Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Maria's Apple butter Recipe

Dice 5 lbs. of peeled cored apples into small pieces.

Mix 2 cups of brown sugar, 1 t. vanilla, 2 t. ground cinnamon, 
and 1/4 t. of ground cloves.

Add mixture to the diced apples and mix well.

Cook in crock pot for one hour on high covered.
Reduce to low heat and cook for 9 to 11 hours.
Stir more frequently as the mixture thickens to prevent sticking.
Uncover and cook for another hour on low. 
If desired, stir with a wire whick until smooth.
Freeze or refrigerate.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Spare Bedroom Makeover....a work in progress

The guest room-in the middle of getting a total makeover.  Still needs drapes or window treatment and new lamps.  Walls are painted Benjamin Moore - one of the Heritage Colors-Think French's mustard:)  Quilt behind the bed is Bonnie Blues "Second Hand Clothes" pattern done in RJR Thimbleberrie Fabrics. The quilt at the end of the bed is a Thimbleberrie Lazy Crazy quilt pattern.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Spinning Wool Roving

 I started with a giant ball of roving that I had purchased at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival two years ago.  I still have a bunch left over (see below).  I'm doing this two ply. Spun on my Kromski Minstrel.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Disastrous Pattern

Saw this pattern and thought what a great idea. A quilted jacket with knitted sleeves. Combine the best of both my hobbies. Well in theory, it sounds good.  But actually following this pattern was a pain. The directions for the knitted sleeves were wrong. After doing the top of the sleeve three times, I realized that it's not me, it's the pattern.  I contacted the designer and asked her what it should be and was told she didn't do the sleeves. :( Lordy.  The pattern called for you to use a sweateshirt one size up from what you normally wear. I normally wear a Large (12 to 14 ladies) so I played it safe and went up two sizes to a mens XXL.  Well after constructing the quilted center out of lovely Moda fabrics, I could not get the fronts to meet (and trust me the girls are not that big).  So I am now trying to figure out what to do with the too small quilted body and the sleeves.  I decided to cut the sleeves off of an old denim jacket and put the knitted sleeves into it. If it's horrible, it's not a big deal, I never wore the jacket much anyway.  Here are the sleeves. Knitted with two strands of yarn together. I used one cotton yarn mixed with an acryllic blend. Lesson learned:  I could write patterns.  

I will post pictures of the completed jacket.  Besides adding the sleeves, I'm going to have to do something else to the denim part so that it looks like it should go with the sleeves.  Maybe use some of the left over fabric from the piecing of the center of the too small jacket.  Might turn that into a vest of some kind for some undeveloped 12 yr. old girl :)  Who knows?  I really loved the fabric I used for the center. It was all soft pastel florals.  Maybe I'll take a picture of that tomorrow and someone could make a few suggestions.

Grandmother's flower garden blocks

Paper pieced hexagon.  Started it about a year ago as a portable easy travel project. Have a vague idea what I want to do with them. Just trying to find the time to actually do it.