Sewing for Things

My little Thing 3 had a bad cold in the week after school started.  She was coughing and had a sore throat and wanted to cuddle a lot.  To make her feel better, I offered to make her a pillowcase of her very own.  The other Things had pillowcases custom made for them when she was a baby and didn’t use a pillow yet, so this made her feel all big and grown up.  She chose her own fabrics, all nice and bright, of course.

Say 'cheese'!

It took her a few shots to look at me and smile at the same time.

Look at mommy this time!

Look and mommy 'and' say cheese!

She loves it, thankfully. She had second thoughts on the yellow and wanted me to change it to green when I was nearly finished sewing, but I was mean mommy and said ‘no’.  But once her pillow was in and it was all fluffed up, she forgot about that and just snuggled it.  And gave her cold to me. Thanks?

Road to Fortune

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently filled an empty spot in the Simply Solids Bee.  I did this partially for selfish reasons, since I knew that if I did so, I would get another turn as queen bee.  I have chosen the Road to Fortune as the block for my bee mates to make.  It is paper pieced, but a simple pattern, and comes together very easily.

I found the block in the EQ7 library, so I sized it to finish at 12″ and uploaded a PDF, which you can find here.  When you print it, you will need 4 co pies, as each page covers 1/4 of the block.  Make sure that your printer is not ‘fit to page’ and that the little box on the pattern measures 1″.

If you are making this block for the Simply Solids Bee, please use an assortment of neutrals, as I did in my practice block, pictured below.  For the coloured section, please use any colours of your choosing in a medium or dark tone.  As you sew the completed segments together, tear away the paper in the seam line and then iron those seams open.  This will help you match the points in the centre pinwheel.  The four outside corners of the block will be slightly blunted when the block is completed, so don’t panic if it is not nice and square at the corners.  If you have any questions, please let me know!

If you are not in my bee but want to use this pattern, please feel free.  It’s a great little block and looks great in solids as well as prints.  It’s been around since the 30s, and is also known as Wheel of Fortune

Simply Solids Aenous - October

Bee blocks and many various WIPs

I’ve been linking up with WIP Wednesday at the Needle and Thread Network these last few weeks, but I’ve only been showing the good stuff.  The dirty laundry, projects much farther from completion, those I’ve been keeping under wraps.  So I’ll start with the older stuff and work my way forward.

HST pet project

This has been in progress for a long, long time. These little blocks finish at 7.5″ and I had been working on the little 1.5″ HSTs for a couple of months, on and off, when I felt like it. I needed 768 of them for the 48 blocks I planned. All of the HSTs are done now, and now I’m on to block assembly. I have these 8 done, and only 40 more to go!

MSBHQAL - 4 blocks done!

I recently joined the Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt Along (MSBHQAL) because I apparently think that I have nothing to do. The tutorial is by Anne from Play Crafts. Most of the participants of this QAL are doing rainbow blocks, but Anne had sketched this chevron pattern that I fell in love with and decided to do that instead.

I’m was in one of the Canadian versions of the Simply Solids Bee, but the second Canadian group had someone drop out, so offered to fill that spot. So far I’ve done 3 blocks for that group.

Simply Solids Aenous - July
Simply Solids Aenous - AugustSimply Solids - Aenous

And in my original group in the Simply Solids Bee, I haven’t shared the blocks I’ve made in quite a few months. So prepare for more picture overload!

Simply Solids Carmine Group - July
Simply Solids Carmine - August
Simply Solids Bee - Carmine
Simply Solids Bee - Carmine

Funny story with that last set of blocks. I’m the angel in September, making an extra block for the Queen Bee. I first made the block with the blue background, and when I was done, I realized the pinwheel was spinning the wrong way. Oops. And since I really, really hate unpicking seams, I made another one instead of taking it apart and re-sewing it. Except I didn’t have enough of the blue scrap, so I had to rearrange the colours. I sent her all 3 of them; I hope she can find a use for the extra one.

So that’s what I’ve been up to!  Well, I’ve sewn more stuff, but I don’t always take pictures of all my in-progress stuff.  So I guess that’s just the interesting stuff that I’ve been up to.  🙂

Magic Disappearing 9-patch

Many months ago, probably even more than a year actually, I did a demo for my local guild using a variation on the popular Disappearing 9-patch (D9P) block.  The Magic 9-patch (M9P) was a pattern I found online after searching blocks that would match the ‘slashed blocks’ theme of our meeting.  The pattern is by Lyn Brown, and can be found here.

Magic Disappearing 9-patch

For the demo I had blocks in various stages of completion to show the technique and then also a little flimsy of I think 6 blocks sewn together to give an idea of what the completed project would look like. Everything was cut out already at that point. I had enough cut for 25 blocks, which is what I used in this top. It was very quick at the time, I think I did it in an evening or two before the meeting. Of course I promised to complete it quickly after and bring it back so that everyone could see a whole quilt. Hmm. Does more than a year count as ‘quickly’?

Magic Disappearing 9-patch

I’m glad that at least the top is done now. It can be added to my growing stack of completed tops waiting to be quilted.

Magic Disappearing 9-patch

A new photo spot in my yard! It is getting harder to effectively use the fence behind the corn, as you’ll see shortly, and I don’t typically take pictures in the ash tree until they are completely done, so I had to search for an alternative. This is the wall beside my back deck. The mottled sunshine seems to work with this top.

Magic Disappearing 9-patch

Now you see it, and now you don’t! It’s great that the corn is doing so well, but my quilt hanging fence is a little obscured. It really is a Magic Disappearing 9-patch!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at the Needle and Thread Network.