Monday, January 26, 2015

Birthdays and Polka Dot Cake

 There are certain life markers
that indicate the passing of time.

Like getting an invitation
 to a high school reunion and thinking 
40 years?  Really?
retiring from a career that has
been the majority of your lifetime.

Sometimes it's birthdays, 
it can be your own,
or the birthdays of your children.

It seems like only yesterday they were babies

and now they're  grown 
with a family of their own.

And you say, "When did that happen?"

This weekend we headed to Denver to
celebrate the birthday of our oldest daughter, Elizabeth.
What a joy she has been to our lives.

 5 years old

A birthday celebration
always requires a cake.
And in this case, it needed to be a polka dot cake.
Here's how you do it.

First, you make some polka dots.

Bake them in a cake.

Have a good helper.
Then smear big globs of chocolate frosting.

Add few decorations.

Along with a candle.
(Any one will do)

Sprinkle in a few hugs and kisses.

And you have a fun birthday celebration.

Then next year,
you'll wonder again,
"Where did the time go?"

Until Next Time-

Monday, January 19, 2015

Blue Tumblers

It really didn't take me long
to get that tumbler quilt top basted and quilted.

I wanted to be able to turn it in at
tomorrow's meeting.

The color just fit with the
color of the sky and the foothills

The color might also be on
beaches of the Caribbean, but for now
I'll  have to stick with the snow and mountain.

I love how this pattern
from the Missouri Star Quilt Co.
was so easy and fast to piece.
The blocks can be laid out so the tumblers
go every direction.

I used this polka dot flannel for the backing
and at the quilt groups holiday party,
 I received a piece of this blue fairy frost fabric
which was the perfect color for the binding.

I quilted straight lines in the white background to
make the seams less noticeable.
I didn't mark anything, I just stitched
along the edge of some masking tape.
I didn't even quilt in the tumblers.  I wanted
the fabric to be the star.
It's nice to have my obligation done,
but I hope, it will be even nicer for some
new baby boy to enjoy a little quilt from me.

Until Next Time-

Friday, January 16, 2015

There's No Stopping Me Now

 It sure helps when you
have encouragement from friends.

You feel like you can do anything.

 Just so you know, I did have a great aunt who was a bareback rider
for the circus.  So it's in the genes!

I have been working steadily on
my giant wool applique quilt.
The pieces are now all whipped into place
and the scalloped border determined and marked.

I've even done some embroidery.
Today it's all about basting.

So not even another buck-a-roo can stop me now.

Especially, not a cowgirl
carrying a six shooter and a guitar.
(And yes, it's me.)
Until Next Time-

Monday, January 12, 2015

Something New, Something Blue

I'm not the kind of person who
let's obligations or commitments
slide to the last moment.

Remember those big science or
Social Studies project in school?
I would get right on those as soon as
the assignment was given.
 (The other kids hated me for that)

Even now
I still can't put things off
 especially, if I've promised 
something would be done by a certain time.

One of the quilt groups I belong to
has promised to make baby quilts for a church's ministry.
This has allowed the quilt group to meet in the
building for insurance purposes.

So when the calendar page flipped,
I decided to get a baby quilt made.
(I'm not totally deviating from 
the wool applique.)

I friend gave me an
 unwanted charm pack and

I knew it would make a fun
modern baby boy quilt.

The pattern I decided to use is from the 
Missouri Star Quilt Co.
It's called the Tipsy Tumbler Quilt.
You can watch a video here.

I used the cardboard from the back of the
charm pack to create a tumbler shape
and cut out 25 pieces.

The whole idea of Jenny's method is to
start with a tumbler shape, set it on
a 10" square and iron and fold
the square over the raw edges and sew.

The raw edges are
enclosed in a seam.

Then do it again 
with the opposite sides.

Look a tumbler block.
Trim the outer edges to make an 8" square.

Here's the back.  You can see
how those
seams are all enclosed.

I was afraid it would make the seams
feel too thick, but it didn't.

Doesn't it look like I had to cut out a lot 
of different shaped pieces?

I laid out the blocks on
my design floor and 
I use these nifty preprinted
plastic lay out squares
by Quilt Dance.
(I couldn't find them online anywhere, sorry)

So here's the quilt
sewn together.
 You could add a border if you wanted,
but I wanted to keep it under 40" so
the backing would be one piece.

I'm hoping those
seams fade away more once the
batting is laid underneath.
(I think they're showing up more being on a wood floor.)

My neighbors have been gone for awhile,
so I went next door for a photo shoot.
They have Grecian statues
next to their pool.
Doesn't she seem thrilled with the quilt top?

Until Next Time-