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Plarn!

I love this idea! Take plastic grocery bags, cut them up, and make plarn (plastic yarn). It's easy and cool!
Even I can make plarn and knit or crochet a sturdier plastic grocery bag out of those flimsy ones they give you at the store. Here's the link to learn to make plarn:
http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2010/how-tuesday-how-to-make-plarn-crochet-an-eco-friendly-tote-b/ *´¨)
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Lena Austin
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Fun and Done Quilting

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I learned a new technique at Quiltfest this weekend that I love. It's called "Fun and Done" Quilting, and uses a product called "Batting Buddy." Everyone who knows me is aware of how little time and money I have for quilting, so every little bit helps. This technique, when combined with what I already know using the Cotton Theory Quilting, makes the perfect quilting. By themselves they're both great techniques, but when added together, it's magic for me.


The Batting Buddy (see picture above) is a two-part template that means no measuring! Take the inner square and cut your batting to fit. If you're using a foundation fabric, this is also the tool to make it fit as well. (When using the Cotton Theory, see the next paragraph.

The frame is your template for the backing. Note that each backing piece could be a different fabric, so this is a great way to get rid of those 10" blocks or fat quarters.

It also can be your basic cutting size for the top…

Mabon Recipe: Apple Pecan Crisp

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Apple-Pecan Crisp Looking for a fruit dessert using Betty Crocker® oatmeal cookie mix? Then check out this great apple-pecan crisp recipe. Prep Time 25
Minutes Total Time 1:20
Hr:Mins Makes 12
servings 2/3 cup maple-flavored syrup 1/4 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 8 large baking apples (about 5 1/2 lb), peeled, cut into 1/2-inch slices (about 12 cups) 1/2 cup cold butter or margarine, cut into pieces 1 po…