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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Has It Been That Long?????????????

So it has been over 3 months since I posted anything.  Life does get crazy sometimes and juggling priorities can be a challange.  The one cake decorating class turned into 4 plus all the time I spent on the internet learning from videos and blogs.  To be sure my customer quilts didn’t get lost in the shuffle, some other things had to be put on the back burner.  This blog was one of them.

Class is over though cake decorating is not.  My reason for taking the classes was to make myself a pretty birthday cake which will happen next month.  In the meantime, I thought I would start posting cakes and quilts that I have been working on.  So today, here’s one of each!  First a quilt and then a wedding cake.  (Click on a picture for info on the pictures.)  The back of the quilt was Minkie.  Oh so soft.  I hated to give it back to her. 

Rip It Cake

First a word of explanation.  When I started visiting chat rooms for longarm quilters, I would see the expression “frogging.”  I had no idea what that was so one day I asked.  It’s picking out stitches or rip it, rip it, rip it.  If you say it fast it kinda sounds like ribbet.

So for Carol’s birthday which was on the meeting day of the Stand Up Stitchers, I decorated a cake (a delicious orange one which Jackie, our hostess, made) with a red-eyed tree frog, a flowering tree, and Rip…It.  Happy Birthday Carol.

I used leftover fondant for the frog, royal icing for the flowers and the rest is buttercream.

Ripit Cake

Ripit Cake2

Ripit Cake3

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Fourth of July Celebration

This holiday is a favorite of mine.  My country is one of the things for which I am very grateful.  As usual, DH put out 10 small flags at the street in addition to the larger flag that flies in the front yard all the time.  We also have a large flagpole in the backyard with the flag flying.  I decorated a 4th of July cake and DH helped.  It sure is nice to have to big, strong hands to knead the fondant!

Went to a Patriotic concert at the Carolina Hotel put on by a volunteer band in which my grandson, Alex plays the clarinet.  Always love that music.  Heard a new piece called “Song of the Unknown Soldier.”  Touched my heart.

  Then we had a cookout with daughter Jennifer, grandchildren Amber and Alex, friend Shelly and Brianna and Alyssa.  Wonderful food!

Here’s the cake.  BTW, I’ve only taken Cake Decorating 101 but watched videos online teaching how to make this cake.  It was located at and instructions are given by Karen Weisman.

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Royal icing fireworks; fondant flag, bunting, stars; buttercream icing.



Max and Craig are ready to celebrate.  I made the patriotic quilt behind them a number of years ago.


Alex playing clarinet at patriotic concert.


Amber and Alex




Jennifer, Alyssa, Alex, Amber, Brianna


Brianna and Amber


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