Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Coasters!



These coasters I made for a couple I know, Lauren and Mark. They just had their one year wedding anniversary! Yay! Congrats! The pictures that I took show a better angle of the coasters than the pictures of the other coasters I made. 

Below is a picture of the 1/4 inch seam. I've been working on trying to perfect the seams. However, it doesn't always workout.


Below is a picture of before they were stuffed with the batting and sewn down.



I took these pictures so that it you can see the stitching pattern throughout the coasters.



I think in the last picture you can see the stitching the best. I hope Lauren and Mark can get some good use out of them!







John 4:13-15

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Chai's Birthday Present

One of my best friends had her birthday two days ago!!! She had an amazing crawfish boil and party! Recently I had talked to her about her art work that she used to do. She is an incredibly talented person and her art is amazing! When we were talking she told me about how she loved to paint and how painting is her favorite. I had seen a design for a colored pencil holder in the book "Quilted and Patchwork Gifts". I decided I would try and make this for her but instead of holding colored pencils it would hold her paint brushes. This is the first time that I have ever made something like this and it's also the first time I had to do the majority of the measurements off the top of my head. 
Here's how it turned out! 




These are the patterns that I choose to be in the paintbrush holder. 




This is the backing, batting, and front fabric sewn together. Also there is twill tape laid across the front. The twill tape was sewn in the center when the other pieces were being sewn together. It was tricky to keep them in the right spot and not have them sewn into the wrong place. I actually had to unstitch it once because I didn't leave room for the twill tape to come through. 




The pocket was the most difficult part. I had to play with a few different ideas in my head but in the end I did it like this. I sewed the pocket on backwards so I could flip it inside out for it to be on the front. It's difficult to explain. The only thing about doing it this way is that it took away from the space on the two outer pouches in the pocket. The material was a little squashed on the edges. 







Above are all the pictures of my first time ever "stitching in the ditch". I was nervous about this because I've heard it can be kind of hard to do, to stay straight and all. In the end I was pretty happy with it. To stitch in the ditch means to sewn a straight line in between the seam of the two fabrics. It looks really nice once it's done, I think. Also in this project stitching in the ditch helps create the pockets that hold the individual paintbrushes. 






The final product is above. I was very happy with the way it came out! Once you place the paintbrushes in the holder you can fold it in half, roll it up, and tie it shut so your paintbrushes don't fall out! 




This is it wrapped up, like I was describing. 




I was so happy to make this for one of my best friends! She means so much to me and I hope this meant so much to her! 












John 4:13-15

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Saturday Morning Rustic Cinnamon Rolls

MMMM! I made delicious cinnamon rolls this morning for my dad and me! This was a great saturday morning treat! I got the recipe of Allrecipes.com 'Jiffy Cinnamon Rolls'. 

What you will need:
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. white sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt ( I left this out and it came out fine.)
1/4 c. butter (I used the butter at room temp.) 
1 c. cold milk
1/3 c. margarine
1 c. brown sugar
3 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 c. currants ( I left them out because I don't love raisins)
1/2 c. powdered sugar
3 tbsp. milk

Mix together 1/3 cup of margarine, 1 cup brown sugar, and 3 teaspoons  cinnamon.
This is what it will look like:

















Place a teaspoon of this mixture into each muffin tin spot. (you will place the rolls on top of this to make a yummy bottom on your rolls!) Next combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tbsp white sugar, 4 tbsp baking powder. After you mix this together mix in 1/4 cup butter. Once this is well mixed into the flour make a whole in the center of your mixture and pour in the 1 cup milk. It will look like this:














After you mix this together to form your dough, flour your board well. Knead your dough 8 to 10 times. (Make sure to put flour on your hands to to be sure that the dough does not stick to your hands as much.) after you knead the dough it will look like this:
















Make sure to put flour on your dough roller and roll your dough out until it is thin and wide. It will look like this:














Once you have done this spread your brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter mixture flat out over the entire surface of the dough. Like the picture below:














Once the mixture is spread out roll the dough up. Be sure to use flour to help get the spots of the dough that may stick to the board. It will look like this once you are done rolling it up:














Its not perfect but I like the uniqueness of each roll! Once you have done this cut the pieces into 12 different pieces and place them in the greased muffin tin.















Place them in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes (I did 22 mins and they were prefect!) Now cross your fingers and hold your 
                                                                                        breath! :) 
                                                                              While you wait mix together your 1/2 cup of powdered                      
                                                                              sugar and enough milk to make a glaze. I eyeballed this 
                                                                              part. Start slow, it doesn't take much milk! 


 


Here they are! They are so different, which is my favorite part!



 


The finished product! YUM! And one more picture below of the inside! 


 
































* I'm still trying to figure all of this out so bare with me that the words and pictures do not line up! I have tried several different ways to fix them. 


John 4: 13-15