quilt monday

It might be the last day of February but I'm still making Valentine's Day quilts. Sure helps that I can not get enough of First Crush!

I used one of my latest favorite patterns(can be found here).

My favouritest part might be the red gingham binding.

I wasn't sure how I wanted to quilt it so I went with a free-flowing heart pattern, Clinging Vine.

I love how the fabrics stand out so nicely against each other. I was worried that some of the lighter prints would blend too much together.

I really enjoy this pattern, it goes together so quickly!

As for now, I just might have another First Crush project to finish up.
Happy Monday!

snack saturday

Cookies n Cream Cupcakes

  • 40 Oreos or other chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 2 cups (280g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (85g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp (5g) baking soda
  • 1 tsp (5g) baking powder
  • ½ tsp (3g) kosher or sea salt
  • ½ cup (120mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (250g) sour cream
  • 1 cup (237mL) coffee, at room temperature
  • 1 (4 oz) stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) vegetable shortening 
  • 3½-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • Mini Oreos or reserved halves from the cupcake bottoms, for garnish 
Make the Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners and set aside.
  2. With a paring knife (or just twist if you're brave!), remove one side of 24 of the Oreos, leaving the filling intact. Place an Oreo half with the filling filling-side-up in each of the cupcake liners.
  3. Roughly chop the remaining whole Oreos and set aside.
  4. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add sugar and whisk to combine.
  5. In another large bowl, mix together the vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla, sour cream and coffee until incorporated. Pour into the bowl with the flour mixture and stir until well-mixed and smooth. Gently fold in the chopped Oreos.
  6. Divide batter evenly among prepared pans, filling each ⅔-3/4 full. Bake 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Make the Frosting
  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and shortening until fluffy. Add vanilla and mix to incorporate.
  2. Sift in powdered sugar, a few tablespoons at a time, mixing well between each addition.
  3. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and garnish with an Oreo half, a mini Oreo, or Oreo crumbs

good times

This has been an interesting week. Tuesday night, Boy4 as injured; as in a concussion, broken left arm and a sprained right wrist. Good times eh? Now we have two weeks of him on zero activity before he gets clearance on the concussion and has his arm xrayed again. Did I mention he's left handed? Good times, good times.

Before all the fun and games, I was able to finish off my jelly roll star.

Sadly, I do not love this quilt. I regret the colours I used and struggled with finishing this. I lamed out and did nothing special with the borders and just continued with the background.

I will probably make it again. I would love one in a two colour quilt. For now, I need to figure out how to quilt this and what to do with it.

quilt monday

I've quilted a few of these cute baby quilts. Just before Christmas, our quilt store had the kits on sale and I was able to snag the last one.

quilted with Laurie

How cute are these fabrics?

I backed it with my current favorite flannel print

And now I just need to get it delivered to baby!

this and that

Tonight our basketball season came to an end. Our team fought hard and lost by a measly 4 points; only 2 baskets!! I will admit that I am happy to have the season over; basketball 5 days a week was starting to take its toll on us and our house!

As a result, not a lot of fun stuffs coming out of my sewing room. I have the next few days off and hope to finish up a few things and more importantly, start some new! 

So with nothing of mine to show you, how about some fun client quilts?

I love this one by Bonnie.

quilted with Bush Berries

The quilting looked fantastic in all the white space.

I love how she used the panels.

This fabulous quilt by Gail.

quilted with a meander

Such fun blocks.

Another bright fun one, this time from Linda.

quilted with Angel Wings

Love these blocks.

This one from Joanne,

quilted with Daisy3

Absolutely love this one!

Joanne, used some of the leftovers in the backing.

By Christine,

Christine wanted the quilting simple with just a square done around the hearts in the blocks.

And by Milan

A Tshirt quilt made entirely from cruise Tshirts. 

Such a great idea and so much fun!

And her backing fabric, perfection!

Thank for looking!


Did that get your attention? lol. 
I saw this post on Instagram and I just had to copy it. Even better, I had the exact fabric.

Sadly it's not together yet. We are in the midst of a basketball tournament this week and my sewing time has been extremely limited with me being one of the team drivers.
With a little luck, I may sneak some time this weekend and get the top finished. As for finishing it? Nothing wrong with Valentine's Day 2017 lol.

snack saturday

Peanut Butter Fudge Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup water
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
16 ounces (about 1 & 1/2 cups) creamy peanut butter
For the icing:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
16 ounces confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9” x 13” baking pan.
Whisk together flour, sugar, and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside.
Place butter in a medium saucepan. Melt over medium heat.
Stir in cocoa powder. Then, stir in water, buttermilk, and eggs. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils.
Remove the mixture from the heat and add to flour mixture. Stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla.
Transfer batter to prepared pan and spread evenly.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Then, spread the peanut butter over the cake. Allow to cool completely.
To make the icing, place the sifted confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl. Set aside.
Combine butter, buttermilk, and cocoa in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to boil.
Remove from heat and pour over confectioners’ sugar. Stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla.
Spread icing over peanut butter. The cake can be served immediately or can sit at room temperature to allow the icing to set.

Christmas past

Was looking through my client quilt pictures and realized I hadn't blogged some extra special Christmas quilts.

This first one was pieced by Janice; I love this quilt.

Janice didn't want any quilting on the pieced sections of the blocks, just to keep the quilting simple.
I went with a simple stipple in the block backgrounds.

This block cracks me up

Next, this gorgeous McKenna Ryan quilt by Sharon.

So many pieces!!

I did a lot of stippling, echoing, and ditching. A lot of ditching.

I did a ribbon stitch in the inner border and ditched the outer one.

Very fun!

Lastly, this embroidery quilt for Hamels Quilt Store

The center tree, it took 8hours for the piecer to trace it out. In total, she was at over 30hours of time with the embroidery alone. 

I darkened some of the pictures so you can see the details easier.

Hamels didn't want any quilting on the embroidery so I went with a somewhat tight stipple to get the embroidery to pop.

This block. Love.

The borders were going to be scalloped after quilting so I kept it simple and went with beadboard quilting.

And the tree

Unfortunately, there was quite a bit of fullness in the block so I had to make my stipple more of a meander to get it all squished in.
I also did some quilting in all the 'snow' on the tree.

The kit can be purchased here; if you hurry, maybe you can finish it for this Christmas! 

quilt monday

I saw this quilt on Instagram and immediately started making it.

I used some charm packs of First Crush and the pattern can be purchased here.

quilted with Tickle Too

I adore this binding.

Have a free evening? You could easily make one too!

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