The Largest Quilt I’ve Ever Made

Several years ago, I created a block of the Month Quilt for FaveQuilts. I put together a series of 12 blocks, and flew to their offices in Chicago to film the videos to go along with the series. To do this, I made the quilt for the series, and made what are called “step outs” of each quilt block. These are partially-completed versions of the block so that I’m not spending the whole time in the studio stitching seams that will not be in the finished video. But, it meant that I had a whole lot of partially-completed quilt blocks when I went home.

Finished 108" Quilt

It was always my intention to stitch these blocks together to make a quilt for my bed. In our room, my husband and I have a California King sized bed. I had yet to make a quilt for this bed, and thought that having so many partially completed blocks that went well together would be a great start.

The blocks sat in a box in my closet. A great start still needs momentum to become a great finish.

Finally, over the summer of 2018, I pulled out the blocks to make them into a quilt for our anniversary (August 26th). I bought the background and backing fabric I’d need, finished up the partially completed blocks, used the leftovers and scraps to make even more blocks, and planned the layout.

Once the top was finished, I needed to quilt it. I really wanted to quilt it myself. While I could rent time on a local longarm to quilt it, I love quilting on my domestic sewing machine. So that is what I did. After 2 days of quilting, I had barely made a dent. On our anniversary, I showed my husband the partially-completed quilt with the quilt label already stitched into the backing.

After that, I had to put the quilt aside. I had other projects with deadlines that needed to get done.

But I really wanted to finish the bed quilt. So, the week between Christmas and the New Year, I pulled the quilt out again. I got it quilted, squared up, and bound, finishing the last binding stitches in the last hour of 2018. I was able to put the quilt on our bed, and wake up under it in the new year.

It was still a few weeks before I was able to take it out to the park to get photos of the full quilt to share. Forgive the cat hair on the quilt, she’s loving it as much as we are.

And when you look at how densely I quilted it, you’ll understand why it took me so long to finish.

I’m very excited to have the quilt finished, and would say that I’m considering smaller projects from here on out… except that I already have BIG plans for 2019!!

Best way to Cut Cake: Cut Cake with a Spool of Thread

cut clean lines of birthday cake with this simple trick!

If you’ve ever taken the time to frost a beautiful cake, you dread the time that it will be chopped up. Sure, you want your guests to enjoy a bite of cake, and you know that dismantling your work of art is part of the process, but seeing all your hard work hacked to crumbs and pieces might make you die a little inside. Instead of attacking your cake with a knife, use a spool of thread for beautiful, clean lines that you might not even notice after cutting! This trick even works on cakes that have been out of the refrigerator for a few hours, with frosting that is a little soft, and cake that is no longer firm.

Grab a spool of thread. Hold the spool in one hand, and the end of the thread in the other. Pull your hands apart so that they are a few inches wider than the with of the cake.use a spool of thread to cut clean lines of birthday cake

With the thread tight, pull the thread straight down over the cake. This will make a clean cut. At the bottom, make sure that the thread reaches all the way down to the cake board (or plate if that is what the cake is sitting on), and pull tight to make sure you have cut cleanly through the whole cake.

Release the thread end, and holding on to the spool, pull the thread out. Repeat the process across the length and width of the cake to cut all of the slices. Then serve your beautifully cut pieces!

Must-know tip! The best way to cut a cake with neat, clean lines - even if it has been sitting out for hours!

This week was brought to you by: The Letter T

T is for travel. We’ve been traveling this week with a fun trip to visit my mom. We met up with my brother, his wife, and my baby nephew, and had a fun weekend. I love hanging out with my family, and giving my little brother (who stands about a foot taller than me) a hard time. And my son LOVES visiting with all of them! The rest of my family is way more fun than I am!

T is also for trouble … as in car trouble. And for Towtruck.

car on towtruck

I went to pick up my son from “kindergarten camp”, and when I got back to the car, it wouldn’t start. I was stranded in a parking lot 2 months ago with a dead battery, so I was sure it wasn’t that… and I was right. The car needed a new starter. Luckily, I have a handy husband, so after having the car towed back to our house, he was able to replace it.

T is also for.. TIME! As in… it is about time! I FINALLY got a new laptop. I’m still working on the old laptop some as I make the transition… moving programs, files, links… everything I need over to the new computer. I’m very excited to have a computer with a battery life more than 2 minutes (I only wish that was an exaggeration), and can’t wait to get it all set up.

I also am finally getting my own space. We’re moving around some rooms in the house to give me my own room for writing, crafting, and sewing. And I really need it. It is a work in progress… here is how it looks now:

sewing room progress

Have you seen what I’ve been up to lately? I FINALLY shared my variations of the Jelly Roll Race Quilt… and I’ve got one more I’ll be sharing soon!

I had some fun with Mod Melts and made some Butterfly Decor and decorative paperclips. American Crafts sent me some fun supplies as well. I made Candy Fireworks, a Light-up wand (great alternative to sparklers), and paper bunting straws.

I also started a new series with my friend Brandie, called “Cook and Craft”. She cooks something, I craft something, and you get two fun things to do with the kids this summer! I made a school backpack turned summer pack (to pair with her yummy granola bars), and Movie Printables (to go with her PB&J popcorn).

Last week I went on a mommy-son date with my oldest to see the new Monsters University. I made him a special Mike Wazowski t-shirt to wear to the movie preview.

I also participated in Watermelon week, and made some mouth-watering Watermelon Plates for Watermelon Week. You won’t believe they only took 30 minutes to paint!

And, since I’ve been writing lots of notes, I thought I’d share my Tips on how to write a Thank You Note. It might come in handy for someone, so feel free to pin it.

One more thing… you might have seen my post on Facebook about picking up my son on Wednesday. The teacher mentioned that Friday the students should come to school dressed as Wiazards. So… I spent most of Thursday making the best Wizard costume I could come up with! I’ll be sharing the how-to soon, but wanted to share the finished result, in case you don’t follow me on Instagram

Yup, T is for TOTALLY AWESOME. Which is what my son said when he tried on his finished costume. This was the best thing I did all week!

Wizard Costume

Come back tomorrow… I’m sharing a fun giveaway!