Saturday, August 25, 2012

Ice cream to keep your hand cool!

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Thank you so much for your fabric shelf block love!! Each and every one of 
your comment made my heart sing! Apparently I am not alone loving seeing 
fabrics on the shelf! Today I want to show you this potholder I whipped up for my friend's
birthday. The ice cream dish pattern is one of the Dishy Treats (August pattern for the 
Super Penguin QAL available here). My friend liked the patterns when I showed them, 
so I thought she may not mind receiving a potholder with one of the patterns 
showcased on ;) This potholder came out together very quickly! 

I basically paper-pieced the ice cream block first (no changes to the size was made),
 and quilted it with warm and natural cotton batting and quilting weight cotton backing.
Then I wrapped the bottom edge with a single fold bias tape (1/4" width finished). 
For the backside of the potholder, I quilted insulated batting with cotton fabric on
 both sides which was trimmed to measure 6 1/8" x 7 3/4". After basting the quilted
 ice cream block on top of it, I bound all four edges around with the same bias tape. 
Done! I'd love it if you made yours!

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It is large enough for Joe's big hand too!

I made it in the hope that the iciness of the ice cream will keep her hand cool and 
nice and will prevent any burn from happening ;) I very much recommend making
 this potholder if you have a friend or two who would like a potholder gift!
 It makes such a quick yet unique handmade gift!

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On the back side, I used my hand-carved alphabet stamps to add her name.

I hope you are all having a great weekend!!

P.S. Thank you to all of you who joined the SP QAL group and 
 have shared your lovely projects there!!! I always take a look there 
when I just want to smile!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fabric Shelf Block

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This is my block for Amber's theme, "Sewing", for the Ringo Pie bee. Well, Amber's month was...ahem.... April.., meaning I was four months late! There are no very many good excuses for the delay except that this block was actually quite time-consuming. Can you tell? Although I enjoyed making it, I was doubting my own sanity throughout the process. 'Seriously? Am I really going to tackle this beast?'

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It was extremely pleasing to have it finished though! While I was sewing those uncountable fabric pieces, I really wasn't sure if it was going to look like I had planned. The finished result is, I say, quite close to what I wanted it to look like, so I had a big Yay session!

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I love fabric shopping and I know you do too ;) There is something about walking into the fabric store and seeing lovely fabric on the bolt on the shelf. It fires me up to go look for some fun fabrics!

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I love the vibe and I know I will always appreciate any opportunity to go fabric shopping as long as I live because it is so therapeutic and exciting.

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This quilt block for me was to create the kind of a fabric shelf that would hopefully remind Amber of the awesome feel at the fabric store ;) I don't know if she would like any of these fabrics in this fabric shelf, so I added some drawers that she could imagine there are maybe some cool fat quarters in them!

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At first this shelf had these legs like above. After mulling it over for a few days, I realized they are unnecessary, so I went ahead and ripped the seams and removed the legs.

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The reason I wanted to add legs were because I was SO inspired by Kylie's easel block which she did such an incredibly amazing job creating perspectives for. I really wanted to do something similar. Although I was pleased with the 3D effect (not as amazing as Kylie's of course), I had come to terms that these legs don't make a lot of sense. They would have to be so super tall to the point some children could easily sneak underneath the shelf! Not so safe! Reconstruction had to happen!

I have been enjoying paper-piecing so much lately and am really excited to get caught up in this bee! Next up is a traditional house for Kerry!

Thank you for stopping by ;) I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

SP QAL August Block! Dishy Treat!

Super Penguin QAL August Blocks!  ~ Dishy Treat ~

Dishy treat, anyone? How about some soft serve ice cream with your favorite syrup? 
Or maybe chocolate cake or three scoops of ice cream? 
Well, if none of these sounds appetizing, I've got a bunny for you too!

I am so excited to tell you that these patterns are now available through superbuzzy!!
This pattern includes four different dishy treats shown above! 
I had so much fun paper-piecing them and I hope you'll have tons of fun with them too!

It has been so wonderful to see everyone's popsicles popping up in this flickr pool!
(I'd love it if you joined us to share your popsicles and dishy treat blocks there!!)

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Here is how my SP QAL blocks look together! Quite sweet and fun ;)

Thank you for letting me share my new patterns with you!
I am very nervous as usual, but hopefully some of you will
have fun with these patterns!!!

Hope you are having a great week so far!! Mine has been crazy busy but fantastic!