Piecing and Cookies

Baking/cooking, Midnight Garden, Retro Air Ship Propeller’s, scrap quilts

I think I am getting back into my routine yesterday – that is if I could remember where I put my quilting supplies!!  Remember I cleared out the sewing room the  7 days or so before I left for my sisters and was gone for 10 days – I had barely begun to remember where I put everything for the duration of the quilt room make over when I left.

Finally I was beginning to get my act together and remember where I put things.  I got one Retro Air Ship block made – after I accidentally cut a couple pieces from the wrong color – took me about 5 minutes to remember the lay out of this pattern!!  Here is the block made today


Joining the others – for some reason I thought I had more than this done – wishful thinking?  I will need to decide later what size to trim blocks to – several are 10 inches, a couple 10.25 and one a measly 9.75 – finally after the 2nd block made I think it was I decide to cut all the outside edges a half inch larger than the pattern called for so I could trim them all the same size – it’s that curve piecing that does it to me.  Right now I am thinking – on point – narrow sashing in between – size of quilt to be determined.  Linking to Sew Fresh Quilts today and Jo’s Country Junction – Jo makes a lot of Bonnie Hunter patterns and has a nice braid quilt she shows today.  Also linking to Mid-Week Makers.


Then after making one of those blocks I moved on to a different project – the Scrappy Stars – as you can see I spread out in the dining room to the kitchen with the ironing board and then nearby in the living room is the sewing machine set up.


Before I had left to my sister’s I had made 5 of the 16 patch centers – now it was on to cutting the half square triangles, corner blocks and get started piecing.  I had intended to get these 5 blocks made last night but by 7 PM I decided to call it a night and sit back and relax with tv.


I got out the Midnight Garden applique block to work on instead of hexies or quilting – of which I have not touched the Postage Stamp quilt since I got home – it is just not the same without the 3 roller hand quilting frame set up – I will get back to quilting though – just continuing to take a break from it I guess.


Here is one of the cookie recipes from the small cookbook I picked up in Williamsburg translated from old English language and measurements – an example of what I mean – original recipe —take a peck of fine flour, half a peck of oatmeal, and on and on it goes making what one would think was 12 dozen cookies – LOL  the new recipe makes more like 3 dozen.  I showed the book several post back and is Recipes from the Raleigh Tavern Bakery Williamsburg VA

Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup shortening (yes it says shortening not butter and I used shortening)
1 cup sugar (I used brown)
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup milk
2  cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup raisins if you want and I added 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Cream everything together well.  Drop by cookie scoop or large tablespoons onto greased baking sheets – bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes – browned but still soft.  Yes it made 3 dozen but I gave Melanie and Aniya a bagful to bring home with them – less temptation for me.  Photo was taken well after we had been eating them so not a lot left!!


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32 comments… add one
  • Deb Feb 1, 2017

    Those cookies look moist and delicious!
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    • Karen Feb 1, 2017

      they were!

  • Doreen Johnson Feb 1, 2017

    Wonderful Propeller blocks!
    Your Midnight Garden is looking beautiful too.
    Those Oatmeal cookies look delicious.
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    • Karen Feb 1, 2017

      trying to get back into my sewing routine and it helps that Mike is working late several days this week – no supper to cook

  • maxine lesline Feb 1, 2017

    Lovely colorful little quilt on your dining room wall.. touches like this really add to a subtle comfy-ness in a room…and having space and a woodsy view must make working here pleasant.

    • Karen Feb 1, 2017

      thanks – I used to have that wall hanging in the bedroom but just recently changed it up – I wish I would see deer more in the woods but have not seen many this past several months

  • Jan O Feb 1, 2017

    I like your Retro Air Ship blocks. Are they the same as the block that’s called Steam Punk?
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    • Karen Feb 1, 2017

      yes they are – but most people do not realize that the pattern originated in the 1930’s under the Air Ship name and is free if you can find it on line like a blogging friend did – I then found a dvd with over 100 block patterns from the 1930’s for about $10 – all now public domain I believe

  • LadySchep Feb 1, 2017

    Those blocks are lovely! I use shortening in my cookies too 🙂
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    • Karen Feb 1, 2017

      most cookie recipes seem to only call for butter now but I used to use shortening for almost all baked goods or a combination of butter and shortening.

  • Donna Feb 1, 2017

    Hi Karen,
    I have a really stupid question but I can’t find the answer to it! I am just going to looks stupid and ask! I need to make 7 hexagons for my quilt guild meeting next week. I have never made them before but know you have been working on your hexagon quilt. My question is, do I leave the paper or cardstock in? It looks like I do but I want to confirm it. What happens when you wash it? I found lots of sites that tell how to make the hexagons but nothing about washing the paper! Thank you for any information you can give me!

