Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The first block is finished!

Some of you may have seen my block in progress on FB. But if you haven't, I will share it now.

I have been wanting to do needleturn applique for quite a long time. The last time I used this method was 25 years ago. I remember because I got a small kit from a cute little shop while on my honeymoon in Hawaii! We were married 25 years ago this past February so that made it easy for me to remember.

I am using a pattern from Cindy Mccoy called Painted Hearts. It is a BOM (block of the month) that is featured in The Quilt Pattern Magazine. It started in June and runs through September so there is still time to join in the fun. This is a table runner pattern. But you could use it for a pillow, a wall hanging or a quilt.

I chose Hoffman Fabrics and decided to go Blue instead of pink. I was having trouble choosing a fourth fabric and asked for suggestions on FB from the three fabrics shown above. 

The middle fabric was the favorite as it got the most votes. You can see I added it below in the little boomerangs. So these were the four fabrics chosen for the first block.
And here is the first finished block. I know it is not "purrfect" but the main thing is I am relearning so to speak! And I am having lots of fun!

Well the second month's block is out and I have started on it. Here are my fabric choices. I am using more of Hoffman Fabrics which will coordinate with the first block.

So there you have it! If you want to make the Painted Hearts pattern, just click here for information about The Quilt Pattern Magazine. There is even a workshop just for this pattern and you can share ideas, ask advice plus do show and tell. The Painted Hearts group is on Pattern Pastiche and it is really nice to be able to share and see what others are doing.

  Please leave a comment and let me know what you think and maybe I will see you at the workshop!

 I must add that my little kitty pin holder has been keeping a close watch on my work!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Polar Present - the sixth block for the Bullas Bears Quilt

Well this is like Christmas in July, because this bear has his package already to be delivered. Talk about doing your shopping early! Doesn't he look pleased and excited that his shopping is done?  Wonder what is in that box? This block is called  - Polar Present.

Here is the artwork of Will Bullas.

 And here is my quilt adaptation.


The Bullas Bears BOM is featured in The Quilt Pattern Magazine. This is block #6.

Bali Hand-dyed Watercolors - Style #1895 from Hoffman Fabrics were used in this quilt as they are just "purrfect" for these bears! Batiks Plus is offering the Fabric Kits.

Kreinik Threads is offering a thread kit featuring the specialtity threads used with this quilt. 

So how can you join in all this fun? As the pattern is only available through The Quilt Pattern Magazine, all you have to do is SUBSCRIBE today! You will love making these Bullas Bears!