Hopping with P’s – Pet comments, Panel Pizzazz and pecan pie

27 Mar

Fellow Quilters,



How is everyone doing?  Are you adjusting to our new normal?  Well, maybe it’s not so normal to be working from home.  On Facebook the other day I saw a hilarious post about what your dog might say to you during coronavirus vs. what your cat might say.  Dog:  OHMYGOSH YOU’RE HERE ALL DAY AND THIS IS THE BEST AS I CAN LOVE YOU AND SEE YOU AND BE WITH YOU AND FOLLOW YOU AND I AM SO HAPPY AND EXCITED BECAUSE YOU ARE THE GREATEST AND I LOVE YOU BEING HERE SO MUCH…  Cat:  (annoyed) What the heck are you still doing here?  Hubby and I don’t have pets however many of our friends do so I can relate to this post.

Welcome back to my 3rd of 4 posts in the #stayhomeandhop quilt designer virtual blog tour.  If you’ve been with me since the first post last Saturday, you know I’ve got lots of stuff to share with you.  If you’ve left a comment on either of my first 2 posts, thank you!  It makes my day to read your comments, AND you’re entered into the draws.  If you haven’t, there’s still time – pop over to Saturday’s post and leave a comment for a chance to win some gorgeous Botanica fabric, and do the same on Tuesday’s post for a chance to win a copy of McCall’s Quilting May/June issue and some luscious Dream Weaver fabric.  If you’re visiting from one of the other bloggers in the tour, welcome!  I hope you enjoy your visit and choose to subscribe to my blog (on the right toolbar), my newsletter (scroll to the bottom) and/or follow me on Facebook.

Today I get to introduce you to 10 more designers.  You may already know some of them, and you may find a new favorite (you may need to click on their Blog tab to see their posts):
Bequilter https://www.beaquilter.com/shop
Presto Avenue Designs https://www.prestoavenuedesigns.com
Cheryl Lynch Quilts https://www.cheryllynchquilts.com 
Love to Color My World https://www.lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com
Hissyfitz Designs https://www.hissyfitzdesigns.com 
Canton Village Quilt Works https://www.cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog 
Anjeanette Klinder Designs http://www.anjeanettek.com 
Pat Sloan – The Voice of Quilting https://www.blog.patsloan.com 
Said With Love https://www.saidwithlove.com.au 
Orange Blossom Quilt Design https://www.orangeblossomquilt.com

During this blog tour I’m sharing 4 things with you – a newsy item, a quilting tip, a tasty recipe from my collection, and a chance for free stuff.

My newsy item today is – drum roll – another cover quilt!  This time it’s on the cover of Keepsake Quilting’s latest catalog.

My PC250 Panel Pizzazz quilt on the cover of Keepsake Quilting catalog

My PC250 Panel Pizzazz quilt on the cover of Keepsake Quilting catalog

My heart skipped a beat when I saw it.  This quilt is from my Panel Pizzazz pattern using Northcott’s ethereal Swept Away collection by Melanie Samra and Deborah Edwards, shipping to quilt shops as we speak.  This dreamy collection features not one but 2 ombre fabrics and I have used both in this quilt.  The center is a selvage-to-selvage print that is almost an ombre, and it’s running yardage instead of a panel to make it suitable for so many quilts and projects.  Fellow designer Brenda of Among Brenda’s Quilts used it in her nesting round bags pattern shown on page 3 of the catalog.

Keepsake Quilting page 2-3 with Panel Pizzazz Option #3 and Brenda's bags

Keepsake Quilting page 2-3 with Panel Pizzazz Option #3 and Brenda’s bags

My pattern contains 3 design options, and Option #3 is shown on page 2 (it’s Quilts of Valor size).  This is such a versatile pattern and looks great with just about any 24” x 42” panel or panel-type print.  Here are some examples in other fabric collections.

Panel Pizzazz options made with different collections

Panel Pizzazz options made with different collections

My quilting tip for today relates to my Panel Pizzazz Option #3 design.  Notice that the flying geese are only used in part of the inner light blue border and part of the outer taupe border.  The rest part of each border is large chunks of background fabric.  I used this technique when I don’t want to figure out the math of how many blocks I need and how big the quilt center needs to be to prevent me from ending up with ½-blocks.  It’s also much faster to piece fewer blocks.  Notice also that the geese in the inner border are in the upper left and lower right corners and the geese in the outer border are in the upper right and lower left corners.  This adds interest to the quilt and keeps the viewer’s eye travelling around the quilt.

Today’s recipe is a special one – today is Hubby’s birthday.  His birthday “cake” is always homemade pecan pie, chockfull of pecans (not just on the top) and runny filling – it’s gotta be runny.

