It’s a Finish!

Hi Everyone!

It’s actually a double finish!  Here’s a rag quilt that I got the kit for probably over 10 years ago (eeek! … does anyone else have kits like that?).  Well slowly but surely I got it finished up over my last year in grad school and I have to admit I loved putting this rag quilt together.  It was super easy and you do the machine quilting along the way so there are no worries at the end.  The only bummer is you have to take it to a laundromat the first couple of times you wash it because of all the strings.  Without further ado, here are the pictures ….

It’s super cozy and I already have it placed on the back of my chair for when I get a chill in the evening.

My other finish is this professional tote which was designed by The Creative Thimble.  I tweaked the design a bit so the bag would better fit my style and needs.  It was a little bit of a challenge for me since I’ve never undertaken a project like this, but the directions were really well written.   I’m even making another one for my mom!

A view from the side – each side has these pockets – great for a water bottle and umbrella!

The inside.

Have a great week!


Checking In

Mr. Brinkley-Cooper wanted a quick shout out to say “Hi” to everyone, so I caved!

Hi Everybody!  The past couple of weeks have been crazy busy and full of exciting things!  What have I been up to? Well … Let’s see …

1)  Working with my web designer on website prototypes …

2)  Pulling out some unfinished projects to work on and post about here very shortly …

3)  Finishing up my 4 class series to rent long arm quilt time at A Touch of Thread.  Yep, I have 3 quilts finished and ready to photograph … wahoo …

4)  Dealing with the headache of a broken camera 😦 …

5)  Knitting like a crazy woman and working on my final project for class …

In the process of our final project … a scarf for my mom.
A close up of the other side.  Isn’t the pattern they created for our final project beautiful?

6)  Tweeting for the first time in Talkin’ Tuesdays last night, which was … ummmm … a total BLAST!  Can’t wait for next week!

7)  Taking an impromptu trip back to Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) and looking at houses, because yes, as if we didn’t have enough madness we’re in the process of moving, and oh yes preparing for a massive Yard Sale next weekend … ALL weekend!  Wish us luck!

Driving through the mountains on our way back.

So, what have you been doing as summer is coming to a close?  Any fun plans for Labor Day weekend?



Hi Everyone!

I just had to pop in and share this sweet recipe I just made.  A couple of weeks ago Kevin & Amanda had a giveaway for Jif’s new Mocha Cappuccino hazelnut spread.  The name alone had me hooked, so today when I was perusing my counter and stumbled upon the recipe for Chex’s Muddy Buddies, I thought this would be a perfect fix.  It’s super easy and super yummy, enjoy!

Chex Mix – Jif Mocha Cappuccino Muddy Buddies
9 cups of Chex cereal (I used half Rice Chex and half Corn Chex)
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup of Jif Mocha Cappuccino Flavored Hazelnut Spread
1/4 cup of butter
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (I used Trader Joe’s Bourbon Vanilla extract)
1 cup of powdered sugar
Place Chex cereal in a large bowl and set aside.  Put semi-sweet chocolate chips, Jif and butter in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 1 minute.  Stir and place the bowl back in the microwave for another 30 seconds.  At this point, the spread should be nice and smooth.  Mix into the cereal and place the cereal in a Ziploc bag with the powdered sugar and toss until the cereal is well coated.  Dig in and enjoy – I know I am!

Coffee Corner

Last week I showed you the almost completed coffee wall hanging I quilted.  Today I thought I would show you the totally finished product and where it is now proudly hung in my house.  The bed and breakfast that I stayed at in England had the cutest little breakfast nook where I went to get my cereal prepared each morning.  I thought that would be something fun to recreate and so my coffee/breakfast corner was created.

I really wanted a placemat to go in the corner so my mom made this one for me and the colors worked out beautifully!  Thanks, mom!
Look at the cool cross hatch quilting she did on it … I love this look!
I also got started on another “fun” project.  This is a pattern by Crabapple Hill Studio and I’m using Bonnie & Camille’s Bliss fabric line from a couple of years ago.  These are going to be Dresden Plates (which I’ve never made before … keeping my fingers crossed!).  I have to admit I felt a little guilty about starting a project not related to my patterns coming out in the fall, but it was nice to take one evening and focus on something else!

And on one final note I did something last night that I have been wanting to do for a very long time I took my first Beginning Knitting class!  It was super fun!  I have knit one scarf in the past and was only able to do it because it was only the knit stitch and I really didn’t need the pattern for that!  For the past several years I have looked longingly at Heather Mulder Peterson’s knitting projects (which you can see here and here and here …) and wanted to make sweaters – lots and lots of sweaters(!), but any time I look at a knitting project it was like Greek to me, so I knew I really needed to take a class.  The class is at Knitters Mercantile in Columbus, Ohio and they have gorgeous yarn and an amazing magazine and pattern selection.  Here’s some of our homework that’s due next week that I’ve been working on.

Hopefully there will be more knitting projects in my future 🙂  Have a great weekend!