Monthly Archives: September 2011


I love mountains, lakes & hiking.

Their greatness inspires and awes me.

The pic here is of Leigh Lake in the Grand Tetons.  And yes, when I found out it was going to be near us on the Great Camping Trip of 2011- I dragged my family there even though we had already hiked several miles, climbed a mountain to Inspiration Point & suffered injuries that day.  Luckily for us it was an easy walk.

What made the hike (walk) to Leigh Lake amazing was the surprise we received.  There we are, traipsing through the woods, walking, walking, walking & suddenly, out of nowhere we discover an opening in the trees & whoosh! Leigh Lake is before us.  And all we could was stop & gasp at it’s beauty.

That’s what I love about hiking- the surprises that are in store for us.  Here we are, going along, & if you pay attention at the right moment- there’s something amazing.  Sometimes it’s bright as dawn, screaming at you to stop & admire it’s beauty.  Other times it’s like a secret- small & hidden, where you must be open to the unknown to capture the moment.

So what is the point of this post?

I’m not really sure.

I just woke up on this insanely beautiful Nebraska morning, having spent a GREAT weekend learning longarm techniques, anticipating a full, fun quilty-packed week (which I can’t wait to tell you about!) & realizing that today I am going to a funeral to comfort a friend.

And all I can think about, is that we must be open to discovering…….

How We Are Like Quilts….

I love antique quilts.

I love how they are far from perfect.

I love how studying how the quilter “made it work” & improvised in the most creative ways!

This year I was given the chance to complete a pieced top from a customer’s mother.  She had put it together back in the 60s & it had been sitting my her daughter’s closet for who knows how many years.  She gave it to me to finish.

This top was partially machine and hand pieced.  There are different shades of muslin.

Every time the customer looks at this quilt, she thinks of her mother.

So I had to work on this quilt.


I believe that the reminders our quilts give others are the best compliments.

We’re all far from perfect and some (ok, well most!) of us are a bit wonky & not all our color shades match, but we all do have the ability to provide warmth and love.

Recovery (& some quilting)

About a week ago I thought I’d take my dentist’s suggestion & have my wisdom teeth removed.  As I have not moved from this couch for 7 days, I am currently wondering the sanity of that decision, but alas things are starting to look up (just a bit) & I actually feel partially human (just partially).

I have no current quilting to give you an update on, however there is a partially knitted cardigan (Rav link) I started which is now currently on hold because I discovered I cannot follow a simple lace pattern when my teeth hurt.  Maybe I’ll pull it out later today as I do feel much better.

However, I thought I would show you some pics of a quilt I did this past Spring for a customer.

They are avid classic car fans & this quilt was actually a surprise for my friend’s husband!

I used Munnich Design’s Jalopy Edge to Edge pattern, except to preserve the cars in the quilt top that were so carefully fussy cut, I made the pattern go around those designs.

Definitely one of the more challenging pieces I’ve done, but I was glad I was able to preserve the classic cars in the piecing.

Hopefully I’ll be back at this machine soon this week, with the holidays coming up quickly, there is lots of do!

Another Kid Approved Dinner From Yellowstone

Sloppy Joe’s

Back when we lived in Alaska, I worked at Boys & Girls Club where we had a lot of potlucks.  A LOT of potlucks.  I loved the dishes one of my finance friends brought- she always made them from scratch & they just tasted yummy, like I was eating something my mom would have made.  This is my favorite dish of hers & before we left, I asked her for the recipe.  It came from one of those great church cookbooks where they note the person who submitted the recipe.  So, Marion Perison of upstate New York, I thank you for taking the time to add this to the cookbook.  You probably never figured your recipe would travel from Alaska to Nebraska to Yellowstone- but I bet it would put a smile on your face!

I hope you enjoy as much as my nephews & I did!

Homemade Sloppy Joes
1.5 lbs ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 tsp. celery salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. ketchup
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. flour
1/2 c. water

– Cook beef, onion & celery salt until meat is browned
– Add pepper & flour, blend well
– Add ketchup, Worcestershire sauce & water
– Stir until thick, then simmer ~5 minutes

Back from Camping

Just returned from the family vacation to Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons & Custer State Park. The above pic is of Economic Geyser in Yellowstone. (Yeah, yeah, I know it’s cheesy, but as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have a picture.)

Needless to say, I’m kinda tired.

But it was awesome & I loved every minute of the camping, hiking, animals, nature, mini-van riding trip.

Did quite a bit of cooking on this trip & wanted to share with you this super easy, kid approved recipe:

Pizza Stew:
6-ounce package sliced pepperoni, cut into fourths
1, Large onion, diced
1, Large green bell pepper, diced
1 tbsp oil
2, 15 oz. cans diced tomatoes with roasted garlic, with juice
1 cup water
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
Salt, pepper to taste
Shredded mozzarella cheese

– Cook onion in oil
– Add tomatoes, water & Italian seasoning & bell pepper
– Cover, reduce heat, simmer until thick
– Put pepperoni in bowl w/ a layer of paper towels, microwave 30 seconds or so- to soak up excess grease
– Toss pepperoni in soup
– Serve with mozzarella chees

Next time I make this, I want to add some black olives….or maybe some other pizza toppings…..

Hope you like it as much as we did!