Thursday, October 27, 2016
She's also interested in a white and aqua one I started last fall with Jane when we were doing improv trees. I'll need to see if I can dig it out and try and finished in time too. November 10 will be here before I know it! Pitter patter, time to get at 'er!.....M
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Kyle from Timeless Reflections will soon be receiving a little parcel in the mail. I hope you enjoy both of them Kyle.
Friday, October 21, 2016
I've mentioned Betty's friend Sigrid before - she was a fabulous quilter, and an equally fabulous baker. This was her recipe:
1 c pumpkin
1 c sugar
1/2 c vegetable oil
2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp soda mixed with 1 tsp milk
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c chopped nuts
Drop teaspoonfuls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 F for 12 - 15 minutes.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
I've tried the 'tube' method but find it both confusing and cumbersome - the last time I attempted it things did not end well. Since then I've taken to just starting in the corner of my fabric and cutting 2" strips on a 45-degree angle until I think I have enough, but that gets a little awkward on my small table when the strips start getting really long, and it's not the fastest trick in the book.
Take a piece of fabric, make a 45-degree fold and then using that bias fold line, fold the two outer tips towards each other taking care to keep all of the folds aligned along the initial fold line. Once you have a rectangle just trim near the folds and then cut strips the width that you want, 2" in my case. Confused? Heather has kindly created a handout that you can print for easy reference.
Sunday, October 09, 2016
Buttermilk Vanilla Cake with a Buttercream Icing. I liked it yesterday, but I like it even more today. The buttermilk keeps it nice and moist and the icing works beautifully. Another reason to be thankful. Happy Thanksgiving!....M
Friday, October 07, 2016
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Lori Holt has a great tutorial, so I followed it (its from 2010 - how behind the times am I????). Thankfully these hexies are about twice the size of the ones I'm using for Minnie.
Her suggestion of using a paper clip to keep things aligned was really helpful, especially if you use a coated one. I set the first batch up using a different clip for each hexie but after that I found that it was just as fast to transfer the same clip from one hexie to the next.
Lori also had the great idea of enlisting her young daughter to baste. At 10 cents a hexie I think its a great idea, but I'm not sure that the Official Cookie Tester would be lining up to do that for me.
Sunday, October 02, 2016
Designed by Margaret Sampson George, it is the happy amalgam of two old patterns - one by Anne Brereton (1801) and the second the Levens Hall quilt.
Here are most of the fabrics for the centre hexie panel (one or two have changed) - not as many toiles as in the original, but still beautiful, large, romantic prints that will be the centre of attention. That gorgeous turquoise will also be the backing but I don't have enough of the cream print at the bottom for the border hexies, so that will be switched up....M