9/13/2019

Second Week of Quilt Blocks Inspired by Childhood Stories and Poems


The blog hop Once Upon A Story continued into its second week with more blocks designed from favorite childhood stories and poems. If you missed a day this week, here is a recap of the blocks. The patterns are available (see the links on each designer's post), free during their week of the blog hop (some during the entire blog hop) and for a small fee after that week. 

Linda B Creative chose to work with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This story was written by Robert Southey in 1837 and over time, the story evolved from the original version. Linda designed a 30" x 30" block that can be a quilt on its own! 

Linda illustrated the characters from the story, which can be used for thread sketching for the block, appliqued, or colored with crayons. She gives ideas of how to do each of those processes. Watch Linda's great tutorial on how to do the thread sketching using washaway stabilizer sheets. ( After embroidering, I have large pieces of these stabilizer sheets that I save. I think I could use a washable glue stick to join the pieces and get a large enough piece to do the thread sketching and not waste the excess from my other projects.)
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Humpty Dumpty was the nursery rhyme Marlene of KISSed Quilts chose. The poem focuses on Humpty, who fell from the wall. As with most nursery rhymes from bygone eras, we speculate as to an underlying meaning. HERE, I found interesting theories about its origin. But, I like the idea that it was a riddle for children to solve-What was Humpty? and now we think of it as an egg!

I think Marlene came up with a wonderful idea for her block--Humpty Dumpty's Wall! She really has us looking at the construction of that wall which looks so much sturdier than Humpty. I'll tell you, this block could be so useful in so many quilting projects! 

Marlene designed the pattern in 5 Sizes! (vertical and horizontal in 18" x 9", 12" x 30" and a BIG 30" x 30") Just look at the fabrics she used from Northcott and how they really look like bricks and mortar. Visit her post where she shows the block using other colors of fabrics. 
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Here, at Patchwork Breeze, I chose the poem by L. Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat. I have enjoyed the nonsense of this poem since I was a child. I designed a 30' x 30" block, which could be a toddler quilt by adding some borders. 
I think it would be fun to add a border around my block showing some of the items included in the poem: honey, money, guitar, ring, a pig, turkey, and of course, a runcible spoon!
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The nursery rhyme block Hickory, Dickery, Dock, was designed by Becky at Bobbin in Quilts. She included some piecing, applique, and drawing (if you'd like) to create this fun block. 
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The Pied Piper is an old story that was chosen by Ursula Prandtstetter from Austria to design into a quilt block. Ursula's post is being hosted on the blog of Clever Chameleon Quilting. This is the first pattern she has designed. I must say it is clever and very appealing. She included the river, the pipe, and the rats, of course! How fun. 
Do read Dione's introduction to Ursula's guest post on the blog! Dione, it seems, has a great talent for writing. Ursula shared photos and information about where she lives and its relation to the story of the Pied Piper. 

I looked up the definition of "pied" and see it means multi-colored, variegated. I thought that was so fitting a word to relate to a quilt block! Have fun with this block.
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Paula, at Mountain Meadow Designs, designed a block for another of my favorite childhood rhymes, A Tisket, a Tasket. 
The flowers in the green and yellow basket are beautiful. The flowers are cut from a Northcott fabric and sewn down. Just gorgeous! 

Remember to enter for the giveaways through the Rafflecopter entries on each designer's page or at Seams To Be Sew.
And Electric Quilt Company has a discount code: ROWALONG2 
that you can use on any product you order from their website. I personally think the Cotton Lawn Printable Fabric Sheets are wonderful. 

9/09/2019

Quilting a Poetic Adventure of an Owl and a Cat

My Blog Hop Day is finally here!
Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoy sewing up the block I designed.

Many thanks Marian, of Seams To Be Sew, for organizing this wonderful blog hop. This is the 5th year she has had a blog hop and I am happy to have designed a pattern for each of those years. HERE  is a link to the past years' Row Alongs, and some of the patterns are still offered for free (including all of mine during this special 5-year celebration)!

