Monday, December 28, 2009

An ornament on mama's tree:  St. Ann's Skilled Nursing Ctr

Monday, December 21, 2009

An Ornament

My discovery of Christmas 2009: created by Ed Johnetta Miller, Hartford Conn.

Label noted: White House Ornament!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Don't miss out on the upcoming 208-page color catalog that is available for pre-order for $16.50 (Amazon). The book ships in April 2010.

"The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama"

The National Afro-American Museaum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio is hosting the exhibit "The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama" from December 18, 2009 untio December 2010.

I was one of over ninety quilt artists whose work was accepted for submission to Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, curator, and founder of Women of Color Network. I am so thankful to her dedication and vision  -- it is  rare opportunity to share my quilt  in this beautiful quilting adventure!

Congratulations to all the quilters with pieces in the show!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Remember that Sweet Potato Pie....

Absolutely the best... very rich!  Almost beyond the test of a sweet potato, the vanilla and spice.   But here's what I wanted to include.... FACT THAT  ... NO   do not PRE-bake pie shells.  GEEEESH  I reallydidn't know...  so I called and asked.   I'm so thankful to Mary!!!!

Upcoming project.....! ! !

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I'm almost sick.... Tiana Fabric Fix

YES... I need a Tiana Fabric Fix!!! 

It has taken some 60 years for the Disney artists to begin painting their leading ladies with all the colors of the wind, including the American Indian Pocahontas (1995), the Chinese Mulan (1998) and the Hawaiian Lilo (2002).

Here's our Little Miss Tiana,,, the princess and the frog (Lousiana, USA)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Inspiration...Not forgotten....

Gele   is a Yoruba {Nigeria, West Africa} word for a female headwrap. A "headwrap" is a long piece of cloth that you tie and tuck on your head

Monday, November 30, 2009

Vacation - OFF Work

From Friday 11-209-2009 until today 11-30-2009!   GREAT -- I can't remember time off work (HOME SWEET HOME)  since I've worked OESC last 13 yrs! 

YES ! Sewing, Cookin, Quilting, A Christmas Quilt for Children's Church!

Plus an embroidery class tonight! 

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I'm still excited about TIANA

The first Disney princess since Mulan in 1998, Princess Tiana is breaking new ground in the old classic fairy tale. The first African American princess -- a point that has left some joyful, others not -- she is also the first to be set in modern times. The Princess and the Frog, which opens nationwide Dec. 11, 2009 also returns to the classic hand-drawn animation that audiences have adored for generations. Everyone already knows the story -- how a princess kisses a frog so that he can become human -- but the movie gives that old saw a modern twist. It's set in the mystical bayous of Louisiana and features music by Oscar-winning composer Randy Newman, the man behind the music of Toy Story.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

OK WORLD>>>>>> Just in

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Best Sweet Potato Pie by Leah Chase of Dooky Chase Restaurant, New Orleans 
CHECK OUT --- www.    I googled for other recipes and this picture.....

file://But/ it was a simple e-mail from my professional... down home girlfriend's recipe....


1. buy two or three large sweet potatoes, I purchase the big ones, they are less stringy.(purchased from Home town or Otwells grocery. They have the best orange skin potatoes.

2. boil the potatoes whole after you wash them.,(sometime I add one white potato) fork to test doneness, peal while hot(the skin will slip off easily)

3. I mash with a stick of real butter while hot, place in my mixer and whip them:
• every time you raise the handle of the mixer, with a fork, strain, get the strings out.
• When all of the strings are out, I put back in the mixer,
o add 14-1 can of milnot,
o add one cup of sugar for each potato.

