Archive | April 2013

Baking Day

Tonight is our Fishers Of Men, fish dinner at our church.  I was asked to bring cupcakes and to try and keep in the theme.  I love making cupcakes, cakes, desserts or baking of any kind.  So, went to my stash of recipes to try and found one that uses box mixes.  I do make from scratch and I do keep box cake mixes on hand for emergencies.  This not being an emergency, I thought twice, but it is a new recipe for me to try, so, I’ll try it.  Here’s the recipe along with the link, I don’t want to get accused of stealing off the web and any changes that I’ve made.  I didn’t use the name brand on the recipe, didn’t have that particular one on hand, but used another one.  I made 3 different flavors, chocolate, white & key lime.

Cupcakes That Fill Themselves
By Duncan Hines

Cupcakes That Fill Themselves

Cupcakes That Fill Themselves

Ingredients:

1 package Duncan Hines Devil’s Food Cake  (I made 3 batters, 1 chocolate, 1 white & 1 key lime)
(for 3 batches of cupcakes I doubled all the following ingredients)
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1/3 Cup Sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 Cup Chocolate Chips (I used white chips for the white cake and the key lime cake, chocolate for the chocolate cake) They recommend using the mini chips, I didn’t have any of those in the house, so I used regular, they didn’t melt all the way through so you get a nice bite of chocolate chip when you bite into them. I personally like that, a hidden little extra surprise.

This recipe calls for 1 bottle Duncan Hines Amazing Glaze, chocolate.  I made my own icing, the recipe will be below.

Baking Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°
Prepare cake mix as directed on the package and set aside
In another bowl cream together cream cheese, sugar, salt and egg.  Stir in chips
Place cupcake liners in cupcake tins.  Fill each 2/3’s full.  Drop about a teaspoonful of cream cheese batter onto each cupcake.  DO NOT mix in!  Just leave them and it will fill itself as it cooks.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until tested done.
Cool completely, drizzle with glaze and enjoy!  (I iced mine)
Makes about 30 cupcakes.  (I don’t know how old this recipe is, but I did get 24 out of the chocolate, but the white I got about 18 and the key lime less.  I don’t think the box mixes are as big as they use to be)

You’ll notice that my ‘white’ batter doesn’t look white, thats because I use the whole egg, and my eggs being from my free range chickens make my cake batters really yellow.  Yes, there is a huge difference using free range eggs.

I did get preoccupied and made a blunder.  Those pictures are here too.  The blunder, I noticed when I put the mix into the cups that it was thick, figured it was suppose to be that way, I wasn’t thinking.  Anyway, as they were baking and I was cleaning up, I noticed 3 eggs on the counter………..yup, left the eggs out.  I quickly looked in the oven to see how they were baking and was amazed that they had risen and were baking.  When the time was complete, I took them out, I had to try one, to see how bad they tasted, they were very dry but didn’t taste bad.  Anyway, the chickens love them.

Ooops! I almost forgot to put the icing recipe!  Here goes, this is my own recipe, I call it Butter Cream Cheese Frosting.  I sometimes make changes, so this is tonights version:

1 8oz package of cream cheese, room temp
2 Cups shortening (most of the time I use the butter flavored shortening but today I felt I wanted it to be white)
2 Sticks Unsalted butter at room temperature
8 Cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract

Cream together the cream cheese, butter and shortening.  Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mix it in, then add the next cup.  This helps to hold down the powdered sugar ‘dust’.  When all are combined add the extract.  You don’t have to use almond, use whatever you like, depending on your flavor cake.  Then decorate as you wish.  I created 3 different color icings  one for each flavor cupcake, on top I added a Swedish Fish to keep with the theme.

Also, I’m taking with me tonight Low Carb Carrot Sno-Balls.  These are raw and good for you.  I made these special for one of the men at our church whose diabetic.  Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients
  • ½ c. dates or raisins (if using dates, soak them in hot water for about 10 minutes), I used about 10 Medjool dates
  • ½ c. raw walnuts
  • ½ c. carrot, finely grated
  • ¼ t. salt
  • ½ t. cinnamon
  • ⅛ t. ginger (dried)
  • ⅛ t. nutmeg, freshly grated if possible
  • ¼ t. lemon zest, optional
  • ½ c. unsweetened coconut shreds, for rolling
 Instructions
  1. Pulse the walnuts in a food processor until they are broken up a bit.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the coconut).
  3. Process until everything is well combined.
  4. Pour coconut into a small bowl.
  5. Roll the dough into balls and then into the coconut.
  6. Place on a wax paper-lined plate and then into the refrigerator to set a bit.
  7. Enjoy!
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Are Lemons Alkaline?

