The difference between with and without

Happy Tuesday to you. I hope you are doing well.

This is going to be a quickie as I need to get the Apple Quilt done! But I thought I would show you the difference between with and without quilting on a quilt.





Quilting just seems to give the quilt somewhat of a personality, and definitely texture. Depending how a quilt is quilted, the quilt takes on a totally different look. The Apple Basket quilt you see here is free-motion quilted with free-hand feathers and background fillers.

Thanks again for stopping by. I always enjoy reading your comments. Meanwhile, have a great day!

Playing with Triangles

Another project is underway with fabrics from “An Apple a Day” by Benartex. The quilt will be featured in Quilter’s World next year. These fabrics are absolutely homey and cozy – every time I handle the fabrics, I feel like making some apple-ish dessert!



I am amazed by how prevalent the concept of triangles is in the myriad quilt blocks out there. Here my “Apple Basket” (originally called Grape Basket”) blocks are about done:


I wish you a warm and cozy day while I finish up these baskets to for my apples!

[Tip for making half-square-triangles if you are not doing paper-piecing: Instead of cutting your squares for the triangles 7/8″ larger than the desired finished size, cut in 1″ larger. Then, you are able to trim the half-square-triangles to exactly the size with which you will use for piecing. It works for me perfectly every time.]

In the door, out the door… and apple pie

Things remain to be hectic at my end.  But having things in and out the door makes me believe that I am making somewhat of a progress…

OUT THE DOOR — another quilt completed and being sent to “The Quilter“‘s editor, and shipment of “Pieceful Garden” quilt kits:

IN THE DOOR — new fabrics from Benartex‘s “An Apple A Day”.  These fabrics will be for a quilt appearing in “Quilter’s World” next year as well as for an original quilt pattern from me. These fabrics are just fabulous, aren’t they?

I mean, how can one not fall in love with this?

The fabric reminded me of an easy fresh apple pie recipe I tried a couple of weeks ago.  Since I am still a blogger in training (i.e., I still haven’t mastered the habit of strapping a camera to my hip 24-7, hahaha), I didn’t take a picture.  Sorry.  But I hope once you try the recipe, you would forgive me!


2 9-inch pie shells

8 Granny Smith apples (you would have to tweak this according to the size of your apples)

2/3 cup sugar (for sweeter apples, you will be able to use less sugar)

1/3 cup flour

1 tbs ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon milk

1/4  cup sugar

1. Peel, core and slice apples, mix with the rest of the ingredients.

2. Pour mixture into pie dish lined with one 9″ pie shell.

3. Cover the pie dish with the other pie shell. Seal and crimp.  Cut vents on top pie shell.

4. Brush the top of pie shell with milk.

5. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar (I actually only used about half of the amount).

6. Bake in oven at 400 F for 15 minutes.

7. Reduce heat to 350 F, and bake for another 20-25 minutes. I cover the pie edge with metal pie strips to prevent the edge from being burnt.

8. Bake for another 5-10 minutes at 375 F to lightly brown the top of the pie crust.