Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Blocks #22 and #23 – Corn & Beans and Country Farm

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Farmer's Wife Quilt #22 Corn and Beans

Farmer’s Wife Quilt #22 Corn and Beans

The fabric in the block was not really my first choice.  I went on a weekend get-away with several of my quilting friends and purchased two new fabrics for my Farmer’s Wife Quilt.

Fabric for Farmer's Wife Quilt

Fabric for Farmer’s Wife Quilt

I picked up another color way of my bucket list fabric and this light blue.  When I got home, I just had to make a block with some of the new fabric.  I soon realized that I had skipped block # 22, so  late at night I choose the fabric for the Corn and Beans block and went with the traditional dark green and yellow.  I made one sections of the block and then retired for the night.  The “Quilties” were arriving at 9 the next morning and I was up early cleaning and preparing lunch.  As we sat down to sew, I started in on the Corn & Beans block.  I finished several more sections before I turned it over and realized that I had picked up the light blue instead of the dark green, so that is how my Beans became light blue.  I still like the block, but it does not look like corn and beans.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

I first used colored pencils to mark my placing of the colors for this block.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

This block was kind of tricky.  Remember if you use the paper piecing that the block is reversed from the picture in the book.  If you get stuck, just turn over the pieces and lay them out to match the image in the book.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

This is the first step in the block construction.

 

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

Next sew the center two sections together.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

The next three steps added the bottom left section, the top right section and the left section in that order.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

The fourth step was to attach the top section.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

Now add the two small triangles.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

The last step it to add your 4 triangle sections and your block is now complete.   I think the block is a little light.  I am going to float my block in the gray fabric, so I hope that it does not get lost in the setting.

Farmer's Wife #23 Country Farm

Farmer’s Wife Quilt #23 Country Farm

I am sorry to say that when I complete this block, I did not take any pictures of the process.  I paper pieced this block.  With 23 blocks completed you now have 88 to go….good luck!

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sammies

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Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sammies

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sammies

I just made these Sammies for my quilting friends, but the recipe was given to me from my niece’s sister.  She served them at Jenna’s wedding shower a couple of years ago.  I have made them several times and everyone loves them!  In the picture above, I used the Hawaiian Sub rolls.

You will need:

 

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sammies

2 packages of Hawaiian rolls

thinly sliced ham (I used leftover ham from Easter)…@ 1 1/2 lbs

Slices of swiss or provolone cheese @ 1 lb

 

Dressing

1 stick of butter

2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

2 Tbsp poppy seeds

2 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce

1/4 cup of brown sugar

 

Melt butter, then mix all of the remaining dressing ingredients together over medium heat until well mixed.  Slice all of the bun in half (like a sandwich) and spoon some of the sauce on the bottom halves.

 

 

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sammies

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sammies

Lay meat and cheese on the bottom half of the buns, then top with the top part of the bun.

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sammies

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sammies

 

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sammies

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sammies

Pour the remaining dressing over the top  of all the buns and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes (or until the cheese melts)  I used one 9×12 inch pan and on 8×8 inch pan.  I lined the pan with foil to help with clean up.

You may need to tent with foil to prevent the tops from scorching if you need to keep the sandwiches for longer than 15 minutes.

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sammies

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sammies

This is a picture of the food table at the Wedding Shower and the new Mr. and Mrs. Settles!

The Sammies at the Shower

The Sammies at the Shower

Mr. and Mrs. Settles

Mr. and Mrs. Settles

Happy Birthday Sis, Cricut Nifty Fifties

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Happy Birthday Card Cricut Nifty Fifties

Happy Birthday Card Cricut Nifty Fifties

I just purchased the “Nifty Fifties” Cricut cartridge and I love, love, love it!  The moment I saw this pair of glasses, I knew I must make a card for my younger sister, Terri.  Terri always loves to make a statement with her glasses and is always searching the internet for unique frames.

Cricut Birthday Card Nifty Fiftiees

Cricut Birthday Card Nifty Fifties

This is one of the easiest cuts I have done with the Cricut.  There were only three cuts.  I cut the glasses out at 5″.  I used a full sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper for the card and folded it in half. The background stripe was cut at 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 and I then rounded the corners of the paper.  “Happy Birthday” was cut at 2″ using the “Wild Card” cartridge.  I added rhinestone to the corners of the glasses for a little bling.

envelope from Wild Card

envelope from Wild Card

I purchased a gift card, so I made a little envelope on the inside of the card.  This was found on page 81 of the “Wild Card” cartridge!

Happy Birthday Sis

Happy Birthday Sis

As you can see from her photo, the card matched her glasses.  Happy Birthday Sis!

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Blocks # 20 and #21 – Churn Dash and Contrary Wife

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Farmer's Wife #20 Churn Dash

Farmer’s Wife #20 Churn Dash

Isn’t there a saying, “…the best laid plans of mice and men…often go astray”.  Well I can certainly tell you that is a true statement.  In the Spring of 2013, I made great plans to have this quilt completed in a year.  It is now almost the Summer of 2014 and I am only a little over a third of the way finished.  The worst part about this is that I have only posted 19 of my finished blocks.

So this time there will be no grand statements for when the blocks will be completed!  I will TRY to post two per week.

This was one of the first blocks that I completed.  I did not use the paper piecing for this block and I also did not take any pictures of the sewing process.  This is a fairly simple block to complete.  While you are making this block, you may also want to jump ahead and complete #111 Wrench.  These blocks are constructed the same, it is only the color placement that changes the look of the blocks.

Farmer's Wife # 20 Churn Dash and #111 Monkey Wrench

Farmer’s Wife @ 20 Churn Dash and # 111 Wrench

This is an  up close picture of the center of my Churn Dash block.  I still love the “Bucket List” fabric that I am using in this quilt.

