Monthly Archives: January 2012

Blueberry Breakfast Cake

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I am still working on the next project. They don’t always work out. This Blueberry Breakfast Cake is the second attempt.  I am glad I gave this recipe  another try. It is AMAZING! It’s not to sweet. I love me some blueberries. I got recipe here.
http://www.alexandracooks.com/2011/06/29/buttermilk-blueberry-breakfast-cake/
I did make just small adjustments. So, lets do this.
You will need:
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp. lemon juice (I don’t keep lemons. So, I substituted here.)
almost 1 cup minus  1 tablespoon sugar for sprinkling on top.
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups fresh blueberries (about 11 oz container will work)
½ cup buttermilk Before we get started, here are the tips for this recipe. I did frozen blueberries.  They need to be dry or as dry as you can get them. It will not cook right ( I botched that up, the first time.) Also, I didn’t have buttermilk the first time. So, I put the lemon juice in the milk and let it sit. The second time around, I just used buttermilk. I don’t know if it will make a difference to the taste or texture. I also used salted butter, and I could tell the difference. So, I would highly suggest that you use salted butter as well. This time, I didn’t want to take a chance. The original recipe calls for 9×9. I used 8×8.  Aparently, I have 3 that size. Thank goodness, it came out very good. The smell while cooking is mouth watering!
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. It will cook about 35 to 45 minutes. You will need to cream the butter and sugar. I cheated on room temp butter. (20 seconds in microwave) You will need to keep a close eye on it though. Just mash the butter and sugar together, until they are really mixed. Combine egg and vanilla. Mix in  the remaining flour, baking powder, and salt. While adding flour, alternate with buttermilk. Seperately,  mix  blueberries  with ¼ cup of flour. Now, mix in the blueberries. Make sure that they are mixed throughout the doughy mixture. The dough should be like a thick consistency like a cookie or bread dough.  Grease or pam the bottom of the pan. I smoothed the dough flat. My son, Jared, was helping me today. 🙂 Snapshot_20120130_3 Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. I baked this for about 45 minutes. I checked on it twice after 35 minutes. It should become golden brown, but not to dark on top. 107 It could’ve stayed in a bit longer, but I like my cakes to be just a little moist. Let this sit 10 to 15 minutes after it comes out of the oven. The blueberries are slightly melted and very hot.
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It looks beautiful! I only made nine slices. Haha! Jared enjoyed it too. If I could impress upon you the goodness. Mmmm..mmm.
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Alright, my tummy is satisfied.  Now, it’s time to clean and sew. Back to the grind. I hope you try this one! I know, I will be making this again.

