One of my favorite “unsung hero tools” are the reverse tweezers. What are they you ask??? Well, regular tweezers you squeeze to close them. Reverse tweezers you squeeze to open them so they are closed when resting. So when does this come in handy? Just about anytime you need an extra hand or finger. Today […]
The theme for this months blocks is “Places”. What better place than our blue pearl floating along in the universe? I immediately thought of a family of aliens coming to visit Earth. The kids were whining “Are we there yet?” to which Mom excitedly responds “Only 2.5 million miles to go…almost there!” Ha! Pattern includes […]
I’m excited to be participating in Quilt Block Mania. The theme this month is “Neighborhood”. When I first saw this I thought of a street sign. I know, I’m just a little odd… It could be the sign for your street or perhaps a dream vacation spot or maybe a memory of a fun time […]
Oh my poor neglected blog… I got behind in regular posts last fall then decided my next post needed to be spectacular to make up for it. Well, now it has been far too long and no post, spectacular or otherwise, can make up for such an absence. It’s time to just jump back into it and move on.
Every quilt show “season” I have a recipe available for anyone who wants one. I try to make them easy so we can eat well and have more time for quilting. Once the new recipe comes out the older one goes on the blog for everyone. If you visit any of my scheduled events in 2014 you will have the chance to grab a recipe for homemade Tater Tots. In the mean time, here is last years recipe…
Chocolate Eclair Pie
This is one of the easiest recipes there is. The only trick is to think about it ahead of time because it has to sit before serving. It’s an excellent choice for pot-lucks and dinner parties.
21 whole graham crackers (give or take, every pan is slightly different)
two 3.5oz pkg. instant French Vanilla pudding
3 cups milk
8oz tub Extra Creamy Cool Whip, frozen
1 tub Dark Chocolate ready-to-spread frosting
3 teaspoons milk
1. Place one layer of graham crackers (about 7 crackers) in the bottom of a 9X13 pan. Some crackers may need to be broken to get good coverage.
2. Mix vanilla pudding with 3 cups of milk.
3. Mix in frozen Cool Whip and whip until well blended.
4. Spread half of the pudding mixture onto graham crackers.
5. Add another layer of graham crackers.
6. Spread remaining half of pudding mixture onto graham crackers.
7. Add a final layer graham crackers.
8. Mix frosting with 3 teaspoons of milk to make it easier to spread. Spread frosting over top layer of graham crackers. Don’t mix the frosting ahead of time. While you’re mixing the frosting and milk, the pudding has a minute to start setting up. Then you won’t have problems with the layers mixing together while spreading the frosting.
9. Refrigerate 12-24 hours. Dessert can be frozen although I have never tried it because there has never been any leftovers.
Time to mix it up! Once you’ve mastered the basic pie – it’s time to experiment. Try using different flavors of graham crackers (cinnamon, chocolate…), pudding or even the frosting. How about some add-ins to the pudding section? I’m thinking a German Chocolate Cake variety with chocolate crackers, chocolate pudding with coconut mixed in and chocolate frosting…leave out the coconut and you have Death By Chocolate…maybe a Black Forest Cake variety with cherries…the possibilites are endless…
Out With The Old…
It’s a sad day for lovers of Seralene thread. Mettler has decided to no longer make this wonderful thread. All the spools I have in stock are all I’m going to get – ‘taint no mo! It has been marked down to $4.95 per spool (from $6.95). There is still a decent amount of white, off-white and black but the colors are getting to be slim pickens. Get it while ya still can. You can find it here, in the Seralene Thread section.
In With The New…
I have gotten so many requests the last few months for small rotary rulers. Never being one to want to dissappoint the masses – we now have a full selection of Omnigrip/Omnigrid rulers in stock. 2.5″, 3.5″, 5″, 5.5″, 6″ & 6.5″. You can find them here in our Rotary Supplies section.
Perfect Ovals, Perfect Circles, Perfect Bigger Circles & Perfect Stems. These templates are easy and fun to use. For the circles and ovals – simply trace the desired size, do a quick running stitch around, iron, remove the heat resistant template and VIOLA! Perfection. For the stems – simply place the template inside the fold of your fabric, stitch with your machine, trim, iron and VIOLA! Perfection.
You can find them here, in the Notions section. What would you do with a pile of ovals and circles? Flowers? Something else? Let’s hear it!
The baby news out of England is all over the airwaves…we have baby news too! No, not the human kind…I have just given birth to my latest pattern! Sunrise At The Cabin is a paper pieced center medallion surrounded by traditionally pieced log cabin blocks. The pattern offers sizes from lap to king.
