Monday, July 3, 2017

Two fun Mystery Blocks

Happy Monday Sweet Quilting Friends!  Did you get in some quality sewing time this weekend?  I love it when I can spend an entire day in my Studio.  It recharges me for whatever lies ahead for a few days.  This weekend I made the July blocks for the Quilt Doodle Designs Mystery BOM 2017.  While I've enjoyed making all the blocks so far, these two are my favorite.(I think I say that every month)


 The theme for the Quilt Doodle BOM is Grandma's House.  So each block brings back so many good memories of both of my Grannies and the simple pleasures of years ago.  


A few changes were made to the pattern again.  The main reason for changing most of the patterns is.... the pattern calls for raw edge applique which is much easier to make.  Since I'm doing turned edge applique I sometimes need to alter the pattern to make the process of making the block a little easier on me.  Take for instance the fence.  The original pattern calls for a few more pickets and the fence also covered the front door, it was all one big applique piece.  My fence has fewer pickets and 10 small pieces.   


After  making all the tiny pickets I was searching for ways to simplify the rest of the block. The window applique template was cut and ready to use when an epiphany hit.   As you can see below the fancy stitches on my machine are finally being used.  A simple scallop stitch to dress up my double stitched windows.  And since the entire door is exposed a doorknob was added by using another sewing machine fancy stitch. 


 The next change was the smoke stack.  Both my grandparents heated their homes with wood, so adding a little puff of smoke seemed like a good way to make this block a little more personal, it also added a touch of whimsy, don't you think?


The Singer sewing machine block really opened up a flood gate of memories.  The Podunk Pretties Studio has many old machines.  Not just any old machines but machines that belong to my mom, both grannies, and a great aunt.  There's been several machines passed down to me over the years.  Not all could stay, some have been donated and re-gifted.  My aunts, cousins, and a best friends machines have also passed through my studio.  And allof them have been Singers.  So when I saw the Singer logo on the applique...adorable!  Again some modifications were made to suit my applique technique.  The original pattern has 6 applique pieces, mine has 3.


The Singer Logo was a challenge to do by machine.  It probably would have been quicker by hand or embroidery machine, but I was at the sewing machine so I went with it.  The little buttons are part of the original pattern.  My button color choices aren't sitting well with me.  Might need dig a little deeper in the button stash.


Can you believe it, I'm almost caught up on this mystery?  All that's left to do is stitch the dresdens to the background fabric.  The plan is to get that done today, but it's so sunny outside and there's blackberries to pick.  See that is why I get behind.  Oh well whatever happens...happens.  Are you doing the Quilt Doodle Mystery?  If not, it's not to late to join in the fun.  You can get all the information about these two blocks and the previous months by clicking right here.


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14 comments:

  1. These blocks are so pretty with those fabrics especially and your applique is perfect. I love your sharing of how you changed it up to fit the needle turn method. Also thanks for the link. Happy Stitching! Oh hope you got some blackberries...I love berry picking too.

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  2. Adorable fabric choices and whimsical additions/changes. Sew sweet!

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  3. I love both your blocks. I do not know which one I prefer most. They are great, my friend!

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  4. Your blocks are so sweet! This is going to be such a fun quilt. Fresh blackberries.... YUM!

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  5. I like how you are making the blocks your own way-that's the fun of it. Good job!

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  6. That is one of the cutest house blocks I've seen! Claire aka knitnkwilt

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  7. 2 great blocks this is going to be a tremendous quilt will enjoy watching your progress

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  8. I am SO EXCITED by your sweet little sewing machine block! Thanks for sharing how you are adapting fusible applique patterns for needle turn. I usually just pass on those projects because I really prefer the dimension and softness of traditional hand stitched applique, never thought of giving myself permission to alter the patterns so they would be more needle turn friendly!!

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  9. Beautiful blocks and your turned edge applique is wonderful! You did the Singer logo with your machine?!! Well done!!

    -Soma

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  10. Hi Lee Anne,
    Such pretty happy blocks - I just have to smile when I look at both of them. This will be fun to watch this project come together as you finish more blocks. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  11. You are so clever to simplify the applique. I love both of your blocks. Your fabric choices are great and the designs are so cute.

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  12. That house is adorable - love the little picket fence! Thank you for sharing it on Midweek Makers

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