I finally finished another quilting project using Little House on the Prairie fabric & quilt kit! I decided to complete Craftsy’s Learn How to Quilt class series with Amy Gibson’s Colorful Bed Quilt. This quilting class teaches you how to quilt a large (queen size) quilt with triangles and hexagons. The pieces are quite large so cutting them out and piecing them is a fairly quick process, and you can complete this class quite quickly. To keep with the simplicity of the quilt, I decided to stitch in the ditch for my quilting process. A double binding adds visual interest to the boarder.
I made this quilt for my mom, so I chose somewhat traditional floral fabric. I also chose non-directional fabric so I could complete the cutting and piecing quickly without worrying too much about placement accuracy.
Hexagon quilts are a classic design but because they feature clean, simple lines they can look quite modern. Crafty has good resources on learning to make a hexagon quilt.
I am very happy with my huge queen size quilt! The craftsy class was good, but perhaps a tiny bit rushed in spots. I think I feel ready to tackle a quilting pattern on my own now.
I recently decided to try my hand at baking bread. I really want to bake 100% whole grain bread, but apparently baking bread is harder than I thought! I don’t have anyone to teach me about baking bread, so I bought a craftsy class to get some hands on training. I bought Secrets to Whole-Grain Bread Baking.
So far I am very happy with my bread baking class! It provides clear instructions on mixing and timing, which is exactly what I need. I have started out with the Honey Whole Wheat Sandwich bread. This class is about whole grain breads, but the recipes are not 100% whole grain. Apparently you are supposed to build a baking foundation of working with a blend of whole grain flours and regular white (bread flour or I suppose all purpose four) flours. Then you can move on to baking more substantial whole grain ancient and sprouted breads.
We can’t be the only ones to have noticed how terrible everything is nowadays, right? Seriously, the quality of goods has declined dramatically. My sister and I were shopping for some new t-shirts, which should be pretty easy to find, and could not find any decent quality shirts. Everything is made from super-thin, cheap fabric. We’re reasonably fit. Did we look good? No. We looked like potatoes.
Also, we are not convinced that it is necessary nor fashionable to wear two shirts at once just because all of the shirts are sheer or semi-sheer. Having to pay twice as much to get a terrible quality outfit? Not cool. Nope. Do not like.
We’re calling them t-shits now.
We were so distressed that we decided to learn how to sew. We’re going to make projects out beginner’s sewing book ( “Sew Everything Workshop” by Diana Rupp), and someday they will stop looking like clothes blind people made, and start looking well-made and chic. We’re also going to complain about things. Yay!