The process to create a quilting pattern is not unlike the human pregnancy experience. When you first get the idea you are very excited and can’t wait to tell everyone. Then the morning sickness and weight gain begin as you realize all the editing and sample making that are in your future. Towards the end of the gestation period you only scream that you just want it to be all over…and RIGHT NOW! Unlike humans, the gestation period for patterns varies greatly. This particular pattern is in the elephant category. I have been fighting with…err…working with this one for YEARS. It has been a sometimes painful process. I’m not sure why it was so difficult but for some reason my brain had “issues” with this pattern, the words just didn’t flow.
Some designers opt for the cesarean approach and have an editor write their pattern for them. I opted for the more traditional Natural Pattern Birth and stuck it out. Granted the pattern could have been finished long ago with a cesarean but I feel better now, having done it the old fashioned way, all by myself. Of course there were a few complications in the delivery room with the printer but it all worked out in the end.
I owe a HUGE thank you to my mid-wife, Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs for giving me a good swift kick in the rear (on several occasions I might add…) in spurring me to get this pattern finished.
I will be debuting the pattern at Maine Quilts this weekend. We will even have a special introductory price of only $8.00. If you’ll be at the show be sure and stop by to check out my new baby. I won’t have cigars but I will have purple chocolate kisses for ya!
We all know that we should use different needles for different sewing tasks. (blatant commercial…if you don’t know this then you should have your guild let me stop in and tell you all about why…I love to travel…end of commercial). How do you store those needles in between uses? You don’t really want to put them back into their original containers because then you can’t tell which ones are new and which ones are used…and which needle is currently in the machine anyway???? Are these the questions that keep you awake at night? If so, you really need to get some fabric fondling therapy…but we can offer a solution in the meantime.
We have a new product available called My Pad. It’s a foam pad imprinted with the various styles and sizes of needles. Every needle has a spot. There is even a flowerhead pin to mark which needle is currently in the machine. This pad is made in the USA and measures approximately 6.75″ square. The suggested retail price is $11.98 but our price is only $10.29. It can be found here, in the Needle Accessories section.
Is this too pricey for you? Do you prefer the DIY approach to such matters? How about this needle storage solution then…
Take an ordinary tomato pincushion (new or used, doesn’t matter) and label the green leaves with the variety of needles you use. Write the size of needles you use down each section. I would suggest using a permanent pen for this. Insert a flowerhead or fancy pin to mark which needle is in the machine. Viola – customized needle storage at it’s finest! We can supply you with tomato pincushions if you’re lacking…they’re just $1.39 and can be found here in the Needle Accessories section.
It’s time to announce the winners of our fabric give aways. If you don’t see your name listed – don’t despair quite yet. If, for some reason, the person doesn’t offer up their mailing info to me then I will be going back to the lists to pick another winner. If you do see your name listed you should be receiving an email from me shortly.
So I gathered my random number generators (Moosette and Hubby) and had them pick numbers for each day. They had no idea whose name was associated with each number so it really was quite random. They managed to pick all different people so there was no need to re-do anything. I love it when a plan comes together…
Side note: if you are looking for some cheap entertainment, have your family pick numbers for winners. It’s very entertaining. Of course, we have had much new snow recently and everything is very white so I may be suffering from snow blindness or cabin fever…or perhaps it’s because I’m a really cheap date…
Anywhoo, here are the winners:
Day 1 – We were supposed to have 4 different winners but I found a couple more chunks of fabric so we have 7 winners!
~anna~(fall, brown), Allison Bayer (blue), Cindy T. (blue), Heather (blue), Jerry (brown), Trina (rust), Debbie (swatches)
Day 2 – the brights
Day 3 – beige and maroon
Day 4 – mint green, blue and geometric
Day 5 – batiks
Day 6 – beige and greens
Thank you to everyone who participated. It’s really fun to give stuff away. We’ll be doing it again for sure!Read More
Up for grabs today we have a batch that is really beige and greens. Leave a comment below for your chance to win FREE FABRIC. Winner will be chosen on March 1, 2013 at noon (EST). Be sure to comment on the previous entries. There are six in total.
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Up for grabs today we have a batch of batiks. Leave a comment below for your chance to win FREE FABRIC. Winner will be chosen on March 1, 2013 at noon (EST). Be sure to comment on the previous entry and come back for the upcoming entries too. There will be six in total.
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Up for grabs today we have a batch that is minty green, blue and a geometric print. Leave a comment below for your chance to win FREE FABRIC. Winner will be chosen on March 1, 2013 at noon (EST). Be sure to comment on the previous entry and come back for the upcoming entries too. There will be six in total.
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Up for grabs today we have a batch of beige, maroon, light blue, and a floral print. Leave a comment below for your chance to win FREE FABRIC. Winner will be chosen on March 1, 2013 at noon (EST). Be sure to comment on the previous entries and come back for the upcoming entries too. There will be six in total.
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Up for grabs today we have a batch that is really bright. Leave a comment below for your chance to win FREE FABRIC. Winner will be chosen on March 1, 2013 at noon (EST). Be sure to comment on the previous entry and come back for the upcoming entries too. There will be six in total.
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