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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.

 

 

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!

 

 

 

School House Wall hanging – UFO #62

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School House Quilt

School House quilt

I am on a steady, but slow pace of completing some of my UFO’s.  This one is from WAY back…let’s say early 90’s.  I have lived in my current house for 21 years and I believe I started this wall-hanging for my finished basement in my old house.  When I pulled it out of a drawer, the center blocks were finished and the fabric to complete it was in the zip-lock bag.  I added the boarder and quilted it.  I think I will donate it to our guild’s auction. (think anyone will bid??)  I am sure I was wearing one of those long jumpers when I worked on this and had a perm…lol!!

Color Wheel … UFO #79

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Hexagon Color Wheel

Hexagon color Wheel

Yea!  I have completed a UFO!  This was a project from a class hosted by our quilt guild.  It was taught by Cindy Casciato from Ravenna, Oh.  I am not sure what year I started this project, but the copyright on the pattern is January 1992. I found this piece while I was completing my UFO list.  It was such a small project, I wondered why I hadn’t finished it.

UFO

UFO 

When I took the project out of its hiding place, this is what it looked like.  Almost complete?

UFO #79

UFO #79

I pressed the pieces and it became very clear why this project had been in hiding.  It was being punished for not staying in line.

UFO #79

UFO #79

Not only didn’t is stay in line on the left, it refused to stay in line on the right!  Bad color wheel!

UFO #79

UFO #79

 

Could it really be the color wheel’s fault?  Did it deserve another chance or was it off to file 13?  I have trouble giving up on things, so I started checking out the seams.  Now I got it, the sewing machine was at fault!! (of course it could have had something to do with the quilter).  Look at the difference in the correct seam allowance.

UFO #79

UFO # 79

I spent about an hour getting it back in line and fudged the edge a bit, but it is now complete! It is so funny to look at the top picture and see the tumbling blocks, because when you look at the bottom picture you see the star.  2 down 78 to go!!

I’m in for a busy Summer!!

 

 

 

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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This is IT…my last Coke Zero

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coke zero

coke zero

 

Ok, it’s official!  This was my last Diet Coke in a quest of 90 days without a diet pop. (or soda depending on what part of the country you are from)  I have made through day one with only 89 days to go.  I decided to try to give up diet pop after my girlfriend sat across from me at a quilting get-a-way for a weekend and said, “Kim,  we need to talk…you drink entirely  too much diet pop. Do you know how bad it is for you?”

Well I am sure it is not good for me, but I really don’t think it is that bad.  I have heard it said that diet pop will make you crave sweets.  I decided to see for myself it that is true.  I admit I am a sugar addict and I know I can not give up sugar.

I chose 90 days because I read somewhere that it takes 90 days to form a habit.  In this case, I am hoping that after 90 days I will break a habit.  My husband is totally against this quest.  He said he doesn’t want to listen to me “cry” about it for 90 days.  I guess I will have to suffer in silence.

As of right now I have made it through day one with only EIGHTY-NINE DAYS TO GO!  Did I say that already?   We’ll see how this works out!