|It's the little things. Literally. I apologize for how this photo is so small.
Welcome to everyone stopping by: if you've been here before, you know I can be a little wacky, and if you are new, my opening paragraph wackadoo-ness is pretty much what you find around here. I love designing, sharing, opining, and being a part of the Quiltmaker community and I'd love to have you stop by now and then. Mostly I'm thrilled you are here right now so let's get on with block stats:
Name: Sun Shower
Piecing Method: Machine Applique (don't panic! It's fun! It's easy!)
Star Sign: Scorpio
Likes: Polka dots, fancy decorative stitches, long walks on the beach
Hopes and dreams: To be a part of a quilt you create for someone you love, up to and including yourself.
Fabrics used: Art Gallery Fabrics Oval Elements and Chromatics (stick around here enough and you'll learn I'm a bit addicted to AGF.)
Here it is in all its glory right in the magazine. I'm pretty sure Quiltmaker must use a better camera than the one on my iphone; their photos always look so yum.
It's really a fun little block and a great intro to machine applique. The shapes are simple (and found on pattern sheet 1 of the issue), can be cut from scraps (yay! scraps are my other obsession), and have a cool little geometric look to them. The key to getting those corners right, as you will see in the issue, is cutting the background larger than 12.5" and then trimming down. It's really the only trick to the block, and I think we can all agree that that is hardly a tricky trick.
I'm hoping you also got to see the runner I created in the gallery on today's Quilty Pleasures post.
|Look at the cuteness. You too can do this!
Perhaps you notice something is missing. Yes. I, creator of the block, screwed up and forgot the little edge pieces in the corners when I made the thing. We could call it Creative License, but let's be honest. The real term this time is Abject Airheadedness. So we all must pretend they are there.
In any case, I figured a runner using three blocks could be cute. So I pulled some fabrics...
|Hmm. More AGFs. Shocking!
Sewed some strips together.......
|And then marveled at how they were so blendy with my cutting mat. Show of hands - Who thinks I am WAY overdue for a new mat??? I'm almost horrified, but not really. Stick around and you'll also learn I'm a really cheap quilter.
|No measurements, no problem.
|Would it have been more fun with the corner pieces? Probably. But too late!
So time for the giveaways. That's right. GiveawayS! Woo hoo!
Giveaway #1 - Copy of the magazine from Quiltmaker and a $25 Gift Certificate from my lovely blog sponsor, Gotcha Covered Quilting. She's an online shop so you don't even have to get dressed to spend your winnings, and you'll definitely find something you love because she has the most fabulous taste in fabrics!
Giveaway #2 - Copy of the magazine from me, along with a Harlequin Shake pattern (because it's new and awesome) and a Kona solids charm pack to get you started on making the quilt.
|Charm pack is solid brights in all shades of the rainbow
To enter the giveaway, tell me who your doppelganger is in the comment section. This was always a fun question for my guests when I did the Hottie Hotseat interviews, so why not. At any point in your life, who have you been told you look like? Everyone seems to have someone! If there is a funny story to share (Did you get a good table at a hot restaurant because the hostess thought you were Angelina Jolie? Did someone ask you for your autograph in an airport because they mistook you for Tula Pink?) then share it! Also acceptable are stories of you acting like a dork in front of a famous quilting personality, because those could be fun too. Such as the time I practically forced myself upon Rob Appell as he walked by my booth at market and attached a Quilting Hottie button to him. But that's just me. Either way, we'll have a lovely list of entertaining stories I am sure.
For a second chance at the giveaways, head on over to my EPQD facebook page and leave a comment in the pinned post at the top letting me know you are a member of my community there, whether you have been for a long time or just joined today.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you again soon!