Well, other than the fact that 250 of you want my crappy scraps (seriously crappy scraps from making Streak of Lightning - not my stash), many of you also wanted some peach cobbler. Well, I can't send everyone the scraps but I can offer the peach cobbler recipe. It was featured in the August 2011 issue of The Quilt Life magazine. I don't have my Granny's exact recipe, but this is the one I found that comes closest. I will say, the magazine recipe called for 1 cup butter, I meant 1 stick (1/2 cup) so use this version unless you really like butter - lol. It's so easy.


1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
2 c. sugar, (divided in half)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 T. baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 c. milk
4 c. fresh, peeled and cliced, juicy peaches
Ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)

Melt butter in a 9" x 13" baking dish. Combine flour, 1 c. sugar, baking powder, and salt; add the milk, stirring just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Drizzle the batter over butter (do not stir).

Bring the remaining 1 c. sugar and the peach slices to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Pour over the batter (do not stir) distributing as evenly as possible. Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired.

Back at 375º for 40-45 minutes until golden brown. Serve cool or warm, but warm with vanilla ice cream is pretty awesome!

Speaking of The Quilt Life, my copies arrived yesterday of the October 2012 issue - and I LOVE this new cover. The issue is all about architecture (including the spider web pattern that I made from my parents 50th wedding anniversary in 1998). Spiders are architects too!

So today I had some office work to do. I also drove to Walsenburg to get new tags for my new Volkswagon (whoo-hoo, 28 mpg). This afternoon I began putting together the columns of my Streak of Lightning quilt and I'll report more on that in the days ahead.

Oh - and it's been raining and raining. Slow and steady! Whoo-hoo!

I'm glad I'm in my warm studio staying dry - after all, I'm so sweet I'd melt. I'm just sayin'....


Success!!! I've finished quilting Deadwood! It's my first longarm quilted project. It is currently enjoying a bath, after which I'll block it and prepare to bind it. I'll post a photo of the finished quilt very soon.

In the meantime, it was time to clean the studio. I had been working on the Streak of Lightning quilt as well as the Deadwood quilt an so the bits and pieces laying around the new studio were getting out of control. 

I know how some of you are, my trash is your treasure. Here is a photo of the bits and pieces of fabrics I have collected from the trash that were used in the making of the Streak of Lightning quilt. If you want theses scraps just add a comment and tell me what you will do to turn my trash into your treasure. There are a LOT of little pieces, and some midsize pieces. If you are selected I'll hold you to your answer in a follow up future blog. I'll send this bunch to you free of charge (USA only, seriously, they came out of the trash). Comments are moderated so be patient. I will post your comment when time permits. I'll choose from the replies on Tuesday, August 22, 2012. 

I get to pick up 20 lbs of Western Slope peaches today. Yum. Anyone want peach cobbler? And, I'm heading out to Autumn Rock to enjoy a relaxing afternoon looking for bears! I'm just saying'....

Today I left early and drove four hours north to Loveland, Colorado to visit the Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival. The show is only a few years old, but growing every year.

My main purpose for going was to see the debut of a new exhibit of Route 66 quilts. Pat Blair and Kelly Gallagher-Abbott curated this exhibit that will travel for three years. If it comes to your area don't miss it. The quilts are fun and nostalgic - as they should be! Pat Blair worked her airbrush and quilting magic to create several panels with a map of the entire Mother Road from Chicago, IL to the Santa Monica pier in California. The quilts are interspersed over the Route 66 panels. I took the photos below on my iPhone so they are not the best quality - and it was a whirlwind trip. I apologize that I don't have the names of the quilt makers except the Magnolia quilt. It was made by a quilter I know from Arroyo Grande, CA, Gigi Kandler.

My stereo was blasting Rachmaninov piano concertos performed by Andre Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra all day. If you ever want to spend a day listening to heaven on earth, get the entire set of four concertos. The OMG parts for me are:

1. Concerto No 2, second movement (sheer heaven)
2. Concerto No 3. the last three minutes of the final movement - OMG - ecstasy.
3. The entire Rach 4 is a technical masterpiece.

