Friday, January 27, 2017

Pillow for Baby Girl

I have been working hard  the last few nights making this pillow for my step-daughters' baby shower. When you  spend  2 or 3 hours each night sewing, you have to love the craft, and I do. I had a deadline that I needed to meet because this baby shower that sort of snuck up on me, so I had to go into full Joanne mode, where I put everything else aside to finish this project.


The inspiration for my design was from a simple pillow that my mother used to make. I took her design as a template and turned it into my own. I often get inspiration from other work I am familiar with, but this comes from childhood memories, so it meant more to me to make this one for a child who I have yet to meet. I hope you enjoy this pillow little Aiyanna !

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Coconut Layer Cake

   Last night and this morning I made a coconut layer cake at the request of a good friend of mine.. This is a 4 layer cake with a coconut icing that you can see here Coconut Frosting Recipe .
The cake itself is not made of coconut. It is a light white sour cream cake that I thought would be a nice compliment to the coconut frosting with shredded coconut.
 The request was made for a party we are attending together later today. It is a 'knock off" of a Pepperidge Farm coconut layer cake, but better of course, because it was made by me with love and care.

 I am so glad she requested this cake because, although I love coconut, I have not thought of making a coconut cake myself and I  have never tried a Pepperidge Farm coconut layer cake. We will find out later today if my bake has met my friend's expectations, but I do know it was great fun to make and a joy that my friends want me to bake for them. ( I must be doing something right for them to request my baking, especially for special events and parties that mean so much to all involved.!)

Here are a few pics of the finished cake.

Recipe below.

   Coconut Frosting:
5 cups confection sugare
1/2 cup butter ( 1 stick ) at room temperature
1/2 cup coconut milk ( from a can )

Skim off just the cream portion off from the coconut can.
Beat the butter until creamy in mixer.
Add in 2 cups of the confectioners' sugar and mix well.
Add in coconut cream and mix well.
Add slowly the rest of confectioners' sugar.
Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, mixing until smooth, spreadable frosting.

  Sour Cream White Cake:
1 box of White Cake Mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp oil
3 eggs separated.

In mixer, mix well egg yolks with 2/3 cup of sugar (2 mins)
Add and mix in oil.
Add in sour cream, mix well and set aside.

In a clean mixer bowl, beat egg white until mixture peaks and thicken.
Slowly sprinkle the 1/3 cup of sugar while the mixer is running in medium speed.

In the egg yolk mixture, fold in egg white until all egg white mix into the the batter.

Prepare and lined bottom of 2 8 or 9 inch cake pan with parchment paper.
Pour cake batter into the cake pan
Preheat oven at 350.
Bake cake in the mid rake for 35 mins.

Let cake cool and flip cake on a pan,
Trim top of cake to level evenly.
Slice cake into 2 to make 4 layers.
Spread coconut frosting on each layer.
Ice and cover the entire cake with rest of coconut frosting.
Sprinkle top and sides of cake with shredded coconut, (1 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut)
Refrigerate cake until ready to server.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Little Quilt for Baby Girl

I wanted to make a simple and easy quilt for a baby girl. I looked around found this lovely quilt here with tutorial and I thought I could make this fairly fast, but I was wrong, That is not my style. I  have to admit that I am very fussy when it comes my quilts,especially with the points and the corners, They have to look good to my meticulous eye. So this quilt really kept me busy, keeping me up late into the night more than once. Here are some notes on my approach !

                 I use the technique of creating all the half square triangles

                        layout the pieces, I could go bigger or smaller, but I stop right here

             pinning this together, so I will start doing the real quilting next

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Stars surrounds Star Quilt

For the last few months, I have been busy sewing this stars filled quilt. It is coming together beautifully the way I like it. Yes, this quilt is much more intricate work than the other quilts I have sewn but the result is so fulfilling I must say and I am having so much fun working on it

… that doesn’t surprise anyone who stops by my blog. This is a little pattern I stumbled upon and I have redesigned and make it my own with some little tweaks, twists and touch of me and guess what??? My husband likes it (sure he is bias)! and what say you?

I tried to capture in pictures some of the work I put in while working on this quilt and here are the pictures.

      gathering and prepping the pieces
         I packed my sewing materials ready and took with me to keep me busy during
         our long flight over the pacific ocean for our long trip to Asia.
                                 sewing and stitching pieces together
                                  Here is the center piece
         oh yes, slowly and surely, this is coming together but not quite there yet .. there are still more sewing going on ....