I think this is the main reason I am so slow. This is my sewing table. Aside from the thread and scissors, there is no sewing occuring here. My trusty pfaff seems to live in my dining room. As soon as I get my shop opened, I am SO organizing this room.
I have seen gorgeous hand quilted works of art and am amazed, not only by their beauty in design, but awestruck by the patience involved. Someday, I want to make one. I also have a goal to make a quilt with a bagillion little squares like you see at department stores. So far, I have penciled in that project for when the shortest goes to kindergarten. I figure I deserve 6 months after they are both in school to hobby vacation & sleep. Ahhhh...
I thought I would walk you through the steps I did for this quilt. It is extremely easy, and if you put all the minutes together, without major disruptions, it honestly only took 2 -3 hours, tops.
First, I am making 2 toddler (crib) size quilts. The directions below are for ONE quilt. I measured our "moo-moo" bedspread (aka Cars movie, kids used to say "moo-moo" for movie, and it was the only one they would watch, I have it memorized beginning to end), and determined I needed about 54" x 43", give or take.
1. I used my rotary cutter and board to cut two 12" strips from the twin sized vintage cowboy sheet. I left the full width so I could line up the cowboy pics to my liking.
2. Then, I cut 6" strips, cheating by first folding the fabric in half, selvedge to selvedge, of the coordinating fabrics. I cut two strips each of the main colors I wanted to use and only one for my accent color.
3. I took each strip and cut them in various lengths. 12", 10", 6", 5", 4", 3". I didn't really think about it. I did plan to use some of the 6", rotated 90 degrees so I could have the pattern going left to right, instead of up and down. As long as I had some of the larger strips, I could always shorten them, if needed.
10. I took the bottom row and placed it on my dining room table. I let the fabric slightly overhang the edge. Above the row, I added the cowboy panel, lining up the cowboy pics as I wanted them.
The next step will be quilting all of the seams of each "box."
Well, that's only how far I have gotten. Its been waiting for me to quilt it since Saturday, I hope to have it (and its cohort) finished this weekend.
Whilst flitting around looking for a recipe to cook pork ribs on the barbie with maximum flavor and minimal effort (recipe under progress) I saw this little number on the sidelines of the Serious Eats site. As a girl who has issues with chocolate baked goods (as in love 'em, but can't make them not taste like I dipped a spoon in cocoa powder and licked it), I am always willing to try new recipes.
This lovely has mayo in it. Not the usual sour cream, which for some reason we never have in our fridge, I thought, hey, this might be easy. After foraging for enough cocoa powder, I had to use half Hershey's and half Penzeys Natural Cocoa Powder, I had exactly enough. This cake was super simple to make. It made two nine inch rounds (one of which I banished to the other side of the fence, for pants sake- mine not Ms. Dylan's). Absolutely the best chocolate anything I have ever made. Super easy, only takes 40 mins tops(mixing and baking) and totally passes the cake sans frosting test, as in you don't think of frosting while you eat it. Although next time, it's gonna get it.
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake via Serious Eats
(my piece for the picture got devoured, sorry)
Makes 2 nine inch rounds.
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cups + 1 tablespoon dutch-process cocoa powder (I used 1/2 Hershey's Cocoa Powder and 1/2 Penzeys Natural Process Cocoa Powder)
1/2 teaspoon salt, generous
1 1/3 cups hot water
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray cake pans with baker's spray (the kind with flour in it, I recommend Crisco or Pam).
3. Using mixer, mix eggs and sugar. Mix until it changes color and is smooth.
4. Add mayo and vanilla. Mix until combined and smooth.
5. Add the rest of the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, and salt), mix until combined and smooth (it will be thick).
6. Microwave the water until almost boiling. Pour into mixing bowl slowly and mix until super smooth and until its a thinner even consistency.
7. Pour into cake pans and bake for 20 - 30 minutes. I checked mine at 20 because I have a crazy oven, but it was done about 25 mins.
8. Let cool on a wire rack in the pan for 10 mins, then turn out and let cool completely on the rack.
BTW on the site there are comments about mayo having pepper and stuff in it,thus making the cake wierd. So please, use mayonnaise. Plain, regular, normal mayo. None of that Miracle Whip or flavored stuff, okay?
In an effort to cut down on the amount of paper ephemera (don't that just make it sound lovely, darling?), I figured I needed a bulletin board of some sort. Two vintage lovelies later, both of which became covered in the boys' artwork, I decided I needed another space so I could actually SEE my reminders. I remembered reading a magazine that put corkboard on the door of the kitchen cabinet and I figured, wouldn't it be better to put it inside the door, where it doesn't make my kitchen look and feel that much smaller. So, to the Lowes I went, where I bought a four pack of cork (with included adhesive tabs), all for under $5 bucks.Here it is, a super cheap, super easy, super decluttering DIY. Okay, I guarantee it will force you to sort your mini-paper clutters, but technically it kind of hides it. That is a good thing, especially if you are like me and need like three different reminders of the kids dentist appointment. I chose to use my drinking glass cabinet, because we open it repeatedly everyday. Lots of exposure = remember. Well, that is my theory and I am stickin' to it.
1. My cabinet door inset was about 11.25" wide x 23.25" tall. First, I put up the four adhesive tabs in the four corners of the door inset. Then, I held up a cork square and estimated the two adhesive tabs for the middle.
NOTE: be sure to keep the paper on the adhesive, or the cork will stick while you are measuring.
3. Peel back adhesive protectors and stick up cork square #1.
here. So cute.
I had extra cork squares, so I loaded up the spice cabinet, too. Perfect for writing down those spices you still need to order... (p.s. ignore the catastrophe that is my spice cabinet, sorry)
Weekend warrior that I am, I will finish this quilt. Ok, I just started, and well, I just really want to get the top done on one. I am redecorating/first decorating the boys' room. They have adorable matching beds and I want their quilts to match. I found this vintage sheet on eBay and loved it.
hee hee hee, took the funky photos with Hipstamatic with my iPhone. Lovin' it. (INSERT HUGE SMILE HERE) Woo hoo! Gives the post a new feel. I don't think I have ever LOVED an electronic device. I think its mainly because its so much faster than the D-word. And I just found this app that will let me post with pics to blogger. Might just be the best $2 I have ever spent. Better watch out D-word...