Technique of the Week #44 – Apple Core (handsewing)

yr4week42Project Hours: 2 hours
Design and Materials: 1 hour +
Execution:  Infinity and beyond…..  (Seriously this took forever, read below)

I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to make an “apple core” quilt while I lived in Baltimore.  To me it’s like the “album quilt”- if you live there, you just have to make one.  
It’s an old episode of Donald Duck/Chip N Dale that reminds me to make this, the one where Chip, Dale, and Donald Duck hurl applecores at each other after reciting the old “Applecore, Baltimore, Who’s your friend?, Me”. 
So, I thought I would make a small piece to try out the handwork methods needed to do the applecore block.   
The handsewing needed for this block is all curved piecing.  If you see this quilt in an antique store, I bet it has a high price, because these little things are a *(&^%& to sew.
I had pieces cut and in my travel bag for almost 2 years, and every time I pulled this out, I quit.  BUT then I found the English style applique paper company called Paper Pieces.  My friend Catherine uses them for Hexagons all the time.  I had the pieces ready in one evening, and pieced the top while in San Diego at Comic Con.

How is your new year going so far?

I can tell you mine is off the charts!

So I am back in the swing of things and I have been trying to figure out the best way to get back into blogging.  I had a great end of 2012 and I’m off to the races on 2013. 

What’s been going on exactly?  Well…

I bought a car.  Not just any car, a 1973 Mustang Mach 1.  The car is 2 days younger than I am.  Speaking of which…

I am turning 40.  In about a week. The car turns 40 in about 2 weeks.  I am trying out some Bettie Page bangs. Hey, Michele Obama can rock some bangs, why can’t I? 

I put up my annual Japanese New Year’s Display, so Happy Year of the Snake!  Goodbye, Year of the Dragon!

My finger is much better (A hand sewing project under a deadline caused a repetitive motion injury back in May).  I have spent a lot of this winter hand quilting (poorly, I admit) on the quilt that is my very first quilt, which is also my very first UFO (unfinished object).  I have been rewatching Downton Abbey like crazy while I do it.  I love the Dowager Countess!

So that’s the update from me.  Check out my fancy dancy revamped website if you haven’t seen the new digs!

Sorry for the blog outage!

Hi everyone!  I’m sorry for the blog outage over the last couple of days, my web hosting provider had a glitch or two and now I’m back up.

I still don’t have muppin.com emails restored just yet, but I hope to soon. 

I apologize for the inconvenience! 

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

The winner of the giveaway is number 61, which is Nina Marie!


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Blog Hop Party Giveaway!!!

Hey everyone!  I’m so pleased to be part of the Quilting Gallery’s 5th Birthday Blog Hop celebration!  
To celebrate, I’m giving away a DVD copy of 
Mixed Media Textile Art by Susie Monday
and published by Cloth Paper Scissors!  Happy birthday to Quilting Gallery!  


If you are like me and love to experiment with cloth and all sorts of surface design, then this DVD is for you.  Its like taking a class with Susie herself, and it’s full of great ideas.  

Here’s the rules!
1.  Please only enter one time.  Multiple entries will be disqualified.
2. Because this DVD is a Region 1 encoded DVD, this giveaway is only open to residents of the USA.
3. You must leave me a way to contact you, so please leave your email address, or log in with a Google account when leaving your comment.
4. The drawing will be open until Dec 15th at 5:00 PM CST. 
5. The winner will be chosen randomly.

Thanks, and good luck!

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, AND THE WINNER WILL BE SELECTED TOMORROW AFTERNOON.  Thanks for entering!