Wednesday, October 26, 2011
fabshophop.com website. This is a 12" finished size block, so I made 2, one for the front and one for the back. I added the black strips to each side of the blocks to get to my length measurement. The black and white diamond fabric for the gussett was measured according to the width measurement. I sandwiched each section (front, back and gussett) with batting and backing and quilted each piece. Then, I sewed the sections together and bound the edge with a black binding strip and finished with the embellishments.
Bisquick Raspberry Braid
3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup butter or margarine, room temperature
2 cups Bisquick mix (regular or reduced fat)
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup raspberry jam (or any favorite jam or preserve but not jelly)
egg wash - 1 egg whisked with a dash of water
Icing - recipe follows
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Or 200 degrees C.
In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and butter. Cut in Bisquick until crumbly. Stir in milk until combined. Turn out onto a floured board and knead 8 to 10 times. Roll dough to a 12"X8" rectangle. Turn onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Spread the preserves down the center of the rectangle of dough. Make 2 1/2" cuts at 1" intervals on both long sides of the dough. Do not touch the preserves. Fold strips over the filling which will look like a braid. Brush with egg wash. Bake in the center of the oven for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned and done in the center. Cool slightly then drizzle with icing. Store covered in the refrigerator.
Icing: 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 Tbsp. soft butter, 1-2Tbsp. milk or enough to thinly drizzle over the top. Blend all ingredients together in a small bowl.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Quiltworks is the best place to stay for quilt retreats or taking classes on offer. DH and I just got home from a 5 day retreat. I spent nearly every moment at my machine while DH found himself immersed in his novel or off on a hike. There is plenty to do in the area and is a central location to the Lakes District. Please go here to find this wonderful studio in the beautiful county of Cumbria.
I worked on my own UFO's and was inspired by other talented ladies. In August, I took a Kate Dowty class and made this pebble wall hanging which I call Sweet Wells. Sweet wells is one of the many becks in this area.
At retreat I started and nearly completed a sewing machine cover; and a 12" square block which will be a calendar top. There will be several more of these made and will be changed with the months. A small doll size pillow/sample which has applique, piping and a ruffled edge, but it's not finished yet. I also started quilting the maple leaf quilt I've shown in a previous post. It is so good to just think sewing/quilting the entire time and not have to drop it all to make a phone call, go shopping or prepare meals. There are no distractions here if you don't want them and plenty of inspiration. If you've never been on a retreat, I highly recommend finding one in your area and meeting other talented people or go with your own group. It's therapeutic. ;o)