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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

On The Frame

Now that I have all of the veterans quilt tops pieced, it's time to get them quilted!  I really enjoy quilting these Quick Strippie quilts.  It goes fast and it's fun to quilt something different in each strip.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Dust Bunnies!

Yes, there has been some serious stitching going on in my sewing room and I've got the dust bunny colony living in my sewing machine to prove it!  Yikes!  Time for a little spring cleaning...

Friday, April 29, 2016


Usually I just throw caution to the wind when I start a new knitting project and don't bother with checking the gauge, but because I am using a different yarn than the pattern calls for I thought I better take the time to knit a swatch or two.  Hopefully the extra time it takes to check the gauge will pay off in the end.  Question for you knitters...do you check your gauge before starting a project?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Oatmeal Coconut Pecan Cookies

Every once in awhile I get in a creative baking mood and actually come up with a recipe worth keeping and sharing.  This is one of those recipes.  Perfect for the coconut lovers in the family!
Oatmeal Coconut Pecan Cookies
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 salt
3/4 cup flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
3/4 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Extra sugar for rolling
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cream butter, shortening, sugar and brown sugar together. Add in egg and coconut extract; mix well.
In a medium sized bowl, whisk flour, salt, and baking soda together; add to creamed mixture. Stir in oats, coconut, and pecans.
Shape cookie dough into 1 inch balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place 2 inches apart on a large baking sheet. Place on the middle rack in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cookies set on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Tops For Vets!

All of the kits that I made up over the winter are quickly becoming tops.  I purposely chose easy patterns with large pieces for these quilts that will go to Lap Robes For Veterans.  Their motto is "So Many Veterans...Sew Little Time" and it is so true!  Veterans greatly outnumber quilters, but that doesn't mean that we aren't going to try and show our appreciation for their service by giving each and every one a quilt!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

And The Winners Are...

And the winner of the Learn to Quilt with Scraps class is...

#12 Sherry said...

I love scrap quilts. I love using any of the "old standards", like Shoo Fly, Bow Tie, Dresden Plate, etc. but with a lot of different fabrics.

Thank you for this giveaway.

And the winner of the Learn to Make Pineapple Quilts class is...

#33 Linda Atkins said...
I would love to know how to use all my scraps. I have oodles of triangles, squares and rectangles that are a stash all their own. I use them to design my own quilts. My grandchildren are each getting one for Christmas and now I am working on a wedding gift, a play on lights and darks. They have been labors of love and so much fun seeing them evolve.

Thanks to everyone who visited Hanging On by a Needle and Thread and took the time to comment.  I truly enjoyed reading each and every one of your comments!  If you didn't win and had your heart set on taking one of these online classes you can enroll anytime at www.anniescatalog.com/

Monday, April 18, 2016

Last Chance!

Today is your last chance to enter in the giveaway from Annie's for either the Learn to Quilt with Scraps or Learn to make Pineapple Quilts with Gyleen Fitzgerald.  Enter by leaving a comment on the original giveaway post below and make sure to leave your email address, so that I can contact you if you win.  So far, almost half of the entries have been no-reply and did not leave an email address, so chances of winning are good if you leave a way for me to contact you!

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