Pumpkin Fest!

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It’s that wonderful time of the year–crisp air, falling leaves, bright leaves, and pumpkin EVERYTHING!  I’m not kidding here… pumpkin spice coffee, Pumpkin Cookies (see recipe below), pumpkin patches, carving pumpkins (Hello, Halloween!), the 1469 pound pumpkin at Alaska State Fair (ok so that was last month but it’s still cool!), and on Kodiak the local Safeway sends pumpkins to the villages (there are 6 villages on Kodiak).

These fantastic Island Batik fabrics just added to my fall fun!  I started with a 9″ finished block from Pellon on this quick little wall hanging.  I really liked the block but needed a wall hanging.  The first thing I had to do was MATH.  I resized to 3x the original block (to approximately 27″).

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The tricky thing was to get the right size for the half square triangle.  I found a great graphic on Blossom Heart Quilts.  It’s the thing that made getting the HST correct.

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So here is the process:

Draw a line corner to corner, sew a 1/4″ from that line on both sides, once done cut apart.

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Trim a corner using the 45 degree line on ruler.  Finally, trim using cutting mat and ruler to correct size.

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Once I had all my pieces cut, sewed and trimmed up I started putting it together.

Once top was pieced together I added a border…

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With borders the wallhanging turned out to be 37 1/2″ square.

Here’s to having a happy fall!

 

Don’t forget…

Pumpkin Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

bag of chocolate chips

 

Frosting

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients Mix in chocolate chips. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonful.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then frost.

To Make Frosting: Combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

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Folk Art Quilted Traditions Blog Hop

I have been lucky enough to participate in Suzy Webster’s Folk Art Quilted Traditions book launch this month. I am not an “appliquér” by any stretch of the imagination.  I have been working on challenging myself to increase skills in my “weaker” quilt areas–appliqué is among those areas I have been wanting to get better at.  When this opportunity presented it’s self I jumped at the chance.

I really loved Suzy’s Jeweled table runner.  I have been working with Stitch-N-Peel to help define the area I am working with.  It’s a cool product that is like a sticker but is VERY pliable and when it gets wet (the first time you wash) it dissolves.

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The first thing I did was cut out the shape from a xeroxed page and stapled multiple sheets of Stitch-N-Peel in order to cut out the shape I needed.  After cutting all the layers, I made sure my fabric was also large enough to be covered by the flower shape and placed it on.

I then trimmed the fabric to about 1/8″ and used a glue pen and purple thang to roll the edge over so that I didn’t have raw edge to appliqué.  Next came sewing on each piece.

Some of the things I needed to do was go to a smaller needle size (60/8 Microtex), use a good quality silk thread, run my silk thread through my bobbin case hook, set my stitch length a tad wide and short,  and check my stitch.

You will notice as I started to work I swapped out my original colors (oranges and reds) for something a little more dramatic.

This was slow work for me and as I layered on the flowers I caught myself tacking down bits before I had placed new pieces… which lead to a little ripping out and fixing.  (Note in first picture how the center ring is sewn down and in the second picture I have put in the stems for the buds…)

I took my time around the outside flowery bits–making sure I dipped into each corner and around each curve.

 

Eventually, I got it all together and finished this sweet little top.

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The detailed information in this book really helped ease my fear of doing an appliqué quilt!  This was very fun to make, and while I still need to quilt this project, it has whetted my appetite for my next project out of this great book!

This is what Suzy is giving away in her Rafflecopter.

The drawing will be open Monday-Saturday.  

Please enter!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Check out the Blog Hop!

