Chugging along…

I am finished with piecing the quilt top using the Once Upon A Christmas fabrics by Benartex:

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All I have left is the pieced borders to go around the quilt top.  I quite like the border myself:

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Here is a sneak peek on how the quilt will look:

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I am a little bit behind, but I am chugging along.   Thanks again for stopping by.  Have a grand day, will you?

260 or so sleeps to Christmas, and…

… I have a Christmas quilt to make for “Quilter’s World“. These fabrics just came in. They are from “Once Upon A Christmas” by Benartex:

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I love love love the Poinsettia fabric:

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I will show more pictures once I have some progress with the fabrics. Meanwhile, I wish you a lovely Wednesday. Thanks again for stopping by!

Quilter’s World (February 2009)

Hello Everyone, I hope you had a joyous Christmas. Christmas came and went a bit too quickly for me. But I still enjoyed and cherished the celebration. I will have a few more photos to show you in the next couple of days.

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I received my complimentary issues of “Quilter’s World” in which my dolphin pictorial wallhanging is featured:

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It was a fun and quick project for me. I used the Fossil Fern Charm Pack from Benartex for most of the construction in addition to some scraps here and there. It was an attempt on my part to “quilt” outside the box as the style differs from my usual traditional style:

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The issue also has a paper-doll carrier project that is to die for. It is perfect for any girls of any age! I so want to dive into the project, but first, I have to make sure I meet my quilt deadlines. So, it’s off to work for me.

My baskets are full…

… of apples. I enjoyed putting together the center blocks for the Quilter’s World quilt using the “Apple a Day” fabrics by Benartex. The quilt top is not completely pieced. I shall let the magazine show the quilt in its entirety next year.

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In honoring the Thanksgiving week, I wish you all a Thanksgiving Celebration in which you can recount the FULL blessings from above.

“The Lord is gracious and righteous. Our God is full of compassion.” (Psalm 116:5)


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.