Wednesday, October 12, 2011
OK, the piecing is finished. All the blocks finished.
I placed the blocks 5 across and 6 down. The placement is not set in stone. The fun begins now when I move and stand back and see where one block will look better in the place of another.
Since these are "busy" quilts...a lot of color and movement...I want to separate each block with sashing.
I will try red, black and possibly green and white. I will put different colors up until I like one.
Right now, there is a give-a-way! The first person that finds my mistake will get a Christmas fat quarter (18"x22").
Good Luck! Until next time, make a pot of soup. Cooler days ahead!
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Yes, you can make a Christmas quilt in time for someone very special on your list.
This is such an easy pattern that most beginner quilters or sewers will find it manageable.
Next, make sure you can sew a ¼” seam. I cannot tell you how important this is when making a quilt top. Some machines have a quarter inch foot where you just butt the fabric next to the foot and you automatically achieve a 1/4” seam. Alas, not all machines are equal. For instance, my Bernina has a “fat” quarter inch. That means it is about 1-2 stitches wider than ¼” so all my seams would be too big. My Featherweight as shown in these pictures has a quarter inch foot and sews an accurate seam. So, you need to find out where your quarter inch seam is on your machine. Here is how you can make sure your machine is sewing an accurate seam.
Using the center seams as the reference point, measure out 2” from the center seam for each cut.
This may seem tedious to you, but after you have made a few, it will go very quickly. I tried to show each step. Once you get going, the top comes together quickly. I plan on 35 blocks. I will post the next step of putting the blocks together as a top. There are several ways of doing this. Since the blocks are all different, I may sash between each row with a solid color of red or green. Look at the example of sashing in this Jinny Beyer quilt. http://rjrfabrics.com/_media/patterns/pdf/Pinwheel_Sunrise.pdf
If you have any questions or suggestions (or find an error) please do not hesitate to comment.
Until next time, play with your fabric! You have my permission to touch it and cuddle it as much as you want.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
You have got to try this pie recipe! It is delicious and makes enough for a crowd!
2 9" pie rounds
5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 pints fresh strawberries, stems removed, rinsed and cut into halves
5 TBLS cornstarch
2 cups sugar
1 egg yolk
1 TBLS cold water
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Line a buttered pie tin with one 9" pie round.
In a large bowl place the apples, strawberries, cornstarch, and sugar. Mix them together well.
Place the mixture in the pie tin.
Place the remianing 9" pie round on top. Crimp the edges together. Make a decorative pattern around the rim with a fork or your fingers.
Pierce the top crust into a decorative pattern with a small knife or fork (to make steam vents).
In a small bowl place the egg yolk and cold water, and mix them together.
Using a pastry brush gently brush the egg and water mixture on top of the crust.
Place the pie on a cookie sheet, and then put it into the middle of the oven. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees.
Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the juices are bubbling. If the crust begins to get too brown, lay a piece of foil over the top. Serves 6
Courtesy of Santa Fe Recipe
I have been making this for years. Here are the changes I have perfected.
- Make fresh dough for two pies.
- Use a lasagna pan or baking dish.
- Organic strawberries and organic apples
- Sugar is half Stevia and half regular
- Mixture sits in bowl about 30 minutes with cinnamon sprinkled on top.
- Line oven with foil for spills.
- I serve it with pure vanilla ice cream.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Progressing right along...the weather has not hit 100 degrees today! What a shock...I better get a sweater!
They guys are working on the porch today. It looks really nice. It is only 4 feet wide so just enough room for a rocking chair or two!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Have you tried beading yet? Did you enjoy my post about beading on my quilt? That should get you interested in beading. This should too: Nomadic Notions! They have a Groupon coupon available on Friday. You pay $10 for the coupon but get to make a $20 pair of earrings. That sounds fantastic to me. And the coupon is good until November so you will have many choices of class dates.
Nomadic Notions has the most beautiful beads in the world! www.nomadicnotions.com
Last time, I promised to post a picture of my quilt. I am calling this Duke...My Lion King. I love looking at this for it really does look like my Duke. It will be at the San Antonio Quilt Guild show in September at the Live Oak Civic Center. You can get more information from the guild's web site. http://www.sanantonioquilt.org/
So here is Duke. Until next time laugh until it hurts...
Well, progess is being made, although I did not think it would happen!
The wood was delivered this morning at 7 am. It has taken over our driveway and one garage door.
I guess we will be down to one car for a while.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
It was a little tart for Roberto so he stuck with his usual Merlot. It did not stop him from tasting mine!
Although, excellent, something was flat. It could have been the avocados. Maybe this time of year they are not so flavorful. Maybe not enough jalapeños. Maybe it was the orange juice. Personally, I would have added more lime juice and more cilantro. Restaurants have to please the general public and predominantly, most people do not like really hot guacamole. So, I added some of the green condiment that came with the chips. It must have been sour cream and jalapeños. It was so good. That added a nice kick to the guacamole.
What is a sous chef, you ask? Find out here. http://www.reluctantgourmet.com/sous_chef.htm
As you can see, the kitchen runs as smoothly as the caliber of the sous chef.