Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Triangles Never End

Remember all those half square triangles?  The guild is doing a UFO (unfinished object) challenge in January.  I think they said your project has to be 30% pre-done and then you have to finish it by January.  They don't even expect you to quilt or bind it.  Done.  I'd been saving a big piece of this batik for just the right project.  I really like the way this turned out.  The fabric always reminded me of my mom.  It's got all her favorite colors in it.
Oh look, I still have more triangles.  Now what?  I'm considering gifting them to a secret pal.  Maybe.  And the next time I need half square triangles, I'll count them first.
I slowed down a lot on my wedding quilt.  The blocks get more and more complicated as I go and I'm running out of fabrics to use.  I still really like it, but I'm not sure how many more I'll be doing.  Since I've been trying to use the fabric I already have as much as possible lately, I've heroically stayed away from the fabric stores.  Well, except to get lady bug fabric and mini strawberries.  But, I really needed those.
This is what I have so far.  Now that I look at the picture, I guess I'll at least be doing 3 more or I'm going to have a funky shaped quilt.  Maybe 4x4 with an appliqued border.  I've never done a serious appliqued border before.  Not really looking forward to that but just a plain fabric border would be all wrong.
One of the girl's at work got married a few weeks ago.  So, I made cupcakes, naturally.  These are white cake with strawberry compote and a creme fresh frosting.  The hearts are white chocolate that I spray painted gold.  Yum.
And, then for Corey's birthday, I made the Guiness cupcakes with toasted marshmallow cupcakes.  These were a little disappointing.  I really expected a strong beer flavor but they were just chocolate with a little something different to them.  Hunter really liked them.  He pre-ordered them as his birthday treat.  For my boss, Dearyle, I made Snicker Salad.  That was probably my favorite.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Babies Are Everywhere!

I've been making lots and lots of baby gifts lately.  And, I just realized I didn't take a picture of the bibs I made before I gave them away!  Dang it!  They were really cute.

My co-worker Chad and his wife are expecting a baby this spring.  It's a girl and they are going to name her Ruby.  I was super excited to finally have a reason to make this lady bug quilt.  All that's left to do is applique lady bugs around the outer white border.  Gonna be awesome.

I've been putting off finishing my dresden plate quilt.  I'm never sure why until I work on it some more.  Turns out that I hate doing them.  I suck at them... My corners aren't pointy, the blades are uneven.  Then there was that awkward moment when I realized that my template plastic wasn't heat resistant... Crap.  Now to buy more template plastic and some iron cleaner.  At least I have everything but the centers done.

I have a ton of blades left over and I was planning on using them for my niece's graduation quilt this May.  But, now that I hate dresdens, I'm now sure what I'm going to do.  Her school colors are red and white.
So, I also made 2 fabric John Deere books and 2 bibs that I forgot to take pictures of.  And, they were so cute, too! One was a carrot and the other was a pea pod.  I know!  Adorable!

Then, I made monkey cupcakes for her office baby shower.  They were banana/ chocolate chip with nutella frosting.  They were so good.  I missed the baby shower on Thursday (my day off) and brought them in Friday.  I won't be denied my food day.  But, guess who called off sick on Friday.  Yeah, exactly.  I stayed up until midnight for those damn things, too.  Ugh.

Now, Kammi's birthday is this Wednesday.  I bake for everyone's birthday but since she missed her monkey cupcakes, I'm not feeling very generous anymore.