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Sewing in circles, peanuts ahead on show


June 16, 2019

Information on sewing in circles, the power of peanuts, and turning quilt blocks into wall art will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all times Mountain).

Imagine cutting a hole in a block of fabric and then sewing a circle of another fabric into the empty space. Designer, author and teacher, Becky Goldsmith will demonstrate how to pin and sew a set-in circle, and she says this technique is as easy to sew as any other curved seam. Her business is Piece O’ Cake and she’s from Sherman, Texas.

Shelly Nutt is the Executive Director for the Texas Peanut Producers Board, and she’s going to share some recipes to power up your morning featuring delicious, nutritious peanuts. She’ll also talk about the four types of peanuts and explain their differences. Nutt lives in Lubbock.

Jen Fox, owner of Jen Fox Studios, will show how to turn a quilt block into wall art. She suggests using vintage blocks, extra blocks or improv blocks from fabric scraps and reimagine them as wall art. She’ll also show how to stretch a block over a canvas frame for hanging. She’s from Albuquerque.

nformation on making fringe flowers with an embroidery machine, using fabric flowers for brooches, headbands and more, and making easy handmade gifts will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Designer and digitizer, Laura Waterfield, owner of Laura’s Sewing Studio, says that fringe flowers add additional dimension to embroidery designs. She’ll demonstrate several types of fringe flowers that can be made with an embroidery machine. She lives in Tomball, Texas.

Megan Thome, formerly with EK Success Brands in Kansas City, Missouri., will feature a variety of fabric flowers that can be used as brooches, headbands, shoe clips, and other fashion accents. She will highlight “chiffon chic” style of flowers in her demonstration.

Shannon Wooton is an Extension Home Economist with the NM Cooperative Extension Service, and she is going to feature some easy handmade gifts, such as a superfast jelly roll quilt, a quilted bookmarker, hip headband, apron and a ten minute table topper. These make great gifts any time of the year. She lives in Roswell.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Apple Bites

2 apples, sliced into wedges

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup granola

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, for sprinkling

Semi-sweet chocolate chips, optional

Coat tops of apple wedges in peanut butter and sprinkle with granola and cinnamon. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring in 30 second increments until melted. Be careful not to overheat. Drizzle wedges with melted chocolate, set on a large platter and serve.

TIP: To substitute the chocolate drizzle, you can sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top of the wedges or use chocolate ice cream syrup. Or, leave the chocolate out altogether.

“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations. Contact her at:

[email protected]


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