Thursday, December 5, 2019

Security Quilt ~ Secured

This is my oldest "in use" bed quilt.

This is also my grand-darling's security quilt.

I made this twin size bed quilt as "practice"
 when I was teaching myself to quilt
about 14 years ago when my nest was emptying.

It was made with the scraps from this quilt,
which was made from two packs of fat quarters 
that my daughter picked out on an excursion to JoAnn fabrics
when I also bought a magazine that promised me I could
"Learn to Quilt in 10 Lessons."

My Girl was 18  and I wanted to make her a quilt to take to college. 
I sewed the top above but had no idea how to quilt it.

So I "practiced" on the scrap quilt.

I took the extra squares and added some very inexpensive 
fabrics and sewed this top without any pattern.
It used to have a blue binding.
When cutting and sewing and creating
as I went,  I added a narrow green and black 
outside border with the half yard of fabric I had left.
It turned out to be a good design choice
as it is now the second binding on this quilt.

This is what it looked like when I arrived.

The fabrics were ripped and blue binding in shreds from use.
This quilt went to camp, on drum corp buses
and my daughter took it with her to all her life adventures.
I was on the back of her sofa one night when Everly took it off
to bed with her and it is her personal security quilt.

It has been washed well over a thousand times.

I am surprised it has lasted this long.
I quilted it on my old small Brother machine 
before I even knew what a "walking foot" 
was and had not yet found there was one hidden
in the dense foam packing in the bottom of the box.

Everly loves this quilt as it is and would not be happy with
my adding new fabrics for the binding or repairs so
I cut away all the ripped parts and threads yesterday ...

... and I was half way round turning the green and black border into the second binding when she arrived home from school yesterday 
and claimed it for the night.

As soon as she left this morning, my quilty kitty helper
and I resumed hand sewing again.

I finished the hand binding and trimmed and sewed the rips on the top,  some by hand and some by machine.

It may not be much to look at it,
but it is much loved.
May it continue to cuddle and comfort.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop 2019

Our Texas Christmas Tree 2019.
Two Christmas Trees is now a family tradition for us.
Mr Scrapatch and I visit our daughter for Thanksgiving 
and she sets up her Christmas Tree so we can then celebrate 
"Grammy - Grampy Christmas" with our grand-darling.
Gathering and decorating The Tree 
is my favorite Christmas Tradition.
So two trees is even better than one.

Cookie baking is another one of our favorite Christmas traditions.
Usually I start early in December and make plates of cookies
for gifting. 

Here is a recipe card I have had in one of my old file boxes for many years.
Update:  There is an error in this recipe card.
The correct amount of unsalted butter is
 3/4 cup or 1 and 1/2 sticks 

I will have to fix my recipe card when I get home.
I have no idea why I never saw this error
except that I knew how much to add and never really read the card.

I have no idea where I originally found this recipe
as I have made them for over fifty years.
It was a favorite of mine when I was a teenager. 

Here is the back of my recipe card.
I have enjoyed many variations of flavors over the years.

I recall raspberry jam with no seeds and a chocolate-mocha drizzle
was my favorite in my 20's.

I also love peach jam with a sprinkling of nutmeg
for Fall Cookies.

It is essentially the same recipe found online here ... 

from their

which has 18 traditional New England Cookie recipes to enjoy. 

For  more New England traditions and recipes

I hope you enjoy making this recipe your own.
Since I will be visiting my daughter and grand-darling in Texas when this publishes, I had thoughts of a cookie baking in Texas photo,
but we have been busy enjoying other things.
I hope to update with a yummy cookie party picture
in the next few days.

We will be baking special cookies this year to send
to our soldier who is far away from us this Christmas.

Please visit all the yummy recipes from my blogging friends today:

December 4th
Life in the Scrapatch (you are here)

Thank you to 
for hosting this yummy tradition.

This is our favorite holiday cookies recipe ...

which I shared in the
Virtual Cookie Exchange 2017

Iced Spritz Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup white vegetable shortening
1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
(dash of salt, optonal)

Cream butter and shortening until light and fluffy.
Beat in sugar slowly in small additions.
About 5 minutes.
Add vanilla.
Beat in eggs.
Add baking powder to flour and mix into wet ingredients in three additions.
Batter will be very stiff.
If batter is not stiff, add a little more flour a little at a time
until batter is stiff and not sticky.

Fill your cookie press as directed by manufacturer and press.

You may roll the batter in small balls and flatten slightly if you do not have a cookie press.

If you refrigerate the batter until cold, you may also roll and cut with cookie cutters.

Bake spritz cookie at 375 degree for 10 - 12 minutes,
just until set,
not brown.
Do Not Overbake.

Makes about 11 dozen small cookies.


4 cups 10x confectionery sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
milk as needed to make a thin icing
food coloring as desired

I will be baking a few batches of these soon.

Have a tasty and happy Cookie Day!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Winter Blues Blog Hop Sign-Ups Open

I love blue and white quilts and 
I have a stash of blue and white snowflake fabric
to sew something for this hop.

This blog hop is hosted by the lovely

Hope to see you joining in the fun! 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Slow Stitch Sunday in Texas

Row 1 is done!

It was a beautiful sunny day today.
I spent much of the day slow stitching.
Mostly outside or in a sunny window.
This photo was taken at the end of the day
after darkness fell and the soft lights were on inside.

Mr Scrapatch added the tent roof to the tower
and the Little Miss enjoyed the sunshade.
He also added the monkey bars but I forgot to take photos today.

I like the gingerbread house in the Christmas colors I have chosen.
I will add the button details after all the stitching is done.

This is the original pattern colors ...

I like the original but I am enjoying playing with the pattern ...

I love the snowman.
The striped scarf is my own variation.
I also made a larger carrot nose.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Linking up tonight with all the pretty projects 

Happy Sunday ... :-) 

Saturday, November 30, 2019

A Rainy Day in Texas

It is raining today,
a good day to stay in and stitch with the grand-kitty.

This is baby Pepper in July 2012
on my my favorite blue and yellow bed quilt
when my daughter brought here for a visit.

Quilty Kitty Buddies
This is one of the first photos I have of Katniss and Pepper together.
We adopted Katniss from the shelter where Pepper was found.
Katniss had been picked up as a stray at about two years old.

I love having my quilty kitty and doggie buddies keeping me company
while I stay in out of the rain and stitch.

Grampy is outside sitting under the overhang and whittling
dowels to make the monkey bars for Everly's new playset.

Everly does not mind the rain and is exploring as he builds.

Everly is helping by bringing pieces to Grampy
to add to her tower.

This is a nice play set but the instructions are very difficult to follow
and the pieces have not fit together easily.
It is a good thing Grampy can make it work
by whittling, cutting, filing and drilling.

Hope to have finished photos soon ... :)