Monthly Archives: October 2013


October 28th 2013

Sometimes when you get a design idea, all you have on hand is the back of an envelope,

Design phase Quilty Ears

Squares and half-squares and a little applique: From concept to creation.

Quilted Mickey ears

I thought this was perfect, just like the embroidered hats from you know where!

Quilted Mickey ears

Friday Night Block Party: Basket Weave

October 25th 2013

I won’t tell you the kind of technical difficulties I’ve been having, maybe you have been seeing them live!!  Let’s try another block party this week and see how it goes!

pinwheel block party

We are continuing with the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt blocks.

Although this one and this one were done out of order, we are now doing block #4.  It’s called Basket Weave, which is self explanatory.  Although I am not too keen on their color choice, interestingly enough, I am not the only one who thinks this block looks “unfriendly.”


So I played a little with the color placement to steer the eye to a different focus. Can you tell? It was easy enough to do, just make 4 rectangles in three different fabrics and sew together for a three strip unit, then arrange those to make the block.

Basket Weave

 I stayed with the same layout as the book but by using the loud red for the center strip in doesn’t quite emphasize that “other” shape!  Krystine over at Pretty by Hand did hers this way. (on the left)

and Amanda made these below, which compile the first four in the sampler.

 I’ll be pulling out my scraps again soon, to make another batch of FWQA blocks. I’m warning you though, it’s addictive!

Please feel free to link up with any and all that you’ve made. Any links or comments qualify you for a charm pack giveaway! And I’d love to see them.!!  And thanks to our sponsors!

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There’s a craft for that!

October 24th 2013

Got juice pouches? There are 2 crafts for that!

juice pouches For tree you will need:

Juice pouches with straws (at least one per craft) 

Hot glue gun 


and a cork. 

First wash out your pouches and straws in soap and warm water, let air dry.   

Juice pouch Cut the pouches in 1/4 inch strips. They are “stuck” on the ends so it’s easier to cut them this way.

juice pouch strips on straw  

With ends “stuck” you can open the strip and stick the drink straw between. Put a dab of hot glue on the straw and press down the pouch foil. I alternated front and back of pouch and arrangement, you don’t want your pouch to look like the drink now do you?  Once they are all attached, I flipped it over on the back and reinforced the back part of straw with glue as well.

juice pouch tree shape  

Cut the pouch strips into a triangle shape. Some strips may curl. Leave curled or glue if you prefer.


Get a cork and slice it into pieces about 1/2 inch thick. Make sure one side is really flat so it could stand. Use a scissor to press a tiny opening in the center of the cork. Dab a little hot glue and stick the bottom part of the straw in the hole.  


Juice Pouch tree

And there you have it, a juice pouch Christmas tree miniature!

Craft #2  for ornament you will need:

1 juice pouch per ornament (at least)

1 glass or plastic ball (mine was 2 1/2 inches top to bottom)


Wash and dry juice pouches.

Juice pouch

Cut the juice pouches in 1/4 inch strips first.

juice pouch squares

Now cut off the square ends. The strips will curl some, that’s okay. 

juice pouch curls

Use your scissors to curl them as you would ribbon for a gift or a party. Kids can wrap it around a kabob stick tightly and get a similar effect.

juice pouch fill

As you curl them, put them inside the ornament right off the stick or with your hands.

Juice Pouch Ornament

And there you have it. Isn’t that a nice ornament? The foil will reflect Christmas lights for a little bling!

Friday Night Block Party: Basket

October 21st 2013

OMG!!!! The Party didn’t Post!!!  Did the neighbors complain? Were we making too much noise?  I don’t know what happened party goers, my apologies. Susie did such a great post, you know she’s joined the quilt along, have you?

pinwheel block party

This weeks block is #3 from the FWQA, the basket.


This was tricky again because of the measurements, with pieces or with math!


 This was my first one and I really liked the colors. Once it was done though it was 7 inches, way off from the size these blocks should be. This picture was taken after I tried to pin and tuck and make it the right size, but to no avail! I just started over.


Not as much contrast on this combination but the size was right and there was a little applique to do on the handle. Check!

 I did find these other examples online:

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

 © 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Okay. Everything Krystine makes over at Pretty by Hand, is well, SO pretty. You’ll have to pop over and see all her FWQA blocks. They are inspirational and all so neatly done. Sigh!

Need a little more inspiration to get going on these FWQA blocks? How about this…

FWQA quilt

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