Mitering Printed Borders

One of the comments on my tutorial on borders was a question on how to miter with prints.  Luckily, the question came at a good time when I had just had two of my friends over to help me do just that.  I still had some of the fabric, and I could take some close …

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A walk in the forest

I really enjoy hiking and  Saturday it was just too pretty a day to stay inside with temperature in the low 60s and clear skies.  Time to go to DuPont Forest for a nice walk.  We have hiked this area many times in the past, and the trails range from easy to very difficult.  It …

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Casserole for a Crowd

I like to cook for a crowd almost as much as making a special meal for two.  Parties and pot-lucks are a great time to get together with friends and catch up with everyone’s news.  For a pot luck gathering last Saturday, I made this dish that was a crowd pleaser.  Very little was left …

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Best Food Writing Anthologies

Food Writing, or foodie books, is a relatively new genre compared to other genres in publishing.  Columnists have been regaling us with stories of food preparation foibles, family memories, and reflections on food related stories since the advent of food magazines in the 1940s, but didn’t gain prominence until the 1990s.   My interest in …

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Binding Color – Match or Contrast?

Since I now have three quilts mostly the same, I decided to continue the experiment in color with the binding.  If you missed the beginning of this series, click on this link to see the thread color experiment.  I think most of the time I tend to put a contrasting binding on a quilt because …

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Thread color experiment

Standing in my French inspired kitchen, I was thinking about the toile quilt I was in the process of making.  The pie safe in the middle of the kitchen is green, and it occurred to me that the toile would make a perfect addition to the décor.  After all, toile is a French word meaning …

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Snow Day! Time to quilt

It snowed here all day yesterday, and kept on going overnight.  This morning the skies were dull and gray, and it was still lightly snowing.  I had to see how much, the total was 7-1/2 inches and still falling.   That scene on the right should be a small hill sloping down to the driveway, …

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Quilt Borders Tutorial – Understanding the Why

This tutorial is to teach the why of putting on a border properly on a quilt.  There are countless new and experienced quilters using what we call the "slap and sew" method instead of the proper "measure and cut" method.  I thought I would show you the difference, and maybe convince you that the slap …

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Banana Bread and Flying Geese

It is a cold and cloudy day outside, and that means baking is in order.  I had some bananas I needed to use as they were looking a little brownish.  My recipe for banana bread is probably much the same as yours with one exception.  Cinnamon.  My husband loves cinnamon.  I think he would eat …

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Wool Work Valentine Penny Rug

I enjoy all kinds of needlework, but there is a special place for wool work.  I don’t really know what it is about it, maybe because it is so easy and fast, or maybe it is the charm of it.  Either way, it is fun to do.  I wanted something with hearts for February to …

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