life recipe

Home Made Spice Rub!

Here’s a little sumthin’ that I like to whip up for the cooks in my life. Super easy, VERY affordable, and looks great when you’re done. Head to your nearest Bulk Barn or equivalent – any Bulk food store will do. Next trip, any local Dollar store to pick up fancy labels and jars. Similar ones to this were THREE for $1.25 You can get fancy labels to peel & stick, too! 45 for 1.25!  Photo credit: Spruce Up Organization This is the mix I use, and the approximate amounts…

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Janome sew

By the way… NEW Machine!

For Christmas, I received the most wonderful gift ever….. My new beautiful Janome QDC4030!!!! I had my old Brother machine for 12 years; the same machine sewed every curtain, every quilt, every costume for every show I’ve been in or costumed for the last 12 years. And that’s a lot. And never a problem, it was a midlevel machine and did everything I asked it to….but alas, the quiltmaking was starting to prove too much. Tension was never right, no matter what, thread breaking, rough edges on the bobbin case,…

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Nine patch pattern sew

Quilt for Fred’s Mom

I love my friend Fred. He is one terrific guy. And even though I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting her, his Mom is also one terrific lady, and MAN can she cook. So; my first finished (almost) commissioned quilt is for Mrs. F; and I hope she likes it. I wanted something homey but bright, so I chose yellows and browns and pinks for the main colours. Assembling the Springtime Blocks Piles of completed blocks The finished blocks assembled and laid out; on grass so yes it’s wobbly looking…

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Nine patch sew

Mom’s Quilt is Finished!

Wellllllllllllll It’s all finished! All the threads trimmed, bound neatly and ready to go! It’s a bit too square than I had first planned but, I’m pretty happy with it.  ‘s favourite colours are coral and rust and coppery colours; I hope she likes this. She told me about the heavy quilts she slept under as a child; and I used a heavy blanket and batting for the fill. It’s nice and toasty warm; I tested it out watching TV last week and it worked really well. Nice and warm.…

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