Thursday, November 27, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2014




Do you have a favorite family recipe that you always fix at Thanksgiving?   You might remember last year I posted about making Homemade noodles.  You can ready about it here.

This year my uncle Roy requested my infamous Banana Cream Pie.  It's not really anything special but he thinks it is!

Here is the recipe I use. It's actually for a vanilla filling and you can add bananas or coconut or leave it just vanilla.

VANILLA PIE FILLING
3/4 c. sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
2 c. milk - scalded
3 egg yolks slightly beaten
2 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in medium mixing bowl and mix well.  Meanwhile scald 2 cups of milk in a medium saucepan.  Add a small amount of scalded milk to the sugar mixture and mix well until smooth.  Add this to the milk, stirring constantly, bring to a boil.  Boil 2 minutes.  Slowly add several large spoonful of this thickened mixture to the egg yolks and then add the egg yolk mixture to the thickened mixture.  Stir well, cook 2 more minutes, stirring constantly.  Add butter and vanilla and stir well.  Pour into a baked pie shell.

If adding bananas, add before pouring into the baked pie shell.  I usually slice up 2-3 bananas.
If adding coconut, add 1 cup coconut to the mixture and stir well before pouring into a baked pie shell.

I also don't make meringue for my cream pies.  None of us are a fan of "sweet calf slobers" but we sure like some fresh whipped cream; none of that fake cool whip stuff or the canned whipped cream for Uncle Roy and I!




Wednesday, November 26, 2014

QUILTING EYE CANDY #1

I had quite a time getting one of these quilts quilted.  First of all, have you ever wore out a surge protector strip?  I can say I have!

When I bought my machine, I was provided (sorta, I'm quite sure I paid dearly for it!) with a "heavy duty" surge protector to plug my computer into that runs my Statler Stitcher/Queenie.  I was quilting right along, things going so well, when all of the sudden the machine stopped and the power to it went out.  What the heck!  (ok, maybe that wasn't quite what I said but you get the idea.)   I checked and I still had overhead lights.  Yep, I paid the electric bill!  Then I check the breaker box, nothing tripped there.  Then I check all the connections to the machine and to the power strip.  All good there.  Hmm... then I decided to try one of the plugs in the wall outlet.  It worked!

I just happened to scrounge up another surge protector from the house.  Wow, I have never wore out a surge protector.  Got everything working again, and guess what, Creative Studio, the program that runs the Statler Stitcher, didn't auto save the quilt pattern.  Urgh!  And of course, I had fidgeted with pattern and resized it.  Double Urgh!  After a bit, ... a long bit..., I finally got it adjusted to what seemed to be close to the one before and I was off stitching again.

Then low and behold, 2 days later, of course before I could get somewhere to purchase another surge protector (there were no adverse weather conditions being predicted; what was the hurry?) I had the same thing happen again.  Power all of the sudden went out.  I wore out a second surge protector?? No, couldn't be, but yep, it appears I did.  Now in my defense, the second one was "old".  It had been around the block a time or two and I probably was overloading it... maybe just a tad...  I promptly went to town and purchased a brand new surge protector with enough capacity for my needs.... I hope....

OK, it's time for some more QUILTING EYE CANDY.

Linda made this quilt at the retreat I missed earlier this fall.  She makes lots of red and white quilts.  I love this one... of course.


Meandering feathers is quilted on it in white thread.


And she also made a Jelly Roll Race quilt for her cousin.  The colors look kinda washed out in the picture but the up close picture below shows the colors better.


I quilted a pattern called All Leaves on it in latte thread.


Jessica made this baby quilt for a friend.  An oversized LeMoyne Star and some charm squares for a border at the top and bottom.


Butterflies and flowers are quilted in Glide pink thread.


Ruby and her mom and their infamous string quilts.  I just love them.  Ruby says it's something easy her mom can do.  Ruby cuts the strips and her mom just sew away!  This one is a Valentine quilt table cloth for Ruby's harvest table.  It's really LONG!



I quilted a pattern called Hearts One in Glide pink thread.  You can see the pattern on the back better than on the front.


Ruby also made this one.  It's for a friend who she says doesn't sew a lick.  It's a Pottery Barn inspired quilt.  



I quilted wind swirls in pearl thread on it.  I like the zing of the red and tan chevron print randomly placed in it.   



Lawana made this scrappy quilt and I really like it.  She wanted me to use a brown variegated thread but I didn't have one.  Several of the fabrics had a gold fleck or vein in them so I picked out a gold, almost metallic looking thread.  I love the way it turned out.  