She has gathered generous sponsor donations for giveaways. Each designer has a featured giveway, so visit all the blogs! Electric Quilt Company  has the grand giveaway--an EQ8 program for one lucky person. Enter for a chance to win a giveaway(s) by using the Rafflecopter boxes on each blog post. On my post, they are found after my block. There are so many wonderful blocks to collect - for FREE - during the week of each designer's post date! 


JUST ADDED!
Electric Quilt Company was kind enough to give us a 
Coupon Code YOU can use for 20% off EQ products!
The code is ROWALONG20 
and Expires October 8, 2019. 
Visit the Electric Quilt Company website 
to see what they have.

Thanks to Northcott Fabrics for their generosity in supplying each designer with up to 1 yard of fabric to use in their block. I chose half yard cuts of Stonehenge #39300-71 (green) and Out of This World #39156G-49 (deep blue with stars) shown below:

Once Upon A Time stories and poems was the theme for this blog hop. Each designer chose a story or poem(more like fairytales) they liked. The blocks are different from in the past. They don't make a row effect quilt. Different size blocks were designed for you to combine into a quilt size to fit your needs without that "row effect." Marian will be posting some layout designs to help you in your quilt layout. One designer even has filler blocks for you to use between your blocks.

My "Once Upon  A Story" Block

I enjoy piecing quilt blocks more than appliqueing, and I wanted a block that was going to help illustrate my literary choice. I created a 30" x 30" block for Edward Lear's nonsense poem, The Owl and The Pussycat, which was published in 1871. I've liked this poem for as long as I can remember - because it's nonsensical!

Facial details of the owl and the cat. The owl's eyes are small black buttons sewn on top of 1/2" diameter white buttons. The cat's mouth and whiskers are sewn with 6 stands of black embroidery thread.
Here is the entire sewn block photographed before I added facial features. 
It measures 30" x 30".
The faces and talons are paper pieced. 


This block could be a small quilt or wall hanging all by itself.

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea   
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,   
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,   
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,    
What a beautiful Pussy you are,         
         You are,         
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day, 
To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, 
His nose, 
His nose, 
With a ring at the end of his nose. 

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will." 
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill. 
They dined on mince, and slices of quince, 
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, 
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon, 
They dance by the light of the moon. 
  
**** Get My Pattern HERE****

I appreciate your comments and look forward to reading them. 

Now I'll tell you about my featured giveaway and the
2 Rafflecopter Giveaways. 
I do not have this lighting system. I have seen it at quilt shows. It really does give lots of light on the machine bed for the needle. After reading about the company and their lighting, I'll order one for my machine.

CLICK HERE to get more information about the 
Inspired LED Lighting System Kit for your sewing machine. 

This is a $30 value, can be shipped internationally, with shipping paid for by the winner. 

Please take time to read the rules and guidelines for the giveaway at the end of my post.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


The grand giveaway is the EQ8 program from Electric Quilt Company. I upgraded to EQ8 after having used various versions of EQ programs since 2005. I really like EQ8. And there are online groups for those who own EQ programs, where quilter share what they are doing, ask questions, and get answers. So here it the Rafflecopter for the EQ8 giveaway:
The designers featured this week are:

Tuesday, 9/10/2019

Linda B Creative 
https://lindabcreative.blogspot.com

Patchwork Breeze (you are here)
https://patchworkbreeze.blogspot.com

KISSed Quilts
http://kissedquilts.blogspot.com

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Thursday, 9/12/2019

Bobbin In Quilts Blog 
https://www.bobbininquilts.com/blogs/news

Clever Chameleon
http://www.cleverchameleon.com.au/blog

Mountain Meadow Designs 
https://www.pg-mmd.com/blog1

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  • All giveaways can also be entered at Seams To Be Sew. You must have commented at each of the blogs post to enter at Seams To Be Sew, 
  • Winners who win from entering at Seams To Be Sew will be checked for the comment. When you enter a give away that asks you to answer the question asked on the entry form, you do need to fill in that box. No answer means your winning entry will be ignored and cancelled.
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  • I will start announcing winners on September 10, 2019, and finish announcing winners on October 13, 2019
  • You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.
  • All giveaways run for 1 week with the exception of the Electric Quilt giveaway which runs the full course of the event.
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Thank you for reading all the way to the comments section. Have a wonderful day and I wish you happy quilting adventures!



