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1  Jam! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by cherry1123 on: September 01, 2013 02:02:07 PM
I recently went on vacation to Michigan (which is also home), and returned to DC with a ton of fruit!

After some thinking, I decided on making lots and lots of jam.

From left to right: Apricot, Tart Cherry, Vanilla Bourbon Peach

The Apricot and Cherry recipes came directly from the Pomona's Pectin package. The Peach was adapted from a Blondie's Cakes & Things recipe.

I also made blueberry sauce, for my cousin Ben. We had attempted blueberry jam earlier in the year, but used a different kind of pectin (and not enough sugar), and it never jelled. He loved the resultant sauce so much he requested we try and recreate it. I used half the pectin amount, and increased the berry volume. It worked well!

I didn't want to make this post super image heavy. If you're interested, there are more pictures in my blog post.
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2  Summer Watermelon Mint Sorbet in Dessert by cherry1123 on: August 12, 2013 12:09:26 PM
When my roommate moved to Canada, she left behind an ice cream maker. It is now one of my favorite summer things. I've made watermelon sorbet a number of times now, and love it for a refreshing (light) summer dessert. This time, I added mint from my plant.

This is my first time posting in this category, and the recipe is cross-posted on my new blog.

I adapted the recipe based on a lot of sorbet research. This version doesn't have any added sugar, and will likely freeze harder than store-bought. The upside to this is that the recipe is VERY low calorie, and as healthy as a watermelon!

Watermelon Mint Sorbet

Seedless watermelon chunks (equivalent to approximately 4 blended cups, about 1/2 a watermelon)
2 sprigs mint (optional)
Juice from one lime (or to taste)
1 oz. Liquor (vodka is the most neutral, but feel free to experiment)
1 dropper liquid stevia (to taste)
Ice cream maker, chilled

Put all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Refrigerate until cool, or use a pre-refrigerated watermelon. Start ice cream maker and pour mixture into reservoir. Process according to your machines manual. My Cuisinart requires about 20 minutes run-time. Eat right away and freeze any remainder. Defrost a few minutes before serving from the freezer to soften.

*I apologize for the instagrammed photo, I made it at night and didn't have natural light to photograph with. It really does look this good though!
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3  Le Petit Rouge Take 2 - (Another) Quilt for a Baby Girl in Quilting: Completed Projects by cherry1123 on: July 30, 2013 12:24:10 PM

It's baby season in my world (I have four friends due in December alone), and I'm trying to make something for each of them. I am currently unemployed (turns out it's not a good idea to work for a government contractor when sequestration hits), so I have quite a bit of time available, but no real income. For this quilt, I used leftovers fabric from a jelly roll of Aneela Hoey's "A Walk in the Woods" fabric that I used for a quilt last year. The pattern is super simple (I have an excel chart of everything, if anyone's interested, I'm not sure I can call it a "pattern" per se, just a guide).

The squares finish at 2", with 4" of white space in between. I quilted the whole thing in a grid, which looks great from afar, and slightly wonky close up.

I had other plans for piecing the back, but ran out of the Moda Bella white and had to improvise. I like how it turned out in the end though.

I waited to finish the quilt until the baby was born this time, and embroidered the center square with her full name and birth date (which have been partially blurred to protect the innocent).

It's fairly simple, but sweet. Now I just need to get it in the mail and off to Seattle!

Thanks so much for looking Smiley

P.S. Here's a link to my first Petit Rouge quilt.
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4  Help with Choosing Fabrics in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by cherry1123 on: August 05, 2012 02:52:58 PM
Hi All!

I'm starting a quilt for a friend's wedding in November, and was hoping you could help me with finding coordinating fabrics!

I'm planning on making this quilt:
Palladium Diamonds

Her sister says that this line works the best with her room:

But I would like to add a few more fabrics than the line has.

Do you have any recommendations for coordinates that might work? I'm pretty bad at figuring them out for myself (which is why I try to buy things in a set!), and I'm hoping you lovely Craftsters can give me a hand!

