Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Recently I made some 'pineapple' blocks  as part of the skill builder QAL.  While I enjoyed making the block, this pineapple block was a lot more fun!

 My quilting is simple straight lines and then a cross hatch on the pineapple itself.  So much fun!

Making a pineapple mini quilt was the May challenge for Mini's and More hosted by Sherri and Michelle.

The pattern for this block is found here.  I downsized everything from small to smaller so I was using 1'' yellow squares (unfinished).

I often downsize quilt patterns to fit my needs.  Some basic tips on how to downsize to a really small block:

  • Reduce the finished block or unit size to the size you want to work with and then add 1/2'' for your seam allowances to calculate unfinished unit size
  • Adjust your stitch length to something smaller than you usually use
  • Finger press your seams
  • For tiny HST, draw a diagonal line down the wrong side of the lighter fabric and sew right to the side of the line.  Trim away excess.  Making no-waste HSTs is too fussy for tiny blocks.

I'll be linking up my mini quilt with  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, May 22, 2017

Stitching away

Sometimes the best kind of project is one that can be finished quickly.

Some fun stitching and framed with scraps from a Kate Spain line from many years ago.

Add some straight line quilting and I have a cute mini!  (Colors in picture below are truer.)

I just love this little bird.  Now this was supposed to be a gift but maybe it will find its way onto the wall in my studio.

You can find the pattern from Aurifil on this post.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, May 19, 2017

My Rin Block

Cheryl and Cindy have kicked off a new QAL to make Carolyn Friedlander's Rin pattern.

I have really been enjoying needle-turned applique since being introduced to the technique at a guild meeting.

It took me awhile (and several practice attempts) to get the fabric folded properly to begin auditioning templates for my block.

Once cut out, I pin basted and then thread basted. I've taken Carolyn's needle-turned applique class on Creative Bug and am following her technique of basting 1/4'' from the edge.

I am going to start to applique around the easy outer edges of each circle first before tackling the bumps.  (Not sure what to call them!)

I don't know if I'll make one block or a whole quilts worth but I will be using fabric from Moda Desert Bloom line by Sherri from A Quilting Life.

Have a wonderful day! Patty