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This week, Susan and I made cupcakes. Pumpkin Spice Latte cupcakes. These turned out as beautiful as they tasted with homemade whipped cream & caramel, displayed with a fall theme. You want one, don’t you? We’ve made a plan to bake at least once a month. My diet’s gone to hell in a hand basket cause it’s all downhill from here with the holidays coming up.

Friday Finishes...Scandinavian Christmas

After my visit to northern Minnesota, I wanted to work on a little Scandinavian Christmas project, especially after seeing that cute Scandinavian cottage on my trip!

Fall Getaway

I signed up for an October holiday block swap for the CLMQG guild. We need (3) 12-1/2″ blocks for the upcoming holidays. With halloween at my heels, I decided to focus on Christmas. I had started a bom from Shabby Fabrics a while ago, which I never finished. I didn’t even make it to block two. And guess what?… It’s a little Scandinavian cottage! When I rediscovered this I knew it was going to perfect…perfectly adorable!

Friday Finishes...Scandinavian Christmas

I found this demo from Northern Deb Quilts, headed to Joann’s to get my Tri-Rec ruler, and made 2 tree blocks to accompany the cottage. The fabrics used for the blocks was Flora by Laura & Jessie Jung from my personal stash.

Friday Finishes...Scandinavian Christmas

I hope my swap partner loves it! Just don’t look too closely at my work…I was also working on a bottle of wine at the time.

Friday Finishes...Scandinavian Christmas

I also prepped for the clutch demo on Sunday’s meeting by writing a tutorial for the blog so that y’all can follow along too and I finished up Paige’s clutch.

Friday Finishes...Scandinavian Christmas

Don’t you just love it? Of course I’ll make anything I can attach one of moms crochet flowers to:)
The surprise is the purple polka dot I used for the lining and the brooch is something special from Paige’s collection.

Friday Finishes...Scandinavian Christmas

Look for that tutorial coming next week and pics from the demo. If you’d like to order the clutch frames, they can be found at UpStyle. A seriously easy clutch that can be used for a classy holiday get together or a night out with the girls. You can design your clutch with the fabrics you choose! I think my next one will be more whimsy. Maybe some novelty prints from Michael Miller.

And today, I’m hanging at Starbucks. Getting computer work wrapped up for the week while I enjoy my coffee.

So tell me girls… How did you spend the week? Did you make progress on a quilt? Work on any Halloween costumes for the little Zombies? Or maybe you could share your favorite cupcake recipe!

For the October CLMQG meeting, Wendy and I will be doing a demo on how to make this super cute and easy clutch.

CLMQG Holiday Gift Workshop...Clutches!

Now I know that y’all have someone that would really enjoy recieving something this pretty…for christmas maybe, bridesmaids gifts, or a birthday coming up?

CLMQG Holiday Gift Workshop...Clutches!

If you’re in the Chicagoland area, join us on October 12th, from 11-4 for the Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild meeting where several demos will be taking place. We meet at the Home State Mortgage center on route 14. Guests are certainly welcome!

CLMQG Holiday Gift Workshop...Clutches!

Shelley has posted a supply list on the CLMQG blog and on Facebook. We must have a confirmed number of attendees who would like to participate in the clutch demo by October 1st. An order will be placed for the frame handles in advance and to ensure you receive one, please RSVP on the MQG site or you can leave a comment here on this blog posting. The cost is only $5 for the frame which can be paid at the time of the class.

Here are the other supplies needed:

The deadline for ordering a handle set is
Wednesday October 1

Supply List:
ONE FQ Non-directional Decorative fabric for outside of clutch. (Cotton may be used)
ONE FQ Cotton fabric for lining.
1/2 yard Heavy weight fusible stabilizer Pellon 808
1/2 yard Fusible fleece Pellon TP971F

Please prep before demo:
Pre-cut your outer clutch fabric and lining to 13″ x 13-1/2″
Pre-cut your fusible stabilizer to 12-7/8 x 13-3/8″. (Your stabilizer should be 1/8″ smaller than your outer clutch fabric)
Pre-cut your fusible fleece to a 13″ x 10″ piece.

Basic supplies:
Sewing machine and standard foot. We will not be sewing 1/4″ seams.
Rotary cutter
Coordinating thread

SewMod will bring additional supplies including iron, transparent tape, mat, glue and your pre-ordered clutch frame.

Don’t forget to bring any embellishments that you might want to ‘bling up‘ your clutch with!

We will be making a clutch that is not pieced. Piecing the clutch results in too many seams to work around. So please, for your first one, bring the supplies stated and prepped before class.

CLMQG Holiday Gift Workshop...Clutches!

It’s so simple, you will be leaving with a finished gift! Thanks so much and we look forward to showing you something new!

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