Last week we had a lovely family outing to a place called Hopewell Furnace. My husband and I like to seek out new and interesting places to visit, and most of the time our 4 kids are good sports about coming along and indulging my Continue reading
Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog and to the very first block of the I LOVE HOME quilt along! I am so excited to be a participating blogger again this year! Last year I was honored to participate in Jacquelynne’s Maggie’s First Dance QAL. I had a lot of fun making my version from my stash because I was on a “fabric diet”. It was a bit tricky, but I was very happy with how that quilt turned out:
This year I am NOT on a fabric diet ( YIPPEEE!), but I did decide to use my own fabric choices ( I am a bit of a rebel that way~always have to change something to make a project “my own”).
I found this great blue-ish fabric and loved it at first sight so decided to make it the “glue” that holds the blocks together, color-wise. It has all these great colors in it and I figure it gives me lots of opportunity to pull other colors in. I am newly fond of orange…I know it’s a color that is not universally loved. I felt the same way until I did a search on “orange quilts” ( you can read more about that in this blog post) and now I am a complete convert! So anyway, there will definitely be orange in my quilt blocks and I’m hoping I can convince a few of you that you love it too. 🙂
Now for Block number 1: I loved making this block so much! First of all, I am a homebody so HOME is definitely a super important theme for me, but the little house is just so cute!! I played around with the color choices a bit…and then came across this fabric with this darling little girl holding her baby. I knew I just had to incorporate that fabric somehow… I finally decided that the little girl could be the inhabitant of my sweet little house so she got to stand in the doorway!Awww, isn’t she so sweet?! As you can see I decided to use a zig-zag stitch to stitch down my shapes. I have quite a selection of colored thread now and I find it really reduces boredom with stitching around applique shapes when I get to change and decide what color thread I will use next.
Constructing the rest of the block was a piece of cake:
Some half-square triangle blocks and some simple straight piecing and voilà, block number 1 is finished:
Sooooo cute! ( And can I share a little secret? As soon as I was done with block 1, I got started on the appliqué for block 2 because I was having so much fun!!)
I am sure you all want to get started on your blocks right away too, but before you go there is a give-away you will want to enter!! Aurifil is one of the sponsors for this BOM and they have generously agreed to give away this awesome prize!One lucky winner will win 1 box of Aurifil thread! And this giveaway is open to EVERYONE, everywhere!! So here are the rules:
- Leave a comment here on my blog telling me how many sew- or quilt alongs you are participating in at this moment( including this one).
- Make sure to leave your comment before 11:59pm EST on August 14th, 2017.
- I will randomly choose 1 winner from all entries.
- If you are the winner I will contact you via email after August 17th to get all your details and then Aurifil will send you your prize directly.
Also make sure to visit all the other bloggers to see their versions of Block 1 AND to have more chances to WIN!
Until next time~happy creating!
Last week I mentioned that my friend Kristie and I will be running a FREE sew along starting in August. It is kind of funny how this came about…I finally bought the Splendid Sampler book ( yes, yes, I know I’m a year too late, but I just didn’t feel like I could fit that project in when it was happening last year!) and Kristie and a few other ladies in my Facebook group mentioned that they needed to work on those blocks. I thought it would be fun to run another sew-along Continue reading
Things have been a little crazy around our house for the past few weeks, thus the lack of a blog post last week! Three of our 4 kids now have Continue reading
Today is Canada Day, a celebration of Canada’s birthday, but this year it’s an extra special birthday…Canada is 150 years old today!
Canada used to be a British colony, but became Continue reading
This past week I took a little trip to some of our local quilt stores…we live in the heart of Amish country so we have quite a few to choose from :).
Lucky for me, my husband likes coming along as we toodle through the countryside. And he is SMART…he brings a BOOK so he has something to do while I browse! The quilt shops are smart too..they provide seating for all those poor husbands that are tagging along~haha( Luckily I NEVER take this long!)
Anyway, I always like to check out the sales and see if there is anything new that MUST come home with me. I was super excited that one store had 20% off everything in their store because I have been on a mission to find some toweling fabric for a good price….TADAAAAA!
Mission accomplished 🙂
I also added a few fabrics to my growing pile to make Jacquelynne’s new Block of the Month. I am liking what I have so far!
