Sunday, February 20, 2011

English Piecing Hexagon

I recently purchased some beautiful linen and have been thinking about what to make with it. I thought it would look cute with some pink hexagons. There are different ways to make hexagons, my favorite is the English Piecing method.

Here are a few all stacked up! They are 1/2" each, quite small.

This pink color scheme works quite well with the linen huh?
I think I know what I want to make with these hexagons and linen...

Friday, February 18, 2011

New York-Style Crumb Cake

It has been cold and rainy here in sunny California. I don't know about you, but I crave sweet stuff when it's cold out. Plus, it doesn't hurt to have your oven heat up the cold house right? I came across a fairly simple New York-Style Crumb Cake recipe in the March 2011 Martha Stewart Living. I followed the recipe and used blueberry jam before I scattered the crumbs over the cake. FYI, the recipe called for "buttermilk," but I thought that was too "fatty," so I just used regular milk.

What do you think!?

See! I only took a tiny bite...

In case you are interested, here is the cover of the magazine.

Monday, February 14, 2011

I have to Say

Ladies like flowers... that includes me, of course :) I hope you had a great Valentine's day. For me, it's also an excuse to have delicious desserts! I kinda cheated and baked chocolate brownies with the Chirardelli prepackaged stuff, but it was good! Did you bake something special?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Baby Bib

A dear friend of mine called me this week excited to tell me that she made a baby bib for a baby shower. This reminded me that I have also made a bib before. I managed to find it and took a picture of it. OK, I still have to attach a velcro or some sort of closure thing, but you get the idea.

By the way, this is one of my favorite fabric pattern... love the apples and pears.

So here is the thing I don't understand... babies are sloppy and they always manage to make a mess. Bibs are made so that their clothes can be kept clean, so why do we spend time making them from scratch? I mean, I didn't just make it, I designed it! I sketched so many different versions before I finally got the "curve" the way I like. Then of course, my sister in law showed up one day with her newborn and a bag of "disposable bibs." But of course, who said I have make things that are useful right? As long as I enjoy making them!?!?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Hand Quilting

Ever since my friend Marisa showed me how to hand quilt, I haven't quilted using my sewing machine. Remember the 2222 Bee Knees fabric I got from this year's PIQF? I turned them into this lap quilt and I am stitching away! There is something about the outcome of hand quilt, it's just so lovely!

Can't quilt without this hoop! I am about 50% done.

Look at my stitches!!