Pumpkin Fest!


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″).


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.


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…


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



2 cups confectioners’ sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract



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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!


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!:


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.