"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27

Friday, September 30, 2016

Feline Friday

Cupcake was enjoying the sun down in the basement.

 Pippi and Tiger also enjoys that ray of sunshine.

 Custard was helping me place blocks.
 Tiger said we're done.
 After basking in the sun, Cupcake wanted to play fetch.
 Pippi is just so adorable.
My cats want you to have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Cake Block Patterns

I made two blocks for my birthday cake quilt.  I loved this pattern from Homespun Handmaiden.  She made me this block:  Here is her free pattern for this block.
This is the block I made.  Do not use the polyester ric rac from Walmart, it melts!  I decided that I did not want to redo the block though.  I also decorate cakes and felt the wavy ric-rac was more cake like.  If you do add ric-rac to any of these cake patterns, be sure to add them before adding the sides of the block.  I glued the ric-rac on using a glue that does not wash off so I would not have to sew it on.  Only the sides are sewn into the block.

 I will have one row of blocks that is 12 by 16 because the pattern by Fat Quarter Shop is just so cute!  One of my Sew Sweet Bee sisters sent me this block:  Which is why I made one of this pattern.  One more block is coming (she is redoing her kitchen, so kind of busy) and I asked her to make this block also, which will give me three for this row, including mine.
The rest of my blocks are 12 by 12 inches.
This is the block I made.  I used good quality ric-rac on this block, it was much easier to work with.  You can get the pattern here.
The other pattern used was from Lori Holt at Bee in My Bonnet.  The blocks sent to me from were these blocks:  The chocolate cake was made up by the person who sent it, she combined this pattern and the pattern above, to make it.  You can get the Lori Holt pattern here.  Donna combined that pattern with this pattern to include the bow that I love.

 The red cake is a paper pieced pattern on Craftsy, you can find it here. 
Peggy's triple layer sprinkled cake filled with strawberry layers was her own creation I believe.
When I made my two blocks I tried to include colors from all of the blocks.  Since one of the cakes had chocolate, I knew I needed to add the chocolate sprinkles material (found in my stash) to my blocks to bring in more brown.  I knew the cherries in my triple layer cake would bring in some more of the red.  I also tried to include the blue and green that some of the other cakes had.  The sashing will be a pink calico.

If you were wanting to make any cake blocks, I hope I gave you a lot of choices!


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Small Town Quilt Shows

I live in a small town of 3,000 in Missouri.  This past weekend we had two small quilt shows in conjunction with each other.  The Douglas County Historical Museum and Ava Art Guild are right next to each other.  The museum raffles off a quilt every year to raise money.  I entered quilts in both shows.  At the museum, I entered my grandmother's quilt.  It is a Martha Washington's Flower Garden.  It is hand pieced and hand quilted.
 Can you see the tumbling blocks and the diamonds?
 I have included the pictures of their names with each quilt.  There were between ten to fifteen quilts at the museum.

 One day I will make a Sunbonnet Sue quilt.  I love the embroidery on the hats.

 My quilt guild, Pieces and friendship, helped sponsor the show at the Art Guild.  The judging was done by viewer's choice.  There was a tie for first place and my quilt won third third place, by one vote, it was almost a three way tie!  My quilt is at the bottom of the post.
I love the quilting on this mini quilt!

 This quilt one first place.  It was paper pieced.

 I have been collecting vintage handkerchiefs to make this butterfly quilt.  I was happy to see one here.  This one won second place.

 This is the quilt I entered.  My long time readers will be familiar with this quilt.  It is a version of a Drunkard's Path, called Devil's Puzzle Box.  A friend, Pat, started the quilt, I finished it, and a blog friend, Dora, quilted it on her long arm.  This one won third place.
I'm not sure how I missed getting a picture of the quilt they raffled off!
I took pictures of most of the quilts, but not all of them.  I really enjoyed this small quilt show and hope we have another one next year!

"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalm 34:8