The Jinny Beyer Studio will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, to celebrate Independence day. We will reopen at 10 a.m., Friday, the 5th.
The Jinny Beyer Studio will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, to celebrate Independence day. We will reopen at 10 a.m., Friday, the 5th.
Here it is almost the beginning of winter and fall seems like a blur. It seems I was on a treadmill and didn’t know when to get off. We had our anniversary sale, followed by some classes, then our 10-day shop hop, followed by a trip to Quilt Market in Houston and as soon as I got back from that turned around and went to visit my grandchildren (and their parents) on the other side of the country! Back home a few days ago, I am now in the throes of preparations for my most favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving.
No one worries about presents, cards, or the pressures of the December holidays……just good food, family and camaraderie. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to share with you my recipe for stuffing. Years ago, I started with the basic bread, onion and celery stuffing and kept changing it little by little. Here is how I have been making it over the last several years.
Jinny’s Thanksgiving Stuffing
Makes 12 cups of stuffing
1 ½ cups chopped celery, including leaves
1 cup finely chopped onion
¾ cup Smart Balance
9 cups sprouted wheat soft bread cubes
1 lb. ground hot sausage (Jimmy Dean or Bob Evans)
3 cups peeled and coarsely chopped apples
1 ½ cups chopped pecans
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground sage or two tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
1 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
½ teaspoon ground pepper
In a large kettle, melt the Smart Balance and add the celery and onions. Stir and cook until celery is tender. In a separate skillet, cut the sausage into chunks and cook until crumbly. Add all ingredients to the onion/celery kettle and mix well. Taste for seasoning and add extra seasonings as necessary. Stuff the turkey cavities just before roasting. Put any leftovers in an oven proof dish, dot with more Smart Balance, cover and bake the last two hours of roasting the turkey.
This is the time of year that I am working diligently on our quilt and pattern for our annual shop hop, Quilters’ Quest. The event is earlier this year (October 19-28), so I have to work even faster. As was the case last year, I want to share with you the planning and designing of the project.
The first step is to plan the color scheme. This year, since we selected the cruising theme “Anchors Aweigh,” we chose colors that are often reminiscent of warm tropical waters and sea glass found on the beach.
The next step was to decide on the size and amount of the fabric swatches each shop would have available for the customers to either purchase or receive for free, depending on the amount of their purchase. This year we selected six 2 ½” by the width of the fabric strips. Each shop selected six fabrics that would fit within the color palette shown here.
At our next meeting, everyone brought 10 sets of their chosen 2½” strips and we participated in a “swatch swap.” Each shop went away with 10 sets of fabrics, one set from each shop for a total of 60 different fabrics.
Now is when the fun begins. Each shop must make a quilt using as many of the swatches as they can. They can also add other fabrics if they wish. One of the perks of the Quest is that you receive a free pattern for a shop’s quilt when visiting during the Quest. Participants can collect all the swatches and decide which of the Quest quilts they like the best. Most shops have “finishing kits” available to make their version of the quilt.
Since the cruise destination for our shop is Hawaii, I wanted to design a quilt that would fit in with that theme, and thought the beach at Waikiki with its high rise hotels seemingly emerging from the sea would be a perfect inspiration.
Sixty-degree diamonds are one of my favorite shapes, and since they are very easy to cut from 2 ½” strips, a fragmented, shaded diamond design seemed a perfect choice for the Studio’s quilt. Value placement is so important in this type of design so I always do preliminary designing in black and white. I tried shading the diamonds in two ways, dark to light lengthwise and dark to light sideways. I played around with the configurations of these two block units until I arrived at a design I liked. It is actually a takeoff on one of my personal quilts from several years ago…I will share this with you when the finished quilt is revealed.
Stay tuned. Next week I will share with you how I sorted and shaded the fabrics.
Row by Row starts next week on the 21st of June! It is always a great event at our shop. We see so many new faces of people coming into the shop to pick up our row pattern.
If you are not familiar with Row by Row, it is a worldwide event of which we have taken part for the past several years. Quilters can collect free row patterns while visiting participating quilt shops. They can then create themed quilts using the rows they collect. (According to the rules of Row by Row, the kits and patterns are only available to those who visit the Studio, not online.)
This year the theme is “Sew Musical.” Since we are in Virginia, we decided to choose a block that depicts a traditional folk dance called Virginia Reel. Thought to have roots to England, Scotland and Ireland, settlers brought the dance to the new world where it dates back to the 17th century. The block depicts the dancers as they link arms and twirl around.
The size for the “rows” has been changed this year. In addition to the original 9” x 36” row, the following sizes have also been added.
We decided to design a row and give a pattern that could be made in one of two different sizes—the traditional “row” as shown above and the new “Foxy Boxy” 18” x 18” size shown below. Our kits for this year’s row are only $13.50 and there is enough fabric to make either of the two variations.
