Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Whirlygig Doll Quilts

I had a lot of fun making these little doll quilts. I make them the same way as the Charmed Whirlygig patttern but cut the rectangles 4" by 4.5" and used just 12 squares.  I loaded them together on my quilting frame  since my machine quilting skills on my domestic machine could use some work. ;-)
 "Bliss" by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
 "Quite Contrary" by In a Mind's Eye for Riley Blake.

I hope everyone is doing well,

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Parmesan Peppercorn Bread Recipe

I just typed this recipe out.....(I am a very slow typist)  and thought I would share  this yummy recipe here also.

I have a Kitchen Aide and let it do the kneading for me. :-) Told you I was lazy!

Parmesan Peppercorn Bread

1 cup warm  water
1 pkg quick rise yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
4 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
fresh ground pepper as much as you would like
3 cups unbleached flour

Mix water and yeast together to dissolve, add 1 cup flour, oil, salt and sugar....mix well.
Slowly add the rest of the flour making sure not to let the dough get too thick. It should take in all the flour but still feel soft. Add in the parmesan cheese. Knead for about 10 minutes.
Leave in your bowl, oiling the top with olive oil so it doesn't dry out. Cover with a dish towel and place in the oven with the oven light on. Let rise for about an hour or until double.
Grease a large bread pan and put the punched down dough in it. Again oil the top and cover with a towel. Let rise in the oven again with the light on until double again about an hour.
Preheat oven 375 degrees and bake the bread for about 40 minutes. Let cool a little and then enjoy!

Take care,

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Charmed Whirlygig Quiltalong

Are you ready to begin?  I have all the necessary materials to begin here.   Oh, you don't have any chocolate, we will wait while you zip off to the store. :-)  Must. Have. Chocolate!

Then take your background fabric and cut it into 5" strips, you will need 11 strips total
 Flip each strip the long way on your cutting mat and subcut into 4.5" rectangles. You will need 84 rectangles.
Take your rectangle and place it on your cutting mat with the 5" side on the bottom and top. Come in with your ruler 2" on the top and mark with a little dot. Do the same on the bottom coming in from the right hand side again measure 2" in and mark.  You do not have to mark if you don't want. That is the beauty of this templates and no marking.  You can just line your ruler up when you make the diagonal cut.
 With your ruler on your marked dots or coming in 2"from the  left hand side  on the top and 2" on the bottom from the right hand side make a cut diagonally upwards.
 Take your charm pack and MAKE SURE THAT THE FRONT SIDE  OF EACH SQAURE IS FACING UP( ask me how many times I haven't done this and have learned the hard way) If there is a pattern that you want to go in one direction now is the time to make sure that it is facing up now. You will cut off 1/2" of each of your charm squares. I stack a few and cut them all at once, but then I am a lazy quilter! LOL
 Now with your charm squares in the center of your cutting mat(mine has  5" square area) with  the 5" sides on the top and bottom. come in 2" from the top from the left hand side and 2" on the bottom on the right hand side and mark if you wish or just line your ruler up.  Cut this upwards diagonally.

 We should stop here, but I  am always in a hurry to see how things are going to turn out so we will move ahead a little.  Line up your pieces like in the picture to help you keep you from turning them in the wrong direction.
 Line up your 2 pieces with a little tip sticking out below.

 Chain sew your pieces together until you need a chocolate break. ;-)
 Press the seam with the charm square part on the top and then press it open.
This is what your first part of the square will look like.  You shouldn't have to trim it but you may with some of them.

On Tuesday we will start putting the parts together to make the whirlygigs. Now Jacque is trying to move to the front of the class and started her cutting early. LOL

Have fun and don't forget to post pictures on the flickr page


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Awesome Sewing Caddy :-)

I have wanted a sewing caddy to use with my dollmaking and quilt binding for quite a while now. There is a wonderful seller on etsy ( who I have bought some doll furniture from and I am asked him if he could make me a custom caddy.   This is what he came up.....I am in love!! Already , it has made handsewing easier, since I am not constantly looking for my scissors, thread, etc.

I will be offering them in my etsy shop if anyone is interested.  They will be $35 plus $6 shipping in the US.  The pincushion is 100% wool felt with a little needle felting.  I will probably have some red boxes with pink pincushions and red mushrooms needle felted on it.  Not trying to be pushy, but I have wanted something like this for a really long time and thought others may have also.

Take care,

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fairy Winner:-)

Thank you so much everyone for entering! I so appreciate it!   I tried cutting and pasting the random number box, can never get it to work.

The number is:  39 which is "Why Not Sew"  

I will be in touch to get your color hair preferences and your address.

Thank you again,