What better way to spend the day then quilting and baking and just a little shopping with your daughter? Neither of us are much on shopping and got that done yesterday morning– jeans and hobby items were needed then we both went back to our own homes and got busy with our day.
For me that was making more Granny Squares first. I got two more done! Now I have 6 rows x 6 rows – 36 blocks. Right now I think I will do a sashing of some type and then a border to make it queen size.
Before I can go any further I need to figure out color layout – I will start to work on that and assume it will take several days of rearranging standing back and looking at it and then waiting a couple more days to make sure LOL . The color is all from 2 1/2 inch strips in the scrap basket and of course it still doesn’t look like I made a dent in it!! While I am figuring out color arrangement I will also be thinking about the sashing color.
I have linked up with Freshly Pieced: WIP’s As I have mentioned I am trying to only use stash this year unless I absolutely have to buy to finish a quilt – so I am looking through the stash to see what I have that can be used as sashing and the only thing I have is this one – these are what I have — A bali water color batik in a gray color – not sure if your screen has the same color as mine – mine is not quite right.
Other than that I have the light aqua and the darker aqua (also bali watercolor batik) that I have been using up for ages now but still have some left.
Or a dark blue batik which I really don’t think would go with it well.
So what choice to make? I will certainly have to think on it.
On to the baking:
Peanut Butter Banana Bread
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 ripe bananas (edited: 8 AM sorry I forgot to put the bananas in the recipes!)
1 cup peanut butter – your choice chunky or smooth
6 oz container vanilla or plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup old fashion oats
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
optional mini chocolate chips
Cream everything in your mixing bowl and then add the flour and oats. I found this was going to be too much for my loaf pan so I got out my doughnut pan and made 4 “baked doughnuts”. Oven 350 degrees – the doughnuts baked in 20 minutes and the loaf in one hour – times vary from oven to oven. As you can see the bread was much darker than the doughnuts – it just didn’t want to quite get done in the middle so I had to put a piece of aluminum foil over it the last 20 minutes. (in the photo above as you can see we ate two of the smaller pieces immediately)
Interesting read about quilting and other hobbies at this link below:
“A study found quilting improved well-being in ways that physical and outdoor activities could not, and offered a creativity that had been ‘stifled’ in the modern world.”
66 degrees for a high on Monday – well that is ok with me. I skipped the fitness center and worked out in the yard again – it will get chilly again though for the last week of the month from what the news said so we can’t get used to it yet. But first thing yesterday morning it was a house to clean, laundry to do and I made jam!
I had been going through the freezer the other day and realized I had more blueberries (from my brothers farm) and rhubarb (from my WI daughter’s patch) in the freezer than I thought I still had. Fresh blueberries will be ready in June –I haven’t been doing a ton of baking and do not like to eat blueberries by the handful – I like them in something not by themselves. So what to make – jam! I had not made any – I had plenty to work with so why not – I have a rhubarb cookbook as well and saw that some recipes combined berries with rhubarb for jam – sure enough – they had a combo of the two. I still have a quart of blueberries left over and about 2 cups of rhubarb for something else – but now I have 4 jars of jam too. One jar wasn’t completely full so that one is now in the refrigerator to use first. All She Cooks has a link up on Wednesday if you want to check it out – I’m linking my jam there.
With a little peanut butter it made a nice snack when I needed it this afternoon! Not super sweet – the rhubarb cut the sweetness just fine. I will get more fresh blueberries in June and maybe if my rhubarb plants don’t come back I might get more rhubarb from Jessica when we visit her next – I assume we will see her sometime in summer or early fall like we usually do. The recipe I had for the jam called for 4 cups of blueberries and 2 cups of rhubarb – plenty of sugar of course but I used half Truvia and half sugar (7 cups total) to cut down on calories a little – also used 2 packages of liquid pectin and because the last time I attempted to make blueberry jam it never thickened (I guess those berries were just plain too juicy) I decided to use one package of the regular pectin as well – it made a nice firm jam – as you can see I tried it out after it had cooled off for about 3 hours. (I preserved using a hot water boiling bath of 15 minutes, take the jars out, cool and lids sealed)
For two days I have not done an overabundance of quilting/sewing. I did get some quilting done on Sunday night while the Olympics were on – this much of the first border still left to do on Patchwork of the Crosses. Last night I intended to continue working on this area.
And this much left of the baby quilt – I turned it sideways so I could lay all my patches out on the flannel – half of the quilt is sewn together – and some of it is just laying there – most of what you see is just laying there looking kind of messy – like I say I was outside working in the flower beds and pruning rose bushes and hydrangea’s – nice to be out in the sun when it is nice at this time of year.
Were you busy Monday?
First the quilting – last night I took a break from the hexies and the applique – yes I have been working on the applique as well just can’t tell because it all looks the same – I’m working the 3rd corner of the Floral Fantasy quilt sometimes and other times the hexies while the Olympics are on. But – last night I changed it up a little bit and decided to quilt a little bit instead and put the little tv on above Mike’s area in the sewing room – it is to my right side when I am at the frame so I must listen while quilting and then turn when needed – I didn’t get done with a lot LOL.
Yesterday morning and almost every morning I try to make one Granny Block and work on the leaders and enders baby quilt (no name at the moment). Here you see the Granny Block I made and 3 of the patches needed for the baby quilt
I don’t know if I ever showed the box that holds tons of white scrap fabric that resides up on the top shelf with the other scrap boxes – it is crammed! I started to go through it and I will have plenty of white pieces to work into the baby quilt for all the 3 inch squares that I need – 72 of them at least if I counted right. I had the iron out and spray starch and pressed and cut until I had them all done. Then sadly to say all the scraps – the majority were put back into the box for another day!
