Saturday, February 27, 2016

Winter Quilting and Signs of Spring

Hi Quilter Friends!

I feel like I have gotten much accomplished these past 2 months, and it is a good thing, because spring is just around the corner.


These are blooming all over my yard.  I love it when the snowdrops bloom.

My first January project was this bluebell wall hanging for my oldest son, Josh.  He lives in Albuquerque and misses our field of bluebells in the spring.  This was his birthday gift.




Next, I finished a queen-size quilt for my granddaughter, Julia.  Her 14th birthday was also in January.  She loves owls.  The square in a square blocks are made using a Kona jelly roll.



I am just learning free-motion quilting, so this large of a quilt was a challenge.  I have been signing most of my quilts like this, making a square, folding it into a triangle, adding some stabilizer and signing using my Janome 7700.  Then, placing it in the corner of the back of my quilt before I add the binding.


I have also been making kids quilts:


 Actually, the first two are quillows, quilts that fold up, tuck into the pocket on the back and form a pillow.



This one is for Adelyn.  Her Grandmother is a friend of mine and is in my quilt club.  Adelyn will be going to Mayo Clinic in May, and I wanted her to have something bright and cheery to take along with her.

I wish I knew the name of this fabric.  The little girls are so cute--I would make it again.

I also made one for Parker, her little brother.  I didn't want him to feel left out.  What little boy doesn't love super heroes?


Here is Parker's quillow, all wrapped up.


The quilting was good practice using my Tiarra.  I am getting the knack as to setting the tension and am enjoying the free-motion quilting I can do with it.


I also have a new great niece, Paige.  This rail fence quilt is for her.


Oops, I have the shadow of the other clothesline in this one.  It was fun to make this with all of the bright pretty fabrics.

Speaking of fabrics, a big thanks to my friend, Jani, who gave me most of these fabrics.  Now, that is a true friend, one who shares her stash.

I have one more baby quilt to make for this spring--for a great nephew.  I think I am going to have to purchase the fabrics for that one!  I hope you have had a great time quilting this winter also.  Until, next time!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas Cookie Exchange '15

Welcome to my blog. Thanks, Carol, for giving us this opportunity to share cookie recipes with others.  I know I have seen some great recipes this week that I want to try!

It was a great time for me to do a virtual cookie share.  My two beautiful granddaughters were here the entire week before Thanksgiving.  We have been making lots of candy, cookies, noodles, and pies.  I have taught them well.  They are 13 and 10, and they can make pies and noodles by them-selves, not to mention the cookies and candy.

The first cookies we made were spritz cookies, a recipe my mom used to make.  She would "hide" them in the upstairs bedroom of our old farmhouse--the room we didn't use in the winter because it was too cold.  We would sneak in and sample them long before Christmas.  They are made with a cookie gun.  We used an old metal one when we were growing up.  Now, the girls and I use a Pampered Chef gun.



SPRITZ COOKIES

1 lb. butter                                1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs                                       1 tsp. baking powder
4 1/2 cups flour                        1 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter (be sure to use real butter) and sugar.  Add unbeaten eggs.  Combine flour and baking powder.  Add flour mix and vanilla.   Divide the cookie dough into 2 parts and swirl green coloring into half of the dough and red coloring into the 2nd half.  Press with a cookie press onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.  


I asked Julia and Lauren to bring a recipe to share, also.  They chose jello cookies that their Grandma, Carolyn Ogren, has been making since their mother was a child.  They are made with lime or raspberry jello.  Make 2 batches if you want colorful red and green cookies.  We used lime jello.

JELLO COOKIES

3/4 cup butter, softened                                               1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup sugar                                                                2 1/2 cups flour
1 3-oz. package jello                                                    1 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs                                                                           1 tsp. salt

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix thoroughly butter, sugar, jello, eggs, and vanilla.  Blend in dry ingredients.  Roll dough into 3/4 inch balls.  Place 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet; flatten each with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. (We use a glass with a design imprinted in the bottom so that there is a design on the cookies.)  Bake 6-8 minutes.  Makes about 4 dozen.



I want to share just a few pictures of our candy-making.  We made 2 batches of peanut brittle, caramels, peppermint bark, and peanut butter fudge.


Grandpa came in to supervise.



Lauren's peppermint bark.  Yummy!


                                    Julia making caramels while Lauren stirs the peanut brittle.



                                             Stretching the peanut brittle--soooo good!

