MCM 107 – Pineapples Everywhere!

I know I don’t need one more thing to do. I don’t. But I absolutely couldn’t resist adding this particular project to my WIP list.  Here is a snapshot of what I’m talking about:

Please excuse the crappy picture – it was taken with my phone in the shop with bad lighting. But it gives you an idea of why I had to stop everything and work on these blocks.

This quilt is a class being held at our LQS. I immediately signed up for this one, even though I’m usually a teacher and not a student. I have to say, it was fun to be the student! 🙂

I have wanted to make pineapple blocks for a long time, and am envious of all the gorgeous blocks I see on the internet. Rebecca of Cheeky Cognoscenti is making a beautiful version of the pineapple block. I always love to see her progress.

The first session of the class lasted four hours. Here is my progress so far:

Pineapple BlockFOUR hours people! Actually, it was really more like 3-1/2 because there’s instruction in the beginning, and class got started a few minutes late but still – not even a complete block! I have to add the corners and then it will be done.

I know I can make these blocks faster once I have things set up my way in my own sewing room. It’s a bit discombobulating (is that a word??) to sew in another place. I kept losing my scissors which is just silly as they were always right there beside me.

This is definitely a long term project. I’ll keep you updated!

Before I took time off for the pineapple class, I was working on the card trick quilt. I am making good progress. Here are some of the blocks on my wall:

Card Trick quiltAs you can see, I decided to add the sashing after design discussion with hubby. I’m glad we’re using this blue. It’s a Quilter’s Linen, and I just *love* it. Since this picture was taken I’ve gotten all the columns sewn together with all the sashings. I will be adding two borders and then this one will be a finished flimsy. I am loving the colors.

So that is what I have going on in my world. Now it’s time for you to share your projects on Main Crush Monday. What has you excited to be in your sewing space? You can share your projects – here’s how:

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MCM #106 – Labyrinth Quilt and Card Trick Blocks

Welcome to Main Crush Monday! I’m happy you stopped by today.

It’s been a busy week and I was able to make more progress on the card trick blocks for my MIL’s quilt. Here’s what the design wall looks like right now:

Card Trick BlocksOnly 18 more blocks to make and then it will be ready for sashing. Although I kinda like the look of it without the sashing – those negative spaces are begging to be quilted with lots of fun designs!

I’ve been really relaxed while working on this quilt. Usually I have an overwhelming urge to hurry and get the top made so I can get on to the quilting, or to the next project. But with this one, I’m enjoying the process and doing whatever I can when I have a few minutes. It’s a refreshing change for me.

I finished two customer quilts last week and wanted to get outdoor pictures for you. But rain all weekend put a damper on my plans (see what I did there? 🙂 ) so all I have are indoor shots of one of them.

Diane made two quilts using the Labyrinth pattern. I have the first one quilted, and the second one is waiting on the frame for me to start the quilting.

Labyrinth QuiltThe designs I used for this quilt are clamshells, floppy feathers, figure eights, e’s and l’s,  and echoing. It was a lot of fun to stitch and went surprisingly fast. The clamshells are the easiest to see in the quilt – all the other designs are disguised by the dark print fabrics. It doesn’t show up in this picture, but that white is a shimmery, glittery fabric that looks soooo pretty.

Clamshells FMQI stitched in the ditch around the center star, added some feathers on the inside, and then used e’s and l’s around the star. I didn’t measure the size of the star, but I loved being able to quilt the entire center section without having to advance the quilt. Just one of the many reasons I love my Freddy Fusion!

Center Star Labyrinth QuiltI did want to share a tip on how I handled stitching the figure 8’s on fabric where the thread blended really well. On those sections I echoed  a half inch along the top and bottom sides of the piecing. It was difficult to see the echo lines, and I didn’t want to stitch on top of them. So I placed a piece of blue painters tape on both lines. The tape provided a great ‘border’ and I just stitched on the inside. Easy peasy!

The arrow points to the echo line – see how difficult it is to see?

