Friday, November 8, 2013

Holiday Sewing and Quilting~Pumpkin Muffins!

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 Hi everyone!

Are you getting ready for the Holidays! I think Fall is one of my favorite times of year. Wishing it lasted longer where I live.

I'm feeling the urge to sew up something fun for Thanksgiving. In fact, it will probably be the runner my daughter designed! I'll be using some fall fabrics. Here they are:


I fell in love with the pumpkin print and then picked some beautiful coordinates to work with. I'll need to get busy! Because I also need to finish up a quilt before Thanksgiving, too! See my Finish a Project Contest and JOIN in!

Here is the pattern for the runner. I am offering it for FREE right now...but, I will eventually have it for a downloadable pattern, after the holidays. This is the runner picture that she took in her little apartment. I thought it should've been the pattern picture for the magazine, because it is such an awesome picture!


I love to bake for the Holidays, especially muffins! Here is one of our favorite muffin recipes. I recommend using a "tall" muffin tin, to make some really moist muffins. Be sure to do the crumb/strudel topping, it is the best!


What are you making for the Holidays! any handmade gifts? or Quilts? Please share! Add your link to the inlinkz bar, below! Thanks!  xoxo Denise

22 comments :

  1. Quinoa Bread
    Quinoa is a high protein grain that has been grown in the Andes mountain regions of South America for hundreds of years. Recently 'redisovered' for it's nutritional properties, quinoa adds a pleasant chewiness and slighly nutty flavor to this wholesome bread. A slice of this high protein, high fiber quinoa bread for breakfast will easily tide you over until lunchtime. This bread stays moist for several days, slices well, and is great for sandwiches.

    I found this reacipe on the following site and have made it once a week since:
    .Honey Quinoa Bread - Pan de Quinoa y Miel
    http://southamericanfood.about.com/od/healthyeating/r/quinoabread.htm
    By Nancy Marin

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    1. Hi nancy, I do have some quinoa, never thought to make bread, it may make some great flour, I'm gluten free! Thanks for the recipe!

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  2. Love the pumpkin pattern on for the table tunner. I would love the kit but couldn't find where to order it on your site. I am going to try your pumpkin muffins. I used to make them with apples but lost the recipe.

    What I am making for Christmas, a table runner, wall hanging and some microwave bowl cozies as gifts.
    By Deborah Halcomb

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    1. Sounds like a lot of fun making the christmas gifts! You can order the runner kit from me. Just email me denise@. Deniseclason.com

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  3. There is a garden spot in Southern Michigan that does receptions and events called Southern Exposure. Every year for 2 months before the holidays they have holiday decoration demos that will feature 160-200 "holiday decorating on a shoe-string" ideas that one can make at home. They have multiple demonstration tours every week which are so popular that every one sells out early. The decorations are very classy. The demo tour is followed by a wonderful sit down holiday supper, complete with recipes. The big surprise recipe for me was for sweet potatoes. It's not a gooey, marshmallow laden calorie bomb like we are used to seeing. It's simply mashed sweet potatoes, sweetened with a bit of butter and brown sugar, spiced with a bit of cinnamon. The surprise is that you sprinkle crushed candy canes over the top, let it stand for a few minutes and serve it. Those candies really set off the sweet potatoes. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and if you live anywhere near Southern Exposure by Marshall Michigan, check out their demos or holiday meals. http://www.southernmoon.com/
    By Cathie Philips

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    1. Wow, that sounds like a wonderful event, Cathie! Wish they did something like that here. Take some classes/demos for me and eat some of that sweet potatoe pie for me with the crushed candy canes! Yummmm

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  4. Sandy White

    There was a show at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah a couple of years ago that was really interesting. A gentleman had collected orphan blocks from all over, some good, some old and worn or not quite finished. He then put them together with other solid color blocks to building wonderful works of art. The orphan blocks ended up being the stars of the show. It was amazing the way he put them together, even using small unfinished partial blocks.

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    1. Jennifer Houlden
      Owner/Designer/Fibre Artist at Quilts by Jen

      Sandy, that would have been quite interesting to see. I went to a talk last year with a lady who rebuilds old quilts. These old quilts got a new lease on life and were gorgeous.

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    2. I've got a few books on putting together orphan blocks, and some that are different sizes, so I could get some great ideas from them, this for sharing, sandy!

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  5. Sandi Knowles
    Designer at Elizabeth Wyatt Sewing Patterns

    Yes, I say make a runner with black sashing.

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  6. Karen Brauch
    I was recently given a bunch of different fabric squares in a ziplock bag they were all 3"X3" and I sewed them all together in a 9 square format. Many of the blocks were the half square triangles so I went and sewed them in a pleasing way. I found some fabric that kinda goes with it to use as a boarder and am sewing those on now. It'll end up being big enough for a queen sized quilt and AWESOME. That is what I did, and would suggest you do the same.

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  7. Darlene Newell

    I'm making cranberry salad for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's easy to make an healthy. Grind 1 package of fresh cranberries in food processer to desired texture. Place in large bowl. Add 1 can crushed pineapple and small of mandarin oranges. In a smaller bowl add one package strawberry or raspberry jello and one package of orange jello (I use sugar-free) with one cup boiling water. Mix well. Add to cranberry mixture and refridgerate. Serve topped with a little cool whip. Enjoy.

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    1. Your recipe sounds really good, I get so tired or the canned cranberries. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. Pears with red wine. Peel and core fresh ripe pears, put in a pan, cover with red wine, part water if you like, then simmer until the pears have a nice color. Serve cold or warm as dessert.
    Also nice with a dash of pumpkin pie spice.
    By Karen Otto

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  9. It wouldn't be Thanksgiving at our house without Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish. Every year we make a point to tune into Morning Edition the Friday before Thanksgiving to hear how Susan Stamberg chooses to provide the recipe. (And I have it written down, circa 1990, on an old catalog card.) You can listen to/read the backstory here: http://www.npr.org/series/4175681/susan-stamberg-s-cranberry-relish-tradition
    By Nann Blaine Hilyard

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    1. Thank you for the recipe, Nann. I may make this one this year. Looking for a good cranberry sauce recipe!

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  10. Nann Blaine Hilyard
    Director at Zion-Benton Public Library

    Jane wrote: I've just made these and will be making them again for our girls Christmas crafty party. Delicious finger food: http://www.sweetlivingmagazine.co.nz/festive-finger-food/

    LOL -- how do you eat them without making a mess?

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  11. Dawn Ivey
    Trained Sewing Educator specializing in Quilting; Artist and Writer

    I have been asked to make pies and the only pies my sister loves this time of year are sweet potato pies. So I'm making sweet potato pie with a chocolate graham cracker crust.
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  12. Quilter at Julia Graber

    I've made a little fiber art wall hanging called Cardinal. You can see it here. http://juliagraber.blogspot.com/2013/11/bird-at-sunset-and-cardinal-quilts.html

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    1. awesome quilt! I love how you made your cute little cardinal and the inspiration from the pinterest image.

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