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Happy 2016!!

I have been working on a few personal projects and here are some photos.

Before I had my hip replacement surgeries (almost 4 years ago!!) I told my family that if anyone needed a joint replacement, I would make them a quilt when they had their surgery.  Last year I made my Mother a quilt when she had her knee replaced. (You can read about that by Clicking Here).

Last September my Aunt Esther (my Mother’s younger sister) fell and broke her hip and had to have pins put in to hold it together. Then, a few months after that, she had her second knee replaced! (Yes, I made her a quilt for her first knee replacement. Read about that quilt by Clicking Here)

Aunt Esther is on the road to recovery and doing very well. When I heard she had broken her hip, I started piecing a quilt top for her – and got it quilted only a week or so ago!

Here is the photo of her new quilt (click on any photo for a larger view)


The fabrics are a collection of Aunt Gracie fabrics from MANY years ago that a friend had given me – which is a perfect choice for my Aunt. Then I surfed the internet looking at scrap quilts and found a photo of this pattern.

To view the original blog post, along with the details on the pattern, Click Here The original photo is about half way down the page.

I kept the corners and the centers in the same fabric and added the 4 Patch border.

Here is a closer view of the quilt


I quilted it using all over, free hand Feathers & Swirls using white cotton thread and Soft & Bright batting.

And here is the back of the quilt. The back is a light lavender print that looks vintage.


You can really see the quilting!

Remember when I wrote about the socks I knit for my Grandkids for Christmas? (Click Here)  I had one pair left to knit for my youngest (14 month old) Grand daughter, which I started on Christmas morning and then finished both socks the next day. I was still in “sock mode” and knit another pair for the daughter of a family friend.


The smaller socks are for Madeline and the larger socks are for Marley. I used the same yarn for both pairs and they turned out great!

Now I have to get back to quilting. I can’t wait to show you the photos of what I am working on now!



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In October, I decided that I was going to knit socks for all my (10) Grand-kids for Christmas. (My Grand-kids range in age from 20 years old to 14 months!)

As you can see in the photo below I got 9 pairs finished! The first sock of the last pair are on the needles, ready to have the heel flap knit. These socks are for my 14 month old Grand Daughter.

Christmas Socks

9 + pairs of Christmas Socks

I have the rest of today and all day tomorrow to finish up the last pair of socks!

The socks were a lot of fun to knit and I hope they keep the feet warm for a long time!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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My cock pot pizza has been cooking for the last 2-1/2 hours and it smells WONDERFUL!!! I was outside checking the garden and I could smell it outside!

Here is what the pizza looked like when I took the cover and the towel off.


The cheese got a little brown and crispy around the edges, but I like it that way!

I took the pot out of the base and let it sit on the counter for about 15 minutes with the lid and towel off.

Taking the pizza out of the crock pot was a little bit of a problem, but I cut it in half then lifted each half out onto a cutting board.


The pizza looks a little nasty, but is smells wonderful and it tastes great!!! It is a little doughy, so next time (yes, there WILL be a next time) I might make a little less of the Bisquick dough or try making a yeast dough.

This is definitely something I will make again. Now I have to get ready and go to my kick-a** water aerobics class to burn off some (pizza) calories!

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The last few days it has been hot, hot, hot in the Seattle area! Today is day #5 of temperatures over 90 degrees and we are on track to break a few – or many – heat records. Of course, when it is hot, hot, hot outside, I have all the ingredients to make pizza. Not just any pizza, but Alfredo Chicken Spinach Pizza!!

Did I also mention that I DO NOT have air conditioning! As I am writing this post it is 84 degrees in the house, 90 degrees on my back (covered) deck. I am working on my laptop,  sitting under under the ceiling fan in the dining room, with a (column) room fan blowing on me!

The last thing I want to do is turn on the oven to make pizza, but I don’t want the ingredients to go bad. So I did a little bit of an internet search and I am getting creative and cooking the pizza in the crock pot! I couldn’t find “super exact” instructions on how to make the pizza in the crock pot, but I was able to get a general feel for the process. I am using a combination of recipes along with “winging it” and I’ll see how it works out!

Here is what I did.

Crust – the last few times I have made pizza I made the (yeast) pizza dough in my bread machine. I had no clue I could do this, but, an internet search shows that it can be done, and it works! But today, I didn’t really have the time to make a yeast dough so I turned to the Bisquick Pizza Dough Recipe and made the dough with Bisquick. This should give me a more biscuit like, almost deep dish type of crust.  After making the Bisquick Crust, I patted into the bottom of the crock pot which I liberally sprayed with cooking spray (PAM) and drizzled with a little bit of olive oil.

Sauce – A few days ago I made the “worlds easiest and best” (my words) Alfredo Sauce For the recipe Click Here. (Note: If you make this sauce you will look at what you are cooking and swear you have ruined it because it looks curdled and yucky. Don’t worry! Keep on going and when the cheese gets in it, everything comes together. This recipe is Alfredo Sauce heaven!!!)

I spread a liberal amount of the Alfredo Sauce on top of the crust. See the photo below.


