Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tutorial: Foundation Paper Piecing (Freezer Paper Method)

I'll confess. I abhor pinning. I don't know why I just do. Maybe it's because I'm always jabbing myself with the little boogers. So if I can avoid it somehow, I do. Another peeve of mine is when my quilt blocks don't line up quite right, or are too small or large and my points get chopped off when I'm squaring up my blocks. Oh that just irritates me.I think that's why I really enjoy foundation paper piecing. My errors are practically eliminated!

So, here's how I do my paper piecing, step by step with photos.

You'll need some freezer paper. You can do this one of two ways, the quick and easy way is to purchase pre-cut sheets like these:

Or if you a roll of freezer paper on hand, or would prefer to buy a roll of it and make your own sheets, you can do that too. You can usually find freezer paper in the grocery store, by the aluminum foil and plastic wrap.

If you use the roll, the next steps will show you how to print on your freezer paper sheets.

Cut youself enough 8 1/2 x 11" sheets for your block. My block took 8, but I cut more than what I needed and stashed them away for later. Now grab some of your printer paper and head over to your ironing board.

Layer a sheet of freezer paper on top of your printer paper, shiny side down.

With a iron (no steam) on medium to med high heat, press the freezer paper onto your printer paper. You don't want to iron it too much or you'll have problems peeling it off later. Mainly make sure the edges are pressed down where the paper will feed into your printer.

Next, print your designs onto your freezer paper, and then peel your freezer paper off, and save the printer paper for later use! Pretty slick huh?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cupcake Smash Cake

So my name is getting out there that I make cakes. WOO HOO! This one was a fun request. An oversize cupcake for a 1 year old's photoshoot for her first birthday. Come on, how fun does that sound?

So, without further adieu, here it is! (Hopefully I'll be able to post some pictures from their photoshoot!)

See? Isn't it just stinking adorable? I think I'll make one for myself when I celebrate the 3rd anniversary of my 29th birthday.

It's white cake with butter cream frosting, sprinkles and a marshmallow fondant & gum paste candle. It looks monstrous in the picture, but the plate that it's sitting on is 6" in diameter. A cake this size makes 4 nice sized servings.

3 x 6 Quilting Bee

I've signed up for another quilting bee through Flickr. This one is a 3 x 6 quilting bee. You have to complete 6 blocks in 3 months time and send them off to their respective owners. Each person gives you their color preferences and you make the same 12" block for each person, but use their color choices.

My "Bee Hive" consists of people from all over! California, Ohio, Utah, Sweeden and South Africa! Seriously how cool is that? My goal is to keep this up for 1 year and when it's over with I'll have enough blocks for a quilt top.

My color selection was a bit out of my norm. I'm one to pick neutral colors, something that will go in my very traditional looking home. However, I went rogue this time and chose ORANGE and AQUA. Below are some inspiration photos I shared with my Bee Hive.

I've decided to do a paper pieced block. I enjoy doing this method because my points line up every time, and my blocks always turn out the correct size. Here is the pattern I'll be using. Isn't it pretty???

Friday, March 25, 2011

The blockwork orange

For those of you who know me know I love to create. Whether it's a sewn purse made from my favorite Amy Butler Fabric, working on my monthly block from the Saturday Sampler at Sauder Village or baking one of my yummy cakes or other confections - I LIVE TO MAKE STUFF! And I'll find any excuse to do so.

So, with that said I've joined a group of quilters from Flickr in making and swapping orange quilt blocks using a tutorial from OhFransson.

These blocks are so easy to whip up. You need nine different fabrics which you stack, wack, sew, shuffle and repeat. I managed to get 18 blocks done in a few hours. It wouldn't have taken nearly as long, but my craft room is upstairs, and my iron is in my basement. So after every round of sewing, I'd trudge through the living room, dining room, kitchen, down the stairs and to my iron. Then back up to work on the next step.

Who says crafting isn't a workout!?!

25 of my 27 blocks laid out. And before you ask... NO! I will not be putting my quilt together this way! It's way too busy. I'll probably be following in OhFransson's footsteps and laying it out in a lattice pattern, like this.

Here we go .... again.

Okay. I admit it. I'm not that great of a blogger. I've started blogs with the best of intentions but then realized I didn't have much to write about. So I'm going to combine all of my little bits of life - my family, my crafts, my cakes, my vinyl and everything else that happens and document it here.

So please, bear with me on this journey and if I don't post enough, send me a message, toss a rock, give me a nudge and say HEY!!! DO YOUR JOB!!! HA ha ha!

I did manage to import some of my older posts from my previous blog. See? It's been a LONG time since I've actually posted something!!!