last fall

I received an email from Mary at Workbox magazine asking if I would be interested in writing an article about my quilting journey. I will admit that at first I thought it was a joke; I've gotten similar emails in the past that were just spam mail. Not this time.

It took the longest time for me to get started on the article; it's really hard to write about yourself without sounding braggy imo. I went through numerous versions before I settled on the one I submitted.

Then Mary asked for pictures. I knew I had to have my friend Sheila take those.

I spoke to Mary last week and she told me that I made the cover of the issue. I thought she just meant my quilts. 

I'm not sure if the magazine is available in North America; we've ordered a few extra copies online. For all my European readers; it's on newstands now!

Thanks again to Mary and Workbox Magazine. This was/is seriously such a thrill!!

card friday

the bin of guilt

Do you have one? What is a bin of guilt? It holds all the kits and precuts that I have bought, hoarded or been gifted over the years. The past few years I've been trying to do as many projects as possible to empty the bin out. And fill it back up again ;)

First project, this flannel Christmas quilt.

This was one of those projects that took a third of the time I thought it was going too. I really think the longest time will be spent doing the binding on this lol. I have some green flannel to back it with and I am looking forward to snuggling under this come Christmas.

Next, a random Bali pop. I have debated on what to do with this. I even thought of giving it away but than I saw the jelly roll jam quilts and that was it.

Lastly, another Christmas quilt. This one uses Kansas Troubles fabrics. I was hoping to finish it up but one more border needs added so you get just a snippet.

Fingers crossed I get it finished tonight.

I have one more Christmas quilt kit left than just a few more precuts and some UFOs. It's pretty exciting to see the bottom of my bin!

snack saturday

Coffee Cupcakes 

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup strong coffee, chilled
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tsp. coffee extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • 2
    In the bowl of your stand mixer combine butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • 3
    Once fluffy mix in eggs one at a time.
  • 4
    Mix in vanilla.
  • 5
    In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • 6
    With the mixer on low add in 1/3 of the flour mixture, 1/8 cup of coffee, another 1/3 of the flour mixture, the rest of the coffee, and the rest of the flour mixture.
  • 7
    Don't over mix, mix until just combined.
  • 8
    Fill 12 cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full with the batter.
  • 9
    Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until cake springs back when touched.
  • 10
    Allow to cool before frosting.
  • 11
    For the frosting; In a large bowl cream together butter, cream cheese, vanilla and coffee extract.
  • 12
    Once combined slowly mix in sifted powdered sugar.
  • 13
    Mix until frosting is light and fluffy.

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