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Every Last Scrap

March 23, 2010

Bernadette and I are so excited to welcome a new addition to Rhythm of The Home. Welcome Julia

It amazes me what we can do with one fat quarter of fabric. After I finished up the recipe organizer, I had a few scraps left over of my patterned fabric, and I thought it might be neat to round it all out with a notepad for the refrigerator.

Whether to leave my husband a small love note, or write out our grocery list, it seemed like something that my family could use well.


Matching patterned fabric scraps
Heavy weight natural muslin
Matching ribbon
Heavy weight interfacing (I used a standard piece of interfacing, but you can also use a fusible if you have it on hand)
Fusible interfacing for each pocket
Matching thread

Refrigerator Organizer

For your front pieces:
Cut your patterned fabric 4″x 9 1/2″
Cut your muslin 8 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
* See below for extra pocket

Cut your interfacing 11 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
Cut your back fabric 11 1/2″ x 9 1/2″

With right sides together, pin the long edge of your top patterned fabric to the long edge of the bottom muslin fabric. Using a 1/2 seam allowance, stitch together.

Press towards your top fabric.

For pockets:
Cut the pen pocket at 2 1/2″ x 5″.
For the note book pocket, determine the width of the notebook that you would like to use, and add 1/2″ total.

Fold both long sides and one short side of each pocket down 1/4″, and press. Fold the other short side down 1/4″ and press, than another 1/4″ and press. Top stitch, making to sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the row.

Cut a piece of fusible interfacing to the exact dimensions of each of your pockets. Fuse, according to manufacturer’s directions, to each of the pockets.

Place and pin your pockets into place, and top stitch the two long sides and one short side of each pocket to the front muslin fabric.

Pin your ribbon into place as well as all three layers of the notepad together. Beginning on one long side of your pad, and using a zig zag stitch, stitch the entire length of the notepad, being sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.

Now the fridge looks color coordinated and pretty, and I have all that I need to keep our grocery lists, recipes, and reminders organized.

I think that is pretty good for one fat quarter and a little muslin. Happy Sewing!!!

* I made a second notepad for a girlfriend of mine yesterday, and I added a pocket for her to keep some other lists, etc. that she needs for her family. To do this, cut the bottom front fabric 1 1/2″ longer than the original dimensions call for. Turn the top of one short end over 1/4″, then again 1/2″, and top stitch. Proceed with the original directions, and add the notepad and pen pockets to your muslin pocket. Pin the top patterned fabric to the interfacing and back fabric, then pin the muslin pocket over top, allowing for the overlap. Proceed with the same zig zag stitching as the above directions.


Meal Time Organizing

March 22, 2010

Why is it that some days, the hardest part of writing a blog post is coming up with a title? I swear, I spent 25 minutes going back and forth on what to title this post, and the above is the best I could come up with???

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It was snowy and cold on Saturday, and my husband and boys spent most of their day out skiing, or inside playing backgammon, and I had a chance to go down to my sewing room to put together some ideas for around our house.

One of my favorite things to do is to sit with my design book and just sketch ideas that come into my head. Some of them work out, some of them completely bomb, but either way it is still a great time. I had really wanted, and needed, a weekend at home to play with fabric, and experiment with different ideas, so it was nice to have a small bout of cold weather to keep us indoors.

I love spending Sundays going through cookbooks, magazines, the Food Network, and my old recipe box to get ready for my week ahead. Meal planning has always been such a fun part of cooking and baking, and I wanted to try and create something that would allow me to have not only my week’s daily menu organized, but the recipes, grocery lists, etc. that I need for each week’s meals in one.

The Weekly Recipe Organizer


Fat quarter of fun fabric
Fat Quarter of heavyweight natural muslin
Lettered stamps
Ink stamp pad
Ribbon cut to desired length

Cut 2 pieces of your print fabric, and 2 of your muslin fabric 22 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

* I chose to make the organizer for only Monday – Friday. I like to keep our weekends unplanned, so this works for us. If you would like to make this for all seven days, you will need to add in an extra 10″ in length to your piece.

Cut two pieces of heavy weight fusible interfacing 22 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, and fuse according to manufacturer’s instructions to one piece of your patterned fabric, and one to your muslin (one to your front fabric, one to your back)

Using your second piece of patterned fabric, cut five pockets 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (Cut seven if doing the entire week)

Using your second piece of muslin fabric, cut two of your back pockets 7″ x 6 1/2″

Press both long ends of each pocket down by 1/4″, then again 1/4″. Top stitch one end ( this will be the top of each pocket).

Using the rest of your muslin, cut 1″ cubes of fabric, and hand stamp the letters for each day onto each (you will have to use a larger cube for Thursday).

In the bottom right hand corner of each of your pockets, mark 1 1/2″ in from the corner, and pin your lettered muslin cube. Using a zig zag stitch, sew to each pocket

Pin each pocket to your front fabric, making sure that the distance between each pocket is uniform.

Using a 1/4″ seam, sew a seam down each side of your main front fabric, then sew the bottom edges of each pocket in place.

Do the same for both back pockets as well.

With right sides together, pin your ribbon in place, and pin all sides. Beginning in the middle of one side, with a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew around the entire piece, leaving a three inch opening.

Clip corners, being careful not to cut your stitches, and turn right side out. Using a blind hem stitch, sew your opening closed. Iron, and fill with recipes, grocery lists, etc.

This is a project that can be used for a lot more than just recipes or grocery lists, and can certainly be made larger to accommodate a week’s worth of just about anything.

Every recipe holder deserves a yummy homemade recipe to go with it. Here is the quiche recipe that I made to celebrate the beautiful Spring Equinox with family and friends on Saturday evening. Enjoy

Spring Quiche

1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
9 eggs
1/2 cup of chopped grilled asparagus
1/2 apple, diced
1/2 cup of sliced roasted turkey breast
1/2 cup of sauteed mushrooms
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
1 pie crust (I used the gluten free pie shell from Whole Foods Bakery)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place unbaked pie shell, pricked with a fork, into oven and bake for 8 minutes

Combine all ingredients (add in cheese, salt and pepper to taste), and mix well. Pour into pie shell, and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until set.


The above project photography is yet another great example of white balance with a camera. You can see that the first and last photo of the project do not look, color wise, anything like the pictures in the tutorial itself. I forgot to change the WB in my camera when I moved the project from the table to the refrigerator, hence the difference. I could have color corrected it in Photoshop, but I thought it would be fun to explore the differences. It always amazes me how different things can look, even with one small “mistake” like this. The pictures of the tutorial are more representative of the actual color of the fabric itself