Monday, November 28, 2011

Block #2- Video Quilt Along- Amish Diamond Block

I'm so glad so many of you are following along in the first-ever Crafty Gemini Quilt Along!

So far I have heard from fans in U.S., Canada, Australia, India, Israel, Germany, Italy, England and Ireland that will be joining us. How awesome is that?! I just love the way the internet allows so many people all over the globe to come together like this! Are you following along and live in another country not mentioned here? If so, I would love to hear from you too!

Block #2 is an Amish Diamond quilt block. The diamond in the center makes it look like more complex than it actually is to make.  It's  a great beginner block and comes together really quickly!

In the video tutorial for this block I also answer a few questions you have been asking me:
1) How big does the backing fabric have to be?
2) Do all fabrics need to be the same or can they be different for each block?

Remember that each block only requires two different fabrics- one should be your light and the other your dark fabric in the block.

If you missed it... read the first blog post for the quilt along by clicking HERE.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving dinner

If you are in the U.S. and celebrate Thanksgiving I hope you had a great time eating some delicious food with your loved ones!

I cooked our first Thanksgiving dinner at the new farmhouse and I'll just say it was a hit with the little family!

My butter and rosemary turkey was nice and juicy thanks to Alton Brown's brining method.  I do it every year. 

DS helping make the spicy cornbread to use in my dressing/stuffing recipe. 

My dressing/stuffing ... it was delicious! Made from homemade cornbread and breadcrumbs, herbs and crumbled sausage, etc.  As my husband was eating he told me to write down the recipe before I forget it!  I love experimenting in the kitchen... sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. This time it did and my recipe is a keeper!

My favorite part of dinner was my organic homegrown collard greens!

 It is just the best feeling in the world to know that your food only had to travel a few feet to get to your table! My fall garden is growing GREAT so far!... can you believe no deer have come by to eat my goodies either?! We'll see how long that lasts... but I'm sure having two dogs roaming the property sure helps!

Look at my very first organic garden! I'd say it looks pretty good for a first timer! What do you think?

Beets & carrots I mistakenly planted in the same row.  That's what I get for not labeling them. Oh well!


First calendula bloom. I'll be harvesting these to eat and infuse oil with for soaps and salves.

Dino kale... will be harvested real soon.

Part of our first real garden!

Onions galore!


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Sale!

Just dropping in to let you all know that all my e-patterns are 50% off!
If there is one that you don't already have go ahead and get it today!

Only $1.50 for my very popular Pillowcase Dress e-pattern.

Remember they are emailed to the email account connected to the PayPal account used to pay.  So, if you want it sent to a different address just shoot me an email. 

If you celebrate Thanksgiving... hope you had a great time surrounded by loved ones!

Monday, November 21, 2011


This week's video tutorial is a cooking one.  If you are interested in watching it click HERE.

Now I have some big news to announce!  

I am very excited to be participating alongside 19 other fabric artists in STITCHED 2012- a series of online video workshops.  


Straight from Alma Stoller's site here is some info on STITCHED 2012:

"STITCHED is a collection of 20 online video workshops by 20 amazing and talented fabric artists. Each workshop provides you with high-value and high-content information to get you sewing, designing and creating."

"I am also delighted to have the support of some amazing companies which will be providing me with some great giveaway items and products for several lucky STITCHED registrants."

 "You will also get a full video workshop about Fabric Jewelry by me (Alma Stoller), 5 additional mini video workshops, a printable pdf file which includes patterns and related instructions from each workshop, as well as the support of our awesome instructors in a completely private site."

STITCHED begins January 1st 2012
Registration will begin December 1, 2011

All 20 STITCHED instructors have been announced.  The complete list of instructors and our biographies are available HERE.
There are some fabulous textile, mixed media, quilters and other artists in this group! Keep your eye out for more details about STITCHED.  And for those of you interested in a sneak peek of what I'll be teaching in my STITCHED workshop here is one of the two projects I'll be teaching you how to make. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

First Ever Video Quilt Along!

So many of you have emailed me asking for more quilting tutorials. I've listened and now I'm delivering!

(Grab the code from the right sidebar to display the button on your blog and let everyone know you are on board.)

Today I launched the first ever Crafty Gemini video quilt along!

I'm so excited to post Block #1 of 12 in this series.  Every few weeks I will post a new video tutorial with complete step-by-step instructions on how to create a new 12" block.  At the end of the quilt along we will each have 12 blocks. Each block will finish measuring 12" x 12" once it's sewn into the quilt. All blocks will be simply pieced together.  No fancy techniques like applique or paper piecing either. Just nice and easy 1/4" seam piecing.  Then I'll post a tutorial showing you how to sew them together to create your quilt top and then how to layer your quilt sandwich and finish it all up. 

If you have never made a quilt before and have been anxious (but scared) to try... this is the quilt along for you!  I will walk you through everything and I'll answer your questions, too! Each of the twelve blocks will only require two contrasting fabrics.  There are no set rules as to whether or not all your fabrics need to be the same or from the same line, etc.  Mine will definitely be scrappy (all different fabrics) so I can use up some of my stash.  If you do want to use the same fabrics I would estimate about 2.5 yards of each fabric for the quilt top and you'll probably have some left over. The backing fabric will need to be at least 40" x 52" so you can pick that out now if you want as well.  The finished quilt top will measuring roughly 36" x 48".  A perfect first time quilt for a baby or small lap quilt.
Block measures: 12.5" x 12.5"
Choose two fabrics- one will be your light and the other the darker fabric.  You need 1/4 yard (22.86 cm) of each fabric.  You won't use it all in this one block but can use the extra in some of the other blocks if you want. In my sample block above the blue fabric is my dark and the flowered print is the light.

If you are going to join us please post a comment below so we can see who is in!  If you have a Facebook page you can also post to the Crafty Gemini page and announce your participation there, too.  We want to see pictures of these blocks, too!  You can upload them to our Facebook page or post them to our Flickr group.

Are you on board?!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Quilted Grab-N-Go Pot holder tutorial

If you have been following my blog for a while you may have already come across the PDF version of my Grab-N-Go quilted pot holders.

If you are new to my blog then you are in luck because I decided to turn it into a step-by-step video tutorial that is easy to follow for even a beginner sewist.

If you have never quilted anything before this is your chance to quilt a small "quilt sandwich" (as we like to call it) and see that it is not as intimidating as you think it is!

 Hope you will consider making these for friends and family... and yourself, of course! The holidays are right around the corner and there is nothing better than a handmade gift!

p.s.- If you make these remember to upload pictures to my Facebook page.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Chickens in the garden!

We spent the weekend getting the new chicken coop ready for a few egg laying hens and a very handsome rooster!

Aren't they just the cutest? We got one Ameracauna (white) who lays green and blue eggs. Cool, huh? The black & white one is a Barred Rock hen and we got two of those except one isn't in the coop because she managed to jump out as we were trying to put her in.  Luckily, she is hanging around the property still and comes by the coop to get her water and feed. The Barred Rock hens lay nice tan colored eggs.  Apparently, hens take a few weeks to get accustomed to their new home once they've been moved before they will go back to laying eggs. Lucky for us, one of them feels right at home because just the next morning we had this waiting for us....

I've been having good luck in my garden as well. My white onions are looking fab! I can hardly believe how easy it was to plant them.   Onions were a must-have for me because I use them every day in almost every meal. So delicious. Needless to say I planted over 100! Ha! What I'm going to do with that many onions is still up in there but I figure I could always give them to friends.

Some other veggies I planted are:

 Bok Choy.




Hope everyone is staying warm! I've heard there is snow in some parts of the U.S. already!
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