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Maple Star at Moda Bake Shop

I am so excited to tell you that I have a recipe on the Moda Bake Shop!!

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You can see the entire tutorial on the Moda Bake Shop website.  Click on Maple Star Table Topper.  These fabrics are just gorgeous, and you all know the quality of Moda fabrics is superb.  They were a joy to work with, and I am sure I’ll be buying several of these prints in yardage when they get to the stores in September.

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The hardest part of this project was keeping it a secret, LOL!!  I hope you’ll click over for the project, and enjoy this topper all through autumn.

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Fresh Peach Coffee Cake

This year I was lucky enough to actually get a few peaches off my peach tree before the bears got them. They aren’t the best kind of peaches, clingstones without a lot of peach flesh, but what can one expect from a wild peach? Still, that fresh peach flavor is wonderful and tastes of summer. There were enough to make DH a coffee cake, something he really likes for breakfast.

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake - FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Isn’t that little writing board cute? It is ceramic, and I got it at Pier One. I was teasing the checkout girl that Pier One should pay me for all the stuff I get there that ends up on the blog. They don’t, but it would be nice. Anyway, back to the peach coffee cake, it turned out wonderful with chunks of peach with the cinnamon and oat topping.

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake - FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I made some adjustments to the basic sour cream coffee cake recipe to allow for the extra moisture in the peaches. Start by peeling and chopping the peaches, and sprinkle with some sugar. Set aside.

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake - FromMyCarolinaHome.com

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, 3 tblsp butter, oats and cinnamon and set aside.

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake - FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Grease and flour a tube (or Bundt) pan, set aside. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake - FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Beat 3/4 cup butter with white sugar until well blended. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake - FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Stir in 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix well on low speed, followed by 1/2 of the sour cream. Repeat. Add last of flour mixture and mix well. Fold in fresh peaches. Dollop 1/3 of the batter into prepared tube pan, spread evenly.

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake - FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Top with 1/3 of the streusel topping.

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake - FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Repeat two more times.

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake - FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Bake 50-55 minutes at 350 degrees until lightly browned. Cool 10 minutes in pan.

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake - FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Remove outer pan and allow to cool another 10 minutes. Don’t try to take it off the tube too quickly or it will break apart.

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake - FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Remove to a wire rack. Serve warm or cooled.

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake - FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Yum!!

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake - FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake

3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup quick oats
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup fresh peaches, chopped (about 8-9 clingstones, or 3-4 large freestones)
1 tbsp sugar

3 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups granulated white sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, peel and coarsely chop fresh peaches, sprinkle with 1 tbsp sugar, set aside.  In another small bowl, combine brown sugar, 3 tblsp butter, oats and cinnamon and set aside. Grease and flour a tube (or Bundt) pan, set aside.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside. Beat 3/4 cup butter with white sugar until well blended. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.. Stir in 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix well on low speed, followed by 1/2 of the sour cream. Repeat. Add last of flour mixture and mix well. Fold in fresh peaches with any juice that has formed. Dollop 1/3 of the batter into prepared tube pan, spread evenly. Top with 1/3 of the streusel topping. Repeat two more times. Bake 50-55 minutes at 350 degrees until lightly browned. Cool 10 minutes, remove outer pan and allow to cool another 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack. Serve warm or cool completely.

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake - FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Enjoy!!


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Fidget Quilts for Alzheimer’s patients

Have you ever heard of a Fidget Quilt?  They are lap quilts, the size of oversized placemats, with different textures to feel, and things to open and close to keep hands busy.  Our local quilt club is doing them for a couple of local facilities. These are really easy, I made both of these in an afternoon. All you need are some items that can withstand hot water washing and drying in a dryer.

Alzheimer's Fidget quilt Finished

I started by taking a couple of my husbands flannel shirts where the sleeves were worn but the back was still good, and cutting them to get a rectangular piece of flannel for the back. These quilts don’t need to be warm or quilted. The flannel helps to keep them on the patient’s lap so they don’t slide off.

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I put this wrong sides together with a larger piece of quilting cotton in a neutral color. This is so the items on the front can be easily seen.

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Fold the cotton over about an inch all around the edge, then again to fold over the edge of the flannel, and pin in place on the back side.

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Stitch down through all the layers on the back to finish off the edges.

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The idea is to provide textures for the Alzheimer’s patient to fiddle with, giving them something to do with their hands. This is a great place to use small bits of crochet, or damaged pieces. These were sent to me by fellow blogger, Kathy in Ozarks, who was happy that I had a use for them.

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If you use buttons, they must be large, able to withstand heated drying, and well secured.

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Dementia patients will do repetitive things with their hands, so zippers become a great way to provide an activity. Zipping and unzipping is tactile, and provides a bit of sound too.  And where else am I going to use this zipper with no pull in fire engine red?  I sewed some print fabric to each side to make it larger, then topstitched the piece to the quilt.

