Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Easy XO Blocks

The XO Blocks 

on the backing of my

were easy peasy to make.

Two posts in one day.

I am sew happy with this finish.

Eight large squares 

I cut 4.5" squares.

Sixteen small squares

 I cut 2.5" squares.

Sew a small square to alternate corners on each blcok
as for a half-snowball or dugout block.

I do not draw lines.

I finger press the small squares in half diagonally and chain stitch along the fold.

I like to run a second line of stitching a half inch away on the outside of my stitching line and them cut between the lines to make HST blocks for a scrap quilt. 

Here is the block layout
with the corners pressed and cut away.

I nest the seams within the block by pressing half of my units 
inward and half outward. 

My blocks finished at 8" square in my quilt back.

You can make any size block as long.

Cut your large squares to half the size block you wish to make plus 1/2" for the seams.  Then cut your smaller squares proportionally.

Happy sewing!


The Baby Sister Quilt is Done!

The Baby Sister Quilt is Done!

One of my readers said this looked like "strawberry shortcake" 
and I think this is a good name for this quilt.  
There are even some scrap charms of Strawberry Shortcake fabric in there.  
So I am calling this quilt ... 

"Strawberry Shortcake" 


pieced back

The Quilting Details

I quilted this one with straight line quilting on my home machine.
The drop fee mechanism on my machine is still not working right.
I love straight line quilting.

This is the Big Sister Quilt.

When I made this 

in February and decided it was destined for a pink loving little girl,
 my daughter's niece by marriage.
  Then I learned that there was a new baby sister on the way and decided that I needed to make a baby sister pink and white quilt
made with some of the leftover squares and fabrics.

 Since the first quilt  had a X and O on a white background for the backing,

my quilty muse decided this new quilt must have an X and O, too,
on the pieced backing.

I made an easy half-snowball X and O for the baby quilt.

I hope these lovely little girls enjoy their quilts!

<3 <3

My backyard is looking a bit different than it did when ...

I finished the first quilt!

 It is a lot nicer for taking quilty pictures. 

and sitting out side

I cleaned and "de-furred" the quilts again for gifting.
Butterfly helped.

Katniss helped.

Eventually I got as much fur off as is possible with two cats 
shedding in the hot summer.

All packed and ready to go!

 Time for our next project!

Katniss agrees.

Linking Up Today


Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Have a happy quilty day! 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

While taking my Pinterest break yesterday I found this easy recipe 

and the taste buds said this would make a yummy summer dessert so I spent a few minutes in the kitchen to stir this together and tuck in the fridge.

I made half smooth and then half crunchy because that's the way I like it.

The prep that took the longest was shelling the roasted no-salt peanuts 

I had in my peanut basket.

Of course, it would not have taken as long to get enough peanuts for add-ins 
had I not snacked ... ;)

I also added crushed graham cracker crumbs to the crunchy half.

This is good, but I think next time I will dig out my 40 year old recipe for

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars 

which are more similar to 

The ratio of 10X sugar to peanut butter makes for a less sweet 
and more peanutty taste. 

Really ... I did not just have a piece of peanut butter fudge with my coffee 
while I typed this morning post ... ;)

My back has been acting up so my sewing and gardening and cooking 
and such this week is off to a slow start. 
Not sure what I did over the weekend that put the knots in my back.
I am trying to stretch the knots out and it is helping.

In my quilty corner, Butterfly and I are finishing the binding on ...

... the pink baby sister quilt. 

I use no pins or clamps when I bind a quilt.

I just roll and stitch as I go along.

I do not use a lot of pins when I sew and quilt.

Yesterday I had a reader write to me about my quilting technique ...

I do not baste, use pins or basting spray when I quilt.

I am wondering if others would be interested in a tutorial on my method.

If so, leave me a comment or drop me a email.

I love to share with other quilters.

Linking up today with

Down Home Blog Hop @ Tilly's Nest

where I enjoyed reading the links and learned why two on my hydrangeas did not bloom this year.  I cut then back too late in the fall. Now I know better.  Next year they will bloom again.

Living and learning here in the scrapatch.

Thanks for visiting!

Have a happy quilty day!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Playing with Cotton + Steel

I am saving most of this to take with me to sew with My Girl when I visit her in September, 

but these fabrics are sew lovely that I have to play today!

Butterfly agrees.

Sew ... I am sewing!

I am also binding my Easy Lattice Charm Quilt today!

In the last few days, I pieced the backing.

Sandwiched and got ready to quilt ...

Katniss helped. 

I quilted.

Butterfly helped.

I bought a large quilting weight cone of white

I use the 50/2 thread in 2021 exclusively for piecing.

This is the first time I have purchased online from this shop although I have bought many cones and spools from Donna in nearby quilt shows but I was out of white quilting thread and shopped online this time.
As always, her service is good and I will definitely do so again.

I usually use Superior King Tut for quilting and Aurifil for piecing, but I think I am going to be buying more Aurifil quilting cotton in the future as my machine and I are very happy with this thread.

Today I am binding my quilt!

Butterfly is helping.

So I am also sewing.

This is an "improv"  project.

It will be a table quilt.

I am trying to decide on the next border band ... 

(1) ?

(2) ??

(3) ???

Katniss has no opinions and is snoozing next to my new little scrap jar'
that will only be for  Cotton + Steel.

Butterfly is no help because she is snoozing on my chair.

This mean I will be binding my quilt while I decide.

Would you like to help be decide ...

1 ... 2 ... or 3 ????

One thing I have decided is that there will be

some more easy lattice happening in this new project!

What are you working on today?

I am linking up again this morning with one of my favorite link-ups ...

Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times

As always there are lots of inspiring projects in the links.

Have a happy quilty day!