Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Another piece of fabric has caught my fancy. Not sure where this one will lead. I really like the graphics and can see them used as applique designs and/or embroidery designs . . .

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The days are in the 60's and the nights in the low 40's. It Fall weather. My husband has been photographing different plants in the yard. We were surprised by the abundance of red berries in our holly hedge we planted along the road.

We wish you a glorious fall. Get out there and enjoy the color!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I attended the lecture given by Kaffee last night. I enjoyed hearing about his artistic journey. Kaffee is a name he gave himself when he was 15. He would not tell the audience his given name. I found inspiration in the slide show of pictures that inspired his finished works of knitting, needlepoint, and piecing. He does not like the color wheel but works intuitivly with color for which he is gifted.

I have finally finished the pattern for the placemat for a round table. I made a sample in Kaffee fabric to hang in the shop with the rectangular placemat. Now, to look through my half finished patterns to decide which one will be published next.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Kaffee Fasset will be at TN Quilts tomorrow afternoon to sign books. Yes, I will be in line. Then he will lecture Friday evening. Yes, I will be at the lecture with pen and pad. Saturday and Sunday he will be teaching classes at TN Quilts. No, I didn't sign up for classes in time and there is a long waiting list. But, I will be working and may hear a tip or two.

I made my placemat pattern out of fabric he designed. My pattern and his fabrics are available to purchase online from www.tennesseequilts.com.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fall on Boone Lake

Tuesday, October 20th from 10am to 1pm at TN Quilts, I will be teaching the construction of the cubes seen above. The cubes are found in the book "One-Block Wonders encore!" by Rosenthal & Pelzmann. If you would like to sign up for the class please call TN Quilts at 753-6644 or go to their web site for more details of this class and other classes: www.tennesseequilts.com

Fall has come to Boone Lake. I took this picture from our deck last Monday. It has been raining ever since then. Our blueberry bushes and holly bushes are showing new growth with all this moisture.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Polly want a cracker?

Have you read the Oct-Nov 2009 Mary Janes Farm magazine? On pages 82-85 you will find recipes for homemade crackers. The article caught my attention, so I tried baking the Gingerbread Crackers. They were very easy to mix up and roll out. I used my 1/8 inch cookie slats to roll an even layer of dough. Next time I bake these crackers, I will roll them even thinner. They have a great ginger cookie taste without all the sugar. I plan to bake the Basic Farmhouse Crackers next. Maybe I will replace the 2 teaspoons sugar with the sweet herb, stevia.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

mysteries revealed

For several years (I've lost count) female relatives have gathered at our home to attend Quiltfest in Jonesborough, TN in July. The gathering has evolved and grown to a house full of sewing machines and laughter and lots of quilting. About five years ago we started doing a family quilt challenge.
This year is to be a mystery quilt. One person knows the end result and e-mails, monthly or so, directions to the others. We were given a fabric shopping list before we parted ways last July. The above picture shows my three fabrics and the result of the first cutting and sewing instructions. It is now packed away until the next instructions arrive. We will show our finished quilt tops at the Friday night Quiltfest banquet. It is fun to see different quilts during show and tell time there.

I have received a request for the Rhubarb Crunch recipe.

3 cups rhubarb
1 cup sugar (can use less)
3 T flour
Place in greased baking dish.
1 cup brown sugar (can use less)
1 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cups flour
Cut in 1 cup butter and sprinkle over rhubarb.
Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.

Since it is apple season I will send along my revised recipe for Apple Crunch:
3 cups apples
1/2 cup suger
3 T flour
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cup flour

I just recently read, If you are out of brown sugar, make your own by adding 1 - 2 T molasses to 1 cup sugar. It works great!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

dilly, dilly

I picked the second growth of dill this morning. The first growth went to seed before I did much with it, so it seeded the second growth. I may have picked it alittle early according to my dehydrator book. "The yellow-green plumelike leaves which appear just as the flat-topped flowers open are best." What I picked was fragrant but not as much as some I have picked before. I will leave the rest of the dill in the garden to flower and hope the weather stays mild until then.

