September 18, 2013

Try a crocheted blanket!

Hello my friends,
I am pleased to present to you my first crocheted blanket!

These mittered granny squares offers many possibilities, I had fun, and I spent some time arranging them!

The squares are quite big, eye-measuring my yarn, I decided to make a blanket! isn't too big, a lap size, but cozy enough...
And now, I'll have a hot cup of tea and a wonderful book...
Heave a good time, everyone!

Happy ...crocheting!

September 17, 2013

...not afraid by corners!

Nope!...I'm not afraid by corners!
Well, not anymore! If you take you time, like a good quilter you are, and understand what's happening in that corner, the technique is very simple!
In the past, I had such hard time fighting with these corners!
That's why, now, I follow these steps:
  • measure the diamond side and add 1/2 ", to know square side,
  • mark one corner with a black/white pencil, depends on the fabric color,
  • position the star under the needle, like this
  •  it's an Y seam there, between two of the eight points of the star, so it must open easily
  • place the square with the marked point, right above the little thread you can see in the opened seam  
  • needle down trough the marked point 
  • do few stitches front and back to secure it and finish this side to the end.

I foud easy to start the other side from the point to the corner, secure at the end, in the corner, the same, few stitches, where is the marked point.
This is the result:
Below is the firs quilt.
The second one I have, is unfinished: I am totally "hooked" in a crochet mood  for about 2 months now, making pillow cases and blankets - I can't escape...(but I want to?!)
Well, happy...crocheting, my friends!

3 rounds! and more...

Hello my friends!!
How about mini pies!? Have you tried this? Do you like them??
I made eight pies first, and twice more after that, made another six little pies, each time ...
 all gone!
 Here's the recipe I used, if you are interested:
♥ for THE DOUGH:
   1 1/4 cup strained flour
   1/2 cup cold butter
   2 or 3 tablespoons cold water
   1/4 teaspoon salt,
Add the flour in a medium bowl.
Use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the butter into the flour.
Sprinkle the 2-3 tablespoons of cold water in the bowl.
Mix the ingredients together until thoroughly combined and away from the bowl.
You may add an extra tablespoon of water, if needed.
Place the dough in the refrigerator for about 20 to 30 minutes, or until firm.
♥ THE FILLING - in a large pan:
   1 onion, chopped and fried, add
   2 potatoes cut in little cubes,
   1 can green peas,
   1/2 chopped carrot, (or any other veggies you love, but small amounts of: mushrooms, peppers, eggplant, broccoli, etc.)

!! ♥ add any meat you want, in small pieces, Deli or even leftovers: ham, meatballs, steak or grill.

  Cook covered and add water little by little to steam all this and put away the pan when potatoes are soft.
  Let it cool a bit.
  Preheat the oven to to 345ºF;
  Soft oil the containers for pies;
  Divide the dough into equal parts, for how many small pans you have, and from each part cut 1/3 to roll the lid;
  Roll the dough in round shapes, lining the pans, add filling, cover, brush the pastry with egg,
  Bake for 30 min....

                                                                     (Easy as a pie)
Happy sewing!!