Lemon

Well today me and the hubby took a trip to ours daughters in Maryland.  Nice day for a road trip.  Anyway, since we left early I didn’t get my morning smoothie, instead we ended up getting coffee at WAWA which I broke down and used the nondairy flavored creamer and we each got a breakfast sandwich, for me the bread though delicious was bad and the cheese.  But it held me all day, until the ride home,we stopped for gas and my hubby came out with 2 Zero Candy bars! Ugggg!

But while we were at our daughters I asked her for a glass of lemon water and she hold me she stopped drinking it for a while.  I asked her why, she said that the acid in the lemon water gave her a canker sore in her mouth.  I told her that it couldn’t have been the lemon water because ever thing I’ve been reading about lemons, that they we alkaline.  So when I got home I had to google and see who was right, I’d be lost if I had to give up my lemon water.

Well this is what I found out about lemons:

Lemons are Alkaline Forming
 
This is because their acids, such as citric acid, are weak acid and the Lemon’s overall nutrients are alkaline. The End Product of Metabolism, otherwise known as Ash and it’s effects on the body make it Alkalizing.
 
Citric Acid is a “weak” acid, meaning once it’s done it’s job in providing energy in metabolism it’s eliminated easily via sweat and respiration. It is alkaline forming in that it stimulates the formation of calcium carbonate in the body. Calcium carbonate then neutralizes the “Strong” acids in the body, acids that can only be gotten rid of through urination, including uric acid which is the end result of protein metabolism.
 
In fruits such as the Lemons… the mineral content is also taken into consideration, and the Lemon’s Alkaline minerals are many, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and Selenium so after the citric acid has done its job and is easily eliminated, one is left with a very Alkaline Ash (end product) from the fruit.
 
In a Similar way, Malic Acid (another “weak” acid) attacks Lactic Acids (A “strong” acid) making foods like Apples and it’s unprocessed vinegar also an alkalizing source.
 
The list goes on… It’s how the elements of the food, inclusive of its “acids” are utilized by the body and whether it’s a weak acid or a strong acid in how it can be eliminated, and the food’s nutrient content such as it’s vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, etc. that a food’s ash ends up being.

Proteins… they are acidic, not only in their amino acid content, but also in it’s utilization by the body… it leaves Uric Acids as it’s waste product from its metabolism. And we need Citric acid to help our bodies eliminate this Acidic end product (Ash).

Here are some helpful links that I found on Google:

How Can Adding Lemon Juice To Water Make The Water Alkaline?

There are more out there just google ‘is lemon alkaline or acid’  you’ll get a slew of links.  Since I’m not a doctor, I’m doing this research for ME and sharing it with you.  You need to find out whats right for you, but, we need to understand that our bodies were made to be alkaline not acidic,  to get the right body ph right, it begins in our guts, and that begins with what we put into our mouths and swallow.

So, now that I’m home, I’m drinking my lemon water to help reset my ph and flush out what I’ve put in it today.  I will have a strawberry smoothie later on.  My smoothie will consist of: Strawberries, Cucumber, Banana, Celery, Kale and an avocado.  I will sprinkle on top Chia seeds and Flax Seeds.

If  you have any questions or comments please post them, we can learn together.

Welcome to Baker Barbs Page

Welcome to Baker Barbs blog page.  Here I hope to give you new recipes to try, links to recipes I’ve tried and changes I’ve made to any of the tried recipes.  I generally always change a recipe.  Remember, a recipe is only a guide, so don’t be intimidated by them.  I didn’t realize how many folks are intimidated by recipes.  Don’t worry, the recipe police aren’t coming after you if you tweak a recipe and make it your own.

This evening we had a family dinner.  Our two sons and their families live close by, our daughter lives a couple states away, so she and her hubby don’t get here to much.  Tonight was for the local families.  Our oldest son, his wife and 2 boys ages 12 & almost 7.  Our youngest son couldn’t make it, he ended up working late so his wife came, no children there yet.

