Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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Pig-Lick Cake

My friend JJ shared this recipe with me about a month ago. I was in a rush and needed something homemade. I’m kind of embarrassed that this cake is as simple as it is, but everyone loves it. I’ve made it 5 times since he gave me the recipe. The only problem is getting it to the destination…I have a fork in my car for emergency situations. Thanks again JJ for this Southern delight!

1 box yellow cake mix
1 c. vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges with juice

1 (9 oz.) container whipped topping
1 lg. box instant vanilla pudding
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple (drained)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake mix, mandarin oranges, eggs and oil. Beat 2 minutes on highest speed then reduce speed to lowest setting and and beat for 1 minute. Pour batter into greased and floured 9″ x 13″ inch baking pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and set. Remove from oven and cool completely. Combine whipped topping, instant vanilla pudding and pineapple. Stir together until mixed thoroughly. Let stand in the refrigerator 15 minutes, or until mixture has set to spreading consistency. Spread pineapple mixture over top of cake. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator.

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Sew many projects

Dancing Ribbons Quilt

Do I really want to start another project? Why yes I do! I’m thinking something simple so I can get back to one of the many projects I still have in the works. What about you? Are you working on your own designs or getting some help from an existing pattern? I recently ran across a blog called Free Quilting and they have some pretty cool ideas and patterns available. If you’re looking for some inspiration, you should check it out!


Intro to Heat-Set Machine Applique with Grace Errea

One of the advantages of belonging to a guild is the opportunity to get to hear some very talented people talk about their art and take a class from these teachers. Saturday I was able to join Grace Errea for a one-day workshop. She gave a wonderful lecture at the Glendale Quilt Guilds monthly meeting. The quilts Grace showed at the guild were stunning…her use and knowledge of color was incredibly inspiring. Fusible applique really isn’t my ‘thing’, but now I have to rethink my opinion. Grace uses a technique that prevents the raw edges of the fabric from fraying and doesn’t leave you with a finished product that is stiff, like so many other fusible products. The class was full and we all had a great time.

When I began quilting, I tried to take as many classes as possible without breaking the bank. I have found that some teachers are good at the teaching component and not so strong at the lecture portion. And others, great at lecturing and then when it comes to teaching they’re just “so-so”. Grace brought the entire package to the guild…she has an inspiring knowledge of the use and application of color.

My project is going to be a time consuming piece and I only have a tiny portion of it put together. I’m excited about the process and can’t wait to work on it more. But, of course, I’ve started another new project!

Check out her website for more of her work.

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An Improv-Piecing Workshop with Sherri Lynn Wood


It isn’t often that I have the chance to take a class lately. When I heard that Sherri Lynn Wood was going to be in Los Angeles I knew that I had to sign-up. I’ve always been a fan of her work. Sherri’s use of color and improv piecing is fantastic. Fifteen ladies and I let the fabric fly as we created our own improve works of art. I really like her design approach and her teaching methods were inspiring. With 16 people in the class the space was tight and nobody seemed to mind. Everybody produced a beautiful piece by the end of the day. For me it was very inspiring to be in a room surrounded by so many creative people. Each person had their own creative take on the method she was teaching and that resulted in a variety of improve piecing. Great job ladies! And Sherri, thank you for joining LAMQG for this incredible day. Be sure to check Sherri’s blog for more of her work and class schedule.