If this is not sweet enough add more sugar to taste,
• I add a dash of lemon juice,
• add 3 teaspoons of nutmeg,
• 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, and
• I tablespoon of vanilla.
If you want more nutmeg, you can add a little at a time. If you need more milk add more milk.
• Then at 2 eggs per potato.
This is what makes your pie light and holds together, the milnot is what makes it fluffy, so, if the filling is thin, that' great.
You can make your pie crust or purchase from the store the Ritz pie crust that you roll out in your pan. Or you can buy the Mrs. Smith or Ritz frozen pie crust. If you buy these, I always re-pinch the crust when I put the filling in

• Bake it at 375 degrees, delicious

About Copyright.....

Quilter's have big hearts.... so I posted the DO NOT COPY logo... but I really don't mind..... sharing the beauty and inspiration of quilting.   

LIKEWISE,,, I surfed and found this photo.... which is kinda inspiring.   I once had the ribbon pattern . . .   and I also have the lady fabric.....

Since 2006 -

Little Black Princesses..... in the link to Inner Threads.... I'm working toward completion.  The thing that has always held me up is... I feel boxed in...blocked format.   I'm longing for a way to place an outlying border.... color.... setting or layout other than  4 x 4....

Come on Inspiration.....

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Big Mama’s Hot Water Corn Bread

***What you need***

• 1 cup cornmeal
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 tsp sugar
• 2 cups water
apprx 1 tsp of butter
apprx 2 Tbls fried meat grease or bacon drippings or even Crisco (but not Olive Oil!)
• enough cooking oil to cover the bottom of your skillet to almost 1/4 inch up the side.
• a medium-sized mixing spoon (about three times size of a regular soup or place spoon)
• a mixing bowl
• paper towels to drain cooked bread
• a pot to boil the water
****What you do***
• Mix together the cornmeal, salt & sugar in the bowl with a fork. Set aside. This is your "dry mix."
• Put the 2 cups of water in pot and let come to a boil. When water is boiling, stir in the 2 Tblsp of fried meat grease and the tsp of butter & let it all boil again. This is your "hot water mix."
• Get your skillet & cooking oil ready for frying. You are going to want the frying oil hot enough to "pop water."
• Slowly add some of the water mix to the dry mix in the bowl, stirring it in. You only want to add enough of the hot water mix to get a mushy consistency that will let you scoop the mush with the mixing spoon.
• When your skillet & frying oil is ready, you can start frying the scoops of cornmeal. Don't let it cook too fast or slow. Too fast & it will burn; too slow & it will be over oily.
• Let each side brown as much as you want. (My sister likes hers crunchy, but I like mine golden & kind of soft.) Take out & drain on paper towels.

Hot water cornbread is best eaten hot. If you do save some for later, you can break the patties up into hot soup, beans or gumbo, but hot is best.

Lookin back on Xmas past.... and Recipes !

I'm having a Thanksgiving feast with Afrono Quilters next Monday.... I heard my girlfriend say she would make hot-water cornbread.....  WOW!   I volunteered candied yams!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2 pounds yams, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick   +    about 1 1/2 cups water.
Boil yams until slightly underdone, to avoid breaking. Strain, cool and set aside.
In a large container whisk together orange juice, corn syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar, more to taste
1/2 cup light brown sugar, more to taste
1/2 teaspoonground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoonground allspice
1 cup raisins (optional)
2 cups pineapple chunks (optional)
1 pkg marshamallows

1. Place the yams in a 12- by 12-inch baking pan. Mix the butter, both sugars, cinnamon, and allspice in a small bowl until blended. Sprinkle this mixture over the sweet potatoes (yams)  Cover the baking pan tightly and bake for 25 minutes.

2. Sprinkle the raisins and pineapple chunks over the yams and baste them with the juices in the pan. Cover the yams and continue baking until very tender and the juices are bubbling, about 15-20 minutes. Serve hot from the pan.

Nutritional Facts                                 Amount Per Serving
Calories 406
Total Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g7%                             Unsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 20mg7%                           Sodium 79mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 81g27%               Dietary Fiber 11g43%
Sugars 11g                                          Protein 4g
Vitamin A 13% Vitamin C 117%         Calcium 7% Iron 8%
Potassium 59% Vitamin E 3%

11-9-09 Blog Hop BUTttttttttt.....

