March HQAL Update

My Hand Quilt-A-Long project is The Grandmother’s Flower Garden. The plan was to make it into a quilt for my bed, but that was vetoed by the hubby as he really likes the knit one I made ages ago. Now the plan is for this quilt to be a table cloth. I’m actually quite happy with this as it will be seen much more often! This is where I was at the last update:

2/14/2021-Grandmother’s Flower Garden update.

This is where I am now:

3/7/2021 – Update

Three rows almost complete.

I just have this little bit of green to add and then I’m ready for the next row.

This is the way it will sit on the table. I think I only have two or three more rows to go before the piecing is finished. I’ll be picking the next flowers in a day or two.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnie, and Sherrie

I’m also linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

YouTube Channels

Prior to lock down for COVID, I only watched YouTube for the occasional help with embroidery stitches or knitting or something like that. I never really “followed” channels nor did I watch regularly. Now, I am addicted to several channels and watch while I stitch. One of those channels is Webspoon World. There are no words, just videos of baking. I found one video that I really enjoyed, “5 Nifty Tricks With Bread Dough That You’ve Definitely Never Had Before“. I kept coming back to this one and decided I wanted to try some of these. The first one I have dubbed Cinnamon Knots. I had to find a generic bread dough recipe. I have several that we like, but they have a distinct flavor. I wound up using this one.

The dough.

I made the dough and set it on the counter to rise until I was ready to use it. The recipe has it rest for about an hour, but mine sat there for almost 4 hours and almost oozed over the top of the bowl!!

Butter, Brown Sugar. and Cinnamon

Since the video does not provide the recipe for the filling, I just winged it and made up something with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and made a kind of paste.

Dough Ovals

The first thing is to roll out three ovals of dough.

Cinnamon paste

After rolling out the dough, a thin layer of the cinnamon paste is spooned on. Then another dough oval and another bit of paste and finally the last dough layer is put on top.

Braided

Then each oval pile is cut into three strips, leaving a little bit at the top uncut, and braided. Each braid is rolled up into a ball and placed on a cookie sheet, then brushed with an egg wash and sprinkled with a dusting of sugar. They were baked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Fresh out of the oven.

YUMMY!! I will definitely make these again!! I think next time, though, instead of two layers of the paste, I will do one layer of paste and one layer of melted chocolate.

PFA February Challenge Update

So… it takes me a really long time to think about creative things and come up with ideas – even choosing colors. Last week I made the cheesecloth skins and this week I worked on adding paint and stamping the skins.

Acrylic paint.
Acrylic paint.
Acrylic paint and glitter paint (you can’t really see the glitter).
Stamped with both black and purple ink.

I just used regular acrylic paint that I had lying around. Some of the paint I thinned with water to make it lighter and thinner. I love this tree stamp and thought this would be the perfect use for it. Now I have to decide how I will use these fabrics to make a fabric postcard. That’s going to take awhile!!

SAL Update

I’ve been distracted from my SAL project lately and haven’t worked on it very much. This is where I was last time:

2/6/2021 SAL Update

And this is where I am now:

2/28/2021 – SAL Update.

Those little bees were added. They are so cute! Also added was that line of white stitching.

Bees and Beehive.
Closeup of bee.

I really do love this sampler, but the next section is a pulled thread section that I am really nervous about. I think that’s why I am dragging my feet. Someone suggested that I use a scrap piece to practice the pulled thread so that’s what I plan on doing.

Please take a look at the others participating in this SAL:

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

Sally’s Baking Challenge

Sally’s Baking Addiction has a monthly challenge. This month the challenge was to make a chocolate souffle. I had never made this before but had heard how hard they are to make. After reading the entire recipe several times, I decided that I would try it. I chose to use the “make ahead” instructions because it appeared that you have to serve these right out of the oven or they deflate.

Success!!

The recipe made seven which is exactly the number we needed!! It was super easy to follow and worked out great. The tip to serve immediately was a good one as mere minutes after serving, these started deflating. We just ate them like this with powdered sugar – I’m thinking that next time I will also serve raspberries with them.