So tonight I wanted simple, comfort food.  For me, that means a roast of some sort, cooking all day in the crock pot…. yes, I do ‘cheat’ and use a crock pot from time to time, especially for roasts.  I decided on a chuck roast, this brings back childhood memories for me, so that equals comfort food.  Mashed potatoes are always a welcome vegetable, since I only make them when the family gets together.  If you read my page God, Food and Health you’d already know that 2013 is a year of dieting changes for me, not mentioned in that page, but I’ll tell you now, potatoes, especially white potatoes are not going to be a staple in my new eating habits.   So, tonight we allow some alternatives and tomorrow I’ll detox with smoothies and probably will eat raw….I don’t think we have too many leftovers that will call to me and haunt me.

Okay, got a little off track, so I made a chuck roast, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli.  Had a huge salad.  I did make dinner rolls out of the tube…. oh, I gave up bread (wheat products)  I knew this was going to be a hard one, so bread I only eat when we have company or go out, thats my treat.  I only had one little one tonight so that wasn’t too bad.  I’ll drink an extra glass of lemon water tomorrow too, to help detox.  For dessert, I made cream puffs, I will have photos and the recipe at the end of this page.  Oh, for the appetizer, yeah, family dinner and I made an appetizer, well, I have so many recipes I want to try, that family gets to be Guinea pigs too!  So for the appetizer I made Candied Bacon.  That’s the recipe that I used, below I will have a photo and the changes I added.  This got mixed reviews from the family, so, not sure I will make this particular one again, I’ll probably move on and try another.

Candied Bacon

Candied Bacon, great for an appetizer

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar (I ended up using 1 Cup Brown Sugar)
2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar ( I ended up using 8 tablespoons Rice vinegar)
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup (I ended up using 8 tablespoons Maple Syrup, the real stuff)
Ground Black Pepper to taste (I used ground garlic pepper)
1 Pound Thick Cut Bacon (I ended up using only about 3/4 of a pound of thick cut bacon)
(I also used: Spiced Islands Chipolte Chili Rub and Cayenne Pepper , both to taste)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix brown sugar, rice vinegar, maple syrup, and black pepper in a small bowl. (I ended up making a total of 4 batches)
  3. Place bacon slices on cooling rack set over a baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, turn slices, and bake another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove bacon and brush both sides with brown sugar mixture. Return bacon to the oven and bake another 5 minutes. Repeat basting every 5 minutes until bacon is browned and crisp, about 35 minutes.

    Now, when the bacon was done, they don’t tell you how to cool it, and it is candied, so I left it to cool on the racks, well, you need to watch that, let them cool just a bit and removed them, because they’ll harden on the racks and you want get them off looking nice.  Also, use foil under the racks to protected you baking pans,  that stuff is hard to clean off.  You will have to soak them if you don’t.

Cream Puffs with Bavarian Cream Filling

 Cream Puffs

Ingredients
Pastry:
1 Cup Water
1 Stick Margarine or Butter (I use butter)
1 Cup SIFTED all-purpose flour (that means you sift then measure)
4 Eggs

Filling:
3 Cups Half & Half
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 Eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

Powdered Sugar for sprinkling on top

Directions:
Preheat oven 400 degrees

Make Filling:
Combine half & half, sugar, salt and flour; cook slowly until thickens.  Add 3 beaten eggs (temper them first by adding some of the hot mixture into the eggs and stirring to keep the eggs from cooking, then add into the hot mixture)  Cook until mixture is even thicker.  Remove from heat, cool slightly, add vanilla.  Put pudding in a bowl, put plastic wrap over the pudding so no film forms and put in refrigerator.

Make Pastry:
Heat water and butter to boiling.  Add flour and stir constantly until mixture is smooth.  Remove from heat and let cool about 5 minutes.  With electric hand mixer beat in 4 eggs, 1 egg at a time.  Drop dough from tablespoon to form a mound onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until light brown.  Do NOT open oven door until 30 minutes are over, they cook by steaming you don’t want to let the steam out, they’ll flop.  Take a quick look if they’re not light brown give them another 5 minutes.

A special thanks to my daughter in law Val, who helped me with the pastry.  Without her help I wouldn’t have found out where I generally go wrong.  I tend to over cook the dough for some reason, and I didn’t think the 1 egg at a time was important but it is.   I know now, not to open the oven door too soon.

