Sunday, November 14, 2010

Quilt Tastykakes

Sometimes if you want cake, you shop for ingredients, read the recipe, measure and mix, and wait for the final product to bake and cool. Other times, you just want cake, quick and easy. So you open the box of yummy Tastykakes (this is where I would put the registered trademark symbol if I knew how to do that) and munch away on the delicious cakey-ness. This little quilt top is the quilting equivalent of Tastykakes.

Temecula Quilt Company has a fun and satisfying monthly mini program where you buy a pattern by Lori Smith that includes 9 different mini quilt patterns. Then, each month you get a little kit for the top and binding, a photo of the finished quilt and cutting notes specific for the pieces in the kit or variations for the Temecula version of the pattern. This is a great way to whip up a very scrappy mini top without dragging out many different fabrics and lopping off a little bit of each. Plus, you don't have to take any risks with the fabric choices. You just go with what you get and if the quilt includes that gastly aqua print then that's the way it was meant to be.

The fabrics in the mini quilt top I just made (from the Civil War Ladies line by Pat Nickols for RJR Fabrics) reminded me of one of the quilts in the book Gone to Texas by Betsy Chutchian. Early last month I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Lone Star House of Quilts in Arlington, Texas, and met Betsy there. I am really looking forward to the line of fabrics she has coming out based on the fabrics in the antique quilt pictured below. She promises there will be three of the wonderful poison greens we can never get enough of.

In the meantime, I am really itching to make my own version of the quilt pictured below. I think I'll do this one the old fashioned for the ingredients, mix it up and wait for it to bake and cool. See, I've already started assembling the ingredients.


  1. Taryn I love your Tastykakes quilt!! I like the fabrics you've pulled for the next quilt from Betsy's book! I'm very anxious for her fabrics to come out too! I saw a few of the quilts from the book up close and personal at the Dallas quilt show last year and I had to make sure I stood back a ways so my drool wouldn't project on to them! Stunning! I've not been to Lone Star Quilts actual shop yet though! Maybe this spring! Poison greens....aaah! Can't wait!

  2. Taryn I have this book too and just love that quilt. Wish I did not have quite so many projects on the go at the moment. Love the idea of the tastykakes :-) Love Lori's patterns too. Did you see my Nearly Insane block with your little tiny wee spinning top in the middle?? I am very pleased with that block.
    Keep having fun Cheers

  3. love your little quilt
    so when you get these little quilt kits you don't change any of their fabric choices????
    Betsy book and THAT quilt is just amazing.
    Yes I am waiting for her fabric line to come out too!
    That quilt is on the top of my list I have been collecting madders for it for awhile now...
    hope you had a fun weekend sewing away!

  4. Really like the quilt. I have the Betsy Chutchien book , Its a great read.

  5. I am lucky enough to live near the Lone Star House of Quilts and Betsy Chutchian spoke at my guild last Monday, so I found out that she is the teacher of their Jo Morton class. I had been thinking of taking that class, and now I definitely decided to take it. I love her book too! I want to make the "Gone to Texas" quilt someday.

  6. What a fun club from the quilt shop. Your top is so adorable!!
    The basket quilt is lovely and the time that you take to make it will be worth it!!

  7. Lone Star house of quilts is very near to my work, so I go there often, and Betsy is a wonderful friend! Don't you just love her book??

  8. delicious little quilt! The colors are great. Your pinks for the new project are lovely - but then I love all pinks :)

  9. Yummy! I may have to visit the Lone Star house of quilts when I go to Dallas over Thanksgiving! Your new project is going to be the pinks!

  10. What a pretty little quilt. I love the pinks! Your basket quilt will be very lovely. I have that Gone to Texas book too - I have nearly assembled all my Crowfoot blocks to make my version of that quilt from the book. I look forward to seeing her fabric line when it comes out.

  11. I love your interpretation, Taryn! And that book is a favorite. I've been working with repro fabrics recently and am wondering why I strayed.
    Here's the link to a site that will show you how to add all of those elusive symbols!

  12. Taryn, great quilt, and great post. That looks like a book I "need." I will be anxiously awaiting that fabric line, too.

  13. I am the owner of Lone Star House of Quilts in Arlington, TX. Thanks for mentioning us and for visiting my shop. Your quilts are adorable.

    Betsy is indeed associated with our shop. She is a former owner, and a valued member of talent team. Thanks for all the wonderful comments.

    Come to see us or visit us online at


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