Just a simple Single Irish Chain……………….

Took on a very different look! I had in mind the mantra “keep it simple”, but…………something just happened when this sandwich was slid under Ms  Juki’s needle!!! It’s humble beginnings: IMG_1620 (2) began to morph………….IMG_1622 (2)the center portion (initially, in my head) was going to be a simple diagonal grid (very traditional!) BUT, I focused on the possible texture that could be achieved by a floral motif! Texture….. love it! My next thought was to leave the 2” inner border unstitchedIMG_1627 (4) to give an “eye-rest” portion, so I stitched in the ditch and went on to the outer border….which went from plain old this: IMG_1625 (2) to this: IMG_1626 (2) Yup….quilting it to death is my ‘game’!So…..now I’m staring at that very unadorned inner greenish border piece….and it just canNOT stay that way…But what to do? The ‘eye’ still needs a bit of a rest from all that’s going on and whatever is chosen needs to continue in the ‘organic’ mode…………IMG_1628 I’m happy with this leafy design. On to the binding and a finish. IMG_1631 (2) I machine stitched the binding completely, as I’m not sure of where this quilt will end up. IMG_1633 As busy as the backing is (the lower portion of the above photo), the stitching designs show quite well! IMG_1629And, so it’s a ‘finish’. Thanks for tagging along on this latest project. Any questions, please, leave them in the comments below. Till next time……

See the previous post, here, for supply details…..

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Next up……..

A simple single Irish chain. Another Connecting Threads kit (from eons ago) that has been languishing in a (very much out-of-control) stash! Simple piecing/small project……approximately 46” square……..IMG_1621 (3) Stay tuned…..decisions to be made: What to stitch????

Thread: (top & bobbin) Isacord. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom, cotton/poly. Please, do come back and visit and see my choices for bringing this cutie to life!

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,The last piecing of 2019………..

Was completed just before Christmas and after we arrived at our little winter/Texas abode. Being a bit(!?) ‘space challenged’, when packing for the transition, I try to bring a few of my accumulated kits which will benefit me in two ways: it will help reduce my Minnesota stash and will not result in building a Texas stash (well…….it cuts down on that 2nd one!). This Connecting Threads kit is probably 2 years old and would be a perfect little table topper for our smaller Southern table. IMG_1616 (2) It finished at 33” square (after an outer border modification). I must say that putting the individual blocks together went very quickly, but the directions were in error when it came to assembling the rows! IMG_1616 (3) Stitching the blocks, as indicated in that above photo, will NOT give you pinwheels with blades of the same color!!!!! Even if you follow the next direction, which is to rotate the 2nd & 4th rows 180*!!!!IMG_1617 After some“frogging” (“rip-it”;”rip-it”) session, or two, I had the “duh” moment and rearranged them all appropriately. The outer border needed a little change to make it a tad more interesting (limited by the amount of fabric allowed in the kit), so I added corner blocks of the purple and green and stitched the pinwheel design on them. Much better!!! IMG_1612IMG_1606 Stitched “swirls”IMG_1604 gave the center area the needed movement and stitching a flower motif in the outer borderIMG_1607 completed the theme. I left the narrow inner border unstitched for emphasis and “eye-rest”. Some stitching in the ditch was required to define the borders and the corner blocks and that’s where Kelly Cline’s sweet rulers made that process easy-peasy……..IMG_1600IMG_1599 This quilt was stitched on my DSM (Juki 2010Q) and the necessary ruler foot was a modification that I explained in this post. The back view:IMG_1615IMG_1613

Love the pastel feel of this finish: IMG_1611

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!………..

To all my sweet readers. May 2020 be filled with all of His best!! Image may contain: 3 people, including Doreen Auger and Tom Auger, people smiling, people standing

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Celebrating God’s Greatest Gift…………

Let us not leave it unopened………..Related image May you all have a Blessed Christmas celebrating the Wonder of this star lit night of long ago…………

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Presenting to you………….

