Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mocha Frappuccino by the gallon

I searched Pinterest for a stead-fast recipe for Mocha Frappuccino - but all I found was recipes for small batches.....  I make it occasionally, but have never had a 'recipe' that I wrote down - and sometimes I have hit the nail on the head and sometimes I've missed the mark with my 'little bit of this, little bit of that' approach.  So, this time, it turned out GREAT, so I had to write it all down so I can repeat it next time.  It tastes a LOT like Starbuck's Mocha Frappuccino, just delicious!  Maybe a little TOO delicious!

1 pot brewed coffee (I did 10 cups)
1 c. sugar
6 cups storebought chocolate milk
2 cups milk (I used 1%, but you could just use whatever you have on hand)
1 c. heavy cream

dissolve sugar in the hot coffee, cool, then refrigerate.  Add milk, cream, and chocolate milk.

Makes a little under a gallon

Sorry my blog has been so slow lately - I haven't been myself.......  I have had shingles and I have been quite lethargic.  I took the last of my anti-viral meds yesterday, and the shingles have seemed to calf down now (they just itch like a couple day old mosquito bite now and most of the nerve pain seems gone).  Back to quilting!  I don't remember if I shared this with y'all, but I am working on a new MBS project due in August.  This is the fabric I received!

Shibori!  With a hint of turquoise Moda Bella solid.  I tell ya, I am in love love love with this fabric!  I think I am going to have to keep this one - or find it a home close to me where I can have visitation rights, hehe :)


Monday, May 2, 2016

quilt repair and new MBS project

I did finish the repairs to the quilt top I was repairing:

Now I need to get it basted - this will be a tied quilt with poly batting to as closely reflect how it was originally.  The backing and binding will be pink (binding saved from original backing, but new pink backing will be used).

Then, on Friday, I got this bundle of wonderfulness delivered:
This one will be FUN FUN!  This one is scheduled for Moda Bake Shop for August 10th (my son's 25th birthday coincidentally!)  The Shibori prints are just awesome!   Love love LOVE!


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Vintage quilt repair

Oh how time flies!  I have been neglecting my blog and for that I am sorry!  I have a few projects going on - mainly I am remodeling my master bathroom, but I am still working on something quilty too.....

I forgot to take a 'before' pic of the whole quilt - but here are a few pics of it before I disassembled the top (after I took off the backing/batting).  The lavendar backed blocks in this quilt were a very silky fabric and were in dire need of some TLC.

And, this is what the batting looked that was inside.  It was mostly cotton, but there was a few bits of poly in there too.  It was literally tearing the quilt apart from the inside out.

Every seam was comprimised and a lot were to the extent that there was no seam left in spots.  If I left these seams, it would only be a matter of a few washings and it would fall apart again.

So, I cut apart each and every block.

I forgot to take pics of the process, but the lavendar blocks I cut around the Sunbonnets about 1/4'' and turned the edges under and re-appliqued them onto new lavendar material (using clear thread so as not to detract from the original quilters hand stitching).

I used the backing (the same pink as the sashing) to repair the pink sashing and now I am working on putting the blocks/sashing back together.  I hope to share pics of the complete top tomorrow!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Lovely bundle

I put together this lovely bundle of fabrics from half yard cuts... it will make a beautiful quilt, now just to decide what design to use....

Monday, February 1, 2016

Moda Bake Shop : Double Chevron quilt

I am happy to announce my 13th project over at the Moda Bake Shop!  Let me introduce you to ''Double Chevron''

It makes use of only ONE jelly roll (and solid yardage) for a  full size quilt!
I ended up doing chevron ''straight line'' stitching on my sewing machine for the quilting.  WOW, was that a task.  One of the most labor intensive quilting projects I have done yet.  SO much pushing and pulling of the quilt through the machine, but it was worth it in the end!
 One thing I did not share on the tutorial - was that I ended up adding a 3/4'' strip to the top and bottom of the quilt so I wouldn't lose my points when I added binding.  I am glad I ended up doing that :)

I am going to share with you today what I did with the leftovers from cutting the blocks from the Double Chevron quilt.  You will have two triangle-ish shaped strip tube sections leftover.  First, I made sure each end was trimmed off square:

Then, opened up the tubes on the short side:

Then, pressed seams in opposing directions to put together to make another full block!

You can trim them to the same size as your full size quilt and add to it to make a much larger quilt - or trim them and use them for a baby quilt!
You will be able to make 20 more blocks.  I trimmed mine to the same size as the full size quilt blocks (which is just a hair under 9'') to make a baby quilt to 'go' with the full size quilt.

I haven't gotten around to picking a backing/binding for this one yet.  I think I have enough leftovers from the full size quilt for more than half of the backing, but not quite enough.....


Saturday, January 30, 2016

108 tiny scrappy trips blocks

108 tiny scrappy trips around the world blocks.....  not nearly enough for a full size quilt yet, whew!  Much more pinning and sewing to do!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Trips around the world - AKA Tiny Trips

I have been working on my 'Tiny Trips' quilt again - I have a bazillion 6-strip sets (1.5'x10'' strips) ready and have started sewing them into tubes.  I will have lots of pinning to sit and do tonight after dinner :)

The whole quilt will be in Millhouse Inn by Fig Tree.  I started with 3 honey buns and quickly realized (a couple years ago) that it wasn't going to be near enough to make anything larger than a baby quilt.  So, I have been collecting more from that line and I think I finally have enough to make a 90x90 quilt.  Which will be well over 8000 @ 1'' squares......