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Monday, February 28, 2011

Cupcake Log Cabin Blocks

I only did about an hour of sewing this weekend, which was just enough to add log cabin strips around these cupcake blocks that I made last week.

After reading Mary-Frances' post about strip piecing, on Outside the Line , I suddenly  had the desire to finish my blocks. I pulled out an old bag of 1.5-inch log cabins strips that I thought looked cupcakey. These colors remind me of sherbet--I guess a scoop of sherbet goes with a cupcake, right?
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 I then found a bag of bluish colors and used them for the second side.

Here are the finished blocks:


So now I have the cupcake towel I made a week ago and these 4 cupcake things--not yet sure what they will be.

Oh, dear, I just noticed that I forgot all the cherry stems on the new blocks.  I will probably have to go back and add them tonight.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Not Your Grandma's Dresden Plate Blocks

Here is another table that combines my two hobbies of quilting and table setting. 



I made six of these Dresden Plate quilt blocks. Don't you think the name 'Dresden Plate' is so fitting for what I decided to do with them?


Here they are without the dishes, so you can see them.

In my final table you could only see the tips of them.

I really love when I am able to make quilted  items that are not used in the normal way, but thay fit my lifestyle.

Happy Quilting,

Sunday, February 20, 2011

My Quilting Weekend

I spent most of my weekend making little quilts with these fabrics:
This was my first pattern to test out the color scheme.
I decided I liked it. 

So I used the same fabrics to make this little quilt:
Depending on how you look at it, you see big  black X's or blue and green stars.

Then I made an applique rooster block  (because I love roosters!)
This pattern is another free pattern. You can find it here.




These are the 3 mini quilts I made this weekend. They were fun to make and I will use them as trivets for hot dishes.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Dresden Plate Free Pattern for Bev

Bev recently asked me where she could find a dresden plate pattern like the pink one I used for this mini tree skirt. The one I used is from McCall's and you can get it here.  If you click on the original posting link above, I gave a few hints on how I put it together.

I also use this pattern for dinner plate chargers.  It's the perfect size to go under a plate and can really give a bit of zing to your table setting.
This weekend I made some in red and black.



I finished these edges by machine with a satin stitch--much easier than the tree skirt edges.

So, Bev, thanks for stopping by and I hope the pattern is what you were looking for.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cupcake Towel

This was a fun one to  make. Who does not like cupcakes, especially without the calories!  I played around with chocolate and strawberry frosting until I finally decided on the pink color scheme.
I like how this turned out, but I think I could have used a better fabric for the ruffle. This fabric happened to be in the same room where I was sewing and I thought it worked well enough to save me from going down to the basement at 6:00a.m. to find a different fabric.  In a perfect world I would have had a pink fabric with red cherries on my sewing room shelf.

I used Wonder-Under web adhesive instead of pins to hold the cupcakes while I sewed. It worked much, much better than pins.

I also fussy cut the top layer from this fabric, which I think added a little something to the cupcake.



I spaced the cupcakes so the towel could be displayed folded in thirds as well as fully opened.

I used this  free pattern from WeeFolkArt.com as my starting point, then changed it to meet my needs of a higher cupcake.

This was a super fun project. I think it would make a cute gift to go along with a dozen cupcakes to give a friend for Valentine's day or any other occasion.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Silly Chicken Dish Towel

Yesterday I bought a couple packs of white dish towels because I wanted to embellish them.
I was going to do some hearts, but then I came across a lone silly chicken block that was already completed and thought I would use that instead.
I did not want to just sew the entire block on the towel, so I cut around the chicken
and just used a satin stitch to attach him.

I added some finger-pleated fabric at the bottom and a row of ric-rac above that.

In just a short time my towel was complete. This is what it looked like straight out of the package:

It was a quick, fun and inexpensive project. The towels were on sale at  K*mart, 2 for $3.  I think I will go back and buy a few more this weekend. 

I have posted the source for the silly chicken block a few times before. It's another freebie from Quilter's Cache. You can get it here.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

January Jumble Block Completed

January Jumble (I love that name!) is another free block that I found at the EQ Blog.  I don't know how long it will be available, but right now you can print it out here.  This is another small block -- 6-inches, I believe.


