Monthly Archives: July 2013

Cricut Brooklyn Iron-On

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Cricut Brooklyn Iron-On

Cricut Brooklyn Iron-On

I wanted to share the FREE Cricut Craft Room cuts for this week.  If you remember my post from a couple of weeks ago, my niece, Kathleen got a new Cricut.  I am happy to say these are the first cuts she made with her Cricut.  We successfully downloaded the Cricut Craft Room to her computer and she was in Heaven!  We did run into a snag with her firewall, but we soon got past it and she is busy trying her hand at the Cricut.  I think my favorite cut above is the camera…and doesn’t it look great against the orange cardstock.  There are many other cuts on this week, so open your Cricut Craft Room and have some FUN!

Snowball and 9-patch Quilt

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Snowball and 9-patch quilt

Snowball and 9-patch quilt

 

As many of you know, I have been working on old UFO quilting projects.  This project is from the same decade as my School House Wall Hanging.  I am going to say mid-eighties.  You can tell from the colors that my house was earth-tones.  This is a lesson on believing in yourself.

I took my first quilt class in 1981 shortly after the birth of my daughter.  My mother-in-law watched my daughter for a few weeks until I got a regular babysitter and she wouldn’t take any money, so I got the bright idea to sign both of us up for quilting classes.  The class was all templates, hand piecing and hand quilting.  I liked the idea of quilting, but it was too labor intensive for me.  I put quilting on the back burner and got on with raising my daughter.  Soon I added a son to the mix and then I heard about this new thing called the “rotary cutter.”  Fast and easy…sign me up.

I signed up for a quilt class at a local quilt shop.  I then rushed off to S0-Fro and bought my fabrics.  I got to the class and the owner was unhappy.  I guess we were to purchase the fabrics for our quilt from her shop.  I purchased more fabric, but started on this brown and rust quilt.  I was then introduced to the world of one-forth inch seams…WHAT!! I  always used five-eights!   Well we had some homework and I,  the proud quilter, brought my blocks to class only to be told…”You might as well throw those blocks out and start over.  You did not use a forth inch seam!”   With my tail between my legs, I go back to work using the new fabric I purchased from her shop   I then made a quilt for my daughter with mint and peach fabric.  My mother hand quilted it and it saw her through “crayons to perfume” (just love the movie “To Sir ,With Love).

Snowball and 9-patch quilt

Snowball and 9-patch quilt

 

 

hand-quilting detail

hand-quilting detail

As you can see by the picture, Ashley’s quilt is way beyond repair at this point.  I still have it on the bed in her old room, just out of sight under the covers.  I guess what I am trying to say is DO NOT let anyone keep you from your dreams.  Quilting is a huge part of my life and if I had listen to that instructor, the first machine pieced quilt I had ever started would have been thrown away and I may not have ever quilted again.  I can not imagine my life without my Quilties!  I am headed off to Chris’ to quilt today…good friends with a tie that binds us…Quilting.

free hand quilting - flower

free hand quilting – flower

 

Just wanted to share the free hand flower I was practicing on my Snowball and 9-patch quilt.  When I went to mark this UFO off my list…I hadn’t even listed it.  This make me wonder just how many UFO’s I really have luring in the closet.

 

 

Cricut Classroom Cuts

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Cricut Classroom Back to School Card

Cricut Classroom Back to School Card

There are FREE cuts again in the Cricut Craft Room.  The cuts are geared for the Classroom and they are digital downloads.  There are 6 sets of these cuts with two months in each download.  Although these cuts are geared toward teachers, I have made 3 different cuts to give you an idea of how you can use them in everyday scrapbooking.  The first items I made were two Back To School cards for Leanne and Brantley since they will be entering the 1st grade this year. I made the “back to school” cut from the Aug/Sept download.  The “1st grade” was cut using the “Craft Room Basics” which is a FREE cut that is always available  in the Craft Room.

Craft Room Basic Cricut Cuts

Craft Room Basic Cricut cuts

To make this cut, pick Cricut Craft Room Basic” under cartridges and then  you will hit “Add Text Box”.  You can then use your keyboard to type in the phrase you would like to cut.  I choose to have my words “weld”.  To achieve this, just go to spacing and then I entered  (-5) and it will weld your letters together.  To make two cuts, I just right clicked on my mouse and hit “copy” (make sure there is a gray box around your phrase) and then hit “paste”.

Cricut Classroom

Cricut Classroom

 

Cricut Classroom

Cricut Classroom

Here are a couple of scrapbook pages using the Classroom cuts.

