Friday, June 17, 2016


As we fast approach the end of the visit, I think we've saved the best for last. Fondant piggies to top raspberry-filled chocolate cupcakes for a very important birthday. :) And, yes. Everyone has a birthday once a year.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Chocolate Butterflies

We have a very special guest in the Kingdom this week. She and I made chocolate butterflies to put on top of some already fabulous cupcakes that I had in the freezer. As much as I'd like to claim I made those cupcakes, I have to confess they're my friend Amanda's. Cupcakes by Amanda.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

We love company!

Just when I thought I was a lone voice in the wilderness, Jean from New Zealand, emailed to show me her April Showers block. Isn't it great? She's putting it on a bag. I love it done in batiks!

Thanks for playing along, Jean!

Monday, June 6, 2016

The golden hour and a few 'instructions'

Here's Cassie catching the last of the sun's rays before sun down.

And here's the blank canvas for a new quilt block.

I haven't been very specific about cutting the fabric, because I really wasn't sure anyone cared. However, if you're working along with me, these 8 inch blocks are made by cutting a background that is 8 1/2 inches square. Cut 2 inner borders 1 1/2 inches x 8 1/2 inches and 2 more inner borders that are 1 1/2 inches x 10 1/2 inches. Cut 2 outer borders 3 1/2 inches x 10 1/2 inches and 2 that are 3 1/2 inches x 17 inches. The finished block will be trimmed.

Layer the assembled blank canvas block on a 17 inch square piece of Warm and Natural quilt batting, and fuse and stitch the appliqué components in place.

For some of the blocks in this quilt, you'll need to complete the appliqué  BEFORE  you add the borders. You'll know which ones those are. It's not rocket science. :)

A word about fusing... I use Heat & Bond Lite. I trace the appliqué patch, but before I press it to the fabric, I trim out the centre part of the patch, so only the edges get fused. I do that because I want my quilt to be nice and soft and drapey. I don't want it to be stiff. However, if you're making a tote bag, the extra stiffness would probably be a good thing.