Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Disappearing Twice Nine Patch Table Runner

52 Week UFO Challenge Project #23 - Disappearing nine patch table runner

I had four blocks left over from my disappearing nine patch quilt so, of course, I saved them and wanted to use them for another project.

Unfortunately, none of the ways I arranged the blocks looked right.

So I decided to cut up each of the blocks to see what I could do with them. I cut the block in half from top to bottom and from side to side.

The block sliced into four sections
Next, I rotated each of the sections and rearranged them until I liked the way the block looked.
Sections rotated and rearranged
I sewed the four blocks together with navy blue sashing strips and then added a blue border. I just LOVE this method of making a complex block from a nine patch block. Making the nine patch disappear TWICE was a great way to make the blocks look different for the table runner.

To quilt the table runner I used an alternating swirl design for the outer border and a meander on all of the blocks. Fast, simple and effective.

Close up of quilting designs

My disappearing twice nine patch table runner is project #23 in my 52 week UFO Challenge. It has been 16 weeks since I started my challenge and I can't believe how many projects I have been able to finish up!!

The finished table runner

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Block of the Month

New Beginnings Block of the Month

Well, it's May Day so I've added the next block in our New Beginnings Bock of the Month to Craftsy!!

Our May block uses only three fabrics so I picked a cream with a water ripple for Fabric #1, an orange flower print for Fabric #2 and a black flower print for Fabric #3.

I used my cardboard markers to keep track of the fabrics as I cut the pieces for the block.

Here's my finished May block. My Block of the Month quilt is starting to take shape!! Don't forget to add pictures of your finished blocks to Craftsy for a chance to win our grand prize in January!!

For more information about our New Beginnings Block of the Month, download the BOM General Directions PDF from Craftsy. It is a free download!!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Machine Quilting Leaves and Swirls

52 Week UFO Challenge Project #22 - Disappearing Nine Patch quilt

Have you ever made a quilt that you just didn't like?? Even though I had purchased two charm packs of fabrics that I just loved, once I put them together into a quilt I just couldn't get motivated enough to finish it.

I finally decided that the reason that I never finished the quilt was that I really didn't like it. BUT after looking at it critically one day I realized that it was only the OUTER BORDER that I didn't like.

When I had finished the top at our quilt retreat, I had a brown fabric on hand that I used for the border, but I'm not really a "brown" person. I probably have no more than six brown fabrics in my entire stash and I'm really not drawn to them. 

Once I decided that the outer border had to go, I found a blue one that I liked and got to sewing. The resulting quilt top was SO much better!!!

Disappearing nine patch quilt with the new blue border

I loaded the quilt on my Gammill and decided to use a leaf and swirl design to quilt both the border and the centre of the quilt.

Leaf and swirl design

Here is the finished quilt - not bad for a quilt that I had never wanted to finish!! Machine quilting leaves and swirls is one of my favourite motifs to use on a variety of quilts. I'm so glad that I persevered and finished this quilt! UFO #22 is done!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Modern Squares baby quilt

52 Week UFO Challenge Project #21 - Leftover squares made into a baby quilt

A couple years ago I went on a baby quilt making spree and ended up with five different baby quilts for expecting co-workers and friends. I also ended up with some leftovers - of course LOL.

I LOVED using the Twister Tool ruler to make a couple of the baby quilts, but for each quilt, after  I used the tool to cut the tessellated blocks I ended up with a bunch of 5" bias squares of fabric. 

The Twister Tool and my left over sqauers

I decided to use the squares to make another baby quilt.

First step was to trim the squares so that they were all exactly the same size. I added a few more squares to make up the right number for the quilt.

Next I cut sashing strips from white fabric and sewed one to all but eight of the squares.

Chain piecing the sashing strips to the squares.
I sewed these together into eight rows and then added one of the left over squares to the end of each row. I then added a sashing strip in between each of these rows. 

When sewing rows like these together, it's important to make sure that the small sashing strips are lined up correctly.

One the rows were all sewn together, I added a white border to all four sides.

Adding the border

I decided to quilt it using wavy lines that travelled the entire length of the quilt. I lived this design as it was simple to do and added to the modern feel of the quilt. I used cozy Northcott flannel for the backing!!

Wavy quilting lines

Once the quilt was finished, I decided to put it up for sale on my Fairfield Road Designs Etsy shop. To my delight it was bought by a woman in Australia!! Such fun to be part of a global economy!!

Project #21 in my UFO Challenge is finished - and my Modern Squares baby quilt is en route to Oz.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tortilla Soup - Thrive Style

Today I decided to FINALLY make Chef Todd's Los Cabos Tortilla Soup and I have to say, it was DELICIOUS!

Tortilla Soup from Thrive

The first time I ever had Tortilla Soup was in Houston at Quilt Market. We stayed at the Convention Centre Hilton and this soup was their speciality. I've had it a few times since, but none were as good as the one at the Hilton. 

This recipe though is pretty close! And super easy! And FAST! 

First of all I made a "meal in a jar" with the recipe. I added Thrive Sweet Corn and a bit more chilli powder to my version.

My Thrive ingredients 

Once all of the ingredients were in the jar, all I had to do tonight was to add the water and simmer for about 25 minutes. To serve, we filled our bowls with the soup, added crushed tortilla chips, grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream. 

The resulting Tortilla Soup (Thrive Style) was AMAZING!  Check out my Thrive website for this and MANY more recipes.