April 14, 2008

Chocolate Bowls

Okay, this is so easy and makes very impressive looking bowls. And they taste good, to boot. This is all you are going to need: 8 ounces chocolate chips and some five inch balloons. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, or however you want (microwave, etc.). I recommend Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips, but that is just my preference. Put some wax paper on a cookie sheet and put four dollops of chocolate (about 1/2 teaspoon) on it (this will become the flat part of the bowl). Blow up four balloons and dip them in the chocolate, you can use a spoon to spread it on if you need to. Place one balloon on each dollop of chocolate and put the balloons in the fridge to allow the chocolate to harden. After it has hardened gently deflate the balloons (pinch the top and use scissors to cut a small hole) and peel out of the bowl. Fill with ice-cream, berries, or whatever sounds good.

April 1, 2008

Baby Quilt

I'm due to have a baby in a week, so I haven't been really on top of things. But I did get around to making her a little quilt this last week. I grew up tying quilts at church functions and always thought you had to have professional quilting frames to tie quilts. I don't own any so I never dared tie quilts myself. I fell in love with this fabric so decided to give tying a quilt a try at home.

After I sewed the top and bottom pieces I put them right sides together on the floor with a piece of batting on top. After I got it all smooth and nice I pinned everything together like crazy and sewed around all four sides, leaving a one foot gap to pull it right side out. After sewing around and trimming the edges I pulled it right side out and put it flat on the ground again. I made sure everything was completely smooth and layed right then I put safety pins through all three layers in the places I wanted ties to go. That way I was able to pick up the quilt and not worry about it getting all weird and uneven when I tied it because everything was lined up where I wanted it to go. I would never try this approach with a big quilt but it worked wonderfully with a small one. After it was all tied I just sewed around the edge. It is completely unprofessional but turned out good enough for me.