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Monday, December 30, 2013

Quilts on Parade

I just wanted to share some of the quilts I accomplished this year.

                                                                Baby owl quilt.

My dragonfly quilt was at the Mountain Top Quilt Show 2014.

My daughter in love, likes owls so I couldn't resist.
I made this one for my grand daughter.

I made this one for the bright colors which I have an attraction to.
This is my first applique quilt.
I have a grandson who is a Raiders fan.

This scrappy quilt was made with vintage style material for my grandson in Oregon.
I'm thinking that I will catalog all the quilts I make for my own record here.


My grand daughters Hello Kitty quilts.

Made this baby blanket for my grand daughter.

This one I made for my son Dany and his wife Angela.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Knitted Child's heart leggings.



Materials
 1 ball of Bernat Yarn denim style 70% acrylic, 30% cotton
medium size, contains 196 yards color is canvas 
I purchased the yarn at Hobby Lobby.
14  1 inch  size buttons I found these at Walmart.
Size 8 knitting needles


I made these adorable knitted leggings that button up the sides, they have lace sewn on the top for added cuteness. The yarn I chose has a soft feel, my girls don't like the itchy yarns.
The pattern is found on Raverly.com  written by Lizabeth Towers named Legendary Leggings.
Since my grand daughter was only a petite size 6.
I reduced the cast on stitches to 41. I also started the stockinette stitch on row 7.  I added a button hole on row 5,13,21,29,37,45,53.and 61 (at row 55 I began ribbing once more until row 65)
I added the buttons, and the lace with hand quilting thread.

Southern Style Homemade Biscuits

My good friend Bonnie shared how to make homemade biscuits.  They far out weigh the ones that come in the tube package.

Ingredients:
2 cups of sifted flour unbleached all purpose
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup shortening
almost 1 cup of buttermilk
vegetable spray
Make sure to preheat your oven to 450 degrees. 


Bonnie sprayed the back of her pans with vegetable spray.


Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, mix well with whisk.
Cut shortening, and butter with pastry cutter until resembles small pea size balls.
Add buttermilk, and mix until just combine, if it appears a little on the dry side add a little more buttermilk. over mixing will result in hard biscuits.
Turn dough  onto a floured board or a floured plastic bag.
Fold the dough 5 times no more. With your hands gently press dough down to  1 inch thickness. Do not use rolling pin.

Dip biscuit cutters in flour to cut shapes of dough,  or you can just cut them square with butter knife dipped in flour.

Bonnie uses her scraps to make peach cobbler. Place peach pie filling underneath the biscuit scraps, add cinnamon sugar, and pads of butter on top of biscuits.
Bake the biscuits for 10 minutes at 450 degrees.

Bake the cobbler at 450 degrees for 40 minutes ..

Happy baking 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Log Cabin Quilt



This is a quick log cabin quilt that my friend Margaret hooked me up with. What I like about this quilt is that it quilts as you build the blocks, which make the process quicker than the normal hand quilting. Pick dark's and lights when choosing material. I used some of my scraps, and added to it. This quilt is for my grandson Robert he is a Raider fan. My friend is so amazing she surprised me with a piece of Raider material.


Cut all strips.

Back side of blanket.


Low loft  polyester batting.

Top material muslin fold in half iron, and fold in half again. This is done to find the center of the square.

With black material on bottom, batting on top of that, and white muslin on the top. Sew first 2 1/2 inch square through all 3 layers. Make sure to pin the square in the center using the iron marks to center the square. Pin the out side of the layers of materials or the square will shift.
Place the next piece right sides together, sew one side only finger press back as shown in the photo.
Build up the next layer right sides together.


Finger press back.
Continue until you have build the whole square. Repeat 20 times.





Here you can see the layers.

This is the back of the quilt which will be sewn by hand.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Button Eyed Rag Doll

My Granddaughter loves that new cartoon Lalaloopsy, they are these large bubble head stick figure cartoons. I wanted to make a rag doll that had the big button eyes like the Raggedy Ann doll so this is what I came up with. I used the Simplicity pattern 1900 for the body, and cloths. but changed the face.

This is the body with the head.
The hair is cut out of felt, sew it on before sewing the back to the front.
Sew the stitch marks for the hair. Do the hair for the back on the back part of the dolls head.
Sew the pigtails the same way.
Sew the eyes on by hand, sew the pigtails on the top of the head by top stitching.
Sew with the felt, and the pigtails on the inside.
Turn inside out, and stuff with batting.

I sew the cheeks and mouth by hand after the doll is stuffed.
I painted the eye lashes with puff paint, and the shoes are painted with acrylic black paint, then glazed with glossy mod podge which gives the shoes that patent leather look, and my baby girl can't loose her shoes that way too.