If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Yesterdays Class

Yesterday I attended a class given by Pam at Sager creek quilt shop in Siloam Springs. It was to be a fun class, nothing too complicated. 

We were going to make 6 pointed stars using Sidekick ruler by Jaybird's 

and use the pattern from the same company called Sprinkles. 

I had jellyroll strips to make my stars and then I cut 2 1/2" strips of white Kona for the background.
Well since only two of us showed up, Pam had some free time in between instructions. I asked if she thought it was possible I could make Seven Sisters using this Sidekick.

She did not know of any written instructions already, so during her free time while we were busy she was drafting up how we could use the same cuts we just made into a totally different pattern, 

Seven Sisters.

This pattern using the Sidekick ruler is meant to be sewn on the machine. There are no Y seams like when made with all diamond shapes. I'm using triangle in the background fabric.

This is what I have so far. One set of stars. 

For a baby quilt I think I'll need 3 more sets of seven stars

This is Laura's start of her quilt she is doing the pattern.

Looking good.

Now I can say I really do not need another project but sometimes I can't stop myself. I just have to see it made up.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A New Scone Recipe

I have a weakness for scones and have done pretty well not having them all the time. In fact I haven't made any this year. But on Mennonite Girls Can Cook they have an Apple Pie Scone recipe that looked yummy and I broke.
Had to make them, was going to yesterday after I got back from Tulsa but by the time I did we had a strong storm roll through. When there is lightening I have to unplug my modem and router, otherwise it can get fried. Which meant I could not get the recipe off their blog.
So this afternoon after coming back from being at Sager Creek Quilt Shop for a class, I made them. 
(I'll share the neat pattern we worked on tomorrow) 

They were good so I thought I would share this with you. They say it's okay to as long as I give them credit and link back to them. And if you get a chance you might want to go mennonite girls can cook because they have wonderful recipes and a large collections


2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup cold butter
1 1/2 cups finely chopped apple (tart apples such as Honeycrisp or Granny Smith are best)
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 to 1/2 cup icing sugar
Preheat your oven to 375°F. 
In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda.
Cut in the butter, using a pastry blender...or grate with a coarse grater and combine with fingertips. 
In separate bowl, add brown sugar and cinnamon to diced apple and stir to coat.  Add to dry ingredients and stir to distribute apple pieces throughout.
Whisk together the eggs and buttermilk.
Stir this mixture into the dry ingredients. 
Drop by large spoonfuls (ice-cream scoop) onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Bake until golden...15 to 18 minutes.
While still warm, drizzle with glaze.  (Heat butter and milk together in microwave for 30 seconds on high. Add brown sugar and cinnamon and stir until sugar is melted. Stir in icing sugar a little at a time until smooth and desired thickness.)
 Yield: 1 dozen large scones.

Tip: Scones are best enjoyed fresh from the oven.  They do freeze well, however.  Just thaw, heat and serve. 

Hope you enjoy these. They are not overly sweet and I think the next batch I would add a little more cinnamon,  I love cinnamon.

Monday, October 17, 2016

What's Up 10.17.16

 on the design wall is the same as it has been for the past couple of weeks, Words to Live By.

I didn't do a thing on it today other than prep a section to sew.
What I did do is trimmed 3 quilts for binding.

My mind is on Christmas already. You see my daughters and their families will be here for the holidays.
First time in ages, and being that is been a while I have to find the decorations. I haven't decorated in years and not sure if all will be fine. They have been stored in the crawl space above the garage and hope to get them down this weekend.

Decided to start with the gingerbread quilt,
have the strips cut  just need to press and attach. But before I can do that I needed to finish the last block of next months Farmers Wife

Another paper pieced block, #97 Tracy.
Using freezer paper this time all is going well except I did not receive enough of the dark purple print to finish it. I'll get tomorrow when I go to the shop.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

I love Sundays

Sundays have always been a day of rest since I was a kid but not all Sundays can we rest. 
Today was one of rest and it was nice to just take time to think and reflect. I can do that when I do mindless sewing and that is what I was doing today.

In the Words to Live By quilt I did what the directions said but for some reason I did not have enough black and tan HST.

Fixed up another 80 HST, sewn and trimmed them today. Now I'm ready to finish the boarders now.

While doing that I was looking around the room and thinking about what I wanted to put back in here and where.

Notice the shelf with a little fabric on it that hadn't been wrapped around the boards I have. Took a little time to do about half of the stack. 

I wrap only pieces that are larger than 1/2 yard and up to 4 yds. If they are 4 yards or more I use the boards they use at quilts shops. They will give them to you if ask, otherwise they just trash them.

 When it came to keeping the fabric from unwrapping I was using rubber bands but then I started using paper clips and I think I like the paper clips better. They seem to keep the fabric flatter.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

4th Quarter FAL

Today I remembered (for once) that this is the deadline to post any finishes over at She Can Quilt that I want/plan to complete by the end of the year. 
I have no problem finding incomplete projects around here, in fact after moving all the stuff out of the sewing room I found so many projects I forgot about.  I found boxes with everything ready to make. 
Couple years ago gather patterns and fabric to make Christmas gifts. Never did as you can tell, so it's some of my goals for this quarter. 
Along with theses I have a few quilts that need binding. 2 are Christmas quilts and the other 2 are gifts.
Here are the choices, 

This is a quilt I've seen online, at a quilt show and in a magazine and each time I did it was always the same thought, I want to make this quilt. So I gather the stuff and that is as far as I had gotten. I don't believe it's a difficult quilt to do. I love the backing fabric I found. This pattern reminds me of winters here and the cardinals.

This quilt was a kit that I purchased at least 5 years ago and found while moving. I think I'll make this for one of my daughters.

Then there are these Merry Christmas wall hangings

 Not sure about these two but hopefully I'll find time.

Now here are the stack off quilts needing binding.

First are the 2 Christmas Quilts
This quilt I bought as a top and had a group of quilters at the church quilt it.
It is in pretty good shape except a few brown spots. Hoping to be able to soak them out.

If I had to guest about age, my first guess would be the 1930's but could go all the way to the 60's

Then the sweet appliqued Gingerbread quilt.

These two will be gifts

I prefer single fabric backings, I like the way it looks when quilted. 
Perfect quilting for the modern look

There it is 
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