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Table Runner Show and Tell

Table Runner Show and Tell

I have an announcement this week before I show you beautiful quilts (and a few flowers). Jennifer and I have decided that The Quilting Bee posts on Jennifer’s blog will become once-a-month events, just like the other topics that Jennifer includes in her blogs. My new posts will be shorter, less detailed, but full of beautiful photos of quilts. For the in-depth quilt instructions that so many of you love, I will be starting a new Quilting Bee blog in a few months. Check back here for more details.

Today, I have many photos of the quilted table runners I have…

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May 23, 2016  |  Quilting Bee  |  10 Comments

Spring Table Runners — Week 6

Spring Table Runners — Week 6

Are you ready to finish your table runner? Today is the day! Last week, we created beautiful mitered corners for our table runners.

Today we will sew the borders and corners to the quilt.

Step one: If you haven’t already done so, press your borders and corners, and add a few pins to make sure nothing shifts.

Step two: Decide which of the many different techniques you are going to use to sew the borders to the quilt. I’m going to give you several options. Pick the one that you like best.

Option one: Sew the borders to the quilt using a straight stitch….

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May 19, 2016  |  Quilting Bee  |  No Comments

Love and Jalapeño Banana Bread

Love and Jalapeño Banana Bread

Dear Anna and Felty,

I have always heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but I am not a very gute cook, and I despair of ever getting a husband. What can I do?
Signed,
Can’t Cook in Coloma

Dear Can’t Cook,
Never fear. Even though I am famous for my cooking, I wasn’t always so skilled. I didn’t really become a gute cook until I met Felty and then something just seemed to click. He loved everything I cooked and still does.

I would suggest starting with something easy like boiled water. To boil water, fill a saucepan…

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May 16, 2016  |  Advice for the Lovelorn  |  2 Comments

Quilting Bee — Spring Table Runners — Week 5

Quilting Bee — Spring Table Runners — Week 5

If you’ve been sewing with me the past few weeks, you have pieced the top of your table runner, made a quilt sandwich, and quilted everything together. Now it’s time to sew the borders and miter the corners. The photo above is a close-up of the border on the auburn table runner.

The mitered corners add a nice finish to this runner, and I’m excited to show you how easy they are to create.

You will remember that I had you cut the backing and batting for this quilt several inches larger than the quilt top. Your quilt top probably looks something…

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May 12, 2016  |  Quilting Bee  |  No Comments

Tales of a Frustrated Farmer — The Pig that Flew

Tales of a Frustrated Farmer — The Pig that Flew

Over fifty years ago, my older brother Lewis and I raised pigs for an FFA project. When a pig was ready to take to market, we would load it into our one-and-a-half ton truck with four-foot high sideboards and haul it to the auction in a neighboring town.

One Saturday, we loaded up a big old sow and headed out. After a pleasant ten minutes of driving, we noticed that the pig had propped her front hooves on the top of the four-foot high front board. How she did that, I will never know. Lewis was driving, and he had to…

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May 9, 2016  |  Farming&Gardening  |  4 Comments

Quilting Bee — Spring Table Runners — Week 4

Quilting Bee — Spring Table Runners — Week 4

We get to quilt today! And with a twin needle! Here is a beautiful example (above) which I think I’ve shown you about 50 times—it’s my favorite.

Before you begin quilting your table runner, I highly recommend that you practice using your twin needle on some sample quilt sandwiches. This will allow you to see how the twin needles work and if you like the look of the stitching. Note: I always make sample sandwiches and experiment with my quilting before I put a single stitch on the real quilt. This is one way to avoid lots of tears.

I make the…

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May 5, 2016  |  Quilting Bee  |  No Comments

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe was passed to me through 2 generations of very capable cookie makers. I’ve tried MANY oatmeal chocolate chip recipes, but this is my favorite. These cookies are soft, chewy and so delicious. I ALWAYS double the batch (it makes approx. 5 dozen cookies), it fits just perfectly that way in my KitchenAid, and I love freezing the extra dough or cookies. So if you’d like to do a smaller batch be sure to halve the recipe (for approx. 2-1/2 dozen cookies).

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream together the soft butter, brown sugar and white sugar. You will want to…

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May 2, 2016  |  Cooking  |  2 Comments

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