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Jan 16, 2011

Halfway through January and of course I still am writing 2010, these years just seem to go by at near light speed. Someone told me that happens when you get old, not sure I like that either!

A couple days ago we were asked to put some information on the website concerning a guild show and I really had to think about where this information would fit. After some thought we decided there was nowhere we could put this information so we started a new page 'Guild news'. If your guild has news they wish to share please submit it on the 'contact us' page. In the past we had a message board that would work great for this but it was over-run by some rather unsavory information.

Speaking of Guild events, if your guild is having a show please consider letting us vend at it. We really like the guild shows, they are slower paced but it is really fun to meet the quilters and to share ideas.

Having some extra time between Christmas and New Years really got the creative juices running and you will find a few new projects: the International Harvestor quilt and 'Stack n Whack' pillow (the neighor's Christmas present--he loved it), a table runner from James Meger's Spring Birds and a tablecloth/lap quilt from the remaining border fabric and two panels. These can be seen on the item pages for the International Harvestor small panel and the Spring Birds and coordinates.

The junior partners wanted to go to a PSU game and of course shop. Please don't ask the score--it wasn't pretty. One of the stores had a purse made from grosgrain ribbon and that got me to thinking, wouldn't a woven denim purse look great. You will see the result on the 'Newsletter' page. Just cut 1 1/4" strips of denim, weave it and then bond to fusible interfacing. We just used it in another purse pattern. This led to more thinking and I took two 'Cat in the Hat' fabrics, bonded them to fusible interfacing, cut the result into 1 1/4" strips, wove it, and fused it again -- will soon make a purse with this newly created fabric. Have fun with this idea.

Last newsletter I tried to add a photo but that didn't work so we have to direct you to the appropriate web pages.

When we were growing up Mom would always make doughnuts this time of year--the extra calories didn't seem to bother us back then but then they might have been taken care of by milking the cows and feeding the livestock, along with some snow shoveling--and of course the 'walking 5 miles to school uphill both ways in 5 foot of snow'. If you are game here is a recipe from the 'Lancaster Farming' for dughnuts.

Doughnuts

1 Tablespoon yeast(1 package)
1/2 cup lukewarm Water
1-1/2 cups scalded milk, cooled to lukewarm
2 cups flour
Oil for deep-frying

Dissolve dry yeast in lukewarm water; set aside. Cool scalded milk to lukewarm temperature. Add flour to milk and mix. Add yeast mixture to milk mixture. Mix together well and let set 1/2 hour.

Stir together 1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup melted shortening

Add to first mixture.

Stir in:

5 -1/2 cups flour

Knead well. Let rise until double in bulk, Knead lightly and roll 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick and cut with a floured doughnut cutter. Let rise. Deep fry. Dip in glaze or roll in sugar or cinnamon sugar.

Glaze:

1 -1/2 pounds confectioner's sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 envelope unflavored gelatin, softened in 1/4 cup water.

Stir glaze ingredients together. If mixture thickens too much, add a small amount of hot water. After dipping doughnuts in glaze, place on a flat surface to allow glaze to set

Enjoy the remainder of the winter and remember the days are getting longer!