Sunday, October 4, 2020


What do you do with the scraps you have leftover from sewing and/or quilting projects?  I watched a podcast on Youtube and he mentioned that he used all of his smaller scraps for dog bed stuffing.  (Making it Fun with Rob Appell Podcast on Youtube)  He got the idea from a shop he visited.  The dog beds are made like pillows.  The fabric is stuffed in the bag and the end of the bag is sewn up.  Rob shredded his scraps up with a rotary cutter prior to doing the stuffing.  I tried this but didn't do the shredding.  It is a little heavy and not as fluffy as it would have been if I had followed directions. LOL  If you don't have a dog, you can donate the beds to a shelter.

I am cutting pieces 2.5 by 4.5 inches for a scrappy quilt.  When there are leftover pieces large enough to measure 2.5 by 2.5, I am cutting them out.  A lot of scrappy projects use that size.  Last year I made a pumpkin table runner using 2.5-inch orange pieces.   It sure makes a project fun when various colors and patterns are used.😁

I also like to make crumb quilts.  Actually, table runners and doll quilts.  They call small scraps of fabric crumbs.  There are many ways to start a crumb quilt.  Here is a couple of examples of table runners in progress.   Some look like strip piecing and crumb quilting combined.   There are no rules.  I do this for fun.  Once you have quite a few scraps sewn together, you can cut out a square and possibly border the square, or make the whole quilt in one large piece.  I saw another podcast the other day where she was making squares and sewing them to a plain fabric in order to make half-square triangles. (Sugarido Podcast on Youtube) The possibilities are endless!

Have a great week!  Dawnie

We just lost JOY our Toy Fox Terrier girl.  She was fun and energetic and a hoarder when it came to her bed.  LOL

Friday, December 6, 2019

I'll Pour: Pumpkin Cake

I'll Pour: Pumpkin Cake: The picture shows a white cake mix.  I used yellow for the pumpkin cake. My sister and I were visiting on the phone about Thanksgiving ...

Pumpkin Cake

The picture shows a white cake mix.  I used yellow for the pumpkin cake.
My sister and I were visiting on the phone about Thanksgiving food.  She mentioned a pumpkin cake.  I now had to make one.  I happened to have canned pumpkin and a yellow cake mix.  I Googled pumpkin cake.  Recipes I found ranged from those 2 ingredients I have along with pumpkin pie spice.  Those cakes looked too dense.  I made a few changes and this is what I found to be the best pumpkin cake I have ever eaten. 

Pumpkin Cake:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

1 package yellow cake mix (I used Betty Crocker.)
1can of pumpkin puree (I used Libby's)
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil (I prefer sunflower oil.)
1/4 cup of cream  (You can substitute the cream with milk)
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (I make a blend of 5 spices but it is much simpler to buy pumpkin pie spice.  I will share the blend at a later date.)

I placed all of the above ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mixed the ingredients with an electric mixer for approximately 3 minutes.

Prepare a 9 X 13 cake pan by oiling the inside and coating the oil with a light dusting of flour. 

Note: If you do not have flour, reserve a tablespoon or two of cake mix and use this in place of flour.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 min.  The cake should spring back in the center when lightly pressed with a finger. 

Cool, cut, and serve with whipped cream.

I hope this post finds you well!  Thank you for viewing!  Dawnie


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Quilting and Crocheting

Not long ago I found 3 quilt blocks with the Dresden plate design.  I have always loved this design.  The stitching around the design is made with a blanket stitch in pink thread and of course by hand.  Most people would pass this purchase up since the blocks are older and limited to 3.  I decided to make the quilt blocks into a table runner.  I cut the blocks down, did the sewing on the top and I was making the ties when I folded the project up for the evening.    Oh no!  I was about 3/4 of an inch or more off on the end measurements.  I was so careful measuring and cutting---or at least I thought I was.  I took over half of the table runner apart, corrected the size issue, placed the table runner back together and I now enjoy it on my table.  

If you come across a single quilt square or two and you love it,  don't pass up the purchase.  There are several ways to use quilt squares.  Fabric strips can be sewn around a quilt square to make it larger and use it as a table topper.  It doesn't have to be quilted with bound edges.  I have used a quilt block I made (it looked vintage) for placing under a decorative item in a decorative grouping in the family room.  I hung the edge of the quilt block over the top of our bookcase.  This quilt top had raw edges.  Also, if you have a newer quilt block and you live in a country home or farmhouse, don't forget that you can tea stain quilt blocks used for decor.  My last suggestion is to use a quilt block as a backing for family pictures.  

Since I am not working at this time, I seem to have plenty of time to do projects.  I am using some of my hand-spun wool yarn and making winter hats.  If you need one, check out my Etsy shop.  

How is everything going for you?  I hope all is well. 

I do appreciate you viewing my blog post.  Dawnie

Saturday, October 19, 2019

I'll Pour: Bonnet Pot Holder

I'll Pour: Bonnet Pot Holder: A while back I found an antique pot holder made in the shape of a bonnet.  I wanted to replicate it, with a few little changes.  This i...