Monthly Archives: May 2013

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Week 4 blocks #5 and #6

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Farmer's Wife #5 Bat Wing

Farmer’s Wife #5 Bat Wing

I’m still playing catch-up on my Farmer’s Wife Quilt block posts.  I think I should be on week 5.  I will do one toady and one on Saturday and then I should be back on track.  I used the paper piece pattern available free download on the Yahoo Group…Farmer’s Wife, for the Bat Wing block.  Check out the earlier Farmer’s Wife posts for the link.

Bat Wing #5

Bat Wing #5

This was one of the easy blocks with only nine pieces.  It would be a great one to start with if you are just getting into paper piecing.  You make these three sections and then sew them together.  I went out of my fabrics and pulled in this darker grey dot, since it said “bat wings”.

Bat Wing #5

Bat Wing #5

I have been pressing the seams open to help with removing the paper.

Farmer's Wife Big Dipper #6

Farmer’s Wife Big Dipper #6

To make the Big Dipper block I used Triangles on a roll.

triangles on a roll

triangles on a roll

These are the instructions that are printed on the roll.

triangles on a roll

triangles on a roll

This is what the triangles look like after you sew them on the lines and then cut them.  As you can see by this picture I was looking at four blocks and made four sections.  I only needed two sections to make the four  quarter square triangles.  I will use the extra half-square triangles in a future block.  Silly Me!!

marking the block

Marking the block

Now you need to layer the half-square triangles with the colors reversed.  In this case, yellow on white and white on yellow with the seams butted together in the middle.  Mark a line down the center and thenl  mark the 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Now sew 1/4 from the middle line on both sides.

quarter square triangles

quarter square triangles

This is a little hard to see, but you will cut on the middle line and then open up the sections and you will have two quarter square triangles.

quarter square triangle

quarter square triangle

Before you cut,  press the block open.  To help keep the block square, press back the seams on the sewing lines before you cut the on the middle line.  You can see by the picture that is looks like the top is bigger than the bottom.  That is because I haven’t cut the quarter square triangle apart yet.

quarter square blocks

quarter square blocks

Trim these blocks to 3 1/2 inches and then sew them together…  2 more blocks completed….8 down,,,103 to go!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hershey Nugget Candy Pack

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Hershey nugget candy holder

Hershey nugget candy holder

One of my gifts from sewing days was this adorable sleeve of Hershey Nuggets.  It is really simple to make and can be adapted to any occasion.  Irvalee used sewing paper to fit our theme of sewing days.

cuts for candy holder

cuts for candy holder

Choose a cardstock for the tray.  Cut it 2 1/2 x 6 inches.  Now score it at 1/2 and 2 inches.

cuts for candy holder

cuts for candy holder

Select your patterned paper.  I love the fact that she used several different papers. Cut 6 pieces 1  3/8 x 3 inches.

supplies for candy holder

supplies for candy holder

You will need six Hershey nuggets.  Wrap the patterned paper around the nugget and secure with adhesive.   You will also need a 13 inch piece of ribbon to tie the bag.  The bag is cellophane and measures 2 1/4 x 9 3/4.

Irvalee even choose brown ribbon so that it matched the UFO portable walls that we made.  Thanks again Irvalee for hosting Spring Sewing Days!!

 

 

Sewing Day Project…portable UFO wall

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Portable UFO wall

portable UFO wall

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I spent Thursday and Friday of last week sewing with some great friends.  It was killer on my diet, but we really had some great eats!  This is the project we made.  Irvalee had all the materials for us and she had already cut the vinyl.  The instructions for this project are on Pinterest at this link.  I went to sewing days with the intention of completing some of my UFO’s and I brought home two more unfinished projects.

The shame of my UFO’s started in April of this year, when my quilt guild challenged the members to make a list of all their started and unfinished projects.  Next, we were to pick two projects to finish by Oct of 2013.   Well, I will have to admit that I have known for quite a while that I seem to have a problem completing my quilting projects.  I don’t know if you are  like me, but there seems to be so many cute patterns that I start a project and before I get to complete it, I find another project to start.  I do have a cool system for keeping track of my projects, but this didn’t seem to be as efficient as I thought.  At first I counted 60 projects and then I started opening drawers and looking in closets and I found more.  My final total (including the two new ones from sewing days) was a shameful 81.  If that isn’t bad enough, it doesn’t include the projects that I have fabric or patterns and I haven’t even started yet.  It does include wool and quilting projects, but not my cross-stitch  or scrapbooking projects.

Now I realized why I have been given the Summer off!  My mission is to whittle this list down and have you follow my progress.  I will list the number of the project and a picture of what the project looks like before I start the completion process. Then hopefully the completed project.  So here goes…

UFO portable wall

UFO portable wall

I came home Friday night with this much progress on my portable UFO wall.  I had the binding sewn on.  I must say that this was not an easy task.  I couldn’t get the fusible fleece to adhere to the wrong side of the vinyl, so I had to use spray adhesive.  Then I had trouble with the vinyl feeding through my machine.  Irvalee  was sitting next to me and pointed out that my machine came with a Teflon  foot just for this purpose.

machine foot

machine foot

This seemed to help matters somewhat, but I still struggled. I have completed my first UFO  #80!

