Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Old things turn into new things for me!
Above is a quilt that was finished just in time for this Fourth of July. One of the things that I used to look for in antique stores was old quilt blocks in good condition. That's why I have a new "old quilt! I bought the old blocks and added the sashing, cornerstones, border and binding. I had help from two friends. My friend Rosie quilted it and my friend Kathie put the binding on it for me. They do this teamwork on almost all my quilts. Thank Heavens! Do you like the shadow of my hand holding the camera in the bottom corner? I am such a professional!
This quilt when I found it in a antique store had a lot of damage around the edges. I cut out the middle and made a smaller quilt. I found an old looking red print and bound this one myself.
When I bought these old quilt blocks they had old newspaper attached to the backs of each block. Early foundation piecing! I added the sashing, cornerstones and borders to this one too. I haven't bought any old blocks for a few years now. I still have plenty and I never seem to have the time to work on personal projects anymore. This sure is a great way to have a new "old" quilt quickly. I just love looking at all the old prints that are used in each block. It is also fun to imagine who did this labor of love on each block and why did it end up as a UFO for that quilter. All quilters know that it is so exciting to start a project .....but it is so hard to finish them!!!!
I made this recipe and I thought they were so delicious. If you like butter cookies you will love these!
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup coarsely ground pecans
1 cup raspberry jam
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg yolks. Gradually and flour and mix well. Stir in the
Spread half into a lightly greased 9” x 13” baking pan. Top
with jam. Drop remaining dough by teaspoonfuls over the jam.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden
brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Have a great week! Amy