Wednesday, May 7, 2014

May For Me - 5/8/14


Have you found some ME time yet?  It doesn't have to be finding time to stitch.  It can be enjoying some baking, a new craft, a special trip (unplanned day trips are fun), visit a friend, pamper yourself at the Spa (I had my first pedicure - loved it!), enjoy a good book, or spend a little time in the flower beds.   Please be sure to visit Marcia for all the goodies she will be sharing, too.  And please, join us in this wonderful event and share some of your ME with us and use the linky, too.

TUTORIAL

This week I thought I would share a little tutorial on making the Kite Block.


Easy start - simple 4-patches.  You can use any size square you like, but my 2" barrel is stuffed so that is what I am using.


Then add side braces.  Since my 4-patches are 3.5" square, I cut 2" x 3.5" rectangles for two sides and another 2" square for the corner.  Change your rectangle cutting size to fit your size 4-patch.  I have a basket full of white, white on white and white with tiny print that need using up, but you can use what suits you.

Horrible photo - but the next step is to add another brace round on the same side.  Since my little kites measure 5", I cut  a 2" x 5" rectangle for the two sides and another 2" corner square.  Now my blocks are 6.5" unfinished.  Typically Kite Blocks have as many 'tails' as units in your patch, but you can play with them as you like - it is YOUR quilt.


You can set your Kites side by side so they are blowing in the wind.


Or you can use the traditional setting of 'on-point' so they are flying high in the sky.  I plan to set mine on point - but again, the quilt is all about YOU.

WINNER

Bloomin' Fresh by Deb Strain for Moda

And the winner of last weeks birthday give away is:


Lyndsey said...
Happy Birthday month Sharon. My favourite breakfast is croissant and hot chocolate. I like the croissant warmed and with raspberry jam and if my husband makes breakfast and brings it to me in bed I am in heaven.
Gosh I would love breakfast in bed, but I can't get my two furry friends to cooperate.  I will send an e-mail off to Lyndsey for her mailing information.
This weeks give away is

A Jelly Roll of 'Addison' by Nancy Gere for Windham Fabrics.  Oh, they look like a box of candy - chocolates and mint patties.  So my question this week is what is your favorite candy?  The comments will be open until Weds. 5/14 (12pm EST) and winner announced with next weeks give away.  I will ship international, just be sure I can contact you.
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

33 comments:

Sheila said...

Congratulations to Lyndsey. Breakfast in bed sounds nice : )
I love, love, LOVE chocolate covered raisins. YUM!

Dasha said...

I can't eat a lot of sugary stuff, because when I do, I go funny in the head. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I am already funny in the head. LOL. So when I do eat candy, I have good quality stuff. My favourite is one piece of Werthers butterscotch, or one piece of Lindt chocolate. Yum.

Donna said...

I love the kites. Thank you for tutorial. And, Happy Birthday month! Candy I adore - give me chocolate! A favorite is a bag of M&Ms.

QuiltSue said...
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QuiltSue said...

Whattt? Where did I go? What I was trying to say before Blogger decided to try and silence me for a while - not going to happen my friend! - is that my favourite chocolate is Black & Greens Organic. The flavour is delicious, and I'm dribbling on the keyboard just thinking about it.

*Tyler* said...

Hershey bar with almonds. If my fiancée ever gets in hot water a couple of those get him out :)

ozone3 said...

Hmmm...don't eat alot of candy, but my favorite is probably ..... either Snickers or Mounds. Haven't had either in a VERY long time!!

Thanks for the chance to win!!

Jeanie said...

My name is Jeanie and I'm a candyholic! Hard to pick a favorite, but Mounds would be right up there. Thanks for the giveaway!

krislovesfabric said...

Congrats to Lyndsay and thanks for the kite tute, that looks like it may be a fun one to try with our charity quilt group. Hmmm..candy...definitely m&m's :) Have a great day!

Vicki in MN said...

Anything Chocolate works for me, LOL
My 'Me Time' is riding my new Terra Trike! Thanks for the great scrappy tutorial :-)

Valerie Reynolds said...

Congrats Lyndsey!! I love tootsie roll pops and Good N Plenty!!! Thanks for the tutorial too....

Dana Gaffney said...

Congratulations Lyndsey! Be careful what you wish for Sharon, I can just imagine what your two might decide to serve you in bed, mine brought me a land crab once, LOL.
Favorite candy, Peanut Butter Cups.

Needled Mom said...

Those kite blocks look really neat. I'd love to see those together in a big quilt.

My favorite candy would be chocolate covered cherries.

Pauline G said...

Hi Sharon - sorry I missed your birthday but belated congratulations I love fudge !!!

Carol said...

Great tutorial on that block...thanks for sharing! I love anything chocolate with almonds. Yum!

Lisa J. said...

What a great tutorial and a wonderful way to use up scraps!

Deb said...

Like your tutorial, I must try it since I have LOTS of scraps! My favorite candy is either Reese's Peanutbutter cups or Snickers.

Sue Daurio said...

I've been collecting quite a stash of 2.5 in squares, this might just what's need, I LOVE the kite block. Congrats to Lindsey. Oh Sharon, your first pedicure, I LOVE pedicures. I had my first abut 2 years ago and man I can't believe what I was missing all that time. OH wait, favorite candy? Definitely banana laffy taffy. Yumm!

Material Girl said...

Your kite blocks are cute-great stash buster- need more of those! My favorite candy is chocolate covered cherries with liquid centers.yum

Queenie Believe said...

Your kite block is super cute! Perfect for a little boy quilt.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Linda Hodges said...

I love Godiva chocolate mint squares!!

Karen said...

Dark chocolate milky ways are my favorite. I love the kite tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

Marei said...

What a cute kite block. I think I might whip up a few using a light blue (sky) in place of the whites. Favorite candy? Oooh...so many choices. If I was stuck on a desert island and could choose only one candy it would be York Peppermint patties. LOVE those things.

KatieQ said...

Thank you for the block tutorial. I love easy blocks that use up a lot of scraps.

Janet said...

JuJubes. Or peppermints.

Joanna said...

I love Turkish Taffy and JuJu Fruits. Have I dated myself? Happy Birthday! I'm sorry it's belated, but is sincere nevertheless. Have a wonderful month of May.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I've been too busy stitching for others, and have had a hard time finding any 'me' time this month. Oh yea, CHOCOLATE!!!!

jmniffer said...

Congrats to Lyndsey,I would love breakfast in bed! My DH is good for a cup of coffee in bed, the rest is up to me. I am a fan of all things chocolate; add in caramel and/or nuts and I am a happy gal so snickers, milk duds, peanut M&M's all work. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

Cheryll said...

Thanks again Sharon for another chance to win! My favourite chockie...as we say in Australia... Is a cherry ripe...But a close second is peanut m&m's...yummy!

Teresa in Music City said...

Love your tutorial on the Kite block Sharon! Such a simple block with a lot of visual impact... can't wait to try it out!

PS - I'm also hoping I've fixed my Yahoo comment problem... let me know if you get this comment in your email inbox :)

Kate said...

I like that kite block, that one is going on the bucket list.

Any thing chocolate is my favorite candy.

Debbie said...

I don't eat candy, Sharon! The closest thing I eat is plain dark chocolate in 60% cocoa or more. Usually 72%. But, the 85% is really good, too. It's great to taste the cocoa instead of the sugar!

Quilter Kathy said...

Those are gorgeous fabrics! I could plan a whole quilt around those yummy colours! My favorite candy is mint smoothies from Rheo Thompson.
I am working on my May For Me posting tonight!