Wednesday, June 22, 2011

one flower wednesday

I can't believe it is Wednesday already!  where does the time go

Two more lovelies for my garden.  View more beautiful flowers at Karen's blog

Monday, June 20, 2011

Results of Friday night sew in

My confidence level is growing, I've come a long way in two years, this star was made without a pattern!

this one was paperpieced, you better believe I had a pattern for this one!

this one is for my guild, needed a pattern for that also
I love Friday night Sew In!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Time for the Friday night sew in!

I have a swap block to finish, a star block to whip up and maybe time to cut some more pieces for a quilt gift. So glad it is Friday! 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

One Flower Wednesday

I know it's not Wednesday, I hope it's ok to post today!  I made this flower out of fabric I know I bought over 9 years ago.  It was intended for curtains for my little boy's room.  Before I could get started on the curtains, my mother in law found some in a magazine that almost perfectly matched the couch we had for that room, and it was a perfect match for the plaid crib set.  That never happens!  I kept the fabric, and have made good use of it, but still have some left. 

The hexie in the two pictures are the same, one taken inside and one outside.  To see more beautiful hexies, visit Karen at

Friday, June 10, 2011

my favorite brownie recipe

I have found some wonderful recipes out in blogland, time to share one of mine. 

I have a brownie recipe I love, I make it a lot because it is great, easy and

my son asks for it. He is 9 years old, and picky and doesn't eat a great

variety of things, so for him to ask for it is a big deal. I put a

piece in his school lunch one day, and he said "everyone he shared it

with" loved it. He must have passed out crumbs because I

didn't pack a very big piece!

Here are the ingredients

1 stick butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoonful vanilla extract

6 tablespoons cocoa

1/3 cup self rising flour

The original recipe I adapted called for two eggs and 1/2 cup flour, but

that made the brownies too cakey, and we like fudgy. I don't use

imitation vanilla, it is not as good. You have to use the kind that has

the alcohol in it. Don't drink it, save it for your brownies. Use the

real butter, the salted kind. These ingredients make a big difference.

Soften the butter with the sugar 20 seconds in microwave, makes it

easier to blend with the sugar. While that is happening, take the

butter wrapper and grease your 9x9 cake pan with it, I got that tip from

Martha Stewart a long time ago. I bake these in a 350 toaster oven, no

need to preheat. Mix the softened butter and sugar well with a big

spoon, add egg, mix well, add vanilla, mix some more, then the cocoa,

mix that in well, then the flour, mix in but don't over beat after you

put the self rising flour in. Spread the batter in the 9x9 pan that you

buttered, bake until it passes the fork-in-the-middle test. Bake at

least 10 mins and no more than 20, keep an eye on the brownies so they

don't burn. My husband can't stand to see me eat raw egg so I don't let

him know I scrape and eat every bit of that batter out of the bowl and

off the spoon, it is so good.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

thank you

thanks for all the nice comments about my hexies.  I really appreciate the encouragement!  To make the size qult I want will take 90 to 110 hexies, if I want some to hang over the bed on each side.  So I have made 11 altogether, only 99 to go.  Seems like a lot, but they are so much fun to make, so not a chore at all. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

two flower wednesday

I'm playing catchup today, so here are two hexies.  This pink fabric I have had for a long time and had no plan for it.  Now it will have a home in my flower garden!

This fabric has been in my stash only a couple of years and is relatively new.  Does anyone know what it is called or who the designer is?  I've seen it on other blogs in other hexies.  It's cool to recognize a fabric, there are so many out there.  Check out more beautiful flowers on Karen's blog.  Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

perfect circles

ok, this is one of those finds that change your whole life

I haven't tried it yet,  no circles in my immediate future.  When I do make some, this is the method I will use. 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

relaxing with my baby

not much sewing going on this week, I did get the chance to relax on the sofa with Emma while she took a nap Wednesday evening.  I held her little feet in my hands, they are so precious.