Quilting Gremlins and Amish Friendship Bread


Okay, I know that is a weird title for a post – and because of it I must explain for those of you who are not acquainted with the dreaded “Quilting Gremlins”.

The Quilting Gremlins are those nasty little unseen creatures who wander off with things in your sewing room/quilt studio when you are not looking.

Don’t feed them with your things – it gets ugly!!

No – this is not one of them…..just one of the ones who are SUPPOSED to keep them away.

He’s FIRED!!

Just kidding.

Okay. Explanation of situation time….

Yesterday I went looking for a tablerunner I had made so that I could batt, back and finish it for a gift. Where I left it is NOT where it is at!! I’ve looked everywhere for it, and it has just plain disappeared! Gone from the premises! Gremlin food, I presume…..

The GOOD thing that came out of all that searching, however, is that I found a bunch of orphan quilt blocks from a project that I did 4 months or so ago!!

I totally forgot that these even existed!!

I have to make a throw quilt for a special occasion next week – and there were enough already made quilt blocks for me to be able to just sew them together, add a border, and have a quilt done!!! Alleluia!!!

Here, take a look…..

Now, mind you, these are just some of the blocks that I found (placed on my too short design wall)  with the bottom ones laying on my ironing board. But, this gives you an idea of what I am going to be working with.  😉 

This makes me happy, because this just saved me a LOT of time and work!!! I’ll let you know how it turns out.  🙂 

In the mean time, here is a recipe that you are not going to find lying around anywhere. I am not putting pictures of this one up because, well, you don’t need them. Trust me.

This was given to me years ago, and is not generally published/shared often. But, it is the season when you will start looking for the product to be floating around. If you are lucky, someone might give you some of this starter. If you are not so lucky, I’m going to teach you how to make your own – but, SHHHHHHHHHHH……it’s a secret!  🙂  

And “YES”, this actually came from an Amish Lady who was willing to Bless me with the actual recipe!!  🙂   

Amish Friendship Bread Starter


2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups milk

1 cup + 1 Tblsp sugar

1/3 cup warm water

2 Tblsp. or 2 pkgs. active dry yeast


Sprinkle 1 Tblsp. sugar over the warm water.

Sprinkle yeast over that, and let it stand in a warm place until it doubles in size. (about 10 minutes)

Mix milk, rest of sugar, flour and the above yeast mixture in a plastic or glass container that is about the size of a five-quart ice cream bucket. Stir – using ONLY a wooden spoon/fork, as metal objects will retard the natural growth of the product.

Cover LOOSELY with a plastic cover, or a glass plate so that the product can breath, and expand. (It will double or even triple at times of vigorous rising!!!)

Let stand overnight in a warm place. Next day – refrigerate, covered, and stir each day for 5 (five) days.

On 5th day, divide the starter into 3 (three) 1 cup portions placed into a 1 gallon zipper-type plastic bag. Use 1 of the 1 cup portions to bake for yourself with; give 1 of the 1 cup portions to a friend; save the last 1 cup portion as your starter for your next batch!!!

Starter Usage Directions – for you and friend

Day 1 – Receive starter. Do nothing to it. Leave on counter (or in cupboard) covered for next 10 (ten) days.

Days 2, 3, 4 – Stir well with wooden spoon each morning.

Day 5 – Add 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of milk, and 1 cup of flour to the starter and stir well.

Days 6, 7, 8, 9 – Stir well.

Day 10 – Add 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of flour to the starter and mix well. Take out 3 (three) 1 cup portions of the starter (will leave you with approximately 2 cups worth in your container), and place each portion into individual plastic bags for distribution – but be sure to keep 1 of these bags/1 cup portions for YOUR starter for the next batch!!!.


Amish Friendship Bread

Add the following to your 2 cups of starter from above:

3/4 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

2 cups flour

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 + 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

Mix all together well, then choose which Add-In you would like to include from below:


ADD INS:   Add 1, or a combination of, any of the following….

2 cups pumpkin, or

2 cups blueberries, or

3 ripe bananas, or

1 cup applesauce, or

1 cup chopped apples, or

1 cup raisins, or

1/2 cup nuts – your choice of variety.


Gently fold-in the ingredient you chose. Place into 2 greased loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 55 minutes.

If you prefer to make these into Muffins – Fill greased muffin tins approximately 3/4 full and bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes. Will make 2 – 3 dozen muffins.


Now remember – SHHHHHHHH – this is a secret, so keep this starter recipe to yourself, and just smile sweetly when questioned about where/how you got it, and just say “A friend”.  😉 


Your friend,







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