Flowering Snowball Quilt Tutorial

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I’ve been showing you my progress of my Flowering Snowball Quilt on Instagram for a while now.   I’ve had a few questions about how I made it, so I thought I’d share a quilt tutorial with you.

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First, print this Flowering Snowball Quilt Template.

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Printing this template at it’s current size should give you a 6 inch square block.  You can shrink or enlarge this template if you would like bigger or smaller squares.

Second.  Using your template pieces, cut out fabric.  To make this process quicker, be sure to layer your fabrics.  I usually cut 4 layers at once.  Now you should have all your pieces ready to go.  I used scraps for all my colored fabrics.  I used about 1 yard of white fabric.

Third.  Sew pieces together.  Your squares are made up of 3 sections.  First we will made the diagonal section, then two corner sections.  Sew your three pieces together that form the diagonal section.  Press seams to the inside middle square.

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Sewing curved lines can be tricky, but the more you do it, the better you will get.  It gets easier as you go, I promise!  Now let’s make the corner sections.  After laying out your pieces, fold the corner colorful fabric on top of the white piece on the left.  The top right corner is where we are going to start our first seam.  Put that corner under your presser foot.  Clip the edge of your colored fabric to help it straighten out a little.  Hold into place aligning up your curved line, and sew!

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Next, we will add the other side of our corner section.  Lay it back down how it is supposed to be put together.  Fold white fabric on top of the colored fabric, aligning the the bottom corner.   This is where you will start your next seam.  Flip it over so the white fabric is on the bottom and put it under your presser foot.  Clip the edge of your colored fabric again, hold into place and sew!

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Once your corner section is sewn together, press the seams to the white fabric.  This is the direction the fabric lays the best.  Repeat this process to put your second corner section together.  Now we are ready to attach our corner sections to our diagonal section.

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Here we go.  Using only 2 pins, pin your diagonal section on top of a corner section.  Clip the edges of the colored fabric so that is gives a little better in the curve.  Both of these seams will be done with the diagonal section on TOP.  Once you’ve completed these two curved seams, you are done!  Press the seams to the white fabric, and trim edges to square up your block (if needed!)

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I finished off my quilt with a 2.5 inch white border, then a 3.5 inch colored border.  Finished size is 50X60.  Love, love, love it!  I can’t wait to get this quilted.  Don’t worry, I’ll show you once it’s all done!

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Boys Birthday Cake Idea

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Here is a fun Boy’s Birthday Cake idea that I would like to share with you today!

My son loved the new Disney Planes Fire and Rescue movie, so for his birthday this year we made him a Planes Birthday Cake!

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To make this cake, I made on cake mix in a 9×13 pan, and one cake mix in two circular dishes and one small loaf pan.  After they had baked and cooled, I frosted them with a chocolate cream cheese frosting, all except for the mini loaf which I frosted white.

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We knew we wanted to get our son a few Planes toys so we planned the cake accordingly.

For THE FIRE, we printed it out on white cardstock in color ink. Then we cut out the flames, taped them to tooth picks and stuck them in.

For THE TREES, we printed out several pages on different shades of green cardstock.  Then we cut two little slits into each tree and inserted a pretzel stick and stuck them into the cake.  Then we placed extra pretzel sticks around to look like logs.

For the building, we frosted the mini loaf with white frosting and then we stuck pretzel sticks on it.

For the river, we used Twizlers pull apart licorice.  Then we placed mini unwrapped Snickers in the river to look like rocks.

Then we used a skewer stick to go through all the layers of cake in order to support the weight of the plane on top of it.

 

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Our five-year-old LOVED this birthday cake, and I’m sure your child will too!

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Valentine Date Night

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Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day yet?  Well, it is right around the corner and we can hardly wait to celebrate! In honor of this lovey dovey holiday we are teaming up with some of our favorite bloggers to offer one lucky winner an amazing prize package. Who’s ready to win a Romantic Date Night for Two!
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We know that you mama’s work hard for your families every single day and you deserve a night out with your main squeeze and that is why we have taken care of all the details for you! Our prize package is pretty sweet and includes dinner, a movie, and even some spa treatments!

“That all sounds great….but who’s going to watch the kids?”

You don’t even have to come up with someone to watch the kids because we really have covered ALL the details! The Little Gym in Farmington is having their monthly PSN (Parent Survival Night) on Friday February 13, just in time for Valentines! Your kids will get to enjoy a Valentine themed super fun night with the coolest instructors around while you and your love bug get to enjoy some much needed alone time!

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