I had some thin sliced onions so I put them on top of the sauce. I had a roasted chicken from Costco and cut up some breast meat and put that on top of the onions. I had some fresh packaged spinach and layered that on the chicken. My basil is going crazy in the garden so I picked some larger leaves, chopped them up and put them on top of the spinach. Then the shredded Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

Here is what my crock pot is looking like

B- Pizza-2

Before I covered it up, I took a clean dish towel and placed it on top of the crock pot. Then I put the lid on. The towel will absorb the moisture from the cooking and reduces the chance of soggy-ness.  See photo below. I also bring the “ends” of the towel up on to the top of the lid.


I turned the crock pot on to High for about 2-1/2 to 3 hours – which was about an hour ago. The house is starting to smell like basil and it is not getting hotter in the house! Which is a great thing!

I am going to have to wait another 1-1/2 hour before I check the pizza, but I’m thinking this is going to be a success!

By the way – I have made this pizza the same way except that I bake it on a sheet pan in the oven, 425 – 450 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes or until done,  with wonderful results!

I’ll keep you posted with more photos when the pizza is done.

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Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Happy Spring!

Enjoy the day with family and friends. Enjoy the warmth and sunshine of Spring!


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On Saturday, my nephew, Jake is getting married to Lessa. Of course, Auntie Cindy had to make a quilt for the happy couple.

I pieced the top late last Spring. Below is a photo of it un-quilted.  This is a large scrap quilt, about 100 x 100 inches. I took the photo at my daughter’s house and there is a little bit of a breeze. My Grandson Nathan (at the right) and Granddaughter Mackenzie are holding the bottom of the quilt while I am taking the photos.

Click on any photo for a larger view.


On to the quilting! Here is a photo of the quilt on my machine.


I quilted curved feathers in the light parts of the block and wavy lines in the darker parts of the block. In the light sections I used Signature 100% cotton thread, Sand Dollar, and in the darker sections I used the same Signature thread in Fawn.

Here is the completed quilt – Enlarge the photo to see all the detail of the quilting. The texture is amazing! The quilt is so large that I couldn’t get it all in the photo.


I hope you can see some of the detail in this photo. Again, enlarge the photo to see the quilting detail.


Here is the back of the quilt. The backing fabric is actually a darker burgundy color. The sun (yes, there is sun in Seattle in October!) makes the fabric look lighter. The texture is amazing!


One more photo of the back. This is the border area so you can see the feather quilting.


The wedding is on Saturday and today is Wednesday. I have to pack this quilt up and send it to Illinois, like right NOW!! I do my best work on a deadline!

I won’t be able to be at the wedding, but I am sending all my love and  best wishes to the bride and groom!


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On October 7, I welcomed a new Granddaughter to the family. Her name is Madelynn and she is a super cutie!!! She was 7 pounds, 5 ounces and 20 inches long and she is doing well.

Here she is shortly after she was born.
Click on any photo for a larger view.



Isn’t she a cutie!! And here is her big brother, Nathan, after he got off the school bus and before I told him he has a new sister!


Nathan has been a great big brother and is super excited to have a sister.

Of course, Grandma Cindy has been busy making all sorts of things for Miss Madelynn. First, she had to have a new quilt!

B-Maddys Quilt-1

I made this quilt from my Blocks in a Box pattern and online class. (For details Click Here)

Here is the back of the quilt, before trimming and binding. I LOVE the texture of the quilting.

Maddy Quilt-2

After I finished the quilt, I got the itch to knit – baby socks! Here is the first pair that I knitted


The photo makes the socks look large, but they are only about 2 inches long from the heel to the toe! For the FREE pattern for these way to cute baby socks Click Here. These socks took only about an hour or two to knit for each sock. And, they are addictive! Because ….



I knit another pair. This yarn was left over from a pair of socks I knit for Nathan a few years ago. (I do plan to get a photo of both kids with their matching socks!) Both of the pairs of socks above were knit with wool sock yarn. And then I was at the yarn shop and saw some pretty pink striped sock yarn, and … I knit another pair!



This yarn is 100% acrylic sock yarn but it feels and looks like rayon. It is fun to work with and has a real nice “feel” to it.

And it looks great on the baby!


There is a lot more sock than there is baby, but that won’t last long!

I also knit a couple of hats – here is one that is simple garter stitch. I made a lacy one but I forgot to take a photo. I’ll try to remember to take a photo the next time I visit.


When I wasn’t knitting baby socks and hats, I was making Burp Cloths! These were way too much fun to make!


I got some terry cloth and flannel fabric at JoAnn’s,  put them on the quilt machine and quilted them together.  I used my free hand feathers and swirls pattern. (The terry cloth was on the bottom, flannel on the top, no batting.) I quilted about two yards, then cut them into this burp cloth shape. (There are a TON of free burp cloth patterns on the internet.) I bound them like a quilt – because of the curved edges, I made and used bias binding.

I now have about three yards of terry cloth/flannel on the quilting machine and will make them into receiving blankets that, because of the terry cloth,  can be used as bath towels.

I now have to get away from the baby things and get back to work!

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