Giant Hexie Quilt Pattern! Book Lovers Necklace! FREE Craftsy Class! DIY iPhone Speaker! Fresh Produce Bags! Garden Kneeler! Singapore Slings! Rain Chain! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!




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I’d really appreciate it!  xoxom




Two Men were out fishing when one decides to have a smoke He asks the other guy if he has a lighter He replies ” Yes i do ” and hands the other a 10 inch long BIC lighter Surprised the guy asks “Where did you get this?”

The guy replies ” Oh I have a personal genie”

The first man asks “Can i make a wish? ”

Sure says the other man “Just make sure that you speak clearly cause he is a little hard at hearing”

“Ok I will” says the other as he rubs the lamp a genie appears and asks the man what he wants The man says ” I want a Million Bucks ”

The genie says OK and goes back to his bottle and 10 seconds later a million ducks fly over head And the guy says to the other

” Your genie realy sucks at hearing doesnt He?”

The other man replies “I know, do you really think I asked for a 10 inch BIC”



Artists or art that turns me on and feeds my muse! Like it or dislike it, what about this art inspires your own art or creativity?  By Edinburgh, United Kingdom, artist, Paul Lovering. 




Look around you. Design is everywhere! How can you incorporate the beauty that surrounds you into your art or craft?  Vintage embroidery and bags. Uniq



DIY Produce Bags Absorbent Linen

Save the planet and keep your produce fresh longer with these simple produce bags.  Now, if only I could find a bag to store my youth . . .  Here’s the tutorial:

DIY Produce Bags Absorbent Cotton Linen Backing



 Better late than never, right?  I know you’re just a couple of weeks from turning your garden under and preparing it for next year’s crop, but so what?   Here’s a pad for your aged knees when you are playing Mother Nature in the dirt.  Why, oh why, this was made from white fabric is beyond any human comprehension, but it does photograph well.  Knee in comfort, sister . . .  Start here: 




Love my iPhone but the sound just isn’t big enough for me sometimes.  Here’s a way to recycle an old Pringles can (non-fat of course) and blast your tunes 3-more inches!  You can make it pretty, too.   Herez how:





Guess who is leading a creative stitching/quilting tour though POLAND  September 2015?

Want to come along?



More details soon! xoxom








 The Turner-Lipinskis at dinner



2 large zucchini or yellow squash, about 12 inches long

2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil (may need more, depending on your pan)

1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 green pepper, finely chopped
2 T finely minced fresh garlic
1 lb. ground beef (10% fat or less)
12 oz. ground turkey (10% fat or less)
(use any combination of ground meat you’d like, but use low-fat ground meat for the South Beach Diet.)
1-2 tsp. Spike seasoning (optional but recommended)
2 C flavorful tomato-basil pasta sauce
2 cups low-fat mozzarella or other mild white cheese (I used low-fat blend of six cheeses called Italian blend.)


Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Chop onion and green pepper. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a non-stick pan, then saute onion and pepper for 3-4 minutes, until just starting to soften. Add minced garlic and saute about 1 minute more, being careful not to brown the garlic. Remove the onion, pepper, and garlic mixture to a bowl.

Add 2 tsp. more olive oil to the pan. Crumble in the ground beef and ground turkey, season with Spike seasoning, and cook over medium heat until the meat is well browned. Tilt pan to see if there is any extra fat, and remove with a spoon if there is, then stir cooked vegetables and garlic back into the meat. Add tomato sauce and simmer until the mixture has thickened and liquid has cooked off, about 10 minutes, then turn off heat.

While meat cools, cut zucchini into 2 inch thick slices, discarding ends. Use a sharp spoon or melon baller to hollow out a cup in each zucchini slice, leaving just over 1/4 inch of zucchini flesh. Be careful not to get too close to the skin or the cups will leak liquid when they cook.

Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray and stand up zucchini cups, open end up. Stir 1 1/2 cups grated cheese into the cooled meat mixture (it doesn’t need to be completely cool), then spoon the meat-cheese mixture into zucchini cups, pressing down with the spoon and mounding it up a little over the top of the zucchini.

Bake zucchini cups for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and use remaining cheese to top each one with a generous pinch of cheese. Put back in oven and bake 10-15 minutes more, until zucchini is slightly soft when pierced with a fork and cheese is melted and lightly browned. Serve hot.

Recipe from:



Andrew Clemens (c. January 29, 1857 – May 14, 1894) was a sand artist from Iowa in the United States, who formed his pictures by compressing natural colored sands inside chemists jars to create his works of art.