    • Karen Feb 1, 2017

      Never stupid to ask! better than messing up. you leave the paper in when you are sewing them – but you take them out when you put your quilt top together (unless you are using wash away applique paper which a person could do) most people use card stock or freezer paper – both need to be removed. Now are you supposed to sew your 7 hexagons together into one big piece or are you only basted individual pieces at the moment? What are you making with the 7 hexagons? well it be applique to a backing – I think most heat press the edges so they are crisp and the edge will stay folded over before they remove the paper pieces then baste onto your backing and do the finish stitches of your choice – applique by hand or by machine. Any other questions feel free to ask – I’m not sure if I answered you with as much info as you need.

  • Mari Feb 1, 2017

    I love the Air Ship blocks! They’re going to make an amazing quilt. Our grandmothers were geniuses, weren’t they?
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    • Karen Feb 1, 2017

      they sure were – I’m not sure how large this one will be but I will concentrate more on it when I finish my scrappy stars, I am getting close to a finish on that one

  • Susan Feb 1, 2017

    You’ve been busy, with a well deserved cookie break! Thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers

    • Karen Feb 1, 2017

      your welcome Susan – it is always nice to go see what others are making – sometimes you get great ideas to add to your own very long list LOL

  • Jen Rosin Feb 1, 2017

    That Retro Air Ship block looks like a lot of fun. It will make a gorgeous quilt top!
    And thanks for the cookie recipe. It sounds good.
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    • Karen Feb 1, 2017

      it is a great block but those curves slow me down 🙂

  • Dottie bishaw Feb 1, 2017

    Thank you for the cookie recipe, my husband loves oatmeal cookies. They look so moist and soft just like he likes them. I can hardly wait for Scrappy Stars to be done, it’s going to be so beautiful. Glad to see all your pictures again and getting into your routine again.

    • Karen Feb 1, 2017

      I don’t usually see oatmeal cookies with molasses in them – it made a nice change and yes they were moist

  • Nancy Feb 1, 2017

    Your airship blocks are beautiful. I’ve loved that block since I first saw it. Maybe one of these days I’ll give it a try. Thanks for the heads up about the curved piecing making the block a little smaller.
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    • Karen Feb 2, 2017

      well it makes a small block for me – but I’m not a great piecier it might not be small for you – I would try one first and see

  • Nancy Feb 1, 2017

    P.S. I forgot to say how much I like your pine paneled walls. They look so cozy, warm, and welcoming.
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    • Karen Feb 2, 2017

      thanks – we love them too

  • Colleen Feb 1, 2017

    I am going to try your cookie recipe, my husband really enjoys snacks such as cookies, cakes, pie and is slim and trim.
    Me I have to severely limit sweets/carbohydrates
    So these cookies sound perfect as I am not fond of the flavor of molasses so perhaps he will enjoy them all!
    I think I read your blog later in the day than many of your readers as when I read your blog I am able to read other readers comments/questions and your answers I really enjoy that
    I do sometimes go back to earlier blog posts to see something that didn’t catch my interest at the time but for some reason I’d like to see it again

    • Karen Feb 2, 2017

      I love any kind of sweet so I try to make them when I know Melanie will drop by so she can take half of them home with her.
      Yes some read my blog really early in the day – I always write my post in the evening and then schedule it for the next morning early- I was asked by a “farm lady” if I could schedule it early so she could read it early with her coffee seeing as it was no problem for me to do that I said yes so it is scheduled early morning.

  • Donna Feb 2, 2017

    Thank you Karen for the information!!!! The name of our meeting is “Grandmother’s flower Garden”. I do know that pattern. I think we are going to sew them together at the meeting but not on to fabric but I am not sure! We weren’t given any information other than to bring 7 hexagons! I actually live in another country right now but am an American. This guild is nothing like I have ever been in before but I won’t get into that here! Thanks again!

    • Karen Feb 2, 2017

      would love to hear more of your life and how the guild goes – you can always email me privately if you don’t want all the info here 🙂

  • Patricia Feb 2, 2017

    Your Propeller Blocks are so beautiful! I love them! I’m sure your quilt will be lovely! Thank you for sharing!
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    • Karen Feb 3, 2017

      thanks, they are nice blocks and I like making them with many colors

  • Nanette Feb 4, 2017

    Looking good Karen – where did you get the pattern for the scrappy stars – I am really liking them!
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    • Karen Feb 4, 2017

      I don’t know where I first saw the scrappy stars at – I think just around blog land I saw some where the centers were 4 patches or six patches or whatever size and went with 16 patch as my box was full of that size and needed to be used.

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