Friday, October 31, 2014

That's What Friends Are For

Back in April 2012 a very good buddy, Rachaeldaisy, put a call out for some house blocks.  I love house blocks so I dug out my house patterns and got sewing and sent them to Rachael.  In exchange Rachael also sent me some house blocks. I will let the pictures show you how lucky I was.

How good was that! I am ashamed I am only posting about it now. I seemed to go into a blogging slump around then.  Rachael has been designing up a storm and has a quilt touring in the USA.  Her quilt for the Bloggers Quilt Festival is really something special. You can read about it here.

If you are wondering what I sent.  The photos are below.  Basically I made her two mansions as the blocks are on the larger side.  I also sent her an emergency pouch with some goodies.

I would really like to try and do a non-traditional setting for my blocks.  However because that is out of my comfort zone the blocks are still waiting for me. I suspect I will need hand holding so don't hold your breath waiting to see that quilt and don't be surprised if it ends up looking traditional in design.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Softies for Mirabel 2013 and 2014

Its that time of the year again. Its time for the Softies for Mirabel appeal. For 2014 I have made four bunnies.  I picked up the pattern at a craft show.  The pattern is by Archie and Moo but I can't seem to find it online.  It is wonderfully simple but cuddly. You have to test them for their cuddle and huggability factor.  I used quilting cotton on the front and flannel on the back. I just had to get stuffing for the bunnies. All the fabrics were from "the stash".  Very satisfying.

I didn't blog my 2013's efforts either. I made four teddies.  These are made from linen. I got this pattern from Craft Schmaft and it is called Mr Ted.  You can get the tutorial here. I had more time in 2013 and was able to work on something with more detail.

I like making softies but only the more simple ones.  Anything too intricate would never get finished. I always have this internal debate with myself over making one elaborate softie versus being able to make more using a simpler pattern. From the above picture you can see which side of the argument wins.

Getting the faces right is a challenge for me. It does not come naturally. Giving them some character and a look that says "let me soothe you troubles" is tricky. This year's pattern removed that challenge.

As I make them I imagine them giving a child some comfort as my son's softies give him. Never underestimate the power of a softie!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sugar Block Club - August, September and October

I am all caught up now with my Sugar Block Club blocks. From the top is August's block then September's and finally October's.  Gosh this club and the blocks have been great in keeping me sewing and definitely challenging me with the paper piecing.  I wouldn't say I love paper piecing but I am definitely more comfortable with it now then when I started.

We were lucky enough to be able to take a 3 week holiday recently hence the radio silence and catching up on blocks.

I hope everyone is happy and healthy!