At a young age sand artist, Andrew Clemens, suffered encephalitis which caused his lifelong deafness.  At the age of 13 Clemens was entered into the Iowa State School for the Deaf and Dumb in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Clemens’ sandpainting career blossomed during his summer vacations from the State School, when he would spend time honing his craft.He would collect naturally colored grains of sand from an area in Pikes Peak State Park known as Pictured Rocks. At Pictured Rocks, the basal portion of the sandstonenear the Sand Cave is naturally colored by iron and mineral staining. Clemens separated the sand grains into piles, by color, and used them to form the basis for his art.











  • ounces London Dry gin
  • ounces unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 3/4 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounces Cherry Heering
  • teaspoons Cointreau (1/3 ounce)
  • teaspoons Bénédictine (1/3 ounce)
  • 1/4 ounce homemade grenadine (or best-quality)
  • 2 to 4 dashes Angostura bitters, to taste
  • Soda water
  1. Fill a shaker with everything but the soda, add ice, and shake for a solid 5 seconds. Strain into a highball filled with ice, then top with soda water. Garnish with a lime peel.











FAST!  Before the hexie crazy is gone for good (thank the good lord).  Make this giantgunda quilt to satisfy every 6-side fantasy of yours.  It is a neat concept and I love that the designer thought to design “out of the box.”  So go wild.  I have to tell you, kiddo, this quilt is DYING, SCREAMING, & CALLING for this extra large printed fabrics that you usually have no idea what to do with.  Well, here it is:


Go to the Head of the Class by Milton Bradley




Book lovers UNITE!  What a terrific little craft and fabulous little necklace that tells the world you are literate and love the paper!  I believe this is yet another anthropology knock off, but it saves you the gas and gives you something to do besides walking into the kitchen 50-times a day.   BFF’s Marie Bostwick and Meg Cox, you need one of these — and why not design them to look like YOUR books!   Start here:



Those fricking non-stop yapping dog across the street, on Black Rver Road  will regret they have a bark.  Now that I think of it, it’s the adults in the house who need pelted with a few hundred of these.   TRAIN YOUR DOGS, bitches (don’t be alarmed, I’m just channelling Jessie from Breaking Bad).









 If you use homemade pound cake, double the sorbet and ice cream to get the same showstopping height.


  • 1 frozen pound cake (10 3/4 ounces) in aluminum loaf pan, unthawed, or 1 homemade 4 1/2-by-8 1/2-inch pound cake, room temperature
  • 2 cups raspberry sorbet, softened
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped chocolate wafer cookies
  • 2 large egg whites
  • Cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract



  1. STEP 1

    Remove cake from pan and cut horizontally into 4 slices. Line pan with plastic wrap, leaving 6-inch overhang on two sides. Build cake layers in pan in this order: bottom cake slice, 1 cup sorbet, cake slice, 1/2 cup ice cream, cookie crumbs, 1/2 cup ice cream, cake slice, 1 cup sorbet, top cake slice. (If necessary, return ice cream to freezer as you work.) Wrap in plastic and freeze at least 1 hour (or up to 3 days).

  2. STEP 2

    In a heatproof bowl, lightly whisk together egg whites and pinch of cream of tartar. Set bowl over (not in) a pan of simmering water and whisk until whites are foamy. Slowly whisk in sugar and cook, whisking, until sugar is dissolved (to test, rub some between your fingertips).

  3. STEP 3

    Remove bowl from heat and, with an electric mixer, beat on medium-high until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 6 minutes. Add vanilla and beat 1 minute. Remove cake from pan, trim sides if desired, and dollop meringue on top.

Source: Everyday Food, May 2012



Honestly, the inundation of Craftsy Ads everywhere I go on my computer gives me a ROYAL pain in the ass-esque.


That said, I may still sign up for this free class.  Why not, eh?  Here’s the link:



Brian Atwood Bridal Collection.





This is a weird but wonderful ider (as they say in New Yawk).  It’s called a “rain chain” and it acts like a vertical fountain when it pours outside.  I might need some manly help with this project (I’m good at sewing but keep me away from the tools).  You may be more butch than I, thus you can rain chain all around your abode.  Here’s a video and the link:











Drive into Springfield from St. Louis!  Chicago!  Indianapolis! 




Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois

September 24-27, 2014

 Attend my Banquet Lecture on September 26

And an all day Lemon Cathedral workshop on September 27




This is just one variation of the Lemon Cathedral quilt . . . 


