Ballet 2011

ballet 2011 cedi The other weekend was Cedi’s first ballet recital.  Cedi started taking ballet at the beginning of this year (I was the mom that forgot to sign my kid up when dance started in the fall).  039

I tried to get a picture of all three girls together…here’s what happened…

Cedi LOVED ballet and I LOVED taking her (until I got ridiculously hugely pregnant and then papa and grandma took over for the end classes).  038

Aunt Karma flew back from Virginia for the recital (and to meet Pip I guess…)

It was honestly the most amusing half and hour of my week.  Well, the whole thing wrapped up with a big recital – two and a half hours of a recital to be exact.  It was really well done and I have to give Miss Erin props for keeping it all together the way she did.  Kids from ages 3.5 to 18 performed.  It was pretty amazing.  Jared did have to stay for both recitals as he is unable at this point to feed Pip.  Next year will be better for him since I’ll be able to handle the dress rehearsal and the two recitals – AND we’ll have two beautiful girls in it. 

040 Cedi in her ballet costume.  I think one of her favorite parts of ballet is getting to wear tutus!

And here’s Cedi’s little dance – fast forward through the first minute…035 Even Pip got into the action.  SHe wore a beautiful dress from Auntie Nise…036complete with her very own ballet slippers!

If you live in the Poynette Area and want to sign up your little one for the summer dance program here’s some information:

  • Summer Dance Registration
  • Center Stage Dance Academy
  • Erin Lyn Geiger
  • 117 Garnet Drive
  • Sun Prairie, WI 53590
  • 608-577-1648
  • Regular Classes Wednesday: July 6, 13, 20, 27

Miss Erin does a fabulous job and is very reasonably priced – and your kiddo(s) will LOVE her!!!

Easy Rhubarb Dessert – Market Fresh Recipe

The other day at my woman’s group the host made this delicious Rhubarb Dessert.  I requested the recipe at once and was given permission to share it with you all as well.

Easy Rhubarb Dessert


~Sue Karman

Easy Rhubarb Dessert10 cup diced rhubarb (I found this growing wild by my fence line)
1 (3oz) pkg. strawberry jello
1 cup sugar
1 cup half & half  (milk or water can replace the half & half if you prefer)
1 stick butter melted
1 yellow cake mix (dry)
1 cup oatmeal
In a 9x13" cake pan, layer rhubarb, jello, sugar, then cake mix. Pour Half& Half over 
all. Sprinkle oatmeal evenly over the cake mix. Drizzle melted butter on top.

Easy Rhubarb Dessert
Bake 1 hour @350 My favorite way to serve this is warm with ice cream!!Easy Rhubarb Dessert


Block 8: 4 Wheeler – Modern Solids Patchwork Squared Quilt Along

4 Wheeler:   Patchwork Squared Modern Solids Quilt Along Here’s the 8th block for the Quilt Along – 4 Wheeler.  I did modify this a little bit… Instead of using all teeny tiny squares I made a few rectangles.  It really helped me make a more accurate block and I think the end effect is essentially the same.Blocks 1 though 8: Patchwork Squared Modern Solid's Quilt Along

And here’s a photo of the blocks I have so far – just TWO left (and the sashing)!P2 Modern Solids Quilt Along

A look back:

Rainy Day Update


It’s a perfect rainy day out here.  The one that I used to cuddle up on the couch with a good book and a hot cup of tea.  Now that I have three kiddo’s with lots of energy – these days aren’t quite as peaceful as they were.  But I have managed to get all three to sleep at the same time.  Once I’m done with this post I hope to join them.

Since the last ‘Update’ our family has gotten much healthier.  Cedi’s cough is gone and she’s completed her antibiotic's.  My painful boobs turned into a fun case of mastitis – I’m also done with my antibiotics and feeling much better.  Capri had the same cold/cough Cedi had and on the Monday after Cedi’s pneumonia diagnosis she had a fever.  I brought her in (yup – we saw the doctor a lot in just a few days) and she had an ear infection (no pneumonia) and she’s also done with her antibiotics.  Last weekend, Aunt Karma came for a visit.  She wanted to meet Pip and Cedi had her ballet recital (pictures to come).  008   I brought Pip outside to visit with Aunt Karma and show off her tummy time skills.  Within seconds she was fast asleep on the quilt!  Without anyone holding her – a miracle!  So, I grabbed a book and just hung out with her as she napped – I think I may have an outside baby…047 Cedi is doing great.  She’s loving being a big sister and she still has ridiculously long legs!066 Capri is loving being a big sister BUT I don’t think she’s loving the attention from her mama that she’s lost.  Lots of crying and meltdowns.  I hope she gets through this phase quickly.  I think as Pip gets onto more of a schedule things will get easier for us all.

