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Tales of a Frustrated Farmer — 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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