Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Fabulous Freebies Blog Hop

When Joan of MooseStash Quilting announced she was hosting a Blog Hop to showcase some of the free quilting patterns to be found online, I jumped at the chance.  It is so much fun to participate in blog hops with a bunch of talented bloggers, and the patterns are FREE!  So if you love quilting and free patterns, you are in the right spot!  THANK YOU, Joan, for hosting this fabulous blog hop!

Today I get to show you my Fabulous Freebie!  Long gone now, Quilt Soup used to be one of my favorite blog sites to visit.  Barbara Jones, owner of this website, made the greatest projects.  They were so creative and always fun.  Barbara now designs fabric for Henry Glass & Co., Inc.  I feel so lucky to have found her FREE patterns on the Henry Glass website.

For my project, I have chosen a quilt she designed called TV B.C. (Before Cable) and uses fabric from her Clean Living line.

Clean Living Quilt 1  by Barbara Jones of QuiltSoup

You can find the pattern here:

This is an oh-so-cute quilt made up of 5 retro TV's.  As a a product of the 50-60's era, I remember televisions (sans remote) with "rabbit ears" sitting on top.  As the youngest in the family, I was the designated channel changer.

To make this quilt, I found a couple of yards of the Henry Glass fabric used in the original pattern.  I used this for the background and picked out vintage-looking colors from my stash to make the TV sets and the side panels.  (Does anyone else remember Olive and Harvest Gold?  These were popular colors in the 70's.)

This is an easy quilt to make using patchwork and applique.   The TV set is pieced and goes together quickly.  


Once the screen part of the TV is made, the antenna, channel knobs, and legs are appliqued to the blocks using fusible web.  To keep it simple, I used the raw-edge method to sew my fused pieces in placed.

I added the colorful strips panels to the sides and bound the quilt with a lime green border.  The finished size of this quilt is 44" x 52," the perfect size to snuggle under when binge watching your favorite television programs.

I think this would make an adorable Memory Quilt by substituting the screen fabric with favorite family photos that have been transferred onto fabric.  Wouldn't that be cute to send with our kids when they go off to college? 

I had so much fun making this quilt.  If you choose to make this adorable retro quilt, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Now go see what other Fabulous Freebies these talented bloggers have found for you.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Decorating Cookies

I'm always ready to learn something new, so when a local cookie decorator offered classes to teach us her method, I jumped at the chance.

My favorite holidays are Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I have been known to get a little crazy around that time.  Full moons make me shiver with delight, pumpkin pie spice makes me itch to bake, and Christmas sparkle puts me over the top.  Cloud Nyne Designs (her Facebook page is Cloud Nyne Bakery) has the cutest cookie cutters for all three of these holidays.  My first class was how to decorate Christmas cookies.  What fun!

You can tell from these photos that I am no cookie decorator, but my grandkids will love them just the same.

 We ran out of time and were not able to finish the candy cane, but not before she showed us how to airbrush the color onto the icing.  (My fingers were red for a week!) 

My husband was so impressed, but he said the proof was in the tasting, so he gobbled up the green Christmas bulb.  The cookies were delicious and the icing was soft and tasty. 

Guess what I will be making for Christmas this year?

A lot of these cookie cutters are her own design and are for sale.  She has cutters for all occasions.  If you are interested in some of these cute cookie cutters, she sells them on her Etsy site.  You can find her under Cloud Nyne Designs

A Week of Fabulous Free Quilt Patterns

Today starts the Fabulous Freebies Blog Hop hosted by Joan at MooseStash Quilting.  There are scores of free quilt patterns just waiting for you.  You won't want to miss all the fun and inspiration!  Come see what Fabulous Freebies these talented bloggers have found.

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