Friday, March 13, 2015

Irish Soda Bread Block

For this block I thought I would combine my two favorite passions...Quilting and making Bread! Since St Patrick's Day is near I chose Irish Soda Bread. I chose a fun green and black cotton print for the background and a golden mottled fabric for the bread and subtle white, creamy print for the floury crust. I added in fabric pencil details to give the bread an airy realistic look!
This block is raw edge applique and 10-1/2 inches square.
At the end of the post is a delicious recipe for Irish soda Bread!

Materials List 
~10-1/2 inch background square green and black cotton print
~10 inch x 7 1/2 inch mottled golden brown cotton fabric with paper-backed fusible applied for bread base
~7 inch square subtle creamy/white cotton fabric with paper-backed fusible applied for floury edges
~9-1/2 inch square of tear away stabilizer
~Decorative thread
~Optional dark brown fabric pencil
~Print out full size pattern at end of post, cut out the four pattern pieces~base and three floury edges. Place patterns printed side down on paper-back and trace around and cut out. Bread base is traced on golden fabric and three floury edges on creamy white fabric.

Peel away paper back on bread base and apply to center of background square, press in press.

Peel away paper on floury edges and position on bread base as shown on pattern, press in place. At this point you can add fabric pencil details if you wish, you can transfer the marks on the pattern or draw your own.

Apply the tear away stabilizer to the back of the block where you will be stitching, secure with pins and using decorative thread and stitch, finish off all those raw edges. Now go on and make some real Irish soda bread!

Irish Soda Bread Block Pattern 
By Damsel 

Irish Soda Bread

This is an actual soda bread recipe from a Dublin newspaper and is delicious sliced thin and smothered in butter!

~3 cups whole wheat flour
~1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
~1 teaspoon salt
~2 teaspoons baking soda
~1 tablespoon sugar
~1/4 cup butter
~2 cups buttermilk

~Preheat oven to 400 degrees
~Whisk flours, salt, soda, and sugar together in a mixing bowl until blended. 
~Cut butter into flour mixture as you would for a pie dough.
~Make a well in the center of the flour/butter mixture and stir in 
1-3/4 cups of the buttermilk, if it still seems a bit dry add the rest.
~Dump dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly, just enough to bring it all together.
~Place dough in an 8-inch buttered cake pan or cast iron skillet(I prefer the skillet).
~Cut a deep cross from one side to the other with a sharp knife on top of dough.
~Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until bread sounds hollow.
Serve with lots of butter or jam...Enjoy!

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Thanks Debbie

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tulip Block

Nothing says spring like tulips! Seeing these bright beautiful flowers come up in the garden brings me joy and lets me know summer is right around the corner!
This tulip block is raw edge applique and easy to make. Choose your favorite color tulip and create it in fabric.
Block measures 10-1/2 inches

Materials list
~10-1/2 inch square cotton fabric print, I chose a field of tulips for background
~8"x 4" piece of cotton fabric for tulip, I chose a pinky-purple batik-apply paper backed fusible
~7-1/2 inch square cotton green print for stem and leaves, apply paper backed fusible
~Pencil or fine black marker
~Stitch n Tear stabilizer
~Decorative threads
~Optional white fabric pencil for highlights on flower

Fabrics for tulip flower, stem and leaves

Tulip background print

Print and cut out pattern, lay print side up, ABC tulip flower pieces on 8"x 4" paper side and trace around patterns using pencil or fine black marker and cut out along line.

Lay stem and leaves pattern side up on paper side of green print. trace and cut out along line.

At this point I like to pin the flower on the background for placement..just to test it out, see if I like colors and make any fabric changes I need to make.

Peel off paper back on leaves and stem, position on background fabric, tucking stem slightly under leaves and press in place.

Peel off paper in tulip A B C. Position A on stem, then  center B on top of A, finally C lining up bottom edges of A.

Press in place.

Ready to stitch raw edges, apply stitch n tear to back, pin on top to secure.

