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Sunday, September 14, 2014

NEW IDEAS AND LOTS OF SPARKLE

The Happy Scrappers met this past Saturday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  If you are a little blue, or just need some sparkle in your life, this is just the group to do that.  I come away feeling lighter, that my cares have been washed away.  I always say, Quilters are the best!  Of course, we had some show-n-tell.  Above Judy F. shows us how she took a 10 minute table runner that she made, .... 
Then she folded it, sewed the sides (above the sides are not sewn yet), and had a wonderful project bag with pockets! What a clever idea!
Judy also showed us this darling hexie needle book that she made.  The pattern is by The Back Door.
Judy  also showed us The Elephant Walk.  This stunning sewing kit is by designer Fern Ridge.  Judy said she purchased it as a kit.
Above you can see all the wonderful items that came with the kit, even the little wax elephant.  This is really something to see.
Marti showed us her latest quilt.  It is a perfect size for a wall hanging or a table topper.
This is a close-up so you can see the rich colors in the fabric and the neon green accents.  Beautiful.
Adrienne was busy placing these blocks on her design wall and auditioning fabrics. 
Marilyn showed us her finished Lone Star Swirl quilt.  Love those colors.
Marilyn also showed us her latest paper piecing project.  I cannot believe how small these pieces are.
Speaking of small, JanaLee showed us these small squares that she made from scraps.  For a relatively new quilter, she does great work!
Jill was making pillowcases for her daughter in college and her friends.  Those gals will love these!
Rosa was busy quilting her fabric for the Ruler Bag Class.  We are excited about that class.
Diana worked on her bird blocks. Sorry I didn’t get a better picture of the blocks, but I got her nice smile!
Lee Anne showed us her finished quilt.  I previously posted about it here before it was quilted.  Lee Anne and Chris (shop owner) made this quilt and are donating it to Lori’s Voice, a charity that helps young people with disabilities.  This quilt is up for silent auction.  You can learn more about it here

DON’T FORGET:
  • To mark your calendar for the West Michigan Quilters’ Guild Quilts on the Grand.  The date is October 3 – 5 at the DeltaPlex Arena. 
ANOTHER NOTE: Jo’s Country Junction has a Halloween table runner for you.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Thursday, September 11, 2014

RECIPE FOR BEST COOKIES EVER

ADRIENNE’S ULTIMATE THICK AND CFHEWY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
 

1 cup dark brown sugar (be sure to use dark)
½ cup white sugar
6 oz. (1 ½ sticks) soft butter (not runny, soft like yogurt soft)
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 teaspoon espresso powder (I use Meijer Italian roast ground to espresso powder)
2 cups regular white flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups dark chocolate chips (use Hershey’s very dark ones, not milk chocolate)

Beat sugar and butter until fluffy.  Add egg and yolk, vanilla and espresso.  Beat for five minutes until light and fluffy.

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until mixed.  Scoop a tablespoon of batter onto baking sheet (I use a pizza stone) and slightly flatten (only slightly).

Cook on the pizza stone at 325 deg. For 12 minutes.

Secret:  They are done when the edges are firm to touch but the middle soft, but not glistening or shaky.  Due to the difference in ovens, you will probably have to test a few batches to get this just right.  If you let them cook too long they will be crispy.  If you take them out too soon they will fall apart and leave a mess on your pizza stone.

This makes about 30 cookies.  They freeze well!  I keep six out for family, and freeze the rest.  They are great to have available when company comes.  You just take them out of the freezer, pop in the microwave for a few seconds until they are just warm, then serve with ice cream and berries. 

Adrienne said she has adjusted the recipe slightly, but the original came from Cooks Illustrated Magazine.  Trust me…You will want to try these!

 DON’T FORGET:
  • Happy Scrappers meets this coming Saturday at the quilt shop.
  • To mark your calendar for the West Michigan Quilters’ Build Quilts on the Grand.  The date is October 3 – 5 at the DeltaPlex Arena. 
ANOTHER NOTE:   My Byrd House has a nice tutorial for a beautiful scrappy hot pad.  

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

HAPPY SCRAPPERS HARD AT WORK

The Happy Scrappers met Wednesday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop and I think it’s safe to say that a good time was had by all!  Above Rosa shows us the pillowcase she is making.  Rosa makes pillowcases and donates them to Safe Haven Ministries, a place that offers comprehensive domestic abuse services to women and their children as well as community education and prevention programs.  Great job Rosa!
I caught Vickie S. working on another Lone Star Swirl.
I snapped another picture of Vickie's quilt later in the day.  Isn't this going to be a stunning quilt!  You can make this beautiful quilt too!  Just call the shop and sign up for Vickie's next class.  She is a fantastic teacher and your friends will be in awe when you tell them, "I made this!"
Catherine was working on her applique blocks.  This is a Piece O' Cake design.  Can't wait to see the rest of her blocks.  Catherine does excellent work and I love her way with color.
 In case you are wondering, this is what is written on Catherine's shirt. Don't we wish!
Peggy was working on her Stripes and Solids Quilt As You Go quilt.  Judi A. was working on this same pattern, but then got involved in making pillowcases and I forgot to take a picture of her doing either.  Sorry Judi!  Both women are almost finished with their QAYG and I can't wait to see them.  They are using such bright and cheerful colors. Peggy said she thinks for her next QAYG is going to be smaller blocks using some of her stripe fabrics with pastel fabrics for a baby quilt.  It is so nice to finish a quilt and not have to think about having it quilted.
Adrienne, our sunny friend from New Zealand was working on these blocks.  I don't know the name of the pattern.  All I know is that Adrienne bought the most scrumptious cookies to class!  I'll print the recipe soon.  You won't want to miss this!  They are to die for!!!

DON’T FORGET:
  • Happy Scrappers meets this coming Saturday at the quilt shop.
  • Mark your calendar for the West Michigan Quilters’ Build Quilts on the Grand.  The date is October 3 – 5 at the DeltaPlex Arena. 
ANOTHER NOTE:
Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Quilting Teachers at the shop.

Quilting Teachers at the shop.
Chris, Marilyn, Jill, Lee Anne, Sue, Vickie

Quilts For Wheels

Quilts For Wheels
Many thanks and much appreciation goes to the women who work diligently each month to make quilts for those in wheel chairs. Kudos go to: Yvonne, Mary T., Fran, Joan, Mary Ellen, Barb, Lee Ann, Nancy, Mary.