Van Cliburn
won Moscow's first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 which propelled him to international fame as the best pianist alive at the time by performing both the Rach 1 and the Rach 3 piano concertos. The contest was designed to demonstrate the Solviet's cultural superiority. It's worth reading the Van Cliburn link to understand the magnitude of what an American winning this prize in the Soviet Union during the cold war meant on a global cultural stage.

Speaking of sheer heaven, you can still sign up to go with me next summer on Route 66 - Click here! I'm just sayin'... 

I've been plodding along all day working on quilting my Deadwood quilt. It's a group project quilt. The blocks were gifts from 1994! If all goes as predicted I'll take it off the Gammill tonight. Whoo-hoo, ready to bind! Also, today was filled with a gazillion phone calls - some very long. But that's business and I don't want to bore you.

One of my conversations was with Jan Magee, editor of The Quilt Life magazine. Maybe you've heard of it? Well, she was asking if I could spread the word that we are looking for fun photographs with the letters T Q L in the photo. I know my peeps are the most creative on the planet, so why not ask YOU to see what you can do. They can be for any month or season - or totally just whimsical. That's what we want. Here are a few that have appeared in recent issues of The Quilt Life magazine. I carved the apple.

We've even had a version spelled out with dog biscuits! What will your creative mind think of? I can't wait to see! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and if we use it we'll send you a free copy of the magazine!

Mindless rambling alert:

It rained this afternoon in La Veta. Yay!

Mable's big ole happy-dog tail keeps knocking some of my Streak of Lighting patches off of the design wall. How shall I solve that problem? (no pins please)

Tomorrow I'm going somewhere I've never been. Hint.... it's quilt related and I don't have to get on an airplane.

Go with me on Route 66 next June! - I'm just sayin'.....

Yesterday my threads arrived for the Deadwood quilt. I chose two 40wt. poly threads - a cream and a black Highlights from Superior Threads. I already had a cone of the cream so I had made my first stitches a few days ago. Most of what I needed was black so I stopped. Being a novice, I wasn't ready to roll the quilt because the few spaces I needed to do were small and the quilting was dense. For now, waiting was best.

That didn't stop me from planning some designs to do on the boots. Each boot has a fun fabric and I know I could follow the fabric pattern, but I wanted to stitch on the boots more like real boot stitching. It's not going to show up well on the large prints, but it was what I wanted. I spent time drawing some various options. I wanted each boot to be quilted differently.

I loaded the black thread and began working on the borders using the same sort of designs I drew for the boot legs. This effort turned out pretty GOOD. However, the border is dark maroon with black designs and seeing where I was going (or where I had been) was not so easy. I had already quilted two rows of the cream background on the boot blocks so it was time to stitch on the boots. This effort also turned out GOOD, but not great. The worst was along the sole of the boot I wanted to stitch three parallel lines following the angles. This was NOT so easy. It was BAD. I get a C - a B- at best. Then I chose to do straight lines in the attic window frames. Those were not so hard because I could use the horizontal and vertical locks. 

Speaking of lighting. I had to stop last night. I have good light in the studio, but the lamp from the longarm casts a shadow right at the needle. What do you longarmers do to combat that problem?

The next part was to enhance the pictorial panels with stitching that followed the design. Thank goodness that these pictorial blocks are rough because controlling the machine on that detail was UGLY. I could do that waaaaaaayyyyy better on my domestic using free-motion. Thankfully it doesn't look so bad, but I don't like feeling out of control.

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The famous music for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) was written by Ennio Morricone - who also wrote the music for my favorite movie score, The Mission (1986).

This morning was the third 'hoodie morning' in a row. Cool and breezy.

The young pony in the field across from our house greets me each morning at the fence. She wants to play with Mabel, who kissed her once and ignores her now. What's up with that? I'm just sayin'....

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