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie
4 eggs
1 cup dark brown sugar
¾ cup golden corn syrup
¼ cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
2½ – 3 cups pecans halves
One 9” deep pie crust or 10” flan-style pie crust, unbaked

Reserve ½ cup pecan halves for decorating pie.  Coarsely chop remaining pecans and pour into pastry-lined shell.
Combine remaining ingredients and pour into shell.  Arrange remaining pecans around edge of filling.
Bake for 10 minutes at 400° then 20-30 minutes at 325°.  Let cool to room temperature before serving.  Serves 10.

Because Hubby’s pie isn’t made yet I borrowed the pie photo from lexiscleankitchen – bonus! The recipe over on Lexi’s site is gluten-free.

Today’s free stuff:  Let’s get to know each other a little better. What type of quilter are you?  Traditional, contemporary, modern, art?  What skill level are you at?  Beginner, confident beginner, intermediate, or advanced?  Do you quilt by hand, machine or check?  Please leave a comment below for a chance to win a packet of dreamy Swept Away fabrics.  Good luck!  In the meantime, please hop on over to the other blogger’s sites, stay safe and healthy at home and I’ll see you back here on Monday March 30 with another tip, recipe and free stuff.



15 Responses to “Hopping with P’s – Pet comments, Panel Pizzazz and pecan pie”

  1. Marie Woodhouse March 27, 2020 at 1:06 am #

    Thank you for the recipe. Quilter:Traditional Piecer, Skill:Intermediate, Quilt:machine or send to S.R. LAQ

  2. Shirley Jobson (Petunia Pinner) March 27, 2020 at 6:28 am #

    I considered myself an intermediate quilter, who is more traditional but can feel the urge to branch out to the modern style. I do hand quilt but not as often as I machine quilt.
    Happy birthday, Hubby! Pecan is my favorite pie – enjoy today!

  3. Sandy Allen March 27, 2020 at 8:15 am #

    Oh that pie looks tasty! Pecan pie is one of my favorites but I only have it at the holidays.

    I find that I am more of a traditional quilter but with a little bit of modern thrown in. I consider myself a confident intermediate quilter and have quilted tops in all three manners. I am trying to learn to quilt on my sewing machine better so I don’t have to use the “check” method.

  4. Bonnie Larson March 27, 2020 at 9:03 am #

    I am more of a modern traditionalist, I think. I like to have a defined pattern, but shake it up a bit with new fabrics and updates to the patterns, etc. I do some of my own quilting on my domestic machine, but any bedsize quilts get sent to my favourite long armer. Thanks!

  5. Bunnie Cleland March 27, 2020 at 9:52 am #

    I consider myself a traditional contemporary quilter that is intermediate to advanced and quilts by check.
    Love pecan pie!!

  6. glorybquilts March 27, 2020 at 10:21 am #

    Thank you Patti for doing these posts. I’m generally a traditional quilter, but have been pulled onto the modern side a bit. I find myself looking at other designer’s patterns and thinking what I would tweak, maybe combine an element from another pattern. It sure does get the creative juices flowing.
    Thank you for the recipes. That sounds like the easiest pecan pie recipe yet. A must try. Happy birthday to your hubby!

  7. Verna March 27, 2020 at 2:53 pm #

    I really like those Option #3 quilts. The less math, the better! I’m an intermediate traditional quilter. I have quilted all of my quilts by machine and am now trying to improve my beginner longarm skills.

  8. Delaine March 28, 2020 at 7:38 am #

    Thank you so much for the recipe for pecan pie. It is one of my favorites! I am a traditional quilter but I prefer to use mostly solids. I consider myself to be a confident intermediate and I quilt all of my quilts on my domestic machine. Thanks!

  9. Caroline Rohrer March 28, 2020 at 6:43 pm #

    I AM A MODERN QUILTER. I love bright colors I do not like to see print upon a print in a quilt. I like prints separated by a solid to rest the eye.

  10. Cathy B. March 30, 2020 at 9:11 am #

    I consider myself somewhere between a confident beginner & intermediate, having sewn all my life but quilting only about 6 years. Haven’t made any “epic” patterns, but enjoy the simple sewing. Friends and relatives seem to appreciate them just the same. I quilt on my domestic vintage machine (with no needle down – the horrors!) and have taken to hand quilting within this past year when time allows. Pulled out a large embroidery Crabapple Hill quilt pattern to work on during this extended time home. Stay safe everyone!

  11. Diane Clarke March 30, 2020 at 10:53 am #

    As a former Home Ec teacher, I’d say I was an intermediate quilter. Truthfully, I’m a machine piercer and send my quilts out for long arming.

  12. Renata Schroeppel March 31, 2020 at 12:27 am #

    I am a traditionl quilter. My level of skill is between confientr beginner and intermediate.

  13. Betsey Ryan April 2, 2020 at 8:59 am #

    I love this collection. The panel would make a very interesting One Block Wonder quilt. I think all styles of quilts, be it modern or traditional has its own merit and particular beauty.

  14. Betsey Ryan April 2, 2020 at 9:03 am #

    PS The comments re: what dogs and cats might say is BANG ON!!!!!!!!! That’s why I have dogs and not cats………


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