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In the workshop we press and fold our fabric so that the selvage shows and is easy to locate. The selvage has all sorts of information often including the designer's name, mill house, and color information. If we need to know something about the fabric, it's easy to see!
Bedford Falls,NY(Press);George Bailey (above in photo) of 320 Sycamore, Bedford Falls, NY saves building and loan from collapse with donations from friends and family in and around the local area. Bailey, 38, acting CEO-CFO of the Bailey Building & Loan (BBL) (Bedford Falls) was about to be taken into federal custody and questioned in the dissapearance of monnies that could have resulted in the BB&L failure. A former Air Raid Warden, Bailey acquired the family-run business after his father's, Peter Bailey, sudden death. Friends and family came to Bailey's B&L aid after Mrs. (Mary Hatch) Bailey set forth a plea when Bailey and the family car went missing, raising enough money to cover the missing amount. Funds were applied to the loan and charges will not be filed. Bailey, exhausted, bewildered, and over-whelmed by this out-pourring of support, claims help from his blessed friends and guardian angel. Business is to resume normally at BB&L after the Christmas holiday.
For his generosity and philanthropy, we honor Mr. George Bailey of Bedford Falls, NY with this quilt block: the George Bailey Star
Rich and creamy, this dessert is 'something different' for the holidays! Serve it on its own for a quick dessert, or offer a tempting plate of cookies on the side. Fill pretty gift mugs with the mixture, then let your guests take them home!
Extra whipping cream, whipped, and candy canes (whole and crushed), for garnish
Remove a handful of marshmallows for garnish, about 20, and set aside. In a large bowl, combine hot coffee and remaing marshmallows; stir. Stir until marshmallows melt down and are well blended. Allow to cool, stirring occasuonally as mixtre will separate,, adding peppermint extract; mix well. In a separate bowl, whip whipping cream and powdered sugar until stiff. Gently fold in coffee/marshmallow mixture and remaining marshmallows; blend well. Divide into mugs or bowls and refrigerate, at least one hour. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream, candy canes, and crushed candy cane pieces. Serve cold.
During the later years of Ben's life, good living and good eating caught up with him...he suffered terribly from gout and had to rest his ankles and legs. Often he would be carried from the business that kept him busy. 'Madame Gout' was also a source of inspiration and folly...to which old Ben was quick to write!
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Footstool block tutorial
Begin the Footstool block by drawing a diagonal line through the Beige scrap 3-inch squares. Layer a Beige scrap square on top of a Red Scrap 3-inch square. Sew 1/4-inch to each side of the drawn line.
Cut on the drawn line and press the seams to the Red scrap.
Next, layer these sewn pieces together with colors opposite so that the seams nest. The Red scraps will be paired with the Beige as shown. Drawn a diagonal line across the back and stitch 1/4-inch to each side of the drawn line...
Cut on the drawn line an press...it does not matter to which side you press. Make 4 A units that measure 2 1/4-inch square.
The B units are made just like the first step of the A units! Draw a digaonal line through the back of all 6 Beige scrap 2 5/8-inch squares. Then layer these on top of the Blue scrap 2 5/8-inch Blue scrap squares...then sew 1/4-inch to each side of the drawn line...
cut on the drawn line and press to the Blue scrap. You will need to make 12 B units that measure 2 1/4-inch square.
Follow the diagram on Page 2 to lay out the block using the A units, B units, and Beige C squares. Pay close attention to the direction of the A and B units!
Sew each row together taking care to keep everything in place!
Once the rows are sewn together and you have the center...the block is smaller than the usual 12-inch square...
Sew the 2 1/2-inch border strip to the top and bottom of the block center...
and to both sides!
Give your block a final press, with a spritz of spray starch, if you like, and your Footstool block is finished! See you next month with the next step in the project!
If you are missing a page, or need further copies of any of the instructions posted to date, click on the Benjamin Franklin Mystery Quilt button under DON'T MISS A STEP to find what you need. If you have further questions, or need further assistance, please contact Erik HOMEMADE(R).
