This quilt will add a touch of winter charm to any room. We saw this quilt at the fall quilt market and immediately fell in love with it! The fabrics are teals, rich reds, gold tonals and greens all with gold metallics.
Look at the flying geese how the fly around the quilt in formation:
The outside border isn't that complicated but looks like it is:
The center looks is and the quilting make it come alive:
SANTORO’S Mirabelle collection is a portfolio of beautiful, enchanting art; elegant and sophisticated.
The delicate, wistful illustrations of graceful female figures are exquisitely detailed, embellished with stylised floral motifs, vibrant butterflies, brilliant birds and other intriguing imagery, and layered with ornate patterns and decorative borders to create these romantic and fascinating artworks.
She combined fusible appliqué, simple embroidery, piecing and of course some of her favorite yo-yo's. All blocks are either Jet (the black dog) who belongs to one of her sons, Beau the brown Labrador belongs to her mum and dad and Rosie, a very much loved poodle from her past.
She is so excited about how this quilt looks, designed with animal lovers in mind and she has used subtle dirty colors which would also make it ideal for a boy.
Four blocks make up this quilt:
Flower Power block 1 of 4 Block of the Month.
Friends At Play block 2 of 4 Block of the Month.
Dog's Favorite Tree block 3 of 4 Block of the Month.
Park Meeting block 4 of 4 Block of the Month.
Included in kit: All 4 blocks patterns (Retail $14 each)
Fabrics for background, applique, borders and binding Fabrics used in the quilt are Time for Friends by Lynette Anderson for RJR We have not made any substitutions.
designed by Jenny Foltz & Toni Kay Steere of Wing and a Prayer Design.
It's time to test the pattern and make the quilt!
Moonlight Sonata is the 5th pattern from Wing & Prayer Designs our quilt sewer Sue has tested!
The quilt featurers a popular gray to navy color palette with highlights of pink and green. The finished quilt measures 103" square.
The pattern includes:
Eight 12 1/2" blocks
A 24" center block
Pieced corner-quadrants and borders
Sue loves to make quits from these designers because the patterns are are easy to follow with lots of instructions and pictures. Fabrics are numbered, and each illustrated block shows the numbered fabrics in their positions.
The first thing Sue does is cut up all 10 fabrics for all the blocks, settings etc....
and layers them in a sequential pile with the first block on top.
I've finished all 8 appliqued blocks!
Hint: When sewing the fuseable applique down, I start with a new Sharp Needle, nylon thread on the top and polyester on the bottom. My stitch length and width is the same, very small. It helps to have a sewing machine with a knee left.
This 68" square star quilt was designed and pieced by Gerri Robinson of
Planted Seed Designs and machine quilted by Deb Miner.
The nine 16" star
blocks all have blue points sewn with half-square triangle units and
scrappy centers made with hourglass units.
The blocks are assembled with
vertical sashing strips and two horizontal sashing rows with
cornerstones. Gerri's instructions and diagrams for block construction
are clear and easy enough for a confident beginner to follow.
Gerri advises you to save cutting the inner (C.4) and outer border (A.1
& 2) strips until the center unit is complete. Then, measure the
center of the quilt vertically and horizontally to determine the correct
lengths for your quilt and cut to those measurements. This tip allows
for individual variations in piecing with ¼" seam allowances. Sew the
border strips to the top, bottom, and sides of the quilt, layer with
batting and backing, pin baste, and machine quilt as desired. An allover
floral or leaf pattern would suit this pretty quilt perfectly!
Included in kit:
Free Pattern: Favorite Things
Approx: 8 1/2 yards fabric for top, borders and binding
(Fabrics used in these quilts are as pictured and from Favorite Things
(we made no substitutions).
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing MAKES: 20-24 servings
Ingredients 1 to 1-1/4 pounds white and/or milk chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped 1 package (8 ounces) miniature pretzels Nonpariels, colored jimmies and colored sugar, optional
In a microwave, melt half of candy coating at a time; stir until smooth. Dip pretzels in candy coating; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until almost set. Garnish as desired; let stand until set.
Yield: 5-6 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate-Coated Pretzels in Sweet and Scrumptious Chocolate
The pattern was designed to be a 5 month block of the month, but if you're like us, we can't wait that long to make a quilt! Abbi Mays sells this as a kit.
Color Love is Nancy Rink's new fashion palette of mid-bright textures and geometric motifs, anchored by a deep blue ground Jacobean inspired floral. With subtle print motifs like plaids, fireworks, chubby flowers and various textures, the collections is geared to quilters who want something fresh and flexible. The fabrics used are from the collection Color Love designed by Nancy Rink for Marcus Brothers. First thing to do is decide which one to do: traditional or appliqued center:
We are going to do the fusible laser cut appliqued one.
Our sewer Sue, will be making the block and I'll do the applique. Sue's thoughts: Pattern: Skill level: Fabrics: there 18 fun and pretty cotton prints and approx 17 1/2 yards of fabric for top, borders, hand applique and binding.
Fill a large bowl halfway with ice water and set aside.
Whisk the yolks, 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, and 3/4 cup cream together in a medium saucepan. Heat while stirring continuously with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon over medium-low heat, until thickened and the mixture coats the spatula -- about 10 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and set over the ice bath. Stir to cool.
Add pumpkin, vanilla, spices, and salt to the egg mixture. Stir 1 tablespoon rum and 1 teaspoon gelatin together in a small bowl. Heat the remaining tablespoon rum, and stir in to the gelatin mixture until dissolved. Gently whisk into the pumpkin mixture. Beat 1/2 cup cream to stiff peaks, and fold into pumpkin mixture. Pour into a shallow dish, cover and chill until cold and thick enough to fall from a spoon in heavy dollops -- about 8 hours or up to overnight.
Beat the remaining cream and sugar to stiff peaks. Alternately layer the pumpkin mousse and whipped cream in a glass serving dish. Sprinkle the chocolate shavings between top two layers. Serve chilled.
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