Forest Paths Mini Quilt

Next in the series of mini quilts for the table top frame is one that is inspired by the forest around our home.  I went looking for a 6-inch block design, and  I found the perfect pattern at Quilt Blocks Galore, a six-inch block called Forest Paths.  The forests around our home are so green …

Continue reading Forest Paths Mini Quilt

Orange Vanilla Bean Coffee Cake

I have been working on this recipe for some time to have it come out moist and tender, with just the right balance of citrus to sweet.  Lest you all think that these things come out perfect the first time, some of my attempts didn't go over well with my main recipe tester, DH.  Last …

Continue reading Orange Vanilla Bean Coffee Cake

Patriotic Tablescape Memorial Day 2015

I planned to have a nice dinner for four the weekend of Memorial Day, so I set the table a little early.  I do that sometimes so I can enjoy the decorations for more than just the holiday day. The reason is our dining table is fully visible from the second floor.  Setting it in …

Continue reading Patriotic Tablescape Memorial Day 2015

Rhododendrons and Mountain Laurel May 2015

We had a couple of gorgeous rhododendrons blooming this past week.  The azaleas are just about done, and this is the next wave of floral beauty. This gorgeous dark pink is behind the house. Those lovely upright flowers and huge leaves give the countryside such color this time of year. Rhodo's are native to this …

Continue reading Rhododendrons and Mountain Laurel May 2015

Bloggers Quilt Festival Spring 2015

The Bloggers Quilt Festival starts in just a couple of days over at Amy's Creative Side, and I have decided to enter again this year.  Earlier this year I published my first quilt pattern.  It is called Amazing Value Play, and both of the quilts below were made from the same pattern!   I made two, …

Continue reading Bloggers Quilt Festival Spring 2015

Port Softies for Chemotherapy Patients

This project was a collaboration of several people in my local quilt club.  It was inspired by my friend and fellow quilter, Nancy Fish, and her need for a cushion to cover her port from the seat belt while riding in a car.  She found a quilted cover online, and the group began to make …

Continue reading Port Softies for Chemotherapy Patients

Shopping Wilmington

Next to last day of vacation, and I had it in mind to visit two really special shopping areas.  I read about these in a review of Wilmington shopping so I had to visit.  The Cotton Exchange is a downtown shopping area of eight restored old buildings connected by walkways and stone paths with a …

Continue reading Shopping Wilmington

Oysters!

One of the best things about visiting the coast, is all the seafood you can eat.  I love seafood especially shellfish, and spent the week eating as many oysters as I could, along with shrimp, scallops and crab too.  The Pamlico Sound is home to a huge shellfish and fishing industry and I certainly wanted …

Continue reading Oysters!

NC Lighthouses

We have returned home from a wonderful week of vacation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  DH and I spent the entire week working our way from Currituck to Wilmington.  Now, I know there are not many things more boring than other peoples vacation photos, and I promise not to bore you with the …

Continue reading NC Lighthouses