Monday, December 13, 2010

Tree Skirt, Yummy Cookies and a Winner

Twenty years ago, I made this tree skirt. It is the first quilt that I did free motion quilting on. (The quilting is so tight and small that the skirt can almost stand up on it's own!)
 The backing is simple muslin.  I got the fun idea (somewhere) a few years ago, to use the back to trace around the hands of my grandchildren each year.  As they grow, it's been fun to compare their prints from year to year and for the kids to practice printing their names. My grandchildren range in age from 4 months to six years....hope I have enough room for all those hands as the years add up!

 Soft, chewy 'em, don't you?  We had a cookie exchange at the modern quilt guild meeting last week.  These are the cookies that I wanted to bring, but didn't because I tried to do too many things that day and the cookies got pushed aside.( Sorry, ladies.)
Saturday, as the wind whipped up outside and snowflakes started to fall, I got out the mixing bowl and stirred up these yummy cookies.
 I thought I would share the recipe just in case you have a cookie exchange coming up and want to make a big impression.  I'm not lying...........these morsels are worth every calorie!!

3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup shortening
2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
4 cups flour
5 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground cloves
2 tsp. baking soda
12 oz. pkg. white chocolate chips
1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
Cream butter and shortening. Work in 2 cups sugar till well mixed. Beat in eggs and molasses. Sift together dry ingredients and add to butter mixture. Add white chocolate chips and nuts, mixing well. Drop by large tablespoon onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes. This makes about 6 dozen cookies; enough to share and some to keep for yourself. They freeze well. Be sure to not overcook these if you like soft chewy cookies like I do. (Especially good while still warm from the oven!)
There were 81 entries for the FQ Pack on my 100th post! So many of you have made a disappearing nine patch quilt or are hoping to give it a try in the future.  Thanks to everyone of you for visiting my blog and a special welcome to the new followers. Come visit often.
My personal Random Generator chose the winning entry this morning..............
Number 36, Melissa, said, "My Project Plume runner was in a Disappearing 9 Patch and it was fun!
Congrats on 100 posts! I've sure enjoyed reading them!" Melissa is actually a member of the KC Modern Quilt Guild with me.  Congrats, Melissa!


  1. i didn't know you were tracing hands - such a great idea!! i can't believe how much Haven's have changed in the last couple of years! (and how much her penmanship has improved!)

  2. that hand-tracing idea is genius. I'm going to have my grandkids do that on the back of my tree skirt (also muslin, also fabrics from the same time period) this year!

  3. Wow! This is my first win ever! I hope I can make something as pretty as your D9P. That black really pops surrounded by all those bright colors.

    I LOVE the idea of tracing hands over the years. What! a treasure

  4. Those cookies look amazing! And great idea of tracing the hands each year... I'll have to remember that when I have grandchildren :)

  5. Wow, those cookies look amazing!!!! Congrats to the winner too!

  6. Christmas handprints of your grandies is a wonderful idea! I'll be trying to think of a way to do that myself, thank you. And those cookies look awesome. I already know how great your homemade granola recipe is, so I'll definitely be trying these cookies. Thanks for that too.

  7. Those cookie sound so yummy!

    Congrats to your winner!

    What would you do with a $75 gift card?  I have a  giveaway on my blog right now for just that!  

    Come on over and enter!