If you are looking for a fun way to brighten up your home and welcome summer, take a look at this fun runner that I designed for the Fons & Porter Project of the Month Club. It is not too late to join in on the monthly kits that are sent to you each month. The projects are all fairly small and each one includes an extra small project that uses scraps straight from your stash. In all, you will receive more than 24 patterns over a years time. The projects have strong seasonal hints that will give you a stash of charming small projects for your home or gifts. I think the charm of the program is receiving a kit each month that is very doable and easy to get done. The extra scrap projects are an added plus. And, A Note from Lynette is included in each kit keeping you posted on what I am doing with hints and decorating tips and a recipe or two.
SUMMER PINWHEELS…June’s project
Check out these two Blog posts pertaining to this runner for extra Tips and Hints.
Keepsake Quilting – Pressing Tips for Pinwheel Blocks Strip Sets
Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting – Lynette Jensen’s Quilt Binding Tips, Giveaway & Summer Quilt Table Runner
This charming Notebook Cover is the extra scrap project pattern included in the Summer Pinwheels Runner pattern. It is a cutie and fun to make.
I don’t know why, punch and cookies always seems like a summer treat to me. I am sure it harkens back to summer picnics from my childhood. Do people still drink Kool-Aid? It was such a big deal when I was a child. Whatever the beverage, cookies are always in order…always. The Ice Box Cookie has been in my recipe box for years and I turn to it often because the cookies are so yummy and I like have extra dough ready in the refrigerator or freezer to take out and bake a fresh batch. This tip is not in the original recipe, but I like the end result for a change of pace. Instead of making the dough into long rolls, I put the dough in empty butter boxes and chill. When cold and ready to bake, I cut the block of dough into quarters, just like sticks of butter. Then slice into 1/8″ slices and bake. This produces a very nice little square cookie. This reminds me of how many ways my mother got another use out of butter boxes when the butter was gone. They would be flattened and saved all winter and then during the summer harvest from her garden, she would line them with small plastic bags to freeze berries and veggies from her garden. She loved the way they would stack neatly in the freezer, and because she had labeled the outside of the box, she could tell at a glance what the contents were in the box. At first sight when you opened the freezer door, it looked like the Land O’ Lakes truck had delivered a lot of butter to one household. My mother could have written a book on recycling.
ICE BOX COOKIES
A summertime favorite… they are very tender cookies and will break if handled before set. This is why they melt in your mouth and are so yummy. The recipe yields about 4- 6 dozen, depending on how the rolls are sliced….much more if the “butter box method” is used for smaller square cookies.
Well, now I am craving these cookies and think I will make a batch and tuck a portion in the freezer for a busy July 4th weekend at the cabin coming up very soon. It will be nice to have that treat ready to just slice and bake.