Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Lovebirds parts 1 and 2 finished, and peanut butter cookie recipe

I've finished piecing the first two parts of Tommy and Camille's wedding quilt.   It's really fun to work on.   The photo helps me to see a place or two where I might want to add a little more appliqué.  

I'm just working from a loose plan, sort of Jan Patek-style.

The main thing was figuring out the trimming sizes for each big block or groups of smaller blocks. 

A glance back at the sewing room as I shut the door behind me (childproof doorknob, lol) -

Charlotte spent the afternoon with us.  We had lunch on the patio, went for a long walk, made peanut butter cookies to share with a neighbor, rested and watched a show.  Back at Kaela's I made dinner for the family, and there we go, another day is done.  My sister-in-law Amy has come into town to help Kaela for a week, hurray!  This may mean more sewing time for me;).  

The following recipe is based on an old Cook's Illustrated recipe, but I don't add extra peanuts, and I increased the amount of flour.   

My Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies 

Makes 3 dozen. 


2 3/4 C flour 

1/2 tsp baking soda 

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt 

2 sticks (1 C) butter, softened

1 C brown sugar 

1 C sugar

1 1/4 C JIF extra crunchy peanut butter 

2 eggs 

2 tsp vanilla extract 

1.  Line three cookie sheets with parchment paper. 

2.  Combine dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl; set aside. 

3.  Cream butter and sugars.   Add peanut butter, eggs and vanilla.  Mix to blend well.  

4.  Stir flour mixture into butter mixture. 

5.  Using your hands and a spoon, make little craggy mounds of dough, 12 per cookie sheet;  using a fork dipped in water, make "criss cross" marks in each mound of dough.  

6.  Bake at 350 degrees, 11-12 minutes.  They will be slightly puffed and browned around the edges. The centers will not look completely baked.  Cool on cookie sheets a few minutes until the cookies settle.  Transfer to a cooling rack. 

7.  YUM! 


  1. You've made great progress on the Lovebirds quilt! Love those purple mountain majesties. That recipe sounds delish! I'm sure Charlotte loved helping you with everything - these are precious days.

  2. Oh Lovebirds is so pretty--love your "Jan Patek" Plan ;))) Charlotte is just so sweet--thanks for the cookie recipe...hugs, Julierose

  3. Each family story makes me glad you all live near each other now!

  4. You must have so much fun making this love bird quilt.
    Lucky you to have a sewing studio. is the child lock to keep the kids out or to keep you in with the quilts?
    The peanut cookies sound mouthwateringly delicious! Don’t eat too many at one time!

  5. So strange. Now blogger lets me sign in! Go figure!
    Your wedding quilt is so delightful. It has such a sweet, primitive quality. I especially like the variety of trees and the birds are so fun.
    I think photos are a great aid in quilt-making, to show us contrast, placement, empty spots, etc.
    Your sewing room looks so tidy and organized, not a bit of fabric out of place!
    It's wonderful that Kaela gets so much family support.

  6. I love your quilt top and the direction it is going. So fun and original.

  7. The love bird quilt gets lovelier each time you show it. How are you going to quilt it?
    The peanut cookies sounds delicious.


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