Friday, June 22, 2012

Amanda is back to take us to Park Place

Hi everyone!
Thanks to Madame Samm for inviting me back to make another block with you all!

There was such a positive response to my scrappy Pinwheel Park block I thought I'd do something similar with 1-1/2'' scrappy squares, but add in a little applique.

This 12-1/2'' block is like a little city park, and the only city park name I can think of is "Park Place", which shows I must have played too much Monopoly as a kid...

Here is what you need to make 1 Park Place block:
  • 26 (1-1/2'') squares of scrap fabric
  • 1 (3-1/2'') square, 2 (3-1/2'' x 6-1/2'') rectangles, 1 (1-1/2'' x 2-1/2'') rectangle and 1 (1-1/2'') square of Background #1 (shown as white here)
  • 1 (3-1/2'') square, 2 (3-1/2'' x 6-1/2'') rectangles, 1 (1-1/2'' x 2-1/2'') rectangle and 1 (1-1/2'') square of Background #2 (shown as light blue here)
  • 1 (4-1/2'') square for the Flower Block background (which I also showed as white, but it doesn't have to be...)
  • some additional scraps for applique

Following the diagram below, join a  (1-1/2'') Background #1 square and a (1-1/2'') Background #2 square to either side of one of the (1-1/2'') scrap squares.  Join a (1-1/2'' x 2-1/2'') Background #1 rectangle to one of the scrap squares and a (1-1/2'' x 2-1/2'') Background #2 rectangle to another of the scrap squares.  Join these rows together to create a corner unit as shown.  Repeat to make an additional corner unit.

Join remaining (1-1/2'') blocks into 2 6-square units and 2 4-square units.

Trace the petal and little circle shapes from this template onto the smooth side of paper-backed fusible web.  Fuse to the wrong side of some scrap fabric.  Cut out shapes and fuse onto the (4-1/2'') Flower background square, making sure the edges of the petals are at least 1/2'' away from all edges.  (You can also use a tiny yo-yo for the flower center.)

Add a 4-square unit to either side of the Flower block.  Add a 6-square unit to the top and bottom of the Flower block.

And now lay out all your pieces to form the final block.  Join units into rows, pressing seams toward rectangles. Join rows....

To make this block!

With Park Place you can make this...

Or this...

Or this...

Or you can go really crazy and make this...

And if you do make something fantastic be sure to share!

For more pattern ideas please visit my blog if you get a chance.  (I just might be having a giveaway by the time this posts... hint! hint!)

Thanks again for Madame Samm for hosting this fantastic blog and asking me to visit!

Happy sewing!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

But first a POLL for the BOWL, Bowls with Borders Blog Hop...update

 ( this just a POLL, would ANYONE be interested?)

A paper piecing thought- was planted
and bowls is all I could see...
I thought "what is happening to me?"

I kept cutting and sewing and stacking up high
well the colours and fabrics just made me sigh..
I can't stop now, I am on a roll
perhaps you will join me for a poll..

Should we do a blog hop, each do 3 
will you follow along with me?
Will your stack be red and black
or multiple colours will that be a fact.

Will they be floral or abstract designs
will you be thinking this is a sign...

Will you please join me in the fun,
a bowl party is not fun with just one....

YOU start with 4 and then add 3 
and before you know it
you have 33....

( or more) 

as you can see, it's hard to stop
I just kept cutting and piecing
without a thought...

How large will it be, 
will everyone see,
I have lost my mind
is this a crime?


It's time for lunch I must run
but I will be back with more bowls
this is just too much fun...


Okay day 2 and yes it is true..
I kept sewing and stacking
and the bowls just grew...

Will you be joining me and all the CREW...?
I sure hope- yes I do!

written by me
( hate to admit that lol)

My DH shared with me this morning..
he thinks I am reading far too many Dr Seuss
to the

I heard from the lady who made
the pattern, she is going
to provide the pieces to make 
the bowls for FREE!
Please let me know who would 
like to make a stack of bowls..
If there is enough of you..
we can have a quick blog hop
to see them all....
It is a very easy pattern!
You will have 6 weeks to complete
your stacking bowls..
Who is IN?

sew we will scrap a round robin
( logistics and all and just have a
blog hop say mid August....)
Yes I am in !

I will be doing another..
this one I am going to complete
and show you...and it is already spoken for!

Will need a volunteer to manage
this blog hop?
I will help of course..
New button on your blog,
new personal name tag...
and lot's of traffic...
drop me a line
with subject line..

more pics here of bowl with borders...
that will be the name...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Jean Ann with her Barbara Fritchie Star...

Editors note: I asked Jean Ann for something patriotic that would be ideal for our upcoming RED White and Blue Blog hop....Her block and story will no doubt inspire many of you..., perhaps inspire you to make a block from it....thanks Jean Ann...

Here is a star block with a patriotic story that is more fiction than truth, but it is still a favorite story in the USA. I will put the directions to make the quilt on my blog today. 

Barbara Fritchie Star

The center star in the quilt is 16", and the border stars are 8". Make 1 center star and 

The incident allegedly takes place during the American Civil War when the southern rebel troops were marching through Fredericksburg, Maryland. Barbara Fritchie, a 96 year old woman is the heroine of John Greenleaf Whittier's poem that describes an incident where it is said Barbara Fritchie waved a union flag at the enemy. The legend itself says that the flag was hanging out of an upstairs window and the Confederate troops shot it as they marched through town.

Here is an excerpt from the famous poem

"Shoot, if you must, this old gray head,
But spare your country's flag," she said.
A shade of sadness, a blush of shame,
Over the face of the leader came;
The nobler nature within him stirred
To life at that woman's deed and word;
"Who touches a hair of yon gray head
Dies like a dog! March on!" he said.....

The house is still standing in Fredericksburg, the exterior fronts a downtown street with many tourists walking by to see the popular tourist destination and visitors can visit the Barbara Fritchie House and Museum at 154 West Patrick Street.

Fredericksburg is in Virginia.  correction...

Jean Ann Wright, Quilt Editor, Author, Designer