Welcome to my blog and
welcome back for Week Two of the
For this sew along we are
sewing patriotic things from the
or of course you can use
fabric from your stash:)
Grab your book
and let's do three more blocks this week.
This sew along will be
easy to follow...
simply sew directly from the book!
You can make your blocks in the
exact same prints that I did
by of course looking at each
block photo for placement
or you can
"bee the boss of your own quilt"
and switch it up!
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)
Okay ...let's do this!!
First up we have the
from page 39 of the book.
This is another block that
all of a sudden looks so different
with red and navy
instead of red and green.
I think it looks like
a big firework just exploded!
Our second block for this week is
HOLLY AND IVY BLOCK
on page 41 of the book.
Now that I'm thinking fireworks...
this could be one too!
Instead of Holly and Ivy
we could call it the
OOOOO and AWWWW Block because
that's the sound everyone makes
when fireworks explode LOL
Last block for this week is
on page 59.
I really really really love this one
and the color combination of it.
That gingham in the corners
gets me every time because I love it so:)
I think I'll use my quilt
to wrap up in during every 4th of July fireworks from now on:)
There are a couple of things
that I wanted to share with you this week.
One is my
SUPER STAR PILLOW TUTORIAL
that I did during my
Bee Happy Sew Along.
It's super easy to make and
I used my Sew Simple Shapes.
As you can see I also used the same
Bee Backgrounds fabric and a lot of
the prints that I'm using in this sew along.
to check it out...
I hope you want to make one!!
I also wanted to show you this block
that I made during the
Farm Girl Friday's Sew Along for my first
My block is called
and it's on page 47 of that book.
Of course it's in 6" and 12" sizes...
which makes it perfectly interchangeable
with all of the blocks in my book
The remaining thing that I wanted to
share with y'all this week
is another summer memory that
comes with another recipe or two!
I'll give you a recipe first:
2 cups crushed graham crackers
1 stick real butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup coconut flakes
1 cup chopped nuts
(pecans or walnuts)
Melt butter and mix with
graham cracker crumbs.
Press evenly into bottom
of a square pan (9x9)
On top, layer the chocolate chips,
coconut and chopped nuts.
Evenly pour the sweetened
condensed milk entirely over the top.
Bake for 30 minutes in a 350* oven.
The top should be lightly brown.
Let them cool completely
before slicing them into small squares.
I grew up in a camping family and
mom did a lot of food prep beforehand.
One of the things that she ALWAYS made
were Hello Dollys for as long as I can remember.
She made several batches to
last throughout our trip!
Mom layered them in tupperware between
waxed paper and put them in the freezer
until it was time for camping.
Then she kept them in the cooler so that
the chocolate would not melt and
they would slowly unthaw in there.
Another thing that she did was make what she called "Hobo Dinners" and they were for the first night of camping.
She would make these the night before we left ...refridgerate them and then put them in the cooler right before we pulled out of our long farm lane that us kids called "the rocky road" lol
Here's how she did them.
She would start saving soup cans before our trip so that she had plenty.
She would take the lids
completely off and labels off too...
and wash them up good and
put them away until it was time.
Each can was for one individual dinner.
The night before was food prep...
who knew mom was before her time!!
Starting in the bottom of
each can she would layer the following:
(these go first because they
take the longest to cook)
(peeled of course)
(she only added these for
those of us who liked them)
4.Fresh sweet corn
and then about a tablespoon
of butter or what she would call "a pat"
The final layer was a well seasoned
squished into the top until
it was even with the top of can.
She topped each of them with a
double layer of tin foil and
an elastic band to hold it on.
When we arrived at our campsite
(which seemed to take forever to us kids)
the first thing that dad would do
was to choose the campfire site and build a fire. Then while he was setting up the rest of the camp...
it could be burning down to nice
hot ashes to cook the hobo dinners.
Once the ashes were hot enough he took the elastics off but left the tinfoil and set each can in the fire...off to the side where he shoveled hot ashes.
It didn't take them long to cook and we would all pack a pair of mittens so that we could hold our own can and eat our hobo dinners around the campfire.
We all got a can of "pop" and afterwards we roasted marshmallows!
We would sit around the fire and talk...laugh and sing under the starry summer night.
We were happy that we were there and we would begin a plan of all the fun things that we would do starting in the morning!!
We always had a great time and some of my fondest memories of growing up were camping with my family and friends.
I still love to go camping to this day...
but its not so rustic now
and instead of going camping I go clamping!
Well I hope this post wasn't too long
for you and if it was ...
you can skip the boring parts lol
I will be back here next week with
three more blocks...yay!