Monday, January 19, 2015

SUNBURST, 41 Inch New York Beauty Quilt for Sale

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Six months to create and loving every second. So many design, color and fabric choices,
 Pics Taken Outside
 The pure saturation of color is enhanced by the sun. The free motion quilting also shows up better outside than inside .
Back of Quilt
The quilt is heavily quilt, puckering it every which way.
The wall hanging has a wooden lath enclosed in a hanging sleeve ready for immediate display. However, the lath can be removed and the quilt can be used as a lap quilt, table topper, baby quilt, etc., making it even more functional.
Can be machine washed on delicate and air dried flat.
Designed and quilted in my smoke and animal free studio.
Inside Pics
Pics of Quilts are better if they are lain flat and taken from above.
The spiked border is also paper pieced.  The corner blocks were designed to fit in with the spikes.
Each square was quilted with sunburst free motion quilting.
Before Cooking


Makes about 18 Polish Cabbage Rolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

1 whole head cabbage, about 4 pounds

1 large onion, chopped

2 tablespoons butter

1 pound ground beef

1/2 pound ground pork

1 1/2 cups cooked rice

1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup beef stock

Sour cream for garnish (optional)


Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Core cabbage; scald in boiling water. Remove leaves one at a time as they wilt. Cool before using. You will need about 18 leaves.

When leaves are cool enough to handle, use a

paring knife to cut away the thick center stem from each leaf, without cutting all the way through.

Chop the remaining cabbage and place it in the bottom of a casserole dish or Dutch oven.

Saute the chopped onion in butter in a large frying pan until tender, and let it cool.

Mix cooled onions with beef, pork, rice, garlic, salt and black pepper until well combined. Don’t overmix or the meat will become tough.

Place about 1/2 cup of meat on each cabbage leaf. Roll away from you to encase the meat. Flip the right side of the leaf to the middle, then flip the left side. You will have something that looks like an envelope. Once again, roll away from you to create a neat little roll.

Place the cabbage rolls on top of the chopped cabbage in the casserole dish or Dutch oven, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper. Pour beef stock over rolls, cover and place in oven. Bake for 1 hour or until cabbage is tender and meat is cooked.

Serve with pan juices and a drizzle of sour cream, or mix the pan juices with sour cream and ladle it over the cabbage rolls.when cabbage rolls are cooked, pour of any remaining pan liquid that has not been absorbed, stir in 1 c sour cream and enough stock to make 3 c sauce; 1/2 a mushroom cube will greatly improve its taste; drench cabbage rolls with sauce and bake another 15-20 min

Cabbage rolls freeze well before or after cooking, and can be made in a slow cooker (see your manufacturer’s instructions).

For whatever reason, too many teachers are receiving pink slips. In other words, being terminated. We need to personally support these hard working souls with humor, caring, or just a quick thank you. Sometimes a teacher just likes to laugh. Here are some suggestions:
 “You know how to tell if the teacher is hung over? Movie Day.” Jay Mohr
“School is like a lollipop. It sucks until it is gone.”
“I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom.”
Gym Teacher or Coach
“As long as teachers give tests, there will always be prayer in school”
School’s out for Summer!

Biology, Botany, Science, Ecology
“A gifted teacher is as rare as a gifted doctor, and makes far less money.”
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Just finished another quilted wallhanging in my Wisconsin pan fish series:


Angler’s Delight

Each fish is an original design.

Using my own design, I choose a fabric for each part of the fish.

The fish is then machine appliqued leaving raw edges for extra dimension.

Each fish block is paired with a plaid flannel.Black Kona Cotton is used for the sashing.
Each fish is then thread painted with variegated metallic thread.

Each background is tea dyed and stipple quilted which makes
the fish puff out, giving it added dimension.
The back of the quilt is a golden wheat flannel.
My favorite part is adding each fish’s eye.
It’s when they really get their personality.
This quilt is 39 inches square. It’s hanging sleeve already has a wooden lat in it with a saw toothed hanger attached: ready for immediate hanging.
Wouldn’t this make the best Christmas gift for that angler on your list or maybe someone with a cabin. It will be an immediate eye catcher and conversation topic.
It is sold on

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Isn’t it just fabulous that we still can relate to Jane Austen today? Take look at my newest cards in my shop: Her words are still so true.

I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.”

“A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.”

“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”

Jane Austen knew how to say it. Don’t you know someone who would enjoy these gems. Mail them or keep it for yourself and frame them.
Three 4″ X “6 Quilted Postcards. Raw-edge quotation is also cotton. Actual cotton batting used. I first made the mini-quilt and then attached it onto timtex stiffening and the cardstock. This process makes the card puffy and soft like an actual quilt. These mini-quilts are quilted with shiny variegated thread. Postcard is finished with fabric binding or overcasted yellow and orange thread.
Can be sent through the mail for 28 cents and arrives in perfect shape. Card Stock back for easy writing. If you have any questions, please contact me either through my shop or
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I love to spend time up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. That wondrous place of clear blue water, heavenly pine trees, and glorious fresh air were the inspiration for these new items listed in my shop:
These mini quilts would compliment any decor where warmth is wanted: cabin, den, boy’s room, or basement.
What a sweet little cabin nestled among the pines on a starlit night. This 18″ square scrappy quilt is made from 20 different cotton flannels and evenweaves.
The trees, cabin, moon, and star are appliqued and finished with a button hole stitch. 15 buttons are hand sewn in the corners of the squares.
The branch is included.
Who wouldn’t love snow with this happy little snowman smiling back at them. This 19″ X 11″ scrappy quilt is made from 16 different cotton flannels and evenweaves.
The letters and snowman are appliqued and finished with a button hole stitch. French knots make up the eyes and mouth.
The Snowflakes are hand embroidered as are the snowman’s arms
This richly patterned 20″ X 13″ wall hanging contains about 25 different cotton flannels and evenweaves. Although the quilt does not have batting, it is flannel-backed to give it stability. All the seams have been machine embroidered in different stitches with gold thread. Two large buttons set off the centers of the blocks.The wall hanging is finished in pillow case style with no binding. The branch it is hanging on is included.
This little darling will keep watch over home and hearth.
The angel is paper pieced in cotton evenweaves. The body is a blue batik with embroidered flowers along the bottom. The hair is jute with two french knot eyes. Two vintage buttons finish.
The 8″ square mini quilt includes the birch branch hanger.
Lots of stars at night, especially with a crescent moon, with deer rustling in the pine forest.
This 21″ X 15″ scrappy quilt is made from 21 different cotton flannels and evenweaves.
The trees, deer, moon, and stars are appliqued and finished with a button hole stitch.
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I made this little quilt to give hope to those in need of it. The angel will watch over those in dire need from illness, death, divorce or anything that seems, at present, quite bleak.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never Is, but always To be blest:
The soul, uneasy and confin’d from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
-Alexander Pope,An Essay on Man, Epistle I, 1733
Hope springs eternal when this darling is in the room. The background fabric is hand dyed muslin with tea to give it an aged look. She is machine-appliqued with a button hole stitch. In her arms is a hand-embroidered wreath of french knots.

As she floats among the stars, her golden metallic halo shines.

The word hope has been stitched by hand.

This 11″ X 16″ mini quilt would be perfect by a child’s bedside or hanging above a crib. She would also make a great table topper at Christmas.
It is for sale at
If you would like a hanging sleeve attached or a personalized label, please let me know.
Quilting Cafe, where something is always brewing