Take part in this fun event and visit us this summer. Click on this link for more information on the Row by Row experience.
It has been a year since the Garden Club of Virginia asked if we would be willing to have our house and gardens on the annual Historic Garden Week tour which takes place each year at this time. I have been working ever since getting the house and gardens in tip top shape.
With the tour taking place after a spell of unusual weather, I worried that there might not be any color, that it would be after the redbud and dogwood bloom and before many of the perennials, peonies and other flowering trees and shrubs were out. But we have had a late and cool spring and with the redbuds just starting to bloom, the dogwoods are beginning to open their flowers, late daffodils are still out and my ever-favorite spring perennial, the hellebores, are still in full glory.
I thought those of you who cannot come on the house and garden tour might like a little preview of some of what is blooming. Also, you can get a sneak peak at some parts of our house in this video clip that was filmed a couple of weeks ago. The shop owners who are all a part of our annual Quilters’ Quest Shop Hop met at my house for some of the planning for this year’s event.
I will be at the shop tomorrow from 10-4 on April 24th to greet people from the tour and others who would like to take a drive and enjoy our beautiful spring.
I have been a bit lax in sending out blogs, but it has been an extremely busy time. We spent a lot of time getting ready for Quilters’ Quest, our annual shop hop. Over the summer and early fall, I designed, hand pieced and hand quilted our Third Rock quilt.
Next, I went to Quilt Market in Houston. It is always fun to see shop owners and old friends plus find new items to carry at the Studio. Upon my return, I faced the 10 days of the shop hop. I love to be at the shop during Quest and am the “official greeter and passport stamper.” So I was there every day at least from 9 am to 7 pm and for the four days of our bus tour I was there from 7 am until 7 pm. While it was tiring it was even more exhilarating, meeting new people and seeing friends who have come in the past.
Our theme this year was “movies” and we chose “Around the World in 80 Days”. We had a popcorn machine (how can you see a movie without having popcorn?), hot air balloon lanterns, flags of the world and other products and decorations relating to the theme.
All in all it was a fun 10 days and we had a lot of participants from outside our local region. Why not think about participating in the Quest next year?
Many of you who have seen the Third Rock quilt have asked if there is a kit or pattern. Unfortunately, to make one just like my Quest quilt you have to have participated in the Quest since you needed to collect the swatches of 6” squares from each shop. However, I also designed the quilt in batik fabrics.
The kit comes in the two colorways shown here and has everything you need for the top and binding. While it looks very complex, it is actually quite easy to sew. The quilt is made with all straight line sewing, even though it has the illusion of curves. The kit also includes full size foundations printed on tissue paper.
Now that Quest is over, it is time for my favorite holiday of the year and I want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
The shop will be closed on Thursday, November 23 but will reopen at 10:00 am on Friday, November 24. Hope to see you soon!
Fall is always busy for us at the shop. This is when we kick it into gear making kits, designing patterns and making all sorts of preparations for our annual shop hop, Quilters’ Quest. This is always a fun event. Our theme this year is “movies” and we selected “Around the World in Eighty Days” as our movie, so, of course, I had to design a quilt for our shop with the world somehow involved. I showed you bits and pieces of it in progress, but now it is complete, including the quilting.
This quilt is foundation pieced and went together quicker than you can imagine. We call it Third Rock. It was made with the Quest Cuts, 6-inch squares that each shop will have available throughout the Quest. These are free with a $30 or more purchase, or can be bought for $4.00. Each of the shops has made a quilt using the squares. As you travel during the shop hop, collect the free pattern for each shop’s quilt…10 new quilt patterns in all!
I used more than half of the 80 squares in Third Rock and then used the rest for another easy-to-make quilt that would be perfect for a little girl. We are still adding the borders but will share this quilt with you soon.
To update you on our Hurricane Harvey quilts, we sent off our first batch of quilts to benefit the victims, more than 25 in all, and we still have more coming in. It was fun working with and meeting people who participated.
Chris, from North Carolina, even dropped by on her way to New York and brought four finished quilts to add to our ever-growing pile.
We used fabrics from our scrap bin to make some of the quilts. Here are two with the identical fabrics except for the dark and light sashing strips. It was fun to see how different they looked with just that one change.
On a different note, do you recognize this vegetable?
I’m still getting this vegetable, sweet and hot peppers, lettuce, tomatoes and raspberries from my garden. The winter onions are just popping up and I should have fall cabbage soon.
So, what is this vegetable?
I peel it, slice it raw, add some fresh mandarin orange pieces and lime juice and it makes a fabulous, refreshing salad. A few pecans are also good tossed in if you like. I grew this last year for the first time and will now always have it as part of my garden.
Do you have a guess? Why it’s jicama!
Jinny has turned the blog over to me today so let me introduce myself. My name is Nancy Fallone and I’m half of the marketing team here at the Studio. That job keeps me behind the curtain at the Studio or at the keyboard at home working on newsletters, web specials, classes, Facebook and such but what I want to talk about today is the most fun part of my job. That would be organizing and riding on the Quilters’ Quest buses.
