Today's Pattern Publication

Halloween Banner

Snowman Banner
Tree Banner
I have been working diligently on a pattern to upload to Pattern Spot.com and have finally uploaded it.  It is titled: Wavy Panel Project and this one has a special bonus pattern included that I have not put in those sold in the stores. I have sold quite a few printed patterns to a local fabric store, Patchwork Dreams, in Howard City and I hope I have as much success with this one through Pattern Spot.  The project is so versatile--a project for any season or occasion--and quick to sew up.  It actually looks harder than it is. 

I sewed one letter from my Pieced Block Letter pattern in two sizes and so far there are no glitches in the sizes of the pieces, so that is encouraging.  I have a few tweaks on the written pattern before I print some for store shelves and Pattern Spot. I just think these letter patterns will be great for T-shirt quilts, memory quilts, bags, banners, and so many more possibilities.  Can't wait to post a few photos once I get a few more designed.

Here is the recipe I modified and mentioned in my last post:

Banana Peach Bread
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder(I use sodium-free)
1/4tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. allspice
3 egg whites
1/3 cup applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup mashed bananas
1 cup peaches, peeled and chopped into small pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients and make a well in the center.
In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, then whisk in the applesauce, vanilla and banana.
Pour the wet ingredients into the well and stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened.
Fold in the peaches but do not overmix.
Divide into two loaf pans sprayed with PAM or similar cooking spray.
Bake 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Saturday Quilting Progress

Today was the second session of the hand piecing class I have been teaching at our local quilt shop--The New Ewe.  I began the morning by sewing a few more 6" blocks for demonstration.  The ladies in the class are on their way to completing enough blocks to make tablerunners (their choice of project).  The next class on October 1 will be learning to hand quilt the 3 layers of their quilts. I have actually enjoyed hand piecing and was happy to have had the project to work on when we lost power for 49-1/2 hours due to a severe thunderstorm with very strong winds that came through on Saturday, September 3.

This afternoon I made some banana peach bread using some of the peaches from the half bushel I bought at the local farmers market on Friday.  It turned out quite tasty.  I adapted a recipe I found on the internet.  I will post the recipe in the near future. On Friday evening, I made banana peach jam (from a recipe I had used 30 years ago) and some low-sugar peach jam.  I still have peaches left, so on Monday I plan to can no-sugar peaches from the AARP recipe in the latest newsletter.

Later this afternoon I worked on writing the directions for one of the patterns in my series "The Pieced Block Letter" by Patchwork Breeze.  I have a nice cover graphic, three sizes of letters in each pattern and directions that I think are easily understood. I want to finish two patterns a week and get these uploaded to PatternSpot.com where quilters everywhere can quickly purchase and download the patterns to print on their computer printers.