Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Something Sweet

It's been years since I've made Bread Pudding but I recently came across this recipe and thought it sounded too good not to try; the Bourbon Sauce was the clincher.

It's based on a recipe from the famed Bon Ton CafĂ© in New Orleans and goes together really quickly - you just have to remember to begin macerating the raisins the day before.

To say that the sauce is loaded with bourbon is an understatement - and apparently the Bon Ton sauce has even more bourbon in it, which I cannot imagine... It is delicious but another time I would start with half the amount and see if it needed any more; I didn't see the 'to taste' notation until it was all in the pot. I think I'd also cut back on some of the sugar.

I'm not a bourbon aficionado so the final criteria for selecting one to use was the look of the bottle. How's that for sophistication?!

Not sure if the rows of quilting will be straight after a snack of this, but we'll give it a try....M

Monday, April 21, 2014

In The Pink

I'd forgotten that there was a pink fabric included in this collection - I had set it aside thinking that it might be the backing - but since it would only be large enough for a baby quilt I've decided to incorporate it into the front instead and I'm really glad that I did - it's a nice addition.

My handy dandy green painter's tape is being used to give me a sewing guide to help me stay true to those diagonal sewing lines that I score with the Hera marker.

Cutting off and throwing away all of those corner triangles that result from the trimming just isn't in my DNA so I've added a few steps to the tutorial. It's a little hard to see, but I sew second line of stitching a scant half inch inside the first two rows of stitching and then I cut down the middle of the rows. When a block is finished I end up with 4 lovely HSTs, 2 that are about 1 3/4" and 2 more slightly smaller, so there is absolutely no waste, which I love.

HSTs hold so much potential but I'm thinking that these could be the beginning of some lovely little baskets.

Maybe  lots of different basket designs all in the same quilt. At any rate I've got the makings of at least two quilts when I thought  was only making one....M

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ready For Delivery

Jean's Broken Dishes baby quilt is all done and ready to be sent off to the expectant parents. It's bright and cheery and will be great for a little boy.

I had ordered some Wonder Clips back in January and so this was my first time trying them out.

Once I figured out that I had them on backwards (red side should be to the back) things improved considerably!

I think I need to get this one bundled up and sent off sooner rather than later because The Official Cookie Tester has really taken a shine to it and is dropping very strong hints that it would go well in our bedroom. He's not wrong.

It's amazing how different the blues come through in the daylight as compared to lamp light...M

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hugs 'n Kisses

Getting the guest bedroom ready for next weekend's Easter company gets all the credit for my latest project. I was cleaning off the bed and had to put away a collection of fat quarters that I had washed and ironed when I started the blue baby quilt, and this is where they had landed.

A couple of years ago I ordered a collection, which is unusual for me because I don't like things that matchy-matchy, but I really liked the graphic look of them. Every now and then I'd give them a sideways glance, but I was really trying to get a few projects put to bed, so to speak, before I dug into these.

The pattern is called Hugs 'n Kisses and I found it, and a tutorial on Pinterest. Looks like I might be a little behind the times because the tutorial was posted about 3 years ago. So me. Anyway, once I had the fabrics in my hand I thought, 'Where's the trouble in just trying a block or two?'

That led to this...

And then this...

And then this.

You get the idea.

The blocks are 5" square and the tutorial is very and easy to follow - the only thing I'm doing differently is scoring the sewing lines with my Hera marker rather than a pen or pencil to avoid any marks working their way through to the right side of the fabrics over time.

I'm not going to use the striped fabric that came with the collection and I've switched up the yellow for a yellow gingham and then added a few more of my own. So many of my fabrics are a completely different genre so I'm just going to sew and let the fabric decide for me how the quilt will be. So much for resolve....M