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Still Here

I’m still here! I just haven’t been able to work on my quilts as much as I would like. Both my kids birthdays are this time of year, so that keeps us busy.

Anyway, I was finally able to sew some of my hour glass blocks into strips. I have 6 or 7 done. I’m enjoying it, but I’m ready to start a new quilt. I’ve been browsing fabric online. I think my next one’s going to be much calmer and feminine.

Here are a few of my strips.

5 hourglass quilt strips

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What is Backstitching on a Sewing Machine?

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Just like the meaning of the term “the right side of fabric” eluded me when I began sewing, I was also being unsure about backstitching on a sewing machine. And I’m guessing that if I didn’t know how to backstitch, there are probably a few other people that are trying to figure it out, too.

So, backstitching, as the name suggests, is really just sewing backwards. You backstitch to secure the seam you just sewed. If you don’t backstitch, then your seam will unravel.

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One Way I Keep Quilting Squares in Order

use plastic bags to organize quilt squares

To me, the most challenging (and sometimes frustrating) part of quilting is the transition between laying out all your squares in the order you want them and keeping them in that order before sewing them together.

A huge display wall would make it easier, but I don’t have one. And unless we move I never will. So, like most people, I improvise.

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Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt Pattern

I love it when you make something that looks complicated and like it took forever when in reality it was super simple. The disappearing nine patch quilt pattern is that way.

Wanna make one? Well, you came to the right place! Here we go…

First, make a plain ol’ nine patch block. (directions here!)

After you’ve made your nine patch, find the middle of the block and use your quilt ruler to help you cut a straight line down the middle.

disappearing 9 patch

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New (To Me) Tuesday…. Recipes!

I know this has nothing to do with quilts, but I have a goal of trying one new recipe a week and posting it here. The recipes I like are simple and (mostly) healthy, or at least healthyish. So feel free to follow along if you’re into that! 🙂

So here we go, homemade chocolate syrup sans the (granulated) sugar. (I know that maple syrup has sugar!) It only has 4 ingredients….. maple syrup, cocoa, water and vanilla. Seriously. And it’s good. And it’s not that processed stuff  with 50 ingredients that’s been sitting on a shelf for weeks.

homemade chocolate sauce in mason jars

Here’s the recipe from Deliciously Organic blog. (I stumbled across this site the other day and it is awesome.)

We’ve tried it in milk and it makes really good chocolate milk. We’re trying it on some vanilla ice cream tonight after dinner. I’ll let you know how it goes!

So here’s to the kids getting a little more chocolate milk and you feeling a little less guilty!

 

Finally…..Laying Out Squares on the Hourglass Quilt

Anyone care to guess how many squares you see?

hour glass quilt squares close-up

Anyway, I finally finished all the squares and now I’m trying to get them all in the right places and blinding myself in the process! ha! It’s so annoying how one square put down the wrong way totally ruins the whole design. And so weird how I double and triple checked before I took this picture, but then immediately found 3 mistakes when I looked at it on my computer screen.

And if you guessed 156 blocks, you would be correct!

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