Thursday, October 28, 2010

it's done!

I completed my quilt top, and not a moment too soon. My goal was to finish it up before we had company this weekend. They come in today, and I finished it yesterday. Kind of pushing it to the limit ...

I think I may actually like this quilt top, after the pain of making it wears off. I followed this quilt along, knowing that she always makes darling things. I think it was worth it in the end - but I must say that if I hadn't already cut everything out, I definitely would have quit in the middle. I think this will go in my closet for a while. If this little baby on the way turns out to be a girl, maybe it can go on her bed when she gets old enough. I can tell her it was my huge challenge to finish up so I could get to work quilting all those darling little baby quilts.
Twin size, Moda 30's reproduction fabrics, 2 1/2 inch squares everywhere, rotating out from the center.

Monday, October 25, 2010

sticky yumminess

It's that time of year again ... carmel and apples. But, I really don't like the regular "dip the whole apple in carmel and then try to eat it before the entire carmel layer slides off in your lap, or even worse, your hair" type of carmel apples. When we were kids, Mom always sliced our apples, and then gave us our own little cup of carmel, where we dipped away to our hearts content. More carmel for your apple that way, and less mess. That's my type of carmel apples.

This morning, I made little jars of carmel to take to some of my friends. I figure they need to experience the lucious experience of dipping their apple slices in carmel. It gives a whole new meaning to carmel apples. (Of course, there's some carmel left over in the pan, which we really can't let go to waste. Maybe we'll need to have some for brunch today.) ... and in case you need some carmel for your apple slices ...

Mom's Halloween Carmel Sauce

Cook slowly to 220 degrees on a candy thermometer:
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

... enjoy!

Monday, October 18, 2010

quilt tops only

I really need to stop piecing and start quilting. (Wouldn't that be such a great excuse to just bag that quilt that's driving me crazy right now - all cut out, and only halfway pieced together, but driving me loony.) This little baby on the way is sure going to have some fun quilts. I'm sure more will be in the works when we find out the gender. For now though ...Starting at the top left: a wonky log cabin quilt made of Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley fabrics, then the martian quilt made mostly of Michael Miller fabrics, then a funky Dr. Seuss quilt, and on the bottom, a Moda Bliss quilt made with the Apple Core die from the AccuQuilt Go! Cutter that I won.

So anyway, I haven't been stale in all of my non-blogging - I've only just had the energy to put quilt tops together, not blog after that. Now, on to the backs (well, maybe after I put together just one or two more tops ...).

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

a lot of quilting going on

Does your quilting table ever look like this? I think the only problem with this is that this sewing table is also our dining room and home school table. Combine that with the iron on the counter and the giant ironing board sticking out in the middle of the kitchen ... take out tonight?