Monthly Archives: September 2013

Friday Night Block Party: Mother’s Dream

September 27th 2013
Hey everyone, can you believe September is almost over? That means that I’ll soon announce the winner of the charm pack. Whoever left a linky or a comment is in the drawing, good luck to all!!
About this block party…. I have to confess that I was not enjoying this process because while I loved sharing all the block names and making them, they were like mismatched “pieces”  that were just piling up with no direction or purpose. (I am done with potholders!)  So I went back to The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book.
While I was using it as a reference, I find that in order to be inspired I really have to like what I am doing. What is the big picture that gives this block party a purpose?  For me I lose steam if I don’t enjoy the process, it becomes a chore, ya know?  Therefore, since I have soooooo many scraps, it’s the perfect excuse to get started on this project!
The little scraps are “just right” for 6 inch blocks. So here I go. Going in order would seem logical, but today’s block represents the plot in this quilt novel.
The featured block this week is called “Mother’s Dream” (block #58) and reflects the hopes every mother has for their children. Susan is hosting this quilting/reading club that I could not resist, check it out here
So NEXT week I will feature block #1 from the FWSQ so if you’ve been procrastinating or have been “spooked” by the thought of the FWQA  this is a great time to start! The book comes with templates but I have to confess that I did not cut out these little diddies, I went straight for cutting the fabric.  What I did was measure the templates and cut the scraps that size. For triangles I made squares and cut diagonally. I rather have extra fabric and trim down at the end.  
I had all these white triangles left over from the Granny Squares from last week, they worked out like a charm!  And for the pesky corners? I just ignored the largeness and sewed all the straight edges.
After piecing, the blocks varied in measurement from 6 1/4 to 6 1/2 inches. I consulted a few websites: Lillian’s Cupboard , the Quilter’s Board and Freshly Pieced  and it seems everyone has experienced the same problem.  The book says 6 inches but does not specify finished or unfinished that I recall.
 A little math reveals the secret in some blocks, if you have an extra 1/4 inch on either side, that’s an indicator! So as of now, I need to decide on the “final number” so they are all uniform. So I am trimming to 6″ so after assembling the quilt each block is 5 1/2 inches. I can’t wait to see how this one is going to turn out. I find putting each block together is like therapy and I love using so many scraps of fabrics that are so pretty.
Happy to have this 6 inch square ruler, I trimmed the block down to size.And there you have it, my “Mother’s Dream” block. I just realized white on the outside is not a good idea if I use white sashing in the quilt, oh well!!  I wish some of these histories were easier to find, all I find is more patterns on how to make it here,  and this version is 8 inches and features lots of half square triangles instead of rectangles.
 Please leave a link to your block or a comment to qualify for the charm pack giveaway!! And thanks to some of our sponsors.

Five Happy Pumpkins!

September 25th 2013
Welcome to my day of the FALL BLOG HOP hosted by Sheri at Sunshine in the Attic.

Below is the schedule of other bloggers in the hop:

September 19th  Sheri — Sunshine in the Attic 
September 20th Maggie — Maggie’s Empty Nest Days
September 21st Susie — Susie’s Sun Room
September 23rd  Yevette — Evindie
September 26th Patricia — Quilting Lines

Do pop over check out what they made, as for me?

I have a  fixation with the Five Little Pumpkins Song.  It’s been part of my teaching repertoire for many, many years.  So here is my latest rendition I am calling it Five Happy Pumpkins.
It’s really easy to do, it does involve some applique but it’s as easy as “cut and paste!”


Updates in yellow!
These squares started out at 3 inches. Draw a diagonal across from corner to corner sew 1/4 inch on either side of the line, cut ON the line and press open. Trim to 2 1/2 inches.
Sew “fence posts” to center red piece (2 1/2 by 8 1/2) as pictured below. Then sew together three background pieces.  The bottom of the fence measures 16″ x 4 1/2″.

