Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cog + Wheel Quilt Finish

Several years ago I bought the pattern 
and fabrics
for Cog + Wheel Quilt
Then it sat in a box
even though it
called to me ever so much.
"Come and play with me!" it purred while hidden away.
 Finally, the best time arrived
to pull out the
wonderful Amy Butler fat quarters
and other matchy friends.
 12 inch blocks
The inner circles were a small challenge
while the outer circles sewed up easily.
Once I got started I couldn't stop.
 Cog + Wheel has the option of being made
in 4 different sizes.
I opted for Twin Size
created with 12 blocks
Pattern by Denyse Schmidt
can be purchased on her web site
 Denise wrote of this pattern:
"Inspired from a quilt pattern from 1902, 
Cog + Wheel hurls us back to the
industrial age with a playful bold graphic
that rolls right on every size."
 This will be a gift for a son who is engaged to be married this summer.
He and his fiance's decorating tastes are 
Mid Century Modern
Hopefully, this quilt will be a match.
Now to get a back made 
and then off to Pat (Pat's Just Quilting)
where she will work her
longarm quilting magic
and make
Cog + Wheel 
even better.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild/ April

 Saturday we met with the
Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild
 for our April meeting.
 Rebecca Whaling
provided a wonderful 
Square In A Square tutorial.
We have been asked as a guild
to make 8 inch finished blocks
with fussy cut centers
for charity quilts.
*I've already purchased
a fat quarter to get me started :)
 Rebecca brought her 
work in progress as inspiration.
I love how she is using 
low volume and text fabric 
for her backgrounds.
 More inspiration
 Nice job Rebecca!
Thank you for your help
in organizing our group
for a great cause.
 At the end of our meeting
we enjoyed 
Show and Tell
Hope Takes Flight
(made by Ana)
is a free pattern offered by
Robert Kaufman Fabrics
can be found
 From the book 
Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis
 3-D Pinwheels
 Denise's wonderful Umbrella quilt
pattern by Laundry Basket Quilts
by Jenny Pidigo (Sew Kind of Wonderful)
was up on the wall at ETC. where our group met.
I had to take a picture because I love this quilt!
and must, must must make it someday.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Baby Elephants for a Baby Boy

 It reached 98 degrees here yesterday
in the Phoenix Metro
and it's only April.
Three words:
I'm not ready :(
Time to think about something
Cool 
 Like a new baby boy quilt!
My daughter asked me
very nicely if by chance I would make 
something for someone
she cares very much for.
I hope baby Oscar
and his parents
are into 
Modern
 I may add another gray fabric into the mix.
I'll be making
Chevrons
 using 
Half Square Triangles
from 
I'll take pictures along the 
way and even offer a free pattern.
Chevrons work up Fast
especially with this method.
Aren't these the cutest little guys?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Carrot Patch Cookies

I hope you had a nice Easter with your family.
Ours was delightful.
With a son- in-law who is half Cuban
our daughter cooked a fabulous meal
of 
Lechon (pork cooked in spices)
 black beans and rice
and tostones (fried plantains)
very yum!
***
I made a cute little treat for the grandkids 
to go with our dessert 
 
Carrot Patch Cookies
 Recipe on Spoonful
 You start with orange 
Mike & Ike candy
and green licorice 
for the carrots
 The base is put together 
using sugar wafer cookies 
and frosting as the "glue"
 I teased the grandkids
announcing
"Grandma is making you eat dirt!"
aka 
crushed chocolate wafer cookies
mixed with chocolate frosting.
 green paper for the garden bed
 All lined up in pretty rows
Carrot Patch Cookies
would also be a fun treat for 
birthday parties
or any Spring special occasion.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

He Lives!

 Happy Easter!
Today is the day 
out all the other 364 days of the year
for which I am 
most grateful!
 The Resurrection
by Carl Heinrich Bloch
He lives, my kind, wise heav'nly Friend.
He lives and loves me to the end.
He lives, and while he lives, I'll sing.
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
He lives and grants me daily breath.
He lives, and I shall conquer death.
He lives my mansion to prepare.
He lives to bring me safely there.
(*Song: I Know That my Redeemer Lives)