Wednesday, October 4, 2023

I Am on a Roll!

Good afternoon, Punkins. I am on a roll- a Pumpkin Roll that is !

 So  grab your apron and let's head to the kitchen! We have fall baking to do !

I pulled out a fall apron for the baking season. 

 I'll pull out the ingredients. Can you grab a mixing bowl or two?   Oh, and do not forget the parchment  paper and tea towel.

My ingredients are all gathered. 

And here is the recipe. 



1 cup of sugar

2/3 cups of pumpkin puree

3 large eggs, beaten

1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

8 oz cream cheese softened

1 cup of powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons butter softened

1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract 

  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 10" x 15" jelly roll pan. Blend sugar, pumpkin, eggs and cinnamon. In another bowl mix flour, baking soda. Add to pumpkin mix. Blend till smooth. Spread on to prepared pan. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. You can do the toothpick test as well. Baking time will vary depending on oven.  As soon as the cake comes out of the oven ,invert onto towel. Roll cake in towel with seam side down. Cool completely on a baking rack. In another bowl beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla until smooth. When cake has cooled unroll from towel spread filling over cake. Roll cake up . Place in plastic wrap and refrigerate . Sift  powdered sugar on it before serving. 

Doesn't the batter already look yummy? Excuse me if I sneak a taste.๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜€ 

Spread the batter evenly on the jelly roll pan.  

I placed parchment paper down for easy clean up . I sprayed it with non stick cooking spray. 

 I better not forget to tap the pan a couple of time on the counter just to settle the pumpkin mix . 

While the Pumpkin Roll is  baking, let me show you my newest finish- 

Four Wonky Pumpkins Mini Quilt. 

I pieced this little quilt last year. I  had 4 small orange scraps begging to be used and in no time flat I pieced this simple little quilt . 

As soon as it was pieced , the sweet quilt made its way into a basket until the other day.

 It took only a few hours to hand quilt it and bind it.  Now why didn't I finish it last year? Lol I don't know, but it is complete now and ready for fall  display. 

 Alrighty, y'all!   Mmm! Mmm!  The smell from the kitchen is divine. The  roll has come out of the oven. I inverted it onto a tea towel, removed the parchment paper and rolled it tightly . (Well I have to confess in the middle of this process I received a phone call- so not as tight as I would have liked) .  Let the cake cool completely before filling it.  When you are ready to fill, simply unroll, add the cream cheese filling to the center and smooth to about 1/2 inch to the edges in order to prevent as  much cream cheese from oozing out so much  when you roll.  Once you roll, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.  Your pumpkin roll can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days or you can freeze them up to a month. 

 I do believe our pumpkin roll is cool. Let's have a slice. Oh yum! 

 Goodness those swirls are terrible. Remember , I was chatting away on the phone. Lol.  I have to tell you that I have  a personal preference for my pumpkin roll to be undercooked   . When it is chilled it is so moist and delicious especially after sitting for a day or two in the fridge, but that is just a personal preference and is not noted in the recipe.  I will try to take a better photo with the next roll. 


I am so delighted you joined me today and thank you for helping me with the fall baking; it sure made the task a joy for me.  Now let's eat some cake! Have an awesome evening! 

As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, y'all


"The best way to embrace the chill of autumn is to preheat the oven and start baking. "

Hugs and Stitches!!!!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงต❤

Dedicated to my dear baby sister, Amy.I miss and love you, Amo.

I pulled out one of my vintage tea towels for the harvest season. Do you collect old calendar tea towels?  

 I am joining these lovely ladies' link parties. I hope you check them out; they always have so many wonderful projects going on and provide the opportunity for other needleworkers to meet. 

