About this blog

I am Amy, but here on the web I go by A.J. Dub. And hey, I like to craft!
Sometimes things turn out well so I will share with you how I did it.
Sometimes they don't turn out well and I will share that with you too!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

I loved this and totally agree with it.

My friend shared the link to this on Facebook yesterday and I had to pass it along. I agree with this 100% and it really should be titled (IMO) Ten things I want to tell every woman everywhere.
 But it is actually titled Ten Things I Want to Tell Teenage Girls.
 I think it is worth reading and sharing like crazy.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Phew! I did it.

I shook myself out of my Benadryl stupor this morning and got to work finishing the Rocky and Bullwinkle quilt top for my Dad. I was briefly interrupted when my darling husband whisked me off to a lunch date at Rubio's where I tried their fish taco. It was pretty good! But I digress.

The scrappy (just accidentally typed crappy :p) border worked out fine with just a few tweaks needed. I had just enough flannel to fit, although I am having to piece my batting. I am going to whip-stitch that tonight while my hubby and I watch Remington Steele (Season 3) and then tomorrow I hope to quilt it between sessions of General Conference.

Here is the quilt top:

I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

And just for kicks, this is how to make your cutting mat into a multi-tasking tool. :) I worked on this insane jigsaw puzzle while we watched Johnny English Reborn last night.

And when it got too late to finish, I just slid it under the couch and my 2 year old is none the wiser! :)

Of course, it will be a little problem if I need to cut fabric.

Come listen to living prophets

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

WIP Wednesday: March 28

Welcome to Work In Progress Wednesday! I have a couple of projects I am working on, with the first being new basket liners.
A couple of weeks ago I bought some baskets that were half price at Michael's to keep my kitchen towels in. The baskets came with liners, but since they had been sitting on the shelf both in the store and outside on the sidewalk shelving, I wanted to make sure they were clean before I put my clean kitchen towels in them. I threw them in the wash and they came out like this:

 Not exactly usable anymore. I had anticipated this possibility though, and took measurements in case I needed to make new liners.
I finished 2 out of three and the third is cut and waiting to be put together. I had to use fabric I had on hand, and this was what I had that had enough to make all 3 liners. I am pretty sure this fabric was earmarked for something, but I don't know what. Hopefully, whatever it was, there will be enough left to do it. :)

The  third liner got put aside in order to use my kitchen table to feed my family a meal or two, and then to work on the Rocky and Bullwinkle quilt. It is coming along. I decided kind of spur of the moment last night to chop up all the remaining fabric and make a scrappy border. It is still going to be pretty small for my dad. I hope to get the top done today. It is my dad's birthday today, so I did not make the deadline, which is a bit of a bummer.
The blue off to the left side there is the flannel backing.

Those are my WIPs for the moment!
GO check out some other works in progress at Lee's link up.

Friday, March 23, 2012


I am happy to announce the winner of the prize here for participants of the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party.
Via Random Number Generator the winner  is: Sherri D!

I still do not have a functioning camera, so a phone photo will have to do. Here is the little prize that I gathered for my winner:

A pattern from Eleanor Burns and some DS Quilts almost-fat quarters (they were cut a little shy of correct at the store).
They will be on their way as soon as I hear from Sherri D!

Thanks to everyone who visited and left comments. I really enjoyed reading them and sharing them with my kids. :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Yay for my Daughter!

My daughter was runner up in the San Diego County Spelling Bee, competing with close to 100 kids. She came in second to the same girl who won last year.
I am so proud of her!

Go vote for your favorites in the 2012 Golden Quilter Awards

SewCalGal is hosting the 2012 Golden Quilter Awards, recognizing some of our favorite quilty, people, places and things. Go make your voice heard!

WIP Wednesday: March

The only thing I have been working on is the Rocky and Bullwinkle quilt. It has been rough going. Limited resources and limited fabrics have made for a frustrating design experience. I even begged for help from my fellow bloggers. :) Thanks for the help by the way!

I could not bring myslef to piece any of these options together. In the end, I went and bought some flannel on sale at JoAnns for backing and used the backing fabric as sashing to break up the crazy.
Now I just need to add some length so my 6 foot plus tall Dad won't laugh hysterically at his doll sized lap quilt. :)

I am not actually sure I have the fabric to do the last one. It was sort of a last ditch option.
Sorry about the cruddy photos. I still have not found the missing battery charger for my camera. I think Littlest Miss may have absconded with it. :) I had to take these with my phone and did not realize until just now that my settings are set back to low res.

