A Twenty Year Old UFO!

I have some down time on this road trip so I planned ahead and brought some projects to work on. I dug out a UFO that has to be around twenty years old!  The blocks are 6″ and a variation on the traditional Northwind block.

UFO 1

These are some arrangements I’m considering; grouping them into sets of four that would then finish 12″.

UFO 2
UFO 3
UFO 4

So far I have 52 of the blocks done. I’m not sure what my original plan was for these blocks but I think it may have been for a twin size quilt.

52 blocks

I have some nice stacks of parts all coordinated for blocks and then I have some parts that don’t go with anything!

parts

This box is about is about a third full of the pre cut parts and I have no clue how many there are.  I could take the time to count them, which would appeal to the accountant in me, I could just wing it and make blocks until I run out of parts and design the quilt from what I have, and that would appeal to the artist in me.

Box of parts

Whatever I decide to do I will keep you posted with the progress.  Anyone else out there inspired to dig out an old UFO and work on it?

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Deli Geese Project – Block #45 – Gilbert

Here is block number #45 of the Deli Geese Block Project!

Gilbert

45 Gilbert

Block #45 Gilbert uses the Top Units from Dark Flying Geese units.  Details of making the units are found here.

Top Unit from Dark Flying Geese

Top Unit Dark

Gilbert uses:
A – four Top Units from Dark Flying Geese units.
B – two  5″ squares cut in half on the diagonal
C – four 2 1/2″ half square triangles cut from a 2 1/2″ strip using an Easy Angle ruler (see picture below).
D – twelve 2 1/2″ half square triangles in background (light) fabric cut from a 2 1/2″ strip using an Easy Angle ruler (see picture below).
E – four 2 1/4″ squares

Once you have completed these units trim them to 4 1/2″ square, you should only have to trim away from the larger triangle.

BIA Unit

 

45 Gilbert

This block will measure 12″ at this point and finish 11 1/2″

This block as well as many others in the Deli Geese Block Project uses 5″ squares and 2 1/2″ strips.  It’s a great block for charm packs, layer cakes, and of course stash fabrics.

Deli Geese, because they’re sliced !

Enjoy!
Pat

Deli Geese Block Project Index

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,  Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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All rights reserved.
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You are not allowed to mass produce this information.

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Quilt Among Friends

After a lecture and two workshops with the Bear Creek Quilters Guild in Keller, Texas I headed to Arlington, Texas and had the pleasure of teaching a workshop at the Quilt Among Friends quilt shop. They chose the Small Wonders workshop in which eight different quilts can be worked on!

Of course the shop had lots of great fabrics and the classroom space was perfect!

QAF 1

QAF 2

Besides the eight different quilts offered I also display and demo an additional twenty blocks they can try with the same techniques presented in the workshop.  Two different quilters arrived at the class with a quilt in mind they were going to make and changed their minds twice before deciding on one of the bonus blocks.  That’s one of the things I love about working with the 5″ squares, they are so versatile!

Here are pictures of some of the blocks completed this day:

This is Prairie Gems from my Amazing Nickel Quilt book.

Prairie Gems

Several quilters were working on Tillie’s Treasure from Nickel Quilts or The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Tillie 1

Tillie 2

Tillie 3

These are blocks from the Star and Crown quilt, an individual pattern.

Star and Crown

Butterfly Waltz blocks, the quilt is in More Nickel Quilts or The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Butterfly Waltz

A great day was had by all and I look forward to seeing pictures of these finished quilts someday!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Bear Creek Quilters

A great quilting day with Bear Creek Quilters in Keller, Texas!  The workshop was Small Wonders in which eight quilts can be worked on all in the same workshop!  There were so many enthusiastic future Nickel Quilters in this guild they had to schedule a second workshop to accommodate everyone!

Bear Creek 5

Bear Creek 1

Lots of room to spread out and they did, just like quilters everywhere, we tend to use up all the horizontal space around us.

Bear Creek 2

Fabric choices varied; there were stash fabrics, traded 5″ squares, and newly purchased charm packs. They all make great Nickel Quilts!

