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Monday, February 27, 2017

Giraffe


I am sending this to my niece for a baby on her hubbys side of the family. The baby will be named Keira Jani.  Very pretty name. I made a few  mistakes on this one with the binding.  It was a little thick to place around the hood but it is ok.  Sometimes the binding is a little bigger on the back.  Because it is terry I am not taking it apart to fix, it will have to do.  Also I had to use embroidery duck billed scissors (which I had and had never used before, lucky huh?)  to go around the applique to get rid of the fabric surrounding the embroidery because the instructions said it stitched the outline (around the embroidery cutout) first before the actual embroidery all in one but it didn’t.  On my machine it was separate.  I should have known this but it didn’t click till I was into the dang thing.   Oh well I know for next time.  Hubby said it looks like a cow not a giraffe, lol….  I wish it were more girly but casa rah sera  …







I threw in a card for her to give to keep up the theme...





Till next time. Hugs, LJ


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Getting Ready To Quilt

This post is for people who don't quilt. I thought I would give them a little quilting lesson. This is a great hobby and you have something really special when all said and done.  Actually I think the quilt top is the easy part. This step is harder for me. I think it is the crawling around on the floor, lol... Not as easy as it once was when you are 71.

Laying out the backing, batting and quilt top.  I use a light spray adhesive for quilts to stick it all together. This will wash out. I still use some safety pins because I don't trust the spray to do the entire job. On the bigger stuff you have to move it around a lot to get it thru the machine. 

I found the same fabric I used for the sashing in a flannel for the backing, yay....  Warm and Toasty....



This will take me a while, I am going around each animal square and the border around the animal square to quilt.  It is time consuming to get all that fabric where you want it to put it thru the machine.


Oh to have a long arm quilting machine, lol.... Way too much money for me.....  if I were younger I would invest in one and go into business.  What fun that would be....

Hugs, LJ




Saturday, February 11, 2017

Quilt top done







Now to sandwich and quilt and put binding on.  no big quilting job, will just do around squares.

Hugs, LJ

Friday, February 10, 2017

Hodge Podge Post



My birthday was last week and the kids got me all this great stuff!!!
Getting very old, getting here wasn't easy, lol....


Now I have no excuse but to learn how to make soap!

Beginning to put quilt together.  Screwed up the beginning of this quilt, took it apart and doing it this way. Oh E vay,,,, a quilting mishap!!!


Made a birthday card for grand (? is that what they are called) son in law




Made this sugar free pretty good brownie mix by Pillsbury.



Most snow we have gotten this year, but hear we are in for a lot more soon... I knew it was too good to be true....


hugs, LJ







Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sashing

Started the sashing between the embroideries.  I decided to use what I have for the sashing. I really don't think it is going to make a difference.  Besides the weather has been crappy so I didn't want to go get other fabric, lol...  I am lazyyyyyy...





Hugs, LJ


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Banana Bread

I am trying to lose a little weight.  My blood pressure is on the rise along with my blood sugar. I am a sweets junky!!!  I eat at least something sweet twice a day.

I am going to 1. eat one fruit a day, which, yep, I am not really crazy about. I don't do a lot of fruits other than apples in the Fall.  And once in a while some berries when in season.  Usually my fruit is in a pie or cake, lol...   Hopefully this will help curb my sweet tooth a little. And 2.  I am going to lay off  some carbs.

I tried this banana bread recipe that was in my diet cookbook. It is pretty good on its own but I changed it around a bit and it isn't too bad. I think this would probably be good for diabetics.


Banana Bread

1 1/2 C. all purpose flour
1 1/4 t.  baking powder
1/2 t.  baking soda
1/2 t.  ground cinnamon
1/8 t.  salt
2 slightly beaten egg whites
1 C.  mashed banana
3/4 C.  sugar - I changed to 3/4 C. Splenda
1/4 C. oil - I changed to 1/3  C.  Motts  no sugar natural applesauce

In a medium bowl stir tog flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt

In a large bowl stir tog egg white, banana, Splenda, and applesauce.
Stir flour mix into banana mix just till moistened.

Spray an 8x4x2 inch loaf pan with nonstick spray or I usually take a bit of oil on a paper towel and coat pan with the oil.  Spread batter into a prepared pan and bake at 350 oven for 45 to 50 min. or till toothpick comes out clean.

Cool bread in pan for 10 min. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. For easier slicing, wrap bread in plastic wrap and store overnight.  Makes 1 loaf.  As I said I changed this recipe to Splenda and applesauce.  For sixteen servings the calorie content is 125 a slice in the original recipe. Using Splenda which has 0 cals and applesauce the cal count s/b less than this which means a little bigger piece, lol....

The texture came out not as moist as the oil recipe, but not bad.  Next time I will use less Splenda because it was pretty sweet, and increase the applesauce to 1/2 C. 


Hugs, LJ