Jared’s doing fine too – I know I don’t talk about him much but he doesn’t change too often.  He’s back to work and still trying to do lots around the orchard.  I have to give him lots of credit for including the two older girls in as much of the work he has to do as possible.  This is not an easy task and involves more patience than I have.

I mentioned that I was going to be re-starting weight watchers.  I now have two weeks under my belt.  The first week I lost 2.4 lbs and this past week I lost another 3 for a total of 5.4 lbs!  I really love this program and hope to continue to be successful with it.  I’ve also started a ZUMBA class on Sunday’s.  I LOVE it!  I want to do more but I think I’m going to let myself heal a bit more before I add in another class a week.

My question for today is:

What healthy snack do you munch on during the day?

Spoonflower Fabric – Made from Quilts

One of the reasons I love to quilt is the beautiful fabric I get to use when I do it.  Not only that – but once the quilt is done I essentially have a whole new gorgeous piece of fabric. 

Lately I’ve been dreaming of designing my own fabric and the website has made this dream a possibility. 

I’ve played around with the Bamboo my brother got me for my birthday but one of the newest things I’ve done is used the photo’s I’ve taken of my quilts and made them into fabric.  I am LOVING what’s come out of this and I can’t wait to find some time to create some things with this yardage!


The photo’s I’m going to show you do not do the fabric justice – be sure to check out my Spoonflower site to see more true to life colors and you can even purchase some for yourself!New Fabrics from SpoonflowerGalaxies Converge   New Fabrics from Spoonflower  Modern PoppiesNew Fabrics from Spoonflowerclose up of Modern Poppies – I love how you can see the quilting details in the fabric!New Fabrics from SpoonflowerSwirls and Rectangles (I think a stuffed owl is going to be made from this one…) New Fabrics from Spoonflower Zip City Quilt PrintNew Fabrics from Spoonflower

Office Supply Challenge

New Fabrics from Spoonflower

Tweed Madness

These next fabrics are made from photo’s I’ve taken of some of my jewelryNew Fabrics from Spoonflower

ring of flowers


New Fabrics from Spoonflower

Stack of Pearls


what do you think!?

Roller Derby Girls

228377_10150609363180543_726195542_18697452_4744439_n  I bought a pair of adjustable roller skates at a garage sale a few weeks ago.  Cedi was really excited to try them out but I had to pick up some padded gear first.  Yesterday was her first day on her skates and she spent well over an hour on them – already well worth the $2. 

This morning, the girls were up at 6am ready to go roller skating!  I did make them wait until everyone was fed, dressed and ready before we headed out. 

Now I just need to come up with some great Roller Derby Names for them. 

Cedi I was thinking “Princess Pandemonium” 

Capri I’m not quite sure yet…

Anyone else have any ideas?

Bath Time Baby!

060LOVING Pip’s huge belly!

I have so much I want to write for you all but this adorable little one is not really giving me ANY time at the computer!  I’ll update when I can :)

Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Spring 2011 – Owl Be Yours

ENTRY Project QUILTING - Be My Valentine Challenge Entry - Owl Be Yours

I actually have made lots of quilts in the last year so it was difficult for me to figure out exactly which one to share.  I finally decided on my quilt, ‘Owl Be Yours’ that I created for the ‘Be My Valentine’ Project QUILTING Challenge.   As I’m looking back on these post’s Amy was actually the guest judge for this challenge too – I hadn’t realized that when I decided that this would be my quilt for the festival!

Project QUILTING - Be My Valentine Challenge Entry - Owl Be Yours

The Story Behind the Quilt:

The day before this challenge was posted I had taken a class called  - 'How to Paint an Owl' with Juliette Crane which turned out to be the perfect inspiration!

