Friday, December 19, 2008
The fabrics in this quilt by Ricky Tims was all hand dyed by himself.  It was beautiful and vibrant.  The quilting was amazing and also all quilted by Ricky on his Bernina. Gave us hope!  He showed us how he did it and it didn't look so hard. (right?)  He told us practice, practice, practice.  He has a dvd on quilting that might be worth getting.

Shopping was expensive and all three of us spent a lot more than we expected but we were in the moment!  And it was so much fun too!
JoAn, Donna and Jeanene went to the Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar earlier this month and were wowed by what we saw, heard and learned.  It was fun to talk to Alex Anderson and her husband, and learn and laugh with Ricky Tims.

Wish you could have been there and we have lots to share with our quilting sisters.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Loryn's Big Day

Glenna's granddaughter Loryn with her new birthday quilt

Monday, September 22, 2008

Almond Cookies (with the variations)

Almond Cookies

Yield: 12 cookies, 4 servings

½ cup raw almonds, unsoaked

¼ cup raw walnuts, unsoaked

Dash salt

½ cup pitted medjool dates, unsoaked

¼ teaspoon almond extract

¼ cup raisins or dried cherries, unsoaked, (optional)

¼ cup ground almonds

(1 cup raw almonds, unsoaked – Place in a food processor fitted with the S blade and process until finely ground. Store in a sealed container. Ground almonds will keep for one month in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer. Yield – 1 ¼ cup)

Place the almonds, walnuts, and salt in a food processor fitted with the S blade and process until coarsely chopped. Add the dates and almond extract and process until the mixture begins to stick together. Don’t over process: you should still see chunks of almonds and walnuts. Add the raisins, if desired and pulse briefly, just to mix. Remove from the food processor and place in a small mixing bowl.

Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the almond mixture into your hand and squeeze firmly until sticks together. Roll into a 1-inch ball and flatten slightly to make a cookie. Repeat until you have used up all the almond mixture. Roll each cookie in the ground almonds, and place on a plate. Chill at least 1 hour before serving. Stored in a sealed container, Almond Cookies will keep for up to one month in the refrigerator or 3 month in the freezer.


For Chocolate Chip Cookies: Replace the raisins with chocolate or carob chips, and add 1 teaspoon orange zest, if desired. Although these cookies aren’t totally raw, they are much healthier than the traditional version.

For Schoolboy Cookies: Omit the raisins, and press a small square of dark chocolate onto the top of each cookie.

For Lemon Cookies: Replace the almond extract with lemon extract and add 1 teaspoon lemon zest.

Enjoy, Ruth Taylor

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thanks JoAn for sennding Ruth's Recipe

Here is the recipe for cookies we had at quilt group, ya! They were good and good for you…GO RAW!!

Raw Almond Cookies

½ C raw almonds (unsoaked)

¼ C raw walnuts (unsoaked)

Dash Salt

½ C pitted medjool dates (unsoaked)

¼ t almond extract

¼ C raisins or dried cherries (unsoaked)

¼ C ground almonds

Place the almonds, walnuts and salt in a food processor fitted with the S blade and process untill coarsely chopped. Add the dates and almond extract and prouss until the mixture begins to stick together, Don’t over process; you should still see chunks of almonds and walnuts. Add the raisins, if desired and pulse briefly, just to mix, remove from food processor and place in small mixing bowl. Take a teaspoon full, roll in ball and smash down into cookie shape, roll each cookie in the ground almonds and put on plate. Chill at least one hour before serving. Store in a sealed container for 1 month.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lesson in blogging

Vicki brought her computer so we could do a tutorial on getting on our quilting group blog; SCRAPS R US.  It was fun to see it Large and go through it together.  We all need to post all our fun projects, recipes, etc. to the blog for everyone to enjoy.  Great idea Vicki!

Happy Blogging!
Thanks Jan for getting our blog started!

Heddy's quilt

Heddy brought this beautiful quilt that she made.

JoAn's quilt

JoAn finished this quilt she started awhile ago.  Way to get those UFO's done! Great job JoAn!

Leah's quilt

Leah brought a cute quilt that she is making for her granddaughter.  

Glenna's apron quilt

We all agree that the black inner border and binding were just the right finish for this quilt.  Great joy Glenna!

dress quilt

Glenna brought a couple of great quilts that she just finished and had quilted.  They were the hit of the evening!