I cut everyone’s name out with my Cricut and I used the Opposites Attract cartridge.  This was a good idea, since we all used the same vinyl for our projects.

sewing days gifts

sewing days gifts

Not only did Irvalee provide us with a fun project, she also gave us these gifts upon leaving Friday.  I will show you how to make the candy gift in a future post.  I have already filled my UFO wall with a project that I will work on in a couple of weeks when I travel to Amish Country to sew with my “quilties”.

UFO wall

UFO wall

 

 

 

 

Aside

 

Don’t you just love this table  for a baby shower.  Recently a friend of mine called to ask for my help making some of the decorations for a baby shower.  She found the cutest ribbon at Hobby Lobby and used that color scheme to plan the shower.  She decided to go with a nature theme.  The “Tweet Baby Girl” was cut with the cartridge George and Basic Shapes with came with the original Cricut.  I cut the birds using “A Child’s Year” cartridge.  To cut the birds, we chose the size and the hit the “AUTO FILL” button on the Cricut Expression and it cut 6 birds per page while we just sat and visited.  We cut a total of 18 each from the pink and green and they look so cute hanging from the twigs.  She place burlap behind the “Tweet Baby Girl” .  The pink ovals were cut using the “slotted” feature on the George and Basic Shapes Cartridge.  This was a quick and inexpensive  addition to the decorations.  The cost was only 4 sheets each of the pink and green card stock which was also purchased at Hobby Lobby. I have also include a picture of her food table. Great job, Diane!!

Tweet Baby Girl Shower

Dreamsicle Trifle

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Dreamsicle Trifle

Dreamsicle Trifle

My Summer is starting out fantastic.  I returned from a trip to CO on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday was spent sewing with great friends.  In the Spring and Fall we gather at a friend’s house and she hosts a week of great sewing and fun.  I went with the intention of clearing some items from my UFO lists, but ending up adding two terrific projects.  I will be posting the sewing projects soon, but I wanted to share the new dessert I tried.  Each of us will take turns providing lunch or dinner for the crowd. When I shared with some of my other girlfriends my intentions, they said “You are trying out a new recipe on them without making it first?”  My thought was what better way to try a new recipe, if they are true friends they will give me their honest opinion and they loved it!

I got this recipe off of Pinterest with a link here to the original blog.  I would have to rename this “Jet Bar” Trifle,  because when I was in Grade School (pre-Mrs. Obama) if you finished your school lunch you could purchase a Jet Bar.  The Jet Bar was really the same thing as this Dreamsicle, but my memory screams Jet Bar.  It was orange sherbet with vanilla ice cream in the middle.  I didn’t get a chance to eat at school very often.  Back in the day, we walked to school and walked home almost everyday for lunch.  No, I am not going to tell you it was 10 miles in the snow, but it was maybe a half a mile each way and we would have logged about 2 miles per day.  There were no school busses in the city and NO snow days. OK, enough of my healthy childhood…on to the good stuff!

Dreamsicle Trifle
2 large cans mandarin oranges
1 small pkg. orange gelatin powder
1 pint orange sherbet
1 cup whipping cream, whipped (no sugar or vanilla, just whipped.)
1 angel food cake, cubed
whipped topping

Drain 1 cup liquid from mandarin oranges.  Bring to a boil in the microwave.  Add gelatin, and stir to dissolve.  Cool until just warm.  Add orange sherbet, and mix until melted.  Gently fold in whipped cream.  It is okay if there are uneven streaks, just don’t smash those fluffy whipped cream bubbles.  Put half the cake cubes in the trifle dish (or other dish that is not as fancy), cramming them together so they will stay in a tight layer.  Pour half the orange mixture over the top, cover with a thin layer of whipped topping, and top with half the oranges.  On top of the oranges, put the remaining of the cake cube in, pour over the remaining mixture, cover with the remaining oranges and cover with whipped topping. Refrigerate.

These directions are directly from the Time Travel Kitchen blog.

stir boiling juice in Jello

stir boiling juice in Jello

cram cake cubes in dish

cram cake cubes in dish

add orange sherbet to Jello

add orange sherbet to Jello

Whip the whipping cream

Whip the whipping cream

Now here is where I ran into a problem.  I am whipping cream challenged!  I have always avoided the use of whipping cream and this was the first time I tried it and I failed!  It looked more like cream cheese and I was told I over beat it! It still tasted fine.  I really think you could just use a large Cool Whip and avoid the whipping cream all together.   I will try that next time and I will also have to have my sister give me “whipping cream lessons”.

finished product

finished product

put in the layers

put in the layers

I you go to the original blog she will show you a fancy orange peel twist to put on top.  I took the easy way out and put some oranges on top and added a sprig of peppermint!  They loved it!