The Gentleman's Fancy block has posted in our Benjanin Franklin Mystery Quilt project! This block marks the nineteenth 12-inch block in the project making it the next to the last block...there is only 1 more planned 12-inch block in the series...and we will begin posting the finishing instructions!
There will be two sets of instructions to finish the quilt; Traditional and Non-Traditional. The Traditional quilt will feature pieced sashing and borders while the Non-Traditional has no sashing. Although they look very different, each quilt has an appeal all its own and we will be sure to include all of the yardages and cutting instructions with each set. The Traditional instructions will begin posting this December and the Non-Traditional as soon as the first has completed: because many of you are doing the project as it posts, we have deliberately not included exact dates to allow the flexibilty of breaking each set of finishing instructions into managable pieces. Later on, as the entire project finishes, we will add pages to the instructions that list all the block names, the order they appearred, our bibliography, Erik's comments, etc, so the project will be quite complete.
From here on, we feel, the fun really begins! Many of you have been following this quilt from the beginning and some of you have just joined in! We still have some suprizes for you--and lots more about Dr Franklin. We have field trips planned, a blog-tour, maybe an extra pattern or two...and more...all posting as we usually do; any Monday during the month that will continue to add depth to your Ben Franklin quilt experience. Do stay with us for the rest of the ride, won't you--it is not over just yet!
Life in later years was good for Benjamin Franklin...he was wise and looked to for advice; he had helped found a new nation and in 1787, the leaders of Pennsylvania even convinced him to serve as its "president" (similar to governor) for three years! Although often bedridden Ben continued writing his Autobiography and enjoying life with his family, his grandsons and the busy household on Market Street...
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Gentleman's Fancy block tutorial
Begin the Gentleman's Fancy block by sewing together 4 Blue scrap 2 1/2-inch squares in a four-patch. Press the seams opposite. This is the center A unit.
For the Flying Geese B units, draw a digonal line through 8 Blue scrap squares...layer on top of a Beige scrap 2 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch rectangle then stitch on the drawn line.
After stitching, trim off the corner leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance; flip the corner up and press.
Repeat with the other corner...stitching on the drawn line. Trim off the corner, flip up, and press.
Make 4 Blue/Beige scrap Flying Geese B units that measure 2 1/2 by 4 1/2-inches.
The C Flying Geese units are made the same way! Use Red scrap 2 1/2-inch squares instead of Blue...Draw the diagonal lines, stitch on the line; trim off the corner, flip ...press
Repeat with the other corner...stitching, flipping, and pressing as before. This is the Flying Geese C unit...make 4 that measure 2 1/2 by 4 1/2-inches!
The D units are like those we have made before. Draw a diagonal line across the back of the Blue scrap 2 7/8-inch squares. Layer a prepared Blue scrap square on top of a Red scrap 2 7/8-inch square. Stitch 1/4-inch to each side of the drawn line; cut on the drawn line.
Press. You will make 8 Blue/Red D units that measure 2 1/2-inch square.
Layout the block in 5 rows using the 8 Blue scrap 2 1/2-inch squares and the diagram on Page 2.
Stitch the center row using D/B/A/B/D units first...
then the other rows.
Then stitch the rows together to complete the Gentleman's Fancy block! A quick press with a hot iron and some spray starch, if you like, and your block is done! See you next month with more instructions!
If you are missing a page, or need further copies of any of the instructions posted to date, click on the Benjamin Franklin Mystery Quilt button under DON'T MISS A STEP to find what you need. If you have a question, or need further assistance, please contact Erik HOMEMADE(R).
Benjamin and his son William experiment with lightening, a key, and a kite
We've been struck by lightening! Well, not quite...but we have weathered the storm! Our computer is back and we will have a new Benjamin Franklin Mystery post for you on Monday, 06 October 2014, with the next installment of our mystery quilt and more fun things! Thank you for your patience while we recover from our trip to the computer doctor and get more things in order!
