Top Pattern Trend for 2016

I love when you have a vision of something that is going to be big and then it is!  You all know how much I LOVE the geometric shapes and bold bursts of color that you get in these traditional barn quilts...and now it is here as Scotch Blue Top Pattern Trend for 2016!

I loved this article and the pattern links.  Go take a look and I challenge you to find a space in your home to go big and bold with color and paint!  I know I am more inspired from this article and already have a wall I'm going to use these ideas on!!!


Strawberry Spice Rhubarb Pie

 My husbands favorite pie is any kind that has rhubarb.  The man loves it!  We have a small patch of it growing outside our kitchen door that amazingly gets left alone by the deer and rabbits.  I have a love of rhubarb because it was a family favorite that my grandmother grew. 

She would tell us how her grandparents took rhubarb with them as they went west to plant on the Nebraska plains for fruit.  I never understood why rhubarb would be considered a fruit for them until we drove across the plains last year and saw how barren some of those places are.  Now I cherish the stalks that grow outside my kitchen window and pass the stories down to me kids.

I have cookbooks with a bunch of family recipes for this good stuff....but my favorite so far is the Strawberry Rhubarb Spice Pie we made last Sunday.  It was stuffed with fruit and was perfectly almost tasted like a really fruity apple pie!  If you love a bit of tart and sweet...this pie is for you!!!

Strawberry Spice Rhubarb Pie

5 to 6 Cups of Frozen Rhubarb, thawed and drained.
2 Cups of Fresh Sliced Strawberries
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup White Sugar
1 Teaspoon Apple Pie Spice or Allspice
1/4 Cup Cardamom
1/4 Teaspoon Ginger
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
4 Teaspoons of Ground Arrowroot - (Available at most health 
food stores or baking isles)
1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
1 Large Egg, Beaten
2 - 10 Inch Crusts
1 Egg White
3 Tablespoons of Raw Sugar

Lay your pie crust into a 9 inch pie tin and preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Combine the rhubarb, sugars, spices, salt and arrowroot and mix together thoroughly.  Add the beaten egg and lemon juice.  Pour into the pie shell and cover with your pastry top.  

Place the pie in the fridge for 15 minutes to chill and set the crust before baking.  Take out of the fridge and brush with egg white and dust with raw sugar.
Place the pie on the middle rack of the oven set at 425 degrees and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned.  Then lower your oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake for an additional 40 minutes or until the filling is bubbling and the crust is brown.

Let cool for a few hours before serving.  Enjoy this pie with either fresh cream or ice cream...either way it is fantabulous!!!!


She Was a Wildflower

Once in a while there is a saying that just sticks to your heart...
I heard this saying a few months ago and fell in love with it.  Maybe it was because our Maggie's birthday was coming up and she was on my mind...but for me this saying "In a Field of Roses...She was a Wildflower" is for her.    
She came to this world with the courage to be herself...a joy that bursts out and makes everything bright...a heart large enough to love even the ones who seem unlovable...and a smile that lights up the universe.  
She has always been my wildflower ....never worrying about what the world thought she should be...she is her own.   
She is now a mommy of her own little guy and an amazing wife too....and loving life everyday.  She is an inspiration to me and I feel very blessed to be her mother and friend!
So this stitch is on it's way to California with a box of her favorite Swig Cookies...wish I could send a Bloody Wild too....guess it will have to wait until she gets back to Utah!  I posted the pattern in The Shop for you to stitch for your own "wildflowers"!!!  Happy Birthday Maggie...I love you!


Families Are Like Quilts

Sometimes you find a saying that just sticks to your heart...

I saw this saying many years ago when my children were just little and it stuck to my heart, not even knowing how true it would be in my life.  "Families are like quilts.  Sometimes they become unraveled...but they can always be stitched back together with love."  I think of this saying every time our family seems to get a little "unraveled" and remember that the same virtues that it takes to sew a quilt, (passion, patience, vision, love, etc.) are the same that is takes to keep a family "stitched" together.

I just listed this pattern including the stitching guide in The Shop and as a new list gift it's 20% this month!  I hope you are enjoying these fresh new summer days ...grab some stitching and head for the mountains.  It's one of my favorite ways to spend a hot summer day.