“Seussical Trees” (for me, it has a wee bit better ‘ring’ to it than “Wonky Trees!)…………….IMG_1595 I did a very simple loopy star stitching using my fave Superior Variegated Metallic Gold thread, #025, to add the glisten that those trees needed. It’s a subtle addition but one that adds so much “life”! The back is pieced with the triangles left from the first cutting……………..IMG_1596 The binding was a 2” strip, folded in half and first applied to the back and flipped forward to the front and topstitched (my new favorite finish for quilted finishes that will see some laundering)……IMG_1598 I stitched stars at the top of the trees but that wasn’t standing out enough so I dug into the button box that my mom left to me and retrieved these button covers (who else remembers that trend????) and…..perfect………………………..IMG_1587 Once again, this fun finish……………..(to see it’s beginnings, go to my previous post)IMG_1595

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Buy the pattern or………………

Surely, I can figure it out!!! No time to wait for an order/mailing (leaving for Texas very shortly and really should be packing!!!), so let’s give it a go. This is the pattern, by Karla Alexander, called “Crazy Christmas Trees”…..it’s available through many venders, this is just one.Image result for karla alexander crazy christmas trees So, here’s my version………………at least No photo description available.the top (ready for sandwiching).  Fun stitching ahead. Stay tuned……….

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Christmas gifting…………

Came a wee bit early as we are exiting the white, chilly Northern climes for the warmer temps in Texas before Christmas this year. As we gathered with part of the family on Thanksgiving, the great-grands opened this year’s surprise.  Growing up, I loved to read and had a large soft floor pillow that was thrown down wherever I needed to be comfy for reading (or watching TV) and, I thought, the gr.grands needed something similar. IMG_1570IMG_1569IMG_1572A little fussy cutting.. IMG_1571 and some quick machine blanket-stitching and wha-la……….IMG_1581

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A few more little projects………

That are truly “must-repeats”! I first made these way back here and just had to make more!!!! IMG_1573 This time I was able to hold everything in place using these Clover Wonder Clips, which made the process so much easier. IMG_1579IMG_1574 For the lining, I made a quick trek to our local “dollar store” (today’s version of yesterday’s “dime store”….lol!) and picked up a flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth.IMG_1577 IMG_1580I didn’t use batting in these pouches as I thought the flannel added enough padding and the vinyl part would be a good idea if the pouch was used for, say, cosmetics. Easily wiped clean. IMG_1575

Well……it’s “Black Friday” and the shoppers have descended on the various venues, but not for this person!! Shopping is definitely not my “thing”. It’s 30F outside and snowing (with a little drizzle mixed in!) and really looks more like Christmas!!! IMG_1583IMG_1584IMG_1585 A busy weekend ahead and the next week is one of getting ready to head south. Off to start the day………..

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

At this moment, it looks more like Christmas….a bit blizzard-y and a whole lot of heavy wet snow on the ground. No power at the moment…..heading to Texas soon!!!

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Edging and border………………

Is what’s next. The batting has been trimmed, as has the backing………… IMG_1557IMG_1558 (for details of this process, see the 2 preceding posts). The next step is to clip the curves of the backing in order to wrap the fabric over the batting…….IMG_1559 I secure it slightly with Sewline Water Soluble Glue Pen. There are other types of adhesive available but this is what I had on hand.  I, then, stitch next to the finished edge to stabilize it furtherIMG_1560IMG_1562. The final edge will be “matchsticks” (or maybe I should say “toothpicks”?). IMG_1566 Lots more “toothpicks” in my future!

Thread:(top) Aurifil, 50wt;(bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting:Hobbs Tuscany cotton/wool blend (single layer). Stitched on Ms Juki (Juki 2010Q).

Thanks so much for stopping by! The days are so much shorter and chillier with rain/snow mix in the forecast for tonight. November is fast approaching……perfect quilting weather!!!! Till next time………..