Table Runner On Point

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Finished size is 16 1/2” x 50 1/2
I have been wanting to do a table runner. I found a nice  pattern in McCalls October magazine issue . I have adjusted it a bit in the size, but the  possibilities are endless. I want everyone to know that you can cut the pieces without the cutting mat and the clear ruler. It will take more time, but I have done it.
What you will need:
*  5  fat quarters or you can get a couple more. Mine were in a pack, and I reused a couple of the colors.
* Thread to match or stand out. Again your choice.
* Batting 22” x 56”
* 3/4 yard of  backing fabric.  1 yard if you would like to make your binding out of this as well.
*1/2 inch binding. This time, I got a handy, bias tape maker.
First, I cut all the pieces out and laid them in the order I would like them to be sewn together. 
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Middle Square 10 3/8 x 10 3/8  * 12 small squares 2 1/2”x 2 1/2” * 2 strips 2 1/2” x 10 3/8 * 2 strips cut 2 1/2” x 12 3/8” * Then you will cut 4 strips of each additional color 2 1/2” x 12 3/8” (starting with flame print, grey with circles, orange with dots, white with dots, and the last row of flames)  *  Cut 126” x 2 1/2” strips for binding.
Let’s get started!
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I will be sewing the middle square. Take the first row of two strips 2 1/2” x 10 3/8”  and lay them as shown above here.
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Turn small square over onto long strip and sew 1/4 inch seam.  Press the seam towards darker colored fabric.
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Take the long strip and put that right side together with large  square and sew.
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Now take the bottom strip that has been sewn. Turn it, right sides together, making sure that line of small 2 1/2”  square  lines up with seam of orange square and grey fabric seam. I pinned this in place and sew. I flipped the square around and applied the two long strips  2 1/2” x 12 3/8” and 2 1/2” block together on the other side. This formed the base of the runner.
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Now, I have laid out the next rows  to sew on the side. I have turned small square onto strip and sewn.
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Then, press the seam down, and sew right sides of long strip and middle square together. I will then press that seam out. Turn up the  bottom piece and attach it. Continue until your rows are complete.
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Congratulations, one side is complete. I took my first break here. I find that when I get tired,I tend to make mistakes. We will  turn and repeat on the other side.
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This is what I mean by the seams being pressed down. It will keep the points looking fantastic (seen below)!
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I decided to trim my edges, 1 1/2’’ from the top of the middle point. You can also cut excess  from the tip of the point of middle block. Really, it is about preference. Also, you can lie the runner face up and cut it on one side and then the other. You can also fold it in half long ways and cut get both sides in one swipe.
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In order to get the binding length measurements, I folded it in half and  measured. Write this number down. The next measurement was on one angle to point (as shown above). Add those 2 numbers and multiply this by 2 and add 10. This is where I come up with  126”.  With that being done, I will sandwich my front,batting, and backing. I have decided to stitch in the ditch.You want to keep the quilting right in the crease of your seam.
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The backing should look like this if you decided to stitch in the ditch. However the options for  quilting are limitless.
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This is the back. I turned it over. I trimmed the top, and I am ready to put on binding. I bought something really cool. It is an 1” bias tape maker. I will show you. It saved soooo much time.
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This is where you put in the fabric strip.
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Then, slide it through to small opening at the other end.
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From the point, you hold the strip coming out the left side of photo and put from attachment. I really is simple! I sewed the binding on just like in oven mitts tutorial. There’s one slight difference. When you get the point you will stop 1/4” from point. 

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Turn end up. This makes a little angle here.
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Leaving finger there, flip binding back down.
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Sew up to edge, needle down, and turn.
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It always feels successful to finish a project! I already have my next project planned out.

Quilted Oven Mitt Tutorial

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     The oven mitt above is an example and  was made for me by my mother-in-law. She is a great inspiration. She helps when I am stuck on any sewing project.

What you will need:
* Scissors
*1/4 yard of 45 inch fabric
*2 1/2 yard of 1/2 inch single fold binding of coordinating fabric. You can make your own binding with  2 strips of  2 inch cuts of 45 inch fabric
*rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat are handy
*chalk or pencil to mark quilting lines
*insul-bright heat resistant batting.

I cut 2 pieces of fabric and 1 piece insul-bright –  6 1/2 inches by 45 inches (not shown here).
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The above picture showing me square up the fabric and cutting strips of 2 1/2 inches. This will make the binding.

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I am taking the 2 cuts for binding and have marked a line to sew together. Next, cut excess fabric and iron that seam flat. Next fold the fabric, with right side facing out, in half and iron.

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All three  fabrics are sandwiched together.  I want the lines on 45 degree angle and have drawn the quilt lines for 1 and a half inch squares. The spacing is your choice.

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Lay out what is going to be the bottom side of the oven mitt.  The raw edge of binding  should be face out towards the edge of the fabric. These two cuts were 7 inches. I like to make it a little long and cut the excess, or you can make it 6 1/2. It is up to you.  Pin and sew.

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Now, I am going to turn to the front side. Fold the fabric over from the back,pin, and sew.

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I have folded each end up. onto the front making the place for the pockets.  The fold is  8 inches from the top of binding to the end of fold.  I just rounded the edges as well.  Binding the top of the pocket, before sewing on the rest of the binding on, gives us a clean and perfect pocket.

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Finally, I  lined up the raw edges with binding and pinned. Let’s  sew! When beginning to put the binding on, leave some loose a few inches. At the end, you will need to stop a few inches away from the end to match the binding. Sew this together as shown earlier.   Turn it face up and pull around the binding, to finish.

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It’s ready, and I love it. I wish someone  was here to take a picture of me getting some fresh baked cookies out of the oven.  I slip it right through the oven handle.   I hope this works for you. Blog at ya later.  

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