It’s Apple Festival Time

Finally, it is September and this Labor Day weekend is the North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville. I am enjoying the weekend, and celebrating the beginning of the fall season. According to the weather guy, meteorological fall begins September 1, even if the true season based on the Autumnal equinox begins September 22. I have …

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Stashbusters September Check In

Time for Stashbusters check in! Have you had a good month of sewing in August? I did pretty good this month with my Quilted Jacket project and two small quilts. For Fabric In, I did well, only coming home with three fat quarters from a guild game. But I also donated three fat quarters to …

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Piddling. Just piddling.

Oh, finally, it is September. First day of meteorological Fall. Tomorrow the Apple Festival begins, and I am looking forward to the unofficial start of the autumn season in our small town. On the veranda, I have one last dahlia that has bloomed. It was time to cook the weird squash, the only one that …

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Quilted Jacket Sew Along – Extras!

The jacket was done, and I just could not bring myself to throw away the bits left over from the pattern cutting step. This doesn't look like much, but I just had to figure out something to do with these. Settle in for a long and picture heavy post as I finish everything left. Now, …

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Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese Chicken

After I made the roast chicken and goat cheese dish that replicated a local Italian restaurant meal, I had some of the garlic and herb goat cheese left over. With some boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the freezer, it seemed a good time to pair them together for another meal. The boneless and skinless breast …

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Quilted Jacket Sew Along – Finishing

At this point, the jacket is assembled, and the inside seams are covered. Today we'll get to the last finishing details. The edges of the jacket and sleeves need binding, and I began with the sleeves. I measured the total length needed, and made a binding exactly that length in a tube. I turned the …

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Sunday Chat – Garden, Kitchen and News!!

Well, it has been quite a week. The temperature was so cool one morning this week, that I put on long pants and a sweater before going downstairs to the kitchen for a cup of the industrial grade jet fuel that I call coffee. Did I say cup? I meant 3 cups. Three oversize cups, …

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Finishing the Mother Goose Quilt

When we left off last week, I had loaded the Mother Goose quilt on the longarm. I left it for a day while I worked on assembly of my quilted jacket. One of the things I like about having projects in progress is I can work on one for a while, then move to another …

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Quilted Jacket Sew Along – Assembly and Fitting

This week we get to the part many sewing artists dread, assembly and fitting a garment. Truly, this isn't hard, as long as you take it one step at a time, and just go carefully. Don't rush trying to get done, that is when you make mistakes and get frustrated, especially when sewing in sleeves. …

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