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Days, er weeks, have passed…………

And I’m progressing on this pretty piece……….IMG_1536 If you need to toddle back to it’s beginnings, please, follow this link. It contains the details of this piece (thread used, batting, etc). The outer edge of the border area will be a “matchstick” stitching to further emphasize the swags.IMG_1127As you can see, I’ve begun this above the swags. This is the edge, as sandwiched…..IMG_1118 (2) I am wanting to use the delicate scalloped edging that was already there, so, the first step is to trim back the batting to a little less than this scallop……IMG_1555 IMG_1556 The next step will be to trim the backing 1/4” more than this beautiful edge…..and here is where I will leave off and spend the next days accomplishing this phase! Yes, it’s putsy but oh so worth it. Again, to find the details/beginning of this, please hop over to my previous post.

Have an awesome weekend!!! Beautiful brisk Autumn weather, here (S.E. MN, south of Winona) but there are some flaky changes coming in a couple of days………sigh………..

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Eons have past……………

Since I’ve been here!!! Yikes!! Onward…………. Festival of Quilts/Uffda Fest (Spring Grove, MN) happened last weekend. A town event that I have done a demo during the two day schedule for the last many years……..set up and ready….IMG_1104 The vintage piece I chose has a scalloped edging with beautiful flower appliques (in perfect condition right from the thrift shop!!!). I used a cotton/wool blend batting for this one and Aurifil thread (not used to the amount of lint created by cotton thread!). The stitching (micro-stippling) went, and is going, beautifully…….LUV MY JUKI!!!!…….IMG_1099 One thing I did differently on this one is I did a bit of marking so that my design motifs would be more alike. I grabbed a couple of hand-quilting stencils and manipulated them a tad and then filled the outlines with feathers..IMG_1538   IMG_1100The center portion is stitched, now on to the borders………………………………………IMG_1106 IMG_1535 The colors aren’t photographing very well today….it really is a beautiful delicate peachy pink with white flowers and leaves that are a dusty blue gray. IMG_1536 Thread: (top) Aurifil, 50 wt (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Tuscany Collection Cotton/Wool Blend. The dimensions of the cloth are 33” square. The stitched swag border will be fun with “match-stick” stitching. Final edge will be the (manufacturer’s)  scalloped edge. I promise I will show that process!

Summer has come to a screeching halt with plummeting temps and the possibility of snowflakes in the air and freeze warnings for everyone…ugh! But….we’re tough, right???!!!! Till next time…….stay warm with all those beautiful quilts………with hugs……….

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Digging into my “stash”…………

For this next little quilt. Ahhh…..the challenge of it! The smaller fabric bits were no problem, but 2 yards of the main/focus fabric seemed to have been a bit more difficult. First these 4 possibilities…….IMG_1523 I must really give you an idea of where this is going! Sorry…….IMG_1529 Well, the floral and rose “Grunge” was ok but the other two didn’t do it. How ‘bout these plus that cute yellow floral……..IMG_1524Yup, works for me. Onward………IMG_1526 And the top is ready to sandwich…….IMG_1527 It’s a really cute pattern and looks like a sweet (mod?) teen gal quilt. IMG_1530The quilting will have to wait a while. The top measures 58”x 70”. I think I must really pull some pieces for another…..more boy-ish, maybe…….. til next time………………

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Starting the next project……….

On a weekend doesn’t usually happen around here but I had a few moments so………………….. IMG_1515Making the “sandwich” and ready for the stitching………….IMG_1514 It’s a military quilt that was pieced by a friend who isn’t able to finish it due to a medical event. IMG_1516Please, stop back for updates. Have an awesome rest-of-the-weekend! The NASCAR race is just beginning……..I must go…… See ya next time…………hugs…..

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Where did the summer go???…………….

