Monday, January 28, 2013

January UFO...almost done!...and a New Orleans Beignet recipe.

One of my January 2013 UFO projects I started last April or May was to complete my black and white Star/Diamond quilt. I'm lovin the way it has turned out!!! It's from the book String Quilt Revival and is named "Diamonds are Forever".  I love the book...the quilt design changes based on the size, shape and placement of the one constant fabric (my black fabric).  Instead of muslin or some other fabric, the authors use stabilizer as the foundation piece. It is a refreshing twist on the normal string quilt that I've tackled in the past. I love the simplicity of just using the two colors!

Here is a closer look. The quilt is made of 30 large blocks and measures about 60 x 86. The black and white strips seem to make the diamonds just sparkle!! I used some white sparkly fabric as my second constant fabric that I placed as the first string next to each black piece (That gives it a REAL sparkle).

This is a pic of the quilt in the book to get an idea of the color variation! In my opinion both are well worth doing!! When I first saw this quilt though, I knew I wanted to do it in black and white. I always say...go with your first instinct...I'm glad I did.

I need a border...not sure what I'm going to do. Any suggestions? Embroidered border in diamonds? Simple black border with diamond quilting? Maybe a white binding? I figure it needs to be simple so not to take away from the beauty of the quilt. I will let you know what I come up with.

On to other things...

Food brings people together. Food is our common ground, a universal experience. It's a language everyone understands and makes friends among all people while it warms the heart.

Today's Recipe is...

Another New Orleans Tradition




noun, plural bei·gnets  [ben-yeyzFrench be-nye]

a fritter or doughnut.
The French-Creole colonists who came to New Orleans in the 18th century introduced the Beignet. The concept of the dessert is simple - dough is fried then covered with powdered sugar. Beignets are made from square-cut pieces of yeast dough and do not have a hole in them. Serve hot with cafe' au lait or chocolate milk.
1 cup scalded milk
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 envelope dry yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Powdered sugar

In a large bowl, combine the milk and egg with the 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and the sugar. Blend thoroughly, then add the dry yeast and stir to dissolve. Sift together the flour, salt, and spices, then add half to the yeast mixture. Mix well. Add the remaining flour and knead to incorporate it. Form a large ball, cover, and let double in size, about 40 minutes. Punch down and knead until dough is elastic.

On floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch and cut into 24 5-inch squares. Cover and allow to rise again, for about 45 minutes.

Pour 3 inches of oil into a deep-fryer or tall, heavy-bottomed saucepan and heat to 375 degrees F. Drop in the dough squares a few at a time, cooking and turning them until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Dust with powdered sugar. Serve hot, 3 to a serving. Serves 8.

The Food of New Orleans, 1998; Periplus Editions, Boston, MA

Hope that you enjoy. Great as an evening snack too!!!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting! Hope your Monday was a pleasant one and your Tuesday will be great!

Happy Quilting!  Happy Living!


  1. Your quilt is stunning! I love it! I agree on a simple binding, not sure which color though black or white. You'll have to audition the colors and let us know! The beignets recipe is scrumptous, thanks for posting it!

  2. This is absolutely stunning! I love it. I am near Atlanta too! <3

  3. I love your black and white string quilt! Two color quilts are always so striking.

  4. Okay, Love the string quilt... and am also digging the recipe for the beignets! May never try making them, but gives me fine nostalgia for when I visited with the New Orleans branch of my family long, long ago!

  5. That quilt is stunning in those colors....great job!!

  6. Wow - this is absolutely gorgeous! I can just imagine the wonderful effect of the sparkly white - I threw a few pieces of white sparkle into the log cabin I'm about to quilt up and it's fabulous stuff. LOVE your diamonds!!!

  7. Your black & white string quilt is fantastic! I love your color combo.
    For the border--have you considered more pieced blocks to finish off those partial string diamonds around the outside with the rest of the block in black?

  8. Beignets and Chickory Coffee at the Cafe' Du Monde! What a way to start or finish a day!

    Your quilt is amazing! Your piecing looks fantastic!

  9. Thanks for beeing a new follower. It's so nice to stay in contact with people from all ower...
    Your diamonds looks striking. I think I would go for a black border, to keep it together. The N.O. cakes brings back memoriers from our visits in this fantsastic city. ( Thats before the storm)Have a good weekend and good luck with the quilt.