Monday, April 14, 2014

Hugs 'n Kisses

Getting the guest bedroom ready for next weekend's Easter company gets all the credit for my latest project. I was cleaning off the bed and had to put away a collection of fat quarters that I had washed and ironed when I started the blue baby quilt, and this is where they had landed.

A couple of years ago I ordered a collection, which is unusual for me because I don't like things that matchy-matchy, but I really liked the graphic look of them. Every now and then I'd give them a sideways glance, but I was really trying to get a few projects put to bed, so to speak, before I dug into these.

The pattern is called Hugs 'n Kisses and I found it, and a tutorial on Pinterest. Looks like I might be a little behind the times because the tutorial was posted about 3 years ago. So me. Anyway, once I had the fabrics in my hand I thought, 'Where's the trouble in just trying a block or two?'

That led to this...

And then this...

And then this.

You get the idea.

The blocks are 5" square and the tutorial is very and easy to follow - the only thing I'm doing differently is scoring the sewing lines with my Hera marker rather than a pen or pencil to avoid any marks working their way through to the right side of the fabrics over time.

I'm not going to use the striped fabric that came with the collection and I've switched up the yellow for a yellow gingham and then added a few more of my own. So many of my fabrics are a completely different genre so I'm just going to sew and let the fabric decide for me how the quilt will be. So much for resolve....M

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Baby Steps

I'm closing in on the last of the Broken Dishes baby quilt, but have taken a few sidesteps along the way so it is taking me longer to finish it up than it probably should. The bias binding is now cut (with all of my fingers still in tact this time) and applied, I just have to do the hand sewing.

It's always a bit of an exercise for me to work up to making the binding for some reason, so while I was in the zone I decided to tend to some unfinished business and cut the binding for the Dresden Plate that mom made - this one is waaaay overdue in getting the binding on it but it will be nice to put on the bed now that Spring is coming.

Then I enjoyed a friendly tug of war with it to get the binding sewn to the quilt - this quilt is just HUGE! In the end I won and it was well worth it because I think it's going to really finish off the quilt nicely, so there is a second one that I have ready for hand sewing.

And, since the gals at the church will likely soon have the quilting on my Goose Tracks finished, I decided I might as well get the pink binding for that one ready as well....M

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The Accident-al Quilter

Blue Broken Dishes baby quilt
Some days it goes your way and some days it just goes so wrong. I was on a roll with the baby quilt, finishing up the machine quilting, when I discovered a little surprise.

As I was admiring the quilting design on the back my caught sight of...a little spec of green. What the...?!

Somewhere along the line I had picked up and sewn a green scrap to the back of the quilt. Sheesh. Time for the ripper and a little more stitching, but it's finished now and I quite like it.

Undeterred, I thought I'd start cutting the bias binding strips. Not quite sure where my head was (or my finger, for that matter) because about 3 slices in I managed to run the rotary blade through both the index finger and the base of my fingernail nail on my right hand. Ouch, ouch, ouch!

Blue baby quilt - Broken Dishes
Thankfully no blood was spilled (on the quilt at least) and all sharp objects have been put away for the day to protect me from myself...M

Sunday, April 06, 2014

A Culinary Diversion

I've been dividing my time between machine quilting Broken Plates and hand quilting Confetti and decided that I needed a little diversion. Spring is apparently on its way, though you wouldn't necessarily guess that from the blanket of white that still covers the ground, and it got me to thinking of all things Spring, and rhubarb in particular.

There are still several bags of rhubarb in the freezer from last year so my mission in life came to be finding a new rhubarb recipe to help use them up. The New York Times to the rescue! This upside down cake seemed to be calling my name, and I'm so glad that it did. From the lemony cake to the sour cream to the yummy sweet/tart rhubarb topping - it hit all the high notes. A warm slice topped with a dollop of vanilla ice cream was met with rave reviews by The Official Cookie Tester.

If you like rhubarb I'd suggest putting this on your list. One note about the flour. I bake a lot but have to say that I haven't had particular luck with cake & pastry flour. When I saw that this recipe called for cake flour I hesitated a bit but decided to go ahead with it. The Official Cookie Tester ran a few errands for me, including picking up some flour, but it was self-rising, so after a little Googling I found a way to modify all-purpose flour to get the same effect, something you might want to try if you find yourself in the same predicament.

We return you now to regular programming....M