I really thought I would surely have more to show for all these moments!! Much has been going on…..teaching workshops, enjoying the beautiful sunny weather……not one motorcycle ride, though!!! I have been trying to get some of the kits/projects that I bought years ago done up. Here’s what’s been under the Juki needle these past few days…………………IMG_1508 I had purchased the pattern 3 years ago (you do understand…..I just fell in love with the pattern…..and HAD to get it!!) and picked up the kit 2 years ago (cuz, well, surely I would stitch it up immediately with the needed fabric all chosen and cut and bagged!!!)…..sigh……. Anyhow, these were the fabrics that were used in the sample and so nicely bagged……..IMG_1507 So bright and cute and ones that I might not have chosen individually. The pattern requires three 18” and one 22” zip…….perfectly included! If you would like to see a photo tutorial on this, hop on over to this site and, if you do purchase the pattern, definitely hop over to this site cuz I found that the directions in the pattern somewhat lacking in clarity, due to a shortage of photos at key stages!!!! Finger-pressing was needed a bit and my handy little roller (bought at Home Depot in the wallpaper department) was very nice to have..IMG_1509

Here is my finished bag all ready to hold those needed sewing supplies…IMG_1511IMG_1512 IMG_1513 IMG_1510 

Hmmmmm……I wonder what other little gems are lurking in shadowy corners??!! How’s your summer going?? Projects on track or have the lazy, hazy days dominated?? (I know that for some of my friends winter/cold is a tad more in place!)

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Another stitching “accessory”…………

Free motion quilting (FMQ) ease on a domestic or sit-down machine depends on a slick surface in order to move the fabric/quilt sandwich smoothly. I have a couple of “Supreme Sliders” I purchased years ago but have become slightly less slippery (at least, that’s what I’ve noticed). Recently, I saw a large gridded polyester mat posted on Facebook and decided to go for it………..IMG_1484 I ordered it from AllBrands (lower $$ than Amazon…including the shipping!). I’ve ordered items from them before and have been so impressed with the quick service/response and would highly recommend. The mat size (12”x 20”) is wonderful….especially for the price!!! The markings are most helpful and the surface IS SLICK!! It lifts/repositions easily when the bobbin area needs accessing. It comes in a clear plastic tube that is very handy for storage………………….IMG_1485 The brand, “Sew Steady”, has been a reliable one over the years. So, if you have been thinking of some type of FMQ mat/accessory along these lines, I would recommend this one. I don’t do a whole lot of piecing but the grid markings will come in handy for those diagonals that need to be stitched for all the HST (half square triangles) that are so popular these days.

Now, on to the weekend and our little town’s annual event…..Hoedown!!!!

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Can you really have too many????…………

Totes, that is. I, personally, don’t think so! And they make such great gifts!! This one went together so slick and the results are really professional! IMG_1493IMG_1494

IMG_1497               Both these fabrics are from my stash….yay!

IMG_1498IMG_1501 IMG_1506The Peltex 71F stiffener did a beautiful job of giving the bag nice shaping and, because of the interesting construction, the bag folds up which makes it so convenient to bring shopping! This is the medium sized bag (12”x 6.5”x 12” tall). The focus fabric is a home dec/slipcover weight. I really appreciated the Juki’s ability to stitch through multiple layers of fabrics & stiffener without hesitation!

Another (identical) tote cut out and waiting til morning. That one will be a gift. Have an awesome weekend!!!!!

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Project variety…………….

Always keeps a body’s skills sharp, especially when some of the “ingredients” are unfamiliar! Let’s take a look at the cast of characters for today……………………………. some fusible interfacing (found in stash)… IMG_1483, next, some uber cute zippers (ordered off Amazon)……….IMG_1492, “Heat N Bond” fusible vinyl……………………………………………… IMG_1482 and directions to help with the construction-“Block” magazine from Missouri Star Quilt Co. or this YouTube tutorial……….. IMG_1480. BUT….I mustn’t forget the most important participant IMG_1481BAGS….in this case, plastic candy bags….the “sharing” size from the store (to clarify: these once had M&Ms & Twizzlers in them—now eaten!!!!). These could be any product—-potato/snack chips, for example would be cute. Once I got going, there were 5 completed cuties in short order!!!!  Little lining pieces were easy to find in my stash…..IMG_1487 IMG_1488IMG_1489IMG_1491IMG_1490. IMG_1486 

That was part of my day today. How was your day? Thanks so much for stopping by…………………

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It’s what’s for supper……………….