And here’s what the students who took the workshop are saying:



“I had an absolutely amazing time this weekend at the quilting retreat!! Mark Lipinski was fabulous and so much fun! His lecture had us laughing so hard we were practically crying, and his quilts were outstanding. He’s a talented, entertaining and generous teacher. Even though I’ve been quilting for a long time, I learned some new exciting techniques and tips to help me advance my art! Can’t wait to hang out with him again.”  

Karen L.,  Quilter

We had such a great time in the Lemon Cathedral workshop. Thanks for a fabulous class and you are sooooo much fun.”

Carolyn S., Quilter

“My Lemon Cathedral class with Mark Lipinski at MQX was everything that I imagined. He had a way about teaching that put you at ease at learning a new technique. He was funny and engaging. I felt like everyone got his individual attention. I would definitely take another class with him.”

Michelle W., Quilter

“The lecture and lemon cathedral quilt class with Mark Lipinski was amazing and well worth the money! His lecture was filled with excitement, energy, laughter and spectacular quilts! The class was electric! Everyone loved the easy trick for making a quite complicated block! There were so many techniques used in this class, even the most advanced sewer will walk away with a “wow”!”  

Michelle Strassburg, Owner, Fabric Affair Quilt Shop

“The MQX Lemon Cathedral workshop was like five classes in one. Learned so many tips . Mark made us feel we could do anything. Best class ever.”

Donna  M., Quilter

“I highly recommend taking Mark Lipinski’s Lemon Cathedral quilt workshop. I took his workshop this past weekend and it was great. Mark is an excellent teacher. He is right there to answer any questions and give any help or advice you might need. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to be with and learn from Mark. It is more fun than you could ever imagine.”

Diane H., Quilter

“I have always been intimidated to try raw edged appliqué but this class was so fun and free spirited that all fear has vanished….now I’m looking for new applique projects. The cathedral windows block works like magic, thanks Mark.”

Lynn K., Quilter

“This class with Mark has something for everyone from quilters who wish to be precise to those who enjoy artistic freedom to create. An added bonus are the laughs you get listening and mingling with Mark. “

Betty C., Quilter

“When I found out at the last minute that Mark would be in town I dropped everything to see him again. An evening of creative inspiration, warm camaraderie, fun stories and belly laughs was just what I needed to fill my cup. Spread the word: Mark Lipinski is back, and he’s better than ever!”

Lea P., Quilter

“Thank you Mark! We had sooo much fun and loved working with you on the Lemon Cathedral! Come back soon!”

Diane  L ., Quilter

“Mark’s lecture is worth whatever cost or trouble one goes through in order to hear it and see it. My husband and I saw Mark in Manchester, NH at the MQX show. The room was packed. We were at a table in the far back corner. In this position I could see the whole room. The problem with his lecture is that you are so sore from laughing and you can’t catch your breath. And he tells his stories as if you are the first audience to hear it. He has more to say than he does, skipping through quilts he brought to discuss at times. There were people at my table who also knew him, as I did. And others who hadn’t seen him before. He is very real…bearing it all. Therefore, we understand him and laugh because we have been there too. But, he is much more than that. He is at times frantic and crazy as he tells how he lives his life. If you haven’t seen his performance, make it a must on your bucket list before Mark gives it up. My husband and I think back on the things he said and did and laugh again. We have gotten great mileage out of his show. And if I ever have a chance to see him perform, I will do it. Because I had seen him previously, but knew I had to do so again. His show is always different and very worthwhile. And by the way, the people sitting at my table who had never seen him before were in shock…not knowing if his stories were real or not. But we who knew him assured them it was so, and they laughed harder than us. He’s great.”

Janet K., Quilter








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5 Comments on “Giant Hexie Quilt Pattern! Book Lovers Necklace! FREE Craftsy Class! DIY iPhone Speaker! Fresh Produce Bags! Garden Kneeler! Singapore Slings! Rain Chain! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!”

  1. August 8, 2014 at 2:17 PM #

    No quilting/stitching tour in France?!


    • August 8, 2014 at 2:44 PM #

      Maybe on the way back? The motherlandski is calling me. Let’s all POLKA! LOL xoxom


  2. Deneka guyette
    August 8, 2014 at 7:23 PM #

    Is the beautiful embroidered piece under the Polish flag one on a kind,……. hopefully a pattern? My polish heart is loving it. I would like, love to have one myself.


    • August 8, 2014 at 11:57 PM #

      Sorry to say it’s just an example of Polish embroidery and needle arts. But maybe I’ll draw something similar! Who knows? xoxom


  3. Lisa
    August 26, 2014 at 1:04 PM #

    Where can one find the book lovers necklace?


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