The Finished Great Dog Quilt

The Finished Great Dog Quilt

I finally finished The Great Dog Quilt from my 2017 blocks.  I got it all quilted and bound, and I think it looks great:

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Here is a close up of a few of the blocks:

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If you want to see more detailed photos you can head on over to the post on my blog post here.

Thank you all so much for making and sending me such wonderful blocks!


September Block for Janice

Yikes!!!  If it wasn’t for Kate reminding me, I would have forgotten to do this.  I had it in my head that my month was October!   Well, here we go . . .

Two of my favorite loves are star blocks and house blocks so what could be better than something that combines both together!  Sandra at Mmm! Quilts designed a block like this.   It is soooo easy and very fun to make.   Although you’ve probably already seen these, I’ll show you the samples I have made and then link to Sandra’s pattern at the end of the post.

Here is the first one I ever made and it made me fall in love with this block.

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The blocks measure 16″ but there are so many big pieces that the block goes together very quickly.  The part that takes the longest is probably choosing the fabrics.  I’ll address that next.

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As you can see I am kind of doing a “house by color” kind of idea.  In other words, you can choose whatever fabrics you like, even multi-colored prints as long as the block reads mostly one color.    I don’t have a green house, black/white house, purple house, brown house, or orange house  or any of those yummy in between colors.  I seriously won’t mind at all if you want to make a house in one of the colors I already have.

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So far, my colors have been pretty bright and saturated because I LOVE bright, modern colors and fabrics; however, if your stash does not have that much of those colors, I would love to see a pretty pastel house or a low volume house with a POP of bright colors on the door and star points.   Funny enough, my favorite color is red but I’m not very excited about this red block I made.  I can’t put my finger on it, but I’m not in love with it.  So let’s add red to the list of colors I don’t have.

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If you don’t want to make a block this big or you have another house block you have been dying to try,  send me that instead!

Have fun, bee mates!


Irene’s Block for September

The block I am requesting this month is a simple, back-to-basics kind of block: a log cabin, albeit a “skinny” one.

Der Block, den ich diesen Monat gerne habe würde, ist ein einfacher, grundlegender Block: ein “log cabin” Block, wenn auch ein “magerer”..

The center should be red – as red as you can get it. Red on red is great, but please no other colors at all.  Also no metallic on the red.

Das Zentrum sollte rot sein – so rot wie es geht. Rot auf Rot ist großartig, aber bitte keine anderen Farben. Auch nichts Glänzendes auf dem roten Stoff.

The “logs” should be white and/or off white.  Again, tone on tone is great, patterned fabrics are great (as long as they are tone on tone) but again please no metallics.  Mixing whites and off white is also great.

Die Seiten sollten weiß und/oder fast weiss sein. Auch hier ist Ton in Ton super, gemusterte Stoffe sind toll (solange sie Ton in Ton sind) aber bitte auch hier nichts glänzendes auf diesen Stoffen.

My intention is for this quilt to read something like this:

So stelle ich es mir vor:


Now to the block; cut your white/off white fabrics as follows (all of them are 1 1/2″ wide):

Die weissen Stoffe bitte so zuschneiden (sie sind alle 1 1/2″ breit):

O 2 1/2” cut 1
N 3 1/2” cut 2
M 4 1/2” cut 2
L 5 1/2 cut 2
K 6 1/2 cut 2
J 7 1/2 cut 2
I 8 1/2 cut 2
H 9 1/2” cut 2
G 10 1/2” cut 2
F 11 1/2” cut 2
E 12 1/2” cut 2
D 13 1/2” cut 2
B 14 1/2” cut 2
C 15 1/2” cut 2
A 16 1/2” cut 1

and the one red square:

und das einzige rote Stückchen:

P 2 1/2”x 2 1/2″ cut 1


Here is a diagram where each “log” goes:

Honestly, I do not understand why EQ labeled the logs from the outside in – I personally would have much preferred to start with A in the center….

Ehrlich gesagt verstehe ich nicht, warum EQ die Logs von außen beschriftet hat – ich persönlich hätte viel lieber mit A in der Mitte angefangen ….

Really, it will probably take you longer to cut the fabric than to construct the block. Have fun!!

Es wird wahrscheinlich länger dauern, den Stoff zu schneiden, als den Block zu konstruieren. Habt Spaß!!

Tu-Na Quilts: Wanta Fanta Blocks are Needed

Tu-Na Quilts: Wanta Fanta Blocks are Needed

I’m busily preparing to leave on vacation and just happened to see that I’m up for August to request a block. So this post will be short and sweet and scheduled. Well, maybe two out of the three.

I requested the Wanta Fanta Blocks last year when I was also in the Blossom Heart Bee but only received blocks from three of my hive mates (and 2 other blogging friends) so I’m thinking I need to ask for more of these so I can finish this quilt with lots of scrappiness.

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This blocks consists of two snowball units and two X units. I thought I’d simplify this block and ask that you just make the units and not sew the units together as pictured above. Just trim each unit and mail. That will require less of your time and allow me to scatter your units around to create a more scrappy look. 

Pattern Location: The free Wanta Fanta pattern can be found here on Blossom Heart Quilts and more info about it here.

Colors needed:

Background: Please use either a solid white or white on white for the background.

Fabrics A, B, C, and D should all be a different orange fabric— any shade or tone except for peach.  I am going for a very scrappy orange look so anything goes such as solids and prints and batiks as long as orange is the main color. 

To make the snowball units:

Cut two 6.5″ squares from solid white or white on white.

Cut eight 2.5″ squares from orange fabric as listed above.


Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of the orange squares and another one 1/2″ away. Place each orange square with RST on the corners of each white square.


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Sew just a hair’s width on the outside of the line towards the corner.

Trim seam by cutting between the two stitching lines.

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Press seam towards corner. It just seems logical.

Trim block to 6.5″ Please make two.

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Here are those cute, little, bonus HSTs. Please include them in the mailing. You don’t need to press seams or trim them.

To make the X Units: Make sure your printer will be printing at 100%. Print out two pages of the paper pieced pattern included in the pattern link above. Measure the test box.

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The pattern gives approximate fabric requirements but you could use scraps.

Lay paper on top of wrong side of orange fabric (printing should be showing on top) with fabric covering area #1 completely with about 1/2″ around it. Pin.

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This is a bad example as my orange square is too close to being the finished size for the block. This is one of those “do as I say, not as I do” times.

Place this section on top of white or white on white fabric, again making sure you have plenty of fabric that will cover #2 area with about 1/2″ around it.

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Reduce stitch length to 1.5. Sew on the line between #1 and 2 starting and stopping well into the seam allowance. I even sew right off the paper.

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I should have continued this sewing line off the paper. This helps keep the seam from unraveling.

Fold paper back and trim seam allowance to 1/4″.

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Press on the right side of the fabric (not on the side with the paper to prevent the ink from bleeding). Now lay this section on top of the same white fabric making sure you have plenty of fabric. Sew on the line starting and stopping well into the seam allowance. Even better, start and stop off the paper.

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Trim seam. Press. Trim block to 3.5″ square.

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Please leave papers on. Make 8.

No need to sew them together from here as I can spread them around to add to the scrappiness. Plus this is about all that you can get done in 1.5 hours or so.

Alternative for non-paper piecers: If paper piecing is not your thing (or your cup of tea), please make 2 additional snowball units and forget the X units.

What I Learned Today:

  1. I do not know how to write up a post quickly.
  2. I am very wordy.
  3. I’m exhausted. I need a vacation.

Question: Where’s your dream vacation? We’re heading to see our new granddaughter in Michigan and then we’ll hop around Minnesota on the Shop Hop. By the time you read this, I should have already visited about 30 shops. But our big vacation comes later in the year when we go to Germany and Italy.

I’ll be watching for the mail, as soon as I get back from my trip. Thank you very much!

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

May Bee Block for Velda

Our May queen, Velda @ Freckled Fox Quiltery asked us to make her cake blocks–a pattern by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics called Sweet Cakes.

Velda asked us to make a cake and give it a name. I wanted to make something representative of me, so I made her an Italian Cream Cake, the cake I had at my wedding almost 25 years ago.

Our Wedding 002Italian Cream Cake is rich, filled with coconut flakes and chopped nuts, with a cream cheese frosting. You can find an original version recipe here and a lighter version recipe that is actually quite awesome here.


For my block, I wanted to choose fabrics that were similar to those in the actual cake but also rich (like the cake itself) and elegant enough for a wedding. If you look closely, you’ll notice that most of them have a shimmer.

Italian Cream Cake 5After making the block, I decided I simply had to add flowers to the cake so it would look more like my actual wedding cake.

Italian Cream Cake 4Finding the right flowers (right size, right colors) took awhile but I finally did it. Then my sewing machine broke down so again the block sat around while I solved that problem.

Italian Cream Cake 1The block is finally done now, and I’ll put it in the mail tomorrow. I hope you like it Velda!

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Spinning Star Block for Jen

I will admit that I was’t really sure what to do with Jen’s June Bee request of ‘Maker’s Choice’.  I thought it would be a good opportunity to design something, but my June was just crazy busy at work so I didn’t really have the mental space to dream up something new.  By mid July I was really late and was looking for something kind of straight forward to do, but in the end I wanted to at least try something new.  I gathered a bunch of blocks on Pinterest and considered a few, but I kept coming back to this one:

Spinning Star

photo credit – Paula Storm designs

I’m pretty good at figuring out how blocks go together, but this one I just could not get.  I tried a few times to find the pattern source for the block, but all the images I found on Pinterest only linked back to photos of the blocks.  Finally on Saturday night I had a breakthrough and found the pattern and a tutorial here.  It’s from a quilt along designed by Paula Storm.

This site has a link to a pattern page.  The tutorial shows how to do the foundation piecing with freezer paper and how to do the middle block that includes an inset seam.

Here is my block:


Putting it together really wasn’t that hard, and the tutorial helped a lot.  The only issue I had is that when I print the pattern page the 1″ scale on the page comes out about 1/8″ too small.  I’ve never had this problem with a pattern I’ve printed from an online source and I’m not sure how to get it to the right size – it is already set to print to actual size on the printer settings.  My block came out a bit small, but as it doesn’t seem Jen is going to put these together in to a quilt I’m hoping it doesn’t matter.  🙂  I might try and draw up my own version to get it to finish at 10″ and then make a few for a quilt of my own!

Let me know if you try out the block and if you have the same pattern size problem that I had.  I’d love to see more versions.

Ann, Brown Paws Quilting





So far behind!!!

I am so sorry to be so far behind with my blocks!  I promise to get caught up next week!  It is so hot and dry here in Missouri that sitting at the sewing machine in my cool sewing room sounds like a good plan for next week!

This week, I taught at Art Camp all week…lots of fun…lots of cute kids and projects!

And I am caught up on pattern writing for now and on my Island Batik challenges are well underway….

I want to invite all of you to my Quilt Along which will begin on July 25.  Here is the post with all of the information….hope you will want to sew along with easy classic blocks.

grace and peace….SharonHappy Go Lucky