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Sashing Stash Challenge

I signed up for the Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Sashing Stash Challenge this past winter.  The 3/4 yard piece of black and white fabric was given to me in March.  I had until the end of May to put a quilt together.

I went with a combination of traditional blocks and some improvised blocks that used up just about all of the fabric I received.  I have always wanted to make an Ocean Wave quilt, but all those teeny tiny half square triangles!  The Sashing Stash certainly made it easy to put an Ocean Wave block together.

Once I got my blocks and layout figured out I put the top together and then it was on to the final challenge of quilting.  I am very comfortable with my pantographs on my longarm machine, but I want to move on to more free motion quilting.  This was my most adventurous attempt so far.  I definitely need more practice, especially with those little circles, but it was fun and I am excited to do more on the other side of my quilt frame!

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Dear Jane B9 Tinker Toy Tutorial

I used reverse applique for this block. A bit fussy, but I was happy with the finished block.  I have photos from two different blocks since I did not get enough photos with my first block!  The tutorial assumes you have access to Dear Jane Templates from the Electric Quilt software, or you have drawn them yourself.

Cut one 6 ½” square of print fabric and cut twice diagonally into 4 triangles
Cut one 3 ½” square of print fabric and cut twice diagonally into 4 triangles
Cut on 6” square of background fabric

Sew the large print triangle pieces back together to make a square with diagonal seams. This will allow you to reverse applique on seams and avoid turning under raw edges in the corners.

Sew each seam twice to reinforce them because the ends will need to be ripped out so they can be folded to set in the applique.

Center your Dear Jane ruler on the square with the diagonal seams lined up. Draw a line around the edges of the ruler to mark cutting lines for the block. This will allow you to correctly position the corner triangles.

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Cut out a square and triangle template printed on freezer paper. Cut out on the cutting lines and cut out the center on the seam lines.

Iron the template square in the center of the pieced square. Carefully cut out the center leaving a ¼” seam allowance. Then carefully rip out the seams up to the corners of the template. Finger press the seam allowances to the back.

Line the triangle template up on the seam in each corner to mark cutting lines. The point will go towards the center. The edges on each side of the template should line up with the outside cutting lines drawn on the pieced block.

Press the template into each corner and then draw cutting lines ¼” from the inside edges of the template. Once each corner is marked, cut out the corners on the cutting lines.

Carefully rip out ¼” of the seam in each corner so that the seam allowance can be folded back. Draw the seam lines on the inside and press the ¼” seam allowance to the back in each corner.

Now you can finally applique/reverse applique this piece to the background square!

Baste the print square to the background piece and reverse applique the center and each corner. Once you have finished appliqueing carefully cut back the background fabric diagonally in each corner by lining your ruler up with the ends of the cutting lines on the print piece.

Sew each of the small print triangles to the corners. Trim the block to 5” with your Dear Jane ruler by matching the diagonal seams with the guidelines on the ruler.

Wow! They are both beautiful!! Which one should I use?

Happy Hour Fun

Just wanted to share my Happy Hour Apron and Table Runner.  They feature Northcott’s Happy Hour Stripe fabric.

 

Peggy Anne sells the pattern I used for the apron on her website and the runner was designed by me and uses scraps of fabric that pick up the colors in the Happy Hour stripe.

A perfect gift for your friend who is throwing a summer barbecue.  The guys may enjoy their craft brews but I prefer a fruity rum cocktail with that cute little umbrella and swizzle stick.

Catching up with Jane

I am perpetually behind on my Jane blocks.  Our group at Quilters Common is assigned 5 blocks each month.  At one point rather early in this journey I became preoccupied with other matters of life to include work and various quilting endeavors.  So, I remain behind by at least 80 blocks and instead of proudly proclaiming that I have completed 91 Dear Jane blocks, I am always lamenting how far behind I am.

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The Clothesline Basket Craze

I have been busy playing in my quilting studio all week.  I am in the middle of so many projects and I keep jumping from one to another.  I did manage to get one thing done.  At the BMQG retreat last weekend I watched Courtney demonstrate how to make a rope basket.  I loved the idea, but I was too caught up in my quilt project, so didn’t make one until I got home.

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I love it!  Now I want to make more, more, more!  I covered some cord with fabric and after a couple of experiments finally made one that I am very happy with.

I got the idea for the fabric covering from Carol McLeod of Aunties Two.  She has a couple of youtube videos to show you how to cover the cord and how to shape your basket.  I covered cord with 40 2 1/2″ strips that were sewn together on the short ends, which was enough for all three baskets.

How to Cover Cord

How to Shape the Basket

Here is a photo of mine showing how I lined the cord up when zig zag stitching it together:

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I used 1/4″ cotton cording for these fabric baskets, but I used 3/16″ cotton clothesline for my first basket, which can also be used for the fabric baskets.

The plane clothesline baskets go together quickly, so give it a try.  It’s lots of fun.

Slice and Dice Piecing

I am working on a quilt with blocks that are based on a technique in Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen. The book has some great ideas and illustrations, but I thought it might help to see step by step photos.  The tricky part is matching up the first set of strips after the second set has been added.  I drew a seam line to help line things up when pinning.

My plan is to make a quilt with these blocks alternating with square in a square blocks.

 

 

Bread Pudding

What could be better than warm bread pudding with buttery rum or whiskey sauce on a cold day?

 

Bread Pudding:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees or 330 if convection

2 cups milk
2 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp clove
2 eggs beaten
6 slices of bread cut into 1″ pieces
1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries

Butter a 2 qt. square baking pan.

If the bread is frozen heat it in the microwave until warm.  Heat stale bread in the microwave with a damp paper towel.  Soft bread soaks up the pudding mixture.

Place bread pieces in pan and mix cranberries in.

Heat milk, butter and sugar in saucepan on medium hear until butter melts. Add vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. When mixture has cooled add the two beaten eggs.

Pour milk mixture over bread. Bake for 40 minutes or until set. For convection check at 30 minutes to see if set.

Serve with Whiskey or Rum Sauce. Reheat leftover pudding and sauce in the microwave.

Whiskey Sauce

3/4 cup half and half
4 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup whiskey

Heat ingredients in a sauce pan on medium heat until butter and sugar have melted.

or, if you prefer …

Rum Sauce

Rum Sauce

3/4 cup half and half
4 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup spiced rum
1 tsp vanilla

Heat ingredients in a sauce pan until butter and sugar have melted

Pour over bread pudding.