February 18, 2010

Ursula-closet stripper

Posted in People of Satin Moon tagged , , at 4:12 pm by satinmoon

Fortified with homemade apple cake

( recipe at the end of this blog)

and fragrant coffee , it is time to continue the magical tour

of Ursula’s modest stash.

This clever and creative solution to fabric storage is a commercial greeting card display unit, discarded by a local office supply store.

Ursula particularly likes it because the shelves slope slightly , and diminish  in depth from bottom to top,providing maximum light access.

It is a small feast of bountiful blues

pulsing pinks

naked  neutrals

and a topping of coveted Asian bolts from Satin Moon

Behold the strippers!

A project started last summer with the assistance of Ursula’s mother.

As Ursula completes a project she prepares the fabric scraps for their next act.

Note the boxes as well as the hanger.

Ursula has meticulously cut her fabric scraps into 2   1/2,   2,    1 1/2,  and 1 1/4 inch strips,

all carefully sorted and labeled, for instant audition and use in new patterns.

Larger fabric folds are stored in boxes.

Coveted silk jewels are stashed in a bureau drawer.

across from original crazy patch sampler and beginner quilt.

Around the corner and up the stairs begins a journey past Ursula’s tree collection.

As a baby and child in Germany, she loved to look at a tree outside her window.

This inspired a lifelong passion for collecting tree images, that now fill her the halls of her home.

Trees  inspired her prize winning quilt , and pattern October Sky.

Trees continue to inspire her daily. This is her upstairs  view, past her apples tree to her old studio.


we’ll continue the tour and lesson next week.

I would never have thought that after learning how to deal with the imperial measuring system in order to quilt, I would also have to deal with a translation of my favourite cake recipe from measuring everything in grams to cups. But here it is:

1 1/4 cups of flour (I use unbleached),
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 egg
a pinch of salt
1/3 cup of milk
Mix all ingredients in a food processor. Fill in a greased spring form. Place peeled and quartered apples, plums, rhubarb or blueberries on top and bake for 40 minutes in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. If I used plums or rhubarb I add some sugar after baking.
Bake for 20 minutes if you plan to use it as a shell for fresh strawberries (very yummy), raspberries, or canned fruit like peaches or apricots. In this case I prepare a glaze.
1 cup of liquid (fruit juice or wine mixed with water)
2 tablespoons of starch
1 heaping tablespoon of sugar
Mix starch with about a third of the liquid while the remainder of the liquid and the sugar comes to a boil. Remove pot from heat source, pour the smooth starch mix into the hot liquid, stirring constantly. Put back on heat, let the mix bubble for a few moments. Let the glaze cool down a bit before spooning it over the fresh fruit.
I have a fairly large food processor and can prepare dough for up to four cakes or shells in one go. They bake all at once in the convection oven at 325 degrees. (This is a time saver that I extends my quilting time).

1 Comment »

  1. jimmer said,

    Thanks for the recipe!

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