Friday, 24 April 2015

Pretty Piggy and Corn Cob - quilt blocks tutorial





For each Pretty Piggy block you will need:

Light Pink
2 @ 1.5" x 3.5"
6 @ 1.5" square
2 @ 1.5" x 6.5"
2 @ 1.5" x 2.5"
2 @ 0.75" x 1.25"
1 @ 1.25" x 2.5"
1 @ 2.75" x 4.5"

Dark Pink
4 @ 1.5" x 2.5"
1 @ 1.5" x 4.5"
1 @ 2" x 4.5"
3 @ 1" x 1.5"

Background
4 @ 1.5" square
2 @ 2.5" x 5.5"
1 @ 2.5" x 4.5"
2 @ 2.5" square

Black
2 @ 1.25" square
2 @ 1" square



Step 1:  Take 2 Background @ 1.5" squares and place them on the bottom ends of 2 Light Pink @ 1.5" x 3.5" rectangles.  Sew along the diagonal and trim 1/4" seam.  Press the seams open.  Take 2 Light Pink @ 1.5" squares and sew them onto the ends of 2 Dark Pink @ 1.5" x 2.5" rectangles.  Take 2 more Light Pink @ 1.5" squares and place them on the bottom ends of the Dark Pink rectangles.  Sew along the diagonal and trim 1/4" seam.  Press the seams open.



Step 2:  Take the units made in the previous step and sew them together.  Also take 2 Background @ 2.5" x 5.5" rectangles and sew them onto the bottoms.  Press the seams open.



Step 3:  Take 2 Dark Pink @ 1.5" x 2.5" rectangles and place them on the top ends of 2 Light Pink @ 1.5" x 6.5" rectangles.  Sew along the diagonal and trim 1/4" seam.  Press the seams open.  Take 2 Light Pink @ 1.5" x 2.5" rectangles and place them on the top ends of 2 Dark Pink @ 1.5" x 2.5" rectangles.  Sew along the diagonal and trim 1/4" seam.  Press the seams open. Take 2 Background @ 1.5" squares and place them on the ends of the Light Pink rectangles.  Sew along the diagonal and trim 1/4" seam.  Press the seams open.



Step 4:  Take 2 Light Pink @ .75" x 1.25" rectangles, 2 Black @ 1.25" squares and 1 Light Pink @ 1.25" x 2.5" rectangle.  Sew them together and press the seams open.  Also take 2 Light Pink @ 1.5" squares and place them on the top corners of 1 Dark Pink @ 2" x 4.5" rectangle.  Sew along the diagonal and trim 1/4" seam.  Press the seams open.  For the nostrils, take 3 Dark Pink 1" x 1.5" rectangles and 2 Black @ 1" squares.  Sew them together and press the seams open.  To make the face unit, take 1 Background @ 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle, 1 Light Pink @ 2.75" x 4.5" rectangle, the parts made in the beginning of this step and 1 Dark Pink @ 1.5" x 4.5" rectangle.  Sew them together and press the seams open.



Step 5:  Take the units made in Step 3 and sew them onto the sides of the face unit made in Step 4.  Press the seams open.  Take 2 Background 2.5" squares and place them on the bottom corners of the face.  Sew along the diagonal and trim 1/4" seam.  Press the seams open.  Take the units made in Step 2 and sew them onto the sides of the face unit.  Press the seams open.



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For each Corn Cob block you will need:

Light Yellow
2 WOF strips @ 1.5" (if using fat quarters, cut 3 strips)

Dark Yellow
2 WOF strips @ 1.5" (if using fat quarters, cut 3 strips)

Background
6 @ 1.5" square

Green
1 @ 1.5" square



Step 1: Take 1 WOF Dark Yellow strip @ 1.5" wide and 1 WOF Light Yellow strip @ 1.5" wide and join them by sewing along the length.  Press the seam open.



Step 2:  Cut the unit in half.



Step 3:  Cut the remaining 1 WOF Dark Yellow strip @ 1.5" wide and 1 WOF Light Yellow strip @ 1.5" wide into half lengths.



Step 4:  Sew 1 half length Light Yellow strip @ 1.5" wide onto the side of one unit and 1 half length Dark Yellow strip @ 1.5" wide onto the side of the other unit.  Press the seams open.



