Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Quilts and Cakes

 One really NICE thing about 16 patches, 4 patches, 9 patches...
There doesn't have to be a plan.
There doesn't have to be a pattern.

You can just sit down at your machine and sew.
You'll have some blocks ready to go
when you DO decide who's getting a quilt!

These 2 1/2" squares multiply at my house!!!
They're always available!!!

I don't even have to CUT anything
when I want to sew some together.

The only thing I have to do is...
decide what COLOR MOOD I'm in!!!

They wait here in this plastic drawer.

Every time I add a binding....
I throw the leftover piece in here.
(Sometimes I even cut it up into squares
BEFORE putting it in the drawer!)

I've also been known to cut 2 1/2" squares from scraps
after a project when I have the time.

this drawer gets replenished FREQUENTLY!!!

I'm happy to have squares available....
anytime I need to clear my brain.
ALWAYS ready!!!

Quilts and CAKE.
What a winning combination!!!!

Maybe you'd like a piece of a simple cake
with that SIMPLE block!
I'm making this for the senior lunch today
and thought I'd share the recipe.

I have memories of eating this at my Aunt's when I was a little girl.
In my mind....
It's a "home cooking" kind of dessert. ;)

This is ALL it takes!!!!
It's called a POKE CAKE!

I changed the recipe a bit
and used a 9"x13" cake pan.

You make a white cake.

Then you get to poke the cake when it's cool!

Make up some jello.
(recipes differ on how much water to add to the jello mix.
I used all the HOT water the jello box asked for
PLUS a little bit of cold)
and pour it on!!!




  1. Hum love quitting hate cake making. Good thing my wife will make me cake if I quilt for her.


  2. Two most AWESOME ideas! I'm going to start cutting lots more 2 1/2" squares from my scraps. Your 16 patch squares are beautiful!

  3. I always have a stash of 2 1/2 and 1 1/2 and its what i call my "mindless" sewing... i can just sit and sew while solving the worlds problems (ok, maybe not the worlds, but my own) while mindlessly putting squares together!

  4. I remember making that cake in the 60s. It's yummy. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. Love all those 'patch' type blocks, that you can just whizz thru the machine without a care. Oh a poke cake - have not seen or eaten one of those in years. I might have a white cake mix but will have to get some jello. Thank you for sharing.

  6. I'm just about half way through a 100 Charm Quilt which uses 100 2" squares (10 x 10 square blocks). 12 blocks for the quilt with sashing and then 52 more 2" squares/block as a second sashing around each block. 1824 squares in all!! I, too, have a little drawer that I keep 2" squares in (one for 2-1/2" and 3-1/2" too!). It's amazing because it doesn't seem like it or my other bricks or strips are decreasing!!! How does that happen??? Defies logic!!! LOL!!

  7. I`m going to star cutting some squares .Thanks for sharing your recipe,delicious!!

  8. I can relate to the abundance of scraps and really need to work on cutting more 2 1/2" squares out of mine. I'm sure I have plenty to make more than one quilt. My daughter loves a Poke Cake and requests them for her birthday. Super easy and fun.

  9. Love your squares. I need to be better at getting them cut.
    I've made this cake before. I really like it. It's light and refreshing. Great summer desert.

  10. Love the poke cake... I'll make that for sure! Thanks! ")

  11. Lovely 16 patches...such cheery colors...I've been hooked on 9 patches for a few weeks...stitching by hand with no real plan for them...Poke Cake is always a treat...have you ever tried it as cupcakes?


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