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Quilting Bee — Spring Table Runners — Week 3

Quilting Bee — Spring Table Runners — Week 3

I love machine quilting! And I’m excited to show you a new quilting technique that I saw on WeAllSew.com by Bernina: quilting with a twin needle. A twin needle gives you twice the stitches in the same amount of time. Remember that photo above? The double quilting lines look tedious to sew, but they are super easy with a twin needle. Here’s another example.

For those of you who have used a twin needle before, this post will probably be a review of what you already know. To skip all my explanations, jump head to…

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April 28, 2016  |  Quilting Bee  |  No Comments

Author’s Corner — Save the bees

Author's Corner — Save the bees

My neighbor used to have the most delicious-smelling honeysuckle bush right up against her house, and the bees loved it! She eventually cut it out because it got too unruly, but I was always fascinated at how many bees hovered around that bush. I could hear them humming all summer long.

When I came up with my concept for “The Honeybee Sisters” series, I thought it would be so fun if the Christner sisters in my stories were beekeepers, but I didn’t expect to fall in love with bees while doing my research. I read books and watched youtube videos….

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April 25, 2016  |  Author's Corner  |  2 Comments

Quilting Bee — Spring Table Runners — Week 2

Quilting Bee — Spring Table Runners — Week 2

Hello, fellow quilters! Last week, we pieced our quilt top out of jelly roll strips and picked our border fabric. (Find these instructions here.) I picked two border fabrics, by the way. I couldn’t decide which I liked best.

Today we are going to make our quilt sandwich in preparation for quilting the table runner next week. Don’t run away! I know this doesn’t sound very exciting, but this is a relatively easy job, and a good quilt sandwich facilitates wonderful quilting.

Our Spring Table Runner uses part of the backing fabric to create the borders, so the back needs to be…

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April 21, 2016  |  Quilting Bee  |  No Comments

If you want romance, try Rhode Island

If you want romance, try Rhode Island

Dear Anna and Felty,

I would like to have a girlfriend, but girls think I am boring. Do you have any suggestions for making myself more exciting?

Boring on Bonduel

Dear Boring,

Anna says: It takes practice to be exciting enough to attract the girls’ attention. You probably have a small mirror at home for shaving. Take a few minutes every morning to practice making different faces in the mirror. Try an excited face, a shocked face, a joyful face. Practice an interested expression. Girls like it when you look interested. Not only will this improve your chances with the girls, but exercising your face…

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April 18, 2016  |  Advice for the Lovelorn  |  5 Comments

Quilting Bee — Spring Table Runners — Week 1

Quilting Bee — Spring Table Runners — Week 1

You’re starting to wonder if I sew things besides table runners. Yes, but I couldn’t resist showing you two more runners that are just simple variations on the Valentine Day table runner. (Find that runner here.)

As you may have noticed, I like quilting projects that are easy—beautiful, but still easy. And nothing is easier than taking a pattern you already know how to sew and, by making a few simple changes, creating something that is still beautiful and easy, but just a little different.

Now you’re thinking, “But the fabric in these table runners is so wild. It’s nothing like the…

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April 14, 2016  |  Quilting Bee  |  No Comments

Spring Time Pruning

Spring Time Pruning

Spring time.

The snow has melted, the birds are flying north, and the grass is beginning to turn green. It is also time to prune our fruit trees.

It is very important to prune some varieties of fruit trees. Peach and apple trees need substantial pruning. Pruning does for a fruit tree what exercise does for the human body.

In order to produce quality fruit the peach tree needs to have much of the vertical foliage pruned off. The limbs on other parts of the tree need to thinned. To develop the fruit needs to be able to get much sunlight through the…

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April 11, 2016  |  Farming&Gardening  |  No Comments

Quilting Bee—Table Runner—Week 3

Quilting Bee—Table Runner—Week 3

It’s week 3 here at the Quilting Bee, and I have promised to show you some absolutely fun, straight-line, machine quilting. And it looks spectacular, to boot! By now, you have sewn the back, front, and flannel lining together, turned this inside-out, given the quilt a good press, and added a few safety pins to help hold everything together. (Questions about any of these steps? Click here to go to last week’s post.) Your quilt should look somewhat like the one in the photo below.

If you have a walking foot for…

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April 7, 2016  |  Quilting Bee  |  4 Comments

Quilting Bee—Table Runner—Week 2

Quilting Bee—Table Runner—Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of the Quilting Bee where it is time to make the kind of quilt sandwich that enables stellar quilting. First, make sure your quilt top is even and square. (We talked about this last week. Click here to see that post.) Now, find a spot in your house that is flat and larger than the quilt. I’m using my kitchen table. Because this quilt is going to be a table runner, I decided to use a thin piece of flannel for batting, something that will give the quilting a little more definition, but nothing so puffy…

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March 31, 2016  |  Quilting Bee  |  3 Comments

Heavenly Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Heavenly Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

These are the best cinnamon rolls in the entire world. Making cinnamon rolls from scratch is a little time-consuming. But we love the idea of watching something so fantastic emerge from simple ingredients. We make these for Easter morning, so we thought we would share them with you today! The batch I make will give you about 40 regular sized cinnamon rolls. If you do jumbo cinnamon rolls you will get about 20. You can definitely halve this recipe if you aren’t feeding the masses.

This recipe starts with the biggest mixing bowl you have on hand. If you are doing…

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March 28, 2016  |  Cooking  |  8 Comments

Quilting Bee—Table Runner—Week 1

Quilting Bee—Table Runner—Week 1

Aunt B once gave me some great quilting advice: if you want to make an easy quilt, pick an easy pattern. So for our first foray together, I have picked the easiest pattern I could find: The Valentine’s Day Table Runner.

My pretty, pink table runner is made completely of strips, so no matching squares or corners. It is machine quilted in straight rows, and it has no binding. And I made it with scraps, but you could just as easily use fat quarters.

I will admit from the start that one of the hardest parts of quilting for me is picking…

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March 23, 2016  |  Quilting Bee  |  13 Comments