I have changed this recipe a little bit from the original version, but I can’t remember where I got it from in the first place! If anyone has seen it before, please let me know the original source. I’d love to give them credit.
If you don’t have a vegetable garden of your own, you could try your local farmers market or better yet, maybe you could pass this recipe to a neighbor who does have a garden and then maybe that neighbor might be kind enough to share the end result!
I had enough left over to share with my neighbors, too. You know, what goes around comes around!
And now for a sneak peak of my next tutorial:
This table runner is completed and as soon as I’m finished with the instructions, I’ll be sharing a tutorial with you. Soon I hope!
I have been trying to catch up with a few things in my sewing room and I have a few projects to share.
My Paris-in-the-Fall Block of the Month: I finally finished block 4:
And here is block #5:
And the other block of the month that I’m doing is the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM from the Fat Quarter Shop. I am also happy to announce that The Fat Quarter Shop is my first sponsor! I’m so excited to have them as a sponsor and I love their website.
Here is Blocks 1 and 2:
Actually Block 2 is on the left and Block 1 is on the right.
You get so much fabric with each month’s block that there is plenty left over for another project or to make two blocks. Here is what was left over from block 2:
I wanted to share with you what a difference a little spray starch can make when pressing the completed blocks. Here is a picture before pressing with spray starch:
And this is what it looks like after pressing with starch:
This starch does not leave any white flakes behind and it really gives your block a nice finish. I like to use starch when my blocks are completed at the very least. Just be careful that you don’t over do it with the ironing or you can distort your finished block.
Often, I will starch my fabric before I even begin cutting it. It gives a crispness to my fabric that allows for more accuracy and easier precision piecing.
The next project I completed was for my daughter’s wedding. I made small gift pouches that held some goodies for each of the girls in the wedding party:
I made mine a little bigger than their version (which is shown in batiks below):
The lining is cut larger than the outside piece since it is also used to form a casing for the tape measure. Here it is opened:
These were really simple to make and you can adjust the size easily for your specific needs.
Last but not least, I have been playing with some new fabric that came into the shop (aka The Granary). It’s called “Gatherings” by Lisa Ballard for Newcastle Fabrics. Newcastle Fabrics is a fairly new company and so far I have loved their fabrics.
I love the fabrics in this collection. They have a dusty color palette that includes a light turquoise, orange, brown, teal, and tan.
I’m working on a fall table runner with these gems, and I’ll have a tutorial for you soon!
I’ve been away for a few weeks, but for good reason! My daughter’s wedding was last Saturday and it turned out perfect!
This was a true DIY wedding; no fancy wedding coordinator, but lots of great friends and family to help. Flowers, music, make-up, hair, drinks, dessert, ceremony coordinator(s), set-up, clean-up and decorations, were a combined effort of many. We couldn’t be more grateful for everyone’s help!
In the end, it all paid off and everything was just beautiful and perfect. I couldn’t find my camera on the day of the wedding, but here are a few more pictures from various sources.
My son and I:
The father-daughter dance:
The maids of honor (my youngest 2 daughters):
The bride & groom – Kelly & Steven:
I’ll be back soon to give you an update on what’s happening in my sewing room. Have a great weekend!
I have less than two weeks until my daughter’s wedding (holy *@#$!), so that’s been keeping me crazy pre-occupied if nothing else.
Then we got a new computer last Friday and I’ve been busy setting it up and transferring files over. I guess what I’m trying to say, is that I don’t have a lot of time for blogging right now.
I have been reading other people’s blogs, however, and I thought I would share a few great tutorials with you that I’ve found.
The first one is a really easy tote bag made with fat quarters from The Happy Zombie. It’s an oldie but goodie (2009) and still looks easy and adorable. You can find the Poochie Bag tutorial here.
The second project is a cute apron from Sew 4 Home. The tutorial is well-done, and you can find it here.
This would make a great gift for the bride-to-be, but you would need to make one for the groom too – we don’t want to suggest that the cooking is all up to her! So a reversible apron (also from Sew 4 Home) for him. You can find the tutorial here.
And if you have lots of scraps lying around, maybe you would like to try a scrappy quilt. Amber from A Little Bit Biased shares her Scrap Jar Stars tutorial and this one is on my “to do” list! She did a great job on this tutorial – and it’s visually yummy too!
That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll try to check in next week and then it’s wedding bells for us (my daughter that is)!
I admit to being a perfectionist (when it suits me). The square-in-a-square block is one of those easy looking units that never comes out quite right. In other words, WONKY.
I have always used the traditional technique of using corner squares, stitching and trimming them and then crossing my fingers that it comes out square and even:
But no more wonky! I have come up with a way of achieving bliss perfection, at least on this particular block. Don’t worry, my perfection pretty much ends right there – just ask my family!
Look how pretty these are:
My method involves something similar to paper piecing. Here are the supplies you’ll need and the instructions:
Supplies: For a 6 1/2″ unfinished block (There will be a chart for different sizes at the end of this post):
(1) 6 1/2″ square of fabric for base square
(2) 4 1/4″ squares cut in half on the diagonal for corners
(1) 4 1/4″ square of freezer paper
Step 1: Create a crease for placement of freezer paper by folding center square in half and pressing both edges. Repeat in other direction:
Step 2: Place freezer paper onto wrong side of square, lining up corners with creases and press in place:
Step 3: Place corner triangle right sides together with base square making sure that the triangle’s seam allowance is showing above the freezer paper and the corners extend evenly beyond the edges and pin:
Getting this placement right is probably the trickiest part. The center point of the triangle should be facing the middle of the square. The triangles are over-sized so there is some wiggle room here.
It might help to start on the right side of the square and place the triangle right side up as it will look when it’s sewn, then flip the triangle over wrong sides together. Adjust as needed from the freezer paper side:
Step 4: Stitch as close as possible to the freezer paper, starting at the fabric edge and stitching off the end:
This is what it will look like afterward:
Repeat on opposite corner.
Step 5: From right side, press triangles toward corners:
Step 6: Repeat steps 3 – 5 on remaining two corners.
Step 7: From the wrong side, trim all four sides even with the base square:
Step 8: Remove freezer paper (which can be used again) and admire your beautiful and accurate block!
You have the option of trimming away the base fabric corner after sewing and trimming each corner triangle. This time I chose to keep mine on for added stability, but normally I would trim it away.
If you use a scant 1/4″ for your piecing, you will love how this block fits together!
If you want to use this method for different sized blocks, I have come up with a chart based on the unfinished size of the block. These are the most common sizes, however I stopped at 6 1/2″. If anybody wants larger sizes, you can leave a comment or email me, and I’ll work out the numbers.
Updated 10/2013 – chart has been corrected and updated from original post.
Unfinished Block Size
Cut 2 squares, cut in half on diagonal
Center Square Size
Cut 1 from freezer paper
*Note: The cut sizes with a “+” means to cut slightly larger than the specified size. So, 2 ¾”+ would be in between 2 ¾” and 2 7/8”.