My piece is called 'Owl Be Yours'.  Here’s a quick and dirty breakdown on how it all came together.

Step 1: Pieced the main background fabric AND the border strips.

Step 2: Fusing, Fusing Fusing! I fused all the branches and each separate piece of the owl onto the fabric.

Step 3: I then took a piece of fusible fleece and did the outline quilting of the owl. I cut it out for the 'trapunto' technique. ***FIRST time doing trapunto***Close Ups of Details for 'Owl Be Yours' - Project QUILTING 'Be My Valentine' Challenge

Step 4:  Free Motion Quilting. I did LOTS and LOTS of free motion quilting on this piece. To create more texture in the branches, throughout the owl, I did an awkward, not perfect outline of the branches with variegated purple thread to create a 'windy' look, fun whimsical half circles all around the owl, feathers on the owls head and wings, hearts, the word's 'Love' and 'Amore' in the wind...the more you look...the more details you would see.

Step 5:  What's a project without a little fiber? I appliqu├ęd fun fiber onto the branches and the owl. The owl fiber was meant to give you the feeling of feathers and to create some distinction between the tree and the owl.

Step 6:  Oil Pastels, I used some of my oil pastels to create some shine on the beak and the feathers. I also used some bronzer to give the owl some flushed cheeks.

Step 7:  Three small white dots were painted in each pupil - to help make them look more realistic.

Did I mention - of course my owl is pregnant! (We just welcomed our new baby girl, Persimoni Mae, into this world about 3 weeks ago so it was fitting to have a prego owl in February)

Approximate Dimensions: 22.5" x 24"

There are a lot of ‘step by step’ photo’s on my flickr site. Amy's Creative Side

Don’t miss out on all the rest of the fun and amazing quilt entries in the Spring 2011 Blogger’s Quilt Festival!


If you love a challenge there’s an ‘off season’ Project QUILTING challenge going on right now.  (Not a contest – just for fun)

What’s She Saying?

Right after I had Cedi someone was on Oprah that could understand what a baby was saying with its cries.  I actually found that it really worked!  I had to just look these up to remind myself so I had some help with Pip:

The basics:

  • Neh means “I’m Hungry”
  • Owh means “I’m Tired”
  • Eh means “Burp Me”
  • Eairh means “I’m Gassy”
  • Heh means “I’m Uncomfortable”

Can you guess what cry Pip makes the most…yup, Neh!

Interview with AllThingsBelle for Season 2 of Project QUILTING

Happy Sunday everyone!  I wanted to start out today with an interview with an amazing creative person that I’ve become friends with as a result of Project QUILTING – Jennifer of AllThingsBelle!

Project QUILTING Season 2 - Entries from AllThingsBelle

What made you decide to join Project QUILTING?

I really love craft challenges in general. I have been sewing for over 2 decades, but only in the last couple years have entered quilting. I thought this would be a fabulous way to learn more, to meet likeminded quilters, and expand my ideas of what “quilting” could be.

What was your favorite part about Project QUILTING?

I love to see the other quilts. I never enter with the desire to win per se. I do it for myself, so I truly enjoy seeing everyone’s work and interpretation.

Which Challenge in Season 2  was your favorite? and why…

A Mother Never ForgetsMy favorite project was probably the valentine related one. I reached out and made my first quilt that spoke from my heart; I quilted about the loss of a pregnancy. It was both therapeutic and I loved my work all the more because it meant something personal to me.

Which Challenge in Season 2 was your least favorite? and why…

I don’t have a least favorite challenge to be honest. There are some I struggled with more than others, but the struggles come from juggling my schedule and not having time to execute the quilt I imagined.

Which Challenges did you come up with your idea immediately and which took some marinating?

My valentine/loss quilt I had imagined as a painting in my head for months. I immediately knew that I wanted to make this a quilt once I saw the challenge.


Sky Specimen

The flying geese took me awhile. I was only able to do a fraction of what I had imagined. Originally I wanted to do a very large piece, but time was an issue. In the end I had to change my vision at the last minute.

Did you try any new techniques for your projects during these challenges and if so, what were they?

