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More Fireworks Blocks


I’ve been slowly working through my Fireworks blocks and now have 12 of the 16 blocks made.   They haven’t been really quick blocks to piece but when they’re done I really love the way they look.

Here are four of the eight I’ve finished since posting last:





As I’ve worked on this project I’ve come to like the Bloomsbury Gardens prints even more than I did when I purchased them.  I’m happy to be sewing with them and look forward to putting this quilt top together.  Only four more blocks to go, and they are all cut out and neatly stacked on my sewing table.  I hope I can find time to work on them this week!


Linking to Freshly Pieced

Anchor Quilt Top


A few weeks ago I went on a search for a pattern to piece an anchor quilt block.  It seems that nautical style is really trendy right now and I’m liking the look.   Everything I found was an applique pattern which wasn’t what I wanted.  I sketched an anchor, did the math, and created my own pieced anchor quilt block.


Then I made 19 more, including one from Essex yarn died linen in black.


I especially love that black block, the way it makes everything stand out.


I’m giddy with excitement about this quilt top.  Each block is 14 inches square, so the entire thing measures approximately 56 inches across by 70 inches long.


Lots of little seams.  A bit tedious, perhaps, but not difficult.  Tutorial coming soon!  In the meantime, I’m working on a backing!
*UPDATE:  Tutorial is finished!  You can find it here.


Linking to Freshly Pieced

Father’s Day Superhero Gift


I was on the hunt for a simple, creative and fun idea for Father’s Day this year, and I found just the thing.   I used these printables from AlphaMom to put together a superhero box for the superhero of a Dad that lives at our house.


It was a lot of fun picking items to go with each label.  I ended up making a few of these gifts for different people and it was fun to customize it for each person.  I couldn’t find a wood box that worked, so had to settle for a plastic box instead.  I lined it with white tissue paper so you couldn’t see what was inside it, and it worked out just fine.

This is what it looked like when it was “delivered” to our superhero:


How was it received?


The kids loved watching their Dad open the gift, and gratefully he was funny as could be as he went through each item.  What made the whole thing really amusing was that I thought he knew all along that we had put it together, but it wasn’t until he got to the very last item in the box, a cold can of Hero Juice (Dad’s root beer) that he realized I didn’t just order the box from somewhere.  What tipped him off?  The can was cold.  We all laughed and the group hug he finished with brought a smile to my heart.


One thing I like about these printables is that they don’t actually say anything about Father’s Day on them, so you could use them for a birthday or anytime you need a little thank you gift or pick-me-up for the superhero at your house.  It wasn’t a fancy gift, but it did put a smile on our faces, and the snacks were much enjoyed by my husband.  It was a great gift!


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