Friday, January 29, 2010

More quilts for Rowan!

How many quilts can a first time grandma make for their first grandchild...four I think...or until I finish another one. My husband told me to start a fund for future grand kids so they won't be deprived. He doesn't know me very well. I fully intend to spoil them just as bad! It is a grandma's right to give them all the love and attention that they want and then hand them back to their parents.

The quilt that I just finished was easy. You could use any pattern. Just substitute a photo block for one of the blocks. I used EQ Printables by The Electric Quilt Company. They give you all the instructions to put your photos on their fabric sheets using your ink jet printer. I also used some of my fabric designed for Moda. I even remembered to put a label on the back!!!! My grand daughter Rowan loves looking at all her family, cats, dogs and her house. Her Daddy said to my daughter do you know that Rowan is dragging her new quilt around the house. Yea! That is why I made it for her to do. I just love this grandma business!!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

I am featured in the February issue of Quilter's World magazine

My daughter Ashley is now a published author because she wrote the article that appears in the February issue of Quilt World magazine. My husband John took the photo of me holding all the quilts. Isn't family great! By the way my arms were about to drop off from the weight of all those quilts while he was getting the perfect photo. Move left...step back, no forward....hmmmmm

Ashley wrote the article and sent it off without me seeing it. It was more of a surprise when I got the issue in the mail. She pretty much pegged me and the family which is kind of scary. I ended up crying in the end though.

This is the quilt that is featured in the magazine. If you want the pattern you will have to go out to the new stand and buy one. I just hope my family hasn't bought them all up.

Friday, January 15, 2010

New Quilt Pattern Just Out!

Around this time Santa pays attention to who has been naughty and nice. I have definitely been naughty about posting any blogs. Whew! Thank goodness Santa was still really nice to me this past Christmas.

I have had so much fun working on my new "Snowday...Sewday" quilt of snowmen. I tried to come up with every imaginable head adornment for a snowman. I also wanted to make a red, white and blue quilt for all the quilters who decorate their homes in these colors as well as the traditional red and green. I can't wait to see someone do it all up in my usual brights. Every snowman can be dressed in a different color too. It is a really simple quilt to make and all the pieces are nice and big. A side note: I collect snowmen. I have a whole mantle full at Christmas. I had a personal mission for this one!

Peppernut Cookies ...Addictive!

1/2 cup oleo
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 T soda
1/2 T water
1/2 t anise
3 to 3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t cloves
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t mace
1/2 t cream of tartar

Cream together oleo, brown sugar, and eggs. Dissolve soda in water and add to creamed mixture. Stir in anise to taste. Add flour and spices to creamed mixture. Chill. Make into rolls the size (diameter) of a dime. Slice 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick and bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until light brown.

I recently found this recipe and have now made FIVE BATCHES since Christmas! You really can't eat just one. They are so good with tea or coffee. I personally doubled the anise to one teaspoon because we like that licorice taste. I am still on the fence ...if I like the mace in it or not. They would be a great give-a-way tied up in a cute cellophane bag with some neat tea or coffee. All my family was in agreement that this was a keeper especially since they eat them as fast as I can make them.