Wednesday, May 16, 2018

We are nearing the midway point for the Ellie and Mac blog hop

I am fortunate to be joining a group of serious sewing bloggers as they show you summer patterns from Ellie and Mac. As one who likes to put my usual spin on things I decided that the dolls in the house need to get ready for summer too. My next door neighbour's grand-daughter was kind enough to loan me her 18" doll (briefly I might add) so that I could make my interpretation of the Simply Sweet Doll Top.

The first problem I encountered was a lack of knit fabrics in my stash. And as someone who does very limited online shopping and has absolutely no shop within a two hour drive that sells appropriate knits I switched to a woven and mildly altered the pattern. A bit about the pattern first. It is fantastic. If you are just starting out the detail in the instruction is wonderful. This pattern could be tackled by a beginner as the instructions are so well laid out and so clearly illustrated.

The pattern is lengthy but well worth it in the detail it provides. I made the top only as the doll's owner was anxious for her return. If you are able to use a knit fabric then the top or the dress will fit over the doll's head. A woven will not stretch enough to do that so I cut it up the back and added a velcro closing.
So here she is for her stylized photos. Long pants and boots because it is tick season but a lovely comfortable sleeveless top. I love that just like her owner the doll wears glasses.

I hope as you visit the other bloggers on this blog hop that you will get all kinds of great new ideas for summer sewing. Be sure to visit the other bloggers who have made interpretations of Ellie and Mac designs to help you get ready for summer sewing. The list below identifies my fellow bloggers and their date on the blog hop.

  1. May 7th: Seams Sew Lo
  2. May 8th: Tenille's Thread
  3. May 9th: Seams Sew Lo
  4. May 10th: The Sewing Goatherd
  5. May 11th: Aurora Designs Fabrics
  6. May 14th: Our Play Place
  7. May 15th: Sewjourns
  8. May 16th: Aurora Designs Fabric
  9. May 17th: QuiltsbyJoann
  10. May 18th: Liviality
  11. May 19th: Momma You Can Make It
  12. May 21st: Margarita on the Ross
  13. May 22nd: Sewing Blue
  14. May 23rd: Kathy's Kwilts and More
  15. May 24th: Momma Newey's Makes
  16. May 25th: Jot Designs USA
  17. May 28th: The Scatty Sewer
  18. May 29th: Granma Texas Sews
  19. May 30th: Fee Bricolo
  20. May 31st: My Sewing Roots
Piecefully, Joanne

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Where oh where is the green in our surroundings?

For now in our neck of the woods it is in the fabric. So this month we get to break into our green stash. And just a light and a dark are needed to create the blocks that Jen has designed for May. Both easy blocks and they take no time to pull together.
I hope you are finding that just one block a month, or two if you think of big and little is not too much to keep up with. I am certainly having a good time playing with mine. And be certain you drop by the other designers blogs and see what they are offering for their green blocks.
To get the free block from Jen visit her blog (here). Piecefully, Joanne

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Welcome to Month Four of the Fat Quarter Shop's Clementine QAL

I hope you are continuing to enjoy this worthwhile and fresh Quilt Along. By combining our love of quilts with a valuable fundraiser many dollars are going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Donations are voluntary but every little bit helps and all donations add up.
Each month we are being treated to a newly designed block. We are getting lots of practice making various sized Half Square Triangles as well as Flying Geese. I will say that
I enjoy using my Bloc-Loc rulers for the tiniest bit of squaring up that I am doing. Once you use them for squaring up you will wonder where they were all your quilting life.
As month four starts the block we are making is titled Coconut Cross. If you are using the Fat Quarter shop kit with the beautiful Mama's Cottage fabric by April Rosenthal we have a couple of new prints and a couple of returning prints.
Take the time to visit the FatQuarterShop's blog (here) where they will have links to several other bloggers and a number of them are using different fabric combinations. And don't forget to make your donation. Every little bit counts. Piecefully, Joanne

Friday, April 13, 2018

30 Blocks in 30 Days, almost halfway there

I hope you are continuing to follow Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks (here) and her guest bloggers for her 30 blocks in 30 days adventure. We are almost halfway through April so a block called Median Strip is a good choice for the midway point.
Here are the block components.
Four rectangles that are 3" by 5 1/2" and one rectangle that measures 5 1/2" by 10 1/2"
The shorter rectangles are stitched together on their short ends and then added to either side of the median rectangle. Make certain your colour sections are at opposite ends.
Single block, note position of colour rectangles.

Once you have your sample block complete the decision making can really begin. Do you want to make one to continue the one a day theme? Do you want to make an entire quilt from this block? If you decide on one quilt the colour decisions come next. With a consistent background this could easily become a scrap quilt, or you could make a two colour quilt, or a rainbow of colours. I put four blocks together to see what they would look like as they are rotated.
Four blocks rotated clockwise
This is a very easy block to assemble and with no seams to match pressing direction is not an issue other than to make certain you do press each seam as you go.

