Friday, January 23, 2015

Another Star in the Summertime

I saw this star on pinterest and thought I would like to make it so I followed the link to Solistice Stars Series. (You can find a good tutorial there also.) This is what she had to say about the block. "This star is from Barbara Brackman’s book The Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns,page 347 and is attributed to Beth Gutcheon’s Perfect Patchwork Primer." I also found it in Jenny Beyers book "The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns: 4050 Pieced Blocks for Quilters.
 
I used Island Batiks line In the Summertime aren't they just the prettiest fabric. I think I am becoming addicted to Batiks. To tell you the truth when they first started to become popular I wasn't sure whether I really liked them but now they are the second to the top of my favorites list, the first being oriental fabrics. Below you will find the cutting instructions and if you would like a tutorial click on the link above for Solistic Stars. It actually is a very easy block to do and turns out quite nice.
Pattern Piece
Fabric
Center
Cut 1
4-1/8” x 4-1/8”
Background/White
Strips
Cut 3
5-1/8″ x 1-1/2”
Print/Color
Short Strip A
Cut 1
4-1/8” x 1-1/2”
Print/Color
Short Strip B
Cut 1
1-1/2” x 1-1/2”
Same color as Short Strip A
Block Corners
Cut 4
4-1/2” x 4-1/2”
Background/White
Star Points
Cut 4
3-5/8” x 3-5/8”
Print/Color
HST Background
Cut 2
3-5/8” x 3-5/8”
Background/White




Here is the finished top
I am next to the last day of the Blog Hop but if you have missed any of the blocks, here is the list.
1/12 – Island Batik –
1/13 – Susan Vassallo Quilting Arts – Topsy Turvey Log Cabin
1/14 – Freemotion by the River – 54-40 in Running Water
1/15 – Beaquilter – Hunter Star in Crimson Tide
1/16 – One Quilting Circle – Flying Geese
1/17 – Mary Mack’s Blog – Sisters Choice in Down in the Boondocks
1/18 – Happy Cottage Quilter – Nine Patch in Johnny B Goode
1/19 – Kauffman Designs – Drunkard’s Path in Downtown
1/20 – Tamarinis – Pinwheel in Saturday Night Fever
1/21 – Bejeweled Quilts – Maple Leaf in La Bamba
1/22 – Six Gables Designs – Friendship Star in Full Bloom
1/23 – Purrfect Spots – Duck and Ducklings in No Particular Place to Go
1/24 – Inchworm Fabrics – Another Star in In the Summer Time
1/25 – Sew Fresh Quilts – Stepping Stones in Cry Me a River

Island Batik has a give away, so don't forget to enter here.
I will be giving away a book of your choice from my store Inchworm Fabrics. So go there and tell me which one you would like to win and for a second entry become a follower or tell me you already are one. I will pick a winner next Saturday. Thank you so much for joining us in the fun of this blog hop.

Monday, January 12, 2015

SOCK HOP BLOG HOP STARTS TODAY!!!!!!

Welcome to Island Batiks Sock Hop Blog Hop! The Island Batik Ambassadors and Designers are excited to share their brand new fabrics with you. These fabrics debuted at Fall International Quilt Market in October of 2014 and you’ll start seeing them pop up in your favorite local quilt shops this month! 

Why the “Sock Hop Blog Hop”? We know, it’s a bit of a tongue twister! We wanted to have fun with the color groupings in this line, each of which is named after a song you might have heard at a sock hop. Continuing with the “classic” theme, all of our bloggers have picked their favorite “oldie but goodie” block to share with you! Brush up on your old favorites or discover a few new ones. You’ll see each block used in a fabulous project to get you inspired!
Here’s the schedule of bloggers, blocks, and fabrics. Don’t miss a day!
1/12 – Island Batik
1/13 – Susan Vassallo Quilting Arts – Topsy Turvey Log Cabin
1/14 – Freemotion by the River – 54-40 in Running Water
1/15 – Beaquilter – Hunter Star in Crimson Tide
1/16 – One Quilting Circle – Flying Geese
1/17 – Mary Mack’s Blog – Sisters Choice in Down in the Boondocks
1/18 – Happy Cottage Quilter – Nine Patch in Johnny B Goode
1/19 – Kauffman Designs – Drunkard’s Path in Downtown
1/20 – Tamarinis – Pinwheel in Saturday Night Fever
1/21 – Bejeweled Quilts – Maple Leaf in La Bamba
1/22 – Six Gables Designs – Friendship Star in Full Bloom
1/23 – Purrfect Spots – Duck and Ducklings in No Particular Place to Go
1/24 – Inchworm Fabrics – Another Star in In the Summer Time
1/25 – Sew Fresh Quilts – Stepping Stones in Cry Me a River


And don’t forget to enter Island Batiks hop giveaway – two beautiful bundles of batiks from this new line!