Some of the dill went into the dehydrator and the rest went into the freezer. I was surprised to read in "Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs" that "Dillweed is easiest to handle when frozen on its stem. As needed, simply snip some off with scissors and return the rest to the freezer." We'll find out this winter.
I baked dill bread in our bread machine using a recipe from the book that came with the machine. I also substitued stevia for the sugar in the recipe. We enjoyed a slice with our supper this evening.
We also like to infuse our mayonnaise with dill. About 1 tablespoon of fresh dill to 1 cup of mayonnaise. Adjust to taste.

We took down the bed we had set up on the dock this summer. Dennis and I slept there in July when our house was full of female relatives intent on quilting. While taking down the bed we discovered a little screech owl sleeping in the dock rafters. This is the first owl we have ever seen around our home.

Fiona loves the color green. So, Oma decided to make a light weight coat out of some brushed green cotton I have in my stash. I also found a quilting cotton of green and yellow checks for the lining. I want the coat to be warmer than those two fabrics. So, I layered the lining pieces on Warm and Natural batting. Then quilted them together in a simple grid spaced about 2" apart. The batting was placed next to the feed dogs on the sewing machine to better move it through. Also the quilting was done in the same direction instead of back and forth. I had spray starched the lining fabric before quilting. I had just read this tip in the new book by Harriet Hargrave; "Quilter's Academy, Vol.1". When all the quilting is done I will cut out the lining pieces and sew them together.

Friday, October 2, 2009

sweet placemat

I am working at TN Quilts in Jonesbrough, TN. What a great job. What a lot of temptation! I took new samples of my Flying Geese Placemat with Napkin Pocket to work. We sold out the fabric I had used to make the placemat. I also showed my prototype of a coordinating placemat for a round table and received a favorable response. So, this weekend I will be self publishing that pattern. A customer asked me to autograph the pattern! Look out, my head is swelling!

I harvested the three stevia plants for the second time this summer. The individual leaves were put in the dehydrator and dried for sweetening our morning coffee. I plan to bring the plants in for the winter and see if they make it until next spring.

I crushed about an eighth of a teaspoon full of stevia ( which is 10 times sweeter than white sugar) and put it in one fourth cup of cream. I warmed the mixture in the microwave for 20 seconds. Then strained the cream into my morning cup of coffee. It was just enough to take the bitter edge off the coffee.

This weekend is the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. It reminds us of how important this oral tradition is to our families and communities. While we were visiting Mark and his family in Germany, I would tell Fiona little stories about my day while she was away at kindergarten. She would ask me to repeat the silly little stories two and three times. It is a fun way to share the ordinary little things that happen each day.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

great beginnings

Sometimes a piece of fabric will reach out and grab you. That's what happened to me with the above. It said it would look great as a "frenchy bag" by Amy Butler with the gray hen on the front. (picture of finished project)
Then, his and her placemats with hen and rooster made from "Flying Geese Placemats with Pocket" by Scheer Stuff 'n'Such.
(picture of finished project).
Oh, and an apron. Too bad you don't need a new valance above the kitchen sink or chair cushions. Yes, it said all that to me.
The funny thing is the placemats do not fit on my round table. So, I designed a curved edge placemat with flying geese pocket. The new pattern should be available by October 5th.

The past two nights have been in the 40s. While walking around the yard I noticed the rhubarb has gone crazy. So many stalks per plant. So I started pulling out stalks, cutting off the large leaves and putting them on the ground around the plants to reduce weed growth. We'll see if that works are stated in a book I read. There were new little stalks growing in the center.

The rhubarb was cut into half inch pieces and covered with an oatmeal topping. I had picked enough to make four recipes of rhubarb crunch. One went into the oven and the other three went into the freezer. The baked crunch was very tender.
I have had a request for frozen rhubarb (3 cups per bag, please) as a Christmas gift. There is more rhubarb to be harvested.