Thursday, November 29, 2018

Virtual Cookie Exchange 2018 ~ Eggnog Cheesecake Cookies

'Tis the Season for Eggnog Cheesecake Cookies!

A fun way to share the tasty holiday treats is with the

This year I am sharing a recipe from my kitchen
that is one of my hubby's favorites

Eggnog Cheesecake Cookies

10 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
¼ cup eggnog
1 teaspoon rum extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3 cups flour
1 and ¼ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Powdered sugar and nutmeg for sprinkling on top of baked cookies.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Combine flour, baking powder, cream of tartar and nutmeg in medium bowl and set aside.

Cream room temperature cream cheese and butter on medium speed until well blended.  Beat in granulated sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, eggnog and extracts and beat about I minute until well mixed.  

Add dry ingredients slowly on low speed, mixing just until blended.  Do not overmix.
Scoop by large rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper lined sheets.

Bake at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes just until dry to touch. Do not brown or overbake. Cookies will be soft and cheesecake like in texture and taste.

Dust well with powdered sugar and sprinkle a touch of nutmeg on top of each cookie.

These cookies are very soft and the center tastes just like
an eggnog cheesecake.,
not too sweet and with just a light hint of spice.

These are best enjoyed right after they are baked.

They are not good keepers as they tend to get too soft and sticky
at room temperature.

Store in refrigerator if you have any left.

The inspiration for these cookies came from this recipe:

Cheesecake Cookies

I have tried the original recipe and the chocolate versions
and they are yummy. 

Be sure to enjoy all the goodness of the season today

November 29 

The quilt underneath my cookie dish is my

Snowpeople Table Runner Here

Update:  I am home!

These cookie were baked early and my post scheduled over two weeks ago.
We had a wonderful time visiting our daughter and her family in Texas
for a deep fried turkey dinner for Thanksgiving.
It was delicious!

My daughter then set up her Christmas tree for an early
"Grammy/Grampy Christmas."
Our Grand-darling is four now and getting very tall.

It is always wonderful to see Christmas through the eyes of a child.

I am missing her already, but it is good to be home.

This is my favorite blog hop and I have a lot of catching up to do
with all the festive quilts and yummy goodies.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Do You Have Quilt Books?

I have quilt books.

Many Quilt Books.

This is just one shelf full.

I love quilt books.

Many of them have been read and reread but I never have actually made one of the quilts.

Sew, when I saw this blog hop announcement ...

I decided to pick a book and a project and join in the fun.

Want to join, too?

This blog hop is being hosted by

Hope to see you in the hop!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend from Texas!

Hello from sunny and warm Texas!
I am visiting my daughter's family for Thanksgiving
and an early Grammy/Grampy Christmas 
with our Grand-darling.

This is my travel hand project.

cross stitch pattern from
Lori Holt and Fat Quarter Shop.

I also bought the

For the background I chose this 

This aida cloth has larger weave than any I have ever used before and is very easy to do,
even with my vision issues.

When I was younger I used to cross stitch,
But it has been at least 40 years between projects 
because my hubby says he has never seen me do this before.

These needles have been sew helpful, too:

Lori Holt Nifty Needles

I love these needles!
They are color coded for use and are easy to thread
and glide right through the fabric.

I am using the 

Chunky Needles

for my cross stitch
and all six strands of the floss
for the 10 count aida cloth.
I can thread these needles without a threader!
Sew nice!

I am very much enjoying this project.
It is far from perfect, but I like it.

I use an invisible magnet purse clasp set
to hold my pattern to my hoop.
The magnet, also, makes a nice needle holder.

Magnetic Bag Clasp

I hope to complete the stitching
before I am home.

It is the coldest Thanksgiving on record
at home in my northeast quilty corner
and it was snowing when we left.
So we are very much enjoying the warm weather here.

I am staying around the house and stitching today.

I am not much of a Black Friday shopper.
However, I could not resist the great deals at my favorite
online quilt shop ...

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There are nifty giftys, too, for qualifying orders!

Happy shopping!  

Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend! 

*Note: I am an blogging affiliate of the FQS and I receive a small percentage
of the total sale for purchases made via the share-a-sale links on my blog.
Thanks to all who shop these links and help my quilting and blogging efforts. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Start 2019 With Quilty Blog Hop Fun!

A fun way to start the quilty new year! 

I love these blog hops.

Sew much creativity.

Sew relaxed.

Sew nice to share with other quilters.

This hop is hosted by the lovely

Hope to see you joining in the fun!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Wooly Pumpkin Patch Project

A new Fall project in my Pumpkin Patch! 

I had such fun sewing wool applique mitten ornaments  HERE
that I decided I wanted to make wooly pumpkins for Fall.

Working with wool is very new to me
and I have very little wool in  my stash so I decided to get
as much of a head start as I could by using a kit.

I found many pretty choices at

My Red Door Designs 

I decided on their pretty
Harvest Gathering Kit
which has everything I need to make a
9" by 17.5" quilt
except batting, thread, fusible, and other sewing room stock items.

I have a very cute furry little feline helper who really likes this kit, too.

I also found after I received the kit that they suggest cutting plastic templates
and fortunately I also had a good sized sheet of this in my sewing room supplies.

I soon found that template plastic is a favorite new cat toy.

I actually had to stop her from carrying this off.

After bagging each little piece ...

... there are 30 of them in this kit! ...

and carefully discarding all the little plastic snippings
 so my silly kitty would not eat them

I am ready for the next step ...
cutting and fusing the pieces to the background.