Sour cream enchiladas, made with my homemade Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream (yogurt recipe found here). For the yogurt recipe, I use my lactose treated milk……any brand—“Lactaid”, store brand, whatever. Once you try it you won’t go back to “store bought” Greek yogurt for sure! Anyhow…..the enchiladas are in the oven………………IMG_1478 If you’re interested in the recipe, take a peek at my post from March 31. More photos and recipe info there.

Maybe some stitching tomorrow. Picked up a bolt of “Peltex” fusible stiffening that I had ordered on-line from JoAnn Fabrics so, maybe, will get going on the next idea in the morning. Almost “wine time”. The weather is absolutely perfect!!! No storms, sun is shining, 78F with 44% humidity…..again, I say perfect!!!!! Have an awesome evening and see y’all next time……..hugs……..

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Simple gifts……………..

Sometimes are the best. Hostess gifts will be needed shortly and stitching & baking provides sweet solutions. Later, in August, DH & I will travel to visit his sis and hubbs in Montana, so a few things are needed. Bowl cozies are always handy for those times soup bowls are heated in the microwave or that evening bowl of ice cream beckons……………………….IMG_1476 Don’t we all have hot pads in dire need of replacing??? Some fresh new ones add so much to the cooking experience,don’tcha think? Click here for the link to the cozy directions & pattern. IMG_1475    

I made some of my sourdough craisin/pecan bread that will find its way to a couple homes this weekend IMG_1473

The weekend is here and birthday parties and quilt gatherings await. See you next week………..hugs……………

                         

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A Friday Finish………

I sure love the sound of those words!!! At the end of my previous post, I made mention of my next little project and that went so quickly that it’s the subject of today’s post! This pillow top was a gift from my mom decades ago and has been one of the decorator pillows on our bed for years. I was so weary of looking at it in its ‘so plain’ state (since embarking on my vintage “quilting it to death” phase!) so, well, I just had to disassemble it and take care of the situation……………………………………… IMG_1449   I did not remove the ruffle but, carefully, pressed the seam allowance flat and pinned it well to the double layer of Hobb’s 80/20 batting. This layering of batting will give the finished pillow a nice smooth surface. Next, I outline stitched each of the embroidered design elements. Using the Handi Quilter ‘Glide’ foot made this quite easy…………….IMG_1450IMG_1456

Next, came the background fill fun. Echoing the appliques provided much of the fill but there was adequate room for a little “McTavishing”!



IMG_1457IMG_1458IMG_1463               The ‘clamshell’ edging was done with this HQ ruler and “Sure Foot” (ruler foot) IMG_1464. IMG_1462        I completed this in a very short afternoon….surprised even me! Stitched the back on and reinserted the pillow form………………………IMG_1466IMG_1468 Now this is who I am today! Vintage stitching everything I see!!

Massive heat today……95F-100F with substantial humidity=great stitching weather! The storm (that just finished an hour ago) gave us only 2” but our area has many roads under water/blocked by mudslides (5.5” of rain in some areas). What’s under your needle these days???

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Thread: (top & bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 (2 layers w/ no backing needed)

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A “Two-fer”……………

For a special client. Two wall quilt tops (one for her and one for a sweet gift) were brought to me and the fun began. The pattern is “Stitch Happens” by Kelli Fannen. Stitch Happens Pattern        I knew I wanted them to be stitched totally differently and here are the results. #1                               IMG_1427IMG_1435IMG_1436IMG_1437 and………..#2………………………………..              IMG_1439IMG_1440

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Notice my trusty “Line Tamer” ruler. Invaluable for doing that diamond grid background!!!!!

