There is no doubt in my mind that my husband is one of the most creative people I know.
In October of last year, my beloved Chamber Stove
was hauled to Ft. Worth to have a small gas leak fixed and to have the
This job took until February of this year; imagine living without a stove for 5-months.
When the stove was delivered I began to wonder how I would keep it
looking new; especially the top, which had been newly polished.
When I use my canner, an All American brand, it sits past the burner grate and
forms a brown heat ring, which I think is basically gas residue. This
brown stain can only be removed with a good scrubbing; which scratches
the stove top.
In order to solve this problem my husband decided to make me a new, and bigger, burner grate.
Now my canner sits up high allowing air to flow under and around the bottom.
When I tested the new burner grate, it worked beautifully. No brown heat ring formed and my canner heated up with no problems; I was worried it might be too far from the flame to build up heat and pressure.
It feels wonder to have my stove back and it feels amazing to be canning once again!
In the tutorial Lori Holt uses foam board but I didn't want to pay for it, so instead I glued two pieces of cardboard together; it worked just fine. The back of my board shows the cardboard instead of a pretty white, but that doesn't bother me since it's the front I'll be dealing with. By the way, if you decide to make a mini design board, be sure to use cotton batting; I used poly for my first try and it didn't work very well.
As I was cutting out my fabric for the Mama Hen, I was glad to have the project board; some of my pieces were 1-inch square!
The Mama Hen turned out just darling and I'm anxious to try out another block soon.
I love that my kids gave me this book for Christmas. It's so country, which is exactly the style I love in quilts.