Ask Jo: That Cute Charity Quilt

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Every so often I get comments or email from readers asking questions or commenting.  I believe often times others would like to hear the questions and answers so I take time to answer them here on the blog.  Today is one of those days.

On Friday I showed you the charity quilt that I finished up in time to head off to a local benefit for a family who experienced a house fire.

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We had lots of people ask and comment either on the blog or through email inquiring about the pattern used to make it.

Julie commented on the quilt saying, “I am so happy you liked the quilt!! It sounds like it is going for a good cause, and that is great. The prints are the leftover pieces from making I Spy quilts. I’ll have to see if I have any more to make another.  Thanks for all you do, I love your blog and patterns!  Quilty hugs,  Julie”

This is really a great design to make using left over eye spy quilts.

Although I don’t know the exact pattern that Julie used, I did do a little investigation.  I thought Bonnie Hunter might have them pattern (or one close to it) listed in her free patterns and she does.  Here is the link.  She calls it a Sting X.

Bonnie Hunter shows a couple different variations.  Julie didn’t add border to hers and used all yellow backgrounds.

Regardless of how it’s made it really is a cute quilt that is an awesome stash buster.

Waffle Cookies

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I  had the waffle maker out to make waffles for the kiddos for breakfast.  As I was making them I remembered that I had a recipe to make waffle cookies…now if only I could remember which recipe book the recipe was in….  After a short hunt I found it.

Being these cookies are so unusual I thought I would add some pictures showing how I made them.  (My waffle iron is ANCIENT but it works wonderfully so just ignore it’s lack of beauty)

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Yummy looking right??  Well if you want a chance to give the recipe a try, here it is:

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa

Cream the sugar and shortening.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Beat until smooth.  Add dry ingredients.  Drop a heaping teaspoon full on a hot waffle iron.  Close.  Watch carefully as they only take a minute to bake.  Frost when cool.

They are a little tedious to make but a fun change up from regular cookies.  The childcare kids had fun with the frosting.

On a frosting note I make a chocolate cream cheese frosting that I don’t have a recipe for…something like this

3 tablespoons butter softened
3 ounces cream cheese softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa
Enough powdered sugar to make it the consistency you want

Mix and frost.

The recipe really doesn’t make a lot of cookies.  I would be tempted to double it but making these four a time in the waffle maker is a little tedious.

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