Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Getting ready for the big day !

Guess who has a birthday this month?

Miss Polly !

Yep, soon to be - another year older...

Happy Birthday, my sweet pea !

Monday, September 12, 2011

Getting ready for fall...

with a creepy, crawly table runner.

This is just too easy using the prequilted fabric.
First, I cut a rectangle the length I chose for my table runner and rounded the corners off.
(Rounding the corners will make it easier to apply the bias tape.)
I then embroidered my candy corn and spiders.
Using this top piece as a pattern, cut out the fabric for the back.

I made my own bias tape from the candy corn fabric, but you can use
purchased if you like.
With wrong sides together baste the two layers together to prevent shifting when you stitch your bias tape on.
I usually sew my bias on the "old fashion way" but I wanted to experiment with my
Adjustable Bias Binder foot.

It feeds through like this...

This is an adjustable bias tape binder.
Depending on the size of your bias tape, it adjusts from 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch.
I will admit, it takes a little practice getting used to, but I found it much easier than this contraption....

which feeds through like this...

If you have any good tips or tricks for using this one, please let me know.

Did you notice my table runner is reversible?
Remember that when choosing your fabrics.
You could make one side for Halloween and the other for Christmas.

Have a great Monday!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Labor Day Picnic

~ Toffee Brownie Trifle ~

1 box brownie mix - enough to make in a 13 X 9 pan
2 1/2 cups cold milk
1package (3.4 ounces) instant cheesecake pudding mix
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant white chocolate pudding mix
1  (8 ounce) container of  whipped topping, thawed
6 (1.4 ounce each) Heath candy bars, chopped

1. Prepare and bake brownies according to package directions, using a 13 X 9 inch baking pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
2. In large bowl, beat milk and pudding mixes on low speed for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in whipped topping.
3. Cut the brownies into 1-inch cubes; place half in a 3 qt. glass trifle bowl or serving dish. Cover with half of the pudding. Sprinkle with half of the chopped Heath bars. Repeat layers. Refrigerate.
Yields 16 servings.

Looks yummy, doesn't it?


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