesses. My husband brought one home to me and I told him it was the best tamale I had ever had. The only problem with calling this woman to ask if she would teach me how to make these delicacies was that she spoke no English. I'm not fluent in Spanish. So, instead of calling this great tamale maker, I chose to go online to watch some videos on You Tube about how to make tamales. That was a great help.

I told my daughter I was going to make tamales on Sunday and she said she wanted to learn too. I then went about procuring all the supplies and ingredients we would need to make these tamales. I live in California and the ingredients are more than handy. You can even find the masa already prepared in some stores. I chose to make my own masa. I went online once again to look for recipes.
Our friend Bethany also came over and helped us make the tamales. We made pork tamales and vegetarian (cheese and Anaheim chiles) tamales. It took forever to get them all steamed. We played Cranium while we waited. One batch ran out of water and almost had to be trashed (Cranium got competitive) but I saved them.
I'm happy to say that our tamale making endeavor was a success! Bethany is pictured below showing you her delicious tamale!