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Exploring the Basics: Old Maid's Puzzle and more...

Exploring the Basics: Old Maid's Puzzle

ETB Old Maids Puzzle Block Badge

The designer block challenge this month was the traditional Old Maid's Puzzle.  Are you familiar with it?  It is made up of two sets of blocks: a simple block, Goose Chase (a small HST unit in the corner of a large HST) and a simple four patch made up of two squares and two HST.

 

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Old Maid's Puzzle looks like this (the block above).  Easy, simple, appealing and versatile.  Why do I say that?  So glad you asked!

Old Maids Puzzle Quilt 1

Here is one option - twenty of the Old Maid's Puzzle blocks all set in the same direction.  Isn't it fun how they look like stretched stars?

Old Maids Puzzle Quilt 2

And look what happens if you alternative every other block - large stars within stars!  Ah....so simple and yet so dynamic!  But that's the block as it is drafted. 

The challenge is to reimagine the block.  And so I did.  Here's how the process went - in my head:

  • Old Maid's Puzzle = puzzle
  • What happens when you are putting a puzzle together, and someone bumps the table?
  • Puzzle pieces everywhere.  Puzzle chaos.  Puzzle salad.
  • What would THAT chaos and turnover look like?

Old Maids Puzzle Remix

Here's what I think that might look like - puzzle pieces over and under each other, out of place and slightly ajar.  I tried to keep just enough of the original layout to suggest it, while giving the block a fresh new look.

If you are Instagram, check out all of the different versions of Old Maid's Puzzle.  Search #OldMaidsPuzzleblockchallenge to see all of the designer results!

Head over to Kate's blog to see her insights into the Old Maid's Puzzle block too!  Click here: Kate's Blog Post

Hey - before you go, I wanted to let you know that the next free Mystery Quilt Block Challenge starts October 6th.  Sign up and get all of the details for this free, fun month long challenge!  Because October is a heavy travel month, please sign up BEFORE October 6th to be sure to get all of the clues!

In a nutshell - I tell you how many fabrics you need and how much, then