Quilts in Common

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It’s a Caramel Apple Pie day!

We made apple pies! I found a recipe that sounded intriguing (read easy and quick) and decided to use up all these apples we have hanging around here. I didn’t use premade dough, and I forgot to get a picture of the first pies that looked much better than the “piece the dough together to get the pie covered” last pie, but oh well…..

First you make the pie crust and lay it in the pie pan. Then you cut your apples and put them in the crust. Then you cut your lattice strips and make the top look very fancy. On the stovetop, you prepare your “filling” and pour it all over the lattice strips and it oozes down over the apples. This is what it looked like after it was baked:

Everyone liked it- even me!

I still have a lot more apples- now I want to try and freeze these. Does that work out? Let me know if you have successfully frozen apple pies before.


November 29, 2011 Posted by | Recipes | Leave a comment

Orca Bay Step 2

This week we are working on Step 2 of the Orca Bay Mystery Quilt.

String blocks! 75 of them! I have never made a string block before. When I first read Bonnie’s blog and learned all about her stash user system, I made containers for all the scrap sizes that she recommends.  Since I had never made a scrap quilt before, I didn’t consider saving strings- which I interpreted to mean anything narrower than 1.5 inch width. I finally felt justified in getting rid of something from the scrap box- yaaay! I threw away everything smaller than 1.5 inch and sorted everything and put it all away. Now here I am making this mystery quilt, and what do I need? Yup, you guessed it– strings!!! So…. I actually had to cut them from my other strips and yardage. Needless to say, I now have a strings container 🙂 I think I cut too many strings so it will already start growing. The string blocks were to be in blue- but I substituted purple for the blue.

Several members of the quiltville chat group assured me that they were not too keen on strings before the Roll Roll Cotton Boll quilt, but that now they loved them. I can’t say that I have been convinced, but the blocks are cuter in person than I thought they would be. I am so anxious to see what we are going to do with these. Ben and I already spent some time seeing how the hourglass blocks might fit together with these string blocks, but we couldn’t come up with anything definitive. I guess we will just have to wait along with everybody else on the planet– except Bonnie, that is!!!

November 29, 2011 Posted by | Quilting | 4 Comments

Quarter Square Triangles

The Orca Bay Mystery Quilt is in full swing! Bonnie posted the first step on Friday- 224 quarter square triangle blocks! Wow! That is a lot of blocks. I decided this would be a good chance to give my Wonder Cut Ruler a work out. It is designed to make Half Square Triangles. There are also directions on their website for making three-part half square triangles, but not for quarter square triangles. Now this was a challenge! Could the three-part half square triangle directions be tweaked just a little to make quarter square triangle blocks? Sure they can! Check this out…..

First you have to cut strips the size of your unfinished block….For the Orca Bay quilt- that means 2.5 inches. Layer your black and your white strips right sides together and cut them both at the same time.

You have to cut these strips with your wonder cut ruler- not with your regular ruler. These strips are not 2.5 inches wide…. They are cut along the line on your wonder cut ruler marked 2.5.

Then sew the 2 strips together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance and press open.

Cut many strips and sew them together, alternating your black and white, until you have a wide section.

Cut across your strips now, the same width- 2.5, with your Wonder cut ruler, making a strip that looks like this:

Layer 2 of these checkerboard strips, right sides together, with the blacks facing the whites and the whites facing the blacks. Then sew along both sides of the strips with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

See in the photo how both sides are sewn shut? You can’t open this up. Be very careful that you are locking the seams when you sew this.

Now your Wonder cut ruler is going to perform its wonders.  Align your ruler with the pointy corner over the sewn seam and along the bottom edge at 2.5:

This is the step where you need to pay the most attention to cutting- this will determine your final size of the block. Look again at how the vertical line is right on top of the sewn seam line and the 2.5 line is exactly at the bottom edge. Use your rotary cutter and cut along the two top sides of the triangle and you should end up with this:

Now you can open it up and see your perfect quarter square triangle block!

It measures 2.5 inches without any trimming!

Go ahead and trim off those dog ears. Then go back and cut the rest of your quarter square triangle blocks from your long strip. You have to flip over your strip every time to cut the next block, but you only have to make one cut for each block now, because the last cut from the last block is the first cut for your next one:

Let me know if you try it and if it works for you!

My progress on Step 1

November 22, 2011 Posted by | Quilting | 9 Comments

The Orca Bay Mystery Quilt!

Have you heard all the excitement? Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville.com has a new mystery quilt! I have never done a mystery quilt while it is still is a mystery….. does that make sense? I have done quilts that were originally mysteries, but now all the clues are out and I can see the finished quilt before I start. This time, though, will be different. Luckily, I love Bonnie’s quilts! Otherwise, I would not just blindly stop all my other projects, do a bunch of work, and use up a lot of fabric for an unknown result. The only thing we know about the finished product is that she was inspired by a view of a sunrise in Alaska! Not much to go on is it. Well, it is going to be a lot of fun and I am so looking forward to it! Join in, won’t you???

November 21, 2011 Posted by | Quilting | Leave a comment

Autumn leaves

This is the “Autumn” look of our front yard… I can’t get enough of the rich oranges, yellows, reds, and browns….

Looking up the driveway

Looking toward the garage

Enjoy it while it lasts!


November 12, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A little tote bag…

I made a little tote bag for a young lady at church who recently had a birthday.

And it has a matching pencil case with a zippered closure

I crocheted the matching flower motifs to look like the flowers in the print to make them look happier 🙂

We don’t have too much sun outside today, so they look a little bleached out…..

I can’t wait to give it to her!

November 12, 2011 Posted by | Bags | Leave a comment

My progress on Double Delight

Just thought I’d give you a quick update on my progress on my Double Delight quilt. I started it way back in the summer during our trip to the Oregon Coast. I have been working on it steadily since then and here is what I have done so far:

I am trying to decide on the layout and the border treatment……

decisions, decisions…..

November 9, 2011 Posted by | Quilting | Leave a comment