Patriotic Blocks and a Motorcross Birthday

We celebrated grandson Ethan’s 8th birthday this past weekend. He let me know a month ago he wanted a motorcross cake. This is the 2nd year for one and I hope the last. Ready to do something different. This year I made the track in a figure “8” and made the side black and white check. Nothing spectacular, just a good kids cake.


On the quilting front-

The VA state coordinator for Quilts of Valor requested block donations. He had a request for quilts but had none. So my husband and I made these 4 blocks to help out. When we work together, I cut, pin, and press while he sews. We can keep moving along at a pretty good pace that way.


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Blue Birthday

Today is my husband’s birthday so not much quilting today. Just did more stitch in the ditch on Joanne’s quilt. Couldn’t let the day go by without making a little cake for my sweetie. There’s one candle because he’s my number one.



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Problem Solved!!!!!

Actually I didn’t solve the communication problem between my computer and my camera, it just started working again.  Who cares.  At least I can go back to posting.

I made this cake for my step-daughter’s birthday.  She is a graduate and a HUGE fan of University of North Carolina.  So of course nothing but a UNC cake would do.

Jen's UNC Birthday Cake

 This quilt was quilted in December 2009 and was a Christmas present for a grandson, Andrew.  It is called Andrew’s Footsteps (there is footstep fabric in the background).  I believe the block is churndash.  It was very nicely pieced.  I used the simplicity pantograph.

Mary's Andrew's Footsteps

And a closeup.

Mary's Andrew's Footsteps

Now that I can post pictures again, I’ll have to get caught up.  However, I am having a problem with my computer screen going black.  Don’t how long I’ll have before I have to send this off to be repaired. 

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Two Nests

Today’s quilt and cake are related.  This sweet quilt is the “nest” pattern made from 30’s fabric by Judy.  I used the pantograph “Flight of Fancy” on it.  The cake was for a bridal shower.  Seems to me that marriage is the building of a nest to have a family and nuture a relationship.  So that’s my two nests today!

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Autumn Braid turned into Spring



I’ve been busy quilting customer’s quilts lately and this is a beautiful one.  Click on the picture to see a larger view.  The picture really doesn’t do it justice.  The cake is in the style of a gift package and was for my daughter-in-law’s mom.  It was the first time I had made a gift box but it won’t be the last.

I’m continuing to work on a quilt I started 2 years ago.  I want it done for Christmas to put on my bed.  Hope I make it.  There are many places where I am matching points and so the sewing does not move quickly.  Wednesday is desginated as “Linda’s Quilt Day” but today I am also going to work on a customer’s quilt.  I’m stitching some hooked feathers on a star quilt.  I’ll decided exactly how I’m going to do this when I walk in the room this morning.

If you have never been to Greta’s Quilting Studio, a blog located at, you have got to see her work.  She does amazing trapunto using organza.  She is also giving away one of her little quilts.  So go to her site before November 23rd and leave her a comment.

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Time for Another Quilt and Cake

Let’s see, which ones to pick this time.  How about these?  Click on a pic for a larger picture and info.

Today I am going to work on one of my own quilts.  Something I rarely take the time to do but am going to start doing 1 day each week.  First I need to finish some blocks for my Guild Mystery Quilt and then, I’m going to trace an embroidery design on fabric for a Christmas quilt.  If I have time, I’ll load some fabric on my Gammill and play with quilting it.  Then tonight, while watching TV, I’ll work on making some sugar paste orchids and roses in preparation for a birthday cake for myself.

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Another Quilt and Cake

I absolutely love this Flip Flop quilt.  Jo does a beautiful stitching job and her fabric choices are so much fun.  I have some cute ideas for custom quilting such as quilting a foot in the flip flop, but the Ebb and Flow pantograph also looks great on it.

The cake is a Harley Davidson birthday cake for my son Greg.  The logo is hand cut out of fondant.  Flames are marbled fondant (orange, yellow and black) cut to look like flames.  Vanilla cake with chocolate fondant, tastes great but will never use this recipe again.  It seized up and cracked when you tried to work with it.  The good thing was that it looked like leather, so that fit with the Harley Davidson theme perfectly.

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