 

 

 

 

IMG_1447     I think that #2 is my fave, but………….

Thread: (top) Glide, 60&40 wt, (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom, 80/20.         

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On to a small fun pillow project. Stay tuned……….

It’s a steamy, hot, stormy week and perfect for some stitching. How’s your week progressing??? Hugs………

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Stitchin’ Saturday with a side of baking……

I can only show a wee bit of the stitching (a client project #2)……..IMG_1439Using Glide 40 wt (top thread) and Hobbs cotton/poly batting. Lovin’ the feathers!

And baking. Ordered a couple of bannetons and they are working well. The loaves are my fave sourdough craisin pecan bread……………….IMG_1445 And so ends my Saturday. Attended a 90th birthday gathering for a friend and, now, watching a NASCAR race.

Have an awesome rest of the weekend!!!!

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When not stitching………………

It seems that baking is my 2nd fave pastime……more specifically, breads! This time it’s English muffins, of the sourdough variety. My “starter” is doing very well these days, so, finding recipes to incorporate it is a must. Last week’s Belgian waffles were wonderful (and the leftovers, toasted, made awesome “shortcake” for our very prolific strawberry pickings!) but I was in the mood for trying something different.

Back in 1974(!) I purchased this fab bread book that has been “used to death” over the years…….IMG_1431 The recipes have proven to be dependable and this latest was no exception…………. IMG_1432 Using my very well seasoned electric fry pan (a wedding gift!), the results were more than satisfactory!………………… IMG_1429 IMG_1430 

But…….now……back to stitching………..

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Freedom comes with a cost………

4th of July flying patriotic star

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A Monday’s time of play…………………

Was perfect! Hot and humid outdoors, A/C, music and the hum of Ms. Sweetie indoors. A bit of McTavishing fun………………….IMG_1426 IMG_1427 IMG_1428

Thread: (Top) Glide, 40 wt.; (Bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20).

More storms moving in as I write this. The rumble of thunder seems to dominate.

Please, stop back again………hugs…………

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Focaccia…..yup, another “Food” post……..

The “crunch” factor is out of this world! Yesterday’s pizza (see this post) was just the beginning…..and, also, used only half the prepared dough so I just had to make something with the remainder! Now, I’m aware that focaccia needn’t necessarily have a super crispy crust but Peter Reinhart’s book, Perfect Pan Pizza, intrigues me and so tonight’s project was a crispy crusted caramelized balsamic onion and bacon focaccia. I mean……what part of that is not appealing??

Again…..planning ahead is absolutely mandated with this process—–specifically 5 hours. Yes! Refrigerated dough requires some warming and, once placed in an uber well oiled pan, there’s a step the book calls “dimpling” that is done 3 to 4 times with a 20 minute rest between each. Then the panned dough will remain on the counter to rise for 4 hours.

The recipe for the onions is in the book and I used a raspberry balsamic that perfectly complemented the smoky bacon pairing. IMG_1420

Again, the baking time is brief and the temp is high (425F convection). I’ll let the pictures tell the story….. IMG_1422IMG_1423 

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Ok…..maybe some stitching next……..

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Ahhhhh-mazing pizza!!!!!………..

From Peter Reinhart’s book Perfect Pan Pizza, I had wanted to be able to make a pizza with a wonderful caramelized crispy crust like one of our local pizza places and…….success!! The book: IMG_1418, the pan: (a 14.25” non-stick steel pan). The dough is an extremely wet one and I chose the sourdough version: .IMG_1021 The process was begun last Thursday (a bit different than others I’ve put together), refrigerated and brought out today (6 hours before baking). The recipe is enough for 2 pizzas of this size. The recipe: IMG_1419 was for the Italian sausage version, adding pepperoni and black olives. One of the steps is, once the dough is pan size, to press cubes of cheese into it. I used Fontina. IMG_1022 It was set to rise on the counter for 4 hours, then I added the rest of the ingredients and baked at 450F for a total of 16 minutes. The result is a fabulously crispy, caramelized crust that words just canNOT describe!!!! IMG_1024 Not a very good photo but that is the crunchy beautiful bottom crust! And a top view…………IMG_1023 Now……what other topping ideas will be in my future??? Ha! Have an awesome rest-of-the-weekend……hugs…………

