UHG! Really, Christmas! Well when it's a hundred degrees outside its hard to think of snow. Why not? I have a great snowflake pattern perfect for those Christmas quilts. Here is the special, $60.00 for any quilt up to 90 inches! Only in July. Just email me for details with snowflakes in the header. Easy peasy.
Don't forget my quilt contest. It is moving slow but I know I can give away some quilting, I just need 100 comments.
Lately my quilting business has been a little slow. Maybe it's the dog days of summer? I thought it would be fun to give away free quilting. But I need a quilter to give it too! Soooo, here's the plan leave a comment below why and what you need quilted, if I can get 100 unique comments, I will pick one to quilt free. Only limitations is the quilt can not be over 90 inches. So here's a great chance to reduce your UFO pile. If in the meantime you need something quilted give me an email you will be surprised how affordable it can be. Leave an email so I know how to contact you or email me with your comment number and I will record your entry that way. Don't forget to follow me:)
After my big reveal, I decided it's time to quilt them. No more hemming and hawing over how to quilt them. Time to have fun and get creative. Today's quilt is a pink and white vintage flea market find. I decided to give it a feathered texture to bring out the "girly" in it. I did have an email asking me if my machine was stitch regulated, no its not. My machine is an APQS Ultimate II an early workhorse machine. It is hand guided and loads of fun. I do quilt for others so please feel free to ask. My average price is only $.015per square inch.
Over all the quilt is in good condition. As you can see there is some puckering and a few minor stains that should wash out in the final wash.
Not sure how this got this way, but I have a pile of quilts that need to be quilted. Time to goal set and get them quilted. Not sure what that goal should look like? Maybe one a week and that will leave time for customer quilts. Working on Liz today. Then I will address the issue of the pile.
Way back when a group of us started making Chester. A reproduction quilt using fabric from the William Penn's Vision by Windham Fabrics. The pattern "Chester County Medallion we knick named the quilt Chester. I loved working this quilt and had enough fabric left over to make William son of Chester. From William his Bride was created from scraps I call this quilt Mary wife of William. Finally in progress is Samuel child of William and Mary, made from the remaining scraps!
This pretty pink quilt will be donated to one of my favorite charities, the Gloria Gemma Foundation, which supports women with breast cancer. Quilting has a rich tradition of helping causes and hopefully this quilt will be no exception. The quilt is made up of 12 sampler blocks that were exchanged from www.quiltingaroundtheworld.com. I then set the quilt in a traditional manor and finished it with an all over quilt design.
If you would like to learn to quilt, I have free quilt classes at the Johnston Senior Center on Fridays at 1pm. You do not need to be a senior:). Hope to see you there!
This quilt has been sitting on the frame for way to long. I just can't seem to commit to a design. Unlike a math problem, there are thousands of solutions to quilting this quilt, but I want to find the right solution. I have to remind myself, the solution is the one I choose! Now to get quilting.
I modified this recipe from David Leites snowball recipe to be gluten free, it might be the best cake I ever had including gluten ones! turns out light and fluffy!
For the cake , 1 stick unsalted butter soften 3/4 cup Jules gluten free flour 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 dutch process cocoa 1/8 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 egg plus one yolk 1/4 cup sour cream 2/3 cup hot water
in a mixer blend until fluffy, butter, then add eggs and sour cream whisk together all dry ingredients and add slowly while mixing to the butter mixture alternating with the water. blend until silky smooth and light.
pour into half round cake pan that has been oiled and floured with gluten free flour or cocoa.
bake 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees let cool completely. I found a Wilton 1/2 dome cake pan at Michaels it has 4 domes that are just perfect for this recipe, you will have to level the little cakes. by taking a serrated knife and slicing the "top" off while in the pan.
for the Italian Meringue frosting
1 Cup sugar 1/3 cup water 4 large egg whites at room temperature 1/8th salt 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
boil sugar and water until softball stage, while heating the syrup, beat egg whites till frothy add salt, then beat till eggs hold soft peaks, while continue beating the egg whites pour the syrup down the side of the mixer very slowly, continue beating for about 5 minutes
after the cakes are cooled slice of part of about an inch of the cake , scoop out the center fill with icing and replace, frost the little domed cake and smother in sweetened coconut flakes.