Yippee, It’s My Turn at Hive Queen!

Yippee, It’s My Turn at Hive Queen!

This month is my turn at hive queen, which means I get to choose a block for the other Bee Inspired bee members to make for me. I had a tough time choosing, but in the end I designed a block I’m calling Irish Eyes.

Irish Eyes block signedI’m Irish you see, and the truth is I’ve always wanted to make an Irish Chain quilt but I could never decide if I liked single Irish Chain or Triple Irish Chain quilts better.

Lately, I’ve been wanting to make something that looks like an Irish Chain but with a modern twist. I’ve been trying to design my take on a modern Irish Chain block for some time now, and becoming Hive Queen this month was the push I needed to finally decide on something.

The block finishes at 12” and uses the No Waste Method Flying Geese method. Here’s what you’ll need to make one block:

White
(4) 4-1/2” squares
(8) 2-7/8” squares
(2) 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles
(2) 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” rectangles

Dark Green
(1) 2-1/2” square

Medium Green
(1) 5-1/4” square

Light Green
(1) 5-1/4” square

Use (1) 5-1/4” Medium Green square and (4) 2-7/8” squares to make (4) Flying Geese using the No Waste Method. If you need help with that, click here to view my tutorial.

Repeat, using (1) 5-1/4” Light Green square and (4) 2-7/8” squares to make (4) more Flying Geese. Sew (1) 1 Medium Green and (1) Light Green Flying Geese together. Repeat with remaining Flying Geese.

If you don’t want to use the No Waste Method, the flying geese finish at 2″ x 4″ so you can easily substitute stitch and flip for example, by using one 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ green rectangle and two 2-1/2″ white squares for each flying geese unit.

Flying Geese units 1To make the Center, sew (1) 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” rectangles to either side of (1) Dark Green 2-1/2” square.

Making center 1Sew (1) 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles to the top and bottom of the unit.

Making center 2

Layout the Center, (4) Flying Geese units, and (4) White 4-1/2” squares as shown. Sew the block together in rows, then sew the rows together. Trim to 12-1/2”.

Unsewn block with glying geeseHere’s what I might make with my blocks. I just love this, and all the quilting possibilities it presents. But mostly I’m psyched by the idea that I’ll have a quilt that reminds me of my Bee Inspired bee mates!

Sample quilt 1

Now what I’m hoping for here is a scrappy look. So in the instructions above, the light/medium/and dark greens are relative, and not literal. If you look at my sample block you’ll see that my lightest green isn’t really all that light, but it is lighter than the other two. I really would like bright greens, fully saturated like the ones shown here. The greens you use can be darker, but please don’t use a green that’s light or pale. Pale just isn’t me. <grin> Also, I’m looking for the greens to radiate out from the center, from relative dark to light.

The background should be a white tone-on-tone or low volume like the one shown here.

I hope you all like making this block! Thanks for the push I needed to finally design it! <grin> If you notice from my quilt layout, I could use some scraps of green from the blocks you make. So if you could, I would love a 5-1/4″ square of one of the greens you use, or a finished flying geese unit if you’re so inclined. Can’t wait to see what everyone creates!

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Tu-Na Travels and Quilts: Day 8 in Paris and Assembling the Poodle

Tu-Na Travels and Quilts: Day 8 in Paris and Assembling the Poodle

We started the day early as our museum pass was about to expire and we still had more things to see. Here’s a few of the highlights of the day.

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I thought street performers were found only in New York. This one amazed me since I thought he was a sculpture.

We visited Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame Cathedral, and a modern art museum. I’m not sure where I found my energy to keep going day after day.

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About 1/5 of the stained glass windows were covered with scaffolding on the inside of the building; they were being cleaned and restored, if needed. Even so, the place was magnificent. There are 1,113 stained glass windows with each one depicting a different story from the Bible. Next time I go, I’m taking a pair of binoculars to see them closer.

We stopped for some crepes at a cute little Creperie right outside the modern art museum.

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In the modern art museum, we saw art works by Matisse, Picasso, and others. Here’s just a sampling. Click on each pic for more info. There were some really nice pieces as well as some that were, well, interesting.

 

And some that were really off the wall.

 

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Yes, that’s a chair hanging on the wall. There was another one: a fold-up bag chair but I figured you all know what one looks like .

 

What I learned today…Mercredi April 23, 2014

  1. French onion soup tastes much better in France than at home.tunaquilts 29a
  2. How to eat a real French crepe: First, eat some of the extra filling. Second, spread the remaining filling. Third, roll it up. Fourth, cut it in half to share with husband knowing he’s doing the same with his.
  3. Six consecutive days of a Paris museum pass was a lot to do. We visited the Louvre twice, the d’Orsay, Rodin, modern art museum, Notre Dame, St. Chappel, Notre Dame Crypt Archeological museum, d’Orangie, Invalides, Army museum, Napoleon’s tomb, Arc of Triomph, and Palace at Versailles. I think we got our money’s worth. There were only 47 other museums listed on our pass that we didn’t get to. We tried our best.
  4. Shoe shopping in Paris should be easy; every other store in the Chalet and Les Halies sections are shoes stores. Good to know if I need to buy more shoes.
  5. The half-size dishwasher in our furnished apartment is just the right size.

Poodle Block Tips:

Now onto Part Huit (8) Some Assembly Required. This will complete the poodle block. (You will find links to Parts 1-7 at the very end of this post.)