This week will be the last of the Beginning Quilting classes and then I’ll have a small break before the next session begins. I hope to get more personal sewing done, and tackle Diane’s second labyrinth quilt. I can’t decide if I should use the same quilting design or change it up a bit. One of the quilts is for her; the other one she’ll be giving to a friend. What would you do?

Now it’s your turn to share what you are working on and what has you excited to be in your sewing space. You can link any blog post – here’s how:

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MCM #105 – Quilting, Cookies, and More

For the past week it feels like I’ve been burning the candle at both ends, and it’s starting to catch up with me. If only I had the endless energy of my 2 and 3-year-old niece and nephew.  Let’s find a way to bottle all that zest for life that children have – it would be worth a fortune!

My sweet niece Jen

I made some progress on all my projects, and have high hopes for more progress to be made this week. Customer quilts will be a priority, but I plan to find time to work on the card trick blocks for my MIL’s  quilt. Here’s where I am with those blocks:

Card Trick BlocksI have the pieces pinned so they are ready for me to sew whenever I have a few minutes. I am lucky in that I have a dedicated sewing room, which means I can leave my projects out. I just pop in and sew a couple seams here and there. It helps that I don’t have to take time to set up for sewing or pack my things away. I am really blessed to have that space.

Now let’s switch gears for a minute. Even though I accomplished a lot last week, there’s not a lot that was picture-worthy. So I’m going to show you a picture of another project I spent some time ‘cooking up’.

Don’t these look scrumptious? I’m going to share the recipe for these amazing Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies with you because they are too good for me to keep to myself. I’ll be honest, I don’t remember where the recipe came from – it’s been in my recipe box for a long time. My family declared them a keeper ages ago, and I’ve been making them ever since. It’s a great recipe for using up over ripe bananas. They are soft, and moist, and banana-y, and chocolate-y, and just really yummy. Not to mention quick and easy.

What I like most is that the recipe doesn’t make a lot, so with just two of us living here, I don’t have to have cookies around all that long when I make these.

Okay, enough gushing about the recipe. Here it is:

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies     (Preheat oven to 350)

Cream together:
1/3 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar

Mix together:
1 egg
1/2 cup mashed banana
1/2 tsp vanilla
Add this mix to the butter/sugar mixture above and mix well.

Combine:
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda

Gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture. Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips (I use Ghiradelli Semi-Sweet chips)

Drop by tablespoon onto lined cookie sheet 2″ apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.

Note: I have also added 2/3 cup chopped walnuts sometimes

Don’t store these in an airtight container – they will get sticky and mushy. I put them in my Tupperware container, but don’t close the lid. I just lay the lid over the container and don’t snap it shut. I don’t worry about them drying out or getting stale because they don’t last long at my house!

Let me know if you give these a try. I’d love to hear if you like them as much as we do! 🙂

Now let’s get back to quilting. As a reminder, registration for the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop is now open. You can read more about the hop and find the registration form by clicking here.

That’s what has been cooking over here at Cooking Up Quilts. A quilt or two, and some cookies. Now it’s time for you to share what you have been working on. What projects have you excited to be in your sewing space? You can link up with Main Crush Monday now – here’s how:

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Registration Open – 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

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Today is the day! I am very excited to announce the opening of registration for the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop which I am co-hosting with Jen @Dizzy Quilter, Tish @Tishn’Wonderland, and Sandra @mmm! Quilts.

The goal of the 7th annual New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop is to provide advice, tech help, and introduce new quilters to the online community.

If you are a new quilt blogger and considering participating, you may not believe this now, but the best part of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop are the participants; in other words, you are the best part of the blog hop!

The hosts are here to provide guidance and occasionally we try to steer the ship, but the amazing value in this experience are the connections you will make with peers who are going through the same things that you are. Lifelong quilting friends can and have absolutely been made through this event in the past.

