Sunday, July 31, 2011

Progress happening

Well the weather out side has been hot.  I have flower bed that need tending but it is just to warm out there for me.  We had fresh beets from the garden that were very good.

I was able to put a smaller quilt in my hoop downstairs after deciding how to quilt it.  The top has been hanging around for a while and it is time to get it out and get it done. 

I also debated what to do about the flower garden quilt I pictured earlier and decided to just keep at it and not take out any quilting I don’t have to. I was able to get another section done and had some scrap pieces that I trim off to add to another area that had been trim off so that I did not have to trim the top too.

As I said this was one of mother’s last quilts that she quilted and I am just trying to get it done.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Problems finishing off this quilt

  This is one of the last quilts my mother made. She had Alzheimer's and it shows on this quilt that she was losing a lot. The quilt was quilted and she was starting to finish the edges and on a couple places she cut the back to deep and the quilting on this last edge area was pulled to tight and has gathered the top and back and making it almost impossible to finish off I guess I am going to have to cut some of the quilting and redo it. I was trying to avoid doing this and just finish off the quilt as it is since it is one of her last works and I appreciate it for that alone.
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As you can see the gathered area is making it pretty impossible to finish off this top.
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I am just going to have to pull some threads and then quilt it back down if I want to finish off this top.
Such is how it goes if I want to reduce the pile it must be done.

Last night we had 4 inches of rain and then this morning another down pour but the river seems to be going down and since up river did not get as much rain as we did it helped us out. Not so sure that down river from us is so lucky. Plus they are predicting even more rain in the next day or two. We go from to dry to more water then needed that is for sure.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Color quilt blocks

Ok to explain the color blocks and how it works.  
We iron freezer paper to some high thread count fabric and then with pigma pens traced pages out of coloring books. These traced pages are then lined up and wait for children to attend the school house on a specific day where we provide Crayola crayons to color the drawn fabric pictures. We ask the children to put there name and age on the block they color.
Then we take paper towels and place over the picture and iron so that the wax comes out and the color stays in the fabric. These are hung up and displayed the week of fair and then taken down and put into wall hangings that are silent auctioned at the next years fair.
It is a nice little fund raiser it does not bring in lots and lots of money but some and give the children a free activity at the county fair.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Fayette County Quilters and Piecemakers a project.

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This week is Fayette County Fair and for the last few years my smaller guild has drawn on high thread count white fabric pictures that children attending the fair and visiting the  country school house that is on the fair grounds on a specific day. I think last year that was Thursday. this year it is Tuesday.

Then the colored block are sorted out and guild members make wall hangings that are silent auction the next year. The money is donated to the Fayette County Historical Society to be used as they feel the need.

So this is the group of blocks that I received to put together.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Block 14 Butterfly at the Crossroads

Well I did not work much on quilting projects this weekend and Monday well it just seem to move along. Not sure where it went had small quilters group in the afternoon and work in the morning and by evening some of the series of TV shows we enjoy watching were on.
SiFi channel has two shows that start in the summer and run thru to fall Eureka and Warehouse 13 and the new series started last night. So that pretty much took up the day.
Now it is Tue and I worked in the AM and then finalzed some food coop book work and then I got to work on another Farmer’s Wife quilt block  Number 14 Butterfly at the Crossroad this one seems a little small after I got done putting it together but for now I am not going to worry about it. DSCF2454
Now it is getting close to dark and a lot nicer out side so I am going to go out and plant a 6 pack of Wave Pink Petunia’s we picked up on sale over the weekend. It should not take to long to do but I best get them in the ground. So they have a little time to become a beautiful clump of color in my flower bed.
We were to get some rain today but that did not seem to happen and it would have been good if we could of gotten a little wet out things are starting to get dry out.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

I am making Banana Bread

Ultimate Banana Bread

Makes one 9-inch loaf
American Test Kitchen recipe

Be sure to use very ripe, heavily speckled (or even black) bananas in this recipe. This recipe can be made using 5 thawed frozen bananas; since they release a lot of liquid naturally, they can bypass the microwaving in step 2 and go directly into the fine-mesh strainer. Do not use a thawed frozen banana in step 4; it will be too soft to slice. Instead, simply sprinkle the top of the loaf with sugar. The test kitchen’s preferred loaf pan measures 8½ by 4½ inches; if you use a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan, start checking for doneness five minutes earlier than advised in the recipe. The texture is best when the loaf is eaten fresh, but it can be stored (cool completely first), covered tightly with plastic wrap, for up to 3 days.




Ingredients

1 3/4 cups (8 3/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
 6 large very ripe bananas (about 2 1/4 pounds), peeled save one banana to slice on top of bread
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter , melted and cooled slightly
2 large eggs
3/4 cup (5 1/4 ounces) packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts , toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)2 teaspoons granulated sugar Instructions

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8½ by 4½-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in large bowl.

2. Place 5 bananas in microwave-safe bowl; cover with plastic wrap and cut several steam vents in plastic with paring knife. Microwave on high power until bananas are soft and have released liquid, about 5 minutes. Transfer bananas to fine-mesh strainer placed over medium bowl and allow to drain, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes (you should have ½ to ¾ cup liquid).

