Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Update


I had to share this funny house plan that I found on Sewing Parts Online's Pinterest feed. Wishful thinking!

We have had numerous offers on our house, one contract that ended after one week, and now have a contract we feel is pretty secure (fingers crossed). The contract for our new place has been on hold also, and we are eager to get this done. My husband has been reading up on chicken and pig farming - lol! He wants half a dozen chickens and a couple of "pet" pigs. I am looking forward to finding the right place for a small garden. And one of the first things we'll do is build a deck on the back of the house - we can't wait!


This is how I feel since most of my fabric is packed in boxes,
and I've schooled myself to NOT look at any fabric online.


Our new granddaughter is thriving! She is already two months old.


I love this photo of her and my daughter.


Pool inspection yesterday, house inspection today, appraisal next week . . . hopefully the next time I post, we will be moved in and enjoying "the farm"!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Pink Is My New Favorite Color. . .and A Hiatus


Our beautiful third granddaughter was born April 12, and we are in love! The birth was one of the highlights of my life, and Delaney and my daughter are both thriving. I stayed a few days and got in all the cuddles I could and am now counting the days until we see them again.

She was 6 lbs 5 oz - a little bundle of pink joy!


I can't believe she has already grown and changed so much in 3 short weeks!



My daughter and son-in-law made the nursery so darling!

In other news...

We have an option pending on a house and a little piece of land about 100 miles north of us. We are keeping our house clean and "staged" for showings, hoping for an offer soon. I am going to become more and more busy, so blogging will take a back seat for awhile as we start on our next adventure!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

I'll Be Back...



Much to the dismay of my grown son and daughter, I still try to use my best Arnold Schwarzenegger voice to imitate his character in Terminator. It is a perfect fit for the state of my blog posting as of late.

Life has been a bit stressful and busy lately, with my daughter's delivery of her first child imminent, plus we are getting our house ready to sell. I'll be staying with my daughter a few days next week and will try to give a blog update as soon as possible on the new baby!

Hope all of you are doing well!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Debbie's Prayer Quilt


The prayer quilt for my niece is finally finished! My niece is a strong Christian, and I positioned the three magenta and violet crosses to serve as a remembrance of the three crosses of Calvary - I think she will like the significance.


Pattern illustration

As I mentioned when I blogged about it (almost 3 weeks ago!) I used a free Craftsy pattern, Plus Quilt by Jeliquilts. I loved the mix of colors used in the illustration so much that I duplicated them as closely as I could.


I pieced the back with some leftover cuts from the fabrics (listed below)



I particularly love this bird fabric and the bit of whimsy it adds. And it was very gratifying to audition it and see it contained the colors from the other fabrics.



I made a few errors and had to rip seams a few times, even with the binding! The Kona magenta fabric I originally intended for the binding raveled too much after all the chaos, so I looked to my purple stash to find something that would work. Lo and behold I had a 1/2 yard print that was perfect!

I stitched crosses in each corner

The quilting was mostly straight line, with some wavy lines on the border.


Last time I talked to my niece, she was feeling stressed about her upcoming treatments following her mastectomy, so my wish is that this prayer quilt will give her some comfort.



Quilt Details:
Finished size: 45"x45"

Quilt Front:
Collage Bird Dot Cream by Carrie Bloomston for Windham
Bohemia Teal Dots by Julie Paschkis for In The Beginning
Kona: Snow, Ash, Violet, and Magenta
On a String in Lime by Valentina Ramos for Robert Kaufman
Unknown dark eggplant fabric Made in Japan

Binding: Mosaic Purple by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery
Backing: Collage Bird Dot Cream by Carrie Bloomston for Windham, Kona Ash

Thread used:
Superior Threads So Fine Genoa Gray

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Cross Quilt Flimsy Progress


This pattern is actually called a "Plus" quilt, but my purpose for it is to become a prayer quilt for my niece, so I am terming it a "Cross" quilt. The front (flimsy) is finally pieced, and I am awaiting inspiration for a border. The pattern I (mostly) followed is Plus Quilt by Kelly at Jeliquilts. I love her patterns!



I am too embarrassed to tell you how long it took to choose fabrics and how many times I pulled fabrics only to put them away and start all over. I am hoping to finish it up by next week and mail it to my niece. I'll post the final result with more details!


Buddy just wants me to be done with it so he can go rest in his "TV" chair.

Tuesday Archives - Harvest Button Napkin Rings


Today's theme for Val's Quilting Studio Tuesday Archives linky party is "Buttons", and the photo above shows the Modge-Podged buttons I made for some crocheted napkin rings last November. My original post is HERE.


The napkin rings were a gift for a blogging friend, and they were the first crochet project I had attempted in years!

Be sure and click on Val's link below to check out archived goodies from other bloggers!

Val's Quilting Studio

Friday, February 19, 2016

Country White Bread


I got a message from my son yesterday "you think I could bribe you into baking a loaf of your famous white bread sometime?" Well heck yeah! Anytime my kids want something of "Mommy's", I will deliver!



A few years ago I bought The Panera Bread Cookbook, and in spite of the fact that many of the reviewers claim the bread recipes are not Panera Bread recipes, the ones that are included are excellent. With the exception of the sourdough bread recipes, each bread recipe uses the same base. The method is a different one than my other bread recipes and involves creating a starter first. Since the starter only ferments for 30 minutes, it is not a lengthy process and always results in a delicious bread. Wheat Bread with Bacon and Onion (I added cheese too) is perfect for sandwiches, and Honey Wheat Bread is excellent toasted.



I used a standard 8x4 loaf pan for one, and it made a perfectly shaped loaf (pictured above). For the other I used a shallow glass baking pan, and the loaf is squatty; but my son doesn't care how they look!

I made one change in the recipe - I used vegetable oil instead of vegetable shortening.

Country White Bread
adapted from The Panera Bread Cookbook

Starter
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 cup unbleached flour

Dough
3/4 cup warm water
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
4-3/4 cups unbleached flour
1 tablespoon salt

To create starter, combine water and yeast in medium bowl. Stir to dissolve yeast fully. Add flour and stir until ingredients are fully incorporated. Cover with cloth and ferment at room temperature for 30 minutes.

For dough, combine water, honey, and yeast in bowl of stand mixer. Stir to dissolve yeast fully. Add oil, flour, salt, and fermented starter. Mix on low speed until dough is fully developed. (I switched to the dough hook for about 5 minutes.) Remove dough from mixing bowl.

Divide dough into two pieces weighing about 22 ounces each. Form each into smooth ball. Place dough pieces on counter or proofing basket and cover with warm, damp cloth. Rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Prepare 2 loaf pans by greasing with shortening. Form dough into loaf shapes and place in pans. Cover with warm, damp cloth. Let rest at room temperature 30 minutes.

In the meantime preheat oven to 400ºF. Bake loaves 30 - 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. (I baked at 375ºF in my convection oven, and reduced to 350ºF after 20 minutes, but that's just me and my oven!)

Remove bread from oven, remove loaves from pan, place on cooling rack, and let cool about 30 minutes.