9/08/2019

WOW! What Do You Think About the First Week of Quilt Blocks?

Wow! Have you seen the great blocks from this past week's blog hop designers? This was the first week of the Once Upon A Story Blog Hop and I can't wait for the coming weeks!

  • I want to make the unicorn that Marney of Made by Marney, designed, as well as read the story, The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle, that inspired her block. Even though this fantasy novel was published in 1968, I have never heard of it. And there was an animated fantasy film made in 1982 based on the book. With my two girls growing up about 1990, they never watched this as a video! 

  • The Three Little Pigs story becomes 3 sweet blocks sewn together. Becca of Pretty Piney designed an easy block to sew. I love the idea of using scrap strips, I have so many!  I can see using up many of my scrap fabric strips, making it into a multi-colored toddler size quilt! 

  • Then, The Wizard of Oz, a book written by L. Frank Baum and published in 1899, has a beautiful block designed by Renee, of Renee's Quilting Addiction. She used some lovely Stonehenge Gradations Ombre fabrics. She shows how one cut of fabric can be used to create quilt pieces that vary so much.  She also has a nice tutorial on using the EQ Inkjet Fabric Sheets. The main block she designed would be useful as a background for many quilted projects. I am thinking a great background for flower cutouts. 

  • And who hasn't jumped (or wanted to) on a bed? Well, the fun block Carol has on her blog, Just Let Me Quilt, would make a humorous wall hanging in a child's room (although it might give the little one a mischevious idea). The classic finger play, nursery rhyme, Five Little Monkeys, (with origins unknown, was first published as an illustrated book by Eileen Christelow,) was the inspiration for her block. As a kindergarten teacher, my students loved doing the finger motions for this rhyme. 

  • Pamela of PamelaQuilts has an interest in European history and has found nursery rhymes rooted in historical events. She has thoughtfully interpretted the rhyme, "I Had a Little Nut Tree," into a quilt block based on some historical naming of quilt blocks that is quite nice.

  • Marian, of Seams To Be Sew, posted about the 5 Years of Row Alongs that she has planned out and hosted for all of us designers. She has a special gallery link so you can see all that the designers have done in the past five years. Some of the patterns are still offered FREE, others are available at reasonable prices. It was fun to look down memory lane. (I have participated all 5 years.)
Join us this week for the next group of designers who present their blocks and giveaways! We all appreciate your visits and your comments. Thank you, you encourage our designing. 






9/02/2019

Collect Quilt Blocks to Sew Into a Story Quilt

Once Upon A Story Blog Hop Begins


How exciting! This is the 5th year that Marian, from Seams To Be Sew, is hosting a wonderful, themed blog hop. She puts almost a year-long effort into planning, organizing giveaways, and working with numerous quilt pattern designers to give you, the blog hopper, a plethora of patterns, free to download during the hop days. 

She has rounded up sponsors who are providing giveaways for each of the designers participating in the blog hop. You can see the list of sponsors and their donation HERE. Northcott has again supplied each designer with up to one yard of fabric to use in their specific block. I want to thank Northcott for that generous gesture. I chose these two fabrics for my block (on September 10).

This year's theme focuses on some of the stories and poetry that many of us have read or remember from childhood. The designs are so diverse in technique and style, everyone should find something they like.   

Tomorrow the stories begin! 

The designers are: 
Tuesday, 9/3/2019

Just Let Me Quilt 
https://www.justletmequilt.com


Pamela Quilts 
http://pamelaquilts.blogspot.com/

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Thursday, 9/5/2019

Made By Marney 
http://madebymarney.com

Pretty Piney Quilts 
https://prettypiney.com

Renee's Quilting Addiction 
https://reneechester.wordpress.com/

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Tuesday, 9/10/2019

Linda B Creative 
https://lindabcreative.blogspot.com

Patchwork Breeze 
https://patchworkbreeze.blogspot.com

KISSed Quilts
http://kissedquilts.blogspot.com

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Thursday, 9/12/2019

Bobbin In Quilts Blog 
https://www.bobbininquilts.com/blogs/news

Clever Chameleon
http://www.cleverchameleon.com.au/blog

Mountain Meadow Designs 
https://www.pg-mmd.com/blog1

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Tuesday, 9/17/2019

Barbara Dieges
http://bdieges.com/

Miss P Designs USA
https://mspdesignsusa.com

Seams To Be Sew
http://www.seamstobesew.com

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Thursday, 9/19/2019

Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
http://www.duckcreekmountainquilting.com