Using coordinating decorative thread, stitch around raw edges. Pull off stitch n tear from back.

Using a white fabric pencil, you can add highlights to edges.

Tulip Block Pattern by Damsel

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Pink Puff Mini Quilt

I have been wanting to make a Puff or Biscuit quilt for quite some time, and wanted to give it a test run by doing a small quilt, just big enough for my little dog Isabella!
Puff or Biscuit quilts date back to the 19th century and were very favorable in the Victorian era. Stuffed with wool, cotton and sometimes old hosiery made these quilts dense, lumpy, and bumpy...a far cry from the light and fluffy polyester filling we use today. 
You can use any size squares, diamonds, hexagons, or just about any shape you want for the puffs, and also use a variety of fabrics, from velvet to cotton.
 Lightly stuffing each puff is the key for the perfect puff!

Materials List
~Fabrics of your choice~I chose 3 pink print cotton fabrics, 2 for the front and 1 for the back. Amounts will vary depending on the the size of your block or shape and size quilt you make
~Polyester filling
~Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
~Coordinating thread
~Hand sewing needle

For my puff quilt I cut squares 6-1/2 inches. The pink check is one fabric I chose for the front, and the abstract floral is for the back.

Pin front to back, right sides together, leave about a 2-1/2 to 3 inch opening in the middle on one of the sides.

Sew all the way around the square with 1/4 inch seam, except for the opening. I used a serger and found it whipped these up super-quick.

Turn pillow right sides out, and use a blunt object to gently push out the points.

Stuff each pillow lightly with a small handful of polyester filling.

Hand sew small opening closed.

I used two different fabrics for the front, so I positioned the pillows out alternating the two fabrics. You can use all one fabric for the front or make each pillow a different fabric and get rid of some of your scraps!

Pin edge to edge. I put hand sewn seam towards the inside where you would pin and sew the seam.

Sew a 1/4 inch seam attaching pillows to one another. You will have to press with your fingers and sew seams slow.

Join rows together the same way, pinning and matching seams.

Front of puff quilt

Back of puff quilt

Isabella Approved!

These puff quilts are so much fun to make and so soft and comfy...I am going to make a totally scrappy one next time!

Hope you try this and if you have any questions or comments you can contact me at 

Thanks for stopping by~Debbie

Friday, January 9, 2015

Candy Hearts Block

Valentine's Day is a special day we celebrate our love with cards, candy, chocolate or reservations at a fine restaurant! It's the perfect holiday to let someone know you care. For me everyday is Valentine's Day with my very special Husband! 
This Heart quilt block would make a great pillow, or make a whole quilt for your special someone!

Materials List
~Heart pattern print out at the end of the post
~10-1/2" square pink print cotton fabric
~10-1/2" square light pastel mix colors cotton fabric
~10-1/2 square stitch and tear stabilizer
~sharp-pointed scissors for paper and fabric
~tape-I like painters tape because it pulls off easily
~Fabric erasable marking pen or pencil
~spray starch
~straight pins
~decorative coordinating thread
~permanent marking pen for messages

Print out heart pattern Sheet at the end of the post. Cut out each heart along the inside of the lines.

All hearts cut out make this stencil. You can save all the cut out hearts for another project.

Lay pink print square down on hard surface, lay heart stencil over fabric aligning dark line in each corner with edges of  fabric. You should have about 1 inch of fabric showing on each side. Tape top and bottom of stencil to surface. You tape the sides also to secure it more. Trace around all the hearts with a fabric marking pen or pencil.

Remove stencil 

Cut out all the hearts along inside lines

This is your top layer of the block. It gets a little wrinkled after all that cutting so spray with starch and press carefully so you don't stretch out of shape.

Lay down 10-1/2 " square stitch and tear, the pastel square fabric face up on top of that, then the pink heart cut out fabric face up on top. Pin using straight pins in place securing all layers together.

Using coordinating thread and a decorative stitch, stitch around each edge of cut out of hearts. Rip off all stitch and tear from the back and you can also cut away excess back fabric.Using Permanent marking pen write your own special messages to make it more personal.

