Sunday, April 28, 2013

Massachusetts Birthday Blocks soon on their way!

The month of May will be a busy month for those in the Birthday Block Swap.  We have 3 ladies who will be turning a year older.

The first birthday quilter requested her blocks be pieced using "colors with fire" - specifically orange, red, yellows and lime greens.

I did my best...hope I interpreted her wishes correctly.  :)

The first block is called "Chained Star".  Designer:  Sandy Harris of Sundrop Designs

I'm really starting to like all the bright, wilder fabric colors and prints I am using on some of these blocks.

The second block is called "Writer's Block".  Designer:  Diane Harris, Interactive Editor, Quiltmaker

Different...isn't it?  :)

Here are the two blocks side by side....

I need to get back to the sewing machine to work on the other quilter's birthday blocks.

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Gifts from Prague

This is one of those posts that I had meant to share a few months ago and totally forgot!

My dear friend Marianne and her husband traveled to Prague to visit one of theirs sons and his wife.  I still find it hard to believe that she actually thought of me during her exciting time of travel and family fun.  (She must be a true friend!!!) :) :) :)

Imagine my PLEASANT surprise when I received a package in the mail containing a few gifts she purchased for me in Prague!!!!

FABRIC!!!!  The gift that is always the right size and color!! :) :) :)  Plus, there was the most beautiful little thimble.  I LOVE MY GIFTS!!!

The funny part is that she had originally thought she would find some unique fabrics, only attainable in Prague...but instead, when she spotted the Civil War Reproduction fabrics from the good ol' U.S.A., she thought it was too funny and couldn't resist getting them.

So, when I use these fabrics in a reproduction quilt in the future, I will be able to share the story that the fabrics came all the way from PRAGUE!!!!

Thank you again Marianne!  You're the best!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Completed Baby Quilt & Cake!

The fence rail baby quilt is completely finished now...quilted, binding sewn in place...ready to be wrapped and mailed to Yorktown, Virginia for the baby shower in a couple of weeks.

I'm pleased with the quilt and hope the mom-to-be likes it!  I never would have thought to put these colors together for a baby quilt on my own, but I think it's very cute.  It's a good thing I was told what colors to use!  I believe the green floral print that was used in the blocks, then used to back the quilt also, really helps make the overall look more feminine for little Adalyn Emma.

And of course, the cheddar fabric always makes me smile!

Can you see the matching Christmas ornament (using the scraps from the quilt) in the left hand bottom corner? :) :) :)

I used a paint pen and wrote "Adalyn Emma, 1st Christmas, 2013".

Before I close this post, I thought I'd share a super easy and DELICIOUS dessert recipe with you.  It certainly didn't last long at my house...and there were only 3 people home to eat it!!! :) :)

If you like chocolate and cherries...then this is the dessert for you!

1st....Take a 13" x 9" baking dish and spray it with Pam.  Then dump an entire bag of marshmallows inside.

2nd...Take any boxed chocolate cake mix and follow the directions as if you were simply making that cake.   I used a milk chocolate cake mix because that was what was in my cabinet! :) :) :)

Pour the cake batter evenly over the marshmallows.

3rd...Take a can of Cherry Pie Filling and gently spoon and spread (as best you can) on top of the cake batter.

4th...Bake the cake per box instructions or until done (mine took just a smidgen longer to bake than the box said...of course, I may not have let the oven warm up enough before sticking it in either!) LOL

It's funny...the cherries tend to end up in the bottom and the marshmallows end up on top.

5th...To make it pretty and finish the dessert....spread Cool-Whip on top (as the icing on the cake).  If I were serving this to guests, I would have done this....but since it was just for home consumption (LOL), I just let everyone add their own Cool-Whip to their piece whenever they were in the mood to cut themselves a piece.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Birthday Blocks off to North Carolina!

I've been busy making two birthday blocks to be sent to Diane in North Carolina.  She requested a black, white and red color theme for her blocks.

This first block is called Galaxy X and was designed by Deborah Johnson (In the Doghouse Designs).

I had originally cut the pieces for the black parts using a different fabric.  When I started to piece the block together and could see the fabric underneath the bright light of my sewing machine, I realized that the black fabric was actually navy blue!  Oops....back to the cutting board! :) :) :)  Don't you just hate it when that happens! :)

The second block is called Windblown Star....

As far as I can tell, this is just a traditional block that no one can claim ownership of the design.  Its simple to construct but I think it is an interesting design.  I'm very pleased with both blocks!

I snapped a picture of them together before packaging them up to mail... (sure wish I had thought to do this with all the birthday blocks I've made so far!)

I need to go check my birthday list because I think May will be a busy month also with either two or three more birthdays!  Thankfully, there are a few months that I get a rest (I think!).

Keep sewing!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Birthday Blocks heading to Texas!

It's that time again, a wonderful lady in our Birthday Block Swap group is having a birthday on April 19th.  Life has been a little hectic (what's new, right??), and I waited to the last minute to get her birthday blocks made.  My dear hubby is taking them to the post office for me today.

Once again I'm IN LOVE with these two blocks and it is so difficult to let them go!  And once again, I chose block designs that are completely new to me and are quite a challenge to piece together.  Patricia had requested that her blocks be made using the colors purple, turquoise, lime green and white as a neutral.

This first block is called "Chain Mail", and was designed by Debbie Maddy.

In my opinion, this is a very modern design.  There are 54 pieces within this 12 1/2" block.  It took me the better part of the day to do this.  It wasn't exactly a hard block to piece together, it just required much thought when piecing the individual shapes together in order to do it right and not end up having to rip out and make corrections. :)  If at all possible, I try to avoid ripping out seams! LOLOL

I can only imagine how beautiful a quilt top would look totally constructed with this block design...but I honestly don't know if I'd ever have the patience to construct multitudes of this one design.  It would take forever!

The second block is called "Codex", and was designed by Scott Murkin.

I believe this design would also be considered a modern pattern.  As you can see, I used the same fabrics in both the blocks.  This block's construction was easier and took less time, but it still required my brain to work hard to make sure I was putting each piece together correctly.  There are 33 pieces within this 12 1/2" block.

If you are interested in either, or both of these patterns, they both can be found in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 6, Winter 2012.

Before I packaged them up to mail to Texas, I couldn't resist laying them side by side and taking one last photo.

Oh my goodness...I really would love to keep these blocks...but I must let them go. :)  I hope Patricia likes them as much as I do!! :) :)

Until next time,....