Wednesday, December 13, 2017

These Snowballs Won't Melt!

Temecula Quilt Company has the coolest
pattern for a snowball quilt!
and these snowballs will definitely not melt!

Thes quantities listed will make a 52" x 60" finished quilt.
This is an easy quilt to make larger by making more 
blocks or adding a border.

But on the other hand, these snowball cookies will melt ~~
in your mouth!

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup  Butter softened
1 teaspoon vanilla

How to make

  1. STEP 1
    Heat oven to 325°F.
  2. STEP 2
    Combine all ingredients except powdered sugar in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well mixed.
  3. STEP 3
    Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 18-25 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes; roll in powdered sugar while still warm and again when cool.

Monday, December 11, 2017

So Many Stars....................

I love Star blocks!  This one came from 
great tutorial to use your Christmas theme fabrics.

And how about these fabulous stars!?
Such a cool way to create star points
This comes from Cluck Cluck Sew

I can see Christmas 2018 in my future---


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Season Recipe

Sorry--I didn't post the recipe for my Christmas cookies!
This recipe is at least 40 years old--don't remember
where I picked it up or found it--

I have such miss shaped cookie cutters--the kids had a 
big laugh trying to figure out what shape they were eating!

Oh, well--  here is my 'old' recipe:
2 cups shortening (I know! but don't use butter!)
3 cups sugar (sometimes I use a little less--or maybe
I'm not so precise in my measuring)
4 eggs
1 tsp nutmeg (fresh grated is the best!)
1 tsp vanilla or almond flavoring--I think the almond over powers
the nutmeg
6-7 cups flour

Beat sugar and shortening together till creamy!  Beat in eggs, add vanilla
now add dry ingredients--flour, nutmeg, vanilla
Add flour till it forms a stiff dough--form into a ball, wrap in
plastic wrap and chill at least one hour!
But, in my case, I chilled a week--forgot about the dough..........
roll out and cut into shapes.
Here is my little secret--I use powdered or confectioners sugar
instead of flour to roll out--
bake at 400* 8-10 minutes, but each oven is different.
And don't forget that last batch in the oven
like I did!


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Let the Baking Begin........................

Somehow, and don't ask me how, I got in a baking mood--
didn't matter that the house is a wreck--workmen coming 
and comiing--
I decided to make my Christmas cookies! and
the best part of the recipe is the fresh grated nutmeg


Just something about that little bit of nutmeg that adds to
the flavor, also could be the bourbon aged vanilla that added also.
Dough is resting in the refrigerator--these are cut out cookies
Yum!  Yum!  A plate goes to our grandson!

Another saved recipe that I found in the bottom of
my shopping bag is one that I'm recreating too.
This recipe comes from one of our award winning
local bakeries--Ooh La La--Oatmeal chocolate pecan
cookies!  Delicious!  
We took a plate to our grand-daughter's office as
they have been slammed with all the Hurricane Harvey
damage remodeling.  They deserve a cookie break!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

One Year Long Challenge-----Completed!!

Finished!  My year long challenge for Elizabeth Ravenwood's Estonian Lace Scarf (found on Ravelry) is finished!  

Every year Elizabeth has a new challenge--I try to have handspun
each time--I used this wool/silk blend

I had already spun--you can see the bits of brown

and then when it came time to spin up more, I decided
I didn't want the brown so took our the brown areas to get a
nice clean look with blues and greens

I like to use beads, although the pattern calls for nupps
too--I just replace the nupps with beads

Another year long challenge is complete and ready to wear!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dishtowel Weaving Adventure Continues

AT November monthly weavers study group meeting, we enjoyed
looking at handwoven towels from our past to learn about
our future weaving.

We continued our conversation about hems.  Interesting how each
weaver approaches the task of hemming our handwoven items
Here is one way to put a decorative edge--hem stitch and then turned
up to finish the hem

Hems are all sizes

Here is hem stitched towel for great look--this technique
is done on loom

Here is an extra wide hem

Hem that is embroideried after hemming

An example ofa really bad hem, done on the sewing machine

No care was taken on finishing--don't let htis happen to you!


Neat hem sitched down with needle and thread


We looked at many different types of woven towels
to learn about techiques that would give us a good
hem

How do you decide on the width of the hem?
should it be narrow?

Or wide?

Skinny?





Some hems include hang tabs woven in 

How will you handle the next hem on your handwoven towel?




Two more samples of woven in tabs.
Our next discussion will be on warp setts and fiber content.