My mom always made cream puffs for me and my dad when I was growing up.  She passed away 7 years ago and took her cream puff recipe with her.  So trying to find the recipe that best brings back the memories of my child hood was hard, but this one is very close.  So, its a keeper

It’s Finally Finished!

Well, FINALLY!  This red jelly roll quilt is done.  The pattern is called Northcote Range Jelly Roll by Cabbages & Roses, I purchased the fabric at the Missouri Quilt Co.  As I stated in my previous blog Ever Make a Jelly Roll Quilt??  this particular jelly roll drove me crazy.  Well, finally the craziness is over and the quilt is complete and I finally LIKE IT!  It measures a whopping 53″ x 72″ and I’ll say it again, IT’S DONE!!!  It drove me crazy from the very beginning to the very end.  Needless to say, even though I know like it, I will someday be gifted to someone.

Also, next Tuesday, during our crafters at church, we will be making baby quilts.  These quilts will be donated to Choices of the Heart.  We are also accepting donations from anyone, who would like to supply fabric for this cause or if they are a knitter or crocheter, that they create some baby items as well to be donated.

Below you will find two photos of my now completed quilt and a photo of a started quilt that will be donated to Choices of the Heart.  I will be making more, but this is the one I started on yesterday, the name of the fabric is Curiosities Layer Cake and purchased at Missouri Quilt Co.  Some little girl is going to enjoy this for years to come.

Stay tuned for more quilts and a special Wedding Dress Memory Quilt blog, that I will be starting in the coming weeks.  I will be using my daughters wedding dress and mine, to make her a memory quilt.  I have some ideas ready to go and the ladies at crafters are going to help me out, should I need it.

To read the beginning of this blog click on this link “Ever Make A Jelly Roll Quilt??

God, Food & Health

I am a Bible believing Christian.  So, for me, I believe as the Bible states that God created the world and everything in it.

Genesis 1:11  Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.

Genesis 1:12  The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

After Adam & Eve ate of the Tree of Knowledge and sin came into the world, God knew they would need more to sustain their health and let them eat meat.

Genesis 9:3  Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

Which to me means, that God provides for all our needs.  He provided foods for the nourishment of our bodies, to keep us healthy and if we aren’t healthy, he has provided what  we need to get healthy.  So, if we’re eating food as God intended us to do, we ‘should’ be healthy.  Problem is, that our food these days, is not like the food back in Genesis.  We have modified, changed, added, taken away, etc. to the foods that we eat.

Okay, so thats what I believe and here’s what I’ve done so far this year.

January 2013, my New Years Resolution was to eat healthier.   If you read my blog from the beginning you know that I had medical issues last year, its exactly a year now that I’ve been diagnosed.  Anyway, being on medicines, isn’t really where I want to be, they have side effects, some make you gain weight, etc.  I was on one that made me gain weight, which I didn’t like, in January they allowed me to go off of it.  So, I needed to go on a diet, no, not going on a diet, diets never last.  But, I do want to fit in my jeans. I don’t want to have to ever go back on that particular drug, so, had to do some research.  What foods, could I eat or not eat, that would help my body to be healthy.  Well, there’s allot of information out there.  I knew that our house was full of ‘junk food’  foods not good for anyone to eat.  So, I decided that as these foods were eaten, they wouldn’t be replaced.  In the meantime, more research.

My daughter had me give up dairy last year to help with tummy troubles I was having.  My daughter has been eating healthy for a long time, and recently she’s been even more so.  She eats very little meat, no dairy and veggies.  Now, I couldn’t live without meat, I’m a carnivore, so more research was needed.

In the meantime, while I was depleting the ‘junk food’ out of our lives I was replacing it with more fresh veggies.  I found that eliminating dairy from my diet was a good thing, so became more strict about that.  I eliminated refined sugar, not an easy task because I have an enormous sweet tooth!  So, yes, from time to time I fall off the wagon.  I don’t get mad at myself, I know I’m going to fall/cheat so I allow it, and detox with smoothies the next day.  I must say, its been easier, now that I allow it, I don’t have the guilt.

I suffer from migraines, so I was already off of chocolate & caffeine, once I got off of refined sugar, I stopped drinking decaf and moved on to herb teas.  I now have eliminated refined wheat….well, I’m trying.  I eat bread only when we have company or we go out to dinner.  We eat pasta only a couple times a month.  We are eating more fish and red meat, chicken & pork I try to prepare equally, not more of one or the other.

