Friday, September 30, 2011

Baby Boy Bento Box Quilt | Finished

I wanted to share the completed Bento Box quilt that I gave to my very good friends Jon and Daniel. They are new foster parents to a cute three year old boy! Many, many good wishes to them...
I really love the bright colors of this Urban Circus fabric by Laurie Wisbrun. Be sure to check out her blog and website - her designs are so much FUN!

The quilt back is light blue flannel and the binding is flannel. I can't remember who the green polka dot binding is by...

I am not very happy with the quilting - I did this one at home and it's what I call "mis mash boy quilting"

After I washed it - it wasn't so bad...


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

241 Tote |

When I saw Jill's version of the 241 tote on Flickr I wanted to drop everything and start making It. She is really inspiring with her selection of patterns and colors. It also gave me the much needed push to cut into my Ruby Star Rising Spring fabric... fussy cutting the bees out for a very good reason. The 241 Tote pattern is by Noodlehead and you can purchase the pattern on her blog.

I was a little intimated by the zippers and you can choose not to put them in. I thought this was a good as time as any to start! It wasn't that bad and I definitely need practice on finishing and properly using the zipper foot - but for the first time, it didn't go too bad. The zippers open!

For the lining and strap, I used Essex Linen [55 linen/45 cotton] Natural by Robert Kaufmann. I buy this stuff by the bolt because I use it so much. If you can swing the upfront cost it's the best way to buy it - 40% off the yard price through Fabric Depot. I also like PFD Bleach White

Back to the bees - when I first saw this line debut I immediately thought of friend who has bee hives. She actually has a small hobby farm - bees are just a part of it. So in exchange for fresh eggs and honey I thought this was the least I could do for her!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Peach & Blueberry Galette | Before

I didn't think that I had any photos of the Peach & Blueberry Galette before diving in - I wouldn't make a very good food blogger because of this. I get so excited about eating that I forget to take photos before I totally mess it up.

As you can see this one leaked - but I was okay with that. It still tasted wonderful!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Peach & Blueberry Galette | YUM

I really can't believe that it's the last week of September - I am sitting here and it's dark, rainy and windy. Is summer really over? You just arrived - can't you just stay for a bit?

Since I am behind in several posts I am going to reminisce about warmer days - days were you can make Peach & Blueberry Gallette. But I like this so much I will be making it all year around.

I am loving Galettes - even more than pie, if that can be possible. What is a Galette - I think of it as a free form tart, rustically beautiful, and not to sweet. When I was researching recipes I came across two blogs that had recipes that I liked but modified just a little.

For the crust I loved Censational Girl's post about using Paula Deen's perfect pie crust recipe and her detailed photos of making it. Definitely follow this if it's your first time making pie crust - no food processor necessary. I think over processing it has been my problem all along. And yes, make sure everything is COLD.

Then I used the tip from the Pioneer Woman on how to roll out perfect pie dough.... Katie bar the door! Rolling it between two pieces of parchment paper??!!! Where have I been?

Censational Girl also has a Peach Galette recipe that sounded good [I used her idea to use sliced almonds on the bottom] but I found this Peach & Blueberry Galette recipe by Food Blogga.

This is my modified take on the recipes:

Follow Paula Deen's recipe and use Censational Girl's great step by step - trust me it will work flawlessly. If you haven't tried the parchment paper rolling technique give it a try - it was life changing for me! You will have enough for two Galettes.

I followed the Food Blogga recipe - omitting the ginger and adding the almonds on the rolled out dough before pouring in the filling.

350 degrees for almost an hour - you want it golden. It does taste best when warm with vanilla ice cream. I did eat some the next day, cold, and it was OK.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Baby Boy | Bento Box quilt

Some time was spent inside and outside the long holiday weekend - I was able to catch up on some projects and almost finish [binding needs to be sewn on] this baby boy quilt.

[yes, I made Kirk climb the jungle gym]

I followed a variety of patterns - but this type of quilt can be easily made once you decide on colors. One recommendation is not to use directional prints - Urban Circus is almost all directional but it didn't bother me too much.

This quilt is going to very good friend who has a boy coming very soon!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Do Good. Stitches | September Star block

Using this long weekend to spend some time outside and inside - I have a tone of UFOs that are beckoning...

This month for Do Good. Stitches we were asked to do a star block by Cluck Cluck Sew - this is a fun block and love the colors.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

August 2011

I really can't believe that it's September - the school bus is once again coming through the neighborhood and the leaves are starting to change color. I am keeping my fingers crossed for a great Indian summer!

August was jam packed...
Clark County Fair
Camas Quilt and Fiber Festival
Downtown Vancouver performing arts festival
Piecing together a deer
Baking peach/blueberry galette [details to follow]
Cocktails at Departure
Two business trip on a corporate jet
Little bit of fabric stashing
Kids Day at work [wait until you hear that story]
Furbabies always waiting for something...