My day was spent with mom at outpatient surgery @ 83 yrs old! 

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I'm Linking to Christmas Give - Aways

While joining and viewing SNICKERDOODLE DREAMS... I am linking by friends to Sydney Australia embroidery designs

......delightful group of USA ladies who are as generous as our own Aussie Gum Tree Designers. Twelve Designers have come together to individually present a free design for the blogging community with the theme "12 days of Christmas and the items will be small and quick to make for Christmas Gift Giving.

The official start date is November haven't missed out on a thing yet, so you can add this fun blog hop to your blogging time. Here is the logo you will need to post in your sidebar to participate;

From the start date; each designer will blog about a different topic and then; will post a free project on their designated day; there will be daily prizes from each of the Designers blogs.....

AND the big news is that there is a "wrap up" Grand Prize to the value of $360.00. However, you must comment on every Designers blog to be in the draw.

Here is a listing of the Designers Blogs and the designated day they will post their free project;

Nov 9th - Gudrun from GE Designs
Nov 10th - Sandy from Pieces from my Heart
Nov 11th - Terry from Atkinson Designs
Nov12th - Pat from Pat Sloan & Co
Nov 13th - Heather from Anka's Treasures
Nov 14th - Pam from Pam Kitty Morning
Nov 15th - Kari from New Leaf Stitches
Nov 16th - Terri from Whimsicals
Nov 17th - Sherri from This 'N' That
Nov 18th - Carrie from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.
Nov 19th - Roseann from Rosebud's Cottage
Nov 20th - Linda from Linda Lum DeBono

Lucky me.... I hope to show N tell...

Keepin Record of Quilt-going-ons!!

Good Old man..... Brother Murray kept promising me a package.... to repair.  And of course I want his family story....

Some of my quilt friends...

are superb at math.... I minored in accounting/work as a statistical anaylst -- 8-5-- M-F....   THUS you will find complete laziness in my quilting - thinking.   I do like for the finished producted to be balanced. 

From most of my Caucasian quilt-friends, I learned the qtr inch, 45 degree triagle... fat qtr... lots of addition and multiplication as such.... BUT I generally refuse to engage the conversation.   I press, re-measure, and I don't ever cut out ALL of the pattern as needed.    I go in sections..... adding and waiting for colors, dreams and inspiration to kick into my quilt project... thinking of who I might give it to!

I googled several sites, and borrowed to share.... (hopin this is different from stealing!) and therefore, I've included the chart below based on squares. 

My quilt had to have odd 5x6inch fabric cuts! yea!!!

My quilting space is somewhat as-u-see - it.... But I don't think of it as such...There's a superb air freshner, a window, three bookshelves of fabric, and an open closet....

Anybody notice my grand-daughter's toy.... and my boy has a red chair and coloring paper for his careful visits...(naturally this 4-yr old tested the rotary cutter... it's my room -- I told him NOT to touch my memaw left the rotary ready for me to use over and over again..... I smile to know he was determined to learn the hard way.... YEP he saw blood---cut skin when nosing into my stuff.) 
Square cut
inches                         Ninepatch before cut
                                  inches                                     Cut block size
                                                                                inches                             Finish block
                                                                                                                      size inches       
4                                11                                            5 1/2                                 5
4 1/2                          12 1/2                                      6 1/4                                 5 3/4
5                                14                                            7                                       6.5
5 1/2                          15 1/2                                      7 3/4                                7 1/4
6                               17                                             8 1/2                                 8
6 1/2                        18 1/2                                        9 1/4                                8 3/4

I say Topsy-Turvey Nine Patch...


Eleanor Burns says "Tossed 9-patch".   Here is my African-American fabric in the the making...

       Fabric cut into 5"x6" square-ish, lined up to my liking all over the floor...

