Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Scripture bags

I had a couple of extra nine-patches from my spring quilt and so I made some bags. I have been wanting a new scripture bag for a while(the ones I have have a bunch of raw edges showing and they are worn out!!). I found a super easy tutorial of how to make your bags have no raw edges showing. You can find it here . I did adapt it, I basically just used the directions of how to get rid of the raw edges! I didn't measure the handles but after folding, ironing and sewing them you can't tell. One has really wide handles and one has super thin super long handles with a flower on it. The flower tutorial you can find here . I only used one color, I didn't measure and it and it still turned out okay.

Spring quilt

I have no idea what to "name" this one so it is the spring quilt!!! This one was really easy and fast(and fun!!!) I used two yards of white fabric and 2 charm packs. I love the quilting on this one and it took maybe 30 minutes. This was the first time I've quilted something bigger then a hot pad with cotton batting(if you were wondering, yes, it is polyester batting in Juice boxes). I really liked it. The back is a $5 flatsheet from Wal-Mart it is also the binding. The fabric is hulaboo by moda. I think it is more of what you'd see in a baby quilt but, I still love it!! Double click on the pictures to see the fabric better. And just to let you know(like you care) I really do not like doing bindings, they take forever and are just long and boring.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Making Maple Syrup

One of the advantages to living in Pennsylvania is being able to make your own maple syrup!!

Step 1: tap your maple trees and put a bucket there to catch the sap

Step 2: Save up all of the sap(we had about 2 gallons from 3 trees in two weeks)

Step 3: Boil it down for a couple of hours(it has to be BOILING, we tried the crock-pot, it didn't work) and don't boil it too long like we did

Step 4: Enjoy. Our 2 gallons of sap made about 1/2 a cup of syrup!!! It evaporates a LOT!!!!

We mixed in a cup of store bought maple syrup and wal-la. Homemade maple syrup... we ate some of ours warm out of a spoon with homeade potato chips. the rest we would have eaten on pancakes the next morning but we were leaving and didn't get a chance...

Juice boxes(kind of)

I finished it! In one of the pictures you can see a flower, I did flowers in every other block in like a checkered pattern.
I think I am thoroughly addicted to quilting, I already have another top 1/2 way finnished, oh boy!

My first real quilt

Pictures finally!!

I still have a long way to go as far as the actual quilting but, it's a start...

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Swedish Pancakes

These our my family's most favorite pancake! They are awesome and so easy and fast.

Basic Recipe:

1 C Flour
1 C Milk
1 egg

Mix and fry

My family of 6 will usually eat 4-5 batches of this, I usually melt a few tbs. of butter and pour off into batter with  some sugar/honey just before frying to make it supreme! This also greases the pan.