Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Classic and Vintage

Good morning friends!  I'm excited to share my completed block in the Classic and Vintage series from Fat Quarter Shop. The featured block is the Broken Dishes block and it's a favorite.  
FQS quilt along

I am using Harper's Garden Ivory Roses for my background an Bella Solids in Peach Blossom. I like the combo together, kind of a soft fall look.  I  am going to add a small border and make this a little pillow, 14 inch size.  

The triangle paper was fun to use, and your triangles turn out so nice. I hadn't used the papers in quite a while and it was a good reentry point.  This would be a nice gateway project into using those fun Cake Mix Recipe Papers! But back to this project.  The standout, besides the block itself, is the Square on Square 8" Tool!  This tool will allow you to oversize your triangles then trim your block for a perfect square in a square.  This has always been a bit of a challenge for me,ending up just not quite right and having to really work at matching things up.  You can make a 4" and 8" square in a square block with this tool.  There's also a part of the tool designed to trim up a 2 1/2" or 4 1/2" pieced block.  This option is perfect for those leftover or oversize 4 patches that can accumulate if you're like me and over cut for a project sometimes! You can check out the how-to video here

What a fun block! The Classic and Vintage Series is a favorite of mine.  I love old blocks and old quilts, that's what drew me into quilting  all those years ago.  Back in the days before online shopping you had to leave your house and find things in the wild if you didn't inherit them.  My love of fabric and sewing allowed me to make my own and those classic quilts are still what I'm drawn too. I hope you head over to the Jolly Jabber and check out their post about this great block! Thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop for sending me the ruler and papers to get started on stitching this one up!!!  

Monday, October 07, 2019

Out and about.

Hi there friends, how are you?  I hope you're having a crisp fall morning, over here in PamKittyVille we're expecting a day in the 90s..and I'm not a fan.  But lets not start off the week with my complaints! (although  seriously, it's October for pete's sake)
I suppose you all already know I've traveled to Utah again to visit Nanette.  We had a great week sewing and going out and about. The weather was so lovely, cold and frosty in the morning and sunny and nice all day.  The drive was nice, I enjoy it, there was a dusting of snow on the mountains along the way there, and on the way home there was serious snow down to the lower elevations, but nothing close to the road. 
Nanette's daughter Jaime is a big fan of Gritty.  I whipped out one of Ayumi's lunch bags using it and Frankie customized a Pyrex dish for me with her Cricut.  It's fun making things for people don't you think? Ayumi's pattern is so easy and it's the perfect size for some of the cute retro styled storage dishes available. It makes for a fun gift. (fits the 4 or 7 cup size Pyrex!)


One of the things I worked on was the ghost blocks from Margot's Boo! Pattern.  After my first ghost it was smooth sailing. 


My little ghostly points don't match up always on the sides but honestly I don't care.  Well face it,I care a little bit but it's not ruining the project for me. 

Everything is cut out, I just pull out a ghosts worth of pieces and work on them one at time.  I'm enjoying working with the solid colors. Candy ghosts!
Things are getting back to normal around here.  Slowly, and I mean really slowly, we're putting things back in order after all our renovation projects.  The bathroom is so nice I really want to put it in a vault but that's impractical.  
What's up in your neck of the woods?  I hope you're knee deep in pumpkins, fall leaves and cool breezes! xop

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