2.28.2011

A Guest for Crepes



If you know Mr. Fabulous, you are aware NOTHING tops Strawberry Pie....
at least that was the case until this morning.

Move over Strawberry Pie and make room for the new favorite: crepes.

It turns out Mr. Fabulous wasn't the only one anxiously awaiting his breakfast...

an unexpected guest joined us at the table today.


{Hoping he could get his paws on some, too!}

Looks like a popular recipe all around.

Good thing they're fast and simple.
Here's the recipe I use:

CREPES

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (still working on a gf version)
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil----melted shortening is a good substitute
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or equivalent (for savory crepes, substitute with salt)

*optional* powdered sugar for dusting & butter to prevent batter from sticking

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Combine all ingredients and mix well.
If your batter seems a little thick, add up to a tablespoon of water.
Pour mixture into a Pyrex measuring cup for the best control.


Heat a skillet on medium-high to high, grease pan with butter, one pat per crepe. Add enough batter to lightly coat the pan, swirling the batter in the pan
to ensure even distribution.
 
If you aren't able to flip the crepes to brown both sides, it is acceptable to cook just one side. However, I flip. If you like a crisp outer layer, practice your flipping for a perfectly cooked crepe.
 
Fill with whatever you like. We prefer fresh fruit, but you can certainly use Nutella, chocolate, peanut butter, jam, etc. Top with fresh whipped cream, fruit , filling and/or dust with confectioners' sugar.
 
Enjoy!
Heather

2.27.2011

THE *JANE* Supply List

The DJ Supplies List {as I see it}

  • A good seam ripper.
  • Background fabric---more than I'd care to admit.
  • Focus Fabric---an obsession like no other if you're using a unique fabric for each block & triangle.
  • YLI Silk Thread and more cotton thread than you could imagine. I started keeping the spools before I switched to cones and am still not done. lol
  • LOTS of filled bobbins at the ready.
  • Applique needles, machine needles and eventually quilting needles.
  • The BOOK by Brenda Papadakis---even if you choose to go the EQ software route.
  • DJ templates by EZ Quilting & Brenda Papadakis.
  • Software, should you decide to use it also requires lots of ink and tons of paper. I think I have an overflowing recycling bin at this point.
  • A new pack or two of flat head pins and a box of Clover applique pins
  • Fray Check
  • Freezer paper
  • F&P pencils
  • Clover mini iron & a standard iron that will get a work out.
  • Dritz Point Turner/Presser
  • A needle case for handwork on the go & little scissors.
  • Scissors, shears, rotary cutter & replacement blades.
  • If you go in spurts of mass production, you may also need a sewing machine tune up, just so you are aware. I'd get the check up first, but hindsight is 20/20.
  • Speaking of vision, you'll want to get your eyes checked out before working with the ridiculously tiny applique needles. Seriously. I have new glasses just for applique, but I'm 40....so proceed at your own risk.
  • An organization system of some kind. There are various ways to do this, check a few suggestions before committing to one and continue it throughout your journey.
  • A method for journaling and a pat on the back for each level of achievement and a can-do attitude.

Additional RESOURCES for Jane:

JANIAC LIST of BLOGS *check out Pip's blog there...and mine, too!*
THAT QUILT for some visual guidance
Dear Jane: where you can sign up for the listserve,
find helpful hints & purchase Jane goodies
and the new to Jane page HERE.

Happy Stitching,
Heather

One, Two, Three Tris!

TR4, TR2, TR3
The three triangles for this weekend came together pretty easily
considering the fussy cut bits were from 10" charms.
I was really worried #4 (purple) wouldn't be enough
but thought I'd give it a try anyway.
I LOVE the bells in it.

Working in order is quite different than choosing what you want to do,
as I did with the blocks after I stuck with the initial schedule a while.
I wouldn't say it's more challenging,
but I do find I have to make a fabric choice quicker than I'd like.
That may lead to some redos later on....we shall see.


My blocks were done in the order that they appear on this blog.
Its an altered schedule after a few weeks.
Your confidence will be up by the second month and then
you can adjust the plan to meet your needs.