I also finished up my Pay it Forward Handmade items and mailed them off.
One package was delivered already and the other should be arriving today if USPS tracking is correct. :)

I will share pictures of the little gifts as soon as I know my recipient has seen them.

Today I have to repair some pajamas and put scout patches on a new shirt.

Also, my oldest is in the San Diego County Spelling Bee today and I am stuck at home due to scheduling and transport issues so I don't get to watch her. Hopefully my husband will remember to keep me in the loop via text message. :)

Have a good one and head over to Lee's to see some WIP goodness!

One more thing. There is a wonderful opportunity to recognize some awesome quilty people, places and things at SewCalGal who is hosting the 2012 Golden Quilter Awards. GO VOTE!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cool swap in the works!

Heidi at Handmade by Heidi is hosting a Quilter's Day Swap where anything goes. You can make anything you like for your partner.
I am thinking about joining. I haven't swapped for ages. But I am not too sure I should. I have so many projects waiting to be finished. I will have to think on this.

But in the meantime, you can check it out!


Monday, March 19, 2012

New Page

You might have noticed the new page I added to the tabs at the top. People who share my religious beliefs, (Mormons) are in the news quilt a bit right now with the Presidential race. I just wanted to share a little bit, since most of my readers know I am Mormon. We are different, but it is a good different. Obviously it is up to you if you want to visit the page.
This doesn't change my quilty/crafty stuff at all. Just wanted to share. :)


Sunday, March 18, 2012


Which layout? I am not sure I like the yellow. The 4 patch  blocks in some of the pictures are not laying right. At least one of them was turned. 8 is almost right with just the upper left one backwards.

What do you think. I am stumped. None of them are great, but it is all I have.
Suggestions? I can't add any fabric that isn't pictured.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pattern Storage

First - if you are here visiting from Quilting Gallery, welcome! The giveaway post is HERE. :)

And now, the news... :)

I was listening to a podcast by Sandy of Quilting... for the Rest of Us and she was talking about ideas on how to store purchased patterns. The ones you get in your LQS in the little plastic bag.

Here is how I store them. Sorry about the lighting. There is nowhere in this apartment to take good photos.  Anyway...

This one  is actually recycled from a planner from when I was a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

I use this half size binder.
For the quilt and sewing patterns, I just take the paper patterns out of the plastic bag and drop it right into the page protector. I can easily flip through the pages to see my patterns without them slipping around.

 You can get them at Staples, as well as the page protectors , notebook paper, and dividers that go in them. There are a few other products they offer for this size (5-1/2" x 8-1/2") as well. They are a little pricey, compared to regular binders, at about $7.00 each, but they work perfectly for me. I am pretty sure there are other places you can purchase them  besides Staples, but the prices will probably be pretty close.

I also use them for recipes. I am in the process of reorganizing my recipes to all fit into these little binders.

We made a family recipe book for the family Christmas gift one year using them. We didn't use page protectors, and I made the dividers with card stock and a punch, but they are a great size for storing. I don't mind having these little things on my kitchen counter. And I can easily add and remove recipes.

How do you store your patterns?

FNSI... some progress!

 If you are visiting from the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop and you would like to enter my giveaway, Click HERE.

Yesterday was Friday Night Sew In. I had two projects to work on, the zipper pouch and the quilt for my Dad. I got to work early because I wasn't sure what my evening schedule would be. So it was partly Friday afternoon sew in for me.

The zipper pouch was smooth sailing! Woohoo! And I found a great little tip in my files that made the zipper much easier. Don't use pins, use Lapel Stick. LOVE that stuff. I do wish they had a fine tip stick, which I sent them an email about. But really, I love it.

It is hopefully going in the mail tomorrow.

Once the kids were in bed I jumped in again.
The quilt. Hmmm. Not such a success.
I finalized a plan on paper. Did the math. Cut the fabric. Laid it out. YUCK! Re-arranged, and re-arranged some more. Still nothing. Then I finally got something that kind of works, but there is not enough fabric to complete the pattern AND my camera battery died. AND I can't find the charger.
 *sigh*. So I am stalled out.
  Here are the photos I got before the battery ran out of juice.

