My quilting and family life journal

Technicolor Weave

Just finished another quilt top that I have named technicolor weave. This 72 inch square top used 140 different fabrics. Thank goodness for charm packs and border prints. I had a great time putting it together.


Technicolor weave

The families that we choose.....

The families that we choose…..

Birthday Weekend

Spring flowers2


I had the most wonderful birthday weekend. I came home Friday to fresh Spring flowers and all time favorite desert a fruit tart.

yellow tulipsOne of the gift that I received was two baking class at King Arthur Flour. This Sunday I attended a four hour class on baking with wild yeast and on April 3rd a class on flat breads from around the world. Yesterdays class was wonderful, we learned how to make a variety of wild yeast starters and made a few loaves of sourdough bread. I came home from the class with three loves of bread,  a batch of dough that I did not have time to finish in the class, and some sourdough starter that I promptly fed. I turned half of the dough into flat bread and the balance was baked today as a mini round. Needless to say the entire household will benefit from this years birthday gift.

Loaves I made in class

Loaves I made in class

I finished the snowflakes quilt top this afternoon. It only took me 4 years to finish this one, when we moved 4 years ago the project had a hard time making it out of the UFO pile. Now I just need to decide on how it will be quilted. Any ideas?



Another UFO has made it back onto the sewing table. I started this paper pieced snowflake quilt about five years ago, after a few units I decided to move on to another project, or two, three or more… About a week ago I took it out and set a goal to finish it by mid-spring.

snowflake quilt unitsI am close to the halfway point on the units….we will see if I keep up the momentum or find another project to turn my attentions towards….

Granola Bars

We have both had huge hankering for sweets the past few weeks. I think it has something to do with the cold and how busy we have been the last month or two. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it neither of us tolerates highly processed or overly sweet treats. So finding a treat that would take care of the craving and still be fairly healthy took a bit of thinking. What I ended up makings were some granola bars. They turned out to be just the thing that was needed. I hope you enjoy them as well….



  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking power
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 3 cups homemade granola


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9″ X 13″ pan.
  3. Melt the butter, stir in olive oil and brown sugar.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder and salt, stirring to combine.
  5. Add the eggs, vanilla ans granola.  The batter will be very thick.
  6. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is golden brown, and the edges just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  8. Remove for the oven and cool on a rack.
  9. Cut into small bars.

dreaming of spring quilt

With all of the snow and single digits temperatures I found some time to finish another quilt top. This one was created for a quilt challenge at our local quilt guild. We were asked to create a quilt using the color of the flower or gem for our birth Month.  Since I was born in March it was a double challenge for me since almost never use yellow in my quilts.


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