One of the biggest changes that I’ve made and you can check it out, is lemon water.  Very important.  Just google ‘benefits of lemon water’  you’ll see.  That’s all I drink, is lemon water.  Every time I walk through the kitchen, I stop at the fridge and pour myself a glass and drink it all.  Probably doesn’t sound like a lot but, I personally, walk through the kitchen a lot!  It use to be on the way through, you grab a snack, but now, just a glass of lemon water.

One thing I do know, is God, created us all different.   Psalm 139:13   “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

So, what works for me, might not work for you, you just have to find out what does work for you.  I know, I heard many times on tv that when you go grocery shopping you should only shop the outside isles, and I can honestly say, that now I do!  Every now and again I might have to venture into the rice isle to get rice or quinoa or in the frozen isle to get some frozen blueberries for my smoothies, but other than that, YES! I shop the outer isles!

So, here are photos I took today after coming home for the market.

Well this morning,  in one of my emails was an interesting recipe from The Earth Diets, the Recipe of the Day: Vegan Sole Food.  Well, we are definitely NOT from the South, unless living in South Jersey counts 😉  But, I’m willing to try different things from time to time.  When you check out this recipe and see all the benefits it has you’ll see why I tried it, and it came out very good, so I will be making this again.  Here’s a picture of mine:

Vegan Sole Food

You can eat this as your meal, but since I was making it for the first time and not sure if we were going to like it, I made salmon also.  Cauliflower has enough protein in it that a meat isn’t needed.  The only change that I made to this recipe is I didn’t add onion, I used green onion instead.  For me its a texture thing, its rare that you will see me use an onion.

Hopefully I haven’t bored you & I hope I didn’t get off track, but now that I’ve started this blog, I can just add without going on and on… I hope.

Working on the Ponds, Day 1

Well today we decided to work on the ponds, well my hubby worked and I took pictures.  He drained the bottom pond, which is the one we’re going to do away with, he hand caught most of the fish that was in there and tossed them up to the next pond, which is going to be expanded on.  The next pond up is connect to the front pond (see photos & blog “I Can’t Believe I’m Doing This!” ) will be drained and cleaned, but we will cap the connecting pipe so the upper pond isn’t drained.  We haven’t done a major cleaning on these ponds like this in many many years.

We managed to disrupt 2 of our local garter snakes, my hubby took a minute to catch one.  They kept an eye on him, probably trying to figure out what he was doing to their ponds.

Anyway, we’re suppose to get some horrible storms tonight, so he’s done for the day.  That will give the fish and snakes a chance to settle.

Ever make a Jelly Roll Quilt??

Northcote Range Jelly Roll

We have a craft day at our church every Tuesday morning.  Doesn’t matter what type of craft you do, bring it with you, sit and chat with the ladies, and possibly get something done.  Yup, sometimes we chat more than we craft, but it all gets done in the end, and fellowship is just as important as the craft we’re creating.

Well, somewhere along the line, most of the ladies were bringing in their sewing machines and quilting.  I was painting, I had done ceramics for years, and the place where I did them closed up.  Before they closed, I purchased allot of pieces and cleaned them to paint at home.  Well, you know how that goes.  They sat on a shelf.  So, when Tuesday morning crafters was started I thought, wow! now I can get those ceramics painted.  It took me almost a year, but I got one piece painted! But then, I did have my medical issues I was dealing with and not making it to crafters every Tuesday, due to doctors appointments and hospital stays.  But, I did finally get one piece done, what an achievement!  Yeah! on to project #2, making a Jelly Roll quilt.

Somehow, the quilting ladies decided they we’re going to have a Jelly Roll Race Day, which would consist of a whole day, not just 2 hours of creating a Jelly Roll Quilt.  Seems you can do this in a day, google it, how to make a Jelly Roll Quilt.  There are tutorials, its easy, its amazing.  Well, I have not touched a sewing machine or a needle & thread since 2005!

A little side note:  I was sewing the day my mom went into the hospital for the first time.  She was in and out of the hospital & rehabs for almost 4 months until she passed away.  During that time, no sewing got done, it got put away.  Put away for 7 1/2 years!