Using Sally’s tutorial for her right facing poodle found here on The Objects of Design or my tips below, let’s begin arranging the pieces. Think of it as putting a puzzle together. Hint: Use a large flat tray, design board or cutting mat that you can move closer to your machine, unless you need lots of exercise.

I will begin assembling this pooch one row at a time. Let’s think of it as a row by row. A picture follows each row description. If you laid out the frame already, you’ve already got some pieces in place. I’ve enlarged the labels only in that specific row to further help you. Be prepared to be amazed and amused as your playful puppy begins to grow right before your eyes, kind of like they do in real life.

Row 1: Top left corner, top of headtop right corner

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Row 2: Tail, Extra tail piece made in part 7, Above back, Ear, Eye, Nose

 

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We’re using one of the unlabeled pieces from part 7.

 

Row 3: Behind rear under tail, Body, Chest

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Row 4: Lower left middle, Under Belly, extra front leg piece made in part 7

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Here’s the other unlabeled piece that was made in part 7.

 

Row 5: Bottom left corner, Foot poof, Bottom middle, Foot poof

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Extras to add: Add the Right side under muzzle piece to the right side of the block and the two pieces labeled Foot to the bottom of each Foot poof

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That should be all of your pieces. Now the fun begins; bringing life to this little fella by using needle and thread.

 

You might be scratching your head, hopefully with your hand and not your foot, and wondering where to begin. There’s a logical sequence that makes it come together quickly. Just follow the pictures below and the list of seams to sew in order and you’ll be well on your way to petting this playful pup. The red numbers on the pictures below correspond to the number of the seam that you will be sewing. I’ve listed it out here for you too. Start with number 1.

Hints to remember: Check the two pieces that you will be sewing to see if you’ll be sewing two flip triangles or seams on top of each other (it will get a bit bulky). If so, just flip one to the other direction. Doing so will also help you nest those seams tight. But it’s not the end of the world if it just doesn’t work out; don’t go ripping it all apart to make it lay down. Just say, “I did my best” and let it roll over you.

The First Seams (Sew right sides together 1/4″ scant seam allowance for all the seams, press to the side—I found that most pieces had a natural tendency to lay to one side or the other)

  1. Top left corner onto Top of head
  2. Top of head to Top right corner
  3. Eye to Nose
  4. Chest to Ear
  5. Extra piece to Under belly
  6. Foot to Foot Poof
  7. Foot to Foot poof
  8. Lower left middle to Behind rear under tail
  9. Extra piece to Tail
  10. Above back to Body

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Now let’s see what we’ve got!

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You can see there is progress as there are less labels. I keep at least one label on each section while sewing so I don’t get confused.

 

We are getting closer to done with each seam and this little guy will be ready to play.

Next seams to sew: The numbers correspond to the seams in the picture below.

  1. Nose to Right under muzzle
  2. Right foot poof section to Bottom middle
  3. Bottom left corner to left foot poof section
  4. Tail section to Behind rear under tail
  5. Back/Body section to Ear section

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Now let’s take a look at what we have.

 

 

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Just a few more seams to sew.

  1. Left foot section to the right foot section.
  2. Under belly section to Above back/body section.

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Now your pampered pooch should be looking something like this:

 

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Just four more seams and he/she will be begging for treats.

Sew the last four seams:

  1. Tail section to Body
  2. Feet section to the body section.
  3. Muzzle section (that would be his mouth/eye/nose section) to the body.
  4. For goodness sake, sew on the top of his head so you can pet him!

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Voilà! Meet Cherise, my newest, darling, little poodle. She’s not only playful and perky but she’s also a little bit on the wild side. I caught her hanging out with the boys: Marcel, Odie, and Tigg. I’ll have to sew her in the middle of the quilt so she doesn’t escape.

 

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This is a 14″ unfinished block which will finish to 13.5.” Mine was right on probably due to my squaring up each of the pieces while prepping them and watching that scant 1/4″ seam.

 

What I Learned Today:

  1. Writing this specific post was very difficult. I kept getting the pictures mixed up. Let me know if you have questions or if I’ve made a mistake.
  2. When taking pictures of lots of pieces, make sure there is space between each piece so they can be seen as separate units and not a mess.
  3. I learned how to use more features in the photo editor program, Paint. It was a real time-saver or I would have had to remake this block. Maybe, someday, I’ll show you the bloopers.
  4. I’ve run out of days to post this month. I’m heading to the lake tomorrow and I won’t be back for a week.  To my American readers, have a Happy Fourth of July! To all of my other readers, have a Happy Day!
  5. No more poodles arrived today. I’ll post when they show up.
  6. Homemade macaroons taste wonderful. I will be sharing about that experience when some of those poodles arrive.

Question: If you were to give a French poodle a name, what would it be?

If you enjoyed this post and would like to read more about my journey or follow me, please visit my blog, Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. Thank  you for visiting Bee Inspired.

Au Revoir

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Here are the previous poodle posts just in case you need to catch up to figure out what is going on this month at Bee Inspired. We’ve all gone on vacation—don’t we wish—to Paris. Well, maybe at least in our minds and imaginations.

Tu-Na Quilts: All Aboard. Fasten Your Seatbelts. We’re Taking Off for… You will find the pattern link for the poodle block in this post as well as why I chose this block.

Tu-Na Travels: Day One in Paris which includes Part un (1): Pattern and Fabric Selection.

Tu-Na Travels: Day Two in Paris and Poodle Block Cutting Tips which includes Part deux (2): Cutting and Anatomy Labeling.

