Monday, December 10, 2018

SWEET TOOTH POUCHES

My sister, Jeanette at Inchworm, told me about these pouches a few months ago.

I have been wanting to make them for my girls that come to Activity Days at church.

Here is the link if you want a tutorial:  

Punkin Patch does a great job in showing how to do these.

I wanted to make mine bigger so I put two skittles together, I wanted them big so the girls could put lots of fun stuff in them.



I used the heat n bond clear vinyl.



This is the back of all of the bags, I have three more to make.  I put the lining so you could see the fabric through the clear parts of the candy wrappers.  I think it looks cute but that is just me.

I think the longest part is in preparing all of the wrappers with the vinyl, sewing them is the easiest part especially the way Punkin Patch shows you.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

CRYING THE BLUES ABOUT MY ATTIC FIND QUILT

Some of you may remember my quilt squares find in my attic when we purchased this house.

I put the squares together.

My sister, Jeanette, quilted the quilt when she was here visiting.

This morning I put the binding on it this and was crying the blues.




I even have a pink room for it to go in.

The fabrics in the butterflies are so awesome.


I really want this quilt but it is going to it's rightful owner.


Did I tell you how much I love this quilt?  Even have pink pillowcases to match it.

Our neighbors are related to the family that lived here in this house.
My neighbor and friend  moved in the house next door because she was really close to her brother and his wife.

The owners of this home passed away and left the house to their son.

The son left an attic, spare room, and a shed full of priceless articles when we purchased this home. These quilt squares were left in the attic plus others.


I was bemoaning my decision after this quilt was finished, not that I didn't want her to have it but it just looks sooooooo good in my pink room.  Poor me (smiling), we all know that I have enough quilts, it is always hard to let a quilt go that speaks to me.  Some quilts I never have a problem letting go.

My sweet neighbor was feeling kinda sad today, she lost a son a while back, and today was just a hard day for her.  I am so glad I took it over and hopefully, she feels a little better.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Whimsical and Wonky



December's challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is as you can see Whimsical and Wonky.

We could chose either one and do any size.

I really wanted to do My Wonky Christmas Trees but I couldn't find enough background fabric that suited me so I just did one of my Trees....even the border is wonky..

                                                Wonky Christmas Trees Runner/Wall Hangin

I would say the majority of the fabric is Alpin Jingle.


Then I had done a little work for one of my cousins and refused money.

The next thing I know she has two Island Stacks sent to me and one of them was Tinsel by Island Batik.

Oh my gosh, I could have just put 8 inch squares together and it would be whimsical, this fabric is totally awesome.

But I did Wonky Baskets.

                                        


I used Hobbs Tuscany Cotton/Wool blend batting
I truly enjoyed working with this batting.




I used Aurifil Thread 2600 - a light blue/gray

I love love this little Throw

I just want to take a minute to thank Island Batik for stretching my abilities, helping me to learn new techniques and to become better at old ones.

Thank you for the fabulous fabrics, batting and aurifil threads.


Friday, November 30, 2018

WHO DOESN'T LIKE A LOG CABIN QUILT? WHAT ABOUT TWO LOG CABIN QUILTS?


This is what our challenge is for this month.....

LOG CABIN

I have always loved the look of a log cabin quilt and the versatility of it is amazing.

Now was my chance....Island Batik makes me step out of my comfort zone.

So when this challenge came up my sister asked me if I ever saw this ruler.


I said no, but was up for the challenge.


Here are my log Cabin squares.  I used a lot of scraps but I wasn't thinking, I've got my large scraps and didn't think at the time about how big I wanted to make it.  If I had thought this through, I would have just made it scrappy instead of each square the same..   Unfortunately for me, I ran out and was only able to make a baby quilt.  My sister, Jeanette, made a much larger one and I am so glad.  This quilt is so pretty and just knew it would be amazing bigger.  Just click on my sister's name and it will take you to her blog.


Isn't it adorable?????

It took me months to cut up my log cabin squares with the ruler, I was so afraid of making a mistake, even tho I had done a practice square out of random fabric scraps.  It wasn't until my sister, Jeanette, cut in to hers that I bit the bullet and did so myself.





