Monday, October 31, 2011

Working on 'Her Lost Soldier Boy Project'

I thought I'd paint a picture
of the scene around here
the other evening
while we worked on this project.
(For those of you coming to my blog for the first time...
our daughter lost her fiance in Afghanistan on Sept 3rd.
People have sent in quilt blocks from all over the 
world for me to make quilts for Tory and other family members of Chris' (the soldier) family)
I set the guys up to serenade us while we worked...
Set the girls and grand girls up at a table to work on the scrapbook we are making to go along with the quilts...of all the letters and cards that were sent in with each block...
The Grand Girls helping out with the project...
I went to the kitchen to make Dutch Babies for everyone...
So easy and quick...and everyone LOVES them!
Here is the recipe:
Dutch Babies with Lemon and Sugar
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Put 2 Tbsps of Butter in Iron Skillet and set in preheated oven
while you put the batter together.
(Once it is melted pull it out and brush up the sides of the pan)
In a blender mix:
4 large eggs
1/2 cup of half and half
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
(until well blended)

Pour into warm buttered skillet.
Set in oven for 18-25 minutes.
Take out and sprinkle with freshly squeezed lemon juice
(I use about 1/2 of a lemon)
and powdered sugar
Serve immediately
Yum! Yum!
(Recipe taken from the book: A Homemade Life
by Molly Wizenberg...a really fun read!)

Then it was time to work on the quilts...

I decided to let the little girls help.

I took the time to tell them how delicate these blocks were...
and how they had come from all over the world, 
so we needed to be really careful with them.

At first I wasn't going to let them touch the blocks...
but then I thought to myself...
I want these kids to remember this project...
I want them to become interested in quilting...
the traditions...
I want them to have memories of quilting with grandma....
quilting in grief over our lost soldier boy...

So you all tell me...
Did I make the right decision?
Each night I am trying to take some time to sew these blocks together.
Hopefully I will have something to show you later this week.

I've thought of you all
in the process.
And how this wouldn't be happening without all of you taking
time out of your busy lives to help me.

You are the cream of the crop, my quilting friends!

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Happy Stitchin' this week...