Step 5:  Subcut each of the units into 1.5" wide segments.  Arrange the 1.5" wide segments as shown and sew them together.  Press the seams open.  Take your 4 Background @ 1.5" squares and place them on the corners.  Sew along the diagonal and trim 1/4" seam.  Press the seams open.



Step 6:  Take your 2 Background @ 1.5" squares and 1 Green @ 1.5" squares.  Sew them together and press the seams open.  Sew them onto the end of the corn cob and press the seam open.







Here are some suggestions for uses of the Pretty Piggy quilt block, with or without the Corn Cob block.  Make a cute little mug rug or hot pot mat, place mats or a table runner.  Even a wall hanging for your kitchen.

Pig out!!!!

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Pretty Piggy and Corn Cob table runner


Here piggy, piggy!
It's dinner time down on the farm!
Mmmm..... I love me some bacon.


Last week these four little piggies were stitched up with a couple of cobs of corn.  Polka dots in pink for the pigs and a couple of bright yellows for the corn.  All set against a background of grey Widescreen crosshatch by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman.




After considering all the possibilities, I decided to put them into this layout, making a long table runner.




For the binding I used my remaining Katie Stripe in Midnight by Beauty Queen.  It's not black, but a very dark navy blue and blends in nicely with the grey background and the blue backing.  For the backing I used a matching Widescreen in Pacific, left over from making this Giggles Up quilt.




The quilting was performed using my walking foot, in closely spaced organic wavy lines, using Superior Threads' Omni #3023 in Light Gray thread in both the top and the bobbin.  This thread blended perfectly with the background and was so subtle you can barely notice it against the pinks and yellows.



This quilt finish was the 36th use of my 100 labels ordered from

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This farm fresh Pretty Piggy table runner finished at approximately12" x 44" 
and is now listed with my other Quilts for Sale in my Etsy shop.


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I received some wonderfully positive feedback on the posting of the Pretty Piggy progress on both my instagram and the Sew Fresh Quilts facebook page.  As a GREAT BIG thank you, I decided to share this as a free tutorial here.






Linking up to Finish it up Friday with 

Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts

And TGIFF! hosted this week by

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Let's Bee Social #69

This week I have been busy making this colourful stack of half finished blocks.
And drawing some squirrels.



I'll be sharing more news about both of these projects soon.
What have you been busy with?


NOW.... Let's PARTY!!!!
What's new with you?
What is the Let's Bee Social???  You can read the details here.










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It's the final week in the month-long anniversary celebration at Mad About Patchwork. This week it's a Moda party, with 20% off selected Moda yardage and pre-cuts. You'll need to use the promo code MODA20 at checkout to get the savings! Sale runs until the end of the month.





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Friday, 17 April 2015

Yes, We Have No Bananas....




This is Monkey See Monkey Do and it's made from Kona Cottons.
For the Background: Ice Frappe, Pond, Pool, Breakers & Cyan.
For the Monkeys there is Stone, Taupe & Earth.
Cactus, Peapod & Grass are for the Leaves.

As with the Giraffe Love quilt I finished last week, I had a hard time choosing my backing fabric and looked to my online friends for help in making my decision.  In the end I went with a different black and white print called "8 Days a Week" by Ampersand for Windham Fabrics.




The quilting was performed using my walking foot, spaced 1/2" apart, quilted using Superior Threads' Poly Quilter #331 in Lemon Chiffon thread.  This thread is subtly variegated and warmly depicts the sun kissed breezes blowing among the Acacia trees of Africa.






For the binding I had thought about using a black and white stripe.  But I dug into my stash for something that would blend in with the quilt top and found this Up in the Sky by Dan Morris for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  I think those blues go perfect with the background of the quilt.  I think those blues go perfect with the background of the quilt and provides a striking frame for this fun quilt.




This quilt finish was the 35th use of my 100 labels ordered from

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The Monkey See Monkey Do quilt finished at 40" x 50" 
and is now listed with my other Quilts for Sale in my Etsy shop.


Along with the Giraffe Love pattern,
Monkey See Monkey Do is now available from my pattern store here.






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Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts

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