Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Back to School - Calculator Quilt Block

It's time for Back to School! To get in the mood, this month the Quilt Block Mania group is offering over 40 free quilt blocks to create a fantastic school themed quilt! 

school quilt blocks

In my area, though schools are not welcoming students physically back onto campus, it doesn't mean that learning is canceled. All the more reason to make a school themed quilt to brighten the days!

And the participants in the August 2020 Quilt Block Mania group have done a suburb job of designing very special school themed quilt blocks. There's a quilt block for just about every imaginable school item available - crayons, glue, books, a chalkboard, a school bus - the list is extensive! 

40 school themed quilt blocks

Here's the links to all the blocks:

Crayons by Slice of Pi Quilts
Lockers by Powered by Quilting
Math Problem by Pretty Piney
Chalk Board by Inquiring Quilter
Stack of Books by Carolina Moore
Pointy Pencil Block by Sew Brainy
Geometry by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Pencils by Quilting Room with Mel
School Bus by Orange Blossom Quilt
Book with Animal by Seams to be Sew
Stack of Textbooks by Quilted Diary
Shades of the Sun by Charisma Horton
Basketball by Devoted Quilter
Apples by Perkins Dry Goods
Box of Crayons by ScrapDash
Apple with leaf by Block of the Mo
Crayons by Off the Wall Quilt
School Time Schoolhouse by Quilt Moments
School House by Utah Quilt Appraiser
Pencil by True Blue Quilts
Owl by The Whimsical Workshop
Calculator by Quilt Fabrication
Crayons by Linda B Creative
Applique Computer by DooHikey Designs
Modern Apple by Cotton Street Commons
Glue by Quilting Mod
School Girls Puzzle by Sew on the Go
Snack by Quiltfox Design
Backpack by Oh Kaye Quilting
Math Signs by Patti's Patchwork
Bookworm by Appliques Quilts and More
Backpack by Tacy Gray
Schoolhouse by From my Carolina Home
Girl's Favorite by Blue Bear Quilts
Origami Paper Plane by Amara Creacions
Show up and Shine! by SewJoy Creations
School House with Children by Aunte Ms Quilts

My block is one of the most useful tools found in schools and just about anywhere - a calculator. Really - what would we do without it???

red calculator quilt block by QuiltFabrication

Measuring in at a finished size of 12" x 12", the calculator can be made any color you want. I just happen to like red at the moment, and along with yellow, it's a color that I associate with school. Fortunately, red was one of the colors in our given Design Seeds palette for the School Days blocks.

design seeds floral garden palette of a red poppy

Here's the calculator block made up, using 1 fat quarter each of red and a very light grey for the keypads and display.

red and grey calculator quilt block by QuiltFabrication

Eventually, I'd like to add numbers to the keypad and display, plus the all-important function keys of plus, minus, multiply, divide, and equals. I'm sure TAP or Transfer Artist Paper (affiliate link) will work great for that - stay tuned!

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Watermelon Day - Quilts and Recipes!

Happy National Watermelon Day! Yes, every year on August 3, a whole day is devoted to that favorite, refreshing, summertime fruit - watermelon!

red watermelon slices for National Watermelon Day

Being that it's on a Monday this year, hubby and I decided to celebrate the day before, giving us more time to prepare some very delicious watermelon themed dishes, and enjoy them in our backyard.

The day started with a normal breakfast, though I'll confess I taste tested a few watermelon chunks as I cut up the ingredients for the first dish, a Watermelon Feta Salad

watermelon cucumber onion feta salad from delish.com

This recipe from Delish.com is super easy, and delicious! Chunks of watermelon, cucumber, red onion, and mint combine with an olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing for a surprisingly tasty salad. Since there's only two of us in the house, I made a third of the recipe, which we promptly finished off, wanting more. I know I'll be making this salad again later this week!

The next watermelon recipe I put together was a Watermelon-Basil infused water, which I found at allparenting.com. This one is super simple - a cup of cubed watermelon, 2-3 sprigs of basil, and 4 cups of cold water. Put it in a pretty pitcher to chill before serving, then enjoy a refreshing drink, complete with a few chunks of watermelon and basil leaves.

watermelon feta salad with watermelon-basil water in a pitcher and glasses

Keeping with the theme of the day, we pulled out the Watermelon Delight quilt, and had a picnic in a shady area of the backyard - how fun is that!

picnic lunch on the Watermelon Delight quilt by QuiltFabrication

We feasted on fried chicken, watermelon feta salad, and carrots, all the while toasting our current good health with the watermelon basil water. Content to stay put, we finally wrapped it up with a few slices of juicy watermelon.

picnic lunch and drinks on Watermelon Delight quilt by QuiltFabrication

After lunch, we starting prepping for dinner. With more watermelon dishes of course!