Brenda at Songbird Designs for Monday Musings

Judy at Small Quilts Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday

Joy at Days Filled with Joy for This and That

Susan at Quilt Fabrication for  Midweek Makers Wednesday

Jennifer at Inquiring Quilter for Wednesday  Wait Loss- Wednesday

Denise at For the Love of Geese for Put Your Foot Down- Thursday

Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday- Thursday

Nina at Creations, Quilts, Art , Whatever by Nina for Off the Wall Friday

Alycia's of Alycia's Quilts for Finished of Not Friday

Michelle  at From Bolt to Beauty for Beauty Pageant - Friday

Wendy at Wendy's Quilts for Peacock Party - Friday

Sarah at  Confessions of a Fabric Addict  for Whoop! Whoop! - Friday

Monday, October 2, 2023

A Scurry of Squirrels


Plan ahead . 

Stay active. 

Look both ways before you cross the road. 

Eat plenty of fiber 

Spend time in the woods. 

Go out on a limb.

It's ok to be a little nuts!!!

Grab you nets and gloves ! We have some trapping to do!!!  Oh my, I think I have a scurry of squirrels  running amuck in my living room.  

My favorite squirrel coffee cup. Is he not the cutest? 

 Well don't worry, my friends. We will not have to go to all that trouble to round up those frisky critters because the squirrels I am referring to are my stitched ones. Wheew! We skirted by that  didn't we?

 Anywhoo. Last  month, I showed you my sofa table and 3 tiered tray buzzing with activity with a colony of bees.  ( Click here if you missed it ) The bees moved out and the squirrels moved in. Hmmm I wonder what critters will move in next month, but I digress.๐Ÿค”


So are you ready to take a closer look at the autumn country clutter. I warn you- I packed it full.   

This tiered tray is one that I have had for a few years . I elevated it by putting it on a cake stand which gave me more display room below it. 

Most of the items stay on it year round like the bowls and coffee mugs, I just add small seasonal touches to those items. This month it is overflowing with acorn  salt and pepper shakers, leaves, pumpkins and squirrels. 


The are a few stitched pieces on the tiered tray including  Squirrel &  Acorns Stamp

Hmm.  There goes my memory again. Is the little pumpkin  sampler leaning out of the cup  from Heart in Hand  Needlearts or is it Bent Creek? Any help would be greatly appreciated. ๐Ÿค—

The tray is loaded with  milk glass  and hanging off the side is  Acorn Stamp which I shared last year.  

Below the tiered tray there are more frisky rodents gathering acorns for the winter. 

These old books are my newest thrifty finds from an estate sale of my neighbor, 

 With Thy Needle and Thread's Oktober Feast is finished as Brenda suggested which is on the little wooden stool.  I just simply turned it on it's side. 

I finished Autumn Whirligig by Heart in Hand Needleart onto an old rusty bed spring.

Grandpa's old dough bowl is filled with doilies, glassware, fall leaves and an small oak tree with acorns. 


These are two autumn finds that I found at the Dollar Tree this season - squirrel which is on the book in one of the above photos and these felt acorn picks

Oh my, have these squirrels  multiplied . Not all of my squirrel stitches could fit on the table. Some of those that I have shared earlier include. 

1803 Autumn Home

Squirreling Around

Well the squirrels are wrangled. Thank you so much for dropping by  to tend to the little critters.

Now tell me -  Are you a squirrel lover? 

As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, y'all


The squirrel does not bury his past, he buries his future so he is always prepared. 

Hugs and Stitches!!!!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงต❤

"Happy Fall" was a freebie that I stitched years ago. Do you know who the designer was? 

Dedicated to my baby sister, Amy . I love and miss you Amo.❤❤❤

If you would missed my Pumpkins and Chicken Fall Tiered Tray in my kitchen and you would like to see it,  just click the colored text and you will pop over to that post.

Sunday, October 1, 2023

"October! There is Magic in the Name"

October! October!

There is magic in the name.

A clear sky , A blue sky,

And sunsets all a flame ...

October! October! 

The hills are all aglow

With red leaves, with gold leaves

That dance when the soft winds blow...

-D. Maitland Bushby

Good morning, Sunshine and Happy October! 

With Thy Needle and Thread's October Word Play. 

Shall we start the day off with a little October doodle? 

This is October Pumpkin Patch with a sweet plump cat and a big ole' pumpkin. 

Ten redwork monthly embroideries completed.  

I am using DMC 498 to stitch my monthly doodles. 


