Monday, August 31, 2015

Summer in the country blog hop



It’s my day for the country blog hop, and I’ll show how to do this fun and simple star block quilt!


It is actually a BOM for my quilt guild this year, and I loved the block so much that I wanted to make a quilt it it!

The block is called barn star (kind of fitting too right?)

I’ll just give directions for ONE block, I used 24 blocks in my quilt and used 8 fabrics from Island Batik!

From the colored fabrics cut

4 squares 2” x 2”

4 rectangles 2” x 3 1/2”

4 squares 1 1/4” x 1 1/4”

From white cut

12 squares 2” x 2”

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On the back of the 1 1/4” squares, draw a diagonal line.

Place these in the corner of 4 white squares and sew on the line.

Trim seam allowance.

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with remaining white squares, draw lines diagonally and using the 2” x 3 1/2” rectangles, sew these into flying geese units.

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Here the seam allowances are being trimmed

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Lay out the block as shown and sew the middle together first then the sides and that’s it!


finished size is 6”

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here’s my 8 different blocks (3 of each)

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I then decided on this layout

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I added a white inner border and a red outer border

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Here’s the finished quilt


I quilted a pointy swirl all over it in orange thread (so rare I get to use orange)

then I used a yellow batik for the binding.


Now for the recipe!

This is for FRIKADELLER!


(Danish meatballs)

It’s usually a weekly dish in Denmark, with potatoes and brown gravy- not the thick American version BTW but a thinner almost Au Jus kind of sauce.

I can’t write the exact recipe as each family would make theirs differently and it’s such a forgiving recipe that you pretty much use what you have on hand!

Start with 2 x 1lbs of ground meats, it can be veal, pork, beef, turkey or even a meatloaf mix… just 2 lbs total.

Put in a kitchen aid or bowl to mix.

Then dice between 1/2 to 1 onion and put in bowl.

(you can also add garlic if you want)

some people even add shredded carrots- we never did.

add milk (or water)

and bread crumbs (or flour) I prefer the bread crumbs.

Also add 1 or 2 eggs

Then add salt and pepper and whatever seasonings you want. I often add Italian seasoning

(My parents had some stores in DK where one section of the store was tiny bags of herbs and spices, so our meatballs because VERY experimental for a while)

Mix together into a nice consistency, sort of like meatloaf but a little looser than that, add more milk or bread crumbs to get the right consistency.

You want to be able to take a bit and form into a ball without it falling apart.

Heat oil or butter in a pan and with a spoon, form small meatballs in your hand and place into pan, down overcrowd the pan, but fit a good amount.

Keep an eye on them and flip them or turn them a 1/2 turn when they get browned on one side.

You know when they are done when you press them and they don’t bounce back, but check one or two by cutting into them.

You will need to work these in batches, so have a plate on the side and either foil on top or another plate upside down to keep them warm.

When the whole batch is done,I like to put them all back into the pan for a bit to make sure they are all warm.


well try them out.

(and NO they are not the same as Swedish meatballs!!)

-yeah I’m protective of my DANISH meatballs LOL


If you’ve missed any of the stops on the hop, here’s the list.

8/17 – Island Batik
8/18 – KISSed Quilts – Part 1
8/19 – Kauffman Designs
8/20 – Adele Mogavero
8/21 – MooseStash Quilting
8/22 – Pamela Quilts
8/23 – Freemotion by the River
8/24 – The Patchwork Pearl
8/25 – Fun Threads Designs
8/26 – For Quilts Sake
8/27 – Lemon Tree Snippets
8/28 – Bejeweled Quilts
8/29 – Tamarinis
8/30 – KISSed Quilts – Part 2
8/31 – Beaquilter
9/1 – Purrfect Spots Designs
9/2 – Maria Michaels Designs
9/3 – Mary Mack Made Mine
9/4 – Made In Scraps
9/5 – Happy Cottage Quilter

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Connie Kauffman said...

Nice tutorial. Lovely fabrics

Lynnette Lamance said...

The quilt is lovely and I've got to try your Danish meatballs.

Jill said...

I love your stars! Thanks for sharing the tut! And the colors are great!

Katie M. said...

Love this star block and so very much appreciate the tutorial. I will be making this in red white & blue for some veteran quilts. Thanks so much for sharing.

annmarie said...

Beautiful quilt - the colors really make it!

anna brown said...

Ty for sharing your quilt block ...You made it look very easy peasy so thank you again for that ..lolnow i will have to try loved your summer colors too....

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

Love Katie M.'s idea above!

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

Love Katie M.'s idea above!

QuiltShopGal said...

Beautiful quilt and yummy recipe. I look forward to making your Danish Meatballs.


Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

I really like that star block!

Cecilia said...

Love your star block and quilt! I agree with some of the others about making these in red, white, and blue. Thanks for sharing.

Needled Mom said...

LOVE the colors in your quilt! The meatballs sound delicious too.

Calicojoan said...

What a cute quilt. Love the colors. Meatballs sound good...I might have to fix that for dinner tonight!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful quilt Bea and your Danish meatballs are almost the same as how I make meatloaf. Thanks for sharing!

Judy1522 said...

Your star block quilt is very pretty in the colors you have chosen.
Thanks for the meatball recipe they look delicious.

barbara woods said...

love that quilt Bea

Pamela said...

That's how we make meatballs as well. I think I will have to make some this week, it's been a while! The star quilt is awesome, too!

teachpany said...

Great quilt, and yummy recipe! I can't wait to try it. Thanks.

Allison CB said...

Very cute!

JANET said...

Like your quilt. It is so cheery!

Adele Mogavero said...

love this design and the joyful colors 😊

Betty Oatsvall said...

YUM the meatballs sound amazing. Thanks for sharing and I love the block made up into the quilt~

Barb said...

What a fun quilt!

VickiT said...

Great block Bea. That looks like a yummy recipe. I read through the recipe rather quickly, but the picture looks like they are smashed down while cooking so they aren't actually a round meatball, but rather flat on top and bottom; is that right?

Thank you for the Swedish oops DANISH meatball recipe. :) haha KIDDING. Don't come looking for me to beat me up.

OhioLori said...

Looooove your Happy & Soooo Sunshiney lil' Quilt! Thanks for showing us how to do the Block! Loooove it!! :)

Thanks for the yummy recipe too. Know my Family will like too!

GranChris said...

I really like your quilt. Normally I am not a fan or orange but this works. Thank-you for the tutorial.

margaret said...

loving the fabric in this quilt, could not enter the draw as I do not do facebook but never mind as had very little chance of winning anyway!!

Michele said...

I like the block and the quilt turned out great. Nicely done.

Lori said...

such a pretty quilt. thanks for the tutorial. thanks for the neat recipe.

Anonymous said...

I think your quilt is outstanding!

LJ said...

Gorgeous quilt!

PK Sews said...

What a delightful post! I loved seeing your rows in the different color palates and I want to come to your house for dinner! Thanks for sharing all of this!

PK Sews said...

Inklingo certainly looks intriguing! Thanks again for a fun filled post!

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Love your bright and cheery stars!! The color and fabric combined with the right pattern does make all the difference in the quilt. I've learned a lot by reading your blog.