We also had time to walk in the woods, go out for pizza and have a great Thanksgiving dinner.  I hope you were as blessed as I was on Thanksgiving.

Thank you, Carol at Just Let Me Quilt, for a great hop!

Please stop by for yummy cookie recipes from our blogger friends today:

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy cookie baking!






Thursday, March 5, 2015

February Fun

We have been busy in February!  I didn't have nearly as much time to quilt this month.  Our daughter, Anna, lives in New Orleans and wanted us to see some of the Mardi Gras festivities.  We were able to go and see 2 great parades--Muses and Endymion.





The floats were fabulous!  We had a great time.  Both parades were very family-friendly.  
It was hard not to get in the excitement--people on the floats were throwing beads, footballs, frisbees, cozies, more beads, little basketballs, cups, and more beads.  


When we left NOLA, we met friends, Terry and Sue, at St. George Island in Florida.  We rented a large house a block off of the beach.  Sue's brother, Dan, and his partner, Howard, were there for part of the week.  


Then, we went to Tallahassee for a few days to visit with Terry and Sue's son's family, Jonathan, Erica, Norah, and Clara.  We went to Wakulla Springs and went on a swamp tour.  We really enjoyed the birds and the alligators.





                                Back at the house, we enjoyed spending time with Jon's family.


We came home to frozen pipes in our well pit, but that has now been fixed.  It was good to get home between storms.  We really enjoy being back in our own bed after 2 weeks of travel.

I did manage to get some quilting done this month.  I finished Anna's 4th library quilt before we went, so I was able to take this one to her.  It is actually the logo for her charter group, Firstline.  The words are their values.


I also made another ipad case--this time for my sister, Carol.  It has velcro closures and a place for her to put a stylus.


After returning to Illinois, I wanted to make a tote for Anna.  She picked out the material at Mes Amis in NOLA.  It is a great quilt shop--tons of fun fabrics.



I had just enough material left to make her a snap bag.  I should put it in March's blog, but it goes with the bag, so here it is:

It's been a busy month--lots of travel, time with family and friends, lots of snow, frozen pipes, sandy, cool beaches.  We've enjoyed February, but we are really looking forward to spring flowers, warm weather, and sunshine.  

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Good-bye Quilty January 2015!

January, like December, has been a busy month for quilting.  It all started when my daughter, Anna, asked me to make little purses for her to throw from her Mardi Gras float--anywhere from 10 to 30.  I took the pattern we had used for tie purses at my quilt club, cut it down, and made 27 Mardi Gras purses, complete with bead handles.  I put "bling" on a couple of them, and sent them on to NOLA so that Anna could "bling" the rest.  Then, I made 2 more for my friend's, Marlene's, granddaughters.  They were fun and quick!




This month in quilt club, we made reversible table runners.  My friend, Rosie, is a great teacher and a great quilter.  This is my finished project, and I love it.  When you finish, it is all quilted and reversible.



My husband is such a blessing.  When I mentioned that carrying 2 laptops in a backpack was pretty heavy, he ordered me an ipad.  Of course, the ipad needed a cover for protection.  I used the same fabrics I had used for quilt club to make a reversible table runner.  I used the pinks, blues, and yellows. After I got my ipad, my husband really loved it, and he ordered one for him--another cover!
This book fabric suited him much more than my pinks, and blues, and yellows.

Very good friends of ours, Brian and Lori, adopted a sweet baby girl, Nora.  I had been working on a quilt for her before Christmas, and I was finally able to finish it.  I love these adorable little girl fabrics!





Lastly, I had promised a quilt to another friend who was a little homesick.  Cindy, I am sorry it took me so long, but it is finished and will be in the mail this week.



I'm taking a Craftsy quilt class by Ann Petersen on How to Quilt Big Projects on a small machine.  She totally bastes her quilts with a spray baste.  Then, she irons her quilt to "set" the spray.  I put 2 ironing boards together to have a long enough surface to iron this quilt.  It worked really well, and I will definitely do it again for my next quilt. (I purchased an extra ironing board for $1 at the thrift store.)



Winter is really a great time to sew.  I've got lots of other projects in mind.  Next, library quilt number 4 for Anna's libraries in NOLA and an ipad cover for my sister, Carol.  Then, who knows what great quilting adventure will be next.


Thanks for taking time to read my blog and see what all have been in the works at my house this month.  I hope you had a great month quilting, too!