Bear Creek 3

Bear Creek 4

Lots of wonderful quilts were started today and I look forward to seeing the finished projects!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Zucchini Spice Cake

It seems that no matter what the weather is like the zucchini prosper!  I picked several to give away and kept these two monsters for myself since all they might be good for is to grate and use in baking.

2 zucchini

I read through many different zucchini cake recipes before I combined three different recipes to come up with this winner!  I love a cake that you can eat anytime of the day, even for breakfast!

Zucchini Spice Cake

Makes a 9″ x 13″ cake

3 1/2 cups grated unpeeled zucchini
1 1/2  cup white flour
1 1/2  cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2  teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4  teaspoon allspice*
1/4  teaspoon ginger*
1/4  teaspoon nutmeg
1/2  teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2  cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
*could also use cloves instead, just raid your spice cupboard and use what you like!

Topping (optional)
1/2  cup white sugar
1/2  cup brown sugar
1/2  cup flour
1/4  cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9″ x 13″ pan.
  1. Place grated zucchini in a colander and set aside to drain. If adding the topping make this now by combing all the topping ingredients, mix together until crumbly, and set aside.
  1. Stir together flours, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, and spices.
  1. In a separate bowl beat together the eggs, sour cream, oil, and vanilla. Fold in the flour mixture, then add the zucchini. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle on topping mixture.
  1. Bake 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or center of the cake springs back when touched.

Enjoy!
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Deli Geese Project – Block #44 – Ernie

Here is block number #44 of the Deli Geese Block Project!

Ernie

44 Ernie

Block #44 Ernie, uses the Bottom Units from Light Flying Geese Units.  Details of making the units are found here.

Bottom Unit from Light Flying Geese

Bottom Light Unit

Ernie uses:
A – four Bottom Units from Light Flying Geese units.
B – four 2 1/2″ squares
C – four 2 1/2″ squares background (light)
D – eight 2 1/2″ half square triangles cut from a 2 1/2″ strip using an Easy Angle ruler (see picture below).
E – eight 2 1/2″ half square triangles of background fabric (light) cut from a 2 1/2″ strip using an Easy Angle ruler (see picture below).
F – four 2 1/4″ squares background

44 Ernie

This block will measure 12″ at this point and finish 11 1/2″

Cut the dark and light 2 1/2″ half square triangles from 2 1/2″ strips of fabric.

Cutting of small triangles

This block as well as many others in the Deli Geese Block Project uses 5″ squares as well as 2 1/2″ strips.  It’s a great block for charm packs, layer cakes, and of course stash fabrics.

Deli Geese, because they’re sliced !

Enjoy!
Pat

Deli Geese Block Project Index

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,    Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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All rights reserved.
This pattern/design is for your personal, non-commercial use only.
You are not allowed to mass produce this information.

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Carriage House

I’ve been cutting kits for my Carriage House quilt.  I designed the fabric collection, by the same name, for Windham Fabrics.  It’s been several years since the collection came out and I’m probably the only one left with quantities of it since I purchased many, many bolts for kits!

Cropped Carriage House

Here are pictures of the wonderful fabrics in the Carriage House collection of fabrics. All of these are in the quilt kit.

Lights

Fabrics AFabrics B

Fabrics C

Fabrics D

These are the border fabric options, a wonderful large scale floral print in red or green.

Border Print

The kits are only available for a short time, I tend to run out of them really fast before I can take the time to cut more so I don’t even bother listing them in my website store. Here is the information for the kit if you are interested in purchasing one:

Quilt Size  72″ x 72″

Fabrics for the blocks:
twenty  –  5″ x 44″ strips in dark and medium valued prints
six  –  17″ x  44″  pieces in light (background) prints
Border Prints:
2 1/4  yards large floral print
1/2  yard inner border

Price $73.00 plus shipping, if you are interested in purchasing a kit please email me. pat@patspeth.com

The pattern I designed for the Carriage House quilt is available as a free download on the Windham Fabrics website at this link:  http://www.windhamfabrics.net/cgi-bin/fabricshop/projects.cgi?patternID=149

Enjoy!
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,  Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com