I'm NOW ready to strip-piece a row of TWO squares, then I strip piece adding the THIRD Sq

Here is the back side.... I've press out the three square unit, alternate seams to left and right ...
NEXT ---   I press again to make a completed 9-paths.   ALL MY CENTER BLOCKS ARE GOLD!

I'm going to take all sixteen completed, pressed 9-patch block, pressed...
I will square each one -to an exact - idenically measured SQUARE... all same size!!!

I've cut apart evenly / Up & Down / across the middle of 9-patch

to make four new units

Next Step....

Here goes the topsy-turvy....
Take the top LEFT sq... and the bottom RIGHT sq

I said.... until you're back to sq #1 . . .

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Benjamin Mays ,  SC birthplace, tenant sharecroppers son.... Tommy Rawls, artist....

Keepin Record of Quilt-going-ons!!

This is my lady-friend "Ms Doretha..." who dropped a really big bag of bows, ribbons, and probably good Junk!    Yep, I asked for IT!   

Peek back in a few!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Remembering my 07-14-2009 Post . . .

Another Important Venture....!!!

The Q.S.O.S. project  . . . . .

After visiting the AAQ website ( -- lots of  inspiration from quilters of all ages, experience levels and backgrounds.

The  Q.S.O.S. manual ( is on the website --- downloading it and becoming a volunteer interviewer.

I am going to present the project to my guild/ community leadership to see if they would undertake or underwrite the Q.S.O.S. project.

Quiltalotamus Website... click it!

It looks as though it's earliest recorded history may have been the Augusta Maine catalogue, Hearth and Home, in the late 1800's, when this was called Tumbler. Then, the Kansas city Star released it several times.

in 1930, as Goblet, in 1934 as Water Glass, and again in 1937, as The Old Fashioned Goblet...if set on point, with corner triangles, it was called The Wine Glass by the Oklahoma Farmer Stockman, in 1920- a periodical from Oklahoma City.

My reflections on quiltin w/ Judy Howard....

Looking back over the 12-13 years that I've scouted around for quiltin resources, shops, antiques and all --- I stopped in at Buckboard Quilts when it was located on say 15th & Classen Blvd, OKC.  Quaint and cozy, The owner was nice, cordial.  Out of several visits, I remember buying on-sale old magazines and patterns Judy was letting go.   Also, there was a unique quilt pattern of a goblet -- drinking cup - (Silver Chalice) paper-peiced about 10-12 inches that caught my attention... I still intend to duplicate it one day.  

The store had beautiful quilts,,, hanging full length from folding stands... a house-like setting with rooms and antique Singer treadle machines.    Later - it was gone.... and I learned of Judy Howard on the net.     I saw her book publications.... didn't participate.  Just put it off.  I would see Judy at quilt shows, we made intro's and-again-- she was genuine and friendly.
My Proud Masterpiece !

Let say two years ago.... being a smart, connected lady... she hosted the Centenial Quilt Show with a showing at the OK State Capital Rotunda.  I entered my buffalo quilt (22" wall hanging dated 8-26-2007)   

As time moved along, we'd see each other and chit-chat.   As I surfed...

I noted her involvement in the quilts for Troops.    Lots of prayer and underlying stress as my son enlisted Feb 4th-2004 @ Ft Sill, OK US Army.   Almost 5 years of embattlement in Tikrit, Baghdad-Iraq (two tours)-ridin on humvees....landmine accidents and all.  

This easily led to mixed emotions of Black enclisted men and women....... serving on foreign soil... and always seeking justice in the USA.  I chatted in an e-mail to Judy, she said that she didn't have many (or any?) African American quilts represented.... so I jumped at the sober opportunity to put my feelings into a quilt..... And to top it off... 2009 is Post-Obama Election Victory!

ps.... Youngest daughter (25yrs) had the nerve to enlist in AF Reserves 5-6 years in Fayetteville AR... boot camp and all.  (georgeous little face mole!!!lol)    Both youngsters are utilizing the GI Bill money to further their schooling...YEAAAAA!

They Told Us: Lymphoma 8-31-2009

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