Well, time to get the old machine out.  Hummmm, the old girl just isn’t the type of machine you can carry around.  No problem, it was time to trade old Betsy in for a newer model.  My girlfriend, Jane, was trading hers in, so I figured I’d trade mine in.  So, together we took our machines in, traded them in and took home brand new lighter portable machines!

This full day of sewing we were to bring our lunch, so I decided, that since I can bake, I’d bake a Jelly Roll Cake to keep in the theme.  I will get a picture up and the recipe soon.

In the meantime, we all went on Jelly Roll shopping frenzies.  I purchased 4 Jelly Rolls, I believe.  I put one together the week before to see how it would go.  I’m a tad dyslexic so a little practice ahead of time is good for me.

Well, the day of the Jelly Roll Race, I believe there was 8 of us, 2 of the ladies just learning to sew and the rest of us at various quilting levels.  What fun!

Including the 1 I did the week before I think I have done 5 Jelly Roll Quilt tops.  The one I did during the Jelly Roll Race is now finished and that one is for my hubby.  Just because you finish a quilt top, doesn’t mean you finish the whole quilt at the same time.  You have to get the batting for the interior of the quilt, you have to decide what you want the back of your quilt to look like and then you have to decide how your going to bind you quilt.  This all takes time to figure out and of course a road trip or two to the fabric store, where of course you don’t just buy the fabric you need for the quilt, you buy more!

Yup, its an addiction.  My girlfriend Jane, is a quilting machine!  She just started quilting and can’t stop!  Lord knows how many she’s made this month.  You go Jane!

Right now, I’m working on one particular Jelly Roll, its driving me crazy.  I did the Jelly Roll like I always do but didn’t like the way the pattern turned out  (Yes, I should have taken a picture, but who knew it was going to go like this).  So, I brought it to crafters and my girlfriend Sue, helped me to figure out what I didn’t like about it, seemed it was visually lopsided.  So, dear Sue, ripped some seams out for me and we flipped it around.  I brought it home and sewed it back together.  It looked much better, but, still didn’t do it for me.

Meanwhile, I’m looking at different quilting & material stores on the internet (its an addiction remember, you just can’t get enough material or patterns or ideas!).  Anyway, I found patterns for Jelly Roll Quilts that were a step above the plain ol’ Jelly Roll.  So, I decided to cut my Jelly Roll Quilt in to strips in the opposite direction and make blocks.  The blocks are 4 squares by 4 squares, worked to get the pattern & coloring just right.  Yeah, I have a plan, oooooo let me add to that plan,  I will add sashing between my blocks, oooooo, I think I will add sashing in a basket weave pattern! Yes! A basket weave!  That’s what it needs!  Okay I have a plan & I have my plan on paper.

Now that the plans on paper, I need to figure out how much fabric I need for the sashing, the border and the backing.  I figured and figured and figured, my hubby tried to help with the math, but since I couldn’t figure out, how to figure it out, he couldn’t help with the math.  So a road trip is need to the fabric store to get the fabric & help with my calculations.  What fun is a road trip to the fabric store without a friend, so Jane & I went off to buy fabric.  It’s like taking a kid into a toy store for the first time, every time!  Anyway, we got our fabrics & home we came.

I hurried to my new craft area in our basement, I have a nice big table for laying out fabric or wrapping gifts or crafting.  So I laid out my fabric, got my diagram that I drew and started cutting my fabric.  No, problem!  Cutting went smoothly, got everything cut out in record time.  Yeah! onto the sewing…..

Well, sewing when smoothly until I looked at what I had together, not good.  My basket weave pattern was not there, ugggg, where’s the seam ripper.  I had about 1/4 of the quilt together and had to rip out most of it, thats what I get for not following my own directions!  So I ripped, and ripped and ripped, then I ironed, and looked at my diagram and sewed.

I have it all put back together and have stopped for the night.  I don’t want to make any more mistakes for today, so I decided to write about it.   I will get this finished and I will put up a photo or two.  Tomorrow the weather is suppose to be nice and warm, so yard work it will be, quilting will have to wait a day.

Let me know if you’ve made any Jelly Roll Quilts or what kind of quilts you’ve made & what problems you may have had.

Here are 2 photos of this quilt right now.

Jelly Roll Quilt

Jelly Roll quilt cut down and sewn into blocksJelly Roll QuiltUnfinished jelly roll quilt cut into blocks with red sashing

This quilt is now completed, if you didn’t see the finished work, click on this link “It’s Finally Finished