Cynthia's Creating Ark
http://www.cynthiasark.blogspot.com.au

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
http://ecoughlindesigns.blogspot.com/

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Tuesday, 9/24/2019

Pumpkin Patch BC
http://pumpkinpatchbc.com/blog/

Stitchin at Home
http://www.stitchinathome.com/

Seams To Be Sew
http://www.seamstobesew.com 

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Thursday, 9/26/2019

From My Carolina Home 
http://frommycarolinahome.com/

Words & Stitches
https://bethstrand.wordpress.com
Tuning My Heart Quilts
http://www.tuning-my-heart.com

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Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Carol Andrews
https://quiltschmilt.wordpress.com/


Charlie's Daughter
http://www.charliesdaughter.net/

Mountain Meadow Designs
https://www.pg-mmd.com/blog1

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Thursday, October 03, 2019

Clever Chameleon
http://www.cleverchameleon.com.au/blog

Sew Incredibly Crazy
https://sewincrediblycrazy.blogspot.com/

Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse   
http://loreen.typepad.com/

8/25/2019

One Day at Quiltweek in Grand Rapids

I attended the AQS Quiltweek Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday this past week. I didn't take any classes, but enjoyed viewing the rows of quilts on display, seeing some quilting friends I don't see very often, and checking what the vendors had to sell.


The exhibit of 300 memorial quilts on display this year was very moving. These quilts were made to honor those who died in the 9-11 attacks. Blocks were made and sent from all over the world and then sewn into the quilt. These are a few of the photos I took.






I made sure I got to see the quilt made by my friend, Rejeanne. She titled it, Focus.





8/24/2019

Grandma's Crocheting Started My Collection

My copy arrived on Saturday!


I was delighted in late April, 2019, to learn that my submission for the Vintage Life volume of Uppercase Encyclopedia of Inspiration was accepted for publication. 

Filling 448 pages, over 80 participants contributed stories about their vintage collections. That's me on page 392!



I have been collecting crocheted potholders for many years. It all began, as a child, when I got one of my grandma's crocheted dress potholder after she passed away. 



I was 8 years old when she died. I remember my mother telling me about all the items Grandma crocheted over the years to use in her house and to give as gifts. One story I found inspirational was that my grandma broke her arm later in life and told the doctor that he had to cast it so she would still be able to crochet. That's how much she liked the crocheting. 

I learned to crochet when my 6th grade teacher offered a few weeks of after school lessons to anyone who wanted to learn. I made a few things over the years, including an afghan for our first daughter. I put the crochet hooks away as I enjoyed quilting more. I began collecting potholders from various resale stores. Being able to examine and touch the potholders influences my purchases. 



Do you collect items? Perhaps items that recall life as a child? 








7/31/2019

City Park Art Quilt Reveal

Today is the reveal for The Endeavourers 3rd quarter art quilt theme, A Walk in the Park. Each of the members of this international group have posted their work HERE.

My art quilt is titled "The City Park" and you can read about my process HERE.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

6/04/2019

How a Simple Sewing Day with Friends Can Energize a Quilter


Have you ever lacked ambition to get working on a quilt project or maybe finish some UFOs?

For the past few weeks I didn't have the excitement to work on my projects. I had so many things going on, and pulling me in different directions, that quilting was near the bottom of my to-do list (just ahead of pulling the garden weeds).

I hadn't seen two of my quilting friends since the beginning of May and decided I would invite them over for a sewing day. Last Monday I sent them a message and we were all available that Thursday.

Just a few days to plan, but easy enough with the 5 steps listed below.

1) FOOD: We were beginning at 10:30 A.M. so we planned a lunch. We each chose to bring something to share. Teri would bring fruit, Gloria chose vegetables and I would make chicken salad. (Bonus:All the ingredients I needed were on sale at our local grocery, so I bought them on Tuesday,  which happened to be senior discount day.) I made the salad the night before our sew day.

