Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Most Dangerous Cake Recipe

This is the Most Dangerous Cake Recipe in the world.  But yet, the kids will love making it.  I know, I usually write about my quilts but I just had to share this recipe with everyone.

The 5 minute chocolate cake for one person...............HOW NEAT IS THAT!!


4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 Large Coffee Mug (MicroSafe)

Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well.  Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes on high.

The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!  Allow to cool a little and tip if out onto a plate if desired.

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake


And why is this considered the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?  Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!!!


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rings of Wild Tea

What to you think of this one??  I purchased these 25 Green Tea Fat Quarters from Fat Quarter Shop, and I decided to make a large quilt that looks mesmerizing and use most, if not all, of the fabrics.  I drew 2 blocks together (the Garden Patch and a Star Variation) to come up with this quilt.

First, I cut my fabric and laid everything out to sew.

For the boarder, I wanted to do a strip boarder to use more of my Fat Quarters.  It is a three inch boarder, so one strip will be cut 1 1/2" wide and the other is a 2 1/2" wide.  I cut them out right away while I was cutting.  (I like to cut everything out before I start sewing, kind of a habit I have.)

Then I made all my pieces for my blocks.

Next, I laid them out and checked each square to try not to have the same fabric together at the same time and trying to emphasize the design.

Carefully, keeping them in order, I sewed them all together, matching all my points.  There are now 2 different 9 inch blocks, 15 of each.

Now, it is time to sew them all together and add my boarder trying not to have the same fabrics together.  I machine quilted an all over leaf pattern design.

The binding was made of the left over Fat Quarter pieces.  I sewn them together and hand sewn it onto the quilt.    The total size is:  54" X 66"

OK, that was a lot of fun....I actually used most all my Fat Quarters, only a little left to put in my scrap tote.  While that one was being sewn together, I designed 2 more, one is a scrappy quilt.  So off to cutting my pieces....

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Block on top of Blocks

I am sure everyone has seen a block on top of two blocks table topper....Well, here is my version. 

It all started when Spring cleaning my quilt room and I came across some lonely scrap pieces that just begged me to make something out of them.  So, I got some white fabric, my Rotary Cutter, Ruler, and cut some pieces.

This didn't take long to make at all.  If you look careful it really was not hard at all, mostly 2 1/2 inch squares. When I had it all together I machine quilted it with an all over pattern, then added the binding using my invisible nylon thread.

Total size of finished topper is:   17 1/2" X 34 "
I had made one of these toppers last year in Blue Daisy fabric, they are so much fun to make. (This one has a larger boarder) I machine quilted this one also, but quilted it in the ditch instead of an all over pattern 

So I guess I better get back to my Spring cleaning.


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Friday, March 9, 2012

Scrap Basket Garden Topper

Look, I made something different this time. Not being too much for Folk flowers (that’s what they remind me of)  I usually draw flowers that look more real.  But I seen this topper a long time ago and it stuck with me.  So I decided to make it.

Back into my stash I went and dug out these fabrics.

First things first, now that I have my fabric, I drew what I wanted on graft paper.  Not remembering the exact size that I seen, I made it the size that I wanted.  I then cut out all the pieces for my blocks and appliqué.  I like to cut everything out before I start sewing.

Next was to make my appliqué block.  First I put my boarder on my white 10 1/2" square.  Then I centered them where I liked them best and machine appliquéd everything on.  

Next, I made all the rest of the blocks, referring to my drawing to make sure I sewed them together the way I wanted.

After I was finished making my blocks, I laid them all out to see how it would look and to make sure I would sew them all together the way I wanted them.  After sewing all the pieces together, I machine quilted it in an all over random pattern, plus quilted inside the leaves and around the flower centers.

The binding was then sewn on,  Total size is  34 ½” X 34 ½”   I am sure it will look good on any table and can be used all year long.

I am not back in my room making my next project.


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Thursday, March 1, 2012

My Flower Scrappy Quilt

Look close, you may have seen a quilt very similar to this one but it's  NOT the exact same.  I had to make it mine different.  (I like to add my own touch to all my quilts.) 

When I first seen this on the cover of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, I thought it was so neat.  I dug and dug into my scraps to find just the right fabrics that would go together.

Then I re-drew the quilt on graft paper shrinking the blocks down to 4 inch QST and changing the center and corner blocks.

I then proceeded to make my flower appliques.  I put my two sides on and placed the flowers where I wanted them and machine appliqued them in place with monofilament thread.

I made all my blocks and carefully sewed all together matching all points and trying not to get 2 the same prints together.

I machine quilted in an all over pattern.  For the binding, I cut 10 inch strips from each of my fabrics that I used.  I hand sewn them on with the blanket stitch.  My total size is 55" X 55"

Anyone interested in this quilt, it will be posted on my site for sale.  Thanks for looking...


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