The dinner menu leads off with a watermelon and cucumber gazpacho, a recipe I found in the Sunday newspaper. Since I already had all of the ingredients, I set to work making this twist on a favorite cold soup to give it plenty of time to chill.

watermelon and cucumber gazpacho

After a couple hours, we couldn't resist sneaking a taste - WOW! was that ever a good gazpacho!

The main course consisted of grilled chicken-watermelon tacos. I used rotisserie chicken, warmed corn+flour tortillas, and a watermelon salsa from goodhousekeeping.com.

Just look at that mouth watering chicken/watermelon salsa taco, topped with queso fresco! 

chicken tacos and strawberry watermelon margarita with Watermelon Twist table runner in the background by QuiltFabrication

Oh! Can't forget to tell about those the margaritas, right? A few hours before dinner, I cubed up watermelon and strawberries, putting them in a single layer on a plate to freeze. That way, those margaritas blended up cold and slushy.

Again, we were outside for dinner but this time at the table to enjoy the Watermelon Twist table runner, though it was a tough choice between the Watermelon Twist or Whatamelon runner. It sure was a pretty view - the red watermelon slices on that runner kept drawing our attention as we sipped on our strawberry/watermelon margaritas.

chicken taco meat with guacamole and watermelon salsa with strawberry watermelon margaritas

What a great ending to Watermelon Day!
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Friday, July 31, 2020

Reindeer Wreath

Welcome to Christmas in July! I'm going to celebrate Christmas this year with a Reindeer Wreath full of Santa's crew, and featuring Rudolph front and center!  Check it out at https://www.etsy.com/listing/833335670/reindeer-wreath-christmas-wall-hanging

black and white checked deer heads in a circle with Rudolph in the middle all on a red background by QuiltFabrication

Yes, Rudolph and the gang make up this fun wreath of deer appliques of black and white checks, set in red to match Rudolph's nose! Holly and berry quilting motifs complete the wreath idea.

closeup of holly and berry quilting motifs done by QuiltFabrication

This adorable quilt is newly designed for the Christmas in July Then and Now blog hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.  See https://www.justletmequilt.com/2020/07/christmas-in-july-then-and-now-blog-hop_27.html

christmas in july then and now blog hop

I've teased everyone plenty over the last week or so, especially with the Tips and Tricks for Fusible Applique tutorial, https://www.quiltfabrication.com/2020/07/tips-and-tricks-for-fusible-applique.html. Has anyone noticed the deer are looking to the right in this quilt? Due to a last minute layout change, the deer I used for the tutorial was set aside and new heads made looking right. It was definitely the right decision!

red, black, and grey reindeer wreath wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

Though the holly and berries look like a freehand design, they were actually quilted with paper templates. With the templates, I could lay out the design on the quilt beforehand, even adding a few extra leaves or curls here and there to fill empty space. Check out this short video, https://youtu.be/eShxHm087kU showing the quilting with paper templates, which can be done with either a domestic or longarm machine - easy peasy!

rudolph the red nosed reindeer

Being that the Reindeer Wreath is just so charming  - I had to make a pattern! Not only is the pattern beginner friendly, with a full size reverse deer template, detailed instructions, and quilting ideas, but it is also at a blog hop special price right now through Friday, August 7. Get the pattern now at https://www.etsy.com/listing/833335670/reindeer-wreath-christmas-wall-hanging so there's plenty of time to finish for Christmas enjoyment!  

Since this is a Christmas in July Then and Now theme, and I've covered the now - let's move onto some then. These are just a few of my past favorites:

green pinwheels with red and white stripes for a table runner by QuiltFabrication

black and green striped trees on a red and white background for a table runner by QuiltFabrication

three snow covered black bird feeders with 5 red cardinals in the snow by QuiltFabrication

I certainly do like a lot of red for the Christmas holiday! Of course, I've made several others for Christmas, but there's too many to list here - check out my Etsy Winter page see some more. 

And don't forget to stop by all of the other quilters sharing their Christmas Then and Now projects:

                                                                                July 31

For a full list of the entire week, visit Carol at Just Let Me Quilt:  https://www.justletmequilt.com/2020/07/christmas-in-july-then-and-now-blog-hop_27.html 
 And thanks again, Carol, for a another fun blog hop!

Happy Quilting and Merry Christmas!

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