I had a fabulous day of sewing on Tuesday; been a long time since I have cranked out this many goodies in a day.

Got the binding sewn on a newly quilted quilt.

Added a border on my second Elementary runner.

I debated adding the border on the top and bottom but since it just fits my table now, this is the way it will be. I did second guess my border choice but I think it really finishes it off.

I also started and finished an new baby quilt.

pattern is Pow-Wow by CluckCluckSew

What I love most about this quilt is that it is entirely from my stash. I wasn't going to put a border on it but I found that I had 5m of the owl print lol. Looks like I bought it in two separate shopping trips. I do have another baby quilt partially together that will also get these adorable owls.

Next up from the bin of guilt
A honeybun of Rouennerie.

more finishes

Finished another Christmas quilt kit from the bin of guilt.

I changed this one up from the pattern. It calls for appliqued snowflakes on the quilt; I'm leaving those off. I also changed the corners from 4 patches to a solid square.

I also did some playing with my table runner leftovers.

I'm still playing with layout ideas so this is on hold for right now. I am loving what it is for the moment though!

store samples

Hamels has been keeping me out of trouble(lol) with a bunch of their store samples to quilt up. Here is the lastest bunch of lovelies.

I absolutely l-o-v-e this quilt.

quilted with Bountiful Feathers

A simple yet striking disappearing 9 patch.

quilted with Double Plume

Can't go wrong with some Bunny Hill snowmen.

quilted with Twinkle

Love the fabrics on this next one.

quilted with Fascination

This quilt just screams fall.

quilted with Morning Glory

Love the little details.

Lastly, this stunning quilt.

The details in this quilt are stunning.

The applique is all wool.

I quilted it with a new pattern, Dandelion.
Love how the quilting compliments the piecing.

Thanks again Hamels!

quilt monday

I made two of these quilts. Posted the first one here.
This one is the bigger of the two; still find it hard to believe that I got two good sized quilts out of one layer cake!

quilted with Honeycomb

I kept the quilting the same but I went with a striped binding; it might be my favorite part of the entire quilt.

I love how the somewhat curved quilting soften all the lines in the quilt.

Stripy binding!!

Even kitty loves it lol.

last fall

I received an email from Mary at Workbox magazine asking if I would be interested in writing an article about my quilting journey. I will admit that at first I thought it was a joke; I've gotten similar emails in the past that were just spam mail. Not this time.

It took the longest time for me to get started on the article; it's really hard to write about yourself without sounding braggy imo. I went through numerous versions before I settled on the one I submitted.

Then Mary asked for pictures. I knew I had to have my friend Sheila take those.

I spoke to Mary last week and she told me that I made the cover of the issue. I thought she just meant my quilts. 

I'm not sure if the magazine is available in North America; we've ordered a few extra copies online. For all my European readers; it's on newstands now!

Thanks again to Mary and Workbox Magazine. This was/is seriously such a thrill!!

card friday

the bin of guilt

Do you have one? What is a bin of guilt? It holds all the kits and precuts that I have bought, hoarded or been gifted over the years. The past few years I've been trying to do as many projects as possible to empty the bin out. And fill it back up again ;)

First project, this flannel Christmas quilt.

This was one of those projects that took a third of the time I thought it was going too. I really think the longest time will be spent doing the binding on this lol. I have some green flannel to back it with and I am looking forward to snuggling under this come Christmas.

Next, a random Bali pop. I have debated on what to do with this. I even thought of giving it away but than I saw the jelly roll jam quilts and that was it.

Lastly, another Christmas quilt. This one uses Kansas Troubles fabrics. I was hoping to finish it up but one more border needs added so you get just a snippet.

Fingers crossed I get it finished tonight.

I have one more Christmas quilt kit left than just a few more precuts and some UFOs. It's pretty exciting to see the bottom of my bin!

snack saturday

Coffee Cupcakes 

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup strong coffee, chilled
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tsp. coffee extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • 2
    In the bowl of your stand mixer combine butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • 3
    Once fluffy mix in eggs one at a time.
  • 4
    Mix in vanilla.
  • 5
    In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • 6
    With the mixer on low add in 1/3 of the flour mixture, 1/8 cup of coffee, another 1/3 of the flour mixture, the rest of the coffee, and the rest of the flour mixture.
  • 7
    Don't over mix, mix until just combined.
  • 8
    Fill 12 cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full with the batter.
  • 9
    Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until cake springs back when touched.
  • 10
    Allow to cool before frosting.
  • 11
    For the frosting; In a large bowl cream together butter, cream cheese, vanilla and coffee extract.
  • 12
    Once combined slowly mix in sifted powdered sugar.
  • 13
    Mix until frosting is light and fluffy.

quilt monday

I picked up a quilting magazine over the summer and it had the neatest table runner pattern in it. I knew I wanted to make one but I had no idea what fabric line to use. Than I saw Elementary and knew it was perfect.

I didn't want to straight line quilt it like in the magazine so I went with one of my favorites, Orange Peel.

I didn't have enough yardage for binding so I went with a stashed black on black polka dot print that I just love. I think the dark binding finishes it right off.

The best part of this is that I made two. First Christmas present of the year done!

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