Thursday, April 17, 2014

Quilty Goodies


I'm 'hopping' in here to wish you a very Blessed Easter!

We're busy preparing for a brunch here at our house after early Sunday morning church services. 

The table can't be fully set until sometime on Saturday, so no pretty tablescape to share with you, just yet.  I'll be in full cooking mode about then, too.  I'm serving Honey Baked ham, along with bacon done on trays, in the oven, my favorite cheesy hash browns, (click for recipe), any type of eggs for the few who want them & homemade Belgium waffles for the majority of the crowd.  Time consuming to make each individual one but soooo worth it!  The batter is made the night before so the yeast can ferment.  I'll share that recipe very is YUMMO!

 In the meantime, thought I'd share with you a few items that I've been sewing, between bouts of  Spring cleaning.  (We're getting company from Colorado next month & I want the house to sparkle!)


I was inspired by my online sewing friend, MamaCJT to make a little mug rug for my K.I.S.S. quilt guild's auction that is coming up next month.

I used my Embird software to repeat the little cupcake design on the red dot fabric, then stitched HALF of a cut doily up against the embroidery, to resemble a lacy tablecloth.


 I found this cute polka-dot mug to match  (you KNOW how much I ♥♥♥ polka-dots...especially RED ONES!)

I filled it with some chocolate kisses because every quilter I know, loves chocolate & then wrapped the top with Peel n' Stick, to hold them in place.  Tied a bit of the leftover binding onto the handle & Viola'.


 Since I cut a crocheted doily in half to make the mug rug & I ♥♥♥ how it turned out so much, 
I decided to use the OTHER half of the doily to make myself another one! 

I put a little hanging sleeve on the back of it along with little white plastic rings on both items, so either of them could be hung from a nail or placed on a display rack, like you see mine below.


 Won't it look cute next to my Baker's rack, when I get out all my red polka-dot items?

Below, you can see the one that MamaCJT made that inspired me so much.  I just left off the green holly leaves, as I didn't want mine to be used just for Christmas.

Thanks Carol for giving me permission to do this. 
 I always say "I only copy from the best."


One project I worked on was for another one of my quilt guilds that I belong to...Memory Makers.  The members got together & made a "Friendship Star" quilt for an ailing member.  We were given the pattern & a suggested choice of colors to use. 

They had so many stars contributed to the project that they had to use many of them on the backing too.  We were told the day the quilt was delivered to her in the hospital, she had just been complaining about being cold.  I hope she felt the warmth & the love that was stitched into every block!
The PURPLE stars with the LIME GREEN centers are the ones I made.  

It took several attempts to get my points to look close to perfect.  Next week, I'll show you what I'm doing with those 'no-so-perfect-blocks' later on.  It was an *interesting experiment*, shall we say.


Yes, SPRING has finally arrived in Ohio!!  We had a dreadfully long, cold winter, so the warmth & sunshine & pretty flowers popping out all over are especially welcome now. 




I have lots & lots of hyacinths coming up along the front & sides of the house.  I adore their fragrance & will cut a few to bring in to the table for Easter morning!  



I hope you get outside & can enjoy some nice weather where you live.  It really lifts one's spirits!


  1. Your cupcakes are adorable Rett! Happy Easter-have fun:@)

  2. Your spring flowers are so bright and cheerful. Lovely to see after the long winter you've endured. Cute cupcakes on your wall hanging. Happy Easter Rett!

  3. Glad to see you have some pretty spring weather. Great quilt projects! You are so talented, Rett.
    Happy Easter to you and your family.

  4. Happy Easter, Rett, Love all your projects. I will get the table done today and hopefully have some pictures. We are having Easter dinner on Saturday and a brunch on Sunday. And I need to stay out of the jelly beans!


  5. What a gorgeous post! Every single thing in it is so beautiful. Happy Easter.

  6. I always enjoy seeing your quilting/sewing projects, Rett. How lovely that Carol was your inspiration. Your cupcake mug rug is absolutely wonderful and using the half doilie was so clever. I'm sure the star quilt warmed the heart and soul of the lucky recipient.
    Happy Easter blessings to you and your family. xo

  7. It's always a treat to see a sample of your beautiful needlework, Rett. It sounds like you have a busy weekend ahead and will be serving a delicious menu on Sunday. I hope you and your family enjoy a very happy and blessed Easter.

  8. It's so, so sweet that all of the members got together to make that quilt! SO sweet!!! I'm sure she appreciated it from the bottom of her cold little toes!!!

    I don't know how you are able to create such beautiful quilts! I have zero patience and can't sew a lick, so I would never be able to do something like these! The cupcake quilts are just darling!!! Using that half doily really does create the illusion of a tablecloth hanging off the side of a round table!!!

    Enjoy those Belgian waffles and all the other fine food you have planned to serve your family on Sunday morning! Have a blessed and happy Easter weekend!

  9. I like your cupcakes better than mine……!!! Too bad I didn't think of a doily first. lol Have a blessed Easter, my friend…don't work too hard on those yummy waffles.

  10. I love, love the mug rug. I'm so glad spring has arrived for you. The daffodils are gorgeous!

  11. Have a wonderful Easter and a great time entertaining! Your Spring photos and your little mug rug "ensemble" are all lovely and a breath of Spring!

  12. Your yard looks stunning, Rett, and your mug rug is absolutely gorgeous! Happy spring, my friend! :)

  13. Hello Rett - I love to see your projects, and I think the mug rug will be perfect where you've planned to hang it for display. I just read your last post too, and you know, I have just such a soldier's rosary - and each of my children has one too. They were given to me years ago by a dear family friend.
    Rett, thank you for the note you left on my last post - so wise. You are certainly one person who understands just where we're at! Life is good, and I still have my Great Dane, and that is all that matters. We've had five showings and more coming up, so I have my fingers crossed for a quick sale!

  14. Beautiful quilts and oh what a pretty garden you have! I'm so ready for flowers...we have a few things in bloom here - daffodils and my hyacinths (which are actually really early because they hyacinths usually bloom last for me) - ready for that warm weather to accompany the rain!! ;)

  15. Yikes! I thought I commented on this! Mea culpa! I love the doily addition, just so cute! Hope all is well!

  16. Yes, indeed, I do know how much you love polka dots because so do I! Such a darling project. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay


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