Friday, July 19, 2013

This and That

 Well.  It's been a birthday week for this little girl. 

Needless to say, it's been a busy one.
We spent some time with her and 6 little cuties at a local water park.

Does this give you an indication of the spunky little girl we're raising?

 I'm not sure where she gets it from...

Anyways.  That night we enjoyed this three layer Vanilla Bean Cake with Sprinkles made by yours truly.  And, it was quite delicious if I do say so myself!  I first spied a picture of it on Pinterest (of course it was much prettier than mine.  But I tried).  I love the fact that I put one of my "pins" to good use though!  Do you use your pins?

* I'm also loving the new Rhonna Farrer iphone photo editing app if you can't tell.  I'm having a ball with it on Instagram right now (like I need one more thing sucking me in)!  I'd love to be friends with you on Instagram!  Look me up!  My username is gigisthimble.

Through all the birthday festivities I did manage to make another Farmer's Wife Block.  I know.  It's a miracle. 
Here she is, #78 Shooting Star:

It's not perfect but I had fun.  It's been so long since I've worked on my Farmer's Wife Blocks.  I'm trying to get back to them!  Slowly but surely I will get this thing done! 

Shooting Star was paper pieced.  
(And for those of you who have been trying to get into the Yahoo group that supplies the paper piecing patterns for all the blocks ~ I am sorry if you haven't gotten a response!  I've tried contacting the group administrator too and haven't heard back.  Not sure what's going on there.  All I can say is keep on trying I guess.)

I've also taken a cue from Camille (who suggested cutting quilt leftovers into 2 1/2" strips for a scrappy binding roll).  I'll piece the Scrumptious strips together when I get a minute.  I might possibly use them to bind this soon to be baby quilt: 

[HST's = 6-1/2" unfinished]

I also got a fun surprise package in the mail the other day.  Those ladies at Moda sure know how to make a girl happy!

L to R: Sweet Serenade by Basic Grey, Wrens and Friends by Gina Martin and  Family Tree by Deb Strain.  I can't wait to play with them!

I hope you've had a fun and productive week too.
Happy weekend!

~ Amber


Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Oh my, all that fabric looks lovely! Jealous!!!

Thimbleanna said...

Awww, your little girl is sure a cutie. Happy Belated Birthday to her -- that cake looks awesome (and yes, I do try to use some of my pins!) Can't wait to see what you do with your Moda fabrics!

Beverly said...

Oh my! Your little "big" girl has sure grown since I first started following you. Looks like a fun time. Your cake is so cute. Bet those girls loved it. I do try a lot of my pins, but if I live to be 100, couldn't make a dent.
Always love seeing your red and white Farmer's Wife blocks. I have never done paper piecing, so would definetely need some help.

Rosa said...

Happy belated birthday too her,that`s cake looks yummiest.Can´t wait to see your new project with that wonderful fabrics.Have fun weekend!

Peggy Aront said...

That cake looks awesome....
Your daughter must take after her mother...and good for her for being unique :)

I'll be following along watching to see what you did with your 3 bundles...and I am on Instagram so I'm gonna go look for you :)

Peggy in NJ

Amber said...

Rosa & Peggy,

Thank you! And I only wish I could have the time to dig into those new a few other projects that will keep me busy for a while :(

Have a great weekend!

Diana said...

Love your quilt block. Your little girl is darling.

Amber said...

Thanks Beverly! I feel like I do try a lot of my pins too. I love Pinterest! Such a great resource!
Paper piecing isn't that hard but it's probably easier to have someone show you in person. You should take a class. It's so fun.

And, you got me thinking how you've been one of my long time, dear followers! Then I got curious how long I've been blogging for and guess what!?! Someone's got an anniversary coming up! Maybe I should do a giveaway!!! It's a big one ~ 5 years! Yay!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Amber said...


Thank you! Thank you! I'll send the birthday wishes on to Miss Maya!


Amber said...

Thank you! It was nice to get back to my Farmer's Wife blocks! Hopefully I keep the momentum going! And thanks, I think she's pretty cute too :)