Friday, September 12, 2014

Scotland and Ireland - here we come

We are heading out on a nice vacation tomorrow.  We're flying to the UK and taking an escorted highlights tour of Scotland and Ireland.  This will be followed by a week in Glasgow, Scotland.  

While in Glasgow, we'll be attending the Ryder Cup Golf Match.   There's lots of excitement around this match because it is only played every two years.  It alternates between a USA city and a European City.  As part of the event, we'll be attending a big Ryder Cup Opening Gala Concert where we will hear live bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and many local bands.  We will also get to meet the celebrity golfers and just be part of the wind-up.

My husband is a golf enthusiast so attending this golf match was kind of on his bucket list.  He is routing for Europe.  I'm excited to go too, but I'm joking with my friends... I tell them to watch for me on TV while the match is on (Sept. 26, 27, 28).  I'll be the lady in a Canada Red shirt holding a sign that says "Eh, I should be home Quilting!".

I may or may not post while I'm away.     I'll be back on October 1.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Can you Fly and Knit?

Do you recognize frogged yarn?   I've started this little scarf three times  It's a knit along project on Ravelry.  This yarn is very fine mohair but I'm using larger size 5.5 needles.  I thought it would be a great project to do while watching TV and also to work on on our up coming trip to the UK.    But I can't seem to get beyond the first dozen rows.  It's a simple pattern but I keep ending up with extra stitches and I can tell the lace pattern is not developing the way it should.  I could be rusty..  Hmm... Or Maybe I need to concentrate and not watch TV until I have the pattern down.     

Does anyone know if you can take knitting on an airplane?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Using (err mis-using) the Pfaff Applique Foot

Do you do this?  Use your presser feet for another use than the one it was intended.  

I have many feet that I use on my several Pfaff machines. In particular, I have used this 6 mm open toe applique foot for everything over the years.  Lots of zig-zaggy things such as satin stitch etc.  But lately, I love it for top stitching.  Most, if not all of my small projects have some sort of top stitching on it.   

This foot has red markings which I use for eye-balling where I want my stitching to be.   And the center opening is exactly a quarter of an inch.   That means that if I use the edge of the inside of the foot as a guide, and leave the needle in the center position, I will get a nice one eighth inch top-stitching detail.   

When I do zippers, I find that one side of this applique foot rides nicely on the zipper tape when doing the stitching.  Even as can be.   

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Judy's Wallet - completed.

Judy S. was in my test class in early August.  If you recall, I was working out the kinks in this new wallet class that I'm teaching.  Because of a family appointment, she couldn't stay for the last bit of the class.  She was so close to being done and I knew it would not take her long to finish.   Well, she came over today for some light guidance and she completed the wallet in no time flat.    Isn't it beautiful!   It looks like a "Maritimer's Fall" wallet as the greens transition to other colors.    

I've added this photo to the rest of the class photos that I posted here.   And I'm pleased to say that 100% of the students have completed their wallets.   I'm hoping the to keep the 100% going when I teach this class in November too.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Picklin' is done!

With such a busy month of August, I just got around to making pickles this week.  Earlier in the week, Linda H. gave me some giant cukes from her garden.   I made her Lady Ashburnham pickles, which are now not only a "Fredericton Favorite", but also favorite in this house.   Less sweet, few ingredients.  Easy Peasy.

Also, over the weekend, I picked up some small cukes, peppers and onions at the farm vegetable stand and made my sister's bread and butter pickles.   We run out of those every year.  It's a simple one day recipe.  No need to soak overnight.  Just three hours.  So we chop in the afternoon, and bottle in the evening.

Today, with 3 leftover giant cukes from Linda H. I made this fabulous fresh Cucumber Jelly.  It's eaten with cream cheese on a cracker.  It's so fresh!!   When I look at my blog hits, I seem to be getting tons of hits from Pinterest.  My daughter used to buy cucumber jelly from a vendor at the craft markets.  Then the vendor stopped coming to the market.  After a bit of research and asking around, this recipe came from one of our senior quilt guild members who wrote the details from memory on a scrap of paper.   It's delicious.   Linda H.  I have a bottle for you.  Thanks for all the cukes his week.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A NBEX Winning Ribbon for Jeannie Kaye's Wallet

Remember I showed you the completed wallets from my test class earlier this summer.  Well Jeannie Kaye entered her wallet into the Fredericton Exhibition.  It won a ribbon. I'm not surprised.  It was made with beautiful blue batiks and it was an elegant eye catcher.   I'm so pleased for her.  Who doesn't like to win a ribbon at the NBEX!!    Congratulations JK!

I'll be teaching this class at the Fredericton Quilters' Guild in November.  If you are local quilter and want to take this class, let me know.  If there are extra seats in the class, I'll put you in touch with the workshop coordinator.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Presenting the Bride and Groom

Its so hard waiting for professional pictures. But its nice she sent along this teaser photo.  Congrats Patience and Brian on your one week anniversary.

