Christmas Craft Crawl’n


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The 12th Annual Chilliwack Christmas Craft Crawl is on once again. Be sure to visit our guest artisan, Margaret from Willow Cottage.  Her beautiful scarves are available for sale in our store on the second floor.  She personally selects the fabric for each scarf and handcrafts them herself.MM

We also have Hamels staff member Maureen’s handcrafted placemat sets.  You can find them on both floors of the store at the cutting tables.  And of course be sure to have a hot apple cider and a ginger cooke on the way in.  MMMMM.  The perfect visitnew3

Meet The Hamel-lites (Brenda)


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Brenda has been working in our retail store for almost two years, but has been a frequent customer to the store for 20 years.  When she was in grade 8, she was very inspired by her home – economic teacher, Mrs. McBean.   She has been sewing ever since.  Her favorite fabric is anything red or blue.  Brenda says, “It’s the amazing creativity and talent that people of all ages, (beginners and experienced), bring to show us”.  She appreciates the individuality and diversity that quilters express with their work.  Her favorite notion is Best Press-hands down!  If she could bake with the stuff she would.  Her sewing space is a small bedroom that doubles as a guest room.  Brenda also enjoys bird watching and cooking, (thus the reason for the previous best press comment).   Her Motto is “Men should be so lucky to have a mama like me”!

 

Tuesday’s Tip With Terry…. Perfect Piecing


Step – By – Step Simple Cross Seams

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The simplest matching involves butting perpendicular seams.  Hold the two units together, snugging the seam allowances together until you feel that the seams match exactly.  Here is the trick the works best.  When you pin the pieces together, pin on both sides of the seam intersection, Forkplacing the pins perpendicular to the fabric edge.  The pins hold the seam in place as well as keep the seam allowances from flipping up as you stitch the seam.  To improve this step even further, using Clover double fork pins create a better hold then two single pins.  There is less chance of the fabric slipping.  The Clover double fork pins are actually one single needle bent to create the fork.  Each side of the fork pin will pin itself to each side of the seamed fabric.  This creates a much stronger hold.

img014Stitch the seam, removing the pins as you approach them.  If possible, stitch with the seam allowance of the piece underneath facing you and the seam allowance of the top piece away from you.  That way, you can keep the top seam allowance from folding under with a straight pin or a stiletto, and the feed dogs will control the seam allowance on the piece underneath.  Sometimes, it’s just not possible to have seams pressed in opposite directions.  img014To match seams that are pressed in the same direction , it is especially important to press the seams firmly and pin the intersection securely, to avoid the matching point being pushed out of alignment.  First, pin directly along the side of the seam without seam allowances, to hold the matched seam intersection in position.  Then pin through the bulk of the double seam allowances.

Mmmmmm…Muffins


dOne of our customers was so kind to treat us to some warm yummy pumpkin muffins.  They were so good we asked for the recipe.  So we would like to pass it on so you can enjoy them as well.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

 Cream Cheese Filling: 

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 Tbsp. white sugar

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Cream together til smooth, then chill. I wrapped and rolled in plastic wrap as it makes it easier to handle on final step.

 

Candied Pumpkin Seeds

3 Tbsp. white sugar

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds-heat over med. heat, stirring til they pop. (approx. 5 mins.)

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. salt

Combine sugar and seeds, and heat over med. heat stirring constantly til sugar is carmelized. Add spices, stir. Spread quickly onto a Sprayed cookie sheet and cool.

 

Batter:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. each of allspice, cloves, nutmeg and salt

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

3 large eggs

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Beat on low speed, then add

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

Beat one minute longer.

Combine in a large bowl and gradually add dry ingredients until batter is smooth.

 

Line muffin tin with paper cups. Spoon batter in almost to top of paper cups. Add approx. 1 Tbsp cream cheese to top of each. Press slowly into batter with fingertip til covered. Sprinkle generously with candied pumpkins.

Bake in 350′ oven for 20-25 minutes.