Monday, October 10

Suzy Webster – http://websterquilt.blogspot.com/

Connie Kresin Campbell – http://www.conniekresin.com/

Jennifer Eubank (me!) – https://jennifersewing.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, October 11

Bea Lee – http://www.beaquilter.com/

Sally Johnson – http://sallysquiltingcorner.blogspot.com/

Suzy Webster – http://websterquilt.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, October 12

Jessica Cadwell – http://www.desertbloomquilting.com/blog/

Anna Branch – http://arkangelcreations.blogspot.com/

Vicki in MN – http://knitbug2.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 13

Pamela Boatright – http://pamelaquilts.blogspot.com/

Teri Lucas – http://generationqmagazine.com/

Maryellen McAuliffe – http://teachpany.blogspot.com/

Friday October 14

Adele Mogavero – http://adelemogavero.com/

Joan Kawano – http://moosestashquilting.blogspot.com/

Lara Buccella – http://www.buzzinbumble.com/

Saturday October 15 – Final Wrap-up

Folk Art Quilted Traditions Blog Hop

Coming up!

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Monday, October 10

Suzy Webster – http://websterquilt.blogspot.com/

Connie Kresin Campbell – http://www.conniekresin.com/

Jennifer Eubank – https://jennifersewing.wordpress.com/


Tuesday, October 11

Bea Lee – http://www.beaquilter.com/

Sally Johnson – http://sallysquiltingcorner.blogspot.com/

Adele Mogavero – http://adelemogavero.com/


Wednesday, October 12

Jessica Cadwell – http://www.desertbloomquilting.com/blog/

Anna Branch – http://arkangelcreations.blogspot.com/

Vicki in MN – http://knitbug2.blogspot.com/


Thursday, October 13

Pamela Boatright – http://pamelaquilts.blogspot.com/

Teri Lucas – http://generationqmagazine.com/

Maryellen McAuliffe – http://teachpany.blogspot.com/


Friday October 14

Suzy Webster – http://websterquilt.blogspot.com/

Joan Kawano – http://moosestashquilting.blogspot.com/

Lara Buccella – http://www.buzzinbumble.com/

MISA and Quiltworx University

I’m sitting in a hotel in Minnesota waiting for my friend, Judel, to pick me up for the drive to Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) and Quiltworx University! This has been a project for everyone associated with Quiltworx, MISA, and Quilters Quest for a couple of years now. 

This summer I was lucky enough to make a couple samples for the class. The first was a Lakeshore Sunrise.

The second is my Madeline Island Mixer. 

The fun thing about these quilts is that the center is a 60″ circle, then a 4 1/2″ circular border then another border. They are all interchangeable–a fun way to design a “mixer”! Those designers–Judy and Bradley Niemeyer–are so clever!  

Participants at the Quiltworx University got to pick their Mixer pattern out then were given several color ways to choose from and kits were cut by Judy and Celeste (from Quilters Quest) this summer. Judy and 3 of her certified instructors (Kristen Bender, Jodie Madsen and I) will lead 63 participants through their own quilt during the next week. 

I’ll post more pictures at the end of the week. Time for a quilting adventure!

a bountiful table topper!

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As September days shorten and begin to darken early up in Alaska, I thought the challenge this month from Island Batiks we very appropriate–a sweet little table runner.  I took this idea and ran with it… Fall days are crisp in Kodiak but the darkness comes in like, well, night!  So , I pulled out the brightest Island Batik fabric I could find and made something BRIGHT!

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Once I decided on the 10″ blocks I looked around at patterns and found this delightful, quick pattern by OliVen on Craftsy for free! Her Chevron Table Runner was just what I needed.

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And working both sides at the same time made this a FAST project.

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Once at a length that was manageable, I trimmed it up and tried it out!

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It’s slightly modified from OliVen’s directions (I didn’t border it!) but it turned out lovely… so much, in fact, I made a quick birthday present for my friend Belinda who loves to make French Braid quilts (similar concept).

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The real beauty of this is Belinda also quilted both hers and mine!

 

Seaside Summer Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Island Batik Seaside Summer Blog Hop!  The fabric I am presenting is called Surf Squirt and it is sweet!  This fabric is bright, weighty, and lovely–it “feels” good!  I also teamed up with a great designer, Cindi McCracken, to do this project.  Her Jewel Box pattern seemed to be a fun match for this project.

