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SewSweetI (5)

I was interested in a new BOM offered by JacquelineSteves.com because I have been doing a lot of embroidering from vintage patterns lately and her BOM has a nice 6-1/2 center block to fill with embroidery or applique.  Jacqueline supplies a simple embroidery/applique design but I wanted to use a series of darling bluebird-in-the-kitchen patterns that I found online.

This is the first of the Sew Sweet Simplicty BOM series which finishes at 12-1/2 inches unfinished.

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I made this block from scraps using suggested colors except I substituted blue for red to accent the little birds.

This is a fairly easy pattern to sew with a couple of helpful tips from Jacqueline.  We can make a four or six-block wall hanging and I haven’t decided yet how I’ll use my blocks, but they will all be scrappy with a bluebird in the center.

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The free vintage embroidery pattern (plus many, many more arranged in albums) is available at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29529717@N04/

Click on pictures to enlarge.

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DRocker (5)

Last Saturday, my daughter and I visited a favorite antique mall, Venice Pavilion Antique Mall in Ross, Ohio (near Cincinnati).  I have been on the lookout for a small doll’s bed to display some mini quilts.  I didn’t find a bed but I did find this really nice wide rocker for only $6.50.   It measures 7-1/2 inches wide x 9 inches high
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As soon as I got home, I made up a pillow with a Thanksgiving theme.

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It was a cute pillow but I really wanted one that was wider.  I found four 3-½ inch blocks that I had paper-pieced 6 or 7 years ago.  With a few strips as borders, they turned out to be the exact size I needed.  This is confirmation of my old argument that if you keep something long enough, some day you’ll find a use for it.  All of the blocks were patterns from my Electric Quilt software (#5 at that time).  This one is called Bird of Paradise.

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This pattern is called Lucky Star

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I couldn’t find my file with the name for this block, but I like the blue fabrics.

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This block is called Jack’s Delight and shows an advantage the rocker has over a bed – the space to display small items on the seat.

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The best use may be as a comfortable resting place for my doll Emily who is wearing a doll dress made by my mother out of one of my dresses almost 80 years ago.

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VS-cu

I’m still working on my goals for this year of using up all of the small scraps I have.  I found a lot of fussy-cut scraps from some material I bought 5 years ago to make this apron which won a blue ribbon at our county fair.

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I used a few more pieces in small projects but still had a lot of scraps that I couldn’t bear to throw away.  I used them along with some green/yellow scraps to make this wall hanging.

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I pieced the squares on-point and for the corners found a vintage pillow cover fabric among my scraps to use as corners.

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I still had some odd-shaped pieces of fabric left and put those together with scraps to make a cover for a large cushion.

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I’m down to one large bag of scraps to work with now – brown, tan, and orange shades.  I might make my goal of emptying all of the bags by the end of the year.

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Swanchr-top

A few months ago, I bought a vintage folding chair at an antique store and made a cushion set for it.  I thought it was time to have a change of cushions and looked through my scraps to see what I could come up with.  Recently, I’ve been embroidering in the evening while watching TV.  My embroidery skills demand simple designs with basic stitches.  Actually, I prefer the kind of 1930s-40s embroidery that all of the women in my family did while I was growing up.  This design of a swan holding summer flowers seemed just right for summertime cushions.
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I used a quilt pattern named Children’s Delight from my EQ6 software to make 5-½ inch blocks. The pillow measures 17×17 inches.  When assembling the top cushion, I added a 15 inch piece of 2-½ inch elastic on the back to hold it in place while on the chair.

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I made an unquilted fabric seat cushion to keep the focus on the top cushion with the swan.
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I had just put the finished set on the chair and left to get my camera.  When I came back to the room, I found that Addie loves the new cushions.

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Modern Basket

Judy Martin has just posted a free pattern in her Block of the Moment series.  Like all of Judy’s patterns, it takes easy patches and turns them into something a little different.

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I made my test block from scraps and it’s not perfect, but very pretty and I have notes now if I choose to make a larger hanging of four blocks such as Judy shows in her post and incorporate some really pretty fabric.

Judy doesn’t archive her free pattern for long periods of time, so if you’re interested, it might be a good time to print this one.

http://www.judymartin.com/free-qom.cfm

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LONE STARBURST – FREE PATTERN

Last week, Craftsy featured a free paper-pieced pattern called Lone Starburst.

http://bit.ly/1mmTa0H

There are no directions given but it’s an easy 12-½ -inch unfinished block for anyone with basic paper piecing skills.  If I make another one, I won’t use the lighter prints in the star. I added a narrow border to make a cushion cover.  I did not use batting or quilt this piece…

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…and used the leftover scraps to make the back.

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Paper piecing is time-consuming but interesting and produces designs that would be difficult for me to make otherwise.  Using a free pattern and some scraps, I have a nice cushion for the recliner.

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One of my Mother’s Day gifts from my son and daughter-in-law in St. Louis was a two-yard length of some exciting fabric.  I love the silhouettes of a hometown marching band with exploding fireworks (click on photo to see fabric design).
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I used 1-½ yards to make myself a patriotic coverall apron with a nice big pocket.

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I used the remainder to make a pillow and desk mat.  Judy Martin (my favorite designer) had a BOM on her website called Star Cluster which I thought would work well with the fabric.  I used the marching band fabric along with red/white/blue scraps to make a 16 inch block which became a pillow …
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…and two 12-inch blocks for a large mat for my father’s 1940s-era homemade desk.
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Like all of Judy’s designs, she has taken an easy pattern and added her own twists to make it unique.

Thank you to my St. Louis family for a gift that multiplied itself into three nice items.

 

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