The wall is filling up!
When I work on more than one project at a time like I was doing yesterday I pull my table out and extend the leaf that is on the back of the cutting table – this is actually a made for the kitchen island. This is how much more room it gives me.
The baking! I posted a recipe on here four years ago – can’t believe it was that long ago! Oatmeal Bread – I basically did the recipe the same way – except I doubled the granola to get rid of some that had been sitting around for awhile – I’m going through a tired of granola phase and seeing as I doubled that I cut the amount of oats. I think I had something like 1.5 cups of granola and a half cup of oats. As dough was raising I had a craving for cinnamon rolls – well this bread recipe isn’t what you would normally use for it – but what the heck – way not have a darker color bread for it. I will say they are not as sweet as most – but they are good.
I cut the dough in half after the first raising and put one half in a loaf pan and rolled out the other half in a rectangle. I spread it with butter, then sprinkled brown sugar on it, golden raisins and cinnamon. Let rise again for the same amount of time as the bread – bake at the same time but leave the bread in the full length of time. I didn’t measure for the rolls – just guessed at what I wanted by the way it looked. They baked up in 25 minutes. Recipe at the link in the previous paragraph. You could do like sticky buns and melt butter in the pan put a good layer of brown sugar in it and place the buns in that and they would be much sweeter.
The bread loaf
The baked cinnamon rolls with some icing on them.
What better combination than baking and quilting – I see so many quilting blogs that also share recipes that I think we all enjoy eating while we sew! I made 2 1/2 dozen of muffins today. I like to make one big batch and divide it in half – then one half I will put blueberries and the other something like chunky applesauce – so yesterday after I had one muffin tray of the blueberry and one muffin tray with applesauce I had enough of the applesauce version left to make six more muffins so I mixed in some frozen rhubarb in that one also – so I have a half dozen of that one – plenty of breakfast muffins to last me awhile. I sprinkled some cinnamon sugar mixture over the top just because I felt like it.
My muffin recipe:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Heat the oven to 375, and bake for 20 minutes
Mix all the dry ingredients together and then stir in the wet ingredients. I normally double my ingredients and then in half of the batter I add frozen blueberries (about a cup) and in the other about 3/4 cup of chunky homemade applesauce. This time I tossed in about a 1/2 cup of frozen rhubarb as well. If you make this you use what you want. Sometimes I will substitute half whole wheat flour for the white – if I do this I also add 1/2 cup of milk.
Two more Granny Blocks done which are also called “Album Blocks” if you didn’t know. I try to do one in the morning and one in the afternoon – I will run out of my space tomorrow to hang them on so then I guess I will stack them up and start taking pictures on the floor! What I would give for a full size permanent design wall!!!
One more cut out and ready for today.
Quilting done last night on the Uncommon, Common Bride the quilt got rolled down again and the next time I roll it down I will just be working on the sides as the middle is already done so it will go even faster. That is good because I will like to be done with this one and get another one on the frame. Two waiting in line! which sounds so nice compared to the 7 or whatever it was last year at this time.
Off to quilt group this morning – I will bring the diamonds to work on.
Thank you to Gabriele in Germany! I received a pair of hand knit socks from her. They are just so beautiful and fit wonderfully. I have lost your blog address – awhile back I was going through my list on my reader and there were a few that got deleted by accident and I can’t find yours – make sure to drop me a note so I will have your blog address again. I just love these socks they are so soft and nice. I had to try them on right away and our weather will be cool enough to wear them in a couple days – right now we are having an unusual warm spell but it is gone tomorrow!
Friday was busy day – my 15 year old niece Lily spent part of the day with us. She arrived around noon and we were almost out of the door immediately – I had some shopping to do. First off was Hobby Lobby and then to Hastening’s ( bookstore) – we ended with the grocery store and home to do some baking. Lily with the wooden cookie molds here in the photo. I think we had every available space covered in flour by time we got done!
Viennese Sugar Twist – she helped make them all and asked for the recipes to take home with her.
Playing around with those left over hexies this morning before I got busy – I think this will be the front of a sewing machine cover possibly – will look it over some more maybe sew these together and add some borders and the juki might have a cover.
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Yes I finally decided how I was going to finish Carousel and I got busy on it yesterday – half way done with the floral prints now! these aren’t taking as much time – same design but less of them. I decided less is just fine – I want to get done At first I thought I would need to add one more go around but then I thought it over and thought this looks just fine.
10 print blocks done – 10 to go.
Red and Green moving along – this area done on Saturday night.
And cookies! Shortbread dipped in chocolate. We are visiting mom on Tuesday – we always try to see her for her birthday ( 89th )– today – or near Christmas whichever the weather works out best for. Mom has been pretty much house bound since the cold spell that brought so much snow and ice to the state over a week ago. Tuesday is supposed to be near 60 so I called her and told her to expect us on Tuesday we will take her to lunch and shopping – she loves to be able to wander through the outside mall – so pretty at Christmas time and the sun will be out. Cookies and presents coming along with us. It will be a little cooler there in the northwest part of the state but still in the mid 50’s at least and sunny.
this shortbread recipe is super easy!
Brown Sugar Shortbread
2 cups softened butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 1/2 cups flour
chocolate for dipping if you wish
Cream the butter and sugar until well blended – then add the flour – the mixture will be course (kind of like pie crust) – if you need to add a tablespoon of water to get it all mixed that is what I did and it went together well. roll and cut how you want to. I roll them fairly thin. Bake on 350 for about 12 to 15 minutes – depending on how crisp you want them – don’t let them get too brown.
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