Friday, January 1, 2010

Blog you very much

About one year ago I discovered the many joys of the quilt blog universe. I just want to thank all of you fellow bloggers for your inspiration and ideas you share on your blogs and for your comments on mine. I didn't even know blogs existed when I was googling images for a scrap quilt I was making for my sister and typed in "sister's choice quilt." Up popped Nicole's "Sisters Choice" blog. Whoa! I spent hours linking to blog after blog after blog. I couldn't wait to join this online quilt community and began my own blog. For awhile, I was happily talking to myself and then Kathie kindly mentioned me on her wonderful "Inspired by Antique Quilts" and I made new friends! Again, thank you Kathie and thanks all of you who've taken the time to leave a comment. The work in progress above is another inspiration I got from Kathie and I would welcome your comments to help me decide on the border. I've mentioned before how much I like pink and brown so I thought I would try this combo. I think it might just be too much of a good thing.

These squares all came from the tiny leftover scraps saved from the pieces for these star blocks. I had over 100 light and dark 1-1/4" squares so it took no time to put the center together.

I think I like the blue print fabric for the border on this quilt a little better than the brown and pink print. Should I go with a solid border?

Or...should I add these four patches in the corners?

I also put together a small Christmas top using the same Lori Smith pattern that Temecula Quilt Company is using for their little quilt a month program.

I finished the other top and am ready to enjoy some tea and scones. This is an easy and tasty recipe.

Raisin Scones
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold butter, cut up
1 cup raisins
2 tablespoons sugar
Yolk of 1 large egg
3/4 cup buttermilk
White of 1 large egg
Additional sugar for sprinkling

Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Put flour, baking, powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt into large bowl; stir to mix well. Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender or rub in with your fingers, until the mixture looks like fine granules. Add raisins and sugar; toss to distribute evenly.

Add egg yolk to buttermilk in a measuring cup and whish with a fork to blend. Pour over the flour mixture and stir with a fork until a soft dough forms.

Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and give 10-12 kneads. Cut dough in half. Knead each half briefly into a ball; turn smooth side up and pat into a 6-inch circle. Cut into 6 wedges, but do not separate wedges.

In a small bowl, beat the egg white with a fork until just broken up. Brush the top of each scone with egg white and sprinkle lightly with sugar. With a spatula, carefully transfer the two cut circles to an ungreased cookie sheet. If necessary, reshape circles so that the 6 wedges are each touching. (This will keep the raisins from burning.)

Bake 18 to 22 minutes, until medium brown. Cool on a wire rack; after 5 minutes pull the wedges apart and cover loosely with a dish towel.



  1. Happy New Year!
    finding bloggers with similar interest has been such a blessing. Love seeing your quilts and your posts.
    I did the same thing as you I kept trying different borders , yes I wanted a red one, don't tell me your surprised! It didn't work
    it needs the dark blue border and just the border, of course this is just mho!, save those cute little 4 patches for another little quilt down the road...hint, hint, hint!
    Love your Lori Smith little quilt too, may have to make one of those too!
    Happy New year!

  2. It is fun to find bloggers with similiar interest for sure! I love when my sidebar shows a new post from your blogging...I rush on over to see what your sharing and today was not disappointment! I'm really liking your little quilts bunches! I wish you many stitches in for your New Year!!

  3. I love the quilt but agree the darker border is better. I think it should be a bit narrower too so it doesn't take away from the cute center patches. I always love your projects and enjoy your blog!! Happy 2010!

  4. It has surely been the same for me this year. What an incredible creative world I've discovered and so many wonderful new friends. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  5. It has been such a treat to see your projects this (last) year. I so love your little stars. As a self proclaimed pink and brown afficinado, I know which option I probably would have landed on. But the blue border is also lovely - emphasising the pink inner border. Unlike Kathie I love the small squares though:) I find it makes the blue border somehow airier and lighter. A tough job deciding anyhow, as both (all) versions will be just precious. Love, Una

  6. I'm a pink and brown girl too but I LOVE the blue border with the four patches in the corners. Sister's Choice blog got me started reading blogs but I still haven't made one. Nancy in WI

  7. Happy New Year! I am a blue person, but I really do like the plain blue border best. Somehow the 4 patchs distract a bit from the cornerstones in the 1st border.
    What a great post! I love the red and green version of the Temecula/Lori Smith doll quilt. I'm also going to try your scones. Thanks!

  8. I really like the blue and pink border the best - has a lovely old fashioned quality to it.

    The blue makes it (a bit) more modern, and if I used blue, I wouldn't use the cornerstones.

  9. I'm always a nut for contrast, so I like the darker one.
    I really enjoy your blog and thanks for the scone recipe!

  10. I made your scone receipe and it was light and fluffy and oh so good.


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