Monday, December 8, 2014

   I love King Arthur flour and use it all the time. It is the best. I have their site bookmarked on my computer and love to check the recipes.
Biscotti is one of my favorites to bake. Don't let the "bake twice" intimidate you. It is very zen.
So here is a link to one of them: the Barista Biscotti.
They have various other and all kinds of other goodies too.
Enjoy.




Barista Biscotti Bites

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/barista-biscotti-bites-recipe

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/cookies-bars-and-candy/biscotti

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

antique quilts from the 1920s | PRIMITIVE ANTIQUE 1920 PA HANDSTITCHED TURKEY TRACKS QUILT PIECE ...
Turkey Track quilt circa 1920s found on Pintrest
                                                  Happy Thanksgiving circa 2014 ^-^

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Scrappy Woven Lattice Block

This is how I work on a project that is very scrappy.
For this 10 inches block, I need:
Print fabric cut into: 4 - 2.5" X 6.5" rectangles
4 - 2.5" squares
(In this case I have 2 different prints. So, I cut 2 of each shape in each color.)
Background fabric: 9 - 2.5" squares

First, I cut the required pieces and keep them together (2 rectangles, 2 squares, and 4 background squares per unit.)
Time to decide on the block lay out.
I put the pieces on a large ruler next to my sewing machine, when I like the lay out, I  sew the units together.


I keep the units attached so they don't get lost in the "mess."
 I have all 4 units needed for 1 block attached in a line.

Next, they are separated and back to the ruler in the way I need to complete the block.
Starting with a partial seam, I attached the center square to one of the units, than moving counter clock wise, I attached all the units, finishing the partial seam last.

Finally, I have a few blocks together, just to check if it is going well.
I do an assembly line process for each of the steps above; and try to see how many I can sew without having to stop and cut the thread.
Even on a block like this one that the center square is added as a partial seam, I can assembly line them without having to cut a lot of the threads.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Simply Woven quilt from Moda Bake Shop

I have started a similar quilt for a donation quilt.
Jessica Kelly has this great tutorial at the link below.
I am not using her way. I am using scraps and I am making 10" blocks by cutting:
for the background 9 - 2.5 inches squares
for the main color 4 - 6.5 inches rectangles and 8 - 2.5" squares.
I saw a few quilts that my friend Diane H. made and I am using her plan.
I will post more when I have completed a few blocks.


DSC_0518-1

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2012/10/simply-woven-quilt.html

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Houston IQA show 2014

So many quilts, not enough time. The 2014 show as the Ruby Jubilee, and the biggest show. About 2,000 quilts were displayed. Some of my pictures...




Monday, November 3, 2014

Most photographed quilt at Houston 2014

This amazing quilt had a line of people trying to picture it every time I came around this isle. It is a multidimensional one. Depending where you stand, you see a different image. For example, while right in front, Oprah is the image seen, to the left Jackie Kennedy, and to the right mother Theresa.
Well deserved the ribbons. 
in front
from the left

from the right




Friday, October 24, 2014

Free pattern from Anna Marie Horner

feather.bed
The links below get you to Anna Maria Horner PDF for this amazing quilt, and to her website post in 2012 when she posted about this quilt.
This is one that I will make someday for sure.

http://www.annamariahorner.com/Feather.Bed.Quilt.pdf
http://annamariahorner.blogspot.com/2012/08/out-sewing-in-my-field.html