Wedding Cookies and toule

I loved making these cookies.  I have a favorite sugar cookie recipe called Signature Sugar Cookies.   I made two batches  Out of one batch, I made 12 wedding dresses.  Out of the other batch came 40 love cookies.   The love cookies were put on the desert table.  The bride dresses were put in cellophane bags and tied with a ribbon.  The kids took them home.

Then it came time to decorate.  The afternoon before the wedding, with advice and suggestions from my friend Willa, my sister and I hung toule, swagged pearls. Bunches of fresh Nova Scotia ivy dropped from the bows.  It was just perfect.    

Friday, August 29, 2014

Wedding Crafts - Part 3

Wedding Fans.  

One day last month the triplets helped me make wedding fans.  Between the four of us, we got all 40 of the fans cut out and scored for easy folding and finishing.   We used heavier weight scrapbook paper.

To finish the fans, a small elastic was used to hold the fan folded paper.  

Blue glue was used to join the two sides of the now accordion folded fan together.

After that glue dried,  coffee sticks were added to the bottom of each side of the fan with the same blue glue.

As you can see I'm using my nice clover clips to hold the sticks on the fan while the glue dries.

After the glue is all dried, I bring the two coffee sticks together and put an elastic on the handle to hold it in place.   I like to play with the elastic and make like ballerina ribbons.  So cute.  

The weather on the day of the wedding was beautiful and warm.  It was warm in the church and warm at our back yard garden party.  We loved that.  The fans were really appreciated and put to good use.  A good idea.

It's all about the Cake

For her cake, my daughter decided she wanted cupcakes.   But she also wanted to have a photo of her and her new husband cutting the cake.  So the solution was to make both.  A small cake for cutting and cupcakes for sharing.    She chose a nice ombre style of decoration using a coral color icing.    My husband assisted me in making the "Love" cake topper at the cottage earlier this summer.  Just the perfect accent to this frilly cake.

Notice the time.  Its 8am on the day of the wedding.
I was feeling rushed since I had a hair appointment
at 8:30.   My sister was preparing to take over all
duties.   What would I have done without her help!

My sister moves the cake to it's place of distinction.
The "Love" topper needs to be added yet.
A wire project we made at the cottage.
Got it right the first time!

Jessica, our oldest grand-daughter said these cupcakes were the BEST cupcakes she's ever eaten.   Well I thought I'd share the recipe that my sister gave me to use.   It's like an artisan cupcake.  Not light and fluffy like a cake mix cupcake.   They were a wonderful home-made cupcake.

Vanilla Cupcakes

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (3/4 cup)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups milk

Directions:  Turn oven on to 375 degrees F.

Put butter in mixer and beat at medium speed until somewhat smooth. Pour in sugar and beat well. Add 2 eggs. Mix well. Add: vanilla.    Mix baking powder, salt, flour.  add alternately with milk beating in as you go along.  Scoop individual baking cups, until they are about 2/3 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Makes 18

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wedding Crafts - Part 2

This little wedding bear is not new.  she was made when our middle daughter got married over 15 years ago.   We made bears for the wedding party and used them for a decoration for her guestbook.   Last week, when I was looking around for decorations for Patience's wedding, this white little bear was just perfect to sit on a table.   She did not have a veil until I quickly whipped one up out of toule.    At the end of the day, I was pleased to have a place to put my Mother of the Bride corsage.  I just love this.  

This fun little poem that goes with the traditional Jordan Almonds gift was fun to make with all my quilters tools.   Just so you know, a bag of Wilton Jordon Almonds has about 120 almonds in it.  This will make 24 little favors.

The poem goes like this.

Five sugared almonds 
  for each guest to eat 
To remind us that life 
  is both bitter and sweet. 
Five wishes for the new  
  husband and wife - 
Health, wealth, happiness, 
  children, and a long life!

With your applique mini-iron
heat set a glue backed crystal.
Print out and cut using
Rotary cutter

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wedding Crafts - Part 1

For Patience and Brian's wedding, I did do a few crafty things.    First and most important, I put together Patience's birdcage veil.  We made it together.  We did a mock up of the headpiece on my "ham".   
When we had it sorta perfect, I glue gunned it down to a felt base then trimmed.   It was just sweet.  We added a few crystals to give it a twinkle.  When we get the photographers pictures next week, I'll show you how perfect it looked on Patience for her big day.

Baby Phoebe was the youngest child.
Just 2 months old.
Since there was lots of kids coming to the wedding from the age of 2 months to 15 years, I thought I'd do a little something for the kids.  For the girls, these pencil case sized pouches were so girly and fun to make.  You have seen me use this same pencil case idea here and here and here.   I sketched out each of their names on the light muslin with my friXion pen.  Then free-motion machine stitched over the flower stems and drafted names.  Buttons from my collection for the flower heads were then machine sewn on.   The pouches were filled with fun treats and given to the kids before they went home.   I ran out of steam by the time it was time to make something for the little boys, so they got a nice cello bag with candy with dinky toys.
14 little pencil cases with cute bead zipper pulls