Thursday, March 31, 2005
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Monday, March 28, 2005
One of my daily visits is Brit’s blog, Running Stitch.
Everything I know about Brit, I have gleaned from her blog. She is an energetic mom to “Mr. Moo” (her adorable baby boy) & wife to “The Man”, she quilts, she runs, she always has some project in the works (I do believe she and “The Man” are renovating their home). My take on Brit is that she is very fun-loving, creative, has a good sense of humor, and is a dedicated mom & wife. Her blog is a good read with a lot of pictures and she posts almost daily.
On Feb. 25, Dallas posted a pic of a very nice denim tote bag that she made. I loved it and took a moment to post a comment – I believe it was the first blog comment I ever made. I had just finished my denim quilt and her pic inspired a use for my left over squares. (I have not made it yet, but am still planning to). She is just learning to quilt and drives a very neat blue 1971 VW bus. She also posts frequently with pictures.
I did not do much quilting this weekend--just one block on the log cabin. I am down to only 3 more blocks to quilt and then I have to make the binding. I am considering a multi-fabric binding using many of the fabrics in the quilt. Of course joining the different fabrics would result in a lot of seams, so I may have to rethink this. Do you all make your own binding? I have to admit that in the past, I have mostly purchased quilt binding. The colors are very limiting though, so I will probably make it this time. For those of you who make your own, do you cut it on the bias?
Sunday, March 27, 2005
Saturday, March 26, 2005
Friday, March 25, 2005
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Monday, March 21, 2005
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Monday, March 14, 2005
Wow! These quilts are just stunning. There are about 200 in this gallery with 6 or 7 pictures of each quilt beginning with a view of the quilt on the bed right up to a close up of the quilting. This is a site that sells quilts, but if you just browse, I guarantee the creative juices will begin to flow. I am almost embarrassed to post the pics of my quilts after viewing these.
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Saturday, March 12, 2005
They also have ratings from many people who tried the recipe. It has a 5-star rating.
Paula's Loaded Oatmeal Cookies Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Brown Butter Icing, recipe follows
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease 1 or more cookie sheets. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, shortening, and sugar in a bowl until fluffy. Add eggs and beat until mixture is light in color. Add buttermilk. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice; stir into creamed mixture. Fold in oatmeal, raisins, walnuts, and vanilla, blending well. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Drizzle with Brown Butter Icing.
Brown Butter Icing:
1/2 cup butter
3 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 4 tablespoons water
In a small saucepan heat the butter over medium heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in 3 cups sifted powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in enough water (3 to 4 tablespoons) to make an icing of drizzling consistency. Drizzle on warm cookies.
Yield: enough to ice 5 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Ease of preparation: Easy
Wednesday, March 9, 2005
If you are a bit bored, here is a place to waste of few minutes of time. You pit two words against each other (example: male/female). Google gives results of how many times each word is in their data base. For the record, "male" is the winner with 89,300,000 to "female"'s 79,200,000.
My goal in making these scrap quilts was to use up my stash. I was heading in the right direction until this past weekend when I went to JoAnne’s “40% off already on clearance fabric” sale. For over an hour and a half I drifted through the marked down aisles in a daze, grabbing bolt after bolt of formerly $5.99 - $7.99/yard fabric, now going for a mere $1.20 - $1.80/yard. I bought a number of 2 or 3 yard parcels, ending up with about 31 yards of new stash. I bought nothing that was destined for any particular project…just stuff I would have-- if I ever needed it. So once again I am overloaded with stash. Ah, life is good.
Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Speaking of quilting, I have only 17 more blocks to hand quilt on my log cabin! The end is within sight now.