Sunday, February 03, 2013

This Post Should Probably Come with a Warning...

Be WARNED...this post is going to be all over the place...I'll bet when you finish reading you'll be thinking...hmmm, that Carol....(you can fill in the blank)

First, since this is really a quilting blog I'll start out with a bit of sewing...now understand there won't be anything finished here...these are all pieces and parts...3 quilt alongs and the beginning of a quilt...it's a good thing I like to work on more than one thing at a time...LOL!
First off, the moment I saw this quilt along on Temecula Quilt Company's blog I knew I had to join in...here's the first row
...I had so much fun doing this row earlier in the week...Then Country Threads is putting a 12" and a 6" block on their blog the 1st of each month...they started in January...
their little gift to celebrate their 30 years in business...being a retired quilt shop owner, I'm here to tell you, 30 in the quilt shop business is AMAZING!  All these blocks are going to come together in a really wonderful quilt...And here's my first row of Terry's Wiggly Whimsy quilt along...
...yes, these fabrics are totally different...I'm using Posy by Aneela Hoey and MODA...when I saw this picture it just looked like a row full of Easter eggs...made me smile.  Then I started playing with some spools...
I've had this Sew Mama Sew fabric since it first came out and just could settle on a pattern...then Darlene did the Fig Tree pattern Spools A Plenty and I knew that was what it had to be.  I love the spools, I love the fabric...it's going to be a great quilt in my sewing room.  So yes, there are several parts of my sewing personality...and I'm enjoying each one of them.

We have some good friends coming to spend a few days with us...so I went to my Pinterest recipe board and found this Lemon Almond Bread
that I had pinned months ago.  I haven't tasted it yet, but I can tell you when it was in the oven, the whole house smelled amazing! A morning treat with our coffee...I'll let you know.

And my helpful household (money saving) tip...if you have hard water like we do, and you get the dishwasher cleaner that they sell for anywhere from $2.98 to $4.38 (in my local Publix grocery store) I have a new product to share with you...yes, lemonade (has to be lemonade) Kool-Aid...
found it on Pinterest...just did a search for dishwasher cleaner... and when I first read it my first thought was "We'll see"...well, I got a package, a 25 cent investment, and gave it a whirl.  I'm here to tell you...it worked every bit as well as the expensive dishwasher cleaner...the hard water spots were gone, it smelled wonderful.  I've always run the dishwasher cleaner through every other month..so I'll be saving a good bit of money by the end of the year...hmmmm, money for the fabric budget!

Well, if you've stuck with me to the end here...I wish you all a wonderful evening, if you're watching the game this evening ENJOY!
Have a great week!  Find something to CELEBRATE!!!

28 comments:

Cheryl said...

I love this post .... choke full of info!!!!! All your quiltiness going on is so WONDERFUL. I thought about doing the Country Thread one...hmmmm!!!! Great spools too, love your fabrics. That Lemon Bread sounds delic and I will definitely be trying that dishwasher cleaner. We had a clogged drain in the bathroom sink..thanks to Pinterest and Baking Soda and Vinegar...all gone!!! I love Pinterest!

Carol said...

We also have hard water. Do you just put the dry lemonade in in the soap dispenser and run the dishwasher? You have lots of nice projects going on there.

Kathie said...

I am tired just reading all this!
YEAH sure sounds like your having fun and isn't that what its all about!
Kathie

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Kool Aid??? Does it work if you have a water softener?

*karendianne. said...

What a fun post. I like variety!!!

Karen said...

Kool Aid! Never heard of using it for the purpose you mention. I have heard of it for dying wool though. I guess it does not stain the inside of the dishwasher. Gee, what people can think of!

I like the fabrics you are using for the spool blocks.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Wow, lots of sewing going on at your house. Looks like fun. Dolly and I will be by to help taste test the almond lemon loaf. We'll bring tea.

Quilt Hollow said...

You've got several pretties in the works...makes me stitcher envy! Here's another I've been spying that you might enjoy.
http://sewingalong.blogspot.com/?m=0

Darlene said...

You are definitely CELEBRATing - woohoo!!!!!

I love everything you're doing. Busy, busy sewing machine in your sewing room Big, big woohoo!!!!!!

Michele said...

This is an amazing post! Who knew about the Kool-aid? So you put it in where the detergent goes to clean your dishwasher occasionally? Love your Wiggle Whimsy row. I finally have my fabric picked out and I need to cut and start sewing!

Inch Worm Fabrics said...

Love all you started projects. It will be fun to watch them come along. Kool-aid that is amazing.

Yvette said...

Love all your projects. Great tip on the Kool Aid! If I ever start using my dishwasher I will have to remember this. (yes I hand wash my dishes and have a dishwasher) LOL

Jayne Honnold said...

I stayed with you, and it was worth it! I need to try that dishwasher thing; I've pinned similar things on Pinterest. And that cake looks scrumptious!

Janet O. said...

Wonderful starts on several fun projects--I plan on joining in on the Temecula quilt.
Oh, the bread made my mouth water. Sounds so good!

Cheryl said...

Great projects! And thanks for the dishwasher tip.

Thimbleanna said...

Great random post Carol! The Kool-aid tip is pretty funny -- thanks for letting us know. And please do let us know about the lemon bread -- it looks fabulous!

Ranch Wife said...

Hmmm...that Carol...has been one busy lady, and she has given me new ideas for a sewing project, a new recipe that sounds delicious, and made me wish I had dishwasher! :)

Angie said...

I love ALL of your projects, girl---and I REALLY love the lemonade tip (even tho my dishwasher is on strike right now :D). Am saving that one for future reference. :) I have my charm squares and background fabric ready for Terry's QAL. Just need to do some cutting. :) Yum, I can smell that lemon almond bread from here...

Cathy said...

Love this post. I too am working on the Temecula sew-a-long and Country Threads BOM. I will keep an I on how you are coming along. Don't you love Pinterest...I have gotten some great ideas. Hugs

Cindy said...

You may be sewing in different directions but just think how much you'll have done when it all comes to an end!
Did you just put the lemonade in the soap dispenser or just spread it in the bottom of your dishwasher?

I use a small amount of vinegar occasionally in my dishwasher - pouring it directly in the bottom.

Thanks Carol.

Diane said...

What fun! A quilt to sew on, no matter your mood. It will be fun to see them grow.

Gretchen said...

I love your all over the place post! Makes me feel good (maybe because mine are sometimes all over the place).

Terry said...

Everything looks great! I love the first row of your Wiggly Whimsy quilt. Isn't this one so much fun to sew?

Sinta Renee said...

I enjoyed your ADD sew-athon! Thanks for the heads up on the Country Threads BOM. Interesting tip for the dishwasher too... do you think I could get it to work somehow on my shower doors???

Dawn said...

Fun to see your projects. I've read the dishwasher trick before - might have to try it now!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I seldom 'finish' things, but, I'm great at starts. You have some great starts going.

MARCIE said...

Oh my gosh, who would believe that lemonade trick! Neato! And your quilt projects are always great. That little Temecula quilt is so tempting. I am anxious to get back to the sewing machine!

Chartreuse Moose said...

Thank you for a delightful blog!