Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Clothing Quilts Progress

These three quilts are moving along.  One is going to get loaded onto my longarm today.  The other two just need the borders added.

 I hope my customer likes them.  I'm pleased with the look they give.

A little bit of fall around here.  It's been raining hard, so this is taken from my porch.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Coconut Bread Pudding

Every evening lately we've been lighting this candle.

 And the smell of it makes you hungry for dessert.  No faster way to gain weight but to have a candle that makes you want to eat.

 The other night we didn't make a Brulee, but we did make a bread pudding.

Recipe:     Pam spray a nice sized casserole pan.  Cut a loaf of French bread into 1" squares and put it in there.
Mix together  -   8 eggs
                          4 cups milk
                          1 tsp. vanilla
                          1 c. sugar
Pour this mixture over the bread and then sprinkle about 1 c. coconut over it.  Coconut makes it really good.
Set the pan in another pan that is filled with water to make a bath.
Bake at 315 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until set.

And then we make a vanilla sauce to pour over the top when it's done baking.

Vanilla Sauce
1/2 c. sugar
1/2c. brown sugar
1/2 c. whipping cream
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp vanilla

Combine all except the vanilla in a saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and comes to a full boil, 5-8 min.  Stir in the vanilla.  Serve over the warm pudding.

Friday, October 26, 2012

OWLS!! - Quilt Festival Entry

Don't we like owls!!  Except I don't think I really want to come upon real ones to closely anyways.   Have you read the book The Silver Chair by CS Lewis?  Now those owls have personality.
 This is a quilt I made for a friend that had a baby this spring.  She likes owls and Ronen is probably learning to like owls. 

I got my ideas from several sources and took bits and pieces from them.  Even button trees.

 I fused the whole quilt and stitched only around the tree before the quilting.  I figured the quilting would do the rest, so why do double duty?

 I didn't have to buy any fabric except for the flannel on theback.  I like things that use what I have, even though by looking at my stash you wouldn't be able to tell I had  taken anything from it.

This size of this quilt is 36" x 48".  Categories are Baby Quilt, Applique, and Scrap Quilts.

Enjoy the rest of the quilts in this great quilt show.

A young quilter.  Eloise is making a quilt for her baby sister, Juliet.

Carol's Other Quilt

This was an allover that I made looking customized.  It added more interest to the squares.

Eloise is taking care of her baby in her "fork".

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Some Progress on the Clothing Quilts.

I had 5 yards of fabric which was backing for one of the 3 quilts and borders and sashing for all.  The store didn't have enough fabric for all the backings also, so I got something different for 2 of the backings.
So I cut the backing first and then cut all the long borders and long sashings before I cut the smaller ones.  I did have about a half a yard left over when all was done. It's always a challenge to make sure everything works out fine.

 And here is a small sample of 3 of the blocks all trimmed up ready to go.  I did get most of them sewn together yesterday, so today I'll trim and lay them out.  These quilts are going faster than I imagined.

Juliet is at the place of almost sitting up by herself.  Isn't she cute in this chair?


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Carol's Quilt

This is a baby quilt she made to give  as a present at a shower.

 Flowers and swirls for a baby girl.

I have a son that's been away for about a week on business.  He got home late last night and he left again this morning.  My daughters decided to have a special breakfast with him before he went. It was a little quality time with him.  It's 6 a.m. and the ones who were still home were all up for it.  Pretty special.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Hawaiian Flowers

This is a quilt that I started a month ago, a few years after my son and his wife brought me most of the fabrics back from a trip to Hawaii.  I took this long to decide how I was going to use them.  Thanks to Pinterest and a board that I made to keep these ideas I finally came up with the one and the quilt is finished.

 This was a very easy quilt to piece and got put together in a matter of hours.  I should do more quilts like that.  You can get a lot done this way.
The quilting in this square was the best of the whole quilt.  I did freehand feathers and they are quite long.  Those long diagonals on feathers can still be hard to get straight.

 Here is Eloise singing in the rain.  I don't know if she was really singing at that moment, but she does sing a lot.  You can see more of her with the umbrella here.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Dresden Tablerunner

I was making dresden potholders for gifts to friends in Europe and also decided to do a tablerunner.  The start of it is here.
Now I just took it off my quilting machine and binded it all in one day.  Small things like this are so easy and fun to do.  It's a way to do different blocks without doing a large project.

As you can tell, I'm either a little late for fall or early for spring.  Let's pretend I'm ahead of schedule. That'll look better.  Maybe I'll get a fall one done before Thanksgiving.  Wouldn't that be something?

This one will be for sale in my shop.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Carolyn's Quilts

This first one I did a loopy and feather over-all design.

This one had more custom work.

Flowers in the blue blocks, line dancing,

 and some twirls on the border.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New Clothing Quilt

A customer came to me with her son's short pants and shirts and asked me to make 3 quilts from them.  We came up with a design and I'm getting them started. It may not be real exciting work, but it does bring in some extra cash.

The pile of clothing.

And I'm cutting them up.  This is a lot of work, but I'm getting a system down.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

More Kites

They are all put together now with the sashing and the borders on.  It's ready to be embroidered and then finished. So into the line-up it goes.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Making Kites

 These are paper pieced kites.

 Making sure I trim as I go.  I don't want those oddly shaped scraps to have too much fabric behind them.

 Oops!  I stitched over the other seam.  Can't do that!

 Half the square put together.

 I was using scraps so I attached them to a long white piece for a strip set.

 My 4 squares all done and attached to the plain white square.  There was a backward one here also.  More ripping out to do.

 The kite and tail all done.


12 kites and tails all done.  Now to the store to buy sashing and border fabric.