Monday, July 10, 2017

Back to Sew


I am going Literary for the




My fabrics are from my treasured stash of


of which I am

Literary (ly) Paper Obsessed. 

For the background I am going dark.

This is a leap in faith for me.

I am making it a free fall by adding the large border print fabric 
on the right into the challenge.

I will have to figure out how this story ends as I go along.

I have been taking a hiatus from blogging and from sewing for the last month.

I had a fun trip to the Pacific Northwest to visit my daughter and grand-darling
while my son in law was in the field and when I got back I did not even open my computer
except to check email for the past two weeks.

I have mostly been gardening, reading, and enjoying summer.

I did hand stitch a couple of Patchwork of the Cross blocks.
I will post about that later.

Hope all is well with my quilty blogging friends.

Til next time ... piece out .... :-)  Pat





Monday, June 5, 2017

Pack and Go


Then kits for my June blocks from


for my 30's POTC BOM  have arrived!'

Just in time for me to pack them as I am heading west to visit
my grand-darling!

This hand work shall keep me busy while traveling and during quiet times.

Be back at the end of June.

Happy Stitching! 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Mmmmmm ... warm sweet cornbread!


Scrapatch Sweet Cornbread 

It is a cool and misty Memorial Day here.

A good day to bake a favorite comfort food.

This is my go-to recipe: 

4 eggs, separated
3/4 cup melted butter, cooled
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup sour cream 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 cups flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 and 1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

I use a seasoned stoneware sheet pan and I do not grease it.

Melt butter and set to cool.

Combine dry ingredients and set aside for adding later.

Separate egg yolks and whites.  

Beat the whites until stiff peaks form.

In large separate bowl, using same beater, 
mix eggs, vanilla, milk and sour cream until frothy.
Mix in cooled melted butter.

In two additions, mix in dry ingredients just until combined.
Do not over mix.

Fold in beaten egg whites. 

Spread evenly in baking pan.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until tests done.

Serve warm with soft butter or honey.

Yummy!

This recipe is very sweet.
Reduce sugar if you do not like your cornbread as sweet as I do. 

Enjoy!





Tuesday, May 23, 2017

30's POTC Block 14


 POTC Block 14 done!

After several days of lovely sunshine,
it has been cool and rainy here today.

A good day to stay in and sew.


I tired a new piecing method that a friend shared online for this block.

My friend likes to sew the corners into "wings" and then sew them to the center.

This method did not feel comfortable to me.
The block felt too large and awkward when I was sewing the corners on.
I also had to set more "anchors" at the intersecting points to keep the pieces aligned.

Back to the method that is fast becoming "tried and true" for me ...



I usually sew the center,
then add the next four.
then sew the pairs,
then sew the pairs around the center,
as I did in this earlier block.

I think that everyone who sews these blocks must find a method and a rhythm
that works best for them.

I do like to try new ideas though.

Do you have a preferred way of sewing these blocks?

I love to try new things.


Katniss helped and checked my work.

I think Katniss would rather have been outside sewing again today, though.

Maybe tomorrow, Katniss.

We have to make some more connecting units and start the corner units.

More soon!

Sweet quilty dreams!