25 August 2012

Tutti Frutti Ice Cream

This particular Farmer's Wife block taunted me all summer long. Every time I looked at it, I thought of my favorite pink ice cream full of bananas, pineapple, and maraschino cherries. But alas, we had not brought the ice cream maker with us out west for the summer, so I was left with a craving instead.
Finally! We are home and unpacked, so I made a batch! Here's what you need to make Grandma's sacred recipe:
  • 3 C. sugar 
  •  1/4 C. lemon juice 
  •  2 or 3 bananas, mashed 
  •  10 oz. jar maraschino cherries, roughly chopped 
  •  2 T. of the maraschino cherry juice
  •  15 oz. crushed pineapple 
  •  1 pint cream 
  • 2 C. whole milk 
  •  Ice, rock salt, etc. 
Yeah, I know. Three cups of sugar sounds like a lot but really it's probably why it is the best ice cream in the world.
I find it easiest to combine the ingredients in a pitcher--which makes it easier to pour into my 2 qt ice cream machine later.  If you have a larger ice cream machine, you can probably just make it directly in there.
Basically, you're just going to combine all the ingredient together and stir well. Add the mixture to your ice cream maker until it's about 2/3 full (but no more than 3/4 full).  Let the ice cream maker run according to manufacturer instructions--mine only takes about 20 min! Yipee!

18 August 2012

On the Road Again

Gosh dang it, it's time to head back to Florida already! As always, there will be many things I miss in Utah. Good friends, family, beautiful mountains, DownEast Outfitters, Kneaders...
Anyway, I will be on the road all week and unavailable to mail paper patterns. For your convenience, I am bringing back my road trip discount on all PDF patterns.
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Spare Change

I have been working furiously over the last couple of days to finish this quilt and pattern before the wretched move back to FL. Isn't it sweet?! 
Pattern #113 Spare Change 
The design is a modern twist on a traditional coin quilt design.  Fabrics used are Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.
Pattern #113 Spare Change
Did I mention that I'm expecting? Yup. And these lovely aquas, greens, and grays are certainly making me reconsider my wish for another girl.
Pattern #113 Spare Change
The pattern is now available in my shop! Oh and don't forget to check out my big PDF pattern sale going on!  
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09 August 2012

Charmed by the Mini

Have you seen the mini charm packs by Moda?! Cuter than buttons, I tell you. I recently acquired one in Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille and knew it would be perfect for the baby doll quilt I have been hankering to make for Olive.
Materials Needed:
  • Mini charm pack (Forty-two 2.5" squares) 
  • One fat quarter neutral fabric 
  • One fat quarter border fabric  
  •  3/4 yard back fabric 
  •  32 x 32" batting scrap
  • One fat quarter binding fabric

01 August 2012

Why I Heart Technology

My poor little laptop is in the shop for the next couple of weeks, so I'm posting my Farmer's Wife progress via my iPhone.  (Isn't technology grand?!) Hopefully I will have the dang laptop back soon.  I have a cute little tutorial I have been dying to show you and am trying to be patient in the interim.
I do a lot of pondering as I sew.  With a project like this where so much time is spent per block, I think a lot about the quilts my ancestors made and how different (and more labor-intensive) the process must have been. It makes me very grateful for even the little things like my rotary cutter and mat. I mean, some people are choosing to sew these blocks together by hand.  It sounds like torture to me.
I think I have about 1/3 of the blocks done now.  
Don't look TOO closely at my blocks--they aren't all perfectly square, the seams aren't always perfectly lined up, and they aren't all exactly 6" blocks as they are suppose to be. And that's WITH the conveniences of modern technology.  Where would I be without them?  I'm not so sure I would have the patience for sewing.