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I added ribbons to the zipper pulls to give a better gripping area, plus another texture to the quilt.  This pink one has been sitting around my craft room forever.  Yes, that is a selvege fabric edge, adding another texture to feel.  This one is set at an angle, and just stitched down without any additional fabric.

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Then I took a hand towel, never used for more then decoration, and cut it in half. I put half on each quilt, one with the satin butterflies flat, and the other was gathered with a ribbon to cover the raw edge. Terry cloth adds another texture to the quilt.

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I read online that Alzheimer patients love velcro, and the suggestion was made to put it along opposite sides creating a ‘book’ out of the whole quilt. Interesting idea, but I didn’t have enough Velcro to do that. So I made two little ‘books’ out of fabric and put the velcro on them.

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So, here is the first one –

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And here is the second one –

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I want to add that if you want to do this with your quilt club, be sure you ask at the facility first to be sure you provide what they need. We did two facilities, both with very different rules. You may find that at some facilities buttons are allowed, but not in others. In some, each resident will be given the fidget quilt for their use alone, so they wouldn’t get washed that often. In others, all fidget quilts might be washed frequently, and the recipients receive different ones each time they are brought out. Just check first, so there are no misunderstandings.  I am happy to support this worthy cause, and find a way to use some things that would otherwise get donated or thrown away.  I hope you enjoyed seeing how some interesting items can be recycled into something very useful.

To see more Alzheimer Fidget Quilts, see my post from early 2016- More Fidget Quilts.

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Last day of my Etsy Sale

I have added a bunch of new items over the weekend, and today is the last day for my Etsy Store Craftnut’s Studio sale, coupon code at the bottom of the post.   New things to know, I have put some of my handmade items up for sale, for those readers that do not quilt.  Also, I am beginning to ship internationally, so if you are in the European Union or Singapore, I will ship to you.  I am starting with just a few items, so if you want something that doesn’t show as shipping internationally, send me a message through Etsy.  Here are a few of the handmade items, more in the store.

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More fabrics are now available, like this Thimbleberries fat quarter deal just added.

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My pattern Amazing Value Play is also 15% off.  Don’t let the words digital download scare you, the pattern will come in a pdf file which most everyone can open.  The pieces are rotary cut, no templates!  You can print out the full color pattern directions with pictures if you like, or just follow the directions on your computer screen.  The pattern gives not one, but two full quilts in totally different views, with fabric requirements for every size you could want from table topper up to king size.  The pattern is easy, and yet offers a challenge for experienced quilters, as it can have a virtually unlimited number of quilts that all look different, depending on how the values are placed.  I give several examples of how you can take the pattern further.  It is like getting a whole book of patterns!  Both of the quilts below were made from this ONE pattern, but they don’t look like it, do they?!!

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More new fabrics by the yard were added too.

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There are still a few Autumn Door Panels available, probably not for long.

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I still have buttons and stamp sets too, come take a look!

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The coupon code celebrates my recent EQ7 design contest win, and is EQWinnerJuly2015  good until midnight Eastern (daylight savings time in the US) tonight on any order of $10 or more.   Come Shop at Craftnut’s Studio.  Your support helps to pay the costs of the supplies and the website, which means I can bring more free designs to you, and create more fun.  Thank you for looking, and especially thank you to those that order!!


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Blue Ridge Parkway Progressive Drive

Saturday, the British Car Club got together for a fun drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We call it a Progressive Drive, and it is an idea I came up with a few years ago to mix up participants during a drive.  When everyone is in two-seater cars, it is hard to get a lot of conversation going, so we stop along the parkway, and the passengers change cars.  It gets different people together for 15 minutes or so at a time, so they can to get to know each other in a one-on-one conversation.  This time we met up on Brevard road in a shady parking lot.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

We had 17 cars participating, a great turnout!

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

Enjoying beautiful views along the parkway, our first stop was at Tanbark Ridge overlook, elevation 3175 ft.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

Our car is the blue one.  DH couldn’t make it so I got to drive and enjoy the company of new people and old friends in the club.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

I asked my passenger to take some pictures with my camera as we went.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

Thanks, Toni, you did a great job!

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

We stopped at Craggy Gardens, elevation 5500 ft, enjoying a rare perfectly clear day.  Many times this area is fogged in.  It certainly was windy, and the temperature was in the low 60s, pure heaven for a heat-hater like me.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

There is a beautiful view of the Asheville reservoir, near Black Mountain.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

We didn’t have time to do any hiking, but I did get a shot of the interesting stone wall behind the visitor center.  DH and I will go another time to hike up to the peak.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

Along the way, we got to go through a couple of tunnels, honking the horn is required, LOL!!

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Last stop, more cars and mountains.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

We went to lunch after that, and headed home. Boy was it hot going back down into the French Broad River Valley! I am so ready for autumn!  How was your weekend?