Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Halloween Sampler

Here is my Halloween Sampler...I fell in love with this quilt at the quilt shop and took the class. It was fun but I won't be making another one, very very time consuming. Don't you love the boot?? The broom is "paperless paper piecing" very fun! I'm sending it out to the quilter this afternoon.

Deli tote bag

One of my latest projects..and yes I'm addicted to this pattern. Have a couple more cut out already. The inside of this one has an iron on vinyl lining for easy cleanup. I'm taking this one to mom tomorrow...Nicholas and I are heading to Seattle for a visit. He is SOOOO excited about the airplane.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Summer baby....

This is a picture of our new baby Summer. She will come join the family the week of October 19th. We are all soooo excited!!

leaving for Seattle Wednesday!

Hurrah!! Can't wait to see Mom and Dad, my brother and his family!! Jeremy (my brother) and his wife Holly have 3 little ones...Ryan, Taylor and Tori. I have not seen them in a couple years so I'm very excited to see how they've grown, plus Nicholas will get to see them for the first time, he loves "big" kids :-) So in the meantime I will be rushing through the laundry and housework to make sure Patrick and the girls are okay while I'm away. What a blessing that both girls know how to cook and clean.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thursday already....

Yesterday was a good day! Accomplished alot around the house, dr's appointment went very well, all is good. Today is a sew day, bought new fabric yesterday (like I really need to "buy" more fabric, really should be "shopping" in my garage LOL) for another deli lunch tote, they are so cute and so simple, sometimes I need something that sews up quickly, especially after all the time it has taken to finish the halloween sampler...YES..it is done! Will post a photo tonight so come back and check it out.
Nicholas is supposed to have preschool today but he's having a tough time listening to the teachers and had an episode of spitting on Tuesday...yikes what to do?? I'm going to take him but I might just stay today and observe. He is my busy boy, always into something, I think he looks for mischief :-)
Time to feed the kids. Speaking of food....here is a recipe for Pumpkin Bars that I received from a friend who is an excellent baker! ENJOY....thank you Gail and Margit!! Two of my "silly" friends.

Pumpkin Bars
2 cups Flour
2 cups Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon -- ground
1 teaspoon Nutmeg -- ground1/2 teaspoon Cloves -- ground
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Vegetable Oil
16 ounces Pumpkin, canned
4 medium Eggs

2 cups Powdered Sugar
1/3 cup Butter or Margarine -- softened
1 package Cream Cheese -- (3 oz.), softened
1 tablespoon Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 15 x 10 inch jelly roll pan. In large bowl, Blend all bar ingredients at low speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes at Medium speed. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 Minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool.In small bowl, combine frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Spread over Cooled bars.
(You can successfully freeze these bars by allowing them to completely cool, Then placing them inside zip baggies, then removing all of the air inside the Baggies, using a drinking straw to suck it out. They are great to freeze in Small baggies for individual servings, but can also be frozen in large baggies For larger groups.)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

September 24, 2008

Wednesday already!
On the agenda today:
Dr this afternoon, clean the kitchen, mop, "try" to finish the laundy (it's a never ending ordeal in this house haha) Take Nicholas to the park for an hour this morning while it's still cool outside.
I am hoping to spend an hour or so and finish my Halloween Sampler quilt top, if so I'll post a photo this evening. It is so cute! It was a two part class but took about 30+ hours of piecing, tons of little pieces but all worth it in the long run, I will have a lovely heirloom to pass on down to my kids :-)

Better get on my morning chores...have a great day

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

simple apron I found online...

Take a look at this great simple apron pattern, I love it and plan to make a few for gifts. You can embelish the towels to match with a little simple applique too.


September 23, 2008


Never thought I'd have a blog, yeah they're fun to read and very addictive so here I am....hoping to share some of my quilting, recipes, and just mom wisdom...hmm what is that???

I'm Tracey from the bay area of California. I have a wonderful, caring husband of 20 years, Patrick, he is not only a wonderful spouse but also my best friend. I'm a stay at home mom with 3 children, Ashley is 17, Morgan is almost 14 and Nicholas is 3. My passion is quilting, I love it...wish there were more hours in the day though as somedays I get very little sewing in. I also enjoy cake decorating, reading and a good movie from time to time.

Well this should be fun....I'll check back in tomorrow :-)