Tu-Na Travels: Day Three in Paris and Prepping Those Furry Pieces which includes Part trois (3): Prepping the Furry Accent Pieces (Foot poofs, Tail, and Ear). 

Tu-Na Travels: Day Four in Paris and Prepping the Poodle Body Parts which includes Part quatre (4) Prepping the Poodle Body Parts.

Tu-Na Travels: Day Five in Paris and Prepping the Background Pieces which includes Part Cinq (5) Prepping the Background Pieces.

Tu-Na Travels and Quilts: Day Six in Paris and Building the Frame Around Our Pampered Pooch which includes Part Six (6) Building the Frame Around Our Pampered Pooch.

Tu-Na Travels and Quilts: Day Seven in Paris and Finishing the Leftovers which includes Part Sept (7) Prepping the Last of the Extra Pieces.

Linking to Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? and Finished or Not Friday.

Tu-Na Travels and Quilts: Day Seven in Paris and Finishing The Leftovers

Tu-Na Travels and Quilts: Day Seven in Paris and Finishing The Leftovers

Today we explored the Rodin Museum and saw beautiful sculptures and a few paintings by some great masters.

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Young Woman in a Flowered Hat

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The Kiss

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It was a lovely day for a walk outside in the Rodin Sculpture Garden where the gardens were in full bloom with flowers larger than I have ever seen.

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Yes, there were sculptures in the garden.

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Is this the pose you take when contemplating your next quilt project?

This sculpture is called The Thinker.

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Or maybe it’s the pose you take when you just discover a mistake.

On our walk back from dinner we spied this itty bitty car. I’ve never seen one so small. Have you?

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I am 5 feet 4 inches and tower over this car.

Some days we would stop at a pastry shop and pick up dessert. Here’s what we shared tonight.

 What I learned today…Mardi, April 22, 2014

  1. The lilacs in full bloom in Paris smell better and look more brilliant than at home.tunaquilts 13b
  2. Chocolate ice cream tastes better in an outdoor café in the Rodin Sculpture Garden in Paris than at home.tunaquilts 15a
  3. I can start a conversation with anyone whether we speak the same language or not. This is not surprising to my husband. I sat down on a bench beside a French woman in the Rodin Museum. We talked with signs and expressions and a few words. She conveyed to me that her feet hurt and I acknowledged and I tried to express that the art work of Maplethorpe (special exhibit at the Rodin Museum that our husband’s were looking at) was not interesting to me but she liked it. We understood each other perfectly at least that is what I think. I also started a conversation with a woman from Britain and later her husband joined us and we visited for almost a half an hour. We will be leaving Paris soon and heading to London. This lady told us to plan to come back to England again and see more of the country side. She said, “Going only to London to get a flavor of England is like us going to New York to get a flavor of the United States.” I can see her point. It was interesting to talk with them and fun to listen to them talk. They probably thought the same.

Poodle Block Tips:

Now onto Part Sept (7) Prepping the Last of the Extra Pieces (You will find links to Parts 1-6 at the very end of this post.) We are nearing the finish line.

I like to refer to these pieces as the leftovers because by now you’ve used most of your pile of extra pieces so we need to something about those that are left over. In fact, after this part, all your extra pieces should be gone.

You will need the following pieces:

  • Two 1.25″ x 2.75″ background rectangles
  • One l.25″ x 2.75″ body rectangle
  • One 1.25″ x 2″ body rectangle
  • One 1.25″ body square
  • One 1.25″ x 4.25″ body rectangle
  • Eye
  • Ear

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So let’s lay them out and stitch them according to Sally’s tutorial for her Right Facing poodle tutorial on The Objects of Design or my picture below.

  • Place the 1.25″ body square right sides together on the bottom of the 1.25″ x 2.75″ background piece. Flip that corner in the direction shown below. See Part (3) Prepping Those Furry Pieces if you need a refresher on how to do that.  Trim this piece to 1.25″ x 2.75″. This part will go up by the tail.
  • Place the 1.25″ x 4.25″ body rectangle on the right side of the ear. Sew together using a 1/4″ seam and press towards the body rectangle. Trim to 3.5″ x 4.25″.
  • Place the eye piece right sides together on the top of the 1.25″ x 2″ body rectangle and stitch a 1/4″ seam as shown below. Press towards the dark side. Trim to 1.25″ x 2.75″.
  • Place the 1.25″ x 2.75″ background right sides together on the 1.25″ x 2.75″ body rectangle. Stitch 1/4″ seam down the long side. (The arrow in the picture indicates putting them right sides together.) Press towards the dark side. Trim to 2″ x 2.75″. This part becomes the front leg.
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I finally found my Sewline pencil for marking lines. It was right where I store it, in the tool caddy. Now, why didn’t I look for it there before?

Now stand back and admire your hard work. All the pieces are prepped and we’ll be ready to assemble this sweet poodle block next time.

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Coming soon: Part Huit (8) Some Assembly Required. This will complete the poodle block.

Announcement:  More Poodles Have Been Sighted Running Around My House!!

My knight in shining armor, ok. maybe not the knight below, but my husband

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We saw much armor today as we also went to some military museums and saw where Napoleon was buried.

came in from the mail box a couple of days ago saying, “Woof, woof. Woof, woof” I knew that meant there must be poodle mail for me.

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The boys have arrived from Canada with a sweet note from Velda, Granny Can Quilt.

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Velda’s note says this one is Odie. He is a star in her heart. Look at that gorgeous star fabric.

She made him to commemorate her real poodle named Odie who only roamed around her house for two years but will remain in her heart forever.

