Tuesday, March 26, 2013
tutorial over at Mollie Makes. I was actually doing a Google image search for food related quilt blocks for my "There No Place Like Home" row swap quilt when I saw a picture of an adorable fabric fortune cookie. Since I just happened to have some felt on hand, I felt compelled to go down to my sewing room and give it try. In a matter of minutes I had this little beauty made. What took the longest time in the whole process was finding something to trace around to make a 5 inch circle. I ended up using a large can of canned chicken I had in the pantry. For the fortune inside the cookie I wrote "You will smile while reading this". I smile just seeing it. So much fun!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
I tried to think about the things that seemed special about home. Finally I hit on the idea of thinking about what you miss most about home when you are away on a trip. I thought about it for myself, and I asked my husband and kids about it. The number one response was "sleeping in my own bed". The next most common answer was, "a home cooked meal". So I'm trying to translate those ideas into blocks.
So far I've made two 10 inch blocks. The one on the left is, of course, the house block. The pattern for this block came from the "Home is Where the Heart Is" pattern in the Jan/Feb 2004 issue of Quiltmaker magazine. The main fabric of the house front is the focus fabric for this quilt. The other block is my adaptation of a block I found online at Le Borse di Gaya. I did actually download the pattern on this one, but I had to adapt it, because the original block was for Halloween and had a pair of creepy eyes and a claw hand under the bed. . .not my idea of home. The fabric for the bed frame is the other focus fabric she is using in the quilt - her border fabric.
I'm still not 100% sure what I'm going to do for my last 10 inch block. I have a pattern for a slice of pie, but it is a 7 inch block. I could blow it up to be 10 inches, or I could shrink it down to 5 inches and put a tea/coffee cup next to it. I'm just not sure yet. Once I get the last block done, I'm going to join the blocks together with 1.5 inch (finished) strips and add 1.5 inch (finished) strips to both sides to make the row 36 inches (finished).