12.30.2011

Decisions...

I woke up early this morning with an idea for a quick baby boy quilt using charm squares. I jotted down my idea/pattern, but now I can't decide which charm pack collection to use. Help anyone?
Shall I use Reunion by Sweetwater, or Ten Little Things by Jenn Ski?
I plan on incorporating that fuzzy minky fabric too - this will be a cute one!

I'm heading to the fabric shop today (after walking my furry children) to buy backing and background fabric, so please let me know today if possible (gotta get some quilting in before my winter break is over!). Knowing me, I'll probably end up making both...eventually.

Can you believe Christmas has passed, and only 2 more days until the New Year?! Holy cow, I better get quilting before I have my baby boy! By the way...we decided to name him Ethan :)

I have lots of projects lined up including: Moda Bakeshop pillow tutorial, travel bag tutorial, crib bumper, mini crib sheets and then of course I had to think up this idea this morning!

Happy Quilting!

12.22.2011

Feast Your Eyes on These Babies!

Don't be ashamed...let the drool roll 8-)**

Aren't they pretty?! It feels like an early Christmas for me! I received these yummy pre-cuts in the mail for my latest Moda Bakeshop tutorial. This is their new line called 'Hello Luscious' by Basic Grey and will eventually be available at our our online shop - It's a gorgeous line.

Anyway, the timing of this fabric shipment couldn't be more perfect as my Moda Bakeshop tutorial will be on pillow covers. I'm BADLY in need of new ones!


I made these quilted pillow covers using the 'stack and whack' block method last year. Recently I came home to find the corners chewed up. :(

It didn't take long to find out who the culprit was, being that our other furry nugget is currently sporting the 'cone of sorrow.' So unless I slept-walked the other night and chewed the corners off my pillows, we know who the guilty doggy is!

'cone of sorrow'

Well, this was an interesting post. It went from salivating over fabrics to the cone of sorrow.

Three more days until Christmas...happy holidays to all!

-jera

12.20.2011

New Treats at Quilting In The Rain

Can you believe there's only 5 more days until Christmas!? This month has flown by! It's been a crazy few weeks here, but we have a ton of new arrivals to share with you at www.QuiltingInTheRain.com! Thirteen beautiful pre-cut collections have been added for your browsing pleasure :) We also have a new Jelly Roll quilt kit featuring the Domestic Bliss collection by Moda.


Our website isn't the only place with an overload of sweet treats:
I have been in serious baking mode for the past three nights. Above and below you can see the cookies that I combined with mason jars and a charm square to create simple, cute holiday giveaways :) I really like the alternating contrast of the two types of cookie (for the record, they are ginger-molasses and sugar cookies).I can't say that I am proud of the number of cookies I ate in the process...but I am happy to report that it was less than my husband ate! Next on the list are some delicious whole-wheat brown sugar shortbread cookies. I can't wait!

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful holiday season so far! Happy Quilting!

12.15.2011

Holiday Baking! and that sticky bun recipe!

Before I post the sticky bun recipe, I felt like I had to post something fabric-related being a fabri-holic and all. So here you have it...my summer jam recipe now made into perfect Christmas gifts thanks to some cute holiday-themed fabric and good canning my husband and I did last summer. :) This is blackberry jam; you can find the recipe HERE if you're interested.
I used fabric from the Sew Cherry collection, and cut 5 inch squares using a pinking blade on my rotary cutter to get the cute wavy sides.
And now for that Pull-Apart Sticky Bun recipe you asked for :)

I got this recipe from my coworker (thanks Remi!), who got it from her sister. It's tastes amazing, and like I've been saying, it's super easy! 5 simple steps below...

Ingredients:
  • 1 tube Pillsbury Grand buttermilk biscuits (8 biscuits per tube)
  • 3 tbs butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/2 cup of corn syrup (i used dark corn syrup)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Step 1 - Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a fluted pan with non-stick spray. Combine the melted butter and syrup in a small bowl and set aside. In another bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts.

Step 2 - Place about half of the syrup mixture in the bottom of the pan. Then sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture on top.

Step 3 - As shown below, lay all eight biscuits on the bottom of the pan to form a ring. The edges of the biscuits should be overlapping.

Step 4 - Top with remaining syrup and sugar mixtures.

Step 5 - Then, bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown. (I baked it for exactly 20 minutes and it came out perfectly!). Once it's done baking, it'll look like this:
Cool for 1 minute, and then invert onto a serving platter:

Sticky bun heaven! I could eat this all over again :-( )**
And the buns just pull right off and melt in your mouth.
Enjoy!

12.11.2011

A Whale Quilt ...and Sticky Buns

My dear friend made this quilt for my soon-to-be baby boy (thanks again Betsy!). My eyes got all watery when I received it. I'm used to making and giving away quilts...but this is the very first quilt I've ever received. It's absolutely perfect. :*)
The white fabric on the quilt is that super soft minky stuff, so it's pretty much the softest quilt ever. My little boy will love it.
And there's even a matching whale pillow to go with it! ADORABLE.
My baby shower theme was whales :) I've always had a thing for them, so the fabric choice couldn't be more appropriate. I thought the whale cake would make a good segue into my next sweet treat...that being sticky buns.