All cut and ready to jump in and make a great quilt!

Round 1 (the plan), not so great.

Round 2, no yellow blocks, UGH!!
But on a positive note, it is progress!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Blog hop giveaway party at Quilting Gallery: I'm In!


Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Starting tomorrow there is a Quilter's Blog Hop with a Giveaway.
I learned about it thanks to Tiffany of Pink Sweet Treats, who is on the ball and got her giveaway post up already.
The list will be published tomorrow (03-17-12) HERE

I think I will join in and have a little something to give away. But it is going to be a surprise!

All you need to do is leave me an April Fools Joke in the comments. One that was either played on you or that you played on someone else. Or you can just your leave favorite CLEAN joke, one that I can share with my kiddos.

The Not So Fine Print:
One entry per person please.

Leave me an email address if you are a no reply blogger.(Like this: ilovegiveaways (at) pretendmail (dot) com)
I can not give a prize to you if I can not contact you.

US residents only. (So sorry, no shipping budget!)

Entries will be accepted until NOON PST Friday, March 23rd.
I will choose a winner on Saturday, March 24th. The winner will have one week to contact me with their information (by noon Saturday, March 31st). If I don't hear back by then, I will choose a new winner.

Have fun hopping and don't forget to check out Quilting Gallery! It's a great resource for other quilting blogs, locating quilting shops, and tips on quilting.

** I had an international gal, Mhairi, who shared this one:
I am an international so please delete this once you have read it but I had to share our April Fools favourite. At the local schools most toilets have black seats, Vegemite is black, sticky and hard to get off the skin!! I think you can work out the rest!!
Have a wonderful St Pats and April Fools.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

FNSI... tomorrow!

Handmade by Heidi

I am hoping to get some sewing in tomorrow night. I have a quilt to start and a bag to finish! How about you?

Dreamy Peach Pie

This is a Pampered Chef Recipe that I have used for quite a while. Last night we were invited to a Pi Night as it was 3/14. Everyone was supposed to bring pie to share. My pie recipe list is limited so I pulled out this easy but tasty recipe. It tastes best with fresh peaches of course, but I can't pick a good peach to save my life, nor could I find any that were reasonably priced, so I went with canned. I tried frozen once, but they just turned to mush when I went to put them in the pie. They tasted fine, still peachy, just not really bite-able if you know what I mean.

 The original recipe calls for whipped topping, an 8 oz. tub, but I have been trying not to eat that chemical concoction anymore, even though it is WAY cheaper than whipping cream. If you make this, feel free to use either one.  I have both options listed in the recipe. And of course, you can use store bought crust as well. I did this time.  I have only put the cinnamon in once. The kids didn't really like it so I haven't done that since, but it does taste good.
One last thing, there were not nearly enough peaches in the one I made, so I think next time, I will do the layers like this: 1/3 of the cream, peach layer, 1/3 of the cream, peach layer, then the last of the cream.

Dreamy Peach Pie – adapted from The Pampered Chef®

6 medium peaches, sliced or 2 large cans of peach slices* (maybe three cans or 10 peaches, if you want 2 layers of peaches)
1 cup cold milk
1 package (3.4oz) vanilla instant pudding
1 container (8oz) whipped topping, thawed  

                   or about 4 cups of whipped cream (beat 2 cups heavy whipping cream with 6 TBSP granulated sugar to yield about  4 3/4 cups. I put it in an empty 8 oz whipped topping tub to check that it was the same volume.)
½ tsp ground cinnamon (optional)    

8 honey graham crackers
3 tbsp sugar
¼ cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350. Finely crush graham crackers in plastic bag with rolling pin to yield 1 ¼ cup crumbs. Combine crumbs and sugar in 1 QT bowl. Stir in melted butter. Press into bottom and up sides of 9” pie plate to form crust. Bake 10 minutes. Cool Completely.

In 1 quart bowl, whisk pudding into milk. Stir until mixture begins to thicken. Fold into whipped topping. Spread about 1/3 of pudding mixture onto bottom of crust. Top with half the peach slices and sprinkle with half the cinnamon; repeat. Top with remaining pudding mixture. Chill at least 4 hours. To serve, slice into wedges.

