Making Quilt Templates


Today we are making a few templates for the Farmer’s Wife Quilt. It really is easy. Just a few supplies are needed. Template material such as cardboard, template plastic, or heavy cardstock. This should be something sturdy to hold up against several uses. Glue, I used Fabric Tac Glue by Beacon. It doesn’t distort the paper like most glues do. A pair of sharp craft scissors not your fabric scissors and of course your printed templates

Supplies are Template plastic, Fabri-Tac, Scissor and printed template

The templates for this pattern come with the book on CD . Just follow the instruction to print them, that came with the book. Be sure that when you print them, that it prints to actual size. Some printers will automatically adjust the image. You don’t want your printer to do that. The results will be a block that is not the correct size . This book also gives permission to print the templates at your local copy shop.

The next step is to rough cut the paper printed template out and glue it to the template material. I used template plastic, but as I stated above you can also use what ever sturdy material you have on hand. Even cereal boxes works well. Let the glue set a few minutes or the paper will slide.

There are two lines on the template a dotted line which represents a cutting line, and a solid line which represents a stitch line. I have chosen to cut the template on the stitch line. I will be drawing around the template and cutting it 1/4 larger then the solid line ( I show this in the next post)

I store the finished template into an envelope that I have decorated with some scrapbook paper. I also created a check list so I could keep track of which templates were done.


Manhattan Clam Chowder


This is always a busy time of year for us. We are looking forward to spring. Getting ready for the long winter months. We also get invited to a few very casual get-togethers. There is one standing request every year for me to make Manhatten Clam Chowder Soup. It is so easy to make. Once it is made I leave it in my Ninja Crock Pot on Buffet setting to keep it hot. The soup is usually gone before the end of the night.


  • 3 Can canned chopped clams
  • 1 can of crushed tomato ( I use the ones I caned from my garden but store bought is ok too)
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 lrg. carrots chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 small potatoes cubed
  • 2 to 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 TBS butter
  • water

In your favorite soup pot. ( I have several )  melt the butter  then add in celery, carrots and onion, Simmer until translucent and tender . Add  the clams but reserve the juice for another step. Add garlic , thyme, lemon and lemon juice. the add crushed tomato and potatoes. the add water to the clam juice to make 2 cups total. and add it to the soup pot. Bring to a boil until all the vegetables are cook to tender. Serve hot. We like to add a dash of chipolte hot sauce


The Coleman Craft Fair


I had such a wonderful time a the Coleman Craft Fair in Hurley, NY. I am so looking forward to doing this show again next year. I really felt that I was unprepared for the number of people coming to this show. But everything went well and I am scrambling to  make new and more inventory for the next show. Which is Sullivan County Community College, in Loch Sheldrake, NY.

The bags were the biggest success. I will have some new fabric choices at the college show. I had to remove the one listed on my Etsy Store because I sold them. I also have other designs for bags. It will be intersteing to see if I can get them done before the next show. I will be listing on Etsy again. There is nothing there right now. Just keep checking. See you all at the College.