If you have questions you would like answered prior to registering, please feel free to leave a comment and I will do my best to answer your questions. Everyone will come with a different set of experiences, expertise, questions, and expectations, and I want to stress that this hop is to improve your blog, increase your blogging skills, and get more involved in the online quilting community.  The focus is not on helping start up online businesses (note that online business owners with blogs that meet the criteria are welcome).

2018 New Quilt Bloggers Participation / Sign Up Criteria

The technical criteria to participate in the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop is as follows:

  1.   If you have been blogging mainly about quilting (this is, after all, the     New QUILT  Bloggers Blog Hop),
  2.   for more than 2 months and less than 3 years,
  3.   writing at least 4 posts a month,
  4.   are willing to agree to be actively involved in the blog hop through visiting and         commenting on the other blogger’s hop posts,
  5.   and are willing to participate in the group discussions by signing up to join Slack (available for desktop and as an app for mobile devices).

Please indicate your interest in joining by filling out the registration form by clicking the link or using the form below.

 Additional Details

  • Note that after you indicate your interest by filling out the registration form, you will not receive email confirmation until the beginning of March at the earliest.
  • We will accept 100 participants for the blog hop this year. The sign-up form will be available until February 28th, 2018, or until we reach 100 participants.
  • Participation in the blog hop will consist of a significant time commitment. We believe that the more time you can dedicate to the blog hop, the more you will get out of it.
  • Tentative Schedule
    • Early March: Welcome participants via E-mail and get everyone into the Slack group to facilitate and begin the conversations.
    • March: Get to know one another through a series of weekly planned prompts through the Slack group.
    • March: Optional structured blog critique groups will be conducted.
    • April: First half (2 weeks) of blog hop.
    • May: Second half (2 weeks) of blog hop.
    • The hop will run over April and May with a break between the two halves of the hop, as we anticipate introducing a lot of new quilt blogs!

Looking for Ways to Participate?

If you are an alumni or blogger who has been active for longer than 3 years, we would love to have you share information about this year’s New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop so that as many new bloggers can be exposed to this opportunity as possible. We would also love to grow our list of Advice for New Bloggers posts. If you have previously written something or would like to write a post that we can link to about anything you wish you had known earlier in your blogging adventure, please contact myself, or any of the co-hosts by leaving a comment on either of our blogs or emailing us for further details.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

The 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop is being sponsored by an awesome selection of companies, and we are excited to be partnered with:

 

Make Modern Magazine Sew Fresh Quilts
Meadow Mist Designs Northcott
Phat Quarters Fabric Quilting JETgirl
Devoted Quilter Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics
Canuck Quilter Designs Clinton Modern Creative
The Red Hen Shop Sew Sisters Quilt Shop
Cooking Up Quilts Island Batiks
Benartex Christina Camelli

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Yard Quilt Finished; Progress on The Cards

Happy Hump Day! I hope your week is going well and you are enjoying some sewing time. I’ve made some progress on my own projects and thought I’d share what I’ve been working on.

I finished the store sample Monday evening. The pattern was easy, and calls for just three fabrics of 1 yard each. The guys asked that I make it a bit bigger, so I added an extra border. The fabrics are from Fig Tree. I love the blue print, but having big (8″) blocks and a wide border (5″) of it kinda screams ‘look at me’. But hey, maybe that’s what this quilt is suppose to be screaming….

As is usually the case, the top looks so much better in person. I have a difficult time capturing these colors on my camera.

Store Sample QuiltThis was a fast make. It could be done in a day very easily. I cut the fabrics on Sunday, and put the top together on Monday. If you need something fast, I can certainly recommend this pattern!

Fig Tree FabricsI also made a little progress on my MILs quilt. This is a project that I’ll work on in between others, so I expect this one to take a little while.

Card Trick Block CenterThose four patches are the centers of the 30 blocks I’ll be making. Now I’m ready to move on to the next step!

I’ve also finished one of the two customer quilts on my list for this week  (no pics) and I feel really good about that. My longarm schedule is booked through March, so I’ve got a LOT of quilting to do!

That’s it for now. I’m off to grab a little sleep – Night!

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