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Here’s Odie showing his ability to fit in with his human family by sitting all proper on the couch. This picture was taken by Granny Can Quilt and used with permission.

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Here’s Tigg. He’s modeled after one of Velda’s poodles at home.

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Tigg is a handsome fella (just look at that pose). He is the senior poodle in Velda’s house. This picture was taken by Granny Can Quilt and used with permission.

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The guys came bearing gifts! Velda sent some 1.5″ strips for me to cut into squares for my postage stamp and a pink square for the cornerstone of this quilt.

Thanks, Velda!! These poodles are gorgeous and I will definitely make use of the strips. Your hard work is much appreciated!

What I Learned Today:

  1. It’s nice to have technology that allows me to find quilting friends all over the world.
  2. My husband caught me sneaking a taste of his favorite mint ice cream in the pic above. I had not seen that one before.

Question: Chocolate or Mint or____? I’ve always loved chocolate but strawberry is a favorite, too, when I splurge.

If you enjoyed this post and would like to read more about my journey or follow me, please visit my blog, Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. Thank you for visiting Bee Inspired.

Au Revoir

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Here are the previous poodle posts just in case you need to catch up to figure out what is going on this month at Bee Inspired. We’ve all gone on vacation—don’t we wish—to Paris. Well, maybe at least in our minds and imaginations.

Tu-Na Quilts: All Aboard. Fasten Your Seatbelts. We’re Taking Off for… You will find the pattern link for the poodle block in this post as well as why I chose this block.

Tu-Na Travels: Day One in Paris which includes Part un (1): Pattern and Fabric Selection

Tu-Na Travels: Day Two in Paris and Poodle Block Cutting Tips which includes Part deux (2): Cutting and Anatomy Labeling

Tu-Na Travels: Day Three in Paris and Prepping Those Furry Pieces which includes Part trois (3): Prepping the Furry Accent Pieces (Foot poofs, Tail, and Ear) 

Tu-Na Travels: Day Four in Paris and Prepping the Poodle Body Parts which includes Part quatre (4) Prepping the Poodle Body Parts.

Tu-Na Travels: Day Five in Paris and Prepping the Background Pieces which includes Part Cinq (5) Prepping the Background Pieces.

Tu-Na Travels and Quilts: Day Six in Paris and Building the Frame Around Our Pampered Pooch which includes Part Six (6) Building the Frame Around Our Pampered Pooch.

Tu-Na Travels and Quilts: Day Six in Paris and Building the Frame Around Our Pampered Pooch

Tu-Na Travels and Quilts: Day Six in Paris and Building the Frame Around Our Pampered Pooch

Today we returned on foot to the Louvre to see many paintings by some very well-known masters:

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Vermeer

 

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Rembrandt

 

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Renoir

 

We saw lots of other paintings including some with lots of hands

 

 

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and some with really pretty faces.

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We left the Louvre and began our walk to the Arc de Triomphe. Along the way we saw a very interesting concept which we think the cities where we live should use—at least we haven’t seen it yet.

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Again, maybe it doesn’t take much to impress us, but we were very intrigued with this sidewalk vacuum. Do you have sidewalk vacuums where you live?

 

Finally, we reached the Arc.

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One more trip past the Eiffel Tower made the end of a beautiful day.

 

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What I learned today…Lundi, April 21, 2014

  1. Crème Brulee and coffee in an outdoor café makes a delicious Parisian lunch.

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  2. 4.80€ for a small cup of coffee without refills is a bit expensive, so is a bottle of water at 3.50€. No water is served unless you pay for it.
  3. Paprika Pringles are very tasty. I sure hope I can start buying them at home.
  4. There are 284 steps in the circular staircase leading up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Going down was much easier.

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    Looking down from the top.

  5. The Arc de Triomphe sits in the center of an intersection of 12 major streets coming together with a round-about (circle). Luckily for me, I wasn’t driving or I’d probably still be there (I am a timid driver).

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    A view from on top of the Arc de Triomphe. Note the tree lined streets coming towards the Arc and the Eiffel Tower in the background.

  6. Went back to the Gloria restaurant and verified that it is the best Italian food we’ve tasted.

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  7. The app on my husband’s phone read 27,863 steps today or 10.99 miles. We both had dessert this evening. We earned it!tunaquilts 26a

Poodle Block Tips:

Now onto Part Six (6) Building the Frame Around Our Pampered Pooch (You will find links to Parts 1-5 at the very end of this post.)

Handy Hint: I highly recommend laying out these frame parts on an extra cutting mat, corner of your sewing table, large cookie sheet or tray, piece of cardboard, pool table, large design board or whatever flat space you can find where you can let them stay while you finish the block or easily move them all contained without messing them up. Just in case you get distracted, you can easily come back and pick right up where you left off.

Use Sally’s Tutorial for the Right facing poodle found on her blog The Objects of Design or my picture below to lay the following pieces in the correct orientation. Moving clockwise, lay them in the following order: 

  • Top left corner (refer to number 1 in pic below to help you find it)
  • Top right corner (2)
  • Right side under muzzle (3)
  • Bottom middle (4)
  • Bottom left corner (5)
  • Lower left middle (6)
  • Behind rear under tail (7)
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The names on the labels were so small so I put numbers here to help you identify the piece.