The question begs every year, "where has the summer gone?" Here in NW Ohio, the precocious hardwood trees are showing colorful signs of Fall and the farm markets are bursting with generous bounty! It continues to be a rough year weather-wise (hot-cold too dry-too wet) and Autumn, in its hope, will bring some welcome relief...
Things are moving along at Erik Homemade(R) as well! More graphics have been added to our Farmhouse Make-Over, Halloween is getting photographed, and the first 'Family' block for our next BOM mystery is done! Stay tuned, right here, for more excitement as it develops...
Block 24 of the Benjamin Franklin Mystery Quilt has just posted! We know many of you are waiting for more information we have promised...there are still a few blocks to go and the finishing for two different styles are also on the way. After much discussion, we have decided, instead of posting both sets of finishing instructions at the same time, we will post one set first (probably the 'Tradional' setting that uses blocks set with sashing) then the 'Un-tradional' set (blocks set with and without sashing). This will be less confusing and easier to understand than having everything post at once. There will also be some fun additions to the Ben Franklin category: visits around the Web and the world! We know it has been a long journey along this quilt project; Dr Franklin had a long and interesting life!
For the meantime, we have included a re-post of a favorite recipe to help you celebrate National Sandwich Month and an icy new recipe...both would be nice to eat on the porch, in the backyard, or anywhere you enjoy your summer shade!
Of all of the 'Founding Fathers', Benjamin Franklin is perhaps the most instrumental in establishing the new nation. He had fought for her, defended her, and signed for her! Four documents bear the wise old man's autograph: The Declaration of Independence (1776), the Treaty of Alliance (1778), the Treaty of Paris (1783), and the Constitution of the United States of America (1787)...
Following Block 23's instructions, make four 6 1/2-inch Autograph Star blocks to represent the four founding documents Benjamin Franklin signed, using scraps cut to the measurements as indicated. Note that the BB units and the B/C units are slightly over-sized; the Beige/Blue (B/C) units will be trimmed to 2-inches square once sewn. (If you have trouble sewing small pieces, cut the pieces larger, sew, the trim to the correct size.) Follow Block 23's on-line tutorial to construct the blocks.
Make four 6 1/2-inch (unfinished) Autograph Star blocks; press with spray starch if you like, and see you next month for more instructions!
If you are missing a page, or need further copie of any of the instructions posted to date, click on the Benjamin Franklin Mystery Quilt button under DON'T MISS A STEP to find what you need. If you have a question, or need further assistance, please contact Erik HOMEMADE(R).
Sunny summer fruits and chunks of chicken combine in this quick slaw. Perfect for a light lunch, or leave out the chicken for a dinner side dish, this salad is cool and tasty! This recipe would make a healthy addition to any pot-luck or barbeque...
2 cups diced rotisserie chicken, chopped
4-5 green onions, chopped
half of a green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 apple, cored, peeled, and chopped
1 cup of strawberried, hulled, and diced
3-4 ribs of celery, chopped
1/4 cup manadrin oranges, drained, and chopped
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, if desired
1/2 head of cabbage, about 3 cups, chopped
24 onces lime yogurt, or about 4 small containers
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
whole strawberries (and extra sunflower seeds) for garnish
In a very large bowl combine chicken, green onions, green pepper, apple, strawberries, celery, mandarin oranges, sunflower seeds (if desired), and cabbage. Add yogurt and blend well. Add salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste. Chill 4-6 hours or overnight. Garnish with whole strawberries. Serve ice-cold.
Yield: about 4 main dis servings; 6-8 side sevings.
Erik's Tip: Vary this recipe as you want! Use what is fresh from the market: try fresh grapes, carrots, peanuts...or use lemon yogurt in place of lime...whatever your family likes!
August is National Sandwich Month in the United States and there is still time to celebrate! This delicious cheddar cheese spread from the Erik HOMEMADE(R) archives is pefect for the festivities! We have updated the recipe download, just for the occasion!