2) SEWING SPACE: We sew at my dining room table. I cleaned the parts of the house we would be using. (Cleaning the rest of the house cleaning could wait for another day.)

3) SUPPLIES: Make it easy for friends to tote just what they need for sewing. The night before, I got out the ironing board, iron, big cutting mat, rulers and cutting tools. I plugged in the extension cord and surge surpressor near the table.

4) PROJECTS: We could work on whatever we wanted to sew. I had a quilt and nine hotpads to bind. I got the supplies for the projects together the day before.

5) JUST BEFORE ARRIVAL: I took out the plates and cutlery for lunch, the counter-top would be the serving area.

When my friends arrived, we were able to get the machines set up and start our day of sewing fun. For 7 hours we sewed, talked, and enjoyed a wonderful lunch! The time flew by too quickly.

I got my projects done and Teri and Gloria got a good amount of larger UFOs going.


It was great to have some friends join me to sew. The preparation spurred me into action and my neglected projects were finished in a pleasantly short time.

Do you quilt with friends. How do you plan a sewing day?

I am linking up with Meadow Mist Designs Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup for May. Click HERE to see what others have finished in May.



5/06/2019

Christmas RAPPing Blog Hop

Welcome!

Today is day 8 of the Christmas RAPPing Blog Hop and my day to share the project I have.
The word "RAPPing" in the title refers to Reverse Applique and Paper Piecing.

Margaret Willingham and Nan Baker wrote a quilting book loaded with Christmas quilting project small and large. Here are some of the projects in the book.




You can find more on this book at 
www.purrfectspots.com 

We want to thank the sponsors of the blog hop: 
and 
June Tailor, Inc. 

And, at the end of my post, you will find the Rafflecopter Giveaway. 

A few months ago, Nan Baker sent out an email to Island Batik Ambassadors, present and past, to participate in the blog hop. I am an alumni Ambassador and said, "Yes!" The PDF of the book was sent to us so we could choose a project.

I chose to make "Christmas is Coming," an advent calendar.  I've wanted to make an advent calendar for quite some time. I had some Island Batik fabrics leftover from my Ambassador days and some I purchased in the past few years (because I really like the fabrics). I chose to use somewhat traditional colors in this piece. Except for the white-on-white, all the fabrics are Island Batiks. I am still quilting the layers with my sewing machine. Here is the project before layering:

I was pleased to be able to interchange the 4" reverse applique stars pattern with the 4" paper-pieced stars pattern in the corners. (I have carpel tunnel trouble and hand sewing with a needle is difficult.)  Both patterns are in the book, along with many others. I will admit I added the lines to the paper-piecing patterns to creat the center diamond (yellow) so I wouldn't have to applique a diamond, even if by machine.


There were directions for both paper-pieced or machine pieced log cabins (with the paper pieced pattern included). I machine pieced and hand trimmed mine, since it's the way I always make log cabins.

The tree and "sky" in the center of the quilt were paper-pieced triangles. The directions, again, were clear as to how to print and connect the paper-piecing strips, as well as the numbering for the colors.
Here is my advent quilt almost all quilted! I hung it on my new photography stand. The bottom edge is straight, but draped back while hanging. And the photo was taken at night with ceiling track lighting, but the colors aren't the best.
Do you see how it looks like the tree has hexagons in it? I think that is so neat! I imagine with a little sketch-work, I could figue out how to make a very colorful hexagon-filled tree.

The size of the units were all spot-on when I was finished sewing them. I am very pleased with how it turned out. I am still deciding what to do for the countdown numbers. I have a machne embroidery for numbers that get put onto covered buttons that I would like to use. I really liked how Joan did her countdown HERE on Day 1. If you haven't seen her buttons and bulbs, go look at it!

Here is the list of all the participants:

29 April –  MooseStash Quilting
30 April – One Quilting Circle
2 May – Beaquilter
4 May – Dizzy Quilter
5 May – Bejeweled Quilts
6 May – Patchwork Breeze
8 May – Quilting Gail
12May – Maria's Quilt Scraps

Thank you for visiting And here is the Rafflecopter for the entries:
a Rafflecopter giveaway