At the next store, I picked up this cute little pattern . I am soooo guilty of judging a quilt on colors alone, and the colors in this one completely convinced me I HAD to have it.
I also picked up a Cake Mix Recipe pad. Are you familiar with these? I had seen some ads in magazines, and seen them in a few stores, but I really didn’t know much about them. Peeking inside wasn’t possible, so I picked out one with blocks that appealed to me and brought it home. ( For under 10 bucks I figured if I didn’t like it, it wasn’t a whole lot of money wasted!)
So here is the scoop on the Cake Mix Recipe pads….on the inside you will find “recipe cards”. My pad ( recipe mix #5) contains 44, but others might have more or less. These are all the SAME recipe cards. Each “recipe” pad requires a layer cake ( 10 inch squares) of a printed fabric, and a layer cake of plain fabric. I bought a pretty layer cake, but you can certainly cut your own 10 inch squares. In fact, that is how I decided to do my solids.( I don’t understand why anyone spends all that money on the solid one-colored stacks!)
You layer your fabrics right side together, and then you pin one of your recipe cards on top. You don’t need too many pins, just enough to keep the layers from shifting.
Then you sew on the dotted lines…easy-peasy…just follow the arrows. You will want to reduce your stitch length by quite a bit! My first recipe blocks came apart when I tried to remove the paper, so really reduce those stitches!
After you stitch, remove the pins, and trim your pieces on the solid lines.
Remove the paper ( I found this was easier to do when I folded the paper first on the stitch line, from both sides.
Tear carefully at the start and end, because your stitches might like to come undone! Once the paper is removed, you press your blocks, and trim them up, if necessary.
( I still had a few pieces to sew together, but they were easy and straightforward!) In my case, one recipe card made 2 blocks. Repeat this process a few times with various fabrics and now you have all your components for your blocks and you can start playing around with them.
There are SO many choices for layouts! I know it took me way longer to decide what I wanted my blocks to look like, than it took for me to sew the pieces!
I think I have decided on a layout, but I might change my mind again….
Anyway, the bottom line is that it’s accurate and fast ( especially when you don’t have to cut your fabric) and you can have a ton of blocks made in no time. I wish there were a bit more detailed instructions on the pad, especially about easy removal of the paper, but I figured it out. There is a web address on the pad, but the day I tried the link was broken. If you go to the Moda bakeshop website they do show you a few varieties of quilts you can make, but none for my recipe block (#5). For under 10 bucks I say give it a try…it is something fun and new and quick….and besides, it gives you an excuse to pick up some new fabric, right?!
Until next time, happy creating!
P.S. I love hearing from you, so won’t you please leave a comment? I try and respond to every one of them!
P.P.S. All this talk about cake mixes made me hungry so I decided to hunt down one of my favorite recipes. It came out this book, called Daily Desserts and was compiled by Jane Quinn who ran the quilt store Quilting in the Country where I took a number of beginner quilting classes.The recipe is called Cream Puff Dessert and it’s a keeper!! ( By the way, I highly recommend this book~ I don’t think there is a recipe in there that isn’t delicious! While you’re shopping, pick up the Salad Sampler book also~ might even be better than the dessert book and I LOVE desserts ( just saying).)
Cream Puff Dessert
- Cream Puff dough ( enough to fill a 9 by 13 inch pan)
- 2 small packages of instant vanilla pudding
- 3 Cups milk
- 2 cups whipped topping
- Chocolate syrup
- Use your favorite recipe to make enough cream puff dough to spread on bottom of greased 9 by 13 inch pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 375* Fahrenheit, or until brown.
- When dough has cooled, prepare pudding with 3 cups of milk.
- Spread on top of cream puff crust and top with 2 cups of whipped topping.
- Refrigerate and drizzle chocolate syrup over top when ready to serve.YUMMMMM!!!
I am afraid I have contracted a terrible disease…..and I think it is spreading rapidly! Continue reading
Our family is slowly settling into a summer routine.
The temperatures have been very hot these past few days ( after a quite chilly start to June!) and I have been holed up either in the air conditioned house, or by the pool. There have been playdates, and trips to the library, chauffeuring kids to work when necessary, plus all the other usual every day kind of stuff, so needless to say there has NOT been a lot of creative time around here. Continue reading