Friday, October 30, 2015

Twinkle Blocks

I've had some fun this week sewing some of this month's Block Lotto blocks.  I must say that they looked a bit complicated, but really went up beautifully with the Tri Recs tool.  I also like the black background that was called for this month.  I'd love to see these set on point in a quilt.




I've spent my sewing time this week with a pile of mending and "have to do" sewing, but it feels good to have it done.  I did get a bit of fun sewing in with a couple of trick or treat bags for the littlest ones here.



We took some of the little ones to the pumpkin patch this week and had a great time.



We continue to celebrate October birthdays here.  I had a request from one of the granddaughters for a princess cake.  The problem was that she wanted one of our family's favorite cakes which is a yellow cake with hot fudge drizzled over the top.  I usually make it in a rectangular pan.  I decided to get creative and made a bundt cake, stuck a doll in it and make a gathered skirt to cover the plain cake.  Then when we served it we just removed the doll, sliced the cake and drizzled the chocolate over each piece.  It worked out perfectly.


The birthday girl was pleased.  That's what matters.


Over the weekend we attended the children's school gala at the Reagan Library.  It was a spectacular evening for the event and dinner was served underneath Air Force One.  It was quite impressive to look up at the massive plane above the table.




View looking up from our table.  
The very talented Soma from Whims and Fancies is going to be hosting a "Trunk Full of Quilts" event on her blog in November.  Pop over and check out a way that you can share your favorite quilts that you have completed over the years.


After RNG selected two "no reply" comments from my recent Halloween Haunts blog hop, I have finally notified the winner - Angelia (no blog).  Hopefully, I will hear back from her soon.

Have a safe and happy Halloween.

27 comments:

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Love your blocks, Mary!!! So nice and bright....but not as cute as those little ones!!!!

Quilting Babcia said...

Those blocks are beautiful, seems like a black background always makes the colors pop. Those trick or treat bags look like fun to make, I'll need to keep them in mind for next year.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Wow, those blocks are beautiful! I love them ... and agree that they'd look fabulous in a quilt, set on point. Your solution to the princess cake was genius! And you're so right ... what matters is if the birthday girl liked it.

Createology said...

Your blocks are stunning and the black really makes the colors pop! The treat bags are uber adorable and how fun to visit the Pumpkin Patch. I am quite amazed at the school having their dinner gala at Reagan Library. That is quite a special and amazing place. How fun you created the Doll Birthday Cake. My mother always made each daughter a very special Doll Birthday Cake. No Barbies for us back then but those cheap plastic dolls that have open and close eyelids. As kids we were always so surprised and felt very special that Mom had created cakes just for us. Happy and Safe Halloween...

beth s said...

I don't know how you fit it all in! You really DID IT with that cake! Great job Grandma!

sunny said...

What a creative solution for your cake! Looks like you're all having fun celebrating October.

Carol said...

That cake looks beautiful and sounds delicious! You've definitely been a busy lady and it looks like you've been having fun with those cute kids!

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

Lovely blocks, Mary. It will be great quilt.

Ramona said...

Your blocks are gorgeous! The points just pop with the black background. Great idea for the cake, too!

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

The stars look like jewels on the dark coloured fabrics. So Stunning!! The bags are cute and the cake idea was ingenious!! The birthday girl definitely looks happy! It must have incredible to dine underneath Air Force One!! I always love seeing your photos. Thanks so much for sharing about the trunk show, Mary! I can't wait to see your collection :)

-Soma

Live a Colorful Life said...

I always love seeing what you are working on. Have a happy and fun Halloween.

Michele said...

Love the blocks and it looks like you've had lots of fun laely.

Susan said...

You have been busy! I love your idea for the princess cake! I'm going to have to remember that one...

creativity amongst chaos said...
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creativity amongst chaos said...

Lovely times with family are most treasured. So sweet to see such a devoted grandma. Have fun with them.

creativity amongst chaos said...

Lovely times with family are most treasured. So sweet to see such a devoted grandma. Have fun with them.

CathieJ said...

I love those blocks. The black background really sets them off beautifully. I like to get the mending and "have to" sewing out of the way also. Doing so usually sparks some creativity. Love those treat bags and that cake. Your idea was so much easier than making the entire dress out of frosting which is what I did when my daughter was little. I wish I had thought of that.

krislovesfabric said...

Love those stars and all your pics from your adventures too :)

em's scrapbag said...

A trip to the pumpkin patch is always a treat.
Love your twinkle blocks.
What a fun birthday cake idea!

Sheila said...

Your twinkle blocks are gorgeous !

OPQuilt said...

Looks like you are still the Most Productive Woman in the Universe--and such pretty blocks to come out of your industry! I love the idea of the Reagan Library as a back drop to a school dinner. You know I've never been there? Something to add to the list, most definitely.

I once made a Princess cake. Once. I think your idea is the better way to go. How did you get those candles to stand up around the plate? Such a clever idea!

Michele said...

Great times at the pumpkin patch! I always do an annual pumpkin patch photo. How fun to eat under an airplane! It would have been hard to get my crowd to leave after that! Love your blocks.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

As always you manage to get so much sewing done! I really love the pink twinkle block in the bottom row....It nearly sparkles even! I would love to see a quilt made with those blocks!

Stephanie said...

Clever cake! Way to improvise and not mess up the doll dress. :o) Love the wheelbarrow filled with cuties too. I love keeping up with the goings on in your neck of the woods!

Deonn said...

Looks like you've been having fun in the sewing room and with the grandkids. Love those block lotto stars!

Denise :) said...

Mary, those twinkle blocks really do look like twinkling stars! Your fabric choices are spot on -- they have terrific dimension! Great job on the birthday cake and 'sewing' (literally) sweet memories for the birthday girl!! :)

Lara B. said...

Those Twinkle blocks are Wonderful Mary! And they do look complicated. I'll have to look up that tool.
Your grandkids are all so adorable... a whole cart full of adorable, LOL.
That was a clever way to solve the princess cake puzzle and your granddaughter looks very happy.