A New Family Favorite

Measuring spoons, King Arthur Flour, Anthropologie, Making soft pretzels

While all my college daughters were home on break last week, we decided to try a new recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion.

Measuring spoons, King Arthur Flour, Anthropologie, Making soft pretzels

I have never made anything from this cookbook that I didn’t like…

Measuring spoons, King Arthur Flour, Anthropologie, Making soft pretzels

The recipe is nearly the same as the one found on their website here.

Measuring spoons, King Arthur Flour, Anthropologie, Making soft pretzels

These soft, buttered pretzels were very easy and quick–though we gobbled them up even quicker!

Measuring spoons, King Arthur Flour, Anthropologie, Making soft pretzels

Next time, we’ll make a double-batch!

Measuring spoons, King Arthur Flour, Anthropologie, Making soft pretzels

Work in Progress-Friends of Baltimore Quilt

Friends of Baltimore

One of my major goals for 2013 is to complete four more blocks and one more border of my Friends of Baltimore Quilt.

Friends of Baltimore

I started this quilt more than a year ago and have completed four of the sixteen blocks and one of the four borders.  I estimate that this has taken more than 300 hundred hours of hand stitching so far!

Friends of Baltimore

This quilt was designed by Sue Garman-a quilter extraordinaire!  I have never stitched a Baltimore style applique before, so I purchased the pattern and the fabrics as a kit.  I prefer to design my own quilts, but I really love this quilt just the way Sue designed it.  This is my first attempt at this complex style of applique-known for overlapping pieces and intricate patterns.

Friends of Baltimore003

I love working on this quilt, though I am very slow… This year I am determined to make progress on this quilt.  My long term goal is to complete it by January 2016…

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Tutorial Tuesday-Free Motion Quilting “Curls”

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

The “curl”  is really just an abbreviated spiral.   However, The Curl is much easier to sew and has so many variations and uses that everyone should have this pattern in their sewing quiver…

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

To practice the curl…I started with a series of one inch lines…These will be your guidelines or rails...

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

Starting on the left rail line, stitch upward and curl to the right… As you curl, leave a space between your stitching and the right rail This space is needed for the next line of stitching…Stop at the X

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

After stopping at the X, trace to the outside of the curl-this time stitching to the right rail

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

Trace back to the left rail and begin a new curl…

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

The left curl is similar…

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

Practice several rows of right and left curls…creating the Double Curl

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

In the practice pieces below, I left a one inch space between the Double Curls…

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

Coming soon…variations on the curl and projects employing our newest pattern…I can’t wait!!!

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