Jen gave us the freedom to choose any block we wanted to make but gave us a few suggestions. In this post, she choose several from Quilter’s Cache where there are quilt blocks galore!
I choose the Galaxy Star 9″ paper pieced block.
For colors, Jen requested the tertiary colors and I have the perfect fabrics. These three prints are from Christa Watson’s new fabric line, Fandangle by Benartex.
The two tone on tone prints are Crosshatch in light grey and teal. And print is Triangle Trinkets in teal.
I had fun brushing up on my paper piecing skills and even managed to keep the background fabric oriented correctly.
Karen made a woven star block for Jen and I’m looking forward to seeing more!
When Jen asked for a block of our choice for this month I knew exactly what I was going to make because when I posted my Stash Bee Geese Trails block from Piece and Press block for March queen (also) Jen (@jentexas) on Instagram (see it here) she said it was on her list of makes. I know how long my own list is and how frequently it gets updated so here it is – a tertiary coloured Circle of Geese. I used a different pattern this time around, the Circle of Geese from Piece by Number, and increased the size by 125% so that it turns out at 16” finished. I wasn’t intentionally going to place the geese in rainbow order and that’s just as well because somehow the plan I did have went awry anyway. Hope you like it Jen!
Saint Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but I finally have made a couple of little shamrock blocks to be included in the border of Jennifer’s quilt.
These little shamrocks measure just 4 1/2″, so sewn into the quilt they will be 4″.
I used a Cotton and Steel print, Dottie in Picnic green, and another green, a print from Hazel by Alison of Cluck, Cluck, Sew.
You see, Jennifer is continuing her theme from 2017. Her block from March 2017 was Irish Eyes.
And one more pic of a little shamrock.
These are in the mail to Jennifer and I can’t wait to see her finished quilt.
Ann requested a Scrappy Strip Block finishing 12″ square using a white background and brightly colored scraps. She posted about the block here and wrote a detailed tutorial on her blog Brown Paws Quilting here.
I grabbed some scraps and made this block.
I almost took the easy way out and made a cross but wanted the challenge and inserted the second strip at an angle. It looks nice and straight at this angle…
But what about from the other angle? Success, I did keep the strip lined up fairly well.
Even though Ann requested two strips in each block, I had enough scraps sewn to make one additional strip so I inserted a single strip in a block and thought she could add in another strip.
Now to catch up on my other bee blocks!
The most important ingredient in a good cake is chocolate love and that’s what I’ve put in my cake for Velda. This cake was going to be raspberry like Emily’s but maybe I can call it red velvet with a chocolate Smarties frosting.
Thanks for the excuse to buy Smarties and happy spring Velda!
Hi and welcome to the merry merry month of May. Its definitely spring here, there, and everywhere in the northern Hemisphere. So, IMHO its time to celebrate surviving another long cold winter.
At our house, when we celebrate there is always a big beautiful cake involved. Sadly, my favourite cakes are chock-a-block full of carbs, sugar and other things which are not great for my waistline. So, whatdaya say we make fabric cakes instead.
Before we get to the recipe lets talk about general tools and ingredients.
- Make your Cake dimensions as per the pattern on line
- Choose any shade of grey, preferably a tone on tone, or small-scale print for the block backgrounds
- Cake stands can be any shade of teal or turquoise, solids or prints are fine
- Cake stand design – choose the one that suits your cake block parameters or modify one that you like – or design one of your own as long as it fits within the parameters of the block
- You choose the kind of cake that teases your tastebuds. There are lots of choices provided. Give it a name if possible – Turtle cheesecake, Black Forest cake, etc. (Irene, I’m really anticipating something awesome from your fabric pantry)
The pattern we are using is called “Sweet Cakes”. Its a a free downloadable pattern by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics. I cannot give you the link to the pattern as it is encrypted, but I am happy to give you instructions on how to go there yourself to download a copy of the pattern for your own use.
Go to michaelmillerfabrics.com by clicking here
- Click on “Get Inspired”
- Choose “Free Downloads”
- Scroll through until you come to the Sweet Cakes Pattern. (Pattern cover has a navy blue background and 9 yummy looking cakes)
- Click on “Download pattern”
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “download instructions”
- Save the download to your computer or print it out. (I printed mine out so I wouldn’t always be having to go back to computer).
- Choose which cake you want to make and which cake-stand you want to put it on
- Bake it
Here is one I made just before Christmas.
And, here is another one.
Orange Explosion Cake
Let me know if you have any problems getting this pattern to download. Also let me know if you do not have the technology on your computer to download the pattern. You may also be able to find a link to the pattern on Pinterest.
Thanks so much for baking me a cake. I’m looking forward to taking a delicious bite from each and every one.
Thank you so much for your lovely shamrock blocks! Here they are all together, with my original block.
Velda @ Freckled Fox Quiltery made these lovelies.
And Emily @ The Darling Dogwood made these.
I love the variety of color and fabrics. Exactly the scrappy look I wanted.
Lots more blocks are on their way, and I can’t wait to see them! Here’s my plan for these sweet blocks.