Now that the holidays are here, it's time to get my bake on! I currently have cookies in the oven, but I started off the morning with this super easy pull-apart sticky bun recipe for breakfast.

Here's a Before photo...


...and After.
(And yes, there's only two of us) :-o
Similar to my quilts, I like simple but yummy recipes. This recipe was super easy and takes no time at all, yet it tastes amazing. Interested in the recipe? Let me know and I'll post it. :)


12.10.2011

New Arrivals at the Shop!

Happy weekend everyone :) We just got in a bunch of new pre-cuts so you can Cut Less and Sew More! Check out the new arrivals at our shop!

Good Fortune by Kate Spain

Reunion by Sweetwater
Remember? In my last post I said that pennants are totally in ;)

Sassy by Sandy Gervais


Twirl by Me & My Sister Designs (we have Twirl quilt kits coming soon!)


...and more to come next week...fun stuff!

Thanks for stopping by :)
Happy Quilting!

12.07.2011

Pennant Banner Tutorial

Hi All - I'm so excited to share this one with you! Not sure if you've noticed, but these pennant banners are everywhere in the crafting world nowadays. Yup, they're totally 'in' right now so hurry up and make one! ;) Most pennant tutorials I've seen involve a lot of time to assemble. However, if you've been following my blog, you'll know that I like to keep it simple.

That being said, this is my take on these pennant banners. They're super quick to assemble but best of all, they're totally adorable!

I made a Christmas-themed banner. But think of all the other possibilities depending on what fabrics you choose - these would make excellent decorations for birthday parties, baby showers, etc...the list goes on!
Materials for a *3 yard long pennant strand:
  • 6 fat quarters (18" x 22" cuts)
  • 4 yards biased tape binding (or make your own with 1/4 yard of fabric)
  • Steam-A-Seam double sided fusible webbing (four 9"x12" sheets was enough)
  • Coordinating thread
  • pinking blade for your rotary cutter
*You can make your own length with these measurements: 1 fat quarter = 3 pennants = 18" long strand.

Step 1 - To make three pennants, fold one fat quarter in half lengthwise so that it measures a 9"x22" rectangle. Press flat with an iron. Trim the non-folded sides of the rectangle so that it measures an 18"x8" rectangle.

Step 2 - Cut your Steam-A-Seam fusible webbing into strips, and place a couple strips inside the 18"x8" folded rectangle as shown below. Press with an iron to fuse closed. (Note: the Steam-A-Seam does not need to fill-in the entire rectangle. You just want enough to keep it fused shut).
Step 3 - Then, sub-cut the 18"x8" rectangle into three 6"x8" rectangles, as shown below.
Step 4 - Using a pinking blade on your rotary cutter, make two diagonal cuts (as designated in red) on each 6"x8" rectangle. Note that the image below is not to scale.
It will look like this:
The pinking blade will give it a cute wavy-looking cut, which also happens to help prevent fraying.
Repeat steps 1 through 4 for all of your fat quarters to make a total of 18 pennants.

Step 5 - Using coordinating thread, sew a 1/4" seam allowance along the edges where you made the wavy cuts. Do this for all of the pennants.
Step 6 - I bought 4 yards of bias tape binding pre-made. If you need to make your own, you will need 1/4 yards of fabric. From this, cut four 2 1/4" strips lengthwise. Sew these strips together to create the length of the binding strip (with right sides facing together, sew a 1/4" seam and then press open with an iron). Then, fold 1/2" over lengthwise on each side, pressing flat with an iron as you fold.
Step 7 - Lastly, measure 9 inches from one end of the binding strip, and then start sewing the pennants into the binding as shown below. To sew them in, the binding strip is folded in half lengthwise, and the pennants (non-wavy end) is placed snug against the binding strip. Stitch down with a 1/4" seam allowance. Start and end your stitch with a back-stitch.
Once all of the pennants are sewn in, measure 9 inches out from the last pennant and then trim. You can use this extra 9 inches of binding on each end to help tie your pennant banner up.

That's it! Simple, fast and fun. My kind of crafting. :) Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Quilting!

12.04.2011

Use those scraps!

I threw this fabric card together in 5 minutes. I needed to make a Thank You card and remembered this tutorial I posted back in the day, when I first started blogging. :)

I thought I'd re-share it for those that haven't seen it.

You can find the tutorial HERE.
Get inspired by this idea! Here's an applique version of a fabric card - i just love this idea! This was made by Mindy at QuiltyPleasures for our baby shower. :)
Anyway, it's a great way to utilize those fabric scraps I know you have laying around! And they make such thoughtful and unique cards/gifts. Try using holiday-themed fabric for some cute Christmas cards.
And all you need is card stock and some fabric scraps. These scraps were from my Sunny Santa Monica quilt I made a while back.

Happy quilting!

-jera
 

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