Here is the You Tube we used.

Then I quilted it with Aurifil Thread.  I think this is my favorite color because I have another one similar in color and it is almost gone as well.




Well...this is a long winded post today. 

Taking a breath.....


 So...as I am tootaling along, I came across this fun fun you tube.....and yep...I just had to do it.





I had a Crystal Cove Island Stack (equivalent to a layer cake but Island Batik Fabrics).




This works up really fast using the Island Batik Stack.  It is always fun to work with Island Batik fabrics because as I am cutting I think...oh....I love this fabric, no, this one....

I had taken pictures of the process but can't seem to find the pictures, same with the other quilt above.   

Well, nothing like posting the last day of the month.

Have a wonderful Christmas Season!!





Thursday, November 29, 2018

GUILTY PLEASURE



I was so excited to do this cookie exchange, thank you Carol (Just let me Quilt), it has been a lot of fun going around to the different blogs to see all the goodies.  Lots of good recipes for sure.

So for your  Guilty  Pleasure I have chosen

Chocolate Caramel Bars

Yes, I know these are not cookies but wait until you taste one.

When I gave birth to my third son not too many moons ago a friend brought over some of these bars.

I have to tell ya getting up in the middle of the night to feed a newborn was a treat when I knew these bars were in the fridge waiting on me.

Chocolate Caramel Bars



Melt 50 Caramels  and 1/3 cup evaporated milk (I used to do this over a double boiler) now just minutes in a microwave.  

It takes time to unwrap these caramels, I usually do this first and then melt them while I am getting the rest of the recipe ready.




Mix until blended - one devils food cake mix (dry), 1/3 cup evaporated milk, and 1/2 cup butter (melted).

Once you have that mixed, spread HALF of this mixture in a buttered 9 X 13" pan.

Bake at 350 for six minutes. 


   After  you  take it out of the oven, spread 1 cup of chocolate chips (I confess, I spread more)


                         Take your caramels that you melted and spread over the chocolate chips.


Usually while the cake part is in the oven for six minutes I start rolling out the other half on freezer paper.  Just roll it out enough to cover the top of your caramel mixture.

I figured this out myself.  It was hard dropping it from my spoon and then trying to spread it.  So I got the ideal to do it this way, works a lot better.

Another hint: use the shinny side of the freezer paper...don't ask me how I know.

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Then you take it and flip it over your dish.

 HINT:  After you roll out your mixture, cut your freezer paper down some, makes it so much easier to do this next step.  

Don't worry if it is not perfect!


 Bake at 350 for fifteen minutes

There you have it!


This is what's left over...ummmm ummmm good.


Glad you could join me!

This is a family favorite and now my grandsons, he (now don't tell his parents)...granted I cut them up small but he had part of mine, then went to his grandfather and had part of his, then his dad gave him one....well...you get it...just keep coming back for more.

Hope all of you have a fabulous Christmas Season!

Here is the line up from the week, from what I have seen so far there are some delicious recipes out there.  I have a few that I am going to make, eventually.



November 27


November 28


November 29




Tuesday, November 27, 2018

"BUT BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!"


What do you do when it is cold outside?

Yes, it is cold here in Texas, seems the cold has come early for us.  Last week there was frost on the ground for several days.

This gal stays inside as much as she can, I am an island girl.

Well..Yesterday I made four of these cute dish towels.  If you are interested in this design, you can go to Embroidery Library  They have the cutest designs.


It took me four days of almost complete sewing to get this quilt where it is.  It is lacking two borders.  It is laying on my kingsize bed.  Thanksgiving came and I stopped.  This month Island Batik Ambassador challenge is the Log Cabin.  This log cabin is not Island Batik fabric but doing the challenge (haven't shown what I have done yet) has inspired me to do more log cabins. 



This week is the virtual cookie exchange hosted by Carol, Just let me quilt.  As you can see, my day is Friday.  I am so excited to share with you a recipe that I have been using for 30 years.  At this house we can not have a holiday without it.  I am more than excited to see what everyone has done...hope you join us!




November 27


November 28


November 29