Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dear Jane Night

This month was Dear Jane Night at our Alpine Quilt Group. It was really a lot of fun hearing about Jane's quilt and to see some of the completed Dear Jane Quilts and Dear Jane's that are in varying processes of completion. Some of the ladies also shared stories of a trip that several of them made back to Vermont to see Jane's Quilt. It was fun listening to their adventures.

I've been following an online group of Dear Jane fanatics at that quilt for over a year now but I'm not actively current at the moment. Go check out Anina's blog, she creates wonderful tutorials on each block and it's so fun to follow along. Personally, I still only have 14 blocks done and over 150 more to go and that's not even counting the border blocks. After seeing the Dear Jane quilts tonight, I am inspired to keep going. One quilter in our group said that she's on the 30 year plan. I'm not too far behind her. lol!

I'm sure you can guess which color of Dear Jane Quilt was my favorite...

Look closely at this quilt.
Can you guess what's different about this Dear Jane?

I just love how this quilt looks. If you look closely you will see that each block is machine embroidered. Clever, huh? She used white thread on red fabric and red thread on white fabric and alternated the blocks. I absolutely love how this turned out. Even the borders are beautifully done. Someone asked how much thread she went through and she said that it only took 2 big spools of white and 2 big spools of red thread to make the blocks.

I do have to apologize that I was 30 minutes late to quilting so I missed all of the show n' tell. I really hate missing show n' tell. I know it's the best part but I just had to make my blocks for the last month of our block exchanges. I totally forgot!

Below you will see a quilt that my friend, Dianna made from the blocks we've been exchanging for the last 9 months. Don't you just love it? The center is actually a panel.

I've been burning my candle at both ends and in the middle too! Heck, I'm not sure if I have any candle left. Ha! Ha! Ha! I'm really sorry I've not been blogging much lately either but I will try to do a few more posts this week or weekend. I've been reading as many blogs as I have time for and love every minute I can take to visit all of you. I hope you're having a great week so far.

I'll be doing a Halloween post to show you all of the costume sewing I've been doing. I have one done, one nearly done, and two more to go maybe part of a third one too. I know! Call me CRAZY!! That's my name lately!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quilt Market Giveaway

I thought you might want to know about Jackie's Quilt Market Giveaway. She's sharing her good fortune with all of us. So, run on over and leave a comment, become a follower, and sign up for her monthly newsletter. I love Jackie's blog and if you're new to her blog, I'm sure you will too.

Here are a couple pictures to entice you! Hurry! The giveaway ends at midnight on November 2nd. The drawing will happen the next day on November 3rd.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fall Giveaway Winner


The Fall Giveaway Winner. . .

and the winner is. . .

Kim Diggins
from Live Well, Love Much, Laugh and Quilt Often

Congratulations on winning!!!

There were 1,227 entries with the winning number being #1,177.
The winning number was randomly chosen by

This time I really tried to respond to every single comment left here on my blog and I apologize if I missed you. So, I want to take the time to thank everyone again for visiting my blog, participating in my giveaways, leaving comments here and at the Bake Shop, too. I really appreciate your time, your efforts, and your support in my behalf.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and let me know if you have any questions, if and when you decide to make any of the projects in the Plates for Your Table post. Remember, I'm just an email away.

Thanks Again Everyone!!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Blogger Quilt Festival

Thanks Amy for your most recent reminder that the Blogger's Quilt Festival entries end tonight. It looks like I'm just going to make it under the wire. I've been so crazy busy this week with Moda Bake Shop and managing my MBS Giveaway that I almost missed out. I'm so glad I was checking out my google reader and saw the post you did today. I look forward to looking at more of the quilts on Mr. Linky. Thanks for all that you do to promote quilting!!! It's so fun!!!

Now on to my entry. I made this quilt for my first grandson Benjamin. He absolutely LOVES this quilt and it was really hard to borrow it back from him so I could wash it and take pictures of it. It was great to see how happy he was to have his quilt back.

The quilt pattern is called Hopscotch by Two Peas in a POD. I'm sorry I haven't found a link yet to their patterns but I will keep looking. I'm quite certain they're local designers.

I bought the material a long time ago before my grandson was even born and I knew the minute I saw it that I needed to buy it so, that I could make a boy baby quilt for my future grandson. It's perfect for a little boy. Don't you think?

Check out the other quilts here. You won't regret taking the time to do so but, give your self some time because there are 611 quilts to look at and I'm currently the LAST entry.

Have Fun and Enjoy the Quilt Show!!!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

MBS & Fall Giveaway

It's been a very long time coming but my newest project is finally popping out of the oven! You can find it here at Moda's Bake Shop. . .

Plates For Your Table
T u t o r i a l b y K i m W a l u s

I'm also announcing my. . .

G i v e a w a y

I will be giving away ONE 13" Dresden Plate Charger (the napkin & napkin ring will not be included). Here are a few other ideas for how you could use the Plate Charger, add as a table accent under your Thanksgiving Centerpiece or place it under a lamp on your side table. You could also place it under some of your favorite collectibles on an entry table or bookshelf.