 

You will also need the following Extra pieces:  three 1.25″ square body pieces, one 2″ body square, and one 1.25″ x 2″ body piece. Follow Sally’s tutorial or my picture below, lay the pieces right side together:

  • Top right corner (piece 2 in picture below) needs a 1.25″ square body piece on the left bottom corner.
  • Right side under muzzle (piece 3 in picture below) needs a 1.25″ square body piece on the top left corner.
  • Lower left middle (piece 6 in picture below) needs the 1.25″ x 2″ body piece sewn to the right side (shortest side). Might as well go sew this one with right sides together 1/4″ seam, press to the dark.
  • Behind rear under tail  (piece 7 in picture below) needs the 2 ” body square placed in the upper right corner AND a 1.25″ body square in the lower right corner.
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I’ve drawn in the sewing lines. We won’t be using all the pieces for this part.

 

Now flip those corners (draw a diagonal line from corner to corner, stitch, trim to 1/4″, press). (Refer to Part 3 Prepping those Furry Accent Pieces if you need to see how that is done).

Did I make an extra bonus half-square triangle block using the 2″ piece on the Behind rear under tail piece? It’s not required for this block but it might be useful for a future project. I sure did! Did you?

To ensure the finished block will be close to the correct size, I like to square each piece now to the following sizes:

  • Top right corner squares to 2.75″
  • Right side under muzzle squares to 3.5″ x 9.5″
  • Lower left middle squares to  3.5″ x 2″
  • Behind rear under tail squares to 3.5″ x 5″

Now stand back and look at your hard work.

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Coming soon as we near the finish line: Part Sept (7) Prepping the Last of the Extra Pieces

Finally, we break through the ribbon and finish with Part Huit (8) Some Assembly Required

What I Learned Today:

  1. I still can’t find paprika Pringles around here (in North Dakota). I’ll have to check in Arizona this winter.
  2. June is going fast.

Question: Have you run in a race? What does it feel as you near the finish line? No racing for me since I’ve been out of school but my 8 year old grandson ran in one in Duluth. I can’t wait to hear about it when we see him.

Au Revoir

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

If you enjoyed this post and would like to read more about my journey or follow me, please visit my blog, Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. Thank you for visiting Bee Inspired.

Here are the previous poodle posts just in case you need to catch up to figure out what is going on this month at Bee Inspired. We’ve all gone on vacation—don’t we wish—to Paris. Well, maybe at least in our minds and imaginations.

Tu-Na Quilts: All Aboard. Fasten Your Seatbelts. We’re Taking Off for… You will find the pattern link for the poodle block in this post as well as why I chose this block.

Tu-Na Travels: Day One in Paris which includes Part un (1): Pattern and Fabric Selection

Tu-Na Travels: Day Two in Paris and Poodle Block Cutting Tips which includes Part deux (2): Cutting and Anatomy Labeling

Tu-Na Travels: Day Three in Paris and Prepping Those Furry Pieces which includes Part trois (3): Prepping the Furry Accent Pieces (Foot poofs, Tail, and Ear) 

Tu-Na Travels: Day Four in Paris and Prepping the Poodle Body Parts which includes Part quatre (4) Prepping the Poodle Body Parts.

Tu-Na Travels: Day Five in Paris and Prepping the Background Pieces which includes Part Cinq (5) Prepping the Background Pieces.

Tu-Na Travels: Day Five in Paris and Prepping the Background Pieces

Tu-Na Travels: Day Five in Paris and Prepping the Background Pieces

Today was the day of selfies. As I was looking at our vacation photos, I discovered more selfies taken this day than all the other days in Paris combined. Probably because we had to stand in line at the Palace of Versailles and the lines moved slowly.

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The lines were long and we had to wait almost three hours to enter. Once inside the gate, we had to wait again to enter the Palace and once we were finished looking inside, we had to wait in yet another line outside to enter the palace grounds.

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Here we are with King Louis XIV

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and Marie Antoinette.

I could show you about 50 more of us, but since this is a quilting blog, I want to keep it at least a little bit about quilting. I wonder if you’d like to make a quilt for this bed?

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Or maybe this one pictured below? The sign said “Queen’s Room.” So does that mean the one above is the King’s room? I don’t remember.

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This is just a very small part of the grounds which included many ponds and fountains.

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Here’s one of them.

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After a long train ride back to our apartment, we dined on this light supper which included some fruit, a sandwich, some good and expensive cheese, paprika Pringles and, of course, some French wine.

What I learned today….dimanche, April 20, 2014

  1. Do not go to the Palace of Versailles on an Easter Sunday. About a million other people decided to do the same. Lines were long and moved very slowly.
  2. We did a lot of standing today: standing still, standing in line, standing around, standing and smiling—we never knew whose photograph we might end up on.
  3. We did not see it all (Palace and grounds). We will have to come back.
  4. French Kings sure knew how to live in luxury. The Palace and grounds were very beautiful.

Poodle Block Tips:

Part cinq (5): Prepping the Background Pieces

We will work with only five pieces for this part. But we are getting one step closer to being done. Aren’t you so excited? Don’t you just love the way I’m prolonging this block? Especially, if you are sewing along. No, really, I thought that by breaking it into manageable steps, it is doable for even the beginner sewer (or is it sewist?).

Sally refers to these pieces as “white” in her right facing poodle tutorial on The Objects of Design blog. Adding to the confusion for you, I will refer to them as background (just because it is less confusing for me and well, maybe for you, too).

Find the Above Back and Under Belly background pieces and two 1.25″ square body extra pieces plus one 2.75″ square body piece. (Note: This is one of the corrections from Sally’s tutorial as she asks for a 2″ piece but you will need to use the 2.75″.)

