Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday #101~ Pine Mountain, Kentucky

@ Pine Mountain in Kentucky
Shot by Chris Jones of Harlan, KY
Sept. 12, 2014
 
 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Yellow Everyday Doll Play Dress- from free pattern

Have you got a collection of American Girl doll clothes patterns? Remember those patterns may fit other dolls.

This "Everyday Playdress" pattern can be found free at Craftsy.  You do need a free membership to access the free pdf pattern.
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 I did adjust the length of the skirt for this doll.
Actually, the skirt pattern was folded in half, length wise creating a bubble type skirt.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Quilt Shot Block #26 ~ Kaleidoscope

12½ inch square

 Stitch additional fabric to the corners.
 Use 12 ½ square ruler aligning center & cut block.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday #100~ Black Bird?

Taken by Mr. G in the Petrified Forest, Arizona

In Kentucky we have crows, but according to this article, this is probably a raven because he was all by his lonesome.  Would love to hear from my bird expert friends about the type of bird you'd call this fellow.
Last 2 pictures cropped from the first.
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Spaghetti Straps for AG (Carpatina) Summer Dress

You can download this pattern for free found at the bottom of the https://www.carpatina.com/patterns.html web site. Note it is not a pattern made specifically for an American Girl Doll. I had to alter just a bit.











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I had bought a bag of scrap fabric at a flea market.  These pieces looked like they were leftover from a curtain.  I had experimented using the border in making a kaleidoscope quilt block. Still had fabric left over, and thought the scale of the flower design would work well for doll clothes.  I pulled out the Free Carpatina Summer Dress Pattern I had downloaded and proceeded. 
Instead of using the pattern for the strap, I used some ribbon that just happened to match the flower design's color.

Marked length according to pattern.


The hem is the original hem that I think was once the hem for the curtains.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Designing the Suite Purse Skirt

        It has not been a productive summer when it came to getting projects done and posting to this blog.  I've been with my Mother throughout June and then back again here in August as her health runs like a roller coaster right now.  When there is little or no wifi available, then nothing gets posted anyway.
            While at my Mother's this week, I noticed one of the Caregivers had one of the new 31 Suite Skirt Purses.  I've had a few requests for a pattern for that purse via visitors that visit my Skirt Purse Free Pattern site.  So I drafted a pattern from her purse using the only paper I had available, newspaper.  Reminded me of the old days when my Grandmother, Mother and eventually me in the early sewing days, used newspaper to make our own patterns. 
         Finally, today I got around to using one of my Dad's old night shirts to cut out and sew it together (yes, I brought my little machine with me.)  The sides and bottom are oddly shaped and very hard to put together because it involves right corners.  I have to study on this a bit to make a much easier design that will fit. I also have to wait for the Caregiver to return with her purse for a fitting.
      Please be patient with me, and know why I don't publish on a regular basis.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Canning Green Tomatoes for Fried Green Tomatoes Anytime

          I've done a lot of canning once upon a time, but something I never thought about was canning green tomatoes so I could have Fried Green Tomatoes anytime of the year. However, recently I came across on Facebook, Edith, my friend since we were 5 years old, and her How-to for canning green tomatoes.  It was another day that reminded me, "You're never too old to learn something."
          I asked if I could swipe her picture, and share her directions on my blog.  She said, "Yes!"
Her directions in her words are as follow:
"ok people this is how I can green tomatoes .. and yes it works....Be sure to get very green and a firm green tomatoes.... slice them and pack in qt jars... I use wide mouth because its easier to get them out....put 1 teaspoon canning salt in jar and cover with cold water. seal and put in cooker large enough to cover with 1 in. cold water. bring to a boil and then boil for 10 mins.. take out as soon as time is up.. when u r ready to cook.. Drain well and I dip them in cornmeal and fry.. I have been doing this for years and they r always good...especially when its cold outside.. But the tomatoes have to be a firm kind no juicy or they will fall apart when u go to cook them... to me they taste just like fresh ones" 

Then another friend, Sandra, commented:
"I dipped mine in buttermilk before putting them in a mixture of cornmeal & seasoned salt. They were great! I will always make sure to have some of these on hand for winter frying."

Now my challenge is to find some fresh, very green and firm tomatoes.

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