I hope you continue to follow along and visit the other bloggers who are chiming in on this terrific project. the following is a list of who is participating.

Project Designer

April 1st

Block 1- 4 Patch
April 2nd

Block 2 - Double Stuffed
April 3rd

April 4th
Block 4 - Dutch Door

April 5th

April 6th
Block 6 - Tacked Up

April 7th
Block 7 - Stripper

April 8th
Block 8 - Staggered

April 9th
Block 9 - Topsy Turvy

April 10th
Block 10 - Chunky Pinwheel

April 11th
Block 11 - Painted WIndow

April 12th
Block 12 - Broken Cinder Block

April 13th
Block 13 - Reaction

April 14th
Block 14 - Median Strip

April 15th
Block 15 - Center of Attention

April 16th

Block 16 - Bounce
April 17th

Block 17 - Sweet Sixteen
April 18th

Block 18 - Yeah Eights

April 19th

Block 19 - Weave

April 20th

Block 20 - Classic
April 21st

Block 21 - Spot
April 22nd

Block 22 - Cross Walk
April 23rd

Block 23 - Opposites Attract
April 24th

Block 24 - Possibility
April 25th

Block 25 - Camper Window
April 26th

Block 26 - Catching Z's
April 27th

Block 27 - Broken Stripes
April 28th

Block 28 - Stockade
April 29th

Block 29 - Dovetail
April 30th

Block 30 - Slow Tee

Piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Orange for April

Jen is back again with some more blocks for April. This month the colour is orange. Often not a popular colour with some people. When my son was in grade 7 or 8 he came home from school one day very disgruntled because his class had been assigned orange for colour day. His comment was who wears orange? His teacher showed up for the assembly with orange fabric to tear into strips so anyone without orange to wear could have an orange tie. She was a gem.
For my block I found what looked like a light, medium and dark orange and constructed the block. In its photo above I am not certain the differences are that clear. Should I blame my camera and not my eye for colour?
There are other challenges and projects in the works for April. It is looking like a busy month. Make certain you stop by the other bloggers to see what they are offering in the way of challenge blocks for April. Piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, March 25, 2018

It has been a month of challenges

Here is my Clementine Quilt Along block for this month. I have had a few too many sick days this month and have not taken those sneak peek photos that are to grab your interest before the big reveal. This block is titled Peaches and Plenty. Once again the steps are straightforward and clearly outlined on the instruction sheet. I hope you will consider joining in. Previous month's patterns are still available and all the Fat Quarter Shop(here) is requesting is a donation to St. Jude's Hospital. If you have ever spent time at a Children's Hospital you know just how important their work is. We spent time at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto with our son over 35 years ago. Happy those days are now behind us. Piecefully, Joanne

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Book Blog Hop Winding Down

Welcome to the final day of guest bloggers on the Modern Plus Sign Book Blog Hop. I had the absolute pleasure to be part of this hop. The first part of my quilt was what I called the dark block. A plus sign in the centre of a bear paw. I wanted my fabric choices to be somewhat masculine and thought of black bears and grizzly bears when I was scouting my stash for something suitable.

If you missed the first week of the blog hop and have time to visit the bloggers who highlighted the first patterns shown from the book here is a list that connects directly to their blog post.

Tuesday, March 13th
Signature Plus
Soma @ Whims and Fancies
Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting
Kitty @ Night Quilter

Tribal Plus
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod
Shelley @ The Carpenters Daughter Who Quilts

Wednesday, March 14th
Plus Surround
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch
Abigail @ Cut & Alter

Kaleidoscope Plus
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th
Postage Plus
Linda @ Flourishing Palms
Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Liz @ Savor Every Stitch
Stacey @ Stacey In Stitches

Rick Rack Runner
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
Patty @ Elm Street Quilts
Melanie @ A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog

Friday, March 16th
Row Addition
Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts

Transparency Chains
Ruth @ Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner
Christa @ Christa Quilts


The second component is one I call the light block. Again a straightforward, no issues quilt block. The book is well illustrated and the directions are very easy to follow.

The end result when the two blocks are combined is this lovely Bear's Paw Plus Quilt. It is so nice to say this quilt is finished and once the blog hop is over will reside on my hubby's easy chair. He has needed a new quilt for some time and this one is just the ticket. 

I used my walking foot to straight line quilt the grid on this quilt. Cheryl and Paige will wrap up the hop tomorrow. If you have been following you will know by now what a great book this is. You can obtain signed copies directly from them. Thank you Cheryl and Paige for letting me part of the blog hop for your fabulous book.  Piecefully, Joanne

Here are the links for this week's Blog Hop participants.

Monday, March 19th
Jessica @ Quilty Habit

Tuesday, March 20th
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts

Thursday, March 22nd
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

Friday, March 23rd
Paige @ Quilted Blooms