Monday, December 29, 2014

Coming.....In the Summertime...Strawberry Fields!!!!!

Join Island Batik for a Sock Hop Blog Hop this January! They’ll be showcasing their fabulous new fabrics (coming soon to your favorite local quilt shop!) in classic blocks used in a variety of projects.
You’ll start at Island Batik and hop your way though blogs authored by Island Batik ambassadors and bloggers like me. It’ll be a feast for the eyes, that is for sure! :)
http://www.islandbatik.com/news/index.php/sock-hop-blog-hop/
Come back on the 24th of January and see what I do with Strawberry Fields. It is so pretty I will have a hard time cutting it up.
http://www.islandbatik.com/shop/search/?keywords=strawberry&x=0&y=0

Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Blog Blitz

it is a southern thing transplanted in the Northwest, a tradition I continued with my own children, who knows if they do it for their kids but they get it when they come to my house. The kids love it fresh and warm, made from the recipe on the back of the Vanilla Wafer box. Below is the original recipe. No box pudding will do it has to be homemade because nothing else tastes as good. Merry Christmas and thanks for joining our Holiday Blog Blitz and enjoy the pudding as much as I do.
Original Nilla Banana Pudding

Ready in: 60 mins.

Layers of Nilla wafers, creamy pudding and fresh banana slices
are the stars of this American classic.

3/4 cup sugar, divided
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Dash salt
3 eggs, separated
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
45 NILLA Wafers, divided
5 ripe bananas, sliced (about 3 1/2 cups), divided
Additional NILLA Wafers and banana slices, for garnish


1. Mix 1/2 cup sugar, flour and salt in top of double boiler.
Blend in 3 egg yolks and milk. Cook, uncovered, over boiling water,
stirring constantly for 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Remove
from heat; stir in vanilla.

2. Reserve 10 wafers for garnish. Spread small amount of custard
on bottom of 1 1/2-quart casserole; cover with a layer of wafers
and a layer of sliced bananas. Pour about 1/3 of custard over
bananas. Continue to layer wafers, bananas and custard to make
a total of 3 layers of each, ending with custard.

3. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; gradually add remaining
1/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff but not dry. Spoon on top of
pudding, spreading evenly to cover entire surface and sealing well
to edges.

4. Bake at 350°F in top half of oven for 15 to 20 minutes or
until browned. Cool slightly or refrigerate. Garnish with
additional wafers and banana slices just before serving.

Makes 8 servings

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION per serving
287 calories, 6 g protein, 50 g carbohydrate, 7 g total fat,
2 g saturated fat, 117 mg cholesterol, 134 mg sodium,
1 g dietary fiber.

Preparation Time: 30 mins.
Cook Time: 15 mins.
Cooling Time: 15 mins.
Total Time: 60 mins.

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This recipe courtesy of Back of the Box Recipes.
www.backofthebox.com
Home Page

This recipe created by Nabisco and enjoyed by all.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Beatle Bag

Wow is this a busy time of year or what?

I finished off all my presents and got the last of them sent on Thursday. I just have a few little things that I need to do for work.

I was at a Baazar earlier in the year and saw these bags called IN A PICKLE. They are such a clever bag. It is designed with clear zipper pouches that contain emergency stuff for when you are in a pickle. I thought that there had to be a pattern out there for something similar and guess what.......... I found something.... ya who........Have you seen these Beatle Bags by Abby Lane Quilts? I made one for Christmas for one of the daughter in laws (I can tell because I am pretty sure she doesn't read my blog, she is a non sewer and I would faint from shock if she did). It took me longer to make it than I really thought I had time for but it turned out great. Now to make one for myself but you know how that goes, it will just end up on my to do list. But then again the second time around would be a charm.






Monday, December 1, 2014

Pillow cases

Theses are the easiest pillowcases that you will ever do and they are so cute. You can find a pdf of the 3 seam pillowcase here  http://www.prqc.com/images/how-to-ideas/pillow-case-i.pdf
Christmas Fabric from Maywood Studio can be found in the Inchworm Fabrics Store.
 These two pillow cases are made with Wren's Friends from Moda.



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Giveaway Winner

Well it has been a week so I am going to close the giveaway and drum roll please..........the winner is number 45 Margaret at the Average Quilter. Thank you to everyone that entered. I wasn't able to reply to your comments, for some reason my replies keep coming back as undeliverable. I did read them all and enjoyed all the projects that you are working on.

I have been so busy that I haven't gotten to my Christmas sewing yet and I am quickly running out of time. I can hear the clock ticking. I am not usually this late.

I just finished this quilt.
 and this one is next to match the pink one below. They are for twin girls. Same fabric except for sashing and the minky on the back.

Enjoy your Thankgiving and quilt on.
P.S. Dont forget the great sale going on at Inchworm Fabrics. I need help clearing out my inventory so I can buy some more. Wait does that sound a bit crazy, or maybe a little obsessed. HuMMM.