Monday, February 20, 2017

Scrappy Irish Chain

I noticed that I forgot to share the finished picture of my scrappy Irish chain quilt!  This is a variation of my scrappy Irish chain quilt I made for Moda Bake Shop (that one I used a ''Pond'' green chain and Bonnie and Camille fabrics).  This one has a red chain and American Jane fabrics (Pezzy prints and Wee Play mostly).  I adore this quilt, and it is a keeper!  I did a simple crosshatch in red thread and the backing is red-multi Pezzy print :)  My favorite!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Microwave toffee recipe

My favorite holiday treat is my toffee recipe.  It started as 'almond roca', but over the years I have omitted the almonds and I like it just as much (and that is one less ingredient to have on hand.  This is a recipe that I almost always have the ingredients to make.

Start with:
3/4c. salted butter (1 1/2 cubes)
1 c. packed dark brown sugar (light brown can be used too, but I prefer dark)

Add butter and brown sugar to a 2 quart microwavable bowl:

Microwave on high for 1 minute to melt the butter and whisk together well:

Microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes. 

Whisk together well - it will start to separate at first, but whisk it until it comes together and looks opaque.

Mircrowave on HIGH for 3 more minutes (some microwaves might take a little longer).  Whisk well and then quickly spread onto a greased foil-lined cookie sheet (it is still cooking as you pull it out of the microwave, so do this quick so it doesn't burn right in front of your eyes!)

Sprinkle with 1/2-3/4c chocolate chips (I use Ghiradelli dark chocolate, they are larger than normal chocolate chips)

After the chips are completely melted (will only take a couple minutes), spread evenly over the whole top.

You can add chopped nuts at this stage if you prefer

Cool in the fridge for 1/2 hour, break into pieces and ENJOY!

 Toffee recipe:
3/4c. salted butter
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/2c. dark chocolate chips

Microwave butter and brown sugar on HIGH 1 minute.
Microwave on HIGH 4 minutes.
Microwave on HIGH 3 minutes.
Whisk and pour onto greased foil-lined cookie sheet.
Cool, break into pieces, and enjoy!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Scrappy Irish Chain, WeePlay and Pezzy Prints

I am *finally* quilting my American Jane Scrappy Irish Chain quilt.  This one was made from strips cut from a FQB of Wee Play, a jelly roll of Pezzy Prints, and a jelly roll of Moda Bella red.  The WeePlay has a few squares that were pieced before quilt assembly to utilize every bit of that precious fabric as possible.  I am doing diagonal straight line quilting, the same as I did for my original Scrappy Irish Chain I made for MBS.  I adore this pattern, it won't be the last quilt I make from it!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloweeen quilt

I finished this quilt last week, but thought I'd share today (Halloween!)
It is made from scraps from previous Ghastlie's quilts and orange/purple/gray/black scraps gathered along the years.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

crazy trips quilt top

I just realized that I hadn't shared a quilt top finish with y'all....  it is my tiny scrappy trips quilt top (aka: crazy trips).

fabric:  Mill House Inn, Fig Tree & Co for Moda
pattern: scrappy trips around the world by Quiltville (although my strips were 1.5'' wide)
finished quilt top: 84.5''x84.5''  (that is 7,056 @1'' squares!)

I was calling it 'tiny scrappy trips', but it is definitely now ''crazy trips'' haha!

I joined 4 of the blocks together to make one larger block - then I arranged them to very randomly.  It made the quilt top look like a maze, LOL.  What is weird about pictures - the differences in the blocks don't show up like they do in the pictures - the colors look much more harmonious in person :)

Now, any suggestions on quilting?  (remembering I do all my quilting on my Pfaff sewing machine and this quilt top is about twice as heavy as a normal quilt top)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Vacation and mean people

I don't like to announce I will be going on vacation, but we did and it was great!  My family has 2 summer cabins on a lake in BC and we went there to stay for a week.....  it is my favorite place on earth.

The cabins are super rustic (no electricity or running water), but that is what makes it special I think.  Just makes it seem so disconnected to the outside world, like you are in another time period.
Our Lucy love love LOVES it there too - she gets to be outside anytime she wants to be and she would swim in the lake multiple times a day on her own.  She was pretty much wet 24/7.  Smart girl as it was in the 80's the whole week!  (Lucy is the Saint Bernard, the black Lab is our oldest son's dog Tikka).

So, I was on a 'high' from the wonderful week at the cabin, and today I see two snarky comments (from the same person) on my latest MBS project.  One saying something to the effect of 'why on earth would anybody make a quilt that will ravel on the front' and one saying something to the effect of  'the white spaces look like paper plates'.  Didn't her momma teach her 'if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all'?  Just ruins my day :*(  I love that quilt and for someone to be so blatantly RUDE, it just hurts my heart.