Peppermint Purple SAL – week 5

I seem to be keeping up with a square a week on each of the the Peppermint Purple SALs, just not the current week!

2021 – week 5
2020 – week 5

This is where I will deviate from the order of blocks worked for the 2020 SAL. The next block planned is the one directly below this one because I can carry the black outlining thread. This eliminates the need to stop and start this thread which makes it quicker and easier.

Postcard Fabric Art (PFA)-February

I had so much fun with the January PFA challenge, I have decided to join in for the February challenge. This time we are making “Cheesecloth Skins“. For this challenge, I did go out and buy the Liquitex Acryic Matte Medium.

Because this is a rather messy project, I brought out the art trays I used for my kids when they were young and also for kids’ art classes. I followed the instructions and taped down freezer paper with the shiny side up.

Then the Matte Medium is poured onto the freezer paper.

I used a sponge brush to cover the freezer paper with the Liquitex and placed the cheesecloth on top.

After the cheesecloth is smoothed out, more Liquitex is brushed on top until the entire piece of cheesecloth is saturated.

This is the same process except that words are added to the freezer paper with a sharpie pen before any of the Liquitex is added. The words are supposed to be transferred onto the cloth once the Liquitex is dry. Hopefully this works because I have an idea in mind for a different challenge being put on by the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design.

The next step in this process, after the Liquitex dries, is to paint the cheesecloth. Once it’s dry, it’s ready to be used. I can’t wait to see if all of this works and to try painting the cloth. This has sparked so many ideas in my mind!!

Pulled Thread

The embroidery guild I belong to will be starting a pulled thread sampler offered by Kathrin called the 16 square pulled thread sampler. The program will start this Tuesday so I thought I would get a head start. I printed the pattern for the sampler and the border and got started. And promptly ran into trouble.

1st attempt – 1 over 1

This is using Laguna 25ct linen. At first glance, on the pattern for the border, it appeared that everything was over one thread. I love the way the pattern looked, but was not so keen on how this was turning out. After getting to this point, I realized something was wrong. There are not enough threads in the middle of the square to complete the pulled thread portion of the pattern. I started doing some counting on the pattern and for the pulled thread patterns you need 36 threads, I have 23 threads. UGH! At this point I went terribly wrong. I assumed the pattern was incorrect and decided to draw out a new pattern with border changes to accommodate the 36 threads in the center square.

2nd attempt after drawing out a new pattern.

In this attempt, I now have 37 stitches in the middle and the border is not balanced with the pulled thread portion. Then I went to my EGA meeting (on zoom) and asked all my questions. Those women are amazing!! They are so supportive and really helped me to figure out what was going on without making me feel like an idiot.

Success!!

I now know where I went wrong. The pattern for the satin stitch and the pulled thread are indeed over one thread. Everything else is over two threads. If I had been paying close attention to the pattern I would have seen this. Oh, well. This was a good learning experience. The downside is that I don’t have enough fabric to actually make the sampler now so I have ordered new fabric and am waiting for it to arrive. It won’t be here by Tuesday, but that’s ok. An upside is that I now have this doodle cloth and will practice the pulled thread patterns on it until I get them right! Sometimes I feel as if I learn way more from my mistakes!

Today I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Mung Dal (Green Gram Split)

I’ve been trying new (to our family) grains. I saw these at Costco…

Mung Dal

and decided to give them a try. I let my fingers do the walking on Google and discovered this recipe. The grain has to be soaked for five hours before cooking. Then mixed with a lot of spices, some spinach and lime juice. My mixture wouldn’t hold together so I added some whisked eggs.

Mung Dal Vadi patties cooking up.
Mung Dal Vadi Patties

They smelled divine! They have a really good flavor and everyone here in the house, except the 16yo boy, really liked them. They were a little dry so next time I may try adding some plain yogurt to the mixture before cooking up.

Spaghetti Sauce

We ate them dipped in spaghetti sauce with some of our favorite sides.

Homemade Southern Fried Corn
Air Fryer Asparagus.
Watermelon

A yummy meal that did not take all that long to cook up. I think I spent maybe an hour (after soaking the Mung Dal) – not too shabby!!