Monday, 31 October 2016

Fabulous Fish Art Quilt Workshop - Calgary, AB.


I attended such a fun workshop last weekend put on by the Alberta Quilt Study Society.  The class was taught by Margaret Jessop who was the Quilter of Distinction at Calgary's  Heritage Park Festival of Quilts in May 2016.   Margaret is a wonderful person and a fun teacher.  We all had a great day learning from her, enjoying her artistic talent and her fun casual teaching style.  I learned so many new things and am ready to persue this collage quilting style in my sewing and art.

 The fish collage in progress. 

 Eye and lips details. 

 Tail detail.  The tulle is now applied to hold the collage together.  

Free Motion Quilting Progress. 

 Head detail after quilting.  

 Tail and wavy lines background details.  

Complete except for binding. 
Approx. 24 x 40"

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Baked Pumpkin Pudding with Coconut Milk (df, nf)





I love pumpkin pudding and had to do a few experimental tries (flops, failures...perfect!) to get this one right.  Substituting coconut milk for the traditional evaporated milk created the challenge.  Coconut milk is naturally sweet, requiring less sugar to go alongside it.  I experimented with sweetness and texture until I got it right.  This delicious recipe can also be used as a pie filling for those of you who like the crust.  This has been family tested and approved.  Cheers!



Dry Ingredients:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsps cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 Tbsps flour
1 Tbsp cornstarch

Wet Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
1 2/3 cup (1 can) coconut milk
2 eggs or 1 duck egg
I prefer duck eggs for sensitivity reasons.





Directions:

Mix all dry ingredients.
Blend all wet ingredients with a mixer.
Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix until smooth.


FOR BAKED PUDDING:
Pour into a greased 9" pie plate or equivalent sized pan.   Bake at 350F for 50-60 minutes, until knife poked in centre comes clean.


FOR PIE:
Pour filling into an unbaked 9" pie crust.  Bake at 425F for 15 minutes, then 350F for 35 minutes, until knife poked in centre comes clean.


 



Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Teetering Christmas Tree Block

Another exciting Split Triangle Row pattern! 

Using this method make Split Triangle Rows for your Teetering Christmas Trees.


 For this pattern you will require 
2 pairs of green and cream HSTs (made from 5" squares). 

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 Split your rows like this.  
Use this tutorial as a guide. 
 


 Cut:
2 - 5" x 13" cream rectangles.
1 - 1 1/2" x 13" brown strip. 
 
You may notice that the cream rectangles in my photos are smaller than I am directing.  I would have preferred them larger for trimming later.  


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Sew the cream and brown pieces together.

Cut them into random sized rectangles like this. 
Oh geez...I should have taken 2 photos!


Alternate the Split Triangle Rows 
and the rectangle strips to make trees. 


Sew together and trim.

This odd-block setting would make a fantastic Christmas Quilt 
with the Teetering Trees.    

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