 

Don’t forget to check the Cricut Craft Room often and make your cuts as soon as they appear.  Happy cutting!!

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Week 7 …. # 11 and #12

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Framer's Wife block #11 Broken Dishes

Farmer’s Wife blocks #11 Broken Dishes

As you can see from this block my main color focus for my quilt is yellow and grey.  I paper pieced this block.

Broked Dished

Broken Dishes

Here is the lay-out for this block.  Remember all the paper pieced block are reversed when you sew them…

Framer's Wife block #12 Broken Sugar Bowl

Farmer’s Wife block #12 Broken Sugar Bowl

Yet another paper pieced block.

#12 Broken Sugar Bowl

#12 Broken Sugar Bowl

I like to color the block before I start to sew.  This makes it much easier to know where to place your fabric.

#12 Broken Sugar Bowl

#12 Broken Sugar Bowl

Here is the lay-out while you are piecing your block.

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to the Girls…Cricut Card

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Cricut Groovy Times Happy Birthday

Cricut Groovy Times Happy Birthday

Happy, happy, happy…

July is a busy Birthday month for my family.  My niece and great-niece have birthday’s a day and a year apart this month.  I stumbled across an old pack of paper called “neon brights” and decided to get out my “Groovy Times” Cricut cartridge to make their cards.  I went for the “twin” look and made it easy on myself.  I cut the Happy Birthday with the “Wild Card” cartridge.

Birthday Girls

Birthday Girls

Here are the Beautiful Birthday Girls with their matching cards.  The greatest thing about this celebration was that Kathleen actually got a Cricut of her own for her birthday.

Cricut

Cricut

Here she is when she read the box and exclaimed, “That really isn’t what is in the box… is it?”  She was so excited!!  A Mini-ME….

 

I can not wait to see the Cricut projects she will make this Summer!!

Birthday Gilrs

Birthday Girls

Last, but not least, is a picture of my sister and the girls.  It was actually my sister’s birthday that day (Kathleen’s mom) so it made Kathleen’s gift a real surprise because she thought the present was for her mom!

 

 

 

Frosty Bouquet Wall-hanging – UFO #8

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Frosty Bouquet

Frosty Bouquet

In Berlin, Oh there is a shop called “The Country Craft Cupboard” and this is where I purchased the pattern for this wall-hanging.  They have a great selection of wool, fabric and all things crafty!  It is worth the trip if you are ever in the area.  I purchased the pattern in 2009 and when my guild decided on the UFO challenge I knew this was one of the projects I would list to complete. The snowman and the leaves and berries on this wall-hanging are done in wool.

Frosty Bouquet UFO

Frosty Bouquet UFO

This is what Frosty looked like when the UFO challenge began …

We had until today, July 11th 2013 to complete the first project on our list.  You got one ticket for completing your first project, one if your project was over 69″ in size and one if you donated a project to the auction we are having in October.  I finished my project and donated the School House Wall-hanging from my earlier post, so I got two entries for the drawing.  Well, guess what…

prize

prize

I won a gift card to a local quilt shop….Yea!!

Cinnamon Roll Swirl Cake

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Cinnamon Roll Swirl Cake


Cinnamon Roll Swirl Cake

Yesterday I went on an outing with my sister and her grandson and she said, “You are putting too many paper things on your blog.  I like to read different things.”  So this one is for Terri.

Terri and Ben

Terri and Ben

The Quilties went to Linda’s to sew today and I was in charge of the “sugar”.  My favorite thing now that I have given up Coke Zero for the Summer.  (that was a bad idea)  Someone had posted this on Facebook, so I thought I would give it a try…

Cinnamon Roll Swirl Cake

:BATTER:
3 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter, melted

Topping:
1 cup butter, soft to the point of almost melted*  (I only used 1/2 cup and that was more than enough)
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp cinnamon

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together except for the butter.

Cake mix

Cake mix

Once mixed; slowly pour in the butter. Stir into batter.

add butter

add butter

Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.
For the topping, mix all the ingredients together until well combined.

topping

topping

topping

topping

Drop evenly over the batter

drop topping

drop topping

Swirl with a knife

HOLY COW in the original post I FORGOT to post the time and temp!  bake at  350 degrees for 30-40 minutes….so sorry!!!

GLAZE:

2 cups powdered  sugar

5 tbsp. milk

1 tsp vanilla

glaze

glaze

cake

cake

While cake is warm – drizzle the glaze over the cake!!  YUM