Surprisingly I finally chain pieced. I was scared it would throw my machine off, but it worked great and I use that technique quite a bit now.

I had visible seams for my hardware challenge. That was a new thing for me.

How has Project QUILTING made you a better Quilter?

Absolutely. The judges never let my beginning binding skills slide, so I’m working hard at improving it. I also fell in love with batiks; I don’t know if that makes me *better*, but it did broaden my horizons.

What didn’t you like about Project QUILTING?

I could do without the competition. I do like constructive feedback, but I don’t need to place higher than my friends to enjoy the process.

Did you find the judges comments beneficial, annoying, or inconsequential?  Why?

I appreciated all constructive criticism. However there were some notes I thought were just opinion and not helpful. We don’t all love the same type of art. It doesn’t make that art wrong, it just isn’t what you like.

Do you think the judging format should be more structured, less structured, stay the same?  and why?

I would like to have the judging be public. I think it would be good to have it be in a Flickr group. It would allow there to be dialogue between artist and reviewer.

What was your favorite piece that you created for the Project QUILTING challenge?

Piecing History Together

I love my Valentine piece and my final large print piece.

What were your top three favorite pieces that someone else created for the Project QUILTING challenge?

Funky Froggy Flowers

I loved Kathleen’s Froggy flowers

Mum-burst Medallion

Quiltie's Mum Burst

Valentine ABCsand Dashasel's  Valentine ABC's

What changes would you make to future Project QUILTING Seasons? More time for this busy mom would be fabulous! Maybe 2 weeks instead of 1?

Question from participants:

how does everyone find the time to make such beautiful pieces!?!?

LOL! I don't! That is why my pieces are much smaller and less intricate. I have a 6 mo & 3 year old, an Etsy shop, a blog I update daily, and tons of personal projects in the works.

I maybe get 3-4 hours to work on a PQ piece. I wish I had more time,but I do this for me and it provides great inspiration and I get to meet fabulous people!

Is there anything you’d like to add or comments you’d like to share with me and my readers?

JOIN! Even if you are brand spankin' new (like I was when it first started)...join! You will have fun and become a better  quilter.. What more could you ask for?


To check out the latest Project QUILTING Off-Season Challenge check out:

And to see my beautiful new baby in one of AllThingsBelle’s hand knit cocoons click HERE

Off Season Project QUILTING Challenge – Second Chance

Hello everyone!  This second off-season challenge is actually coming from yours truly. 

To read more about Project Quilting Here: and join the facebook group:

second chance

Second Chance by WeirdGirlPhotography

For this challenge I’m giving you a ‘second chance’ at any of the challenges from the first and second season.  I know many of you have said that if only you had more time you could have done something amazing – well, I’m giving you that. (and if you didn’t get a chance to do any of them – now you get to pick which challenge was most inspiring!). 

Here are the challenges you can pick from:


  1. Whatever the rules are in the challenge you choose to ‘re-do’ apply to how you should complete it for this challenge – EXCEPT you will get a month to complete your project.
  2. Have FUN!  I’m doing this so you can really explore what you wanted to do in the past.  Pick one that you really struggle with or one that completely inspired you.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
  3. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the time frame of the challenge.
  4. If you need advice/tips/help (or you just want to give us all a sneak peak) with your project as you work on it feel free to post pictures to the flickr group: Project QUILTING WIP:
  5. POST your entries with a description of your creative process, including where you are (ie, I create in Madison, WI) and the size of your project by Sunday, June 12th, 2011, at noon, CDT, to this flickr group – Project QUILTING with KimsCraftyApple: OR email a picture/description of your completed project to {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line (Yes, this time you have ONE MONTH!)
  6. Since we’re in ‘off season’ we aren’t having prizes/judges etc BUT if you do want people to truly critique (the good and the bad) your project post it to the Flickr Group: Project QUILTING – Critiques.

Orchard Blossoms

I just couldn’t resist sharing with you some of the pictures I took of the blossoms around my orchard.

