DJ Stuff and Another Party!

I’m cleaning out pics in my computer.  And finding things I didn’t blog about.  It’s my New Year gotta-get-organized mood.  It happens for me every year at about this time.  And the mood will pass about 45 minutes into the new year.  Even though I’d really like to hang onto the mood long enough to actually get something organized.  And hints would be appreciated.

So I came upon these pics from our Dear Jane group.  From November and December!  I was just sure you’d want to see them.  After all, there was another party!

In November, Bertha showed us this pretty appliqué quilt that she bought sashing for at the October DJ Club day.  And she got the whole thing together by November.  Can I come over for lessons in getting things done, Bertha?

You’ll notice that once again, DJ Club is certainly not all about DJ.  These gals are multi-talented.

Bertha showed us this beautiful redwork quilt too.  Again…. not about DJ.

Aren’t these redwork blocks great?  Bertha did a fabulous job.

I took a pic of this little DJ block at our Nov meeting and can’t remember who it belongs to.  So speak up if this is yours!  And I’ll update the blog when I know to whom it belongs.  Good job, Secret Block-Making Person.

Donna was working on this punchneedle project.  Isn’t it wonderful?

JoAnne was working on this cute little clamshell quilt.  This pic is in November…….

…… and this is in December.  She’s moving right along, isn’t she?  At this rate we might just see a finished quilt in January.

One more pic of this one.  Because I like these up close pics of the fabrics and thought you needed to see it.  You did need to see it, didn’t you?  I bet we’ll see this in a miniature category in at least one quilt show in 2011.  With ribbons hanging on it.

These Dear Jane blocks belong to Deb.  And you needed to see them.  Because this is a DJ blog posting so I thought I’d throw a bit of DJ in it.

Sandi brought her boot for show ‘n tell in November.  Well, actually she brought herself and the boot had to come along.  But I think she is boot free now and I’m sure she’s saying, “Hallelujah!”

Jenni’s carefully constructed scissors chatelaine was a big hit at the Nov DJ meeting.  We thought we’d all go home with specific instructions for making them for all our quilting friends for Christmas.  Not.  But it did give us a big laugh.

Jenni also bought these cool things that she found at the Houston Quilt Festival.  I really meant to go home and add them to my Christmas list but forgot.  Anyone in my family who is reading this, feel free to add them to my Birthday list.  You can find them at  See how easy I made shopping for you?

Here’s how they work.  They basically turn pins into non-lethal poking things.  Not that pins are lethal, but you get the idea.  So they are more like safety pins.  Which is great when you’re pinning quilt layers together for quilting.  Easier to put on and take off than safety pins.  And you don’t end up a bloody mess from poking yourself with regular pins.  Or like you’ve been in a fight with your cat and you lost.  They have a cool video at their website showing how to use them.  And I’m sure we all need some.

Jenni also showed us this fabulous appliquéd medallion that she’s making to use with her Baltimore Album blocks.  She wanted some help with extra color/fabrics to throw into the basket.  And she got 48 different opinions about what to do.  That’s because there were only 12 women in the room.  We’re a big help, aren’t we, Jenni?

Deb worked on this neat embroidery at the Dec meeting.

And this is Jane’s DJ quilt.  Just to remind you that this posting is about Dear Jane.  In case you forgot for a minute there.  Jane is working on her last little border and then she can begin to add her triangle border.  So she can start on another DJ quilt any day now.  They are very addicting.

And because the December DJ was a Christmas party, I thought you might want to see the food.  Because you hadn’t seen any food on the blog for a few days.  Unless you count an unbaked potato in a potato bag.

Cream cheese with pecans and honey on crackers.  Because anything with cream cheese is very yummy in my opinion.

Homemade muffins.  Yum.

Haystack thingies with white chocolate and crunch.  Double yum.

This is a to live for bundt cake that you can purchase at The Corner Bakery.  (I’ve decided I like “to live for” better than “to die for.”  Don’t you think it sounds better?)  So if there’s a Corner Bakery near you, you need to run there right now and buy one of these.  It is the moistest, most delicious cake ever.  And they have locations all over the country, so find one and buy one of these cakes.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  It’s fabulous with coffee for breakfast.  Or for dessert in the evening.  Or just because you’re hungry.  Or even if you’re not hungry.  In other words, you can eat it any ol’ time you want to.  And call me.  I’ll come right over and share it with you.  You can find a location here:

The Corner Bakery location finder

Yummy snackin’ stuff with cranberries and nuts.

Toffee Bars.  Remember them?

Many thanks to whoever brought these.  I needed some protein!  And they were yummy too.

Wonderful fresh fruit.  Because we needed something healthy.

Homemade marshmallows.  Look familiar?

Here’s my plate.  The wonderful Cinnamon Creme Cake is at about 1:00 on the plate.  You really do need some.  And The Corner Bakery has not paid me a thing to say that.  They don’t even know who I am.  Maybe I should go introduce myself?

I put two peppermint marshmallows in my coffee.  Because that’s just the kind of gal that I am.

After about 40 seconds in hot coffee they looked like this.  Yum.  Way to flavor up an already good cup of coffee in my opinion.

And each gal who was at the party took home one of these little coasters.  Made by me.  At 3:45 a.m. on the day of the party.  Because that’s just the kind of last minute gal that I am.

So in 2011 watch for new posts here all about organization and getting things done ahead of time.  I always have wonderful intentions as we turn over a new year on the calendar.  And those intentions last for…..oh, about 4 or 5 days.  Let’s see if I can break that record next year and make it a whole week.  Then in 2012 I can shoot for a month!  And I know each one of you will be there to cheer me on.

Happy New Year!

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7 Responses to DJ Stuff and Another Party!

  1. JoAnne says:

    How do you get such vivid color in all of your photos? My clamshell quilt doesn’t look nearly as good in person as it does in your photo! Oh, and the unidentified DJ block is mine (I think). Still laughing about Jenni’s scissor chatelaine!

  2. Lani says:

    I feel so inspired by all the quilts, quilting accessories, and peppermint marshmallows! I almost feel inspired to start a DJ quilt just so I can come to you DJ quilt days….when I’m back in Texas! Gotta go share the peppermint marshmallow recipe with my mom! Happy New Year!

  3. Cyndie Knisley Shindle says:

    What cool and beautiful projects. Yes, your photography is awesome, it’s even better when I post a comment, cause it gets bigger on my screen. You have inspired me to finish all my unfinished projects as a new year’s goal, because if I don’t do that first I won’t enjoy all the new projects I want to start as much. Thanks for all the inspiration, is Jenni’s “lovely” chatelaine a fabric scrap strip or selvage. I actually have several chatelaine’s in selvage, they are very sturdy. lol

  4. Jill says:

    I’ve decided that next year the marshmallows are definitely going to be made. Maybe
    in New Hampshire, as I think the grandkids would find them interesting to make.
    Having a great snowy time here. What a beautiful part of the country.

  5. Jocelyn says:

    What a happy post! Looking forward to what you have to offer in the new year. It’s been so fun to find your blog and visit with you. Wishing you a very Happy and blessed New Year!

  6. Susan Bancroft says:

    That was a fun, end-of-the year post, and I agree with both Lani and Cyndie–inspiring! Thanks for ALL the great blogs this year, Barb!! xoxo

  7. Deb B. says:

    Wow now Bertha really knows she is among the living. Great photos of a great time.

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