If you are interested in the difficulty levels download,
please keep in mind that not all skill sets are the same.
What is easy and logical to one quilter may be
frustrating and time consuming to another.

I don't pay much attention to the rankings or the amount of time
it took a quilter to complete any given block.
It's all relative.

Happy Quilting!
Heather

2.24.2011

Embroidery

Do you enjoy hand embroidery?

I haven't embroidered in years, but I appreciate the time

that goes into it

and adore looking at hand work of any kind.

I'm drawn to vintage redwork patterns and modern, colorful patterns, too!


A reader recently sent an email question about needlework,

and while not my specialty {ok, major understatement, I know lol}

....I have been curious about finding a refresher course,

so I did a little digging.

I found a great site here for every stitch I've ever done and then some:

at Needle 'n Thread so I thought I'd share.

This was fun!

If you have a question or topic you'd like some help with,
please feel free to drop me an email so we can all benefit.

Happy Stitching!
Heather

2.21.2011

A New Look for the Blog

It's hard to believe that the header has topped this page for just over a year.

What a year it's been!

A new look will be greeting you on the RETRO-Fabulous blog
with a few other changes to come

{and hopefully a finish or two, too}.

I always appreciate your comments and am looking forward to your thoughts on the new design.

Best Wishes & Happy Stitching,
Heather

2.14.2011

Red & White All Around

To brighten my sewing room, I made a few
red & white accessories.



A new Scrap holder {next to the cutting table},




a chair caddy and a couple other
items to keep things in order.


Have a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY.

Here are a few flowers from the garden
for those of us anxiously awaiting spring.
It won't be long now.

Happy Stitching,
Heather
=)

2.12.2011

3 Triangles Today & Debi's Blocks

TR 1, BR 13, BR 12

Today was a great day for sewing.

Adding BR12 & 13 to the finished pile as well as TR1.

The triangles for the bottom row are finished.

That's a good feeling!

This afternoon, I made fabric choices for the top row triangles

& caught up with an old friend.




Debi B (aka Quiltinggirl)'s blocks for RSVP
look to be a fun variation of the Ohio Star.

If you'd like a copy of the instructions for Debi's block, called Sunrise Star, you'll find it here.
For a traditional Ohio Star, please click here. 
Thank you, Debi!

A bit of black and white fabric arrived today {I love fun mail}.

It has me thinking of yet another black & white block.

All in all, a wonderful day.

I hope yours was just as fabulous.

Best Wishes,
Heather

2.11.2011

We All Sew's Fave List

What a wonderful surprise!

We All Sew, sponsored by Bernina added the RETRO-Fabulous Blog
to this week's favorite bloggers.

Be sure to stop by and take a tour.

Their Sew to Serve list is a one stop shop
for some of the best quilting/sewing charities online. 

There's a freebie list, facebook faves & twitter feeds to check out, too.

Thank you, WeAllSew.com
and for those of us that tweet, follow @WeAllSew

All my best,
Heather

2.09.2011

Two Triangles Today


BR10 & 11
It's SO nice to have two more completed triangles 
added to the mix.

I'm keeping busy in the sewing room as our temperatures
dip down below zero. The windchill is supposed to be
about 30 degrees below zero by morning.

BRRR! Perfect weather for some serious sewing.

Heather 

2.08.2011

A Return to Jane

BR9 was completed this evening &
I couldn't wait to post a picture.
Happy Quilting,
Heather

2.06.2011

Super SEW Sunday

Poor neglected Jane.

I finished the blocks back in September...some of you will, no doubt remember the post-a-day Block Blitz that ended on my 40th birthday.

Afterwards, I completed a few triangles but have not given my Over the Rainbow 30s Jane much thought since.

Today, I set aside the black and white RSVP blocks
(after whipping up just one more) and re-organized some 30s reproductions.

You know what that means.

It won't be long now.


Happy Super SEW Sunday!
{like I'd say Super Bowl! Good one. lol}

Heather

2.01.2011

Snowed In & Sewing...


What could be better?

At lunch, I prepped the crock pot of chili and let it cook while I played in the sewing room.

I love snow days.

Happy piecing,
Heather