Monday, March 7, 2011

It's Cupcake Heaven...


Here's Number Seven!

What's wrong with this picture?

Remember when we all gathered around our television sets in awe and wonder as our NASA astronauts blasted off for outer space?  And then we tuned in at every opportunity to make sure all was well and that they would land safely.  How many people today are even aware that the space shuttle Discovery is leaving the space station for the last time today?  How many even knew it was up there?
I saw a small blurb about the Discovery's final journey on the evening news the day it took off... nothing like the 24 hour coverage space travel used to receive and I came across an online article about it leaving the space station this morning.
Unfortunately, I think our general apathy regarding this event -- and many others -- is a sign of where our world is going.  Why is it that a spoiled rich brat who happens to be in the movies makes headlines when she "borrows" a necklace makes major headlines... people are following it on twitter... etc. etc. but the fact that an entire team of patriots is risking their lives doesn't even cause a ripple in the media?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Printable Fabrics Question

I've spent a leisurely morning cruising around in cyberspace, just looking for some inspiration for a new project.  I'm planning to make a memory quilt -- you know the ones that are all the rage right now.  Print your pictures on fabric and then incorporate those pictures into a quilt design.  Here's the thing -- there are so many different printable fabric products out there that it's hard to know which one to use. 
The quilt I'm planning to make is not going to hang on a wall or lay on a bed to look beautiful.  It's going to be used -- A LOT -- which means it must be washable.  I have used Printed Treasures for making quilt labels.  The labels that I've printed can still be read, but over time -- and many washings -- they have faded a bit.  That is to be expected but my concern is that  I haven't actually used a photograph on any of these labels.  Since there is much more ink used on photos, will this affect the staying power when laundered?
If you have used any of these printable fabric products for printing pictures, can you please share your experience?  You can leave comments here or, if you prefer, you can email me at -- Thanks in advance for any info you have to share!
Happy Stitchin!

Give a shout! Cupcake five is out!

cupcakeCupcake Five has been posted.  Check it out
and try the recipe that is included too!

Friday, March 4, 2011

So does anyone think spring is coming?

It has been a long and exhausting winter and I am soooo ready for it to be over.  We got a quick glimpse of nice weather yesterday -- it was 25 degrees ABOVE zero -- whoopee!  I am just hoping that the old adage that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb is true.   I am so ready for the snow to start melting away.  Wait a minute... that means mud... I may reconsider...
Oh -- by the way -- Cupcake Four has been posted.  Check it out!

Cupcake Day Four

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cupcake Two...

Cupcake Two is ready for you.  Check it out HERE!  And don't forget that each pattern has a cupcake recipe.


cupcakeA cupcake a day will keep the grumpies away!  For the next 2 weeks I'll be posting an applique pattern for a cupcake everyday.  These are not my patterns but free patterns that I have gotten while in my cyberquilting mode.  Each of the patterns also has a recipe!  Go to my Free Patterns page to find them!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Twelve Free Patterns!

Cyber quilting just keeps getting better!  I've told you about my online shop hops and now I've found a way to get a DOZEN free patterns -- and you can too!  Just go to and follow the directions.  You'll find inspiration and get free patterns too.
Just so everyone knows -- I do not get paid for any of the items I share here.  These are just cool things that I've found on the internet and I want to share with you so when you need to take a break from your sewing machine, cruise a few cybershops and get some cool stuff!