August 26, 2014

Fabric Tuesday

I'm making more progress on my Texas Roadtrip QAL.  Here is my sea turtle block representing the Rio Grande Valley.

Isn't he adorable???  Just love this little guy. I'm plugging away.  Hopefully will get a lot done over the weekend.

August 25, 2014

Design Wall Monday 8/25/14

I finally finished the mystery quilt I've been testing for Persimmon Quilts and her mystery quilts for Quilts of Valor.  Guys, this one turned out gorgeous and she just started putting out the steps so if you want a gorgeous, fun quilt to make, head on over and get started!  This was #36, but every one has been fantastic.

So, since I finally finished that, I've been able to get back to my Texas Roadtrip QAL.  I LOVE this quilt!  Here's my version of the camper block for Big Bend...
And since I got that block done, I was able to assemble the third quadrant.... 

And then put all three up on the design wall...
I just don't know how I could love this more!!  It is so pretty.  I can hardly wait to get the last quadrant done.  There are a lot more pieced blocks in the last quadrant so it may take a little bit of time.  But I did manage to get the Houston block done.  The original quilt along calls for a sailboat block.  So I changed it up and here's mine...
See, I lived in Houston until I was 13 and my favorite times were spent at the Astrodome, watching the Astros play baseball.  Thus my block is for the Astros.  

Many block to go!  Can't wait to see how much I can get done before the next Design Wall Monday linkup at Patchwork Times!

August 24, 2014

My Adventures with Sugar Cookies

So at 9:30 tonight my daughter reminded me that she needed me to make cookies for one of her best friend's birthday tomorrow, the first day of school.  She had asked me yesterday, and reminded me today, and I got so busy with sewing, that I completely forgot!  So I went into the kitchen, pulled out some chocolate chips, and went to make cookies.  My recipe calls for 2 cups of butter.  So I opened a new package and this is what I saw....

Crap.  So I opened up the second package and had the same problem.  They are both heading back to the store tomorrow, but that didn't help with the cookies that I needed to make tonight.  So we changed to sugar cookies.  My sugar cookie recipe calls for a cup of butter and I had one stick, so I halved the recipe.  I start adding the ingredients into my KitchenAid in a hurry, managing to spill sugar on the floor in the process...

When I finally get a batch in the oven, I forget to set the timer.  Thus, this is how the first ones came out.  :(  Slightly browned.  My daughter tasted one and said they taste like popcorn.

Here's the second dozen.  :)  These are perfect.

Don't let my photography and terrible time in the kitchen stop you from trying these.  I love these cookies.  They are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.  They have become a family favorite.  Here's a link to the recipe.

I'm heading to bed, finally!  Goodnight!