Little-Gems-CoverImages from Little Gems by Connie Kauffman, Martingale, 2015; used by permission. Photos by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.

I was delighted to participate in the Little Gems Blog Hop, a hop celebrating the release of talented designer Connie Kauffman‘s new book “Little Gems“, for Island Batik. Connie is such a joy to work with, and the projects in her book were very much the same!

I had the opportunity to make Cotton Candy, a sweet little paper pieced project from the book.

Here’s my remake! I used scraps from work (yes, some I literally pulled from the waste bin) and a few pieces from the new fabric line from Fourth and Sixth Designs, Full Bloom.

Cotton Candy - Island Batik

This is by far the smallest quilt I have ever made. It was fun, though I did have troubles matching some of those tiny points. Connie made me feel a little better when, after I told her I struggled, saying that this was one of the more difficult projects in the book. Whether it’s true or she was just being kind, I still appreciated it. ;)

Here’s a photo of the original, hanging on an adorable wire stand from Ackfeld Wire.

Cotton CandyImages from Little Gems by Connie Kauffman, Martingale, 2015; used by permission. Photos by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.

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Salads in Jars

by Katie on April 12, 2015

Best lunch idea ever! Easy to assemble, lasts in the fridge, super easy to grab when you leave for work. I found the recipe below (quinoa, homemade dressing [only four ingredients!], salsa, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, cilantro) and many more right here. This is the first one I’ve tried and I can’t wait to make more!

No #mealprep on Sunday = no good lunches or dinners the rest of the week. Salads in jars to the rescue!

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All the Pretty Colors

by Katie on April 6, 2015

I’m SO excited to get started on my All the Pretty Colors quilt by Felicia’s World. While the original quilt calls for Cotton Couture solids, I opted to use Kona solids since the local quilt shop where I was shopping didn’t carry Cotton Couture.

Finally got all of the #fabric I need for my #alltheprettycolorsquilt by @feliciasworld1 during a quick trip to @missouriquiltco ! Can't wait to get started...though I'll have to. Quilt Market duties call!

I’m attempting to make THREE of these beauties, actually. Two will have a grey background similar to the original, and one with a grey Essex Yarn Dye in Steel from Kaufman.

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Harold’s Doughnuts

by Katie on April 4, 2015

I have been ALL ABOUT the doughnuts lately. Especially the doughy, cakey kind. With white frosting and colorful sprinkles on top, of course!

While heading to St. Louis for Easter, we stopped in Columbia with the sole purpose of finding doughnuts, though we told ourselves it was to drive around campus and be nostalgic. ;) We “stumbled upon” (after googling on our phones) a nice little doughnut stop – Harold’s Doughnuts.

Donut stop on the way to St. Louis! The Red Velvet didn't taste anything like red velvet, but it was cakey and delicious.

We got a big ole’ box for completely reasonable price. My favorites (because yes, we sampled many) were the, you guessed it, the plain cake doughnut with [homemade!] sprinkles and the Red Velvet. I thought it tasted nothing like red velvet, but that was more than fine by me – it was absolutely delicious.

We will definitely be back!

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An Itty Bitty Quilt

by Katie on March 8, 2015

A tiny sneak peek for an even tinier quilt! :D

Working on an itty bitty quilt, which is so not usually my thing (the smaller the quilt, the more obvious my misaligned points, right?!), but is has been fun! #littlegems #miniquilt #batik #aurifil

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Homemade Poptarts

by Katie on February 27, 2015

I do wish I enjoyed making healthy food as much as I enjoy making sweets. :D I gave some homemade poptarts a try this morning and they were delicious. I followed this recipe, though I cheated in a number of ways – I didn’t freeze anything and I just used stewed strawberries (is that a thing?) for the filling to name two. They still came out great. They were basically pie with the proper pie-to-filling ratio, which is lots of crust, little filling. ;)

It's a homemade poptart kind of morning. I wish I enjoyed making healthy food as much as I do baking. ;)

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Tea Class

by Katie on February 23, 2015

I had such fun at tea class at the Tea Market this weekend! Here is a Pu-erh and a Lapsang souchong.

From tea class at #TeaMarket this weekend! A Pu Erh and a Lapsang souchong. I learned that Pu Erh can help chase bugs out of your system (perfect for this time of year, right?!) - drink up!

I learned that Pu-erh can help chase bugs out of your system, though it can smell like a stinky sock. It’s an easy tea to not like, but I didn’t pick up on any sticky sock smells at all. I didn’t love it, but I purchased some anyway – who doesn’t need help chasing bugs out of their systems this time of year?

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Cookies!

by Katie on February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day, my sweets!

Cookies!

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Sneak Peek

by Katie on February 10, 2015

Working on a little something for work!

Wishing my plans for today included something like this! #cityculturefabric #bellanonnaquilt #islandbatik #batik

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Busy City Progress!

by Katie on February 8, 2015

Still missing lots of wheels, though. ;)

#busycityquilt progress! Still missing wheels, though.

Are these trees not the cutest?!

The trees for my #busycity quilt by @teaginny for @emptybobbin. It is the cuuuuutest!! Just wait until you see the traffic cones.

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