There aren’t very many opportunities to be out and about these days, but last week I had the need and the opportunity to spend a few minutes at Hobby Lobby. It soothed my need to see pretty things to walk around the store and look at things that I don’t need. I was in the Spring Shop section (which seems wildly optimistic in the depths of January) when I found these darling little mugs. They retail for $2.99 but were on sale 40% off. I bought several because I immediately knew that I wanted to make some pin cushions with them.
There are all sorts of tutorials around to make mugs and teacups into pincushions, so I’m not going to recreate the wheel here. I knew that I wanted the top pieced, so I made a paper pieced pattern that I am happy to share with you.
I can whip up one of these items in about 15 minutes. . . but your results may vary! I am not all that concerned with the perfection of my hand stitching when I pull all the edges together on the underside! Just remember- Finished is better than perfect!
Today I am really excited to introduce my newest quilt pattern, Pointedly Romantic. This quilt uses two different heart blocks set on-point to produce this beautiful effect. The pattern gives instructions for five different sizes: Baby, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King. Pictured below is the Throw size that finishes at 60″ x 60″.
Pointedly Romantic is perfect for the confident beginner quilter. You need to be consistent with your seam allowance and be careful of the bias edges, but the on-point blocks will give you a quilt that really pops and looks harder than it is.
Pointedly Romantic retails for $10.00 but with the code “romantic” you can get it for just $4 until January 15.
With our monthly theme being “romance”, how could I not design a heart block?
The last few months I have designed paper pieced patterns but this month I went with a straight up pieced pattern that has log cabin characteristics. Depending on your choice of fabrics you could make a totally scrappy heart or go for more of an ombre look like I did.
This sample block was made with Kona Cotton in Ballet Slipper, Candy Pink, Red and Bordeaux.
On Friday, January 8 I will be releasing a new quilt pattern called Pointedly Romantic featuring the on-point heart. It has instructions for five different sizes: Baby, Throw (pictured), Twin, Queen, and King. If you download the block and subscribe to the newsletter, you will receive a code to get this pattern for only $3 until January 15.
It always happens on the days when I should be doing something else. Someone asks me to do something. . . or worse yet, I VOLUNTEER to do something when I really don’t have time. But. . . to be honest, it is doing these little crazy projects that make me happy and keep my design skills sharp.
Today some ladies were bemoaning the fact that a block they wanted to use had disappeared from the internet. It appeared to be a pieced angel block on point. As you know by now, I love on-point blocks, so I was immediately intrigued. I took a good look at the angel and then I started designing. My angel is NOT the same- not as intricate, but similar in feeling.
So, this is my Christmas gift to you. . . a free block that will make an elegant angel.
I think it would be awesome to blow this block up using BlockPoster.com so that it would make a wallhanging. But I don’t have time to do it this week. 🙂