Monthly Archives: December 2014

Handmade Quilted Long Table Runner (#5934)

Handmade Quilted Table Runner (12 x 116 inches)

My latest creation in table runners is a whopping 116″ long! If you’re looking for a long table runner, this one might meet your needs. It’s a one-of-a-kind…the only one like it made.

It features pretty neutral cotton color prints with a touch of brick reddish-rust color in the embellishments. The main fabric has a black background with a floral print in cream and chocolate. The embellishment fabrics have a brick print, so they coordinate well with the primary fabric.

It was all machine stitched and quilted. There is decorative stitching on all seams for stability and endurance with continued use and laundering. It may be machine washed in cool water on the gentle cycle and mild detergent. Air or machine dry on low heat. It may be steam pressed if desired. As always with my products, it was made in a pet-free and smoke-free environment.

The piece measures 12″ x 116″ long, so it would work well across a long table draping down the ends, or also on a buffet, dresser, foot of a bed, or even piano. It would look beautiful and classy in just about any setting. Please browse the images below if you’re considering purchasing a long table runner. This runner may be adopted from my website HandMadeInIowa.com. Thank you for browsing! Enjoy! Judi

Table Runner Long View (#5934)

Runner Long View (#5934)

Alternate Long View (#5934)

Alternate Long View (#5934)

Close View (Runner #5934)

Close View (Runner #5934)

Backing (Runner #5934)

Backing (Runner #5934)

Close View (#5934)

Close View (#5934)

View of Both Ends (Runner #5934)

View of Both Ends (Runner #5934)

 

Safely Remove Odor From Dishcloths (No Bleach!)

I recently stumbled upon this easy way to remove lingering odor from kitchen dishcloths. It works with any type of cloth…crochet or knit cotton, microfiber, standard kitchen dishcloths…whatever!

It’s better than bleach for a few reasons. First, bleach is quite toxic so should only be used when absolutely necessary. It will quickly remove color from any cloth it comes in contact with if you use too much (which is very easy to do).

Also, (and I know this for a fact), bleach destroys cotton fiber. Yes, really. I learned this during my undergraduate degree in a textiles lab. We took a small piece of cotton fabric and soaked it in 100% bleach. The fabric disintegrated! Moral of the story…Don’t use bleach on cotton if you care about the fabric!

New trick…boil those smelly yet laundered dishcloths. Place them in a pot of water. Bring it to a boil and boil them for a minute or two. Then leave them on the burner and turn it off. Allow them to sit for 5 to 10 minutes to cool down some and continue killing any remaining germs. Then drain the cloths and add cool water until they can be safely handled. Wring them out and (if desired) dry them further by wrapping them in a clean dry towel. Then toss them in the dryer until they are dried. Done!

It’s really very easy and effective, AND no toxic chemicals involved! Here’s a video on the topic! Enjoy, Judi

Long Table Runner (over40-runner5897)

Elegant Long (79-5/8″) Unique Quilted Table Runner

This table runner is my latest creation. It’s truly elegant and unique…the only one like it made! It’s classy with the angled design featuring black, browns, beige, cream and muted reddish-rust fabrics. The floral design in the center and on each end adds a touch of elegance to it that’s unmatched!

This runner measures 12-1/2″ wide x 79-5/8″ long. It was made with cotton fabrics and may be machine washed on the gentle cycle in cool water. Air dry or machine dry on low heat. It may be steam pressed if desired. It was all machine stitched.

For more views of this lovely creation, please see below. To adopt this runner, please visit my website at HandMadeInIowa.com. Grab it while you can, as this one will surely go fast! (This runner has been sold, but there are others on the website, so enjoy browsing!) Enjoy! Judi

Long Table Runner #5897

Long Table Runner #5897

Close up of runner #5897

Runner #5897

Close Up view #5897

Close up view #5897

C;pse i[ pf centerpiece #5897

Close up of centerpiece #5897

Center view #5897

Center view #5897

View of backing #5897

View of backing #5897

Close view #5897

Close view #5897

 

Americana Quilted Embroidered Wall Hanging

Wall Hanging #5880

Wall Hanging #5880

This handmade quilted embroidered wall hanging instantly brings us back to the 1950’s or so. It features bandana-style cotton fabric sewn in a log cabin design surrounding an embroidered design saying “Coffee 5¢”. It has sleeves hand sewn on the back to accommodate a hanging rod. The sleeves are sewn so the piece will display flat. It measures 15″ wide x 15-1/2″ tall. A hanging rod does NOT come with the piece. Enjoy the additional views below! To claim this special wall hanging for your home, please visit my website, HandMadeInIowa.com.  Enjoy! Judi

