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!

Ingredients:

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.

Pieceful Garden Scrap Project: Part 3 (Final Part)

I finished the other scrap project over the weekend using the Pieceful Garden kit scraps. I made it into another pillow because I didn’t foresee myself having time to do the quilting if I had turned it into a table-runner or another small wallhanging.

I used this configuration, and added some borders:

I dis-engaged the nine-patches from the scraps from trimming the blocks at the corners of the original quilt and added to the corners of the pillowcase:

… and voila!!!

I truly appreciate all the kind comments everyone has left about my Pieceful Garden quilt – and that’s why, I will be putting up one of these two pillows for a giveaway in my post tomorrow! Don’t forget to check back for details!!!

Meanwhile, have a wonderful week ahead!!!

Pieceful Garden Scrap Project: Part 2: My not so “scrappy” pillow

I underestimated the time I would need to complete my scrappy projects from the Pieceful Garden kit scraps. But I did get one of the scrap projects done last night. It turned to be a not-so-scrappy looking 24″ pillow:

The pride and joy of my pillow is the fabric yoyo! I have never made a yoyo before. But I was really inspired by what Arlette has done with her yoyo’s. So, I decided to give it a try. I thought it turned out pretty good and added a little something to the overall look:

Many of my whimsical friends wanted to get in the photo shoot for the pillow. They also wanted me to drag out some of the fineries in life as props. I think some of them just wanted to play with my breakables — you think French Loppie there got a bit carried away as he practically immersed himself in the teacup??!!!:

Click here for tutorial on how to make the center block with the Pieceful Garden kit scraps.

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Thank you for coming to my show-and-tell today. I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed weekend. I will be back on Monday! See you then!!

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Disclaimer – you will ONLY have the scraps left from Double-Nine-Patch blocks trimming the blocks for the scrap project. Anything extras you see in my scrap projects require extra fabric(s). You may choose to purchase more fabrics, or mix-and-match with other fabrics. The reason I used coordinating fabrics is because I had extra fabrics left from making the sample quilt for “The Quilter”.

“The Quilter” (November 2008)

Photo courtesy of The Quilter

I received my complimentary November issue of “The Quilter” in which my “Pieceful Garden” is featured!! I set the magazine with the pages open to my quilt on the dining table:

Right after the article on the “Pieceful Garden” is Benartex advertising the VERY same fabric collection (FAMILY TREE by Pam Lindquist) I had used for the quilt. Now, how cool is that?!

The picture in the magazine shows off very nicely the free-hand feather quilting I had done on the quilt with my Bernina 640E using the Bernina Stitch Regulator. I thought you might enjoy some close-up pictures of the quilting:

Here are some pictures of the back of the quilt:

The sample quilt is currently on display at Rogers Sewing Center, my “home-sweet sewing-home”. So, if you happen to find yourself in Northwest Arkansas, do hop on in and meet the sweet people there.

As a contributing quilter in the magazine, I was MORE than anxious to thumb through the magazine to see exactly how my quilt is being featured in the magazine. I have to say I am thoroughly impressed by Laurette Koserowski (the editor) and her staff for a job very very well done, not only in featuring my quilt in such an attractive way, but also the other quilt projects as well.

Another reason I like the “The Quilter” is because I feel like much thought is put into the presentation of each quilt project — the details and accents are simply amazing. To me, the magazine also serves as an excellent resource for quilters to get ideas on how to incorporate quilts in home decorating. My quilting friends, I hope you are planning to get your own copy — you will be inspired, I promise!

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You may click here to order the kit to construct the quilt top (includes binding).

Don’t leave without clicking here to see what you can do with the kit scraps.

UPDATE (9/11/2008) — my European Sham Pillow, made with kit scraps, is now COMPLETE!!

UPDATE (9/14/2008) — my other pillow made with kit scraps is now also COMPLETE!!

UPDATE (9/16/2008) — click here to win a pillow made with the kit scraps to match your quilt!!

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Pieceful Garden Scrap Project: Part 1

This is a super-easy way to use up the scraps left over from the “Pieceful Garden” quilt kit. You should have enough to construct two separate blocks for the ideas shared below:

You may simply sew the four pieced triangles together to form a square block. Feel free to add borders to make the resulting block larger. If you are happy with this look, skip down to “options” for finishing ideas:

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I decided to add just a bit of spice to my scrap project. First I cut 2″ strips that were slightly longer than the shorter sides of the triangle and sew the strips to two triangles as shown. Press seam. Repeat for two other triangles:


Then I trimmed off the excess strips to form a right angle corner:

Then I cut another 2″ wide strip, this time the length would be more than enough to cover the longest side of the two original triangles sewn together with the strip. Sew the cut strip to the longest side with excess on both ends:

Sew the other set of two triangles already joined together to the latest assembly as shown. Make sure the center of both layers are on target. Press seams. Trim the excess to form the right angle corners:

Now, your scrappy “Pieceful Garden” scraps have taken on a new look:

Options on what to do to this new block:

1. Add more borders as you fancy to make another smaller wallhanging.

2. Leave it as it is, or add more borders, to make a pillow case.

3. Use both of the new blocks and add a plain block or two to make a table runner.

4. Incorporate it into a tote project.

5. The possibilities are just about endless! :)

As for me, I am still mulling over my options as to how to finish off this block made from scraps. Do check back in a couple of days — I will have pictures of my completed scrap projects!

The Quilter” magazine November issue is scheduled to hit the newsstands on Sept 16 — you will find instructions on how to construct “Pieceful Garden” in the magazine!

Disclaimer – you will ONLY have the scraps left from Double-Nine-Patch blocks trimming the blocks for the scrap project.  Anything extras you see in my scrap projects require extra fabrics.  You may choose to purchase more fabrics, or mix-and-match with other fabrics.  The reason I used coordinating fabrics is because I had extra fabrics left from making the sample quilt for “The Quilter”.

Block Scraps and Award

Photo courtesy of "The Quilter"

I ended with a bunch of “block” scraps from the “Pieceful Garden” quilt:

I had invested time in constructing those blocks, and just didn’t feel right tossing them away! I was trying to come up with a bonus free pattern to offer with the “Pieceful Garden” kit, and thanks to my quilting mentor Barbara, it might just turn out to be the perfect little bonus project — stay tuned! :)

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Many thanks to Holly of Holly’s Stitching and Stuff for the following award. Holly is an incredible needleworker – do visit her to see her beautiful stitchery:


Secret no longer!!!

My bloggy friends, you were there with me through the thick and thin of the construction of my “Pieceful Kingdom” quilt a few months ago. Thank you, and thank you, for your encouragement when I was making the quilt! Here it is, FINALLY!!!

This quilt was made with the popular fabric line “Family Tree” by Benartex. It was renamed by the editorial staff at The Quilter to be “Pieceful Garden” to suit the theme of the fabrics. The quilt is now back with me, and is slated to be featured in The Quilter‘s November Issue hitting the newsstands on September 15!!! I am excited!!!

I should be getting my copy of the magazine any day now, and when I do, I will post more pictures, including close-up shots.

UPDATE (9/7/2008) — click here for BONUS project using the scraps from the kit!

Meanwhile, if you want to read the previous posts on the project, here they are:

1. Fabrics

2. First few blocks

3. HIGHLY frustrated peiord

4. Fun Part

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Also, for the quilters that are interested in replicating this quilt, I am offering the kits for sale on my website (my FIRST kitting project!).