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Saturday report: A Friday finish…………

The binding is on and a small label is attached. Martha Washington Star quilt is officially a UFO no longer! It’s especially nice that my stash didn’t increase much with leftovers from this kit and I used all but 25” of the binding I had prepped (that fabric is totally gone!)………IMG_1397 It was cut 1.25” and, yes, it was not the normal double binding. I did a bit more stitching in the daisy flowers but decided to leave the stars and pinwheels alone…………………… IMG_1393 IMG_1399 The outer border stitching is a ‘take’ on the daisy theme….my sample…….. IMG_1396 and the “real thing” (very difficult to see the actual stitching)…top & backing…….. IMG_1405IMG_1403. And the final ‘finish’………………………….IMG_1401 The final dimensions are 63”x 65”. This was a Connecting Threads kit of years ago.

Thread: (top) Glide, 40wt; (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom, cotton/poly (single layer).

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There’s just something so appealing about…………

Star themed quilts…..what do you think? They can be done with a more traditional look but adapt so well to a more modern setting. “Martha Washington Star” (see here) seems to have the comfy cozy more traditional “feel”. IMG_1372 The fun stitching has begun. The center pinwheels will be left unquilted so they “pop”. I’m thinking I may add a bit of interest to the star, yet. “Swirls” will define the pinwheels nicely. The rest of the background will be a “vine” pattern (inspiration taken from the fabric itself!). IMG_1394 The pinwheels, stars and flower appliques have been outlined….. IMG_1393 More stitching ahead…………

Thread: (top) Glide, 40wt, (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt.


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A finish…………….

Binding is on and so is the label…ready to have info added ……….IMG_1386 The border is a feather/vine variation. Here’s a sketchbook doodle of the idea I had……IMG_1383 Some more photos……… IMG_1389IMG_1388The backing seemed to catch the light a wee bit better. The top without binding: IMG_1335 And a corner of the finish…….IMG_1385

Thread: (top & bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly. Pieced on my Juki 2010Q (DSM) and FMQ on my Sweet 16.

Back to Martha’s star………………

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Stepping back a bit…………..

To this top (story began in this post)                    IMG_1335 (2)IMG_1336. The center portion is quilted. Thought maybe feathers but I didn’t want it so heavily stitched so went with a modified paisley.IMG_1381 That’s my test sample, cuz the busy-ness of the piecing really doesn’t show the stitching (and the colors sure photographed terribly!)……IMG_1380The back. It’s really a rich Americana red. IMG_1379

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Martha Washington Star……………..

Ready to “sandwich” and (the sometimes dreaded) quilt-as-desired! IMG_1372     I am really liking this one! The original pattern did not have the narrow red inner borderIMG_1321……but that was a necessary “add”, don’tcha think? The binding will be the same as that outer/brown border and will use every scrap of that fabric (cutting the strips ridiculously narrow to achieve the finish!).

Tomorrow is sandwich-two-quilts day..yay! See ya later…………

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Next step: assembly…………………

The blanket stitching is completed IMG_1371and the setting triangles have been cut. Stitching commences tomorrow afternoon…………….IMG_1370 

See ya then…………………

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The next step…………

Securing the fusible. This post and this photo IMG_1357gave you an idea of the proposed final setting but the next step is securing all those flower edges with a small (machine) blanket stitch and is the reason that this project was not completed while in our winter Texas home. Enter my trusty Bernina 440QE and her lovely stitch #45/blanket stitch. Width set at 2.2 and stitch length, also, at 2.2. “Needle down” position with open toe foot #20 and, periodically, using the “Mirror image” setting, this securing has begun…………IMG_1362 These blocks will be cut on the diagonal to provide 2 setting triangles. IMG_1364 Thus far, these have been completed and are awaiting that diagonal cutting. On to the 4 central squares……..IMG_1355 Stay tuned………..

