Block Index for The Splendid Sampler

Heres the link to The Splendid Sampler Block Index

 

 

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Ok so I moved …

Well, I moved from my rural place to somewhere that everything works and the basement doesnt flood.  Whew!  I could never live thru another spring like the spring of 2015 … it was horrible … my newly tilled and planted garden was doing so well and thriving with the rich added nutrients and then BAM!  It flooded and my garden never really recovered to half its growing potential.  Sad wasnt even close to enough to describe the disappointment and let down!

To make the move even “better” I fell down the steps at the old place and sprained both ankles and a knee.  Now a bit of a back story, my bad leg that had 8 surgeries was now going to be my main leg with crutches … not a good idea … IMHO!  Needless to say, I fell down the front steps … again … in the same week … and broke my ankle on the good leg.  Yikes! So, for the next week, my lovely sister, Missy and neighbor, Jen moved the rest of my stuff to the new place.  Im so grateful and blessed!  I felt terrible just sitting around with my leg up on a pillow!!  Once I got the temporary cast off is when the problems began shifting back to the bad leg that had become the main leg.  So my ortho guy said here were my choices, 2 ankle braces with either 2 sturdy shoes or 2 ankle braces with 2 barefeet.  I was ecstatic to get rid of that temporary cast!

Anyways, I moved to this wonderfully built home and Im trying to get all situated and arranged so I can begin concentrating on my sewing again!

Ive been out in the yard for days cleaning up remains for last fall and years of overgrowth. Heres the bulbs that I will plant in a few days …. First is called Peony Sorbet

Peony Sorbet

These are called Daylily Little Missy … Daylily Little Missy

Im so excited to be planting flowers again!

 

 

Splendid Block 2 — Wings

So Im doing the Splendid Sampler and Heres my Block 2…. its definitely wonky!  I am making 4 Christmas quilts at the same time so this is only the first of Block 2.

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It was challenging and wondering am I the only one with so many extra 1 1/2″squares??? I cut each of my five 6″ blocks into 1/12″ squares which netted 80 but the pattern only used 26…. I musta missed something!?!?

I am making 4 Christmas quilts at the same time … but I still didnt need all these pieces of fabric to be cut into 1 1/2″ squares!!  The pattern says 5 assorted lights 6″ by 6″ and cutting that into 1 1/2″ squares yields 16 per print.  Ok now 5 prints is 16 squares times 5 prints or …. 80 1/2″ x 11/2″ squares … yet the instructions call for 26!
Hopefully these will be used elsewhere in the sampler!!

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So, I wasnt really having fun with this block and I forgot how many thick seams in a sampler too!!

 

Ronnie’s 57th Birthday Cake

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Ronnie’s Extra Chocolatey Orange Bundt Cake

1 Dark Chocolate or Fudge Cake mix
1 1/4c  Whole Milk
4  Jumbo Farm Eggs
1 stick Unsalted Butter – softened
3TB  Espresso Powder or instant coffee
3TB  Black Cocoa
3-4TB  Orange Bakery Emulsion
1 pkg of instant pudding

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Either spray with Pam or grease with soft butter the Bundt pan.
I sift the espresso powder, black cocoa thru a screen type strainer.
Then mix the dry ingredients in your mixer bowl.
Make a well in the center and add in the wet ingredients and butter.
Mix slowly at first til thoroughly blended.
Then beat on high for a few minutes til the batter is light and airy.
Pour into the pan and bake for 40 minutes.

Drizzle with melted chocolate mixed with several tablespoons of milk or cream.
Sprinkle with what you have.

ENJOY!   ❤

●✿● RECIPE NOTES ●✿●
This is a light and fluffy cake that holds its shape well.
Orange Bakery Emulsion is not the same as Orange Extract
You could use regular cocoa but we like the dark black cocoa.

 

 

 

 

Mighty Girls

Mighty Girls! I will NEVER understand the constant jealousy and competition of women with other women!   Girls should be taught to stand confidently, in their own skin, with an undying faith, in preparation of becoming women who stand tall on their own and are able to withstand the attacks, however subtle, from those insecure girls that were not raised with confidence!

I was taught to NEVER define yourself by a man, not the man you are dating, not the man you are married to, not by the clothes you wear, not by the car you drive, not by my job, not by my address, not by my home, and certainly not by my possessions … I was defined by God to be a Mighty Girl!

Basically a mighty girl is a one whose Mother taught her there is no other person like her, as God made her to be unique and full of her own ideas that will lead her along the path of Gods Will for her life. I was blessed to have a wonderful Mother that knew and taught me these things!   ❤

she made broken look beautiful

 

Rob Thomas — Heaven Help Me

The Audio is here

Rob Thomas  — Heaven Help Me

In the evening when the stars shine down
All the bridge and tunnel girls come out
We can dance until the walls fall down
‘Cause tonight we own this town
But in the morning when the sun’s on fire
I’m burning through you like a razor wire
When we see ourselves in passing windows
We feel like hell, everyone knows

You can’t go back, heaven help me
We’ve gone too far, when we can’t be
The ones we want
This is who we are, who we are

A shot of neon in a window pane
A shot of whiskey and we end again
You’re moving further but you just can’t win
And that’s the way it’s always been
You don’t wanna let your life go by
So you give until the well runs dry
But when you lose your faith it never comes back
And time don’t wait, now you know that

You can’t go back, heaven help me
We’ve gone too far, when we can’t be
The ones we want
This is who we are, who we are

I’m sorry but you can’t go back, heaven help me
We know too much, please believe me
Believe yourself
This is who you are, who you are

You try to get your head around it but it’s never enough
You give yourself a little something but it’s not what you need
And all that worry, all for nothing
Where you’ve been and where you’re going
And even if you changed it somehow
Every step would lead to right now

You can’t go back, heaven help me
We’ve gone too far, when we can’t be
The ones we want
This is who we are, who we are

I could tell you that you can’t go back, heaven help me
We know too much, please believe me
Believe yourself
This is who you are, who you are

Oh, you can’t go back, heaven help me
We’ve gone too far
We can’t go back
This is who are, who we are

Oh, you can’t go back, heaven help me
We’ve gone too far
We can’t go back