Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pulling Fabric and Biscuit Baking at 3:30 a.m.

Our niece is expecting baby #2 in January. Bethany's always been such a neat kid and she is the first grandchild. She spent lots of time with us on the ranch during holidays and summers - treasured memories!  Alas, we don't get to see her much anymore, but when she had her first child, I made this quilt for him:


Bethany is a teacher now and she loves to fish so this was definitely the perfect quilt for her baby boy. Now he is going to be a big brother to a little sister and this is the quilt pattern I have chosen for her:

Bethany was very involved in 4-H and her Mama taught her how to sew. She sewed all sorts of clothes while she was growing up so I thought this little clothesline filled with cute little girl outfits would be just the ticket and now I am in the process of pulling fabrics. I love this part and end up creating quite a mess before I settle on my final selection.

Maybe this:

Perhaps this:

It's a start:

I'm trying to shop at home. My bins of fabric hold their breath when I open their lids and wonder who will I choose?

Oh, boy! I think I've been spending too much time inhaling bleach fumes. I've been cooking for a crew all week and if my fabric is beginning to talk, that's probably the first sign that I need a break. :)

The second sign? Well this morning I stumbled into the kitchen at 3:30 and starting mixing up a batch of biscuits. Gosh they looked nice as I popped them into the oven. Time ticked away and said biscuits wouldn't brown. And they were flat. Who messes up biscuits? -Raises hand- Then it hit me. I had added cornstarch instead of the called for baking powder. Seriously? Yup. Yes, I know. The cornstarch container looks nothing like the baking powder container.


That's what happens when a 50 yr old has too many 3:30 am wake up calls in a row. And I've still got 2 more days this week.

I texted my friend M, who was also up at that ungodly hour slaving away over a hot stove, feeding a cowboy crew in Texas. I knew she would commiserate with my situation. She's so tired and has cooked so much that she said she even cooked in her dreams. We're a sad lot us two, but I love and miss her and we are planning an escape in the not too distant future. And what do you wanna bet we'll get together and end up talking about food!


carol fun said...

Love the quilts... you've picked wonderful designs that reflect the thought and love that goes into them. Oh my goodness girl... 3:30 am wakeup call... they are lucky they get anything edible...LOL I assume you were operating on auto pilot...when I do that I end up in some strange places too. Hope your upcoming adventure is fun and you only have to cook in your sleep... eat out... a lot!


Nancy said...

I've never been able to make Baking Powder biscuits like my mom made; perhaps, I've been using cornstarch, too. ;o) I love BP biscuits!

The quilts are as cute as can be and the little dresses on the clothesline are darling. Better hang a pair of jeans on there, too, if this is going to be a little cowgirl.

Tired Teacher said...

I've never been able to make Baking Powder biscuits like my mom made;
perhaps, I've been using cornstarch, too. ;o) I love BP biscuits!

The quilts are as cute as can be and the little dresses on the clothesline
are darling. Better hang a pair of jeans on there, too, if this is going to
be a little cowgirl.

Janet O. said...

Very sweet quilts you have made and are making for your niece's children.
Oh, wow. I'm not sure I would be able to cook at all at 3:30 a.m.!!

Dorian said...

LOL Karin, sorry, had to laugh! It sounds like something I would do. I once made pumpkin bread in a pie crust ;)

Love your fishy quilt, and the wash day quilt sounds perfect for your niece's new little one. Hope you find some quilting time soon.

allthingzsewn said...

Wash day is so sweet, but liked the fishes too. And enjoyed the chuckle, exasperating isn't it. But then my biscuits never did turn out. I gave up and went to the canned ones.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I've been doing more shopping of my stash lately. I need to use what I have and not spend what fabric is costing now a days. I have never been able to make a good biscuit ever! Now scones, yes I can make a really good one :-)


Doniene said...

Hello dear friend!!! I so very, very, very much enjoyed your African experience!! What a treat!!! What great trophies! Looks like a successful trip from all angles!! So glad you got to spend time with family, too!

The quilts are soooo cute!! You do such wonderful projects!

I LOVE that bald faced cottontail!! What a treat to see them up close and personal!! Your evening photos were stunning!

Mike and I had temp plans to make a trip up north, but it got put on hold. We were going to catch you on our way back home. Would love to catch up with you face to face! Hope you can stop by on your next trip to your mom's. I miss our brief visits!

Blessings and hugs!

Alycia said...

Oh too funny... one time I might have accidentally put 1/4c of salt in a recipe one time, that sort of called for 1/4 tsp of salt..... They were not so good.... I commiserate - and tell you to go take a nap!

Connie said...

What a lovely post, I enjoyed every word . . . we've all done something like that at one time or another. I once baked a very flat cake, LOL. I found you on a friend's blog . . . you had left a very warm comment and when I saw you standing there in middle of a sunflower field I knew you where a kindred spirit. I am a quilter, gardener and Jill of all trades: one of those people that is good at many things but not great at any. I am retired and living on one acre. Until last spring my husband and I have lived in a very close neighborhood where the houses are about twelve feet apart. Last spring we bought an old house built in 1905 (a major fixer-upper) that set on an acre of land . . . to us it feels like the Ponderosa Ranch and we love it. I planted my first garden last summer and had so many vegetables that I was putting boxes out on the road with Free written on the side. It was a great way to meet some of our new neighbors.
I love the quilt that you are making, it is going to be adorable and that fish quilt is so cute.
Well, I'm happy that I found your blog and would love to invite you over to visit mine.
Your new blogging sister and follower.
Connie :)

Dar said...

Both of the quilts are so cute. The little girl dresses will darling for a little girl and it will bring back memories to her mommy too. Oh how terrible for your flat biscuits. I love eating homemade biscuits, but never learned how to make them.

juliehallfeldhaus said...

So they didn't get biscuits???

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