Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Baby Quilt for Adria Saunders

We had another grandchild. She is Scott and Adina’s fourth child. I decided to make one like for the other grandbabies. I have done a dinosaur for Takuma, a butterfly for Thalia, and dragon flys for Vivian, Adria’s Sister. So this one is a humming bird in the oval so here goes. It took me a while to figure out the humming bird.


On April 17th, 2018.Heather Farrel helped me quilt Adria's quilt on her long arm machine. I was going to give it to her for her first birthday but I never got the binding done. Adina had said that I didn't have to make one so I hadn't been in a hurry. Once it was quilted all kinds of things happened. Grandma died, then tons of previously planned trips happened.  It wasn't until October that Adina said Adria kept stealing Vivian's so it was time to get it finished.


It took a long time to do so we gave it to here for Christmas 2018. She is now 20 months old. I am a little slow but it still works. She now has her very own quilt to snuggle in. Apparently snuggle is her favorite new word. This is her and her Dad, Scott opening it at Christmas.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Canada's 150 Anniversary quilt

Victoria and I  found these fabrics that are available only in Canada in September of 2014. They were on sale so we bought enough for three quilts.


The collection is called Oh Canada, by Northcott Fabrics of Canada


In January of 2015 Victoria and I started designing a quilt. This is her quilt in progress.






The next year we saw that the fabrics were still being produced. It is now 2017 and the 150th Anniversary of Canada. I thought this would be a fun way to mark this event so we decided to make one for each family. 

We mad three in 2017. One for Natalie. She cut the fabric for all three in Augut of 2017. We finished her's then but didn't quilt it so that she could take it home easily.


One for Irina that we gave for her in Dec 2017. Irina did most of the the sewing on it.







One for Scott that we gave to him in Dec of 2018. His is the same design as Irina's with red sashing instead of black. The only one with black sashing is Victoria's.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

2017 Baby Quilts

Our YW made these two quilts for to mom's with new babies.






Saturday, February 11, 2017

Afternoon Quilts

Deb Hardin and Katie Edwards have a quilt store where you can make quilts from a kit or buy them already made. It is called Afternoon Quilts.
I was able to make a sample top for them before they opened in Dec 2016. It went together really quick because everything is cut already and there are great instructions that make it even easier.
Check it out!


This is their product description

Small quilt kits –
Our small quilt kits each contain –
  1. Pre-cut strips or pieces that will create the quilt top.  These pieces are cut exactly to size and require no cutting.
  2. Batting – We use Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly batting. The batting is cut slightly larger than your finished quilt top so you can easily baste your quilt.
  3.  Cuddle minky backing chosen to match perfectly with the quilt top. Your backing is cut slightly large so that you can easily baste it.
  4. Strips to use for the binding. You will need to sew them all together and then iron them into binding. We use three inch strips so that you have plenty of binding so that there is no problem binding around the thick cuddle minky back.
  5. Assembly instructions.
    *Not included – Thread and pins for basting*
The finished size of our small quilts is 40×55 inches.
This is a great size for a lot of different uses. These quilts work well as –
  • a crib quilt
  • a floor time quilt
  • a toddler bed comforter
  • a quilt for small children
  • a small throw to keep your legs warm
  • a stadium blanket
  • a lap quilt for a wheelchair
  • and many other things!
These quilts have been designed to be able to be made in just an afternoon. If you are looking for a quick and easy project this is the perfect option. We have provided you with everything you need to sit down and make an entire quilt from start to finish in very little time.
Pre-made Small Quilts –
We do not currently have many pre-made small quilts listed. However, we do have some in stock. If you see a kit that you like, but would like it made for you, please contact us at info@afternoonquilts.com for more information.
Medium Quilt Kits-
Our medium quilt kits each contain –
  1. Pre-cut pieces that will create the quilt top.  These pieces are cut exactly to size and require no cutting.
  2. Batting – We use Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly batting. The batting is cut slightly larger than your finished quilt top so you can easily baste your quilt.
  3.  Minky backing chosen to match perfectly with the quilt top. Your backing is cut slightly large so that you can easily baste it.
  4. Strips to use for the binding. You will need to sew them all together and then iron them into binding. We use three inch strips so that you have plenty of binding so that there is no problem binding around the thick minky back.
  5. Assembly instructions.
  6. Helpful hints for creating your quilt.
    *Not included – Thread and pins for basting*
Our medium quilts are not all strip quilts. There is a variety of patterns available.  These are larger quilts and so they will take a little bit more time to assemble. There is some variation in the size that each quilt finishes as, but they are all approximately 58×65 inches. Each quilt listing has the exact finished measurements.
These quilts were designed with the following possibilities in mind:
  • a quilt for older children, teens and adults
  • a throw for on the couch
  • can be used on a twin bed (double check the measurements to make sure you like the fit!)
  • as a stadium blanket
  • a travel quilt
Pre-made Medium Quilts –
We do not currently have any pre-made medium quilts listed. However, we do have some in stock. If you see a kit that you like, but would like it made for you, please contact us at info@afternoonquilts.com for more information.