Now for the RULES:

This giveaway format continues to work well for me so I'm going to use it again. Here's my explanation. . . Look at the list of requirements below and decide how many requirements you want to do, then add up the points after you've done them, and then email me the information below to enter this Giveaway.

If you follow the format below I will also give you ONE extra point. It will definitely make it easier for me to track all of your entries. Thank YOU!!!

Copy & Paste this information in your email to enter this giveaway.
Then send your email to me at kimberlywalus (at) gmail (dot) com

My Name is:
My Email is:
My Blog Address is:
I completed the following requirements:
I have ____________points.

Point Requirements:
  • 1 point for leaving a comment on this post.
  • 5 points if you want to add me to the blog list on your sidebar.
  • 5 point for creating a post on your blog and linking to my giveaway.
  • 5 points for leaving a comment on my Plates For Your Table Post at Moda Bake Shop.
  • 5 points for being or becoming a follower on my blog.
The giveaway will END on Sunday, October 18th at Midnight.
I will then pick a WINNER on Monday, October 19th.

A Note from ME:
I appreciate everyone that's entered my giveaways in the past and for wanting to enter this giveaway too. I really enjoy doing these kinds of things for all of you and I spend a lot of my time doing it. I personally make each of the projects that I give away and really wish that I could make something for everyone but that's why I do these kinds of tutorials, so I can share my talents with each of YOU, my dear blogging friends!!!

Good Luck Everyone!!!

Update 10/11 @ 9:11am-Remember to use the printer friendly button at the bottom of the MBS post. When you click on the button it will download a pdf file to your computer for you to print the the tutorial. I know, it's 15 pages, sorry! I know it's a long one because of all the pictures but it would use even more paper if you tried to print it any other way. Thanks!

Update 10/11 @11:53am: I was checking the ruler links on MBS to make sure they were working for you and I have some good news for those interested in buying the ruler! The 18 degree Fan Ruler is on SALE right now for 30% off at Connecting Threads. Yeah!!!

Another Update 10/11 @12:00 Noon: The Triangle Square Up Ruler by Quilt in a Day is on SALE right now, too!! What a great time to pick up two really great rulers.

The Giveaway is CLOSED
as of 10/18
Thanks for Visiting!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pumpkin Spice Cake

It's time for one last Sneak Peek before tomorrows BIG unveiling of my newest MBS project and to help celebrate (and to make the waiting sweeter) I've baked you one of my favorite Fall Desserts called Pumpkin Spice Cake. If you take a closer look you'll see one of the projects peeking out from under the cake plate and fall berries.

Mmmmm. . . Yummy Goodness!!!

Pumpkin Spice Cake
Recipe given to me by my friend, Christie!

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Mix the following ingredients in a bowl:
  • One 15oz. can of Pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup Canola Oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
Add to the mixture:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice (I googled pumpkin pie spice ingredients, go here)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
Pour mixture into a greased and floured jelly roll pan (that measures 13" x 18" x 1" deep). Bake @ 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes Let cool.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Mix the following ingredients in a bowl:

  • 8 0z. package (softened) cream cheese
  • 8 tbsp. (softened) butter
  • 3-4 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
Spread frosting over the cooled cake and top with...
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (more if you like lots of pecans)
We love to keep our pumpkin spice cake in the refrigerator and serve it with a cold glass of milk. Yummy Yum Yum!

We'll see you tomorrow for the BIG unveiling of my newest project on Moda's Bake Shop and I'll be announcing another fun giveaway that I'll be sponsoring on my blog to help WELCOME the Wonderful FALL Season.

Don't you just LOVE the seasons?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Coming Soon!

Have you seen this fabric collection yet?
If not, it should be popping up in your local quilt shops within the week.

Coming Soon:
My Newest Moda Bake Shop project using Simple Abundance.

Project Details:
1 post with 4 projects and step by step tutorial including 54 photos.

Baking Time:
Less than 6 days til it pops out of the Oven.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

30's Night

I had a wonderful time at OUR Alpine Quilt Night this past Tuesday and I wanted to share it with all of you. It's taken me a few days to go through the 114 pictures I took at our 30's Night and I picked the best of the best to show you. It was hard picking just a few to show you.

Here's one of our Fearless Leaders, Flora. She and Paula have taken turns each year to lead us and inspire us. They are wonderful and generous women who love to share their love of quilting with all of us. They both have a great sense of humor and I don't think there's been one month that I haven't gone away happy. We have a lot of fun laughing and sharing. It's a big highlight for me and I look forward to going each month.

This is part of the 30's display table. Nanette made the darling teapot quilt in the frame. I just loved it!!!

Did you know that Betty Crocker is NOT a REAL person? That's something I never knew before last night.

Here's a display of food products that came from the 30's. I've used a lot of these products in my own kitchen. Infact, My grandson lives off of Macaroni N' Cheese. Whenever he comes to my house he wants me to make him "Grammi Noodles" LOL!

I thought you would be interested in seeing this original book of patterns from the Kansas City Star Newspaper. I didn't have time to look at it closely but thought that this book would be a wonderful addition to anyone's quilting library.

A look at the inside.

Here's some of the favorite quilt pictures I took.

I hope you enjoyed all of the eye candy.