They have patterns for rotary cutting, foundation piecing and templates. So even you don't paper piece, you can make this one.

You can also send in a picture of your block and enter a contest. I did not do that, but some of you may want to.

I've been on a posting theme of free Internet patterns lately.   I know I always think it's a bonus if I read someone's blog and they direct me to a new pattern, so maybe one of my recent posts will  inspire someone to begin a new (free) project.  'Ya gotta love the FREE part!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Free Snowman Quilt Paper Pieced Block

While attempting to tidy up my sewing room, I came across a pattern that I printed out some time ago.  I decided to make it up and see how quickly it went.

In about 30 minutes I had this little guy completely done.


I found this FREE pattern at FourTwinSisters.com. A huge thank you to the lady at that site who makes great patterns and gives them away. I am always amazed at how generous these people are.

Here are a  few tips to get this one done fast. Instead of embroidering the eyes and buttons, I just used a black Sharpie.  I used my sewing machine for the stick arms.  I also altered the hat top to eliminate the four teeny tiny pieces. It was so  much easier to use one piece for the hat instead of five.

I think he's cute and plan to  make a few more to use for....................????????????????.........who knows! I am sure I will come up with something next fall when I am in the mood to think of Christmas items.

If you want to make one, just go to FourTwinSisters.com. I can't remember exactly what page of the site, but just look for free patterns.  It's an interesting site and you may find something else you like there.

Friday, February 4, 2011

I Made this Mystery Block in December


The solution was revealed this morning on the Paper Panache site, so I can now show it.

It's mistletoe. I added the green border and turned it into a big counter mat. You can see some of the other versions here. I always like to see how others interpreted the color choices, etc.
This block is no longer available, but the new mystery is posted. I will be printing it out and doing it soon.  It's free (very generous of the pattern maker!), so if you want to do it, too, just go to paperpanache.com and click on the mystery section.

This is the same site where I purchased all of the Christmas blocks I have been showing you. I think the cardinal was once a free mystery block, but I did not get him at that time. They only remain free for a couple of months and then they eventually are for sale.  Thank you all for your kind comments on the cardinal block. I am happy that you can't notice the two mistakes!

I wish you all a positively pleasant perpetually piecing productive weekend!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cardinal Paper Pieced Quilt Block is Finished

I just started it last night and it's already finished -- I did not time it, but I would guess it took a good three hours total. I was pretty happy with this. It seemed like I had no big boo boos.  Then as I was removing the back paper, I found two mistakes.  I could just feel my face fall as I spotted a sewing line (and then a second one) that had no stitches--ARRRRRGGGGGG. That is not a good feeling when you have a block completed.


I am missing one green leaf and the dark pine cone top left edge should have been medium brown, not that dark brown. Now I will have to make another one to get it right.


The mistakes are not really that major. The beauty of pine branches is that they are all different, right? :)

  I have no idea what I will end up doing with it.  Right now it's going on the stack of the other winter/Christmas blocks I finished the past few weeks.  This block finishes at 12 x 12 inches. It might make a nice winter pillow for a sofa.

This is another one of the five patterns I recently purchased at Paper Panache.  Now I have just two left to make.  I am not sure when the mood will strike to make another one.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Here's a Little Hint of What I am Working on Now

After more than a week of no paper piecing, I was ready to start something new. It's always so exciting to see a new block progress. 

Last night I got this far:

I think you got a pretty good "hint" of what the block will be! I will probably finish it after work tonight.

I also finished quilting this UFO (table runner) and have the binding ready to hand sew on the backside.

I like to save hand binding for TV watching.  I rarely sit down in the family room to watch TV, but if I do, I need a project to do.  Are you like that, too? 

I am still hoping to begin hand quilting this king-sized quilt (104 inches square) very soon.

Geez, I sure hope I have picked the paper off this -- maybe that is why I have not begun to quilt it---can you imagine picking paper off this monster--it's entirely paper pieced. I actually call it "Birds of a Feather" as the center and each corner has a bird block. Patti, do you remember this one, now?



If I remember correctly, the bird patterns in this quilt came from  Linda Causee's book, "365 Foundation Quilt Blocks".   I made the quilt in 2007, so it's about time I get it finished and on the bed! I shall have to find it and see if the paper is still on. It will be a real bummer if it is!
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