Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Time for Everything

The bible says there's a time for everything under heaven...

last winter was my time to quilt
this winter is my time to help others

My family is blessed to be in a position to help other family members
so that is what this season is for.

I will begin posting again when my time to quilt comes back around.
I sew appreciate the dear friends I have come to know through this blog.
Thank you for your kindness and inspiration.

Until then, happy quilting!

All my Best,

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Welcome to Toot-torial Tuesday!

Please join the linky party for some project fun - projects of all kinds welcome - quilting, embroidery, clothing, painting, drawing, crafts, games, recipes - what have you been planning for October?

I have been planning a HUGE Oktoberfest celebration - a German-American heritage celebration, if you will - with my students in German Club and in my classes at the local high school.  At parent/teacher conferences last night, I had loads of parents volunteer to cook wonderful local dishes like halupsie, fleischkuechle, knoephlas, knoephla soup,  kuchen, etc. - it'll be a feast!

A large pan of halupsie, also known as pigs in a blanket

Fleischkuechle are meat patties surrounded by fresh dough and fried to perfection.

A large, boiling pot of fresh, home-made dough noodles called knoephlas.
Fried in butter with onions, these are heavenly!

Knoephla soup is served daily at our local diner "Kroll's"

Custard "kuchen"
recipe HERE

Wedding kuchens
recipe HERE

If you are interested in creating these dishes, there are DVDs of our local Germans from Russia dishes that document local ladies whipping up their specialties:  This includes a recipe for "red eye", which of course can't be served to students, but is a great wedding tradition here!

The Germans from Russia Heritage Society is a good place to start if you are looking for information about the Heimat.

And, last but not least, the German-American Heritage Museum of Washington, DC information for you: 

Please link up and let us know what you're doing this month!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Civil War Chronicles Oct. BOM

My apologies for the long absence...the beginning of the school year for this teacher has been extra hectic, but here's what I was able to do today for quilting!

October's block chronicles the life of Lucy Webb Hayes

1 1/8" finished Half Square Triangles (HST) are required, so I printed them out from 

It says:
Properly printed Triangulations grid will measure 6"x10"
HST 1 1/8" finished size
page yields 30 half square triangles

Do you see THAT name in my day planner?!?
Yes, how exciting!
I am going to spend two hours listening to Nancy Zieman's tips on Nov. 10th right here in my hometown!

I printed on regular computer paper and used a brand-new 90/14 quilting needle.

I set the tension down to 1.0 and used a stitch length of 1.0
The teeny, tiny stitches made the paper fall right off!

Begin sewing on the dashed lines, then
cut on the straight lines.

"No" cutting corners here - LOL!

Wow, these are tiny.  The smallest I've ever made before.

How's your CWC coming along?  
How did you choose to do your 1 1/8" finished HSTs?
Are you doing the next one?

Want-to-be Quilters be sure to stop by Stash Manicure each Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Current Quilters each Tuesday and Thursday
Only one month left to win!

All the Best,


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