Well hello there and
welcome back to my blog:)
Today is June 1st ...YaY!!
That means it's time for some
summer sewing and we are
starting off with Week One of the
I've had a lot of fun
sewing patriotic things from the
I typically prepare 3-4 months ahead
of time when planning and hosting
my sew alongs like this and I simply
cannot wait to show you other blocks
and things that I have made way
back in March from this bundle:)
Those things will come later during
the sew along towards the end...
for right now let's begin by making
blocks for the Bee Patriotic Quilt.
Grab your book
as you know that's what
we will be sewing from.
We are doing a little twist on
Christmas in July:)
This sew along will be
easy to follow...
simply sew directly from the book!
to download the schedule of what blocks that
we are sewing each week as well as the
cutting guide for the smaller quilt
setting if you are making the 6" Blocks.
(12" Block setting is already in the book)
I took this photo of the
design wall in my studio way back
when I had made the first 7 blocks
for the quilt...
I immediately fell in love with
how they all looked together:)
You can see that two of
today's blocks are at the top.
For this sew along I decided to
do the blocks in alphabetical order...
which is how they appear in the book.
"you are the boss of your own quilt"...
when it's time to sew yours together
you can put them in any order
that you would like.
Also...because all of the patterns
and step by step instructions are
in the book already...
you do not need to wait each week
for me to announce the blocks...
you can sew at your own speed!
You can use the exact fabric
from the bundle as I did
(you can easily see which prints that
I put where in each individual block photo)
or of course you can choose your own.
Just relax and have fun with them...
it's summertime sewing!!
Okay...let's get started:)
The first block is called
CHRISTMAS STAR BLOCK
and it's on page 22.
We can just call it the
4th of July Star for this quilt:)
Coming up next is the
COZY STAR BLOCK
and you will find the
instructions starting on page 24.
Summertime is a good time to be cozy...
cozy isn't just for winter!
Our last block for this week is the
starting on page 37.
The word glimmer also works
for summer don't you think?
I just love these colors together...
they are some of my favorites and
this quilt just says summertime to me:)
I'm looking forward to seeing your blocks on
"Bee" sure to use the hashtag
Picnics and homemade ice cream
are two of my favorite things
about summer and I have very fond
girlhood memories of both.
Our ice cream machine was a
"hand cranker" and mom would mix it up
and fill it to the brim.
All of us kids would each take our turns
cranking it until our arms were tired...
and at the end when it got so thick
that we just couldn't turn the
handle anymore then dad would take over:)
Mr.Honey regularly makes ice cream
all summer long...of course we both
have graduated to an electric mixer...although we do have an
old hand cranker that we take
in our trailer for glamping trips:)
For many years he has used
the same simple basic recipe
and it sure is yummy!
I thought you might like to try our recipe.
You don't cook it and there are no eggs.
You can make it as is or
add fresh fruit or flavorings to it...
adding fresh peaches is our favorite
I hope you try it!
Mr.Honey's Homemade Ice Cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
12 oz. canned milk
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups half and half
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar
Approximately 1/2 gallon milk
You will need a box of rock salt
and a few bags of ice
and your ice cream mixer.
In a big mixing bowl stir all of
the ingredients (except milk) together
by hand and pour into mixer.
Add the milk up to the fill line
marked in your freezer.
Freeze according to your
ice cream freezer directions.
Serves 10 -12
Thanks so much for joining me this week...
I'll meet you right back here next week
with three more blocks
and more summertime memories!!