For the pumpkins, Cut squares in the sizes 12, 10, 8, 6, and 5 inches. Mark the outline of the fabric with tape for a cutting guide for the size of your pumpkin. Cut as close to the tape as you can,leaving about 1 inch margin.

You can add light webbing to “stick” the white to orange. I also opted to blanket stitch and add “pumpkin lines” stitches to keep it down if all the webbing was too thick!

I pressed then blanket stitched
and embellished, in that order, until all five were done. Gotta have JOY in the journey!!

I love the Peanuts gang, and Charlie Brown so I chose that for the background so something is going on behind the pumpkins! And I also used another fabric with Peanuts for the back.

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate

The first one said “Oh my it’s getting late!”
The Second one said “There’s a frost in the air.”

The third one said “But we don’t care!”
The fourth one said “Let’s run and run and run!”

The fifth one said “I’m ready for some fun!!” 
“Whoosh” went the wind and “OUT!!” went the light
and the Five Little Pumpkins rolled out of sight!

Finished size: 30″ by 16″ (roughly)

Simply Retro Update: "Playground"

September 23rd 2013
This post is to show you the completed baby quilt from the “Playground” pattern from the same book. It’s done in Baby Big Top Circus fabric by Timeless Treasures. Not much a fan of circuses per se, but they sure look great as illustrations and fabric!

This pattern is one of the projects in the book Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley.  Jana is hosting a quilt along on her blog.
I wanted to give you an update on how lovely this quilt came out. At least I was happy with the result.

I just quilted loops, that’s “circus-y” isn’t it?
 large loops on the blocks

and small loopier loops on the sashing and borders.

The backing has moons and stars, I used this for my son’s room 14 years ago! Let’s just say I’ve come such a looooong way!!

Can you guess my favorite part? 
Solid binding in various colors, it was the perfect complement. And it was very convenient to have this jelly roll handy! I just pulled colors that matched the quilt.
Then I thought I would personalize it just a little. (I’m new at this embroidery, but it will do)

Handmade with love.  
I feel it needs a good washing before I give it to a baby.
Plus, I always want to make sure it survives the wash? : ) 

So do you wash your quilts before giving them away? 

Friday Night Block Party: Granny Squares

September 20th 2013
Welcome to another Block Party. Thanks for coming back every week that’s so nice of you!!
I almost forgot about the party this week because I was working on a Fall Blog Hop that started yesterday over at Sunshine in the Attic.
This week’s block is familiar. I had started this quilt way back but I am so happy to finally have all the blocks done!
  I thought this was a nice “manly” block to make for our Pastor but it turns out it’s called a “Granny Square.” (But we won’t tell him that!)
This is very popular in the “crochet” and “knitting” world look here for a little history
here are some samples
I don’t see the resemblance.
 And look what Sayraphim Lothiam says
 ” a reproduction of a number of crochet newsletters stuffed full of patterns from a company called Weldons from the mid 1800s. Right at the back, there’s a pattern for “Patchwork Squares”, which has a little blurb at the top describing how useful these are for using up scraps of yarn you might have, and how they’re great for rugs, baby’s blankets and the like. Breathless I turned the page to see if I could find an illustration and there, on the next page, was a handsome black and white engraving of… a granny square!”
In quilting it has many different renditions, ah, the magic of quilting, a change in color or placement just makes all the difference!  Look at these examples from the Simply Retro Flickr Group
Simply Retro Vintage Pillow.front by Caribousmom
by Caribousmom
Vintage project - Kathie by Kathie L
by Kathie L
Simply Retro Vintage scrappy pillow by PinkDieselDesigns
by PinkDieselDesigns
100_5593 by stitch every day
by stitch every day

Take a look at how mine turned out. The color theme is Earth.

Here the grannies are sitting waiting to finish the project (this is my biggest quilt yet, I need backing and batting!)
So there you have all my granny squares. Please add you link below of whatever block has you busy these days. This month’s giveaway is a charm pack from the Fat Quarter Shop.  And Thanks to our giveaway sponsors!