*You may want to slice the canned slices a little thinner.

Fill crust with 1/3 of pudding/cream mixture

Top with desired amount of sliced peaches

Top with remaining pudding/cream mixture and refrigerate

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

WIP Wednesday: February/March

Not a lot happening with the UFO pile, and I keep adding projects. :)
Such as...

I have plans to start a new quilt with the above fabric that I may or may not be taking the class for in May, so I am not officially adding that one to the list yet.

My Dad's birthday gift is probably not going to make it for his birthday at the end of March but I am going to try. He is getting a Rocky and Bullwinkle quilt. We used to watch this with him when we were kids and when I saw this fabric I knew I had to make something for him. Yardage was scarce (not that I looked very hard) but the Fat Quarter Shop had a fat quarter bundle and half a yard of the white. I tried to think of something to make with this fabric that he would actually use and came up with an apron (he is the cook in the family), but making one with fat quarters did not appeal to me, so he is getting a lap quilt. And I am probably going to strip quilt it for time saving. I am not going to use the daisy fabrics, and I supplemented with some other fat quarters, in yellow, and white with black. I have a sort of plan sketched out and hopefully I can make it work. I am not so great at math.  :)

I recently started using my earbuds with my iPhone, even though they really hurt my ears. I have been listening to the History Quilter podcasts (http://www.historyquilter.com/) and I can't hear well enough without them when I am sewing. I also put one in one ear to listen while I drive. (A bit naughty, probably, but I can't hear them otherwise.) So I want a pouch to keep them in so they don't get lost in the abyss of my purse. I plan on using the tutorial here.

I have really enjoyed Susan's podcasts. She talks about a wide variety of quilting topics historically speaking and also shares about food and her life in general. I like how real she seems. I have no other experience with podcasts and as soon as I am caught up on hers I will be branching out.

And now, back to topic...

This has been my most recent Work in Progress

I finished up one of 2 zipper pouches and was really pleased with how it turned out. (I posted about them here.) I am hoping the second one goes well too. I plan on finishing the second one this week. I just have assembly left.

I finished hand quilting the In-Spur-Ation quilt, acquired fabric for binding, and there it sits.
 Note to self (and you all): Remove painters tape used to hold down quilt for basting immediately after it is basted. Yes, I left the tape on the whole 18 months I worked on it. NOT a good idea. And actually I probably won't use tape again. I don't think it helped a whole lot.
I did get a back made for the table topper, but I have since put that aside, because the table was dismantled and the TV moved to an end table. I still plan on practicing my free motion quilting on it. It just became less of a priority.

I also bought some yarn because my daughter is sure she can teach me to crochet. Never mind that 2 other people have tried. I can't crochet. Did I mention that I hate touching yarn?  Stay tuned. :)

Here is a little summary of some of my projects and the state they are in.

WIP Summary

Completed tops hangin’ out:
Sliced Coins (I have fabric for a back, or it may actually be a back. I can't remember.)
Neutral Mediterranean (no back, I think)
Table topper to put under my TV (back is present and accounted for)

In Progress:
Zipper pouch
1 special doll quilt
4 vintage sheet doll quilts
Binding the In-Spur-Ation quilt (have fabric, need to make the binding)
Rocky and Bullwinkle Quilt

No progress in 30+ days (UFOs):
Advent Calendar
Tree Skirt
Cherry Sweet Road to Ireland – quilted & needs to be bound
Sherbet – quilted & needs to be bound
Bliss – Needs borders
Block of the Month - sashing et al.
Hot Wheels - finish the plan find the black fabric
Skill Builder QA - Put on long term hold. I just don't have time for it right now. I think I will catch up my WIPS before I start again.
MOTP QA - sashing
SuperNova - make more than 1 block!
Very Hungry Caterpillar
+ a few more...

Need to start:
T-shirt quilt
earbud pouch
2 Sliced coins

This month's stats:
Completed projects -
a bunch of dish towels
1 place mat
3 travel sized pillowcases
1 pin cushion
1 Zipper pouch
2 stationary sets (papercrafting, not sewing)

New Projects:

I'm linking up at Lee's Freshly Pieced blog. Go check it out!