The Case of the Disappearing Donuts…

Cooking, Donuts, Family cooking

Last weekend, we had a little family time making donuts…

Cooking, Donuts, Family cooking

Roll out and cut the dough…

Cooking, Donuts, Family cooking

This was the maiden voyage for our new fryer–an absolute Modern Marvel–extremely well designed and easy to use (and clean!).

Cooking, Donuts, Family cooking

In they go…

Cooking, Donuts, Family cooking

Out they come!

Cooking, Donuts, Family cooking

The donut holes were a bit tricky to time correctly.

Cooking, Donuts, Family cooking

Cooking, Donuts, Family cooking

Now into a sugar and cinnamon bath…

Cooking, Donuts, Family cooking

Shake, shake, shake…

Cooking, Donuts, Family cooking

Ready to eat!

Cooking, Donuts, Family cooking

Where did they go?

Cooking, Donuts, Family cooking

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Work In Progress–Pincushion Tutorial

Pin cushion tutorial

Today, I’d like to share a little tutorial on making a pin cushion.  This is not your average tomato pin cushion—it is my idea of the perfect (not so little) pin pillow.

I like large,  flat pincushions that can hold several threaded needles without tangling

I usually make pin cushions that are between 5 and 7 inches –square or rectangle…

If you have any small “orphan” blocks–this is a perfect way to use them!  In this case, I had a 7 inch stripped piece of hand dyes-that I cut into 1 -1/4 inch slices.  Any decorative fabric would look great here…all you need is two slices —

CUTTING:

1.  Decorative fabric -cut two—1-1/4 by 7 inches

2.  Solid fabric  ( I used linen)  cut one— 1-1/4 inch by 7 inches

cut two— 2 inches by 7 inches

3.  Backing fabric—cut one—7 inches by 7 inches

4.  Thin batting—cut two—7-1/2 inches by 7-1/2 inches

Top Assembly:  Stitch the linen and decorative fabrics together as shown below:

Pin cushion tutorial

Press well.  Place the pin cushion top and the pin cushion backing over the thin batting pieces.

Pin cushion tutorial

On the pincushion front- stitch next to your seam lines and through the batting layer–

Pin cushion tutorial

For the pincushion backing-stitch any free motion quilting pattern you like…

Pin cushion tutorial

Place the top and back–RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER–you should see the batting on both sides…and stitch around your pillow–leave a two inch opening for stuffing…

Pin cushion tutorial

Trim around the edges, especially the corners where there is a lot of bulk.

Pin cushion tutorial

Next, turn the pillow right side out and pull out the corners as needed.

Pin cushion tutorial

Now stuff the pillow…I use leftover batting, ground walnut shells, and  a little pinch of lavender…(You either love lavender or you hate it… I love it!)

Pin cushion tutorial

The ground walnut shells give the pin cushion heft and help sharpen your pins and needles.  I purchased my shells at RoseMille in Stillwater (online here), but a very clever reader of  The Inbox Jaunt informs me that you can purchase the walnut shells at Petco and other pet stores.  (It is used for bird cages…)

Pin cushion tutorial

Pin cushion tutorial

Now all that’s left is pinning the opening and hand stitching it.

Pin cushion tutorial

I like this pin “pillow” so much that I may consider sizing it up and making a real pillow!

Pin cushion tutorial

Speaking of pinning...thanks to all of you who continue to pin on Pinterest!  It is so much fun to get new readers who have read about our tutorials on your Boards!  Thanks a million!

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Tuesday Tutorial-The Greek Key

Greek Key Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Today is Tuesday –and you know what that means…we are free-motion quilting!  I have a classic design for you today–The Greek Key.  But first, you have to learn a little ditty… actually it’s more like a cheer...Let’s hear it–

UP, right, DOWN, right, UP…

say it louder:  UP, right, DOWN, right, UP!

I can’t hear you ….

     UP, right, DOWN, right, UP!

(much better, thank you!)

In order to have any chance of stitching this design consistently, you must say that out loud several times before you get started….Greek Key Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

I think of this pattern as having three parts:

1.  The Box-not completely square– as the bottom line of the box does not make it to the bottom rail…

2.  The “Cheer” –UP, right, DOWN, right, UP

3.  The Escape–stitch yourself back out of the box

Greek Key Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

First draw two guidelines or “rails”–(mine are 3/4 inch apart)

Now, let’s stitch THE BOX:  Start on the bottom rail, stitch straight up to the top rail—stitch across the top rail—stitch straight down, but don’t go as far as the bottom rail—then stitch across, but don’t close the box… STOP  here…

Pause where you are (with your needle down, of course) and repeat our cheer before proceeding…UP, right, DOWN, right, UP…Greek Key Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Now for THE CHEER…

Look at the photo below… Do you see it?  UP, right, DOWN, right, UP…

Now stitch it…UP,  a few stitches to the right, DOWN,  a few stitches to right, UP….

Stop here (with your needle down)…and we’ll look at The Escape

Greek Key Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

THE ESCAPE:    Just follow “the path” out of the box..That’s it!  You are ready to begin again.   Opa!!

Greek Key Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

As you can see, this pattern deserves its place in art and architecture…and now…

Greek Key Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

…in YOUR quilts!

Greek Key Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Next Tuesday, we’ll be stitching the “Lovely Open Leaves”  that pair beautifully with the Greek Key...

and tomorrow is Work In Progress WednesdayA Pincushion Tutorialbe there or be square!