I’m using my 70wt Connecting Threads Essential Pro Poly for this top stitching, as I don’t want a super heavy/more prominent thread edging.

Thanks so much for popping by! And Happy Mother’s Day to all!!!!

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Breaking: Lactose Free Cheesecake is possible!!!!……..

Yes!! And it was achieved over the last few days! I hadn’t used the yogurt setting on my Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) and had finally ordered the necessary strainer. Onward. Using the “Cold Start” method, I proceeded. I had a 1.5L container of Fairlife milk and added 2 cups of whole Lactaid milk to make up the 2L needed. Next time I will use only the lactose free whole milk. The needed 2 Tablespoons of culture was from a container of whole milk Chobani brand yogurt. Following the recipe directions, I mixed the culture with 1 cup of the milk, then added it to the rest of the milk in the inner pot of the cooker. I pressed the “Yogurt” setting, adjusting it for 8 hours incubation and went about my day . (next time I will try just the minimum 6.5 hours as the tartness level was fine but not critical) When the cycle was completed, I poured the beautifully set yogurt into the strainer, put it in the ‘frig for 24 hours and let it lose max whey. Gorgeous!

  The cheesecake recipe may be found here. It is the best!! I made the 24oz., or “tall 7” push pan” size. I substituted the yogurt “cream cheese” for the main ingredient and used that same yogurt for the top (sour cream) layer—-equal substitutions. In place of the cream (in the “cake” part of the recipe), I used a French vanilla non-dairy creamer. Wha-la!!!!!!!!!!! The results are a totally lactose free cheesecake that looks and tastes like the real thing!!!!!!!!!!!IMG_1358 IMG_1360 The “experiment” is a complete success and adds one more yummy dessert to my approved recipes. Note: non-lactose challenged DH gave it a 2-thumbs up!!!!!!!

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Fusible Friday……………..

How’s that for a title? Getting back in the “home groove” has taken me a bit of time! First off, leaving the 90F Texas warmth and dealing with, um, somewhat less than “average” Minnesota temps has been more of a challenge than I remembered…sigh. Anyhow, getting back in my sewing “nest” is always a joy. I have continued on with this top, started some weeks back (found in this post). IMG_1321 Having the star blocks completed and the flower pieces ready to fuse to the background made this continuation a quick one………………..IMG_1355 The setting triangles are next, but this is the progress thus far……. IMG_1357 

Stay tuned for updates!!!! I know I have been absent for quite a while and hope to remedy my ‘neglect’ in the future. Happy Springtime to those about to enjoy that season. Hugs always……………..

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No more “starts”…..for now……..

but I must continue stitching something! This Christmas panel seems to be the answer.IMG_1343 Begun a while back (see here), I’ve managed to get a bit more of the background fill done. Nothing really planned, just random stitching……….IMG_1347.                    A peek at the back………………….. IMG_1345 Ms Juki is loving the Superior Variegated Gold metallic (#025) as always! I used a single layer of Hobbs cotton/poly (80/20) batting and Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly on the bobbin. Total fun!!!!!IMG_1348

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One more……………….

Languishing kit is well on its way to a ‘finish’. The meager pattern, with accompanying fabric, was purchased so many years ago—-not even sure of the year! IMG_1338 Without any type of photo, (and without access to an EQ program…must check into that!) and all pieces being 1 yard, it was a challenge to balance/visualize the possibilities. One pieceIMG_1339 was decidedly too light/bright for my taste and was tossed in favor of a favoriteIMG_1340 which became the block frames and inner border (which was another “option” I thought was needed). The top finished at 54”x70”. A nice lap or dorm size.IMG_1335 (2) I’ll be taking it home to quilt as supplies here in Texas have somewhat dwindled.

On to the next UFO……………….

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