The kit contained all the fabrics needed for a wallhanging,
but I may add some other fabrics and make a pillow.

It is turning much colder here and most of the leaves have fallen.

Winter is in the air in my quilty corner.

A good time for sewing wooly projects.

I will be traveling for Thanksgiving this year
and cooking turkey when we get home.

May you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Pick A Fabric Pumpkin ~ My Blog Hop Post

Welcome to my Pumpkin Patch! 

My scrapatch has become a small quilty outpost of

Tilda's World

As you can see if you clicked on the link.
it is a magical world of fabric beauty, adorable patterns
for quilts, pillows,  animals and dolls
and all that

Tone Finnanger 

and her design team can imagine.

While you are there, be sure to find these

Fabulous Free Patterns

I made this fabric pumpkin 
for the 

Be sure to visit all the magical pumpkin patches,
where imagination and creativity abound ... 

Tuesday, November 6th

Life in the Scrapatch (you are here)
Quarter Inch Crafter

This fun blog hop is hosted 
by the wonderfully creative
Carla @ Creatin' in the Sticks

I love pumpkins and everything fall so when I saw this hop
I just had to in join the fun.

I purchased two books and this beautiful Bird Pond fabric via preorder from

Julie @ The Intrepid Thread

where I first discovered Tilda and now buy most of my Tilda Fabrics.

Julie is a joy to do business with.

I am not affiliated in any way with this shop.

I am just a very happy customer.

This fabric pumpkin pattern is from the
Sewing by Heart book.

I cut templates because I plan to make more of these.

Here are the pieces to my pumpkin.

This type of sewing is a new challenge for me.

Some of it is machine and the finishing was by hand.

I could not quite get the cute little curl in the stem but
I am very happy with this project.

I really enjoyed this process.

I love to learn new things.

I am happy that I have a finished project for you.
Life has been happening here
and I have had much more limited time for sewing and blogging lately.

My sewing is my happy place but
I have been visiting lots of doctors offices lately
and that is going to be continuing for some time.

This has caused me to cut back on my quilty commitments.

Before you go I have another project 
I would like to share with you.

There is a bright orange pumpkin in this photo
so I am counting it in the hop ... 

My Project Remix Pocketed Placemats

There is a giveaway for this 5" stacker closing soon! 
So hurry over to enter via the rafflecopter entry
if you would like to receive this fabric gift.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my pumpkin patch and to Tilda's World today.

Thank you for stopping by ... <3

Enjoy all the pumpkin patches! 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

FQS Project Remix ~ Pocketed Placemats

Here are my lovely new Remix Pocketed Placemats 
to match my everyday dishes. 

These have been in the works since summertime. 

I am using these lovely  fabrics, 

Here are the fabrics with one of my small plates.
I love these fabrics!

I am making these as a Quiltalong with the 

Remix series. 

Here is the original project ... 

Pocketed Placemats from Beautiful Projects from Jera Brandvig

I chose this project because I loved the soft colors and easy construction.

One of the things I knew I wanted to keep from the original design was the lace trim.

I also decided to add a pocket on both sides of the placement.

Here are the cutting instructions 
for these two-pocket placemats:

Make a 12.5" block for the center of your placemat
(or cut a 12.5" square of fabric)

Cut 2 rectangles 2.5" by 4.5" for the side fabrics.

Cut 2 rectangles 10" by 4.5" for the pockets

(fold in half and place the folded edge at the top
when placing for the pockets.

To make these placemats follow the

La Conner Pocketed Placemat FQS Video Tutorial

I splurged on a roll of this gorgeous

Cranberry Lace by La Conner for Lecien

I am using it on the placemats and making napkin rings
and will have enoiugh for another project with my extra
Wild Bouquet fabrics.

I read he reviews of this lace which said it may shrink
so I hand washed and dried the lace before cutting it.

For my center blocks I chose a block I designed myself
that combines a granny square
set on point with easy sew and cut corner setting triangles

This block is called

Garden Granny Block

and is a FREE block
available for download in

My Craftsy Shop

Since I am making eight placemats,
I sewed these strip sets to make my block centers.

Here are my 2" strip sets for my block centers.

Here is how I made my setting triangles for the corners of the block.
It is basically two easy to sew Disappearing Nine Patch blocks
cut once on the diagonal to make the corners.

Here are the pieces to my placemats.

I used  Fusible Fleece by Pellon for my batting
because I had this in my stash.

I pressed it to the back of my placemat tops before quilting
and before I added the backing.

Here is my first finished placemat!

The left pocket was just calling out for a matching napkin.

Sew ...
For more fun, I made rolled hem napkins
with the pretty yellow windowpane check fabric.

I carefully cut 16.5" squares of the yellow windowpane check,
Best Pressing the fabric first to make the lines straight.

I just use my flanged 1/4" foot
and rolled and stitched as I stitched.

I also made napkin rings with a 5" piece of lace and a decorative button.

I am sew happy with my lovely new place settings!

I really enjoyed making these beautiful and useful placemats.

I hope you enjoy making some for your home!

Giveaway Time!

 I am sew thankful for all my quilty blessings.
So I am giving away one ... 

Wild Bouquet 5" Stacker

to one lucky reader. 

Enter here ...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Best of luck!

Happy Quilting Along! 

* Note: I am a small blogger affiliate of the FQS and I will receive a small percentage
of the total sale for purchases made via the share-a-sale links on my blog.
Thanks to all who shop these links and help my quilting and blogging efforts.