It’s like opening a present…

I was checking on Quilter’s World website to see if they have released pictures of the projects that are going to be in their Christmas issue. You see, one of my quilts is featured in the magazine. And I am always curious about how my quilts are being photographed and presented in magazines:

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To me, it’s like opening a present. Well, opening this particular present didn’t disappoint me at all! I love how my quilt is being photographed. Don’t you think the editor did a great job picking that particular shot of my quilt to go in the magazine?


I haven’t gotten my copy of the magazine yet, nor the quilt back from the editor. I know Jocelyn will get her copy before I do! :) I will have more pictures for you once I have the quilt back. Meanwhile, have a great day! Be careful out there!

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.


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



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:



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.

Pleasant Surprise during “Site-seeing” and MORE fabrics

I was doing some “site-seeing”, and decided to check out Quilter’s World‘s website, and guess what I found? They have already featured their February 2009 Issue online, and my dolphin wallhanging is in it! Normally, I get my complimentary magazine copies before the magazines are featured online. But not this time. So, I had no idea the magazines are already on their way out to subscribers!!! So, that was a really nice surprise! Click on the picture to view all the projects featured in the latest issue. I will do a more detailed post on my dolphin wallhanging later when I get the magazine and my quilt back from the editor.


Meanwhile, guess what came in the mail this morning? More fabrics. That’s right – MORE FABRICS!!! These are from Red Rooster’s Tea Rose Garden Collection. I am having a really fun and cute project featured in The Quilter‘s May 2009 Issue with these fabrics. The May 2009 issue hits the newsstand in March 2009. Stay tuned!


I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

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.



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)

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.