Sunday, March 25, 2018

Colorful Diamond Star Quilt

Inline image
I made this quilt fast and furious over a retreat weekend, then quilted pretty soon after.  I gave it to my daughters BFF.  They were buds from the beginning of fourth grade until now.  She and her family have been so good to my daughter.  It was the least I could do to say thank you for so much. I dont think I ever shared it on the blog so here it is, in all it's colorful glory.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Charcoal Black Soap



Black Charcoal Soap.  It is so expensive in the store.  I found this recipe on the Soap Queen Blog.  She has a great tutorial video you can watch.  She is an awesome soaper.  Great recipes and she has her own store which I have ordered from.  I did change this recipe a bit, swapping out some of the tea tree oil for peppermint oil. 

I love this soap.  It is creamy and has great lather but yet is is harder than some of the other soaps I have made.  I am definitely new to making soap.  If I can do it, so can you. 

My friend made this for me- isn't it wild?  
CHARCOAL SOAP

1.8 oz. Castor Oil (5%)
9 oz. Coconut Oil (25%)
14.4 oz. Olive Oil (40%)
9 oz. Palm Oil (25%)
1.8 oz. Tamanu Oil (5%)
5.1 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
10.1 oz. Distilled Water (15% water discount)
1 oz. Tea Tree Essential Oil
.7 oz. Peppermint Essential Oil
2 Tbsp. Activated Charcoal

1. Add lye to water (NEVER THE OTHER WAY AROUND). Stir until dissolved.  
2. While the lye is cooling, melt oils: Palm oil (it is recommended that you fully melt your container of palm oil before portioning out), castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil. tamanu oil. Cool to 130°F
3. Once your lye and your oils are under 130°F and about 10°F of one another, pour the lye mixture into the oils, and begin to stir.
4. Add charcoal slowly as it is super fine and will likely go all over.  Once it is immersed, then start your stick blender.
5. Stop, add in your essential oils.
6. When it is at trace, pour into molds. Spritz tops of soaps with isopropyl alcohol. This will definitely need 3 to 4 days to get hard enough to unmold.  Be patient.
Soaping supplies
Below in the pic you will see the pickling lime bag.  I will never use this again for soap. It's a super fine powder.  I much prefer the granules.  Easier to control.

My set up.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

On Ringo Lake Fun!

Excited to be doing Bonnie's Ringo Lake.

Those are the words I typed several weeks ago.  Now. I am surprised to say that it's nearly a year since my last post on this blog.  I am working on Bonnie Hunters latest, On Ringo Lake.  I love the quilt.  It was much fun, as always.

It's my fifth one.  I guess I must really like doing her quilts.  Its not like I havent got ten million of my own quilts to finish.  It must be that community thing.  Lots of my other friends have been more obsesses with out local sensation, Charlotte Hawkes quilts.  She starts her Mystery Quilt very soon.  You can see her mystery, here.



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bonnies Mystery En Provence Reveal

Finished! Yeah!  I am so excited.  After I quilt it I will give it a proper photo shoot.  Because that is always fun!

 I am so excited.  I love this quilt.  I replaced only one color.  I exchanged the yellow for some blue.

Update:  Someone just pointed out that the third row, fourth star from the left is messed up.  Dang! Should I, shouldn't I?  It's always a metaphor to life for me.  Says one voice, "Nothing is perfect, let it go."

Says another voice, "Seriously girl!  You know that's going to drive your OCD crazy!"

Says the other voice, "Just let it go! Who cares?"  Back and forth it goes until one of those voices finally wins out.  After its quilted I will let you know who won!


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Bonnie Hunter Mystery En Provence, Week 5



By some miracle, I have been able to keep up with this weekly mystery.  I almost feel as if I am missing something because I have been able to keep up.  Ha!  I haven't made it to the link every week, mostly due to some issues with my computer.  Hopefully it will be resolved soon.  Isn't it funny how your whole self can be in a pinch when you dont have your internet/computer.  25 years ago that would be hard to conceive of.  Computers were a small part of my life, mostly wrestling with Microsoft Word to get my company newspaper together.  No internet, just that.
 Some purple flowers to share on this grey winter day.

The time for the reveal is almost here.  I can't wait!  But then I will be sad, no more mystery...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Bonnie Hunter Mystery




Step #2 Done


Step #3 Done

So far, I have definitely been able to keep up with the steps since I gave up Holiday cookies this year. I gain a lot of weight over the Holidays every year as most people do.  This year I decided to skip the cookies. I will make a cake for Christmas instead.  This will help narrow down the caloric consumption to a one time deal.

The kids are asking me when we are doing cut outs though.  I will have to do that...

Instead of baking I have been sewing.  I have got a lot done.  Totally excited!

My purple four patches are nearly done.  I am anxiously awaiting step #4.

To join in on the Holiday fun sewing mystery quilt, En Provence, click the button below.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bonnie Hunter's En Provence Mystery Quilt

At last count I have 200 made.

I can't help myself.  Bonnie's Mystery Quilts are oh, so tempting for me.  I love the thrill of quilting with a large community and my friends too.  It's  a blast.  I learn a lot.  I escape the pressures of the season and I get a quilt made.

The one time I did different colors.
I always want to do different colors to be different, but then I get so jazzed about her colors and that's what I end up doing.

I am a huge fan of lavender.  Had a few bushes out front for a couple years.  They were big and beautiful.  Sadly a few years back when we had such cold temps int he winter, I lost my lavender. Sigh.  I haven't had the heart yet to plant them again.

Provence.  Now, that is a place I have always wanted to go.  I would love to visit France.  The countryside, Paris, the coast... all of it.

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So its a win, win situation. Click the button above if you want to join the fun.