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.

Wilton Cake Decorating Course 1 – Decorating Basics/Building Buttercream Skills

Wilton Cake Decorating Basics Course 1 003Well, this past week I completd my first Wilton Cake Decorating Course 1 – Decorating Basics/Building Buttercream Skills. I actually had a lot of fun with the class. We decorated cookies, two cakes, and cupcakes. Everyone in class added some type of filling to their cupcakes prior to adding the icing. My cupcakes had a chocolate filling with a flower put on top. This coming week I will be taking a class on Candy Clay Creations. Very excited to see what type of candy we create in this class.

My Lendrum Spinning Wheel

It is so exciting to finally be learning to spin fiber on both a drop spindle and now on an actual spinning wheel. I am hoping to start spinning on my Lendrum Spinning Wheel so that I can get enough fiber spun to learn to ply. It is exciting to know that soon I will be able to finally make a project from my first batch of homespun yarn. My hopes are to make a scarf and hat set with my first batch. Then there is also my weaving loom which I want to make weave something fabulous on in the near future. I do have several balls of single ply yarn that I have made on my drop spindle. I may use that as a start to learning to ply.

Although one of my female dogs loves to roll in all the fiber when mom isn’t looking. I think she likes the smell of the fiber. Now if I could just convince her to work the treadles on my spinning wheel for me.

Hopefully I will have photos up tomorrow of the wheel, spindle, and some of the single plys that I have made on the drop spindle.

Stay tuned for further adventures on my road to learning to spin various types of fibers.

Nancy B.