Saturday, May 23, 2015
Well I have been through a real adventure since the beginning of the month. On the 7th of May I had 1/3 of my breast removed and a bunch of lymph nodes removed under my arm. Youch.
I had two groups of friends who gathered blocks together to make me two lovely and most comforting quilts.
Carol Heuter from Arizona sent the bra quilt to girls on My Yahoogroups friendship circle. Tami from Lemontreetales.com did the lovely quilting after Carol put it together. It is washed and comfy and comforting too!
The back is signature blocks- a lovely setting done by Carol
The borders are above and I love it. So very pretty and the cheddar is an amazing inner border.
Below is the quilt underneath it. That quilt was made for me by top Quilt teachers you all Know. They made the blocks and sent them to Kathy Kansier who put the quilt together. I have had it on my bed since Mark died last year. I cannot tell you what this has done for me.
Someone sent me this little Charlie Brown cartoon. It made me smile. Hope it gives you a smile too.
Opened up The socks and here was what the bottom of the pair read.
For chickens that are coming June 1st. I am hoping this will Give me some joy And fun. And I have chicken designs drawn up and ready the be made for a chicken book. Pretty fuN !!
Good enough yet to write (by hand) and thank you.
My Asilomar class has filled for next year. I am teaching Christmas memories.
It will be five days of great fun.
I am planning on teaching this year in the Fall as planned. My radiation starts The beginning of June and will last five weeks at least. I will be taking some pills also for five years. Hopefully this will be the last of Cancer haunting me and my family.
I am blessed and thankful for God's many blessings.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Asilomar Christmas Workshop and the BEST Meatloaf by Dawn that you will ever eat! Straight from Heaven!
So I am offering a Christmas class at Asilomar next year and five people have signed up to finish story quilts. I plan to have a small booklet of Christmas ornaments to copy and embellish and enjoy. I will have tree patterns and wreath patterns and ideas for both cotton and wool!
If you would like to take the workshop it is here
Borders will be an option for this workshop.
So I had a dear friend who died of a heart attack a couple of years ago and I miss her. She sent me her most favorite meatloaf recipe and many of you have asked for it again.
Here it is. Happily. Dawn's daughter sent this to me. :0)
Here it is Mary Lou....the very best meat loaf recipe in the whole wide world...I could eat the whole thing myself...feel free to pass it on to whom ever you want..my mom would be pleased if you did.
2 lb hamburger
2 1/2 cups of grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp pepper
3 Tbl chili sauce
1 TLb Worcester sauce have no idea how to spell it
2 cups corn flakes
1 cup milk
mix in large bowl with hands is the best way...I put mine in a large cake pan, 9 x 13 I think, and make a ring out of it...leaves a large hole in the middle
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
When it is JUST about done I remove a little of the liquids so there is room for the sauce..I spoon the sauce over the top of the meat loaf and put it back in the oven just long enough to kind of set the sauce.
brown one clove garlic in one Tbl of olive oil
add 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
dash or oregano
1/2 cup tomatoe sauce
2 Tbl honey
simmer for about 30 minutes
I usually make this while the meat loaf is cooking
I hope you like it...I serve it with twice baked potatoes and it makes awesome sandwiches with some thinly sliced onions.
so the challenge is on.....let me know what you think when you get time to do it...
Dawn Tonioli..a happy retreater come home
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Below is Penny who is a lot of fun and is a retired kinder garden teacher. She gave me three cases of blue bottles once for my bottle trees. She is very giving and kind and fun girl!
Below is Anita who did not understand color or Hoochy piecing when she first started. Now she totallygets it! She understands easy ways to choose color and also Hoochy piecing. Was fun to see her go "aha!"
Linda did the blocks above and below. Really fun! Pink
Looks so good here!
Below is how many of us work- with it ALL in front of us!!!
Below is Anita's board
Lettering for her story quilt! Her Hoochy blocks look great too! "My soul is fed with a needle and thread."
She was lots of fun and a go getter! We all got a kick out of her.
Above is Roxi and she is working on a wedding quilt for her son and his wife. Very nice and wore her tiara as a head band. Quite stylish and good at great blocks
Us. This is the only photo that does not have his finger over the lens. Haha
We had many more students and four from Colorado! I took all my photos against the light of the windows and they did not work! Would love to share if anyone wants to share more please do!
Friday, May 8, 2015
Of 90 different crosses made for a healing quilt by Mary Lou's students and friends. Michele Bileux put them together with the back shown and a pillowcase using 36 more. They are in the mail and will be here soon.
The curtains in my pre op space before my breast cancer surgery. I love plaids.
Here I am after I got my sleepy injection before they took me to surgery - that was the last thing I remembered until they woke me up . I am home today and resting up. I have had some pain and some nausea. It is hard to just sit and not lift or do little chores around the house.
How blessed you feel with something in the mail that helps . I had never seen these before.
God was good to me from friend's prayers and I had no fear. I went in knowing I was in good hands. I had 1/3 of my breast removed and some lymph nodes taken out. I find out if they got it all on the 13th and then start on radiation and possibly chemo.
Life is good and my three wonderful children were with me the entire time. I am feeling very blessed.
Bunny sisters I owe you letters. Thank you sincerely to the many of you who prayed and offered advice and love.
I am indeed blessed. I love my dear friends. Thank you.