snack saturday

Amish Sugar Cookies

1 cup granulated white sugar

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

1 cup salted butter, softened

1 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1. In large bowl, combine sugars, butter and oil and beat together with an electric mixer. Beat well. Add eggs and vanilla and beat again.
2. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cream of tartar. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet. Mix until well blended.
3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Form dough into small balls and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

it's a week late

But I finally got my Valentine's quiltie finished.

I changed it up a bit from the pattern; not a big scallops fan.

Last weekend I was fiddling in my sewing room trying to figure out what to do with some leftover Bento Box quilt blocks.
I cut them in half on the diagonal, sewed them back together, grabbed some Kona solid and came up with this.

Now to find some time to get them quilted. Maybe before next Valentine's Day?

after christmas

I had the idea of doing a sale on our longarm quilting. Little did we know how well the sale would take off lol.

Bonnie did this lovely quilt for her granddaughter.

quilted with Daisies Galore

Dina did this one for her son for his birthday.

quilted with Ground Cover
Samantha made this quilt for her daughter.

I don't often get to do straight lines on a quilt; they look fabulous on this.
And can you believe this is purple thread?

I  also got to quilt our day guilds auction quilt.

I love this quilt. It is absolutely stunning.

Love it, love it, love it.
Check out how the pattern looks.

quilted with Chevron Feather

Maybe I'll win it? lol

quilt monday

Why yes, it is another table runner lol. But don't worry, this is the last one I have to show for a while now.

Double Chocolat, how I love thee

I love how the quilting shows up so nicely on this.

quilted with Paisley Max

I'm still debating buying some yardage and precuts of this line and hoarding it. I regret not hanging onto more of it the first time around.

snack saturday

Chocolate Waffles 

1 1/2cups flour
3tsp baking powder
1/2tsp salt
1/2cup white sugar
3 tbsp unsweetend cocoa powder
1 cup milk
2 eggs
4 tbsp butter, melted

Preheat waffle iron.
Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cocoa powder.
Stir in eggs, milk and butter until smooth.

Spray waffle maker with no-stick spray.
Pour batter onto waffle maker and cook. Amount of batter used will depend on waffle maker size.

Top with ice cream or whip cream.

love day

Happy Valentine's Day readers.

I didn't realize how many Valentine's decorations I had until I went to do this post lol.

I did the heart artwork last week. Not thrilled with it but since I seem to be the only one who can notice the imperfections in it; it stays. For now ;)

must paint fireplace. any suggestions? white is not an option

This is still one of my favorite quilts.

And my new Valentine's one.

quilted with Folk Heart
I got my Valentine's mailed off just in time this year. And I lucked out; they were delivered today-perfect timing! 

Sadly I didn't get my embroider project finished. I finished the embroidery but that's as far as I got. I was going to sew it together when I got home today but as you can see; not all my tracing washed out. Glad I noticed before I ironed it!

Now Jim and I are off to cook lots and lots of pancakes. Our youth group is doing a formal pancake dinner tonight for Valentine's Day and we volunteered to cook. Should be a fun night!


I don't do whimsical quilts. The quilts usually have to have a purpose for me to make something impractical. A few weeks ago I saw the cutest pillow; where I saw it is another question lol. After I cleaned out my scrap bin and found some fun prints; I knew I had to make it.

Seriously how cute is this???
Pattern is from Tula Pink in the free patterns section.

I made it into a wallhanging instead of a pillow.
 Lots of straight line quilting. I'll just call it straight line quilting okay? lol
I buttonholed the applique right through the batting to stabilize it a little more.

I didn't have enough solids matching the grey to piece the bottom but I love how this fabric looks like road.
Now it's hung in my quilting room and all the boys want me to make them one of their own lol.

Part three

Today is BC's first Family Day holiday. It's been a great weekend hanging out and relaxing. Today we are taking the relaxing to almost sloth-like lol.

I've posted twice already(here and here) about the quilt I quilted for Christmas; there were a lot more than I had thought there were lol. Here's the last batch.

Jackie made these quilts for her grandsons.
All were quilted with a meander.

She used such fun fabrics.

And because two of the quilts were the same, she snuck a few pretzel fabric pieces into one of the quilts to keep them separate.

Jean made this lovely log cabin quilt.

quilted with Tulip Festival
I quilted the pattern everywhere but the applique blocks, those were meandered so no quilting on the applique.

Folk Heart is a very popular pattern of our customers. The following quilts were all quilted using it.

By Lorie

By Sheila

I love how the pattern shows up on her minkee backing.

Sheila also had more quilts. 
This one for her daughter.

quilted with Flowing Feathers

And this one for her husband.

quilted with Falling Leaves
A perfect man quilt.

Shawna pieced this music themed quilt.

The perfect quilting pattern for this quilt? Mozart of course!

Sophie did this quilt for her grandson.

How fun is this quilting pattern

Rose did this disappearing 9patch.

quilted with Laurie
Rose has just done another similar quilt in shades of blue; it is so striking.

Patti did this quilt for her sister.

quilted with Shooting Star

Lastly, this Asian inspired quilt by Margaret. Margaret's granddaughter was moving to Japan over the holidays and this was a memory quilt for her.

I did a stipple in the picture blocks and on the printed gold blocks, a block inset.
The quilting is hard to see with the gold matching thread.
I did straight lines thru the setting triangles and the border as well.

And that is it!! whew!

snack saturday

Frosted Banana Bars

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1cup ripe bananas
1 container cream cheese icing(or make your own)

Preheat oven to 350*. Grease a 9x13 baking pan.

In large bowl, cream butter and sugar.
Beat in eggs one at a time, stir in sour cream and vanilla.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt, stir into batter.
Mix in mashed banana.
Spread evenly in prepared pan.

Bake 25-35 minutes.
Allow bars to cool completely until icing.

2012 wrap-up part 2

A few weeks ago, I posted about some of the customer quilts I did before Christmas. Today it is time for part 2.

First up, a batch of quilts by Juanita.

I love how she used panels to make up some of these quilts.

quilted with Cotton
quilted with Falling Leaves
quilted with a meander
quilted with Falling Leaves
By Johanna

quilted with Acorns and Oak Leaves
Johanna also made this quilt for her grandson's wedding.

quilted with Wildflower
By Marie.

quilted with Oriental Illusions
And this lovely Trip Around the World quilt.
quilted with Folk Heart

This is BoDill's first quilt. I love the colours.

quilted with Folk Heart
 Delores made these quilts for her granddaughters.

Both quilted with a simple meander.

Delores also made these pillow shams to match.

This quilt by Teresa was huge. See how I couldn't even get it to lay flat for the picture?

quilted with Star Swirl
And lastly, this lovely flannel quilt by Kim.

quilted with Star Swirl

whew! Everyone still with me? lol. And to think I have enough pictures left for one more post!

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