Sunday, February 24, 2013


Oatmeal Cookies with Butterscotch Chips!

Well...I didn't get around to working on my Y-seams this week (see previous post) but I did make these cookies which have been on my list for ages!  Nothing fancy...they're just oatmeal cookies but with butterscotch chips!  For some reason, I've never used butterscotch chips.  I've bought them before but ended up just eating them out of the bag.  Anyway, these cookies are delicious! They're quite different from oatmeal cookies I've made in the past.

They spread out quite a bit on the cookie sheet (perhaps due to the 1 1/2 pounds of butter) and they are quite flat. I had to eat three just to make sure they were okay!  (Guess I'm going to the gym later!)
They're called Scotchies and the recipe is from this book...
This was a gift last year from my nephew.  The recipes are from a bakery in New York City of the same name - Milk & Cookies.  This is the third recipe I've made from the book.  I made the biscotti and it turned out perfectly.  I have a plan to work my way through this book making every recipe.  Some are quite complicated so I'm not sure how successful I'll be! 

Sunday, February 17, 2013


Hexagons! (And a Mini-Tutorial) I've been wanting for ages to make a hexagon quilt but wasn't in love with the idea of sewing them together by hand.  I found a tutorial for Y-seams (eek!) and set about learning how to cut hexagons without a template!

Yes, this one is made out of paper.  I wanted to make sure I was doing it correctly before I cut into my precious fabric.  I found a tutorial that shows how to cut hexagons with a 60 degree ruler! First, I cut a piece of paper 5 1/2 inches and folded it in half lengthwise.  

Keeping the fold at the bottom,  I lined up my 60 degree ruler with the point at the top and placed a sticky note along the bottom edge at 2 3/4 inches... 
Because the top of my ruler is flat, I realized after cutting zillions a few hexagons that I had to actually move my sticky note up 1/4 inch to the 2 1/2 inch line. The ones I cut before I did this had uneven sides.  All sides of the hexagon should be the same - in this case 3 1/4 inches.  Here's what it looks like after cutting both edges...
Open it up...and voila!
Hope this is clear. If not, email me and I'll try to explain it better. There are definitely better tutorials out there, but I thought I would show you the method I used.  I managed to get most of my 'fabric' hexagons cut this afternoon. I pulled out my vintage repro fabrics, which I haven't used for ages.  I have an on and off love affair with these fabrics (mostly on)! They are so cute and it's no secret I love anything vintagey! I also found some blocks I made a few years ago and had completely forgotten about! Oops!  Anyway, here's my nice little stack of perfectly (I hope) cut hexagons.
All I need to do now is master those dreaded Y-seams!  Wish me luck!

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Sugar Cookie Bars!!!

I think sugar cookes are my favourite cookie of all (especially those made by my SIL - Hi Jeanette - who makes the absolute BEST sugar cookies)!  However, some of us are too lazy busy to spend all that time making the dough, chilling it, rolling it out, cutting them out, blah, blah, blah!! Anyway, I came across this recipe (on Pinterest, I think) and decided to give it a try! They are actually very tasty and a quick alternative to the actual cookie. This one is definitely a keeper.  The only change I made was to the icing.  I cut the recipe in half thinking they would already be sweet enough - and they are!  I think they would also be delicious without the icing!
I also managed to put a new fabric stack together...
I love these bright colours and polka dots! I fell in love with the print on the bottom (found on Etsy) and bought 2 1/2 yards with no idea what I was going to do with it!  I finally decided on a Road Trip Quilt (tutorial here)! I thought it would be a great way to show off this cute print! I've made at least one quilt from this tutorial and I love the way it turned out. It's a great pattern when you only have one print!  I think I may even do straight line quilting on this one!
I managed to get the pieces cut out but haven't started on the layout yet.  I'm a little OCD when it comes to laying out my quilts. It takes me forever and I tend to procrastine. I spend a ton of time moving things around, taking pictures, etc., trying to get the perfect balance of colour.  It drives me crazy when the same colour touches - not sure where that comes from! I'm really looking forward to finishing this one as it includes some of my favourite fabrics and colours and I can't wait to see the end result!

Sunday, February 3, 2013


So...This week I decided to try out a tutorial I have looked at a zillion many times! I finally got frustrated enough with my earbud wires getting tangled and getting lost in my I made this!

Isn't it cute!  It's certainly not perfect and I had a few minor issues putting it together.  I'm just glad I won't have to fight with my earbud wires any more!  Tutorial can be found here!

And, I managed to get started on another quilt this week!  Now, I know there are different ways of making half square triangles.  I have always used the method of cutting squares, drawing diagonal lines, sewing on each side of the line and cutting them apart. I find this process almost unbearably tedious and I just haven't had much success with this method!  I seem to have a lot of trouble getting nice sharp points.  This time, I decided just to cut my squares in half and not worry about the bias edges everyone goes on about. Here's my pile of cut fabric...

After sewing the triangles together and tons of a little trimming...I ended up with this nice little pile of (accurate) finished squares.

When it came time to sewing these together I had a much easier time getting nice sharp points. Here's a little peak of the finished top!

I'm really happy with the way this turned out.  I love how the colours pop against the white fabric. I can't wait to get this one finished. The backing is going to be the green polka dot fabric! This quilt made a serious dent in my Ann Kelle fabrics. Time to restock!  I love them so! (And, for anyone interested, I started with 5 inch squares cut in half diagonally and trimmed the finished squares down to 4.5 inches.  I needed 90 squares total - that's 45 white and 45 print squares cut in half diagonally [I think - I never seem to get the math right with HST's])!