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Week 3 Blocks #3 and #4

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Farmer's Wife block #3 basket

Farmer’s Wife block #3 basket

I know, I know…only 2 weeks into my challenge and I am already a week behind on my post.  I do have an excuse.  I have been in CO visiting my son for a week.  I promise that I will catch-up this weekend.  How?  I am really doing one of the things listed on my wonderful fabric, “take the Summer OFF”.

I can see I need to pay more attention to my blocks when I take my photos.  Each little  thread and wrinkle is showing up in the pictures.

paper pieced basket

paper pieced basket

I did have a little trouble with this block, because when it printed the seam allowance was missing.  Easy fix, just get out your ruler and draw it on!

block #3 basket

block #3 basket

Again, I used my color pencils to shade the block before I began.

handle for block #3

handle for block #3

Trace the handle on freezer paper and iron the waxy side to the wrong side of your handle fabric.

handle for block #3

handle for block #3

Now trim around the block and turn the edges.  I used a water-soluble glue stick.

Farmer's Wife block #3

Farmer’s Wife block #3

Glue the turned handle to the largest triangle.  Now you can start to assemble the block.

Block #3 basket

Block #3 basket

Sew the last two seams and applique the handle down. Now you can mark another block off your list .Woo Hoo!  Five down!!

 

Farmer's Wife block #4 Basket Weave

Farmer’s Wife block #4 Basket Weave

The Basket Weave block was really simple and just a few seams.  First I cut one strip 1  1/2″ x 15″ from each of the three fabrics.

Basket Weave Block #4

Basket Weave Block #4

Sew these three strips together and measure them to make sure they are 3 1/2″ wide.  Now sub-cut the strip into 4- 3 1/2″ blocks.

Basket Weave Block #4

Basket Weave Block #4

Sew these block together and mark another one-off your list.  Six down!!

Hiking in CO

Hiking in CO

Here I am at the Arch in Chautauqua Park in Boulder CO.  No, my leg isn’t broken, I am just trying not to fall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrate & Growing Up … free Cricut Cuts

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Celebrate Cricut Scrapbook Page

Celebrate Cricut Scrapbook page

 

Celebrate Cricut Scrapbook page

Celebrate Cricut Scrapbook page

 

It’s another FREE Cricut Craft Room post.  Today I worked on the free layouts for scrapbooks that are available in the Cricut Craft Room.  Once again I urge every Cricut owner to download the Cricut Craft Room so that you can take advantage of the FREE cuts that are offered each week.  They have been posting some for only a few days, so make sure you check it daily.  There are free scrapbook layouts today for Baby, Music, Celebrate and Growing Up.  I am getting ready to leave for vacation, so only did Celebrate and Growing Up.

Celebrate Cricut layout

Celebrate Cricut layout

This is the first layer that I cut out of purple.

Celebrate Cricut layout

Celebrate Cricut layout

 

Celebrate Cricut layout

Celebrate Cricut layout

To cut the second layer I placed the purple at the top and the pattern paper at the bottom, so that both would cut at the same time.  Love how easy it is!!   I just punched the balloons out with a punch, but the could also be cut with the Cricut!

Celebrate Cricut layout

e Celebrate Cricut layout

Now you know how I don’t like to waste anything, so I took the purple piece from the bottom of the first layer and trimmed it to make the word Celebrate for another layout.  Don’t forget to save the middle cuts from the letters. (e,b & a)

Growing Up Cricut layout

Growing Up Cricut layout

Growing Up Cricut layout

Growing Up Cricut layout

 

Here are the Growing Up pages I made.  They are simple, but I really thought the primary colors worked well.  The numbers were printed on my scrapbook paper and I thought it was perfect.(No, I didn’t put the ruler on crooked…I just had my camera at the wrong angle)  I will take pictures of the Pre-School Class, where I have been working, for these pages.

Growing Up Cricut layout

Growing Up Cricut layout

Growing Up Cricut layout

Growing Up Cricut layout

I put all the cut for these page on one layer and just set the paper up on the mat.

Growing Up Cricut layout

Growing Up Cricut layout

Once again I used the “scraps” to make what can be a new layout.  I used the blue from the first cut and backed it with yellow and added the six circles that were left from the ruler cut.  I also kept the cool yellow border left from the ruler cut.  I just laid them on a piece of black paper so you could get an idea of what it would look like on a page.  Remember…you can always use the “scraps”.

 

There are several other FREE cuts in the Cricut Craft Room.  Art Deco is one and I hope I have time to cut some letters out before I leave for vacation.  I will be “on the road” next week, so you are on your own to check out the Cricut Craft Room and create something with your FREE cuts.  Happy Scrapping!!