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The first thing I would like to talk about is the Sea!! I grew up on an island in the Aleutians.  The name of the island is Popof Island and the town is named Sand Point.  It is 2 hours 15 minutes from Anchorage by plane or 40 or so hours by ferry on the Alaska Marine Highway (which only runs in the summer months).  It is a fishing community.  The people live by the sea.

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My sister still lives there and as you can see, it’s beautiful!

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 My sister, Amy lives in a little tiny house right next to a beach.  Her house is beachy themed!  She loves the ocean, this island, and spending time hiking.  What better than to make a picnic quilt for her using this C-U-T-E collection?!
The first thing to do was make this project:

It was such a fun easy pattern that I started at noon cutting and the whole top was completed (without borders) by 8!

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I have to say that between the great written directions and superior graphics this pattern by Cindi McCracken was SO EASY!  I got a little crazy on the borders and pieced them together from the brights.

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I just want to say is that putting on the borders can be tricky.  One thing I work on when I place borders on is measuring through the middle, cutting my borders based on the measurement I get. Pinning the middle and each end.  I work both from the middle towards one side and also from the edge and pin to the middle–moving back and forth.  Pressing, measuring and pinning can make a huge difference on how nicely a border fits.

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Here I am with Cindi.  I used what was left of the fabric and pieced the back together.  I love a pieced back!


 My quilt is going to be completed by a new longarm quilter I had do a couple quilts earlier this summer.  Jessie Davis is the artist behind Rippers Anonymous.  She’s pretty talented!  Into the box and into the mail!


 Once this quilt top was completed I asked my sister for the best crab cake recipe she had.  Well, I have to say her best friend Hillary has the best spread I have ever had.   Here it is and please note this in NOT a fried crab cake.

Crab Cake by Hillary Smith

Take some fresh King Crab meat–about 2 cups and mix with 1/2 cup shredded cheese, 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise and a couple of chopped up green onions (to taste).  Spread (or HEAP) on 4 multigrain English muffin halves and cook for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until cheese melts/turns slightly brown.  Eat up!

Giveaway 

I will be giving away this little package. I tried to get Rafflecopter to work but kept getting a “Bad Gateway” message and I don’t have time to get back to this part so…  I teach middle school in Kodiak, Alaska.  I will give this package to the person whose comment number is the same number as the students I have in my homeroom class on the first day of school (in two weeks). Good luck!:

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The pattern is Jewel Box by Cindi McCracken.  The strip set is Hollywood Hills (and would be PERFECT for this pattern!) The Glass ball from a Japanese net and was found by my sister on the beach.

Island Batik Summer Blog Hop!

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The Island Batik Ambassador’s are hosting a blog hop. Each day over the next couple of weeks, we’ll feature a new fabric collection and link to at least one Ambassador blog to see what she made with these wonderful fabrics. Be sure to follow along every day as we have lots of goodies to give away!

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Here’s the schedule with the dates and collection names:

M 8/15 – Rain Forest
Kissed Quilts

Tu 8/16 – Red Tide
Free Motion by the River
Mary Mack Made Mine

W 8/17 – Sand Dune
Purrfect Spots
KnitBug 2
Tamarinis

Th 8/18 – Seashore
Pamela Quilts
Maria Michael Designs

F 8/19 – Surf Squirt
Quilting Affection
Archipelago Quilting  (That’s me!)

M 8/22 – Tradewinds

Arkangel Creations
Bejeweled Quilts

Tu 8/23 – Equinox
Kauffman Designs
Del Lillians

W 8/24 – Sea Canyon
Lemon Tree Snippets
Bea Quilter

Th 8/25 – Sea Foam
Stone Cottage Quilts
Sew Supportive

F 8/26 – Spoolin’ Around
Sallys Quilting Corner
Toolontilkkupaja

M 8/29 – Tide Pools
Inchworm Fabrics
MooseStashQuilting

Tu 8/30 – Wind and Sea

For Quilts Sake
Patchwork Breeze

W 8/31 – Spring Zing
Desert Bloom Quilting
Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Th 9/1 – Splash
Kissed Quilts
The Patchwork Pearl

F 9/2 – Landscapes
For Quilts Sake