Monday, April 21, 2014

The Cupcakery Is Back

Since I've been back in Denver
 
taking care of this sweet little guy,
my daughter's co-workers have been
inquiring....any cupcakes?

How can we turn down such a devoted following?
So last week, 
we put on our aprons and started baking.

We baked our vanilla cupcakes
with butter cream frosting.
They're always yummy, but
the star of the cupcakes were going to be
 the sweet baby birds of spring.

We made a ring of frosting to form the
 shape of the nest,
sprinkled on toasted coconut to create
the perfect bird's nest.

The baby birds were the most fun to make.
Using the mini Cadbury shelled chocolate eggs

 we piped a tiny bit of yellow frosting for beaks and

then added two black dots for eyes.

Don't they look like hungry birds?

My daughter sent an email out to
inform the gang in the lab
that there were cupcakes!

In 10 minutes those cupcake deprived coworkers
had emptied the tray.

 Wish I had a picture of that.

I'm not sure who was hungrier,
the co-workers or baby birds.


Until Next Time-

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Love Those Pom Poms


 My Wascally Wabbits Table Mat
was a new project that got started and finished.

This rabbit project
is a "I've been sitting around for 2 years" and
"Easter Bunny's only seem appropriate during a certain period of time" project.

 So I knew I needed to get it out
and get it done.
  
The wool applique 
bunny pillow pattern
 
and is cute and simple.

My friend and I had each bought a kit from a local wool shop,
not because we didn't have enough wool ,
but because we simple adored the 
pink pom pom fringe that was included as an edge treatment.
(We have a thing for "dingle balls".)

When I use a primitive whip stitch
verses a buttonhole stitch,
 
 it saves lots of time and thread,
and for something as seasonal as this,
both of those reasons seem practical to me.

 I was thinking the pom poms might
be a challenge to sew on and look nice,
 but it was easy, especially using a zipper foot.

Now another unfinished project is done.
And I have to admit
there's something about
 those pink pom poms that
you just have to love.

Until Next Time-

Friday, April 11, 2014

Out of the Blue

 Since the beginning of the year
I have been moving back and forth:
from complex projects to simple patterns,
from long term finishes to quick sews and
 from old half finished projects to new ones.

There seems to be a place for each
in my eclectic quilting style and unpredictable schedule.

 I recently downloaded the free pattern,
demonstrated by  Kimberly

It's fast and easy,
especially if you use charm packets.
Instead, I cut some 5" squares of 
some older "odds and ends" blues and
some, "I don't use white on white prints anymore"
to stitch this easy peasy quilt top together.

Here's the general idea.

Make Nine patches


cut Nine Patches,


resew Nine Patches.

Just so you know, I did use some oldies...


Once everything is sewn together
it makes an interesting design.


I'll admit using some current bright and
cheerful charm packets would make a totally
different and delightful quilt, but
this is what I had and this is what I used.

Once it's quilted and bound,
 new life will be added to  some "classic fabrics".

I'm thinking ahead with this top.
My local quilt shop
donates lap size quilts to nursing home residences
each Christmas,
I'm looking forward to be able to
include this quilt as a gift
to some special person.

It's not like I was lacking in projects,
or needed something to do,
it was just something I did,
"Out of the Blue".
  Until Next Time- 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Never Fear

 I may be in a new location today,

but

never fear....
I'm still connected!

 Until Next Time-