Monday, April 22, 2013

Tasty Gluten-Free Cookies at the Tangled Web Quilters Bee

In The Quilter's Apprentice, main character Sarah McClure attends her second meeting of the Tangled Web Quilters.  She brings her brownies, shows the members her new finished blocks, and volunteers to help set up for the Waterford Summer Quilt Festival. 

Sarah brings her homemade brownies, but Quilters' Book Club member Char brings a gluten-free treat along with her sewing machine and some pre-cut pieces to sew. 

Char's Gluten-Free Quick Mix Chocolate Cookies
1 box Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Devil's Food Cake Mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil (or equivalent)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.  In large bowl, mix all ingredients except sugar with spoon until dough forms.
3.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar.
4.  On ungreased cookie sheets, place balls about 2 inches apart. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes, before storing in tightly covered container.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
Stir in 2/3 c mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Roll dough balls in coarse sugar for more sparkle.

If you'd like to make a quilt block to go with this book, consider making one of the blocks found in Sarah's Sampler Quilt that Mrs. Compson taught Sarah to make.  You can find directions for the Little Red Schoolhouse Block here or here. The directions and pattern for the Ohio Star Block can be found here

This is a variation of the Ohio Star.  The directions and pattern are found here.

Sara McClure helps set up for the Waterford Summer Quilt Festival.  Have you ever helped at a quilt show?  What was your experience like?  Inquiring minds want to know!  Please answer in the comments section below.

By commenting, you are also entering your name in my giveaway for Marie Bostwick's latest book, Between Heaven and Texas.  The winner will be announced on May 1.

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.


  1. One year our LQS ran a series of art quilting classes, then we had a show of our finished works just before Christmas. Everyone had scraps and pieces from learning the techniques that they put together into their own finishes. It was tons of fun.

  2. even though i have quilted for 13 years, and live in southern california that hosts SEVERAL large and small shows i have only attended ONE small quilt show. i usually have enough mojo to keep myself busy without needing more inspiration. i know myself and know that spending would be a problem for me LOL

    i have never helped in a show because i do not belong to any guilds. i know there is too much gossip and politics in our local guilds for me to be able to go and to keep my spirit positive. i am wanting to start quilting for a business though, so know that i am going to have to start going to one sooner rather than later....

  3. Our guild hosts an annual quilt show. I helped last year with the "bed turning" and take down. This year (in fact this Thursday) I will help check in and hang quilts for the show! I is a lot of work, but lots of fun! So exciting to see all the quilts, not just from our guild members, but from many other quilters in the area! Such talent!


  4. The first year I was in my 'big' guild, I helped with take down at the quilt show (I also helped with various booths over the weekend, too). Last time, I had my own booth, to demo my vintage machines. They are trying to find space for me again, since they got lots of good comments from the last time.

  5. I love going to shows. Very inspirational:-) And I have helped out at a couple of local ones. I have entered shows as well. Need to do that again soon:-) Laura K.

  6. I have only just joined a quilting group in the last year. I go to a big quilt fair in Adelaide each year with a friend, but the opportunity to help at one hasn't come up yet! It sounds like fun!

  7. Once someone sent me a cookbook that every recipe begins with a mix. (no mixes in my neck of the woods). It is the only clean tidy book on the shelf!
    I have never helped with a show or belonged to a guild that holds one. A very long time ago I went to a show where there were women in gloves who would assist viewers who wanted to look at the back of a quilt. That seemed like an interesting job but these days I've not seen that feature at shows.

  8. Last October, I joined my first quilt guild after we moved into our new home. They have a quilt show every 2 years. The next one will be in 2014 and I'm already signed up to shadow, since I've never done anything like it before.
    I've attended a handful of quilt shows and have been overwhelmed at the intricacy and beauty of many of the quilts on display.

  9. I have not participated in a quilt show yet, but my quilt guild is having one in August that I will be helping out at. Excited to see what our guild comes up with for the show. Lots of planning going on right now.


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