 If you are interested in stitching this piece,  just grab , the images. For printing tips, refer to the post Tips for Printing which has loads of tips from my sweet friends.


My little doodles are hand drawn so they are never perfect. 

Each block is stitched  on a 7 1/2 squared piece of fabric and then trimmed it to 6 1/2" . The block is then framed  with 2" strips .

The leaves are all falling and they're falling like they're falling in love with the ground" - Andrea Gibson

A sweet scarecrow quilt embroidered a few years ago.

Four little scrappy leaves ready to be placed into a quilt. 

On Friday, Kathleen Tracy of a Sentimental Quilter shared Step Two in the Autumn Leaves SAL  Are you working on Autumn Leaves? 

I have neutral fabrics to pull and cut for Step 2. That is on the agenda today.  Hmmm what else should I work on?  Aah the November Doodle !!!  What should I draw? Do you have any suggestions? I do believe a turkey should be in the November doodle. What do ya' think? 

Oooh do you hear that? Black cats, jacks and witches are haunting my attic . I do believe they will be creeping out today.

 Lots of Halloween decor needs to be pulled out. I wish you were here to help me. I am sure I could rustle up some treats to eat as we worked and then when we finished, we could relax on the porch and enjoy some stitching.  Doesn't that sound delightful?

Well, Punkins, if I am going to get all of this done, I better get to scootin' . Have a beautiful 1st day of October and...

As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, y'all


Happy October ! May your month be golden and be filled with many blessings.  

Hugs and Stitches!!!!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงต❤

Dedicated to my dear baby sister, Amy. I love and miss you so much, Amo. ❤❤❤  I can imagine how you would be decorating for the Halloween season. You loved it so. 

se lovely ladies' link parties. I hope you check them out; they always have so many wonderful projects going on and provide the opportunity for other needle workers to meet. 

Frederique at   Quilting Patchwork Applique for Patchwork & Quilts - Saturday

Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday

Kate at Life in Pieces for  Stitching Stuff ( Sunday) 

Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for Oh Scrap - Sunday 

Melva at Melva Loves Scraps for Sew & Tell- Sunday

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Scarecrows, Pumpkins Galore- My Autumn Tree

 Fall Y'all is complete!  

Welcome y'all and Happy Saturday. Can you believe this is the last day of the month?

September sprouted wings and just flew right on by . Didn't it?

Well  Fall Y'all  is fully finished into an ornament and is ready to hang on the tree.  The only thing is one sweet stitcher  noticed that I misspelled y'all . I have always spelled it ya'll, but she was right so I will have to go back and change that. Lol. 

I  was doing the "scarecrow happy dance" when I found this unfinished wood plaque ornament in my stash. I bought it last year at the Dollar Tree in the craft section. 
I simply gave the wood two coats of paint and then glued my stitched piece to  it. The little ruffle trim is from a shirt that I ripped and gathered and glued in place. 

My little raggedy tree is crammed full with fall goodness. Hmm! Can I find a spot to place Fall Y'all in the tree. Oh my!  Perhaps one of the ornies will inch so slightly over for it. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Stitching, scarecrows, pumpkins galore! 

The bottom of my tree is surrounded by loads of handmade goodies. 
 I filled an apple crate with stacks of fall quilts and a plethora of pumpkins that my sis gifted me. The Pumpkin sign is one I created from an old scrap of wood. 

The mini ladder has mini quilts on it including Autumn Crow  and Autumn Shoo Fly Quilt  which I shared in previous years. 

Years ago , I bought the cedar doll high chair at a craft show. It holds another small quilt stack and a basket gifted to me by dear Shelly . In the basket is a pumpkin made from an old dress. 

This tree is fixing to see a makeover for witches, cats and goblins are making their way to the tree.  I will share the Halloween raggedy tree when all of spooks take their place among the branches. ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
Have a beautiful Saturday , Sweet friends and ....

As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, y'all


Autumn leaves don't fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar. - Delia Owens

Hugs and Stitches!!!!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงต❤

Dedicated to my baby sister, Amy . I love and miss you Amo.

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