Quilters’ Quest is our annual shop hop which encourages quilters to explore 10 area quilt shops this year running from November 9th through the 18th. For details on how the Quest works, visit http://www.quiltersquest.org/.
For many, driving to each of those shops can seem a bit daunting so we offer the option of riding one of our Quest buses. As in the past, we have two buses, one on the weekend and one during the week each covering all 10 shops, each in two days. Jinny is there to greet you bright and early each morning with a continental breakfast and the chance to shop before the Studio officially opens. We then bid the Studio farewell and the true fun starts.
While traveling from shop to shop, the former park ranger in me just can’t resist passing along not only information on the next shop but a bit of area history and attractions. To ensure an attentive audience, prizes are given out in our famous trivia contests. We provide beverages and snacks along with an optional bag lunch.
Every shop on the Quest has a unique feel with new and different items. There are demos and special projects many using fabric designed exclusively for that year’s Quest.
My favorite part of the Quest, though, is spending time with the wonderful quilters from across the country (and sometimes from around the world) who join us. I don’t know how we get so lucky to have such a great group each year.
I recently asked one of the quilters who has been with us each year about why she keeps coming back all the way from upstate New York. Linda had seen the Quest advertised in the newsletter but didn’t want to drive it. When the bus trip started, she bribed her daughter, Belynda, who didn’t quilt or sew, into going with her by paying her way. By the second shop, Belynda was buying fabric with ideas for what her mom could make. But guess who sews now.
Linda writes “Last year when Belynda was expecting our wonderful gift of a granddaughter, we bought lots of fabric to make things for the baby. I said to her that I supposed that that would be our last Quest bus trip. Her comment was ‘What are you talking about? My husband is perfectly capable of babysitting for 2 days!’”
Our weekend Quest bus is Friday and Saturday, November 10th & 11th (with just a few seats left) and our weekday bus is Wednesday and Thursday, November 15th & 16th. Details can be found on our website. We would love to have you join us!
The natural disasters which have occurred during the last month have been heart wrenching. Everyone wants to make some contribution to help and the funds pouring in to the relief organizations have been very generous. But somehow writing a check does not necessarily go to the heart of our soul. Physically doing something somehow makes us feel better, as though we are sending a tangible sign of our caring.
Here at the Studio, quilts from all over have been sent to us and we will be mailing the first batch of quilts next week to Austin, Texas, to the Linus Connection.
We have received quilts from all over the U.S. Several of you have sent quilt tops and pre-cut squares of fabric. We have spent the last two Tuesdays at the shop making quilt tops, distributing backing and batting to people who are quilting the tops for us. We send a big “thank you” to Quilters Dream Batting in Virginia Beach for donating a large roll of batting to the cause.
This week I am off to visit my grandchildren. I decided this would be a perfect opportunity to let them help in the effort.
We received several packs of pre-cut squares to make into a quilt. These were all sorted into bags based on design. One bag contained brightly printed squares with cats and fish on them. I selected enough squares to do a small quilt and am taking them with me so the grandchildren and I can piece them. I’ll explain about the hurricane victims and how they can help in the effort to give some means of comfort to a small child whose family has lost everything.
My daughter and son-in-law also have a 17-year-old foreign exchange student living with them. What do you think my chances are of enlisting the help of this young man? I’ll keep you posted on our progress via my blog or on Facebook.
We have had a lot of interest from people wanting to donate quilts or help make quilts for Hurricane Harvey victims. Our classroom space is fairly small, so if you are planning to come to help at our first Quilt-in on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 10 to 4, we would like you to call the shop and specify what time you plan to come. Please let us know if you plan to here 10-1, 1-4 or all day (10-4). You can call us at 703-759-0250.
At the shop we will work on quilts made from five-inch squares. If you have some pre-cut squares to add to the stack you are welcome to bring them. Please bring a sewing machine and basic sewing supplies.
We also have limited amount of batting and backing for quilt tops you want to donate. Bring those as well so we can find the best color and size for your quilts.
We have been in contact with the Linus Connection in Austin, Texas about sending the quilts to them, and this is the response we received.
Thank you so much for getting in touch!
Our organization is geared specifically toward children from preemie up to age 17, but we will not turn larger quilts away when there is so much need. Our usual focus is comfort quilts in all sizes, but due to the extraordinary circumstances, we can take anything up to about twin size.
Quilts and blankets will be distributed through the Austin Disaster Relief Network. They are sharing with both evacuees in Austin shelters as well as taking supplies to affected communities throughout the Gulf area.
We’ve distributed over 200 quilts and blankets so far and have a new pile of lovely donated quilts and blankets growing for our next delivery.
Have a great week!
The Linus Connection is a Federal 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible.
Thanks to all of you reading this for any help or donations.