Saturday, April 19, 2014

Time for Sashing!

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I’ve finished all 25 of the pinwheel star blocks for the baby quilt for my niece-to-be.  I’m in a bit of a hurry – She is arriving in July, and my Sis tends to go into labor a bit early with her babies.

Knowing what I time I have to sew at home, wedged in between my crazy schedule and other deadlines, I really want to get this top together this weekend while we are up at the cabin.

At this point I only had one more block to go ---See that cute kitty fabric in the corner of this block?  SEW SWEET!  I love it when little surprises like that happen.  The square was not “fussy cut” – it just happened to be there.

I was going to use this for sashing:

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Baby pink? Purple cornerstones?

But it turned out to be lighter than I really wanted – and I need 60 sashings. There just wasn’t going to be quite enough yardage to give me the number I needed, so this piece will be saved for something else..like maybe binding.

How do I know how many sashings and cornerstones I need for a quilt set 5 blocks X 5 blocks?  Click HERE for my Straight-Set Sashing Chart!

It’s a good thing I grabbed a few different pieces of yardage just in case what I was thinking didn’t work out.

I’ve decided on this instead:

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Periwinkle dots for sashing with pink cornerstones!

This makes me a lot happier!

Our guests are arriving for dinner at 4pm.  The Hubster just put brownies into the oven for dessert.  The cabin will soon be filled with the aroma of chocolate baking.  Dessert is to be warm brownies and ice cream with chocolate sauce.

Being that I’m still gluten-free after 13 months now, I’ll just opt for the ice cream with the chocolate sauce, knowing that everyone else will enjoy their brownies.

Back to the job of sashing this sweet quilt – I’m getting excited for my niece to get here!

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  1. That's going to be such a sweet quilt for the lucky little girl!

  2. That periwinkle is the PERFECT sashing for this quilt!

  3. The sashing is perfect!

    And, you can be gluten free & still eat brownies. Anne Byrn is the Cake Mix Dr,and she has 2 gluten free cookbooks. She has her recipe for from-scratch saucepan(so it's easy)GF brownies posted on her website. I haven't tried this recipe, but I've tried many recipes from her Cake Mix & Dinner Dr books and have been v. pleased. http://www.cakemixdoctor.com/recipe/gluten-free-saucepan-brownies-recipe/

  4. You are such a saint.

  5. Have a great time with your new friends! I used to love a brownie dessert like that (I'm diabetic, so it is now just a memory! LOL). The baby quilt will be adorable!

  6. Such a pretty quilt and the fabrics and size of it will definitely mean that this can be used well into the older kid stage and beyond. It's so refreshing to see this as an alternative choice to all pastel bunnies and princesses. Thanks once again for showing the way to make quilts that are to be used.

  7. These pinwheels are wonderful! And I'm secretly glad you didn't have enough of the first fabric. This "back-up" is amazing! Can't wait to see the finished quilt!

  8. This evening I am hoping you have a blessed and wonderful Easter.

    The quit is perfect!!! Bet she will love it.
    Smiles, JulieinTN

  9. Happy Easter to you and your family. Love the view from your cabin..

    The baby quilt is just wonderful!

    working on quilty stuff. Trying hard to get those orphan blocks made into something and give away. So far so good. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Aileen in FL

  10. I've had good luck with both the Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free brownie mix and the Betty Crocker one.

    I've been diagnosed with Celiac's in the last few months, so gluten free is certainly my way of life forever!

  11. Love your scrappy quilts, especially this one. Hope you checked the ice cream....I find gluten in the darned places, been gluten free for 2 1/2 yrs.

  12. Love the polka dot sashing. Just makes everything perfect.

    Easter blessings to you and your family.

  13. Hi Bonnie, Love your baby quilt, your niece will know that her auntie loves her every time she snuggles in it, and your sis will know every time she sees it too! I have been GF since 2010 [Coeliac Disease for me :(] but I love Brownies and still enjoy them, try GF flour in your recipe first some you can do a straight swap with, others need additives. I hope the GF is helping with your health. Julie

  14. So full of love and life! And almost all with half-square triangles. Absolutely charming. That kitty is a happy coincidence, as you say. :-) Your niece is a lucky girl!

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  16. Jeanne A.11:09 AM EDT

    My dessert is going to be blueberry raspberry pie - already baked and homemade cream puffs with warm homemade fudge sauce. Yummy.

  17. We really like the gluten free brownie recipe from King Arthur flour. It makes the recipe so easy to be able to use their gluten free baking mix. They are so gooey that the are sometimes difficult to get out of the pan. Very chocolatey though!

  18. I would love to hear how 13 months gluten free has changed how you feel? Since you are still doing it, I figure there is a good difference.

  19. What a lovely table you have for your machine. Did DH or you make it? I like how nice and wide it around your machine.


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