This picture doesn't do it justice.  I quilted a pattern called R & R Nested in it.  I think I've told you before it's one of my favorite patterns.  Kinda feathery, kinda demask, kinda pearly.  A great combination!






Tuesday, November 25, 2014

QUILT GUILD TUESDAY

Last Tuesday was the regular meeting of the Brownwood Quilter's Guild.  I had so many things to do that I almost didn't go.  However, I remember we were giving one of our members a special gift and it was the Brown Bag Challenge reveal so I really didn't want to miss it.  Plus it might be one of my last meetings with these ladies.... depending on how quickly the house sells.  So I went.  I'm glad I did.  Show and tell was fabulous as usual!

This is Doniene's second Christmas Quilt.  By Christmas she plans to have Christmas quilts on 3 of the 6 beds in her house.  And by Christmas next year she plans to have quilts on all 6 beds.  If I know Doniene, she'll meet her goal.  This one is Ohio stars made from homespun plaids in reds and greens.  Oh, did I mention that she quilts them on her domestic using FMQ!  Wow!


Look at the Holly she quilted in the border.  And on the Ohio Stars she quilted a poinsettia.


Patsy brought a spider web quilt made by her aunt.  Then she told a funny story about that aunt.  It seems she was a smoker but didn't want anyone to know and would hide the lit cigarette behind her back when you would walk in the room.  Apparently the aunt set the quilt on fire at some point as there is a burn mark in the edge of the quilt.  Patsy says she will never repair that burn hole as it always reminds her of of sneaky her aunt thought she was being and it makes her smile.


Sherrie made this fall table runner


And this beautiful quilt for one of her Howard Payne students.


You might remember list month that Elaine won the card trick block of the month drawing and she came back this month with the top pieced!  Do you notice the heart, spade, diamond, and club in the corners of the quilt in the border?  How cute!






Our special gift we wanted to give to one of our members was our string blocks we all made for the block of the month.  We all used pink for our "strings" and paper piece the blocks.  Two were made by each member.  Then we all put Becky's name in the box to draw a winner.  Guess who's name was drawn... Yep, Becky won all those blocks.  And we did it to show her "WE SUPPORT YOU".  You might remember that last month Becky made 16 CPS service projects bags and donated them.  She made one for every time she came home from chemo treatments for her recent diagnosis of breast cancer.  She said it took her mind off of herself and on to others that needed it.  




The next several pictures are of the Brown Bag Challenge.  Members participating brought 4 fat quarters and put them in a brown bag with their name inside.  The person drawing that bag was to make them a finished project, using those 4 fat quarters and adding their own fabrics to it if necessary.  

Robin made this for Becky


Becky made this table runner for Doniene.


Doniene made this wall hanging and pumpkin set for Vickie


Vickie made this table runner for Wanda


Wanda made this pillow and candle mat for Debra


Debra made this table runner for Robin


Joy made these microwave fabric bowls for Sherry


Sherry made this table runner for Millie


And Millie made this thanksgiving table runner for Joy.

From all the smiles, I think everyone LOVED their Brown Bag Challenge gift.

Doniene made, quilted, and donated this quit for WeeCare service project.




Oh and look who won the fat quarter drawing AND one of the door prizes.  Doniene made these cute little ornaments, one for each of the 12 days of Christmas.  You can tuck a little gift in the middle too.  I'm going to give them to one of the grandkids.  And yes, I'll have to make another set for the other grandkids too.



This the the little ornament and that's a snap bracelet I'm going to tuck inside it.




Monday, November 24, 2014

WINNER, WINNER, WINNER

I have 3 winners to announce!

First I have the FREEBIE FRIDAY winner to announce.  One lucky winner will win this book.


Random number generator picked

I am inspired by looking at quilting books and magazines, reading quilting blogs, and attending quilt shop hops and quilt festivals. I guess that means I need to see the work of others to get my creative juices flowing
Second I have the QUILTMAKER'S 100 BLOCKS VOLUME 10 winner to announce.  One lucky winner will receive a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 10 magazine sent to them by Quiltmaker.

Random number generator picked

This is a perfect block for Quilts of Valor. Great work!
And last, but now least, I have the TWAS THE NIGHT blog hop winner to announce.  One lucky winner will win this Santa Belly hand towel.

Random number generator picked #33

#33  Kwilt KrazyNovember 21, 2014 at 9:58 AM
Ha ha nice blog! I love, love the santa towels and placemats. You received some sweet gifts too!


Wow, that's a lot of winners in one blog post.  Thank you EVERYONE for visiting and leaving me a sweet comment.  You have no idea how much a comment means to me.  And congratulations to the 3 winners.  Be watching for an email from me!