September Quilt Group

Vicki with ONE of her best friends at a great quilt shop in Desert Springs, CA!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Most Amazing Thing

Jan, Thanks so much for the apple dip recipe, I made it and everyone love it. I was sorry I missed you guys in May and June. I heard from Vicki that you had fun with red=) Here is what I have been up to:

Here is the finished (notice the binding that was finished on the way to Show Low) quilt from our exchange last summer=)
The machine quilting is by Kit.

I also finished this felted wool project, after I don't know how many years.

The most amazing thing happened: I went to pick up the quilt from Kit that she had machine quilted for me, you know, the one we did last year with the challenge fabric. Anyway, she gave me 12 perfectly stitched blocks and some extra fabric and said, 'Make this for your sisters group home. Bring back the top when you are finished and I will quilt it.' Isn't that amazing? The next amazing thing is that I didn't have an idea in my head, well I had one and it was BORING. I looked at the QR and found nothing, but Trish said, 'Wouldn't it be great to find a black that would work?' So, at Zoe's Mary helped me put together this amazing little quilt top that I don't want to give away=) But, I will.

This is another amazing project... Peg and Sally, or was it Glenna, won (earned) these blocks from the Zoe's challenge. It was a challenge because most of the blocks were not 12.5 inches square, so I clut them to 12.25" and made it big enough for a queen sized bed. This quilt also goes to the Lura Turner Homes in Phoenix.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Fruit Dip

3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
8 oz cream cheese (I used lite cream cheese spread in the tub)
1 t. vanilla
heath bits

Mix together- just before serving add heath bits
Good with apples, but also good with other fruit (strawberries, etc)
To keep apples from going brown soak cut apples in lemon lime soda

More projects,

Cristi's sweet baby stoled the show (was her name Kimber? I am so so forgetful)

May 2008 Quilt Group

Wonderful Quilts!! We had a great time. We missed those that couldn't make it. Peg and Glenna are planning a great Redwork project possibly on the last Thursday in June.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Two Cute Quilts

These are my two new 8 year old grand kids Abby and Jake. I make a quilt for them when they turn 8. It doesn't matter how fancy, they love them. Glenna

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Peg's "Music Man"

"I always think there's a band kid!"
Music Man! So finally tonight we start the production week that has been in progress for well... since just after Thanksgiving. It's preview night!I've been kinda directing and my right arm and mega Producer and especially friend, has been Delia Alston. To say the least it has been a ride. My friend, Kathryn Tellef, is the Choir teacher @ Taylor Jr. High and does a wonderful job of getting a great sound and Candice Huffaker has been the choreographer - so great. These ladies and so many more (that it would be unfair to name) have come together and made this a great show. Any who would like a nice evening out might consider "The Music Man" as a fun get away. Who knows... next week I might vacuum or dust! Naaah!All reserved seats are $5.oo and are available @ 924-1832 or email : j_d_buehrle@yahoo.comWed. -Fri. 7:00 p.m. and Sat. 2:oo matinee only
Peg has extra tickest for Wed. night. I think I will go that night again. I tool 9 grandkids Monday night. We loved it. (Even when Peg stopped the show because the Mayor started laughing and made the quartet laugh.
Peg runs a tight ship.
Great show, if you want to go Wed. callme or Peg.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

New Project

My newest project is cutting up Adam's cotton shirts into 6 inch squares. I am making him a quilt for his bed for when he returns home in April. My Sister Sally helped me get started. We took these shirts out on the back porch and we cut up about 20 shirts that day. If you have any 100% cotton shirts you don't need, bring them to our next quilt group.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

January Quilt Group @ JoAn's

Check out that fabulous quilting
Quilt for Jeanene's Granddaughter

More January Quilt Group

"Koop Work"
The quilt from Zoe's fat quarter challenge
Three quilts Glenna finally finished
Jeanene's Challenge quilt quilted
Another cute baby quilt of Jeanene's

January Quilt Group

Rachelle's Apron
Vicki and her challenge quilt-don't you like the black around each block? Good job Vicki!
Only Vicki can make a quilt educational
Peg and the quilt she made at a quilt class
Peg's "Jimmy Crack Corn"
And we all care.

Tucson Quilt Show

Just a few of the quilts at the Tucson Quilt Show

Scrapy and Black

Cute Baskets!

One of the Winners