Thanks so much!
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5  Le Petit Rouge - Quilt for a Baby Girl in Quilting: Completed Projects by cherry1123 on: June 08, 2012 09:29:58 PM
I made this for a friend back in Michigan who recently had her second child. Since it was also her second girl, I didn't want to go over-the-top with pink. Her house is already full of glittery princess stuff, and I think she's probably over it.

The pattern is Pure Baby Boy from Moda Bakeshop. I used a jelly roll of Aneela Hoey's "A Walk in the Woods" fabric, which I'm a little in love with.

I didn't follow the pattern for the back, and instead pieced it with three "framed" fussy-cut squares.

The baby wasn't due until this weekend (though she ended up arriving a bit early), and I didn't have a chance to add her name before quilting. My initials and the year are embroidered in light pink.

I didn't pre-wash any of the fabric, which was a first for me, and it crinkled up nicely after washing (the other photos were taken before it was washed):

I quilted it with simple straight lines, approximately 3/4" apart (very approximately, as I'm terrible at maintaining a straight line, even with a guide).

The only issue I had with the pattern is that, if you have directional fabrics, they all will face sideways when pieced the way the pattern instructs. It took me a while to figure it out, but the example quilt was not pieced according to the instructions. It didn't bother me enough to change it, but I could see it being a big problem if you have a lot of directional prints.

Thanks so much for looking, I hope you like it!
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6  Sookie Stackhouse Dress Help! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by cherry1123 on: May 07, 2010 11:09:24 AM
Hi crafty friends!
I am in love with a dress Anna Paquin's character Sookie Stackhouse wears in an episode of True Blood, and am hoping some of you could help me find a way to make something similar.  It's a haltertop sundress with a sweetheart neckline in red and white.  Some images of the dress are below:


As far as I can tell, the dress was created for Anna by the show's wardrobe designer, and thus isn't available off the rack.

I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas, thank you in advance!
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7  Re: Fiber Friday 4/17/09 in Spinning: Completed Projects by cherry1123 on: April 17, 2009 07:00:13 AM
Wow!  You guys are always so amazing!  And quick!
This is my first time posting here, but I've followed this board for a long time and am constantly inspired.
This week, I'm posting my first plied yarn!  I've done a couple of singles before, but never took pictures.
This is from my Schact spindle, and is about 120 yards of merino, and between 11 and 13 WPI.  I bought it a couple of years ago at an art festival in East Lansing (MI), and have only recently tried to play with it.
Thank you all so much for your amazing ideas and beautiful work week after week!

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8  Joining the Saartje Bootie Bandwagon in Knitting: Completed Projects by cherry1123 on: September 19, 2007 10:23:07 AM
I made these for a coworker who is pregnant, and doesn't know the sex of the baby.  I think they're pretty gender-neutral.  I've made a few pairs of these, they're super easy and a huge bang for the buck.  Plus, I don't like socks, so it gives me something to make with all that fabulous sock yarn.

I'm in love with the bee buttons!  When I went to buy them, I brought one bootie with me, and for some reason decided that four buttons would be enough for two pairs of booties, not two booties.  Thankfully, I decided to buy "extra" in case I wanted to make more - which means I actually just had enough for one pair.
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9  Birthday Purse! in Knitting: Completed Projects by cherry1123 on: August 13, 2007 11:29:57 AM

I made this purse for my friend's 30th birthday, and kind of love it.
I used my own handspun yarn, and made up the pattern to go along with it.  To give it structure, I used cardboard inbetween the lining and the outside.
Please let me know what you think, I'll write up a pattern if there's any interest.
Thanks so much for looking!

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10  Re: What yarn did you use for Clapotis? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by cherry1123 on: August 03, 2007 09:44:01 AM
I used handpaintedyarn.com's laceweight double stranded on size 7 needles.  I haven't seen anyone else do this, but I was really happy with how it turned out.  The only problem, as mentioned before, is that wool doesn't like to be dropped.  I actually thought it was kind of fun to pick at the stitches, but I sometimes appreciate mindless activities Smiley
Here's a closeup:

Good luck with whatever you choose!
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