Now this one brings back sweet childhood memories. Chocolate Chip Cookies!
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This block makes use of Flying Geese units and I wanted to take a moment today to talk about rulers. You know that I love my Bloc Loc rulers for trimming these to size. The drawback of these rulers is you need to purchase one for each size you want to make, which gets pretty expensive. They have been the worth the investment to me, but there are some other options out there that work for multiple sizes.
I also have the Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese Tool. This ruler has markings that you need to line up according to the finished size of the units you want. The writing is pretty clear and the ruler is clearly marked for Trim #1 and Trim #2. I like Creative Grid rulers for their "non-slip" feature. I have not found any ruler that is truly non-slip, but these really grip the fabric better than any other option I have tried. Rulers are not cheap, but this one does give you a lot for your money.
One of my pattern testers uses a ruler that I was not familiar with. I asked her to share a little bit about it and here is what she has to say: "The Wing Clipper Ruler is by Deb Tucker. She has an excellent youtube titled “Wing Clipper Ruler for Making Perfect Flying Geese” that is 8:54 minutes long. I had the pleasure of taking a class with Deb and she is a great teacher. This ruler makes the flying geese so easy. There are very detailed instructions included with the ruler. Unlike most instruction manuals, the instructions are easy to follow and she even includes directions for both right-handed and left-handed quilters. Debra Davis and Deb Tucker use the same no-waste method. Included with this ruler is a chart on how to cut for different sizes. I use mine all the time and love it. You can get this at most of our local quilt shops (I’m on the east coast) or order them through her website www.studio180design.net. " Thanks Susie, for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!
I found another video Deb Tucker has made using her ruler that is a shorter version but really explains the ruler well. Her ruler comes in two sizes that cover pretty much every size you would want to make which would make this a good choice too.
All of these options are really worth the investment as using a regular ruler to trim Flying Geese can be a bit of a challenge. I do give some guidance on how to do that too in my pattern as I am very conscious of the cost of quilting. While I highly recomment these rulers I also appreciate those who would rather spend on fabric than another quilting notion.
Now for some recipes...
As a fan of the Great British Baking Show I could not resist sharing this one. I have not tried them yet and wonder if they are less sweet than our American version. I notice the Brits do complain about the sweetness of our desserts, lol.
A British Version from the BBC
And finally, because one can never have too much chocolate...
From the I Heart Eating Blog, Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
Can you believe we have been on this journey for a year! What a treat to get to meet so many quilters as we have sewn along together on this quilt. I know for some of you the journey ends this month with Block 12, but for those who are doing the larger quilt Block 13 comes in June. I will also be sharing finishing instructions for your quilt in June. And then I hope to see my Facebook group page filled with snowmen photos as you finish your quilts.
I have been singing Wiinter Wonderland as I come up with names for each block and this month we will Frolic and Play the snowman way.
This was such a fun block to make and I think you will really enjoy it. My pattern testers also had fun with it and shared some photos of their blocks too.
The pattern for this block will be free during the month of May and can be downloaded here.
Individual blocks from the previous months can be purchased from my shop.
All of the past blocks are available in a set at a discount by clicking on the button below.
Have fun and Happy Quilting!
Welcome to Tuning My Heart Quilts to all of those visiting for Jen's 2019 Color Challenge. Lime Green is this month's color and I had to go searching in my stash for just the right greens for this one. This block goes together really quickly and I will share some of my tips with you for this block-that is just what I do. Jen chose Spider Mums to inspire our color choice this month.
I love how we have a such a range of tints and shades of our lime green all in one flower.
After searching through my stash of greens I came up with a couple that work really well-I thought I might have to run out to my local quilt shop, but finally found some scraps in my greens basket that hit the lime green perfectly.
Now for some of my tips to make piecing this block a breeze. When I need to mark a diagonal line for sewing I place my fabric on a piece of very fine sandpaper that I picked up from the hardware store. I have it attached to a clipboard which I keep handy.
The sandpaper keeps the farbic from moving as I draw my line.
I always sew with my needle in the down position and I begin and end my piecing with little scraps of fabric. This eliminated those long threads that need clipping and also means I get a crisp start to my sewing. Notice in the first photo that my needle is down and I have moved my pieces into position.. I actually stop my machine, lift the presser foot, and place my pieces right up next to the needle before I begin sewing them together. I get a nice straight start to my piecing this way and never any puckering or a wobbly few beginning stitches.
One part you need to be careful with on this block is the trimming. Be sure and line up the diagonal line of your ruler with the diagonal seam line. This is an important step in achieving the sharp points we all desire.
Because Jen's directions have us pressing to one side these seams then lock together very nicely which also aide in giving us sharp points in our finished block.
When the seam is facing towards my needle as it approaches-as shown here-I very rarely bother to pin it. As I sew, those seams will just naturally be pushed together and I end up with nice sharp points.
I do however pin when a seam is facing away from my needle. I will sew right up to the pin, stop with my needle in the down position and carefully remove the pin, then continue stitching. Never a pretty picture to break a needle sewing over a pin so I just try to avoid it altogether.
To get your copy of this month's pattern head on over to Jen's blog: Patterns by Jen. She has even more tips and how-to's for you. You can also sign up to get email updates when each new pattern is released. It has been rather fun to focus on a different color each month. My fabric stash is definately heavy in some color areas and sorely lacking in others so I have enjoyed working with some new colors as a focal point in my blocks.
To see what some other bloggers have done with this month's block be sure and visit:
Linda Pearl -Note: Linda's is not available unitl May 6th
And if you are looking for another free BOM to keep you busy I hope you will consider joining me on my current one-Just Desserts-which can be accessed here.
Please note: The Snowman BOM started June 2018 and will run through June 2019. Blocks are released the first Monday of each month.
The 2019 BOM Just Desserts begins February 15th and each new block will be released on the 15th of each month.
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