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Now place one 1.25″ body square on the bottom left corner of the Above Back piece as pictured below.

 

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Place a 1.25″ body square on the top right corner and a 2.75″ body square on the left side of the Under Belly piece as pictured below. Now flip those corners. (Draw a diagonal line, sew, trim seam to 1/4″ and press.) Refer to Part 3-Prepping the Furry Accents for a step by step explanation of how to do this if needed. The next four pictures will show you how to make a bonus block with half-square triangles.

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I draw a line diagonally from corner to corner, and because I also don’t want to waste fabric, I draw another line 1/2″ towards the outside corner on these bigger pieces. I sew close to these lines, not on them but a needles width to the right of the line towards the corner. (This picture has been edited to show the correct corner to flip on that large square).

 

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Then I cut between the seams (each will have a 1/4″ seam allowance).

 

 

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After pressing the seams, I square my bonus block. This one will square to 2″. I love doing this.

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And there’s my bonus block for another project! Did you make one too?

You may ask, “Why didn’t you do that on all the other corners we flipped?” Since I am a visual learner and you may be to, I thought I’d show you what happens. There is a point when it just doesn’t pay. And those small squares would only give you a block that squares to 1/2″ unfinished. Now I don’t have any sewing projects needing that small of blocks because there would be nothing left after sewing it as it would all go into the seam allowance.

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There’s that little half -inch square. Cute but worthless.

After pressing all your seams, square the Above Back piece to 3.5″ x 5″ and the Under Belly piece to 2.75″ x 6.5″. Now stand back and admire your hard work.

 

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This picture has been edited to show the correct larger flipped corner. If your piece doesn’t look like this one with these corners flipped this way, you’ll be needing to recut the pieces and reflip those corners. It took me a bit to discover this mistake.

 

That’s it for part 5. Coming soon: Part six (6) Building the Frame Around our Pampered Pooch. It’s coming along nicely.

Here are the previous poodle posts just in case you need to catch up to figure out what is going on this month at Bee Inspired. We’ve all gone on vacation—don’t we wish—to Paris. Well, maybe at least in our minds and imaginations.

Tu-Na Quilts: All Aboard. Fasten Your Seatbelts. We’re Taking Off for… You will find the pattern link for the poodle block in this post as well as why I chose this block.

Tu-Na Travels: Day One in Paris which includes Part un (1): Pattern and Fabric Selection

Tu-Na Travels: Day Two in Paris and Poodle Block Cutting Tips which includes Part deux (2): Cutting and Anatomy Labeling

Tu-Na Travels: Day Three in Paris and Prepping Those Furry Pieces which includes Part trois (3): Prepping the Furry Accent Pieces (Foot poofs, Tail, and Ear) 

Tu-Na Travels: Day Four in Paris and Prepping the Poodle Body Parts which includes Part quatre (4) Prepping the Poodle Body Parts.

Coming soon: Part six (6) Building the Frame Around our Pampered Pooch

What I Learned Today:

  1. Pictures do not do justice to the beauty found in and around Paris.
  2. Some things just have to be experienced.
  3. Don’t waste my time making bonus half-square triangle blocks on every corner I flip. Only do the ones that would give me a respectable and useable finished piece.

Question: Have you visited a unique place where people live or lived? Where?

If you enjoyed this post and would like to read more about my journey or follow me, please visit my blog Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. Thank you for visiting Bee Inspired.

Au Revoir

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

 

Tu-Na Travels: Day Four in Paris and Prepping the Poodle Body Parts

Tu-Na Travels: Day Four in Paris and Prepping the Poodle Body Parts

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This was the only day it rained during our stay in Paris. After booking our tickets, we read to avoid going to Paris in April because it is their rainy season. But we found it to be beautiful then.

 

Day Four in Paris found us at the Museum D’Orsay but first we grabbed our usual French breakfast.

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Nutella for breakfast!! It tasted so much better in Germany and Paris than here at home.

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Maybe it didn’t take much to amuse us, but we found this huge jar of nutella fascinating. We spied it on the second level of the Eiffel Tower.

Speaking of large things, I couldn’t help but get excited at the things I found in the market across the street from our apartment.

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We can buy celery at the grocery stores in North Dakota but not this big or with leaves. It looked so fresh.

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Look at all the variety of tomatoes to choose. Here in North Dakota, we have two choices of tomatoes: expensive and more expensive.

No photography was allowed in the D’Orsay but we found other things in Paris to take photos to remember this day and give us a taste of what Paris was all about.

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We saw many motorcycles in Paris, both parked and being driven. They even park them on the sidewalks.

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There were many bike racks where one could rent a bike. We saw lots of bicyclists, too, weaving in and around the traffic.

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We enjoyed seeing the beautiful architecture

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and interesting buildings complete with rooftop gardens.

What I learned today..Samedi, April 19, 2014

  1. Ten days in Paris will not be long enough!
  2. I can easily ignore “No, you cannot buy anymore souvenirs.” How could I refuse making the apron purchase when the sales person decreased the price, added some potholders, and threw in a free keychain of the Eiffel tower?
  3. Crepes with strawberry jam or Croissants and Nutella makes a good French breakfast. We finally got to breakfast on time downstairs–not at the McDonalds. The apartment offered breakfast on another floor at an extra cost.
  4. Today at the Museum D’Orsay I heard a quote credited to Renoir, a French painter. “All I like is skin, a young girl’s skin, that is pink and shows good circulation.” That explains a lot of the paintings of nakedness and angel babies that we’ve seen.

