Monday, August 25, 2014

Scrappy crisscross blocks

I'm slowly working along on a scrappy block set based on this Sharyn Craig video.  My starting squares are 8" and I'm cutting my Xs 2" wide, so they're 1 1/2" when they're sewn.  The pieced blocks are squaring up to
6 1/4", so they will be 5 3/4"  when they're finished in a quilt.

I'm working on this as a prototype for one of several possible scrappy projects for my guild next year.  My guild friends are generally more comfortable working on planned structured activities rather than scrappy figure-it-out-as-you-go-along projects, so I'm sort of blazing the trail here for them :)  Of course there are many simple repeating-type quilt blocks like this one that would lend themselves to scrappy exchanges. I'm hoping to work out the bugs for a few possibilities and then have a tentative schedule and some samples ready for the Board's approval in time for next year's program planning.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Austen Family Album

Week 21: West Wind

Barbara Brackman's Austen Family Album series HERE

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Stash report - week 35

Used this week: 3.25 yards
Used year to date: 159.75 yards
Added this week: 0.00 yards
Added year to date: 104.00 yards

Net used for 2014: 55.75 yards


Friday, August 22, 2014

Raspberry Crumb Bars

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups flour
1 cup chopped almonds
18 oz. jar seedless raspberry jam
Preheat oven to 350*.
Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil, extending foil up over edges.
Prepare foil with nonstick spray.
Combine all crumb mixture ingredients in a large bowl.
Beat at low speed until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Set aside 2 cups crumb mixture.
Press remaining crumb mixture into bottom of prepared pan to form bottom crust.
Spread raspberry jam over bottom crust layer.
Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over jam.
Bake 45 - 50 minutes until lightly browned.
Cool completely before cutting into bars.
About 12 servings

Friends and Companions

Block 4: Pati's Pinwheel

Blocks 1 - 4:

These blocks are working up nicely - the instructions each week have been very well written. 
I'm less than thrilled with the 'yellow' in my second colorway.  It's very pale, almost just ivory, and not enough contrast to my background.  But: oh well.  I'm using old fabrics from stash for this sew-along,
so it is what it is.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


A set of happy apple blocks from a swap I was just in.  I think they're so cute!  I plan to make more to supplement these -- hoping for a LARGE quilt :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014



Monday, August 18, 2014

Austen Family Album - week 20

Week 20: Best Friend

Barbara Brackman's Austen Family Album series HERE

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Stash report - week 34

Used this week: 1.75 yards
Used year to date: 156.50 yards
Added this week: 7.50 yards
Added year to date: 104.00 yards

Net used for 2014: 52.50 yards