Farmer's Wife #20 Churn Dash

Farmer’s Wife #20 Churn Dash

Well, I guess  I can mark off number 4 on this list since is just says “join a gym” and nothing about “going to the gym”.

Farmers Wife -  Contrary Wife #21

Farmer’s Wife – Contrary Wife #21

I’m not really sure I like the name of this block, but I do like the way it turned out.  The “smile more” and “have more fun” in the center block were my inspiration today.  I had many things to do around the house,(one being…writing this blog) when my friend invited me to have a relaxing day at her pool.  I then took one look at this block and headed out the door with my bathing suit in hand.

I did not use paper piecing for this block.  The center and corner pieces are 2 1/2 ” squares and the other four pieces are half-squared triangles cut to 2 1/2″.  I hope you enjoy these blocks and follow me on my new journey to complete this quilt.  Happy sewing!

Farmer's Wife #21 Contrary Wife

Farmer’s Wife # 21 Contrary Wife

 

Cricut Craft Room…Congratulations Jess OSU cheerleader

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Create a friend Cricut card - cheerleader

Create a friend Cricut card – cheerleader

Hooray!  Jess made OSU cheerleader for the 2014-2015 year!   She was on the squad last year and made the squad again.  We are so proud of her, so I just had to make her a card from the whole family.   I used the Create a Friend Cricut cartridge to make this card.

Create a Friend Cheerleader - Cricut

Create a Friend Cheerleader – Cricut

I cut my cheerleader at 5″.  Here are the cuts and the colors I used.  It does become tricky when there are so many layers.

Cricut Create a Friend cheerleader

Cricut Create a Friend cheerleader

Next, I cut the words for the front of the card and the megaphone for the inside.

OSU stickers

OSU stickers

I used Ohio State Stickers for the front of her uniform and for the megaphone.

Cricut Craft Room Basic

Cricut Craft Room Basic

The Cricut Craft Room Basic font was used for the words and I welded them in the Cricut Craft Room.  The congratulations stamp is from Stampin Up.  I hope this helps you in designing your own card. 

 

Jess is the blonde cheerleader on the left…CONGRATULATIONS!!!

 

Paris Theme Baby Shower…signed onesie

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Baby Shower signed onesie

Baby Shower Signed onesie

I am the proud Grandmother of a darling little girl named, Annie Elizabeth.  In January, I hosted a baby shower for my daughter and on one of the tables I had a onesie for everyone to sign.

 

signed onesie for baby shower

signed onesie for baby shower

I purchased a package of onesie’s at Walmart.  The trim was purchased at JoAnne’s.

signed onesie

signed onesie

I first attached the trim around the neck of the onesie, by hand sewing.  Next cut a piece of freezer paper and with the shiny side up, ironed it to the inside of the onesie.  This was to help the fabric stay in place while the guests were signing their names.

 

signed onesie

signed onesie

I then used a gold fabric pen to write the date of the shower on the front of the onesie.  I placed a permanent black marker on the table at the shower for the signatures. (check out other baby posts on my blog for instructions for the other items)

signed onesie

signed onesie

All of the guests enjoyed leaving a message for our dear Annie!

signed onesie

signed onesie

To display the onesie, we purchased a shadow box.  The lining of the shadow box was black,so to tie the shadow box into the theme of the nursery, we decide to line the back of the box with fabric that we had used in the nursery.

nursery fabric

nursery fabric

nursery wall

nursery wall

This is the shadow box hanging on the nursery wall.  We also included the wrist bands and hat from the hospital in that shadow box.   I attached all the items to the back of the frame with straight pins.

Annie Elizabeth

Annie Elizabeth

 

Cricut Graduation Card…Congratulations Craig

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Cricut graduation - Wild Card cartridge

I Cricut graduation – Wild Card cartridge

I am happy to say that I spent a wonderful weekend celebrating the graduation of my nephew from Ohio University in Athens, Oh.  In honor of his graduation, I made this card.  The font is “Kate’s ABC’s”.  I went into the Cricut Craft Room to weld the letters.  They are 1.5 inches tall with a (-4) for the spacing.  The card is  8 1/2″ x 11″ Forest Foliage cardstock by Stampin’ Up.  (I think it is now retired)  I folded the cardstock in half to make a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ card.  I cut the Whisper White 5″ x 8″ and inked the edges with black ink.  The graduation cap is cut at 4″ from the “Wild Card” cartridge.  I wanted to make the tassel show up, so I got out my white embroidery floss.  I cut a piece of cardstock 2 1/2″ to wrap my floss around.

embroidery floss

embroidery floss

I wrapped it a few times and then I cut a small piece and tied it at the top

 

tassel

tassel

Next, I slid the floss off the card and tied it about 1/4″ down from the top.

tassel

tassel

Now, take your scissors and cut the bottom of the floss to form the tassel.

tassel

tassel

Thread the top strings of the tassel through the hole in the graduation cap and secure it with Scotch Tape.

 

 

 

tassel

tassel

I then cut 2 small sections of the green cardstock and placed them over the tape and on the bottom of the inside of the cap.  I cut “Craig’s” name out of the program and taped it to the green cardstock.

graduation cap

graduation cap

Now, place a glue dot on the cap to keep the tassel in place.

tassel

tassel

This is the inside of the card.  I used a Stampin’ Up punch and cut the diploma from the “Wild Card” cartridge.  I used a small envelope for the “gift” of cash.

inside of the card

inside of the card

Craig

Craig

Here is a picture of Craig with his sister Kathleen and his brother Clayton!  What a happy day!!