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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

April Mystery Quilt of the Month

Lots of Dots! Here is the fabric for our April Mystery Quilt of the Month.  It's quite "Spring-y" and takes a little more time than the last one!  Are you up for a MYSTERY?  Order by April 8th and pick up on the April 10th.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

chocolate, Chocolate and more CHOCOLATE

It seems that I always have some snack sitting on my sewing or cutting table.  A lot of times it is CHOCOLATE. (OK, most of the time it is chocolate.)  I've tried "healthy" snacks and they just don't seem to do what chocolate does.  Carrot and celery sticks don't fit in my "Fabulous Folded Bag" very well and the cheese and crackers just made a mess! I tried sucking on hard candies (to make them last longer), but like that old Tootsie Pop commercial (How many licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop), I end up biting them.  Not good on the teeth!  So, I will just stick with the chocolate.

My grandson thought my "Fabulous Folded Bag" was a great hat!  Thank goodness it is washable.  The pattern for the bag is by Desiree's Designs and is great for a treat bag, a gift bag filled with notions, a baby shower gift or dozens of other things.

So, seeing as how I am a "Chocoholic", I am including a recipe for the best fudge ever!  This recipe was given to "My Sister's Quilts" by Jo McPherson and it is just fantastic!  I like to use the Toffee Symphony Candy in it.  I made it for my neighbors for Christmas and was informed by a couple of neighbors that they don't like fudge, but they LOVED this!  One neighbor kept it all for herself and ate it for breakfast!  She said it lasted about a week.

Symphony Fudge
4 cups granulated sugar
2 cups cream
1 cup butter (2 cubes)
16 oz. Symphony Candy Bar (approx. 2 1/2 large bars)

Bring sugar and cream to a boil, stirring frequently, over medium heat.  Add the butter.  Stir until butter is melted but DO NOT TOUCH BOTTOM OR SIDES OF PAN WITH SPOON.  Stop stirring when butter is melted.  Cook to 230 degrees.  Remove from heat.  Add the broken up chocolate pieces.  Beat with hand beaters about 5 minutes.  If using a stand mixer, pour syrup into mixing bowl, then add chocolate to it.  Pour into buttered 8" x 8" pan.  Cool and enjoy!

Friday, March 13, 2015

March Mystery Quilt of the Month

"Bars & Stripes"
Our March Mystery Quilt of the Month was so much fun to make.  It took very little time to cut and sew as it was almost all strip piecing.  I loved the nautical print by Riley Blake and thought that it would make a great little boy's quilt.  It's too late to sign up for this quilt, but on Monday you can check out the fabric for the April Mystery Quilt of the Month.  The fabric from March's quilt is only available to those that purchased the kit. After March 20 it will be available to anyone.