Peach Blossoms Beautiful pink plum blossoms.Apple BlossomsThe first of our apple blossoms – I believe this is on a Zestar! tree. Pear blossoms Stunning snowy white pear blossoms.Plum Tree Blossoms Plum blossoms (from last weekend).tulips

And I realize this is not a apple blossom but I’m super excited that our very first tulips are blooming!

2 Week Update

007Normally I would try to split up all the news I’m about to share with you into multiple posts but considering I rarely get a few minutes to be at the computer these days I figure I better just do it all now.


I’ll start with an update on Pip.  I can’t believe that she’s already 2 weeks today!  We went to the doctor for her checkup and she already weighs in at a whopping 9 lbs 4 oz – that’s 1 lb 1 oz more than she weighed at birth!  The doctor says they like to see them back to their birth weight by now – I think we have that covered.

I’m sure you’ve figured it out but Pip is an eater!  She eats every 2 to 3 hours during the day and she does it at her own pace.  A bit here, a bit there, a nap, more milk…I spend most of my days in the recliner right now.  I’m really not used to this and have gotten pretty much nothing accomplished.  010I’m not too worried about this as I’ve really enjoyed my time with Pip but things are going to be interesting once Papa goes back to work and I have a 3 and 4 year old that want to be outside 24/7. 

Boob Question:  So, since Pip eats so much my boobs are SUPER full of milk.  I’m not a small girl in the first place so they are rather large.  I’ve been wearing nursing tank tops but they aren’t very supportive for moving around or flattering either.  I wore a underwire nursing bra earlier today – moving around felt great but seemed to result in clogging a few ducts which led to a very painful afternoon going on evening.  (a warm bath helped for a bit…)  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I’m clueless as to what to do?


Yesterday Cedi complained about her ear bothering her.  When I looked at it, it was super red behind her ear – like a bight or she’d been rubbing it a lot (rubbing it because she had an infection and it was bothering her?).  She’s also had a decent cold for the last couple of weeks but it really hasn’t been slowing her down at all. She’s been go go go just like her normal self.  But, we figured we’d see what it looked like this morning to decide if we should bring her in.  This morning she complained that her other ear hurt too and she didn’t eat much of her breakfast (very unlike Cedi).  Since Pip already had an appointment I called to see if I could squeeze Cedi in with her.  So, around quarter to 10, the three of us headed to the doctor.  Cedi weighed in at a whopping 36 lbs…she seriously is tiny!  The good news about Cedi was that she didn’t have an ear infection or strep throat.  Bed News:  Pneumonia!  I couldn’t believe it – but I’m super glad I brought her in…  So, she’s on an antibiotic regiment for the next 10 days – I’m also super lucky that at least two of my girls LOVE medicine – it really is a bit ridiculous.003

Cedi & Capri working on Mother’s Day Breakfast


Nothing to report as of now.  Hopefully I won’t have anything next week either.  She does happen to have the same cough as Cedi so the doctor said that if it doesn’t get any better to give her a call on Monday…

I also am loving that Capri keeps calling Pip a “woman”.  it makes me laugh every time!


I started back on Weight Watchers.  I get LOTS of points since I’m nursing.  Hopefully I’ll have some good news to report next Tuesday…


I am officially married to a 32 year old man :)  I think he had a nice low-key birthday celebration yesterday with the family including lunch at his favorite spot – Pizza Hut. 

Block 7: Stacked – Patchwork Squared Modern Solids Quilt Along

I’ll admit – I think Pip’s a bit more time consuming than my other two babes.  Don’t get me wrong – she’s a really good baby but she doesn’t like to be put down – she either wants to be fed or held.  It’s making sewing a bit difficult to fit in.  When she is sleeping, I’ve been trying to rest myself.  My husband goes back to work next Monday and I figure I need to keep my energy built up for when I’m alone with three little kiddo’s.  But, that being said, I’m still trying to at least finish the blocks for the Patchwork Squared Modern Solids Quilt Along.  I should be able to finish one block in a week – right!?Block 7 - Stacked!Here’s the 7th block:  Stacked.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the look of this block.  I do think there has to be an easier way to put these together quickly but I haven’t figured out what it is yet… Blocks 1 through 7 plus 2 And here’s a photo of the blocks I have so far – just three left (and the sashing)!P2 Modern Solids Quilt Along

A look back:

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