Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Westering Women

Barbara Brackman's WESTERING WOMEN BOM series

Block 10 - Rocky Mountain Chain


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Clearing away some scraps ...

Just finished this string top using leftovers accumulated from  recent projects.  In Gwen Marston's "Liberated String Quilts", this style is called STRING BARS.

It will probably become a donation quilt after it's finished.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes


About 6 5-inch pancakes

1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice blend
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Combine buttermilk, pumpkin, egg, butter, and vanilla.
Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spice.
Mix all until just incorporated.  Do not overmix.
Let batter rest for about 5 minutes, while griddle is heating.
Using about 1/3 cup batter for each pancake, pour onto griddle.
Sprinkle several pecan pieces into wet batter of each pancake.
Flip when edges start to form little bubbles, after about 2 minutes.
Cook second side about 2 minutes more until golden brown and cooked thoroughly.

Serve with butter and syrup if desired.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Enjoying October

October is my very favorite time of year, so I've been out and about -- not spending much time in the sewing room right now.  This week I did piece some leaf blocks for an upcoming swap.  After all the leaves fall off the real trees, I'll be back inside sewing again :)


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Progress report

I got a sample block worked up, and all went fairly well.  No problem with the curved piecing on the tree trunk, it's such a gradual curve. And the block does lay flat, which is sometimes a challenge with diamond piecing!  It's somewhat larger than it's supposed to be though, (like almost an extra inch), which I suppose is due to all those stretchy bias edges.  But if all the blocks turn out that way, it'll just be a larger quilt, right?  I'll see how the next block turns out size-wise and then decide about making adjustments. 

So I've gone ahead with cutting diamonds.  Slow puttering work, because I'm using bits from my scrap bags, not strip cutting.  There are nearly 1000 diamonds pinned into color groups in this pic! 


Saturday, October 1, 2016



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Westering Women

It's time for Barbara Brackman's
block of the month again. 
And we're already up to block #9 --
the year is just racing along!

This month we're sewing SAGE BUD blocks,
and learning about the metropolis of
Laramie, Wyoming, and also about sagebrush plants which were common along the wagon trails.

 Sagebrush is a common plant here where I live also.  It's very fragrant.   And it's flammable, which is significant for fire season and drought.

It's nice that I'm keeping up with the rows and sashing as we go along.