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Enjoying Summer?

Hello Everyone,
I do hope all of you are enjoying your Summer. Summer seemed to come on fast this year. My goodness we are approaching the 24th of July. I read an ad yesterday advertizing Back to School. Didn’t the kids just get out of school? I kinda hate to say it but, if we want to get our Holiday sewing done. We are going to have to get crackin!

Here at Thimbles and Threads we will be having some specials for Draper Days (24th of July celebration) I will get back with you with more details soon. We have sooooo many new fabric lines in and more coming each day. It’s way fun. If your wondering…..yep, I am working on a little display using Burlap. I just couldn’t stand it. Oh , and we got in some plain Burlap as well. Before I forget, we have white flannel in stock. Perfect for those Rag Quilts we all love so much. Lets not forget our clearance room. As new fabric arrives we have to make room for it. So we add to the clearance room. Always a great place to shop around in and find the deals and steals.

Okay, now I will step out side of my box for a moment. I have been asked by a number of you for the recipe for the desert that was served at the last event we had here at Thimbles and Threads. So here goes:

Heavenly Pie

¼ plus 2 Tbls. Butter

1 ½ c Flour

¼ c Sugar

1 c Walnuts (I use Pecans)

Put everything in a bowl and mix well. Mixture is kinda dry. Press in bottom of a 9×13 pan and Bake @ 375* for 20 min. Remove from oven and let cool.

Take a 1 ½ pkg. cream cheese (12 oz.) 1 ½ c Powered Sugar, 1 ½tsp. Vanilla. Cream together and spread on cooled crust.

1 6oz. pkg. Instant Chocolate Pudding, 2 2/3 c Milk. Mix together, I use my hand mixer and mix for a couple of minutes. You will see it is setting up. Spread over Cream Cheese  layer. Spread Cool Whip on top. Depending on how much you like Cool Whip will depend on how big of a container you will need (8 or 12 oz.) Using real whipping cream is great as well. Just add a little unflavored gelatin to the cream when you are beating it so it will hold up and not go flat later on. I do like chopped nuts on top or shaved chocolate.

One more tip: This is totally yummy for breakfast. Just say’n!


I am still trying to get the German Potato Salad recipe. When I get it, I will post it for you.

I am enjoying Summer ever so much this year. I don’t know why, I just am. I love the warmth (not hot), I love the smell of the flowers and of  people barbecuing, and the laughter of children playing. I do love a good game of Kick the Can . I love the smell of swimming pools and splashing water. Sewing outside while listening to the birds, trying to mimic their chirps. Ok, I admit I want to think I am talking bird talk , I don’t know what I might be saying. But I want to think they do. Ok so maybe that one is ONLY me. There is a joy to Summer that just can’t be described. Oh…..I love a good watermelon.

Take a walk, sit out side, figure out the cloud formations, find the constellations at night, breath in the fresh air, have a Popsicle. Wiggle your toes. Have some watermelon and think of me thinking I can talk to random birds. “There probably is some kind of medication for this!” Most importantly……..Enjoy Summer and come see us for Draper Days!

Till next time

QL_Quilt Kit_LearningtheRopes

Ready to hunker down and sew

Hello Everyone,

Well it’s a bit rainy today but…..April showers bring May flowers. So I’m thinking it’s a great day to hunker down and sew.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could have a rule that states any time there is inclement weather, we get “oops” HAVE to sew. And every one understands that. No questions asked, just the understanding……moisture in the air of any kind and we go to our sewing room, chair, corner.  Which ever applies and sew. Also, browsing sewing books, magazines, patterns and watching sewing shows on TV or the Internet counts as sewing. We all know it IS part of the sewing process. I would concede that boiling a lot of water and or running the shower with hot water thus creating steam and moisture in the air doesn’t count. (Unless, of course you can pull that one off.)

I am raising my had to make that motion, do I have a second?……..All in favor ……..Oh I do believe we will not be singing “Rain Rain Go Away” any more. Bring it on!!!!!!

Speaking of sewing. We had Open Sew Night last Friday night and again it was such a fun time. It was Sew great to have new people join in the fun.

The Show and Tell was Awesome. Yep, I am posting pictures cuz we all know, I know how now. “As you can tell, I am still not over the joy of figuring  “That” out. I am still jumping up and down at the top of the stairs. WaHoo.”

Beautiful….don’t you agree?

This morning my daughter called. She is in my ever-so- humble opinion. The cutest non sewer out there. To tell me she was sorry she didn’t make it to Open Sew Night. She came last time,” she got a quilt top made.” Oh yea, she knows a good time when she has had one! I kinda, sorta think she just might be a quilter after all! Yippie.

As you can see. Some really awesome projects were created and started and finished. We had loads of fun, laughter, food….(We need fortification to keep sewing!) Speaking of that, I promised I would put the recipe in this blog for the Taco Soup I made.  Super easy to make, yet freakishly yummy.So here goes……

Saute the following:

1 lb ground beef                             1 medium onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste.  Add:
1 can kidney beans drained (I prefer 1 can pinto beans drained and 1 can drained small great northern white beans.)
1 can corn undrained                      1 small can tomato sauce
1 can (28 oz.) tomatoes, I use a quart of home bottled tomatoes.
1 pkg taco seasoning

Simmer several hours. We like it served with Frito’s and grated cheese.

Guess who showed up to quilt on the long arm? Glen. Hes does a great job. He used a new pantograph this time that he said he really enjoyed using. Well I must agree because his quilt sure was cute. See for your selves….

OK, so he hid behind it. Oh but there is more…

We got him to come out!

A little close up of the design he chose. See how he does such a great job.

I told ya, I told ya, so now I’ve gone and showed ya!!!!!! I know your all saying “I wanna do that too.”
Well….come get certified and you will be doing that.

Just a thought, or maybe this is called a truism.

“Never underestimate the power of a woman with a sewing machine”

On that note.

Till next time