Magnanimously homeschooling, worshiping, creating.......

Join us on a journey of faith, healing, learning to live with part of our hearts missing, and recovery, as our family rebuilds our lives, after our son's long battle with cancer....and his eventual rise on eagle's wings into Heaven...victory is his...he is serving the King!!!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Fabric dyeing and host student's quilt progress.

Here are some results of my lovely lavender fabric dyeing. I really enjoyed this process with the exception of rinsing 

This one was an experiment using the dropper.

K is almost finished with her quilt. She is making straight quilt lines.
Binding tomorrow!

Good looking loaf of fresh ground, whole white wheat, homemade bread. 

This is my 'postage stamp' hand stitch piece I am working on as I sit with my man in the evening. Only two 9 patches thus far, but I am really enjoying it. The middle piece is my own embroidery. I changed it to 1 1/2" because my eyes stopped straining at that size. haaa

More fabric dye fat quarters.

Really in to hand piecing right now, so I joined the hand piece quilt along. week 1 is a 9 patch.
Used my dyed fabric.

Update on daughter's travel quilt. Here is the block she chose for one of the sides of the quilt. Hoping to wipe this out after we finish K's quilt.
Good fortune quilt? Well, it is tabled for right now. I have a bunch of these graduation projects to finish first.

Many blessings to you and happy stitching!!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Good Fortune Mystery Quilt clues update....Japanese New Year!!

Ok, well, I was unable to keep posting here as I tackled each clue, but here is a taste of some of my clues. I just need to redo some of the clue #2 (accidentally made the wrong size!!) and finish clue clue #3. I am loving it so far!!
Clue #1 finished, see prev post.

Clue #2
so sad that I made the wrong size, but I will use these in another project.
 I am able to use some of these lovely purples still.

Clue #4~ finished
Absolutely love these.
I used a variety of oranges and a thin strip of purple,
 so I hope that works well.
Clue #5
First time making quarter half square triangles.
Super fun, especially with Bonnie's new tool I purchased.
Also, started using my purple linen I have had around for some time, love it!

Clue #6
Strip piecing again. Love doing this.
Love how they turned out.

Happy New Year!!!
We celebrated with a traditional Japanese New Year meal.
It turned out very well.
This made our Japanese exchange daughter very happy.

Misumi continues her mission to supervise and assist all quilting activities!!

Pencil Case
Made for my daughter out of her favorite cotton and steel
Japanese train ride canvas fabric!
Will make more of these.

More quilt updates coming soon.
Blessings to you...

Monday, November 26, 2018

Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2018

My goal is to truly document this mystery quilt well, as I go. I almost started last year's On Ringo Lake, but after having fun picking fabric, I was simply unable to get started and lost track of the whole thing. This year, I had half  of the fabric ready and I am a go for 'Good fortune' excited, and so far, I am having so much fun seeing the first clue come together. It's addicting.
Go here to check out the full instructions from Bonnie's website.

 Here is some of my fabric color selections....everything is from my stash.
greens~bright greens
oranges~ oranges/ coral

 I love seeing this chain lengthen at my sewing machine.

 Sew pretty.....

 Misumi is the fabric protector and supervisor and loves to keep me company while I quilt.

 I just love this sew much!!

 We had a major snow storm come in last night...all night...

It is still coming.... 
and we ended up with 13"!!!

The girls went was K's first time...

Friday, May 11, 2018

Ninja Boy's Flannel Rag Quilt

I finished this quilt for the third born way back in November, but as you can see, I fail to get these things documented in a timely manner. lol
 Love that boy's smile!

We have fabric protecting, project supervising cats around here. 
Above is a better look at the color of the blanket.

He loves it, by the way. A special thanks  to my hubby for helping with all of the cutting of the edges. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

My Favorite Gluten Free Banana Bread I Have Made So Far

   My Favorite Gluten Free Banana Bread I Have Made So Far

         I have made some yummy banana bread before, and I've gotten a fair knack of replacing the wheat in a recipe, but this one is my all time favorite, so far.  Moist, fresh, and doesn't 'taste' gluten free.

1 Cup Ground White Buckwheat Flour (you know this is one of my favorite gf ingredients)
1/3 Cup Almond Flour not quite full, add some Brown Rice Flour to top it off. (I buy this and keep a small 1 lb package in the freezer)
3/4 tsp baking powder 
3/4 tsp baking soda 
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 ripe bananas peeled and cut into small pieces
2 eggs 
2/3 cup granulated sugar ( I used a healthier sugar)
1/3 cup plain yogurt ( I used full fat yogurt)
2 1/2tbsp unsalted butter (can replace with non dairy)
2 1/2 tbsp vanilla 
1/4 cup walnuts (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray your loaf pan, I used the longer version, seen above, and love how it heated it through, perfectly. It is a Norpro and it is approx 11.5" x 4.5".
Insert metal blade of your processor, pulse to combine the flour, baking powder and soda, salt, and nuts, about 5 times. You can use a 5x9.
Reserve in bowl.
Process banana until pureed, about 30 seconds. Scrape work bowl and process another 10 seconds. Add eggs, sugar, yogurt, butter and vanilla extract. Process until well combined, about 10-15 secs. Add dry ingredients. Pulse until flour is just mixed, about 5 to 6 times.
Pour into prepared pan. Bake until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. (50 approx for 5x 9 pan)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Daughter's Sweet 16 Swoon Pattern Quilt is Finished!!

 I actually finished this a couple weeks ago, and she has been loving and enjoying it ever since. 
I am so proud of this. 
This quilt was made with lots of love piecing and quilting on my domestic machine. 
Finished size 
81" X 81"

 She chose owls for the back! Very cute and whimsical.

Some close up looks at my quilting. I pre-designed my plan for each block, 
with only small subtle differences.
Swirls around the sashing and borders.

A close up of the quilting from the back.

She loves it!
I love her!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sweet 16 Progress

The sashing has been now complete.
I decided to do this at home and not rent the long arm. 
I really wanted to do it all myself and save some money!

 Borders are on.
 Cute 'owly' backing is ready. 
 It's a sea of owls.
 Misi loves to be very involved with each quilt.
Here we go...quilting in the ditch first. So excited!!


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Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:
MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.