3. Transfer liquid to medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until reduced to ¼ cup, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat, stir reduced liquid into bananas, and mash with potato masher until fairly smooth. Whisk in butter, eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla.

4. Pour banana mixture into flour mixture and stir until just combined with some streaks of flour remaining. Gently fold in walnuts, if using. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Slice remaining banana diagonally into ¼-inch-thick slices. Shingle banana slices on top of either side of loaf, leaving 1½-inch-wide space down center to ensure even rise. Sprinkle granulated sugar evenly over loaf.

5. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean, 55 to 75 minutes. Cool bread in pan on wire rack 15 minutes, then remove loaf from pan and continue to cool on wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Technique
Do the Ripe ThingDon’t even think of making banana bread with anything less than very ripe, heavily speckled fruit—unless you’re fine with a bland loaf. As bananas ripen, their starch converts to sugar at an exponential rate. In lab tests, we found heavily speckled bananas had nearly three times the amount of fructose (the sweetest of the sugars in fruit) than less spotty bananas. (The exact percentage will vary from fruit to fruit.) But the impact of ripeness only goes so far: We found little difference in sweetness between loaves baked with completely black bananas and those made with heavily speckled ones.

Who Knew? Bananas Have Juice

Typical banana bread contains just three pieces of fruit. Here’s how we upped the number to five without turning the loaf into pudding.



1. EXTRACT JUICE


Microwaving ripe bananas for 5 minutes causes them to release “juice.”

2.  STRAIN IT OUT

After straining the bananas, you should have 1/2 to 3/4 cup of liquid to work with.

I did not do this Shingle Your Loaf

Layering thin banana slices on either side of the loaf adds even more banana flavor to our bread (and brings the total number of bananas in the recipe to six). To ensure an even rise, leave a 1½-inch-wide space down the center.


I will try an add a picture later

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Number 32 Farmer’s Daughter Block

Well I have moved forward another block. # 32  I am not doing these blocks in order one of the two coordinators of our guild group that is working on these blocks sat down and figured out what blocks were similar and so the blocks I am working on now are in the 5 x 5 format. The square’s in the block measure a rather odd size and so these I am definitely doing these by drawing  on freezer paper  to make templates and cutting out the fabric using them as my guide. so far that seems to be working but I have only done one block so far in this grouping.DSCF2453

Life is quiet around here in the afternoon and evening now that Fred is working. He has a second shift job so he leaves around 2:45 in the afternoon and gets home at around 3:00 or so in the morning.

Annie (the dog) and I have to get a new routine going it seems like my biggest problem is getting to bed at a decent time. It seems like 10:00 gets here fast and I should be heading off to bed and I find one more thing to do and so it is like 10:30 before I make it to bed and so morning comes early some days when I have to be up and going so I am to work between 5:00 and 5:30. Since I am the first person in and as long as everything gets done when I get there my starting time has some flex to it.

I just finished reading a Sandra Brown book called  39777146

It took me a bit to get into the book but then I did not want to put it down. I guess we all find books like that at times.

Thanks for checking in with my blog more another day.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Farmer’s Wife quilt moving forward - Oversized Donut

I have not picked this project up in a while and am way behind the list that the guild has set for each month on blocks. I started out well then life and other things got in the way. So I dug out the box and finished two of the blocks I had been working on.
Bouquet #8
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Silver Lane #79
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Now to cut out another couple blocks and get busy on them.

The last couple days have been really warm we hit 100 I think on Friday and Thursday was not a lot better. Thank goodness for central air. Not a lot of plans for this holiday weekend. I had to work this morning and I made a lot of sweets sure hope they sell well over the next day or two. Plus putting a bunch of things out that I keep on hand like muffin's and mini cup cakes and some Dolly Madison mini donuts.

Earlier this week I made a Monster donut I found a pan at JoAnne's I just had to get Oversized Cake Donut
The're two pans in the box and you mix up a cake mix and fill the pans and then bake.

My first attempt at making and oversize donut did not come out very well I am thinking I should of baked it longer the cake was firm to the touch but it did not brown on the bottom. I did not have a cake mix and found a recipe for a Almond cake in a cook book and tried that thinking the flavor would be really good. Well the cake it self tasted good and I used it as a short cake for some strawberries. The problem with it was that it did not brown on the bottom and so when I flipped it out the cake was very blond. and did not look like a brown pretty donut.

So I took the pans to work with me on Wed and made a second attempt at making an over sized cake donut using a yellow cake mix and adding cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves to the batter put it in the pan and baked for 40 min (the first one I only baked about 30 min) and it came out just the way you would want it to look.
 After the two layers were  baked I trim the cake so they were flat and set them together to make a full size donut. Drizzled with frosting and used sprinkles and boxed it up.  Then put it out for sale. I don't know if it was the price I put on it or it just did not strike anyone's fancy. 

I took this picture with my cell phone camera and the box was a little bit steamed up so will have to try this again some time and see if I can get a better picture.

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