We are excited to share our products with each of you. We hope that no matter how busy your schedule is these quilts will make it so that you can create, even when you don’t have much extra time and energy to spend. Happy Quilting!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

New Quilt by Victoria using the Box Trot pattern

  This is Victoria's latest quilt. The quilt is from the 
Box Trot pattern for her sister-in-law, Sarah.

 She quilted it on Marg McCullough's long arm quilting machine.


Sunday, March 6, 2016

A New House Being Built-

We have been looking for land to build on but have not been able to find a place that we like. We found one and I drew plans for it but it was in a cul-de-sac and backed on to a street of tinny houses that the town had insisted on having for starter homes. It reminds me of packed in row housing except for they are detached. You can't hardly turn around because the street is so narrow.

There is a division in town called Prairie Lake Estates. It was started by Henk DeVligar but the town made some pretty crazy demands. The lots are narrow and there is a row designated for townhouses right across from really big houses. None the less he developed it and put a pond with a fountain in the center of the development and then a walking path around it. After Henk became Mayor he sold it to the Tams brothers. They were able to change the zoning and get the townhouse area developed into single homes instead of townhouses. When we were looking at places around town we have not been able to place that we like  until we found these lots for sale.

We bought Lot 14 at Prairie Lake Estates. 

The process begins. We have to draw plans and figure out how to set a house on this plot of land with it's Right of Utilities as an easement. I can come up to it but not on it. We can't plant any trees because the Taber Irrigation District has part of the easement for water lines and if the water gets are anywhere near they will get in to the line and cause it to burst. It has taken over 30 or more plans to come up with something that works.


 This first photo is the land from the South East corner. 

  

The second photo is looking from the North West corner. The Pond is to the left of the big house.
 
 
   Here is the fountain.


There is supposed to be a three feet drop from the front to this corner at the back but it is hard to tell because of the depression in the ground

They are building a road on the inside for access to the houses. Also the engineers have to stake out the position and elevation of the house before we cam begin to dig.

We sent our plans to the town in November around the 12th but approval wasn't given until January. Luckily this has been a mild winter.


We were able to start digging on January 19th, 2016. It is a mild winter so they were able to dig.

Finally Digging.

They are getting ready to do the foundation of the house.



By January 21st the foundation footings were poured.

 January 23rd they were getting the frames ready to set up.

 The frames are up ready for to be poured on January 27th..

On January 29th the frames are off and the basement walls are done.
This is from the front with the garage on the right.

A view through the west windows.

A panoramic view of the north side where the entrance to the walk out basement will be and then the deck above.



Monday, February 15, 2016

Delicious Lemon Loaf and Lemon Meringue Pie

I tried a new recipe yesterday. I found it on pinterest and the recipe is here. It is called

The Best Lemon Loaf (Better-Than-Starbucks Copycat 

by Averie Cooks

 Her version
My Version

She is adamant about not substituting things for Lemon Extract especially lemon juice but I didn't have any extract. My next best option was LoriAnn Lemon Baking Emulsion. So I used the same amount of 2 Tbsp when she called for it. Merrick, my grandson, loved it!!! He is picky so I guess it passed the test!!!

Aunt Jeri brought a Lemon Meringue Pie so we had a lemon day yesterday for Sunday Dinner. It was delicious too!!!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Making French Macarons

French Macarons are known to be a difficult pastry to make. They require precision in both measuring, technique and baking heat and time. Angela Gardner and tried to learn how to make them for the March 2014 Stake Dinner Dance. We had some fails and Angela finally got some successes so that we could serve them there while I concentrated on other cookies.

I just found this post at Dessert First blog about the SF Cooking School and Chef Nichole Plue. She teaches the Professional Pastry course there. The Macarons are from Pierre Herme's Recipe book called Macarons. We were recently in Paris and found his Macarons to be the best of those we tasted.