Month: April 2017

A Splendid Finish!

And here is Splendid Sampler #2 complete with binding and ready for its new home! Hurrah!


A few close ups….here are my traced feathers, not too bad for my first attempt.


I was really pleased with the improvement in my stitch consistency, and I tried a lot of different things. I chickened out and did piano keys for the final border, but I think it looks fine, and I think the back shows the variety of the quilting. 😊

On to Number 3!

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Bagels, a Yummy Adventure

I noticed the bagel recipe right underneath the one for pizza dough last week, and thought it would be worth a try. The boiling part seems a bit scary, but it was really quite straight forward! If you’ve never tried bagels, and you like them, give it a whirl!

The recipe from my bread machine cookbook…though I have made plenty of these by hand with good result. Using the dough cycle:

1 2/3 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
5 cups flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast

Remove the dough from the machine and punch down. DSCN0710

Divide it into 4 parts, and then each part into 3 pieces for a total of 12.DSCN0711

On a lightly floured surface, shape each dough into a smooth ball.DSCN0712

Punch a hole in the center with a finger, and pull dough gently to make a 1-2 inch hole.

While bagels are rising for 15-20 minutes, bring 2 quarts of water and 2 tablespoons of sugar to a low boil.

Place a few bagels at a time in the boiling water, simmering for 3 minutes, turning once. These are the same bagels at 0, and at 3 minutes.

Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a greased cookie sheet.

Brush tops with 1 slightly beaten egg white (I used the whole egg); sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds.DSCN0722

Bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

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Remove from cookie sheet; and allow to cool.DSCN0725

Sure enough, they were soft and chewy goodness, especially with the cream cheese! I am already thinking about what I want to do with the next batch…cheese, cinnamon apple, raspberry, hmm…….

 

 

Sewing for Me!

Yes, I have made a decision about the first thing Iwill sew   for our graduation trip to California….and the winner is….the Kay Unger dress and coat! Now there is some altering to do on this dress; it needs to be longer, and I think that the back may be a bit wild for a daytime dress.  

Now for the fabric…I have two fabrics in my stash that I would consider, but both require finding a match, so the hunt is on! Girl #2 says that the temps could be in the 90’s, so I definitely need to consider that! 

My first choice is to use this for the coat. Unfortunately,  there will not be enough fabric to do the entire thing, so I’m going to need to be careful and creative. This fabric is a silk linen blend, really great texture, with a faint window pane plaid. I am trying to decide my best course of action, assuming that it will be impossible to match the blue. There is the white of course, along with a thread of pale pink and melon running through it.

After spending the afternoon cutting about 40 pattern pieces, I believe that I can squeak most of the coat out of the silk/linen. I think the pockets will fit, leaving me option of adding just a bit of something like a floral print, maybe for the buttonholes and the tabs on the sleeves. 

I have also found a pink linen that looks like a decent match, but maybe that’s too silly for an old mom? I would love to do a floral, but I think that may be too much. Or I could go with plain white and put a band of color or floral on the bottom…ugh!

Opinions? Advice? Fabric shops?  Anyone with a totally different idea? I’m interested in any and every possibility!

SAL April 23

Today is our three week SAL update. Do check out what everyone else is doing, because in this SAL, everyone chooses their own project! There’s a lot of inspiration and variety for sure!

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaSusan,   MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine, Wendy, Mary Margaret and Timothy.

Last time I had just finished a project and so presented you all with this:

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I have made some progress on this blank canvas, but the roof on this barn goes on forever!!! Too bad, because I already bought the matching frame, so forward we go. 😉

Some decent progress made, though it is still pretty sketchy.


Book Review–About Grace by Anthony Doerr

I must admit I had a little trouble getting involved with this story, just because it was disturbing. David Winkler dreams things and then they happen. He dreams terrible things, and as a result gets very little sleep and does some pretty scary stuff, and makes some bizarre choices. I am only a quarter of the way through the book, and it goes back to the library tomorrow because it’s on hold for someone else…of course, in just the last chapter I am finally hooked! I’m putting it back on hold and will finish it when it comes back to me.

I loved Mr. Doerr’s other book, All the Light We Cannot See, so I have to believe that my initial lack of interest came from my current mood, rather than any fault of the book!  The writing is excellent, and the storyline is unique. And, while it took me some time to get committed, I didn’t stop reading it, I just didn’t make it a priority.

Where’s that quilt?

Some things are so worth the wait, and some things just take a long time. This quilt fits into both, I hope. It is indeed taking forever, mainly because I messed up my Necchi and had to send it to the shop…I forgot to bring the power cord, so it sat for a week until I got back over there with it, and I’ve been waiting…and waiting⌛️

I have not been idle…I attached the walking foot to Girl #2’s machine after hauling it up from the basement, (and cleaning it) and started stitching in the ditch around each block. I have since moved on to blocks that had straight line work or gentle curves, but the going is slow. The walking foot likes to work loose and then we lose a needle, etc. I finally have that under control, but now I have run out of blocks to do using the walking foot. 😡


Still no word on Miss Necchi, so now have some choices to make….I can put this one aside and sandwich number 3 to start sewing around those blocks, practice drawing feathers, start some piecework, or I can attempt to set up Miss Janome here with a FMQ foot and see what happens……

FMQ foot it is! (Well I did try drawing feathers…disaster! So now I am tracing them over and over, maybe that will release my inner chicken or whatever I need to make them look remotely close to feathers….) 😁 

Meanwhile, I’ve tried a little meandering, 


some little hearts I drew on,

 

an all over random scroll, 


some stippling (sort of), 


and some echo work.


Things are looking up! It amazes me how quick it is to FMQ a block versus outlining with the walking foot! Hopefully SS#2 will soon be ready  for binding. 


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