Embroidery

Embroidery

Top Half

Top Half

Bottom Half

Bottom Half

Close Up of Corner

Close Up of Corner

Backing with Sleeves

Backing with Sleeves

Quilted Embroidered Wall Hanging (God Bless America)

Embroidered Wall Hanging (God Bless America 5873)

Embroidered Wall Hanging (5873)

If you like to have patriotic things in your home, this wall hanging should fit right in! It’s made with red, white and blue cotton Americana prints in a log cabin design surrounding patriotic embroidery in the center that says “God Bless America.” It was machine stitched with the binding hand sewn on the back. There are sleeves hand sewn on the back for the diameter of a round hanging rod. They are positioned so the piece will display flat on the wall. It measures 14-1/2″ high x 17″ wide.

When needed, it may be hand washed or machined washed in a laundry bag on gentle cycle in cool water. Air or machine dry on low heat. It may be steam pressed. It does NOT come with a hanging rod. This is a one-of-a-kind item! To claim this for your home, visit my website at HandMadeInIowa.com. Look below to see various views of this wall hanging. Enjoy! Judi

Close up of Embroidery

Close up of Embroidery

Lower Right Corner

Lower Right Corner

Lower Left Corner

Lower Left Corner

Upper Right Corner

Upper Right Corner

Upper Left Corner

Upper Left Corner

Backing and Sleeves (view 1)

Backing and Sleeves (view 1)

Backing and Sleeves (view 2)

Backing and Sleeves (view 2)

Harvest Thanksgiving Quilted Table Runner (39″ long)

Handmade Quilted Table Runner (31-40-5590)

Handmade Quilted Table Runner (31-40-5590)

I’m expanding the number of images of my table runners and such on my website. In conjunction with that I’m displaying some of the extra special ones on this blog site. They’re too pretty not to show off!

This striking table runner was made with the same fabrics as the runner in a previous blog post. However, the design is completely different. This involved more patchwork than the other. As are my other runners, this is one-of-a-kind!

It was made from high quality cotton quilting fabric that is absolutely stunning. The deep green and rust fabrics have leaf prints adorned with gold threads throughout, as the veins and outlines of the leaves. Really elegant! The coordinating fabric has a black background with bold fall flowers, leaves and produce, all with more gold threads. Together they make a brilliant centerpiece for any table, buffet, piano or mantle.

It measures 13-1/4″ x 39-3/4″ long. It is machine stitched with decorative stitching reinforcing all seams for stability and durability for long use and lots of laundering. Machine wash on the gentle cycle, cool water. It may be air or machine dried on low heat. Check out the views below! To claim this prize piece, visit my website at HandMadeInIowa.com. Enjoy! Judi

Table Runner 31-40-5590

Table Runner 31-40-5590

Corner of Table Runner 31-40-5590

Corner of Table Runner

View of Backing of table runner 31-40-5590

View of Backing

View of End of Runner 31-40-5590

View of End of Runner

Long View of Table Runner 31-40-5590

Long View of Runner

Beautiful Quilted Table Runner (45″ long) (#5637)

Handmade Quilted Table Runner #5637

Quilted Table Runner #5637

Without a doubt, I think this is one of the most striking table runners I’ve yet to make! The fabric centerpiece is stunning. It’s made with high quality cotton quilting fabric with deep green and rust leaf designs surrounding a centerpiece with a black background with scattered fall leaves, flowers and produce. It would look lovely in just about any setting!

The runner was all machine stitched with decorative machine stitching reinforcing all seams for endurance through continued use and laundering. The backing is a coordinating cotton print. It measures 12″ x 45-1/4″ long. It may be machine washed in cool water, gentle cycle, and air or machine dried on low heat. It may be steam pressed. See additional views below! This beautiful table runner may be purchased from my website at HandMadeInIowa.com. Enjoy! Judi

Centerpiece view of handmade quilted table runner #5637

Centerpiece view of #5637

View of end of quilted table runner 5637

View of end (Runner 5637)

Corner view of runner-5637

Corner view of Runner-5637

View of Backing (Runner 5637)

View of Backing (Runner 5637)

