Wilton Cake Decorating Course 3

Since last Fall (2013) I have been working toward completing the four Wilton Courses offered through our local Joann’s Etc. store. Classes 1 and 4 were completed last Fall before the holidays. Classes 2 and 3 were completed since January of 2014. My last class, Course 3, was completed last night. The cake has eight Calla Lillies on top of a Fondant covered yellow cake torted with a cherry pie filling in between the two 8-inch cakes. The blue decorative trim on the bottom is made out of a blue fondant and gum paste combination. I really liked making the Calla Lillies over the weekend. My husband sure likes me bringing a cake home for him to eat after class and has always liked how the cake looks in the end. Now to practice a lot more with the various flowers and decorations that I have learned over the last several months. Several of the techniques seemed to look harder than they were actually to do thanks to our wonderful instructor Cindy. Woohoo!!

Looking back at getting the Wilton Cake Decorating Course 1 Certificate for my Mary Jane’s Farmgirl Sisterhood Beginner’s Cake Decorating Badge has turned into learning so much more about cake decorating than I ever thought would or could be learned in several months. Since taking the courses, I have made a dozen cupcakes for two of my nieces. One neice received decorated cupcakes with flowers on top for her birthday that falls in December and her sister’s cupcakes were decorated Scarlet and Gray and with Anthony Thomas Buckeyes on top for her graduation from OSU in December 2013. Can’t wait to see what I come up with on ideas for a cake to give my mom on Mother’s Day. The fun is just beginning!!

Have a great and creative day.

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Mr. Roosevelt’s Bow Tie Quilt

In the past couple of weeks I started putting together the blocks from last years quilt guild Pizza Box Swap. The block I chose to do was entitled Mr. Roosevelt’s Bow Tie. I chose to do the background in a neutral (cream) color and the ties were to be done in different shades of blue. Each year around November ladies in our guild, Common Threads Quilt Guild, that would like to participate in the Pizza Box Swap sign up, pick out a 12 1/2 inch block pattern, and the colors to be used in their chosen block. Each of us then has until January to make the first block (sample). Come January we put our sample block, instructions, and background material in the pizza box and off to the guild meeting we go. Over the next 11 months we swap out our boxes via our great coordinator Vicki Price who makes sure each individual lady walks away with the next pizza block on the list that they are responsible for until the next quild meeting when we repeat the process. Since I have two years worth of Pizza Box Quilt Swap tops to do, I figured it might be time to get myself going. The blocks were all squared up and the sashing/border material was chosen, purple since there were so many blues to try to coordinate a color with, and is now being applied to all the blocks. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will have the entire top quilted. Thank goodness I finished taking a longarm class at one of our local quilt stores where I can now rent their machine by the hour to finish up the many tops needing to be quilted at this point.

So stop back by periodically to see the progress being made and the projects that finally get completed as I will be doing my dance at completing another project. Woohoo!!

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Wilton Cake Decorating Course 2

This past few months I have been taking the Wilton Cake Decorating series at my local Joann’s. Accomplishing several aspects of cake decorations that I thought would be difficult to master. All of which turned out to be easier than I thought. A long way from actually being called a professional, it is really rewarding to know that with time and practice I will get better at making the flowers and fancy borders and icing techniques like the basketweave around the sides of my cake. Thanks to my fabulous and patient Wilton Instructor Cindy Hartman. Yeah.

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Currently I am working on Course 3 of the Wilton Cake decorating series. It is hard to believe that I already have Courses, 1, 2, and 4 out of the way.

Stay tuned for pictures of the final cake for Course 3 soon to hit the airwaves in a couple of weeks.