Saturday, August 8, 2020

Saturday Sewing and Such in the Scrapatch

I made this Peach Jam Coffee Cake yesterday 
while the weather was a little cooler.
It is forecast to turn very warm again in a few days.
In New England, the weather can change quickly and frequently.

I started with this recipe for

and I added a little nutmeg and mace to enhance the flavor of the jam.
This recipe makes a thick batter to hold the jam on top while it bakes. 

I spooned large dollops of this thick jam in a rind midway around the edges 
  and added a big spoonful in the center.

Any flavor or type of jam will work.
If your jam is runny, you may wish to drain it a little
to thicken it so it will stay on top
while baking.

The recipe also works well with fresh berries.

The Special Peach Jam is a favorite from

It is yummy with my morning coffee.

For slowly stitching outside, I have dug out this old WIP.
For years I have been embroidering free form leaves onto this

Maybe I will actually finish the hand work this year.
Maybe not.
Time will tell.

May you and yours have a happy and safe weekend.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Autumn is Coming

I am looking forward to Autumn in New England 
and Fall Quilts. 

Today is the first day I have felt a touch of fall in the air.
Mr Scrapatch and I were outside early cleaning up the debris in our yard
 dropped by the wind and rain from Isaias.
We did not have any real damage,
just a lot of leaves and very small branches. 
It was as if Mother Nature decided to blow all the dead and broken twigs 
and such out of our trees
and onto our walk and driveway and yard for us to clean up.
We filled two yard waste barrels and two paper leaf bags
to put out to the curb on the next city yard waste collection.
The cool morning air felt so nice.

Back inside, I am gathering fabrics for a new quilty project. 

Some of these fabrics are new and some have been in my stash.

They are to start my ...

This is a Facebook Group that I have recently joined.
The block patterns are free and released every Sunday.
There are 12 designers and 12 blocks.
You can sew your stash or purchase a kit for each block from the weekly designer.

To get the patterns, you must request to join this private group and answer a question 
or two about how you found the group.
The joining process is easy and the people in the group are very nice.
There are already many inspiring blocks to see.

Block 1 is ready for download and printing.

It is from 
who is a designer for Henry Glass Fabrics.
Her pattern and fabric name is

Mary Jane also has an Etsy shop:

where I purchased some of her cute 

to add to my spellbinding quilty fun.

Looking forward to fall sewing!

Are you dreaming of fall quilts, too?


Thursday, August 6, 2020

I Like Thursday # 61 ~ The Light After The Storm

This is the photo I took of the sun burning through the clouds
at the end of the storm here on Tuesday .

The light was so clear and the colors so sharp.

The wind was still gusting softly and the rain was still blowing out of the clouds and trees.

For a few moments I could feel the earth breathe.

Here is a short video I took from my open back porch.

I found myself holding my breath when I took this.

It brought to mind one of my favorite quotes:

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, 
but by the moments that take our breath away."

This quote is there always at the bottom of my right sidebar.

I reminds me of one of my favorite songs ...

"You'll Never Walk Alone"
 (Gerry & The Pacemakers Version, 1963)

No one ever really walks alone through the storm.


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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Frosty Fun on a Hot Summer Day

Four Blocks Done!

My Jelly Snowflake blocks are looking cool and frosty.

For this new project, I am using 

It is a hot and sunny day here, so I started my day enjoying the sunshine and flowers
 in my windowboxes though the glass of my sewing corner window.

When I turned on the iron, my sewing corner really got warm,
so I moved my pattern board over by my machine 
and turned on the air conditioner.

The four blocks for Step 1 are done.
Time to move on to Step 2.

What are you sewing today?

Hope your day is happy and safe.


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