Poodle Block Tips:

Part quatre (4) Prepping the Poodle Body Parts.

You’re probably discovering how handy these labels are and if you haven’t, you will.

Sally from The Objects of Design refers to the body pieces as “light” in her right facing poodle tutorial but here I will refer to them as body pieces to continue to add to your confusion. Well, I hope not, as I do find it easier when referring to them this way.

You will need the pieces marked as: Top of head, Nose, Body, Chest, and the two marked Foot. Set the Body piece aside for now.

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You will also need 9 of the 1.25″ square background extra pieces. Sally refers to these as “white” in her tutorial. Lay a background square on the right corners of the Nose, the bottom right corner of the Chest, the top two corners on the Top of the head piece, and the right side of each of the feet (Foot) pieces as pictured below.

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Now flip those corners. Draw a diagonal line–as pictured above, stitch, trim seam to 1/4″, and press towards the dark side for now. I go into this step in more detail in the Part 3 post.

At this point, I like to square the pieces:

  • Top of head and Chest each square to 2.75″ x 3.5″
  • Nose squares to 2.75″
  • each of the feet (Foot) squares to 1.25″ x 2″

The last seams for this project right now will be adding a 1.25″ background square to the left of each foot piece.

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Lay a 1.25″ background square on the left side of each foot with right sides together and stitch 1/4″ from edge. Press. Trim to 1.25″ x 2.75″.

Now stand back and admire your hard work.

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We didn’t need to do anything with the piece labeled Body.

There’s these poodle body parts all pampered and prepped and ready for the next step. It won’t be long now and you’ll be hearing him or her bark. In fact, my husband thinks he heard a dog barking and we don’t have a real one, that is. After investigating, we found this in the mailbox from Jennifer, The Inquiring Quilter, from Indiana.

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It’s beautiful!!! (Is it a she or a he?) Thank you, Jennifer! And also thank you for the three 1.5″ squares of these wonderful fabrics. They will make a nice addition to my postage stamp quilt.

Here are the previous poodle posts just in case you need to catch up to figure out what we are doing.

Tu-Na Quilts: All Aboard. Fasten Your Seatbelts. We’re Taking Off for… You will find the pattern link for the poodle block in this post as well as why I chose this block.

Tu-Na Travels: Day One in Paris which includes Part un (1): Pattern and Fabric Selection

Tu-Na Travels: Day Two in Paris and Poodle Block Cutting Tips which includes Part deux (2): Cutting and Anatomy Labeling

Tu-Na Travels: Day Three in Paris and Prepping Those Furry Pieces which includes Part trois (3): Prepping the Furry Accent Pieces (Foot poofs, Tail, and Ear) 

Coming soon: Part cinq (5): Prepping the Background Pieces (We are getting closer to done. Oh, no, I may run out of parts to sew before I run out of days that I learned things in Paris.)

What I Learned Today:
  1. Everything is easier when broken into steps.
  2. I haven’t eaten Nutella for a very long time.
  3. My sons are very handy. Today, they installed two, LED, under cabinet, lights above my cutting mat and sewing machine. Of course, that meant that the sewing room was off limits to me for the day.
  4. My husband was excited to see Jennifer’s poodle, too. I told him there would be more coming and I said, “Won’t that be fun?” to which he remarked, “As long as I don’t have to take them out for a walk.”

Question: How would you eat a Croissant? Nutella or Jam or ____?

Tu-Na Travels: Day Two in Paris and Poodle Block Cutting Tips

Tu-Na Travels: Day Two in Paris and Poodle Block Cutting Tips

On the second day of Paris, my true love gave to me:

A walk to the Eiffel tower during the day and another one at night,

and some great looking and delicious French desserts.

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This was our first selfie we ever took. By the end of the trip, we would become better at it. My sister took many of our selfie pictures of our Europe trip and created a calendar with them which she gifted to us for Christmas that year.

 

We would hike that “your apartment is two blocks from the tower” route many times during our ten day stay. All I can say is that our travel agent has a different definition of two blocks than we do. Paris is a great city to walk around. While we bought an unlimited subway pass, we didn’t use it very much. We got lots of exercise.

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I never tired of looking at the Eiffel tower. In fact, I think we walked past it at least twice daily and many days again at night.

Paris is filled with cute little pastry shops and yes we did our fair share of sampling. We often walked past the pastry shop close to our apartment and bought dessert for later.

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This is a no-calorie picture but do wipe the drool from your phone or keyboard. Standing in front of this counter admiring the beauty and freshness, it would take me a long time to decide which dessert I would have. We often bought two different ones and cut them in half and shared. I think my husband suggested that as a way to decrease the time spent in front of this counter and increase the time spent elsewhere.

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No trip to Paris would be complete without tasting some delicious macaroons which cost over 5 Euros a piece. I overheard a conversation between two women about where to buy the best macaroons. (Obviously, I missed something in the conversation as they also were the most expensive ones we found.) My husband and I were able to locate that place and do concur that they were good, but not as good as the ones my niece has learned to make.

