Emily, your block is finally finished! I hope you can use this shelf of cookbooks for your quilt.
Emily’s a librarian and a mom and a wife and a quilter who blogs at The Darling Dogwood. She asked for this block in December. Yes, I realize it’s February. Artwork just can’t be rushed.
When Emily asked for a shelf of books, I knew right away what I wanted to do. Yes, it became involved and grew and grew. You know that’s how it is with cookbooks; one just can’t have too many.
I added a mixer as my shelf extra. Sitting amongst the “cookbooks” it actually looks like a new mini version. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could actually own a mini KitchenAid that’s just the right size to whip up some cream for two people or even four. I don’t know about you but I need to whip at least a pint in my real KitchenAid so that the beater is effective or else it ends up just whipping up air.
Tu-Na Helper called this mixer a digital version since it was missing the lever but I think some things just have to be left to the imagination.
In the end, this block measured 13″ X 29″. Yes, it’s longer than she asked for in her tutorial here but on our Facebook page she said it could go longer if we wanted. And well, there’s no stopping Tu-Na from adding more books to the shelf, especially a cookbook shelf!
Tu-Na Helper thought I should add more labels to the books but I thought you could do that if you wanted to. His suggestion is The World of Pickles. I think I would have put Everything’s Better with Bacon, Betty’s Pies, and The Joy of Ice Cream. If I knew how to operate the embroidery alphabet on my new machine, I’d do it but that lesson comes next week. Since this block is so late I thought I shouldn’t wait another minute. I’ll get it in tomorrow’s mail and it’ll be on it’s way to you.
What I Learned Today:
- This mixer block was fun but putzy. You can find the free pattern here and the pattern for leaning the books here.
- I might have to sew up a mixer block for myself. But I sure don’t need another project right now. I just confessed that I suffer from MPD and DSD on my blog here. This block is just one of those blocks one has to make at least once but I’m not going to say I’ll never make another one.
Question: Do you use cookbooks or are you prone to searching the internet for a recipe? I do both but I have a huge collection of cookbooks. I used to read them as books.
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What a cracker of a block! well done Karen!
Thanks. It was fun. But now I want to make a bookshelf quilt too. Emily’s will be so interesting with all the different themes.
How fun, the mixer and blocks are fantastic. Love the details like the speeds on the mix and ‘kiss the cook’. Well done, Karen. I’m so relieved to that the conditions from which you suffer are not too serious!
Thank you! I can’t take credit for the selvage button idea. The pattern showed a pic of it. Yes, my conditions could always be worse.
Karen! It’s amazing!!!!! I had no idea when I saw the mixer on your blog that it was for ME!!!! And I told you that mine is red and I love it. This is an amazing block and I’m so excited! The details are great, like “Kiss the cook!” Man, you really don’t do anything halfway! I love it!!!!
You are welcome! My mama always says, “A job worth doing is a job worth doing well.”
This is the perfect block! Wish I’d thought of it. As for cookbooks, I use them and also the internet. Mostly thought I use a folder I keep of printed out recipes.
OMG, Jennifer! We think alike. I also have a folder of printed out recipes. You know, those favorite ones that I don’t want to lose or be unable to locate anymore.
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I use cookbooks and internet recipes. As for printed-out internet recipes, I’ll see your folder and raise you a binder! We keep a binder in page protectors for our recipes because I can be messy in the kitchen and I don’t like to keep reprinting 🙂 But I am also a big cookbook user. When I still worked at the public library, I loved looking at all the new cookbooks when we got them in!
That’s cute! I really like how you used the numbers on the selvedge on the mixer!
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