Long View (Runner #5637)

Long View (Runner #5637)

Handmade Quilted Table Runner (Runner-5606)

Handmade Quilted Table Runner in Browns (33″ long)

Handmade Quilted Table Runner (Runner-5606)

Quilted Table Runner (#5606)

Here’s a pretty table runner I recently made in dark and light chocolate browns and cream colors. Sounds good enough to eat!! It’s made from cotton quilting fabrics featuring a floral print in the centerpiece, following the same color scheme. The backing is cream colored flannel for extra table protection. I like to be sure my runners will hold up well with continued use and laundering, so all seams were reinforced with decorative stitching. It measures 11-3/4″ x 33″ long. It may be machine washed (gentle cycle, cool water) and dried (low heat). Check out the assorted views below! This pretty table runner can be adopted from my website, HandMadeInIowa.com. Enjoy! Judi

View of End (Runner-5606)

View of End (Runner-5606)

View of Backing (Runner-5606)

View of Backing (Runner-5606)

Long View (Runner-5606)

Long View (Runner-5606)

End view (runner-5606)

End View (Runner-5606)

Classic Quilted Table Runner (Leaves) 45-3/4″ Long

Handmade Quilted Table Runner #5613

Quilted Table Runner #5613

I’ve been busy revamping my inventory listings adding more photos and information in the descriptions. This one is a classic and would look warm in most any setting. It’s made with high quality cotton quilting fabric featuring leaf prints in deep green, gold and black. The backing is a light gold paisley print that coordinates well with the top. It is all machine stitched with decorative stitching reinforcing all seams. This ensures stability and endurance through continued use and laundering. It measures 12″ x 45-3/4″ long. Check out the following views! The table runner can be adopted from my website at HandmadeInIowa.com.

 

End view of table runner 5613

End View (Runner 5613)

View of Backing (Quilted Table Runner 5613)

View of Backing (Runner 5613)

Long view of handmade quilted table runner 5613

Another Long View (Runner-5613)

Dinner Rolls (a recipe from my bakery)

Most people love bread. I REALLY do! Having my own bakery was heavenly in that respect because the only bread we ate at that time was homemade. It was a time our taste buds cherished! Now you too can enjoy the homemade dinner rolls that my customers ordered by the dozens (plural, that is) during any holiday that came around, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. The recipe is straight from my cookbook, Secrets of a Professional Baker, Favorite Recipes from The Spice Rack Bakery/Bistro, Cherokee, Iowa. Here it is…

Homemade Dinner Rolls
Makes 2 Dozen

1 lb, 6-1/2 oz (4-1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 oz (2 packets) RapidRise yeast
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
2-1/2 oz (5 Tbsp) butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 Tbsp melted butter

In a saucepan, heat milk, water, and butter to 120-130F. Meanwhile, place the flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a mixer bowl; combine dry ingredients. When liquid ingredients are warmed, pour into the mixer bowl with the dry ingredients and add the eggs.

With a spoon, combine ingredients until flour is moistened. With a dough hook, knead the dough with the mixer on medium-low speed for 8 to 10 minutes. Alternatively, dough may be kneaded by hand for 8 to 10 minutes. Scrape sides of bowl. Spray dough with nonstick spray, cover and allow dough to rest for 10 minutes.

Remove dough from bowl onto a lightly floured board. With a knife, cut dough into 24 equal-size pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place them in rows (4 across) in one 9×13″ baking pan that has been greased. Let rolls rise in a warm place* about 20 to 30 minutes, until doubled in size.

Bake at 375F for 15 to 20 minutes on the rack in the middle of the oven, until lightly browned. Remove from pan to a cooling rack. Spread melted butter on top of rolls and let them cool before separating.

*Tip: Let rolls rise in a homemade proof box using your oven. Move the bottom rack to the lowest position. Place a medium size pan of boiling water onto the bottom rack. Turn on the oven light and close the door. This can be done while the dough is resting before rolls are shaped. This allows ample time to warm the oven up and provide a warm, moist environment for your bread to proof. Leave the oven light on and the pan of water in the oven while the rolls are proofing on the rack in the middle of the oven. Do not turn the oven on during this process! Remove the rolls and the pan of water from the bottom of the oven after the rolls have risen enough. THEN, turn the oven on to preheat it before placing rolls back inside the oven to bake.

Enjoy these rolls!

Judi