What I learned today….Jeudi April 17, 2014

  1. The word dessert is spelled the same way in English and French.
  2. More things I miss about Germany…the amplemann (little man on the traffic light). When he turned red, all pedestrians stopped as fines are high to cross the street there. In France, it (walk/don’t walk lights) appears to be merely a suggestion.   Wurst (sausage). There are only four kinds here.   Bread. The baguettes here are good but the bread and rolls we had in Germany were excellent and had a nice crust.
  3. Order tickets online and in advance to go to the top of the Eiffel tower. We waited in line for over an hour and a half this afternoon and when we got to the ticket counter, all of today’s tickets to the top were gone as they only issue so many per day. (Really, we were the first people they turned away that day.) We did walk up to the next level for a spectacular view of Paris. One lady told me she ordered her upper level ticket in September. We might try again but go earlier in the morning.
  4. How to set my priorities straight when shopping for lunch at the food market across the street from our apartment. Grab a food basket and put in a bottle of French wine, then some really good and expensive cheese (because the cheese lady behind the counter didn’t speak English and thought I meant expensive rather than good tasting), and fresh strawberries. Finally, add some French pastries on top.
  5. To ask Parlez-vous anglais (do you speak English)?

Poodle Block Tips:

Previous posts:

Tu-Na Quilts: All Aboard. Fasten Your Seatbelts. We’re Taking Off for…  You will find the pattern link in this post.

Tu-Na Travels: Day One in Paris which includes Part un (1): Pattern and Fabric Selection

Now on to Part deux (2): Cutting and Anatomy Labeling

(Sorry this post was delayed due to an important delivery I needed to make Tu-Na Quilts: We Have an Elephant Parade) and Tu-Na Quilts: ___’s Arrived!!!

I am using the Right facing poodle from The Objects of Design.

Cutting Tips:

  • Use a cutting check list and labels. To help save some time, I made a cutting check list and labels for the parts of this block. I improved the one I previously  posted by adding label names (in red) onto the cutting checklist. So refer to the pdf and save yourself some time. Maybe it’s the teacher in me (ok. early childhood educator) or the quest to make things easier and simpler that keeps me coming up with new and improved ways to do things. You can download the labels and cutting checklist here Right facing poodle cutting checklist and labels
  • Strive to cut accurately. This pattern calls for quite a lot of small pieces. I’ve had to learn the hard way when working with small pieces in other projects to insure that my blocks turned out the right size and not too small. The key, I found, is in accurate cutting….and using a scant 1/4″ seam when sewing.
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When I cut, I line up the ruler making sure that the edge of the fabric covers the window (look at the arrows). It doesn’t seem like much but over several pieces and many seams, it can add up. Since I’ve started doing this my blocks are coming out closer to the sizes indicated in pattern directions.

Let’s Begin. It’s easy as 1, 2, 3.

#1. Cut the strips. Following the cutting checklist or Sally’s tutorial, cut the fabric into strips using the measuerements given.

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I like to check them off as I go along which is why I like to print out a checklist. Here are all the strips laid out. Since I was using some fat quarters, I had to cut several lengths to get strips that would add up to the length of the measurements that were given.

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I cut some 1.5″ squares for my postage stamp quilt right away.

#2 Cut the strips into pieces.  Following Sally’s tutorial or the cutting checklist, cut the strips into pieces. The new and improved pdf cutting checklist includes the label name to attach to the piece as it is cut. I’m thinking of ways to save you some time.

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Here’s all the pieces ready to label.  So I had to follow the tutorial and measure them all again in order to put the label on. It was at this point that I thought, hmmm, there’s got to be a faster and easier way to label these than having to go and remeasure. So I came up with the idea of including the label on the cutting checklist so you can cut and label as you go.  

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#3. Label the pieces.  Using the labels provided in my pdf, label right after you cut the piece and then set it aside. If your sewing room is prone to visits by little whirlwinds or small wild tornadoes or if you like to keep your windows open, I highly suggest pinning or clipping them on with Clover Clips.

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There looks like a lot of pieces but once you’ve got them cut and prepped, it sews together quickly. Sally says in her tutorial that once you are done cutting you’ve finished the hardest part.

Note: Not all pieces will be labeled. All the pieces without labels are extras and used for the corners or will be sewn onto other pieces. It will all become clearer.

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I’ve set aside the extra pieces without labels. I’ll be using them soon enough.

These labels were a hair saver for me. The first time I made the block, I came back from lunch and had to remeasure and figure out what was what and ended up cutting more pieces only to find them later. There was lots of hair-pulling going on as I wondered if I’d gotten in way over my head with this poodle block idea. So I thought making some labels would save both of us time and hair.

That’s it for part deux. Coming soon: Part trois (3): Prepping the Furry Accent Pieces (Foot poofs, Tail, and Ear)

What I Learned Today:

  1. Reviewing the 4890 pictures of our Europe trip took much longer than I expected as my husband and I talked, laughed, and cried over the memories.
  2. We thought the French macaroons were delicious until we tasted the ones made by our niece for her high school graduation last year. I don’t think she has any French heritage in her. I need to get her recipes.
  3. We need to plan another trip to Paris; I better start saving.
  4. I have no fabric will-power. I stopped at one of my local quilt shops yesterday and bought 28 yards of fabric at $6.99 per yard. All were current designs from great manufacturers like Moda, Robert Kaufman, etc. This seriously cut into plans for  #3 above.
  5. I miss the little whirlwinds and small wild tornadoes that I used to have swirling about my house. They grew up and moved away much too fast.

Question: Have you eaten or made a macaroon? What’s your favorite dessert item? While I’ve never made a macaroon, I want to get my niece’s recipes and try. She made a strawberry macaroon that was absolutely delicious as well as several others that were almost as good. My favorite dessert is homemade Strawberry Shortcake. Yum!!! I think I will make some for dessert on Sunday. However, I don’t have whipping cream and a drive to the grocery store would mean I’d be going very close to that quilt shop again. Definitely a problem!!

Au Revoir

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

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