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,

-AH

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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,

-AH

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This week's fast and easy gift is also a great scrap project. Using just two 15" squares of fabric and a bit of binding you can make a napkin holder or a box to hold all sorts of things.

Last week we even made a mini version to hold candy.

This one used an 8" square.

WHAT YOU NEED

2 16" squares of coordinating fabrics

1 16" square of batting

About 68 inches of binding strips.**

The usual sewing supplies.

** a word about binding: You can chose to bind in the traditional quilt method of cutting 2.5" strips, folding them in half, stitching them to the front and folding around to the back where you stitch them in place by hand.

It is less bulky to use a seamstress method with a 2" strip that you've run through the bias maker. The bias maker folds the two outer edges to the center. Here's a great tutorial if you need help:

https://mellysews.com/how-to-miter-a-corner-with-bias-tape/

WHAT TO DO

You want your quilted square to finish at 15" so cut it slightly larger at 16". Cut 1 top, 1 batting and 1 bottom piece.

Sandwich the three on top of each other and quilt together.

Use a washable/invisible marking pen to draw guide lines. The Halloween box was done using 1/2" spaced diagonal lines.

To do this, mark one line corner to corner and stitch along the line. We used our walking foot and moved the needle so that each subsequent line could be guided by the edge of the presser foot, giving us equally spaced lines.

After your square is quilted, trim to a 15" square. Bind the edges. We machine stitched ours in place with a zigzag stitch which helps to catch the edges.

Fold your square in half, carefully lining up the edges. Follow the diagram below to measure and mark your stitching lines.

After you sew those two lines, refold the square in the other direction so you can sew the other two corners. See the chalk lines in the picture below.

After sewing all four corners, your piece should look like this:

All that's left is a good press. Fold the corners toward the center so you can crease the base of the box on all four sides. Then press the points down the sides. I used steam, it really helps to set the crease and make your box stand up very crisply.

A while ago we had some decor weight buffalo plaid yardage quilted to this Tula Pink tree trunk fabric. We had a bit left over from our project, enough to cut a 16" square. This one might be a good catch-all in the front hall for mail or keys.

RESIZING YOUR BOX

If you'd like to make a different size square you just need to do a tiny bit of math.

We folded a 15" square in half and got a rectangle 15" by 7.5". We measured 3" in from the folded corner going in both directions. That 3" represents about 40% of the short side (7.5" side.)

So if you want to make a 12" square, you'd fold it to get a 12" by 6" rectangle. To figure the measurement you need at the corners: Multiple the short side times .40 or in this case, 6 x .40=2.4 Round this number up to 2.5" for easy measuring.

DON'T BE STINGY

Share, share, share! We'd love to see what you create so be sure to tag us @AuntHenri on social media.

Happy Sewing,

AH

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