Daily Archives: February 7, 2008

Happy Plants on a Sunny Day and Oprah’s Book Club

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I have started back to the gym now for the past 2-3 weeks and so far I’ve made it twice a week.  I go directly from work and make it just as Oprah starts. I love watching Oprah.  The treadmills and cycles are in front of the 7 TVs and one of them is always on Oprah.  I take along a bottle of water and earphones and tune in and the time passes quickly. 

This week I started reading The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, a 973 page book as a result.  The reviews from book club members is that they couldn’t put it down.  It is very readable and well written and I thoroughly enjoy it.  I am thoroughly enjoying it as well.  My handmade bead bookmark is what you see running down the left side of the paperback.

Happy Plants on a Sunny Day 

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Treasured Quilt and Just Like Me

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A few years ago the manager at a place I worked made wonderful quilts.  She can’t even remember how many she has made and sorry she hadn’t taken pictures of them long before she started to and before she GAVE THEM AWAY!!  Whenever someone left the company she would make them a quilt, usually a  throw size and inspired by that particular person.    She is so fabulous at quilting it seems to take no time and she’s done.   Yet she continually takes courses to learn new techniques and ideas.

When she showed me this particular pattern with its houses and bird houses I remarked in glee how that would be just my style if I could make one.  I was astounded when she said this one would be for me.  That hadn’t been my intension.  She wanted to know what colours would suit my decor and asked me to show her a pillow, fabric etc.  I showed her the greens, yellows, mustards, brick reds, pinks I so love and said “please…no blues”.  That was a bit of a challenge for her as there was to be blue sunset. 

I didn’t think about the quilt knowing she was working on a couple of projects in her classes.  When she presented it to me I just gasped.  My first thought on this beautiful quilt was how could someone know MY favourite colours?  It was absolutely me!  She signed it for me and I treasure it.0018.jpg

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Do you know the muffin man? Cranberry Buttermilk Whole Wheat BranMuffins

0016.jpgDo you know the muffin man…the muffin man…the muffin man?  

That has to be me because of my love for muffins and loaves such as banana, zucchini etc.  Last night I made Cranberry Buttermilk Wholewheat Bran Muffins.  It is a recipe I’ve made before and its on the buttermilk carton.  I always add raisins or in this case dried cranberries.  A not too sweet muffin again and healthier made mostly with whole wheat flour.  I really love dried fruit so that’s an added bonus.  I’m going to put some of them into the freezer and allow myself to take one each morning to enjoy with coffee at work….at least the ones I won’t be sharing.  Yummy. 

I suppose you could add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice to each cup of milk and let sit for about 5 minutes if you don’t have buttermilk.  I have done that with other recipes  just fine.

 Cranberry Buttermilk Bran Muffins 

2 cups buttermilk

1-1/2 cups bran cereal

2 eggs

1/3 cup butter – melted

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup brown sugar

2 cups whole wheat or all purpose flour

1 cup all purpose flour

½ tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1cup dried cranberries (or you could use any dried fruit or raisins)

Heat oven to 400F.

In a bowl combine buttermilk and bran cereal and set aside.

Mix eggs, vanilla and add the melted butter. To this add buttermilk mix along with 1 cup of dried cranberries.  In another bowl combine dry ingredients.  Add wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed, do not overmix.

Fill greased muffin tins.  Bake 20-25 minutes.  Makes 12 muffins.  Yum

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Finishing up the Edge/Trim Corners of a Blanket/Quilt Tutorial (my way)

 

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When I made the animal baby blanket in January I wanted to post how I made the edging and  corners on the main side.  I used to have some trouble making the corners square but after playing around with it  this is how I do it.  Many of my quilts and blankets use a contrasting material on the back that becomes the edge binding on the right side.  This is easy, tidy and is a nice contrast for the front.  It works for me.

Looking at the front of my completed blanket I measure the panel/material that runs around the completed blanket/quilt which is the right side of the back piece of my blanket/quilt.  I want to leave double the width I want the edge/trim to be and cut it to that size.

Along the long side I fold the fabric in half and then half again on to the blanket and pin at that spot.dsc00174.jpg

Beginning at the left side of the short end  I place a sharp fold, dsc00177.jpgdsc00178.jpgtemporarily pinning that point and fold the bottom up to the bottom edge of the blanket/quilt and then fold up one more time.  You might have to adjust the fold until it meets at a perfect and neat angle with the edge of the left-side longer edge. I fold up the rest of that edge pinning along the way to the end.

dsc00176.jpgTurn your blanket/quilt so that you once again begin at the left side with the sharp fold repeating until all four corners are pinned evenly. dsc00182.jpg I then sew along the folded edge of the trim/edge all the way around.  I might use a fancy machine stitch, or small zigzag to close up the fold on the corners, or place delicate hand stitches and sometimes the fabric looks good without doing anything more.dsc00180.jpg  The trim is actually the same width all the way around the blanket although the picture didn’t capture this.

Were you able to understand my tutorial?

Let me know how it works for you….I’d love to hear your comments on what you are making.

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