I am a child of the 60's. I remember the required party hats, cake and ice cream shared with friends, and the party dresses. Fun memories of long ago. We did not have many sweets at our house as my dad was diabetic and at that time it was not something managed as well as it is today. So birthdays were extra special as mom would bake a cake, and for birthdays it was always Angel Food cake topped with chocolate frosting. I celebrated my 58th year this past week and I seem to get more reminiscent of days gone by as the years continue to fly past.
So this month's block had to be Angel Food Cake.
This block goes together pretty quickly with
piecing techniques we have gotten very familiar with by now.
To get your copy of this month's block as well as the previous blocks in this BOM click here.
Now for your added treat, here is a recipe for Angel Food Cake with chocolate frosting from Suzanne Cowden on her blog Flour Arrangement. While her recipe is for a tasty, from scratch version she walks you through with a detailed step-by-step if you want to give it a try. It is fun to read how she believed topping the cake with chocolate frosting was a no-no until her husband won the battle and converted her to this great combination of flavors frmo the past. Click on the link below for her blog to get the recipe.
As a kid we spent our August camping at a favorite spot in southern Oregon.
An outing we all looked forward to was a trip to the peach orchards. Oh those large, juicy peaches fresh off the tree were one of summer's delights.
So can you guess this month's dessert?
The star of our show is Peach Cobbler.
The corners in this block are done in the same way we did Block 1. ( I did a more complete tutorial there: https://www.tuning-my-heart.com/blog/just-desserts-block-1)
So just a few tips today:
Remember to sew with your needle just to the outside of the drawn line.
You can chain-piece these. I like to sew with my needle in the down position.
I place the next unit to be sewn right up next to the needle before beginning.
Check to make sure that the top triangle covers the corner of the square underneath.
Visit my blog post for Block One for a handy cheat if your square is showing a bit after sewing.
The rest of this block goes together easily with Quick Half-square Triangles.
Now for a little inspiration from my awesome pattern testers.
There seemed to be a bug theme going on this month.
I found another recipe at Sally's Baking Addiction. I am looking forward to my own taste Peach Cobber with a dollop of ice cream on top.
For your copy of this month's block pattern click HERE.
What comes to mind when you think of July?
Lazy summer days, lemonade,
afternoons in the pool,
walks in the woods...
...and these days Key Lime Pie.
Yes, this month's block is named for that refreshing summertime treat.
I used a strip piecing technique to make the 4-square Corner Units in our block. Once you sew the strips together square up the end. Turn the strip around and use that trimmed edge as your beginning guide to trim the sections needed.
My pattern directs us to join these sections into pairs, which lock together very nicely for perfectly matched seams. I like to sew my pairs together with the seam on top pointing towards my needle as seen here. This pushes those seams together as I sew.
In the pattern I also mention fanning the seam on these. I use my thumbs to separate the seam so that it splits it in two, with one side laying one direction and the other side laying the opposite. (I had to hald the camera to take the photo so you only see on of my thumbs at work.) I finger press these seams before taking them to my pressing surface.
Once pressed, the back looks like this. Notice that the center looks just like our 4-patch.
This is a really useful trick for getting bulky seams to lay flat.
The rest of this block is done just like June's Block and you can find the photo tutorial I did for that one HERE.
Now for some added inspiration from my pattern testers.
Leigh Ann Wilkes of Your Homebased Mom shared this recipe. It looks beautiful. Visit her blog for the recipe linked HERE.
You can get your copy of this month's block HERE.
I just couldn't resist one last photo of things I love about July-sundresses and wildflowers.
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