Wednesday, September 27, 2006

It’s a rainy Wednesday with a high scheduled of 54 degrees. I still say the rainy days help you slow down. I wouldn’t want a steady diet of it, but every once in a while is OK. Eileen asked about my recipe for Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins---OK, You got it….

We could surf the Internet and come up with an elaborate recipe, but this one is great, especially for working Moms. I whipped up a batch this morning to mail to Eric. I left two on the counter for my favorite daughter too. She’s back to school today. She’s gonna live. I have a tough time dealing with stomach flu; I don’t know how Moms do it with a really sick kid.

Quilting, There hasn’t been any going on the past couple of days…maybe tonight. Here’s another favorite of mine—My rocking chair quilt.
It was made from a Country Threads pattern. I saw it made up in a quilt shop in Green Bay. It’s made with brush cottons, a look of flannels without the bulk. The Pattern is supposed to stop after the letters but the extra column is added to give it width. I hand quilted it. I’m kind of partial to plaids. Each pumpkin is quilted a different way—with hearts, or stars, even a tic tac toe sketch on one of them. ….
I grew up in the generation that you were taught to match your plaids. I had limited fabric to work with. I realize in the ‘folk art’ world, matching plaids is not necessary. It’s just hard to ‘unteach’ that part of me. ….
So, I camouflaged the mismatch with stars. The eye-catching part of the quilt, the reason I wanted to make my own, was that crow in the middle. I just loved it.

Gratitudes:
1. Time – running its course to heal the viruses.
2. Bake Potatoes – extra butter
3. Orange Plaids

20 comments:

Tazzie said...

It's a really nice quilt Melanie, and I'm with you, I like to match the plaids. I just can't allow myself not to, if I don't do it, it bothers me every time I see the quilt.
I'm a SAHM, and I still make muffins from a box, they just can't be beat!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Sioux said...

Love those plaids...the quilt is just right.

Linda C. said...

Thanks for the recipes . . . every one has its time and purpose, regardless of how it begins! Love your pumpkins in their various forms. Chuckled over your devotion to the Packers. My cousins grew up not knowing of their siblings (Uncle was a musician and proverbial rolling stone). The first sister found him via the internet and phoned his house. He said he knew she was calling from out of state, because no one in Wisconsin would call during the Packer game!

Hedgehog said...

I like the combination of the plaids and the orange!

Anonymous said...

Nice - I like the crow too. But I like plaids so that I can on purpose not patch them! I like them off kilter!

Libby said...

That is a pretty terrific quilt. I can just imagine cozying up on a chilly evening. I don't fret about plaids -- although my mom taught me that I should. Some teenage rebellion dies hard *s*

JudyL said...

You know . . that quilt is beautiful but hanging there with the fall leaves as a background -- that makes it even more beautiful!

Judy L.

Bonnie said...

Wonderful Fall quilt - and I love how you took the picture among the beautiful turning leaves. Yummy.

Norma said...

I love your recipe! I also enjoyed that pumpkin quilt--I have a soft spot in my heart for anything pumpkin related.

Dawn said...

MMMM - now that is my kind of recipe!!!! Oh I just LOVE brushed cottons! I use them all the time and mix them with my cottons. Your pumpkin quilt is wonderful and I agree - the crow is great!

Fiona said...

I think it looks even better 'unmatched' - the picture of the quilt is so lovely it could be displayed in its own right. (I don't have a 'fall' quilt - maybe I'll print this picture and display that instead!)

Shelina said...

Your "recipe" had me laughing out loud. I saw it on bloglines where the photo was HUGE.
That is a gorgeous quilt. I really like the vine you added in your extra row. I am going to tell everybody you don't match your plaids! JK It looks like it matches to me.

~Mandy~ said...

What a BEAUTIFUL rocker quilt! I love all of your plaids! The handwork is gorgeous on it too! What fun to curl up in such a creation to be proud of!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

You have some nice fall quilts! But, hands down, I just love Pumpkin - it right away made me think of how my Mom used to call one of my nieces Pumpkin... early 1980's. Awww, maybe I should just make her a Pumpkin quilt to remember Nana by - even though I just made her a quilt for her teepee! Funny how you can see something and right away think of an event/thing/person...

Cheers!

Evelyn

Jeanne said...

Wonderful leafy picture, and I LOVE the quilt!
I'm on the Not-matching-plaids Team.
Jeanne

Mary said...

With all my Autumn quilts I don't have a single one with pumpkins - this one is really cute.

KCQuilter said...

Love your fall quilt. And I'm with you about crows. They can make anything better! And the recipe? Right up my alley LOL.

ForestJane said...

Just beautiful colors in that pumpkin quilt! And I'm the exact same way with plaids... if they touch, I want them to match lol

EileenKNY said...

Cute, Mel, very cute. Here I thought I was going to get this fancy, schmancy recipe. I scrolled back and forth-where is it? Duh!! I'll have to check them out the next time I go food shopping.
I love pumpkin quilts, they can go from September all the way to Thanksgiving.

Judy said...

Wow I seemed to have missed all your great posts this last week!! I love all the pumpkin quilts so much!! Especially all your wonderful hand quilting! I love that you put all sorts of cool things into the patterns! Not just lines or cross hatching. Some fo my favorite antique quilts have the best things hand quiltied into them!

Just fabulous job on all the quilts!