I was interested in a new BOM offered by JacquelineSteves.com because I have been doing a lot of embroidering from vintage patterns lately and her BOM has a nice 6-1/2 center block to fill with embroidery or applique. Jacqueline supplies a simple embroidery/applique design but I wanted to use a series of darling bluebird-in-the-kitchen patterns that I found online.
This is the first of the Sew Sweet Simplicty BOM series which finishes at 12-1/2 inches unfinished.
I made this block from scraps using suggested colors except I substituted blue for red to accent the little birds.
This is a fairly easy pattern to sew with a couple of helpful tips from Jacqueline. We can make a four or six-block wall hanging and I haven’t decided yet how I’ll use my blocks, but they will all be scrappy with a bluebird in the center.
The free vintage embroidery pattern (plus many, many more arranged in albums) is available at
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Originally posted on Lillian's Cupboard:
Throughout my childhood, November 11 was called Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I at 11 o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month – the war to end all wars. Then came World War II and somewhere along the line the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor the veterans of all wars.
There were many veterans in my family during World War II. Three of my uncles served for the entire duration of the war. The first uncle, Frank, was drafted before Pearl Harbor, just months after he had married a young girl who had to wait for 4 years before they could resume their married life. Frank sent great letters home to everyone, including me. My mother thought he made my letters especially history/geography related, assuming I’d be taking them to school and he was right. Almost every day, someone brought a…
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Last Saturday, my daughter and I visited a favorite antique mall, Venice Pavilion Antique Mall in Ross, Ohio (near Cincinnati). I have been on the lookout for a small doll’s bed to display some mini quilts. I didn’t find a bed but I did find this really nice wide rocker for only $6.50. It measures 7-1/2 inches wide x 9 inches high
As soon as I got home, I made up a pillow with a Thanksgiving theme.
It was a cute pillow but I really wanted one that was wider. I found four 3-½ inch blocks that I had paper-pieced 6 or 7 years ago. With a few strips as borders, they turned out to be the exact size I needed. This is confirmation of my old argument that if you keep something long enough, some day you’ll find a use for it. All of the blocks were patterns from my Electric Quilt software (#5 at that time). This one is called Bird of Paradise.
This pattern is called Lucky Star…
I couldn’t find my file with the name for this block, but I like the blue fabrics.
This block is called Jack’s Delight and shows an advantage the rocker has over a bed – the space to display small items on the seat.
The best use may be as a comfortable resting place for my doll Emily who is wearing a doll dress made by my mother out of one of my dresses almost 80 years ago.
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In the 1980-90s my husband I traveled quite a bit between our home in Blue Jay on the Ohio/Indiana border and Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Florida. We always stopped in local shops or visitor’s centers to find souvenirs for the folks at home and I looked for regional cookbooks for myself. I found the Bear Wallow small booklets to be full of good, old-fashioned, easy recipes. This recipe came from Bear Wallow Apple Recipes. I first made this dessert in 1995 and have a note in my binder: “Made with our own Golden Delicious apples. David (my husband) loved this – ate almost the whole thing for supper.”
It’s a sweet, flavorful dessert with lots of apples and a thin sponge filling baked on top. The Cinnamon Whipped Cream was my idea and a good topping for this dish.
APPLE SPONGE PUDDING WITH CINNAMON WHIPPED CREAM
1 egg yolk, beaten
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
¼ cup water
½ tsp vanilla
1 egg white, beaten stiff
¾ cup dark brown sugar
2 Tblsp. butter
5 medium tart apples, peeled and sliced (about 5 cups)
Sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Have at hand a 9-inch baking dish
In a medium bowl, place the beaten egg yolk and whisk in granulated sugar.
Sift together dry ingredients and add to egg mixture alternately with water, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Add vanilla. Fold in stiff egg white.
Sprinkle brown sugar evenly on bottom of baking dish and dot with butter.
Pour sliced apples over sugar, sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg…
…then pour pudding mixture over apples.
Bake in 350 degree F oven for 45 minutes.
Serve with a dollop of Cinnamon Whipped Cream:
½ cup whipping cream
1 Tblsp. powdered sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
Beat cream, powdered sugar and cinnamon until cream is thick (don’t overbeat to form butter).
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I’m continuing with projects that use vintage embroidery and lots of autumn-colored scraps. I found this free pattrn online and made it into a place mat.
I embroidered another vintage pattern and added fabric to make a Halloween pillow.
The scary, feathered owl was a birthday gift from my younger granddaughter who liked it so well that she bought one for herself.
I made a pillow set for my vintage folding chair. This design is based on a Helan Barrick decorative painting pattern that I first used about 25 years ago.
It’s fun to take the embroidered pieces and figure out what I can do with them, using scraps and reducing the amount of leftover fabric I have to store.
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We had two surprises in our garden this summer. A big surprise was the appearance of volunteer cherry and pear tomato plants. I haven’t planted tomatoes for 3 or 4 years and was delighted to see strong, vigorous plants growing. A plant with little yellow pear tomatoes grew tall enough to bloom and produce right outside my kitchen window.
Every day, my daughter picked a bowl of delicious, fresh tomatoes and I started looking for ways to use them other than in a salad.
This tomato pasta sauce is delicious and worth trying if you still have cherry tomatoes hanging on in your garden. It’s good enough that I’ll buy cherry tomatoes in the winter so we can have this sauce often. The pesto portion was adapted from a recipe on Lidia’s Italy and the sauce is one that I make often.
CHERRY TOMATO PESTO SAUCE
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
12 large fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup walnuts
2 cloves garlic
¼ tsp. salt
Grating of black pepper
½ cup olive oil
2 Tblsp. butter
2 Tblsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup white wine (Charonnay)
2 tsp. lemon juice
½ cup halved cherry tomatoes
Grating of black pepper
4 servings of hot, cooked pasta
To make pesto:
In a food processor, place tomatoes, basil, walnuts, garlic, salt and pepper. Process until everything is finely minced.
Gradually add olive oil and process until mixture is smooth.
To make sauce:
In a large skillet, heat butter and olive oil. Add garlic and saute until lightly brown. Add wine, lemon juice, pepper and ½ cup of halved tomatoes. Stir in pesto and heat until mixture is piping hot.
Serve immediately over cooked pasta.
Yield: 4 servings
The second surprise was what grew up around a bird bath in the back yard. My daughter thought she had picked up a packet of small marigolds to brighten up the bottom base of the bird bath, but the flowers kept growing until they extended well above it and produced some gorgeous, huge orange and yellow flowers.
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