Thursday, December 7, 2023

My Turn on the Cookie Hop

 Today is my turn to share on this annual eagerly-anticipated Cookie Exchange hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt!

I tried two new recipes: First up is Christmas Bar Cookies from
Use the link to access the recipe, if it looks good to you. It is a version of blond brownies.
Beginning the mixing process: 

Adding in all the "goodies":

Ready for the oven:

Add more sprinkles to the top after baking, if desired, cool and eat:

Use the link for the recipe.
I looked for this recipe because of some shortbread cookies that we had at our church's district conference in November. There was chocolate and raspberry jam on the top of those--and they were cut into wedges-- and I had to make some.
Here is one pan out of the oven and covered with melted chocolate chips (it makes 2 pans).

I put raspberry jam on top of the chocolate on one pan of them and left the other pan just chocolate-topped and took them to my quilt group. Everyone ate the raspberry topped ones!

They were SO good! I'll be making these again.

I have some Christmas sewing projects in the works but nothing ready to show. In the meantime, enjoy 3 of my grands with Santa. I don't think little Sydney knew what was going on! She will be 2 years old on Dec. 26. Such a sweetie! (Ok, they all are!)

Enjoy the rest of the hop!
Here is the entire list for the week:


Monday, October 23, 2023

My Day for Monsters (?)

 It's the first day of the Monster Mash blog hop hosted by Calico Joan of Moosestash Quilting.

    And it's my turn to share.

My finished product is a Harmonic Convergence (pattern designer is Ricky Tims). I have made several of these and, since I was teaching a class on it at my local quilt shop (Stewart's Sewing in Mt. Zion, IL), I thought I'd play with some Halloween fabrics.

The bats were cut out with an Accuquilt die and the quilting and bat appliques are done with glow-in-the-dark thread. It does all light up in dark but I think doing double stitching would have helped it show better. I wouldn't choose white thread for this project ordinarily, but I do like those pumpkins I quilted for the outer border.
Here's a close-up.

I've also been working on this bench pillow (The Boo Crew by JoAnn Hoffman) but have not had time to finish it--almost done with the applique here:

So, nothing scary but all fun.

Here's a photo of our younger daughter and family at the zoo. Poor Sydney was ready for bed when this photo was taken--she looks tired.

Here's the list for the week. Be sure to check out all the cool projects!