Ouvrages d'une Acadienne

Ouvrages d'une Acadienne
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sweet Project and a Sweet Treat♥

Friends of ours became Grand-parents for the first time to a baby girl who was born on the same date as our first grand-daughter, Amy, (26 years later). I decided to make the new baby, 
Annie-Clare, a wall hanging using the chenille technique.  
For this you need three same panels with very distinctive designs, a backing, and batting.  
You need to match the designs exactly, one on top of the other. If the panels are dark I use a light box. 
Pins and more pins are used  to keep the panels together so they do not shift.  
After I make my center seam diagonally I sew every ½ inch .
Sew until the whole quilt top is sewn. 
Here you see the ½ inch seams on the top 
and here you see the ½ inch seams on the back. 
I used a flannel backing. 
With the Olfa cutter you cut through the two top layers leaving 
the bottom layer to show through the cuts.
There are different cutters on the market but this one works well for me. 
Here it is all cut up. 
The binding goes on. 
Ready to be hand sewn
and because it will be a wall hanging I sew in some corners for the hanging rod.
I then place it in the dyer to fluff up the cut-seams giving it the chenille look . 
 and here is the finished project .

Winter has been fierce here too in Nova Scotia and when there is a storm nothing feels better than a nice fire in the fireplace and 
home-made peanut butter fudge.   
The recipe I have is an old recipe from my mom's cookbook....  
2 cups white sugar
1 cup evaporated (canned) milk
½ tsp. vanilla
butter the size of a walnut
Stir these ingredients together in a med sized saucepan before setting on the stove. Place on fairly low heat ~ 
do not stir 
while mixture is cooking. Let it come to a rolling boil. Soon it will begin to settle lower in the saucepan. Check for doneness by dropping a tsp. of mixture into cold water. If it forms a soft ball ~ remove from heat and stir in 1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy). Pour quickly in a 8 x 8 inch greased baking pan . 
Let cool. 
Bring on the snow storms! 

Now that I am retired I have no worries about having to go on the  icy or snowy roads and I love to retreat to my sewing room and work on those special projects. In other words I am really enjoying the winter.  

I have started the sewing labs at the guild and one of the project was to introduce the "Bargello" 
 I made a Christmas theme.  
embellished it with Christmas balls and voilà..... 
Table runner all done .

Happy valentines Day everyone. 
Hope you all had a special day! 


  1. Wow! What an incredible gift! Mmmmmmm, I love peanut butter fudge. You're right! You've hit upon the perfect combination for chasing away the winter blues. Enjoyed seeing your other projects, too. Stay safe, stay warm, stay sweet!

  2. You keep so busy and you make everything look so easy. What a special person you are, Joan!

  3. You make chenille look so easy! I may have to try it. Glad you're staying warm and cozy with your fudge. and your sewing. We haven't had much snow, but it's colder than cold right now. I have no need to go out, so getting lots of stitching done. Enjoy that fudge!

  4. I've never seen a chenille project like that before. Intriguing! It makes the picture look so soft. How fun to stay warm with a fire, fudge and sewing. :) Love your bargello table runner too.