Thursday, March 5, 2015

A day at the beach

Even in February, the beach beckons.

Dig your toes into the sand.

Watch the sunset as the sun starts it's descend into the ocean..

Peaceful Quilting!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Yardage chart

One little hint about using yardage for a charm pack pattern is how many 5" squares can you get from a yard of fabric -

1/4 yard = 8 squares
1 fat quarter = 12 squares
1/2 yard = 24 squares
3/4 yard = 40 squares
1 yard = 56 squares

I thought I would go one more step and add the yardage guide for strips. I always find this information helpful when trying to decide how much fabric to purchase.

Width = Strips Per Yard -

1.5" = 23 strips
2" = 17 strips
2.5" = 13 strips
3" = 11 strips
3.5" = 10 strips
4" = 8 strips
4.5" = 7 strips
5" = 7 strips
5.5" = 6 strips
6" = 5 strips

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Schnibbles and me

It's been a cold wet dreary day here in the Sunshine State.

(the view from my upstairs sewing room)

So to wile away the hours, I started working on a quilt using the beautiful Island Batik fabric called Blue Bayou, a new line for this spring.

I have always loved Miss Rosie's Quilts Schnibbles patterns.  And for the longest time I've wanted to make the X-Rated pattern.

Today was the perfect day to get started!

Check out Island Batik and their amazing fabrics.I can't tell you how much I love their fabric!

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sabotaged - A Review

Sabotaged is the 5th and final book in the Alaskan Courage series  by Dani Pettrey.  Having read the previous books, it was good to see the McKenna family back on the adventure trail. 

The Iditarod race is an annual dog sled race. When Kirra Jacobs uncle and cousin go missing, the adventure begins. The McKenna siblings join forces to find the missing musher and his daughter.  Kirra must slay her own giants as she seeks out who is involved.  Although this is a good Christian fiction book, it was my least favorite in the series.  The mystery was entertaining, yet I felt that there were times when the story line dragged. I did love the ending, as we glimpse into the future lives of the McKenna family.

I would love to read anything else that Dani Pettrey writes as I think she has a way of breathing life into her characters.

I was sent a copy of this book by Bethany House for my honest review.  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tangy Lemon Blueberry Loaf

This is the time of year for delicious blueberries and tangy lemons.  Somewhere, I found this recipe online, and I'm sorry that I did not note the author.  But blueberries were in my fridge and lemons were hanging on our tree.  Time to try this recipe.

Lemon Blueberry Loaf

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
2 tsp lemon rind
1 cup full fat plain yogurt OR sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

1.  Stir together first 4 dry ingredients.
2.  In a large mixing bowl, bet together eggs, vanilla, lemon rind, sour cream and oil.
3.  Add dry mixture and mix just until dry ingredients are well incorporated.  Don't over mix.
4.  Gently stir in blueberries.  (I coated mine with a little bit of flour so they would bake evenly in the loaf.
5.  Pour batter into well greased and floured loaf pan.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 50-55 minutes (test doneness with toothpick)
6.  Once baked allow to rest in pan for 10 minutes then remove to cooling rack.

Lemon syrup:
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1.  Heat together until sugar is dissolved.
2.  Poke warm Lemon Blueberry loaf with small fork and brush lemon syrup over loaf.  Allow to cool completely.

1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1.  Stir together and drizzle over cooled loaf.  Allow to set.

This is a great combination. Enjoy!