Tote Bag

Posted February 2, 2009 by allenada
Categories: fabric, sewing

I made this for nursing-student-daughter–for those hefty textbooks.  She has inherited my caffeine-dependency gene.  The fabric is from my stash, the maker long-forgotten.  What cute polka-dotted cups!




Jingle Jangle Thangle

Posted February 1, 2009 by allenada
Categories: sewing


buck-a-blockNow it’s going through my head…”I’ve got spurs that jingle jangle jingle…”  Well, despite my (great) years in Texas, I have no spurs.

But I do have Thangles!  They’re preprinted paper pattern pieces (say that fast 5 times), and I’m using them as part of a “buck a block” project at our local quilting shop.  That’s the first block, and I get the instructions and fabric for the next block on Tuesday–for a buck.


Posted January 28, 2009 by allenada
Categories: Baking

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Thanks to Sandi for her welcome to BYOB–Bake Your Own Bread.   You can learn about it at her blogbread

These are from the master recipe in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a DayDoes anyone know why my dough turns gray on top after a few days in the fridge?  Could it be my water?  Or the kind of salt I use?  (I use regular table salt; I read that I can use it by reducing the amount from 1 and 1/2 tablespoons to 1 tablespoon.  It’s iodized.  Does that matter?)   The gray part gets mixed into the boule and forms gray streaks–not attractive.

Wow!  I pasted this question into the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day blog and had an answer from Zoe within minutes!  She says it’s probably due to my sealing the keeping bowl too tightly so that alcohol builds up and causes the gray stuff–als0 that sprinkling flour on top of the dough helps prevent the build-up. 

Yet another creative outlet

Posted January 27, 2009 by allenada
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Sometimes I’m here:


Recently some other musicians and I played and sang this song , written by Charles Wesley.  To my mind, it is a perfect combination of clear theology and heart-felt passion:

And can it be that I should gain 
An interest in the Savior’s blood!
Died he for me? who caused his pain!
For me? who him to death pursued? 

Amazing love! How can it be 
That thou, my God, shouldst die for me? 

He left his Father’s throne above
(So free, so infinite his grace!), 
Emptied himself of all but love, 
And bled for Adam’s helpless race.

 ‘Tis mercy all, immense and free, 
For O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay, 
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night; 
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; 

 My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed thee. 

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him, is mine; 
Alive in him, my living Head, 
And clothed in righteousness divine,

Bold I approach th’ eternal throne, 
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Dressed up for church

Posted January 27, 2009 by allenada
Categories: sewing, Uncategorized

Here is the project which, partly due to its improvisational nature, gave me lots of practice ripping, straightening, trimming and re-sewing.



This is a casserole cozy-caddy.  It is custom-made to carry and insulate a 9×14 glass casserole dish with a thick, sturdy lid.  It’s all dressed up for church, which is where its recipient often totes such dishes.  The outer fabric is from the Michael Miller Farmers’ Market collection, designed by Sandi Henderson.  When you open the handles, you find this:caddy2The caddy is padded with both cotton batting and Insul-Bright, to keep those baked beans warm for a long time.  Here’s a close-up of the button, which is really a light green stacked on a dark green one:caddy11And when you unbutton it, you find … caddy4a red thick sturdy plastic casserole lid that clashes awfully with those cute apple-green prints!

Outdoing Others

Posted January 18, 2009 by allenada
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I’ve done a lot of learning at the machine over the weekend (i.e., I’ve done a lot of seam ripping), and I’ll post about that soon (since I have Monday off–yayyyyyyy).

But just now I’m thinking about something I read recently on C. J. Mahaneys blog.  This man is a joyful, transparent lover of God and His people, and I always enjoy listening to and reading his work. mahaney

 A few days ago he wrote about serving and “surprising” others:

I think most of us understand the priority Scripture places on serving the needs of others. I don’t think I need to convince you of its importance.

But what about surprising others? What’s up with that?

Granted, surprising others is not always distinct from serving them. But while we often think of serving as limited to meeting obvious needs, there is more to it than that. Paul writes, “Outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10, ESV). The intentionality and the intensity of this statement are hard to miss. God commands a holy competition in showing honor to others.

This is a worthy and practical way to think of my relationship with others–especially those closest to me, whom serving can sometimes become kind of mundane and–well, thankless (literally).  I’m intrigued by the thought of surprising them with how much I’m doing for their good.

May the Lord bless you on His day!

It Works!

Posted January 16, 2009 by allenada
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This is my first try at free motion quilting!  It works!  (Of course, I still need to practice.)


And the reason it works is because of these:


A free-motion embroidery/quilting foot and a cover plate for the feed dogs!  (Can you see them, even though they are clear plastic?)  My wonderful husband gave them to me for Christmas.  How could he know that my email with the very specific Web link to those two machine attachments would lead him to exactly what I wanted?