February 8th, 2012
Do you sometimes hesitate to make a quilt because you have trouble visualizing what the quilt will look like if you use different fabrics than are shown on the pattern cover?
This is my original Moon in the Window quilt pattern using Kona Bay Cottons. Yummy!
This is a new version using Kaufman’s Asian Batik fabrics.
A different look but very cool.
This is another one. My Many Paths pattern. The original version.
This is one of my favorite color choices using Hoffman California batiks. It was made a couple of years ago and these exact fabrics are no longer available.
This is an updated version using Kaufman’s Northwoods II Batiks. (This fabric will be available soon!)
Do you like it? I sure do.
But then I did another version…
I think it is one of my favorites. I love the blue and white look. Eww yea!
December 5th, 2011
This photo was sent to me by Carrie D’Andrea. She used the 7″ Crazy Curves template.
Here is a photo of the quilt I made for the American Association of University Women, Minneapolis Branch, for their fund raiser and auction two weeks ago. I received a lot of compliments from our members and also from the people who attended the benefit. The quilt sold in the silent auction to a wonderful woman who was so excited to get it and can’t decided just where to hang it or to use it on a bed or sofa. It gave me great pleasure to contribute in this way and I thank you again for permission to use the pattern….
How cool is that? Thanks for sharing Carrie. I love it! Thanks for donating your time to make the quilt.
November 16th, 2011
I have to tell you that while I was growing up, my brother and I absolutely hated sweet potatoes. We would run in horror at the mere mention of the word. I must confess that it was the way they were prepared (sorry mom). I prefer them to be prepared without so much stuff on them. Years later, I had a freshly baked sweet potato, which is really a yam and learned that it wasn’t so bad. My brother came to visit one time and I tried to convince him to try it. He had that disgusted look on his face at the mere thought of putting them into his mouth. I finally convinced him to try and he timidly took a bite. Then another. Not so bad. Now he is also a sweet potato convert.
I think there are those who like to do up their sweet potatoes with the sugar and marshmallows and those who like them roasted or baked. I am the latter. I also don’t care for marshmallows that that could be part of the problem.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about all of the ways to eat sweet potatoes. I never knew it would be such an interesting topic. I am reading through all of the comments again and again and I am getting hungry. I have a list of them to try; the roasted sweet potato salad. Oh my, please send me the recipe for that one.
The sweet potato souffle and the oil and balsamic vinegar, and roasted with beets and other vegetables. Yum.
I usually eat mine baked with some olive oil and cinnamon or sliced or as baked fries. I use a mandolin slicer to make the chips. Be VERY careful if you get one of those. I sliced my hand once with it. Ouch! But it does make thin, even slices.
And now to the winners.
Elizabeth Engman is the first winner.
Gwen Windham is the 2nd winner
MarciaW is the third winner.
Congratulations to all. Please email me your mailing address.
Thanksgiving is coming up. We are planning our menu and getting excited for family to arrive. Thanksgiving is a great holiday it involves food – a good thing, and being thankful – a great thing.
Don’t worry, this guys is a pet and has survived many Thanksgivings
I am curios about what you will be eating. Our meal will be gluten free and mostly dairy free. Some of the kids can’t have nuts. It is a challenge but worth it. There are so many great substitutions like hemp milk, which I love or coconut milk and grape-seed oil for butter.
Let me know.
November 11th, 2011
This is my block that is in Volume 4, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. It is called Corner Paths and uses my 3 1/2″ Small Paths template. Be sure to check out my videos on piecing these curves. The video shows how you can sew curves without fear.
My block is #399 on page 67. That is a lot of blocks!
The fabrics I used is Timeless Treasures Batiks.
I had a lot of fun playing around with this block. Below you can see a quilt that I made up using the block and some fun fabric. I designed this in EQ so there is no actual pattern for it. (yet)
Today I am on the blog tour and that means fun prizes for you. Be sure to check out the other blogs on the tour. First from Quiltmaker’s you will receive a copy of the magazine, Volume 4. Go to Quiltmaker’s Blog post to find out how to enter.
Second I will be having a drawing for my 3 1/2″ Small Paths acrylic template along with a copy of the magazine.
Third, in honor of Veterans day I will have a second drawing for all of the above (magazine and 3 1/2″ template) plus some sweet batik fabric strips from Anthology fabrics.
And, I am behind in getting my post up for the day, we had the grand babies spend the night last night, need I say more? “Busy” but fun.
So help me catch up to the other early birds by leaving your comment below. Tell me your favorite way to eat sweet potatoes, or if you even like them at all. Right now I have some baking in the oven. I slice them thin and spray a little olive oil on them and bake them until crisp like chips. Zachary and addison LOVE them! and eat a ton. I am barely able to sneak a few for myself.
Yes, we are still in our PJ’s! and the horses are outside wondering where their breakfast is. Ha, ha. Happy quilting!
October 20th, 2011
I hope you like this one. It is a free pattern at Hoffman fabrics. I made this one during the summer but I did not have a chance to share it with you.
It was fun to do. The fabrics are yummy and remind me of a box of chocolate covered cherries. Yummy pinks and browns. The border can be called a key board border, thus the name Bali Love Song.
I hope you enjoy the pattern, it is an easy one that uses the pre-cut packets of 2 1/2″ strips of fabric and goes together quickly.
Let me know what you think and maybe you can get started and make this quilt for your sweetheart before next Valentine’s day. It is guaranteed non-fattening