Aren't these little bags so cute? Each square is only 1 1/2 inches finished.
The bags are easy. They are even easier to
enlarge. I used the tutorial at a very nice blog called Pink Penguin. I have the link listed under my favorite blogs and site on the right.----------------------------->

I made 15 of them to give as gift during the holidays to my beloved mini bee friends.

After making 3 of them exactly as the direction stated, I experimented. Now I have cute bags that are larger, quilted and embellished with a food safety removable lining. I'm going use them to carry my holiday banana bread to my "special" neighbors and friends.

Another Wonkie Quilt

I made this wonkie African Animal quilt
to show off the new fabric at the quilt store. It turned out pretty cute and I love the bold colors.

Paper Piecing Class

I took a paper piecing class by McMeeking. Her quilts represent the tiled floors in Italy. Aren't they beautiful?
I love to paper piece and really hope I can finish this quilt sometime in my lifetime!

Keep your fingers crossed.


My family loves my Banana Bread.
And I love fall because I can finally
start baking again. (summer is just
too hot to turn on the oven.)
Today was a great day. I spent most of
the day in the kitchen and when the bread
was baking, I slipped into my studio
to work on these cute little fabric
baskets I'm making for gifts.

Here is my Banana Bread Recipe if you would
like to try it. Tell me what you think.
Makes 3 large loaves.

Oven temp 350 degrees.
Bake time:55-65 minutes

Add all ingredients in large bowl. DO NOT over mix. Mix until all ingredients are moistened. Use your spatula to scrap down bowl after a minute of mixing on medium speed.

5 level cups all purpose flour
2 cup sugar
2 1/2 Tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon banana extract
1/2 cup salad oil
1 1/2 cups milk
3 eggs
2 cups finely chopped walnuts
(if you put your nuts in a plastic storage bag and use your rolling pin to pound--there is no mess)

Oil and flour your bread pans. Hint: I spray my pans with bakers spray and then put a lining of wax paper on the bottom and spray again. You wont have any bread sticking with this technic.

Halley's Comet

What happened to the light show? I was really looking forward to observing the bits of debris from Halley's Comet interact with Earth's atmosphere. The Orionid display was supposed to be most intense between 1 a.m. (Wednesday morning actually) and 6 a.m. We went out side at midnight (maybe Halley will come early?) and I cant see a thing. The sky is overcast in Chicagoland. We were up at 4:30am and ITS RAINING. I missed the great experience because of clouds. Well, I guess I will have to wait for the next time Halley's Comet breaks up for us to witness. I only have to be patient for 76 years!