Hope you enjoy making this fun block!
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Candy Hearts Block Stencil
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Winter Owls

Happy New Year!
Lots and lots of  quilt blocks and a few knitting projects and crafts coming your way for the New Year!

Cute Mama and Baby Owls taking a rest from the winter weather on a Pine branch!
Easy raw edge applique with details of the branches and owls done in fabric colored pencils.
Block is 10-1/2 inch square
Print out pattern is at the end of post~Read through material list and instructions before beginning

Materials List
~10-1/2" square cotton fabric background~winter scene
~5" square brown print fabric with paper-backed fusible applied for owl body background
~4"x 3" white print fabric with paper-backed fusible applied for owl body front
~5"x 11" brown print with paper-backed fusible applied for tree trunks
~fabric colored pencils~black,brown,green,orange, and white
~coordinating thread for decorative stitching on owls and tree trunks

~Print and cut out patterns
~Trace owls body background on paper side of 5" brown print fabric~cut out along line
~Trace owl bodies- front on paper side of 4"x 3" white print fabric~cut out along lines
~Trace tree trunks of paper side of 5" x 11" brown print~cut out along lines
~Remove paper back off all pieces(slash with a pin makes it easy) and arrange tree trunks on background square as I did in picture. Press in place.
~Kind of center owl body background in middle of the block and press in place, then add owl fronts on top of body background and press in place. You can also assemble owls on silicone craft sheet before you place on background square.
~Decorative stitch around raw edges of owl bodies and tree trunks.
~Using block as a guide, draw on tree branches, pine needles,owl eyes and beak using fabric colored pencils, add in more or less as you wish! Just have fun with it!

      Print out full page pattern for Winter owls

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Whimsical Sno-Men and Sno-Women Wreath

   This Snowman wreath has been in my head since last year and I had originally planned to make it for last Christmas but just didn't have the time to do it the way I wanted.  I used the grapevine as the base and small gourds for the heads and my Husband painted them white. I left all the stems in place if they had them, and thought that would make a great nose! I knitted all the hats and scarves and painted on each face.Finally, embellished the wreath with small ornaments and snowflakes! Snowmen are my favorite!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Wreaths

Under the Sea Wreath

Every year my Husband and I enjoy the beauty of the season and make fun crafts together! Over the years we have made elaborate Christmas cookies, Scented Candles, made from scratch Gingerbread House complete with sleds and hills, trees,snowmen and lots of icing and candy. 
For the last few years we have been making wreaths all with  different themes! We talk about ideas early on and and gather our own items we have stored away or frequent the local shops and garage sales, taking advantage of discounts. We also like to make some things from scratch!
Late October-early November we cut long lengths off our grape vine and form them into wreaths and then set them aside until late November, when we are ready to create our wreaths. After Thanksgiving we got to it and while we watched MANY Hallmark Christmas Movies(we love these) and listened to an occasional Christmas Song we created our newest wreaths! FUN and Great Quality time with my Honey!

Grape Vine in the summer and beautiful Green Grapes

Steampunk Wreath

My Husband loves Steampunk and just had make a wreath with that theme!

                                                           Vintage Ornament Wreath

My Husband bought a large bag of Vintage Ornaments from the 50's and 60's at a garage sale and turn them into this beauty!

                                                               Outer Space Wreath
                        Lots of Robots /Aliens and Sparkle....make this wreath out of this world!

                                                                 Sweet Treat Wreath

All kinds of Candy make this wreath Extra-Sweet!

                                                               Favorite Foods Wreath

      It's a Food Frenzy in this Wreath...from Hot Dogs to Sushi!

                                                             Birds of a Feather Wreath

I'm a Bird-Watcher by heart and this Wreath of Adorable Birds is one of my Favorites!

Stay tuned for the latest wreath coming the next couple days! I'll give you a hint-Snow!

Thanks for stopping by and Enjoy the Season!