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Monday, January 31, 2011

Hiding 9-patch

I've been seeing the disappearing 9-patch quilts for a while but wasn't really loving the jumbled mixture of prints that came out of the arrangement. Then I found an awesome picture of one made on point on the blog Quilty Things  I feel in love with the on-point design lay out and had to try something like it! I used my own measurements that would allow me to use most of the 11 FQ I had allotted from Micheal Miller's Modern Meadow line in Lake and Sunny colors. I love the mix of Blue, teal, mustard yellows, light browns and green. I finished the top (50" x 56") on Friday... and started working on the back this weekend...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Vegan Pumpkin - Apple Streusel topped Muffins

My one roomate is Vegan, so I've been branching out my love of baked goods to include many more Vegan recipes. I altered my original recipe for these Pumpkin muffins with chunks of apples in them and a streusel topping so they can be eaten by all of us in the house. I don't see them lasting long, they are super yummy!

MUFFIN Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or from a 15 oz can)  
2 TBS Flaxseed meal (ground)
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 Granny Smith Apples (chopped into small chunks) 

*Optional: You can use 1 TBS of Pumpkin Spice if you have it in place of all the individual spices

4 TBS Flour
6 TBS Sugar (white or Brown)
1 TBS Veg Oil (start with 3 tsp, add more if needed)
Preheat Oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin pan with spray on veggie oil.
Add flour, sugar, spices, salt and Baking Powder, and ground flax seed meal in a large bowl. Mix them together. In another medium size bowl add the canned pumkin, oil, and water; mix together. Then add the wet ingredients from the medium size bowl to the Large dry ingredients bowl. Mix well. Add the apple chunks, mix lightly, just enough to get them mixed in. Pour mix into greased muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full. Make the streusel topping mixture and generously sprinkle on top each. Place in pre-heated oven and bake 25-30 mins. Sticking a toothpick may work, but the apple chunks break down so it is one of those eyeball it type baking dishes. Take out of oven and let rest for 15 mins. Then eat away! Mine turned out super moist and heavy (due to apple chunks). Scrumptious!! Bon appetite ;)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Modern Medley Color Quilt - Anna M Horner fabrics

I also finished machine quilting this bright and cherry modern baby quilt (38" x 46"). I decided to use simple diagonal lines in one direction spaced 2' apart to finish this little baby up. It was fast machine stitching it with a my Brother's guided walking foot. I hardly ever take pics while I'm in the process of sewing things together. I used blue painter tape to get the first line from edge to edge straight and then let the walking foot guide do it's thing from that point onward.

I used left over fabric from the front along Kona solid white in Snow to piece the back. I guess the back is artsy enough to make this a reversible quilt? I think it does anyways. I'm just glad to have another finish!

**Both baby quilts were listed in my etsy store. (Yes this is a self-promoting add-on at the end of my blog post. Please ignore my shop link if you already have enough quilts laying around your house, or just aren't interested or got hit up by one too many telemarketers recently. LOL... As I have.)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hand stitched Sunbonnet Sue

I guess you could say I was being over taken by UFO quilts around my sewing area. So I took the Sunbonnet Sue (baby quilt) downstairs and hand stitched in the ditch around the blocks and the hand appliqued Sues'. It took a few hours each night over 3 nights to finish it. I machine stitched the beige binding to the front and used a blind hem / quilting stitch to attach it to the back. The backing is a super soft double nap flannel in a peach color called Melon. I love this little quilt! After washing it shrunk down from 40 x 36 to 37" x 32". I used 100% cotton warm and Natural batting... I usually loose 3" - 4" when I use 100% cotton batting from the quilt size. So this really is a "crib" size baby quilt ;)