Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Finished quilt

This has been around for a loooong time. I last worked on it in 2015! I still had a lot of strips left (I got rid of the extra squares long ago) and decided to let those go as well. I just did a plain muslin back for the quilt top and zigzag stitched the edges. I will NOT be quilting with this again - the fabric is so thin it stretches and wiggles all over the place, sheds threads, and generally drives me crazy!

Recycled skirt for Sara the Librarian

Sara had a dress that she wanted to be a skirt and I agreed to try. The first snag I ran into was that while the skirt was cotton, the top was stretchier. I chopped off a sleeve and tested it - seemed to sew ok.

Then I cut off the bodice

I tacked the top to keep it from fraying then folded it over and sewed it along the seam

A little tricky, but I think it worked 

There's a space left to put in an elastic waistband and/or drawstring as desired.

Skirts are finished!

My skirts were done except for pockets and final edging. This main part of this skirt is made out of an odd fabric I've had for years - it's almost stiff and it broke my sewing machine needle! I added a pocket with zigzag stitching.

I was thinking of doing a quilted pocket for this skirt and even got a fair way into it before actually laying it against the skirt and realizing it didn't look right at all. I'll save it for a mini quilt. I made the skirt pocket out of the same patterned white on the yoke and added lace (hand stitched the rough edges at the back)

Just simple red pockets worked nicely for both of these, and I finished hemming them since the edges were just tacked down.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Skirts part 2

They still need to be pinned and hemmed, but they won't look any different (except the green and silver one at the end - that's going to have a lace edging). The only other thing to do is the pockets, which I'll get to later.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


I cut this one down - I didn't do a very good job, but Sara pinned the hem so it's mostly straight.

This came out better, I cut it shorter before I started

It's hard to see the pocket, but it's a butterfly

Gingerbread people

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Popovers with berries

Make popover batter (I use the Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook)
Drop in berries

Friday, January 13, 2017

Bake sale part 3 I hate everything

I got home at nearly 7, thanks to having to stop and argue with evil phone companies. Then I had another hour or two on the phone. I am still mad. Then I finally tackled the rest of the baking.

Melted chocolate for the caramel peanut clusters. Yes, it's messy.

Leftover chocolate and peanuts (I broke it up into chunks)

Batches of butterscotch cookies

Chocolate caramel peanut candy hardening

The finished produce - one tub of chocolate peanut caramel candy, one box of....a TON of cookies and chocolate peanut chunks.

I didn't finish until nearly 1am. I hate everything. I am done.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bake Sale part 2

Night 2 of baking. Grim determination is writ upon my face.
Caramel peanut clusters cooling 

Melting the last of the caramel - all the clusters are done and cooling. I will dip them in chocolate tomorrow. The book sale starts on Thursday, so I'll bring them in Friday.

Baking the M&M cookies I made the dough for last night.

Two batches of chocolate chip dough.

M&M cookies finished. I labeled them "gooshy M&M cookies" and packed them up for the sale tomorrow.

I batch of butterscotch cookie dough.

Sweet cornbread muffins

Damnit the bottom stuck. Guess I'm eating this cornbread. *mutter*

So, current total for bake sale - 1 box of gooshy M&M cookies, six large sweet cornbread muffins. To do Thursday evening. Melt chocolate and coat caramel, bake the rest of the cookies. To do Friday morning - hopefully everything will be cool and I'll pack them up. Phew!

My feet hurt.