Saturday, October 22, 2016

One For You, and One For Me

Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave your wonderful comments in celebration of my blog anniversary - I loved hearing from you and finding out what your favourite part of the quilting process is (sounds like cutting isn't very high on anyone's list!). It's all a process, and a wonderful one at that, and that came through loud and clear. I'd have to say that my favourite part is hand sewing; I find it wonderfully relaxing and always rewarding.

So, on to the giveaway. The Official Cookie Tester has done his duty and we have a winner of the hexie pincushion and fabric - Kyle from Timeless Reflections will soon be receiving a little parcel in the mail. I hope you enjoy both of them Kyle.

And I've had a little bit of an anniversary gift too. I've made a second pincushion for me in a different print. It seemed like a great way to mark the occasion. But, as Nancy said in her comment, I'm not sure that I could put a pin in the bee - I think I'll have to work around it!....M

Friday, October 21, 2016

It's Pumpkin Season...

I noticed that 'It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' was on TV the other night and it got me to thinking that, other than Pumpkin Pie, I haven't really done any pumpkin baking this fall. Time for Sigrid's Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I've mentioned Betty's friend Sigrid before - she was a fabulous quilter, and an equally fabulous baker. This was her recipe:

Mix in a large bowl:
1 c pumpkin
1 c sugar
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 egg

2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp soda mixed with 1 tsp milk

Stir  in:
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.

The gals are getting together Saturday morning at the church to make apple pies for our annual fundraiser so these will be for their coffee break.....M

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Lets Celebrate!

Five years ago my QuiltBee blog was launched and, like so many recreational quilters who don't blog to support a business, there were lots of questions running through my mind as to whether or not I would have anything of interest to say, or for how long. But it was something that I was keen to do and I'm so glad that I did - it has been wonderful! I've met so many warm, funny, creative quilters and learned so much, but even more importantly, it has helped me develop a discipline to not only start but finish things up. Now don't get me wrong, there's still a healthy list of things that need to be finished, but I've accomplished so much more than I ever expected.

I'm incredibly humbled by the fact that you stop by regularly to see what it is that I am working on and I always look forward to your comments and suggestions. It's amazing to be a part of a generous and talented global community that check in with each other periodically to see what's up and it has helped me grow and stretch my thinking. It's also been a wonderful inspiration for me to see what you are working on.

So why don't we celebrate our online friendship with a little anniversary giveaway? I've stitched a hexie pincushion for the occasion. I'd like to say that it was my idea but you have the lovely and talented Susan at Thimblestitch to thank for that - I lifted the idea from her (I think I need to make a second one for moi!).

And, in keeping with the hexie/bee theme, a piece of this great bee fabric - I haven't cut into it yet but it will be at least a fat quarter, if not more.

Just leave me a comment by end of day Friday, October 21 and let me know what part of the quilting process you enjoy the most. The Official Cookie Tester will be pressed into service to draw the winning name on Saturday and if you are a no-reply blogger please remember to leave your email address in your comment so that I can touch base with you if your name is drawn. Thanks so much!....M

Friday, October 14, 2016

A Flurry of Bindings

The Queen of Bindings has been holding court in my house lately - at least that's what it feels like because all three Christmas table toppers are ready to be bound, which means making lots of binding. But that's okay because I found a great new way to cut bias binding. It's all in how you fold the fabric.

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.

Enter Roberta. When I picked up a quilt recently she made me wise to this great method from Heather of Anka's Treasures. It's quite simple - so simple that I almost don't believe it.

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.

Am I the last to find this out??? And do these people stay up all night figuring this stuff out (like the instructions for making four flying geese at one time)? I don't know, but I'm really glad if they do. Give it a try - you'll love it!....M