Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Another Project Completed

The bitter cold weather is back and perhaps I should be thankful because staying indoors has allowed me to complete another project. When I saw this quilt in a book loaned to me by a friend, I could just imagine it done with rose-themed fabrics. I love roses and love to paint them as well. I found this quilt somewhat of a challenge because I had no idea what "en pointe" was, but I sure do now.



I opted to hand quilt this one and I just love the feather pattern which I hope you can see below on the outside border.



I also like to use a coordinating fabric on the back. Here's a peek at what the reverse side looks like.


And this is a photo from another angle.



I'm pleased with the way it turned out and even my DH had some positive comments.


I mentioned yesterday that I would share the recipe for...


Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Topping:
5 tbsp (1/3 C) unsalted butter
2/3 C light brown sugar
2 1/4 C fresh cranberries

Cake Batter:
1 1/2 C all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 C unsalted butter at room temperature
1 C granulated white sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, separated
1/2 C milk
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Topping:
Place the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat til the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking for a few more minutes til the sugar starts to caramelize. Remove from heat and pour into a greased 9" cake pan. Sprinkle evenly with the fresh cranberries.

Cake Batter:
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar til light and fluffy and then beat in the vanilla extract. Add the egg yolks one at a time beating well after each. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk.

In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites with the cream of tartar just til the whites hold a firm peak. With a spatula, gently fold the beaten egg whites into the batter in two additions. Pour the batter into the cake pan and smooth the top. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25-35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes before inverting cake onto serving plate.

Enjoy!

8 comments:

Julie said...

kaaren, you've done such a beautiful job on that quilt! love the colours and your stitching is so neat. i've never hand quilted anything, so it's on my to do list this year.
hope you're managing to keep warm!
julie

Carrie P. said...

Oh Kaaren,
Your quilt is lovely and your quilting is awesome. Great job!

Leslie said...

You hand quilted that?! Oh, my, it's BEAUTIFUL! I so wish my Gram would get her internet connection because she would just love that. She's really getting into quilting.

Have a great night :)

Leslie

Sew Many Ways... said...

Hi Kaaren,
I love this quilt...and your quilting is beautiful. You've been sewing up a storm. Thanks for the comment on the hexagon post. I'm so happy it's going to help, just sorry it's 2000 hexes too late!!
Happy hexagon sewing,
~Karen~

Sew Many Ways... said...

oh, I forgot to thank you for the recipe. Sounds delicious...can't wait to make it
~Karen~

Mel said...

Delicious! All of it, the quilt, fabrics, recipe - all of it!

Stina said...

Ohhh...the quilt is gorgeous and the quilting so beautiful made... :o)

Sue said...

What a beautiful quilt and your quilting is just lovely! Your cranberry cake looks delicious. I'd like to make it in October; cranberry season here in New England!