I took a few months off from Quilt Block Mania- things just got a little crazy around here this fall with lots of travel. I’m committed to participating in 2022- mostly because it is so fun to see what people do with the blocks.
The theme for January 2022 is Pets. I am blessed to be a dog mama of two wonderful Irish Water Spaniels. Every once in a while they show up in my quilt photographs- they would be in every pic if they had their way!
I decided to make a doghouse for this month’s challenge. It is a paper pieced pattern and should go together easily for you. If you have never done Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) before, you should watch some tutorials. In the directions I include links to a couple that show you how to do it quickly. If you like more instruction you will find lots of tutorials on YouTube.
This photo to the left is the color scheme that we were asked to use for this month. I have found it interesting to use these different color schemes because they take me out of my comfort zone. Even if you don’t need to make a doghouse block, I challenge you to use some colors that you might not normally use in a project.
I had big plans of making this block and making a video of it but my son and his wife surprised us and showed up on Sunday. He is in the Army and is in the middle of a transfer so we are very excited to see our Army Sargeant. (We also have a Marine Sargeant son!) Sorry I didn’t get things done like I planned.
This block will be free until February 28, 2022 and then it will be available for $2.99 from my shoppe on my website or on my Etsy shop.
Last month my husband did an amazing feat. . . he hiked the Grand Canyon with some of his friends from Rim to Rim to Rim. That means they started at the South Rim, hiked all the way through and up to the North Rim where I met them, fed them and allowed them some sleep in the RV before they hiked from the North Rim back through the canyon to the South Rim. That’s about 60 miles and a lot of elevation change. There will be another post later about my quilts connected to his hike.
While he was off gallivanting, the dogs and I were hanging out on the North Rim in a beautiful campground of Ponderosa pines. We took lots of walks and there was a cute little historic ranger’s station there at Jacob Lake. When Ed finally returned, we drove over to take a few photos of my quilts there and what did we find?
We found a Park Ranger quilting on the porch!
I couldn’t believe my eyes!
Let me introduce Meghan Morris. She works for the Forest Service and worked in the area all summer. When they opened the historic station this spring (it was closed for 2020) they discovered that some little critter had chewed a few holes in the quilt. She got permission (it’s a government agency, remember) to repair the quilt and had been working on it over the summer. When I met her she was finishing up; just in time because she was leaving and heading to a new post in a different part of Arizona.
We had a great time chatting for a few minutes while she stitched away. Some other visitors to the cabin must have thought they walked in on a quilting convention! It was pretty funny. . . the confused looks made my day. This goes to show. . . quilters are EVERYWHERE!
on my To Do list and I FINALLY got going on this project!
As I have started traveling the country teaching people how to use their Handi Quilter longarm machines, I have discovered that many people don’t have a grip on the basics. There are LOTS of videos on some of the more challenging techniques but it’s hard to find short, easy-to-understand videos just for beginners on the basics. So. . . that is my focus for the next few weeks.
If there is a topic you would like me to cover, please let me know!
This first video seems silly- HOW TO TURN YOUR MACHINE ON AND OFF- but when the new update of ProStitcher came out in June it became blatantly obvious that a LOT of people were not doing this correctly and their update wasn’t loading correctly.
The whole video is 4 minutes long, so it might be worth your time to see if you are doing all the steps. And while you are there, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss the rest of the series!
The Quilt Block Mania assignment for September is to use a traditional quilt block and change it up a bit to make it our own. The Shoo Fly block immediately came to mind because I have spent the summer teaching my adorable granddaughters to sing “Shoo fly, don’t bother me!”
The traditional Shoo Fly block is based on a 3×3 grid.
To make a traditional Shoo Fly Block you need:
1- 4.5″ Center Square
4- 4.5″ Background Squares
4- 4.5″ Half-square Triangles that are half background fabric
As a longarm quilter, I always like to have some negative space planned into my designs to give me some room to add secondary designs in the texture. So, with no further ado, I present Shoo, Too!
Shoo Too is based on a 4×4 grid and has the traditional block tucked in one corner with some self-sashing thrown in to modernize the look a bit.
To make a Shoo Too block you need:
1- 3.5″ Center Block
4- 3.5″ Background Blocks
4- 3.5″ Half-square Triangles that are half background fabric
1- 3.5″ x 9.5″ strip of dark fabric
1= 3.5″ x 12.5″ strip of dark fabric
The V of dark fabrics gives direction and movement too the quilt. Here is one example of how you could arrange the blocks. I have used a plain 9.5″ Square of background fabric and added strips of a medium value to pop up the excitement of the quilt.
I hope you will give Shoo Too a try! If you do, make sure you tag it with OKQShooToo or tag me with #OhKayeQuilting.
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