Updated: May 6

Take a look at this big splash of sunny fun straight out of Riley Blake Designs Crayola® Kaleidoscope collection!

Just in time for back to school comes a veritable rainbow of color to create the happiest of projects. With names like Jazzberry Jam, Tiny Teapot Tan, Toy Poodle and Mermaid Tail, who wouldn't be inspired to make something glorious?

We certainly were inspired and knew just the pattern to bring this curvy geometric to life: the Aunt Henri Fans or Flowers? pattern!

A couple years back we happened upon a fun 5" pre-cut consisting of grey textures and geometric prints and we thought, wouldn't this make a fun steam punk inspired fan block? We nosed around for a good block and decided a whirling pinwheel might do the trick.

Of course none of the blocks we found would work with a 5" pre-cut so back to the drawing board we went. Literally. We created our own block in three sizes that could be cut out of those handy 5" OR 10" squares!

The Fans or Flowers? pattern is a real multi-tasker and includes templates for 8", 12" and 15" blocks. To mix things up even more, you can add a circle or petal shaped center to the blocks to create flowers.

Don't you think the movement in Kaleidoscope by Crayola® is a great match for the movement in the fan blocks?


We used a Crayola® Kaleidoscope 10" stacker to make this fun kid-sized 52" play mat. With only sixteen blocks in the quilt that meant we used only 32 squares, plus yardage for the grey background pieces.

Crayola® Kaleidoscope 10" Stacker

CR480 Cast Iron 1.25 yards

CR480 Granite 1.25yards

CR480 Toy Poodle .5 yard

Never ones to let scraps fall to the floor, we made a ROYGBIV border of 2.5" x 4.5" pieces that wrapped our corners.That sharp black binding is none other than that sassy Toy Poodle color.

Carole from Quality Quilting chose this Signature Cotton Variegated - M01 Brights which really brought all the colors together and made a striking back.

If you happen to be more of a color scheme quilter, take a look at some of the other designs we mocked up with Kaleidoscope.

Get a new perspective when you turn these blocks on point and add some sashing!

How about a sweet peppermint inspired table runner?

This is a fun pattern with lots of possibilities!

You can find the Fans or Flowers? in our Etsy shop.

Happy sewing,


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You probably don't know this about us but we have coffee every Friday morning with Jenny Doan. Usually with a lovely carrot muffin or a bit of toast with orange marmalade. Not that Jenny has any coffee or nibbles. She's usually all preoccupied rotary cutting and pressing to the dark side. But it's lovely quality time for us none-the-less.

One Friday last October we were enjoying our coffee klatch when Jenny started blathering on about a new quilt project called "Time to Sew." It was a grand version of a spool block with some added hourglasses. When I say grand, I mean huge--86" by 104"! We knew Paula Joerling had Hand Made With Love coming out soon and thought that might make a nice pairing.

Sure enough, Paula's collection was adorable and even had spools of thread. How perfect would it be to make Time to Sew? The only problem, we didn't need a grand quilt, we needed a cute wall hanging for the sewing room. And here we've reached the point of the past three paragraphs: don't be afraid to adapt those Missouri Star Quilt Co tutorials!

The original tutorial uses pre-cuts. No problem. Cut the ten inch squares yourself. The original quilt used 20 blocks, arranged 4 by 5. All we needed were four of those blocks and a bit of sashing and we had a sweet little quilt.

We love the grand quilt, but sometimes you just need a wee bitty one.

To see more from Paula Joerling, make sure to follow her on Instagram! In addition to fabric (with Henry Glass & Co), her art is on calenders, planners, and notecards. You can find them HERE.

To see more items made with Hand Made With Love check out our Etsy shop.

Happy Sewing,


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Not our typical sewing or vintage themed post, but we put up a pic of our homemade salsa the other day and received quite a few messages asking for the recipe.

Ask and ye shall receive....

We've been making this salsa for many years. There's not an exact recipe per say. We wing it, like many things.

Here's a list of ingredients. This is to make a large portion but you can easily half the ingredients to make a smaller batch.

We pair this with chips, put it on salad, or make cilantro lime rice for Chipotlesque burrito bowls.

Here's what you need:

1 can of black or pinto beans

1 can of corn

1 red pepper

1 orange pepper

1 yellow pepper

2-3 jalapenos

4-6 roma tomatoes

half a red onion (we opt for less rather but that's just our preference)

a few cloves of garlic

fresh cilantro

juice from 2-3 limes

salt & pepper

Chop all vegetables, add beans and corn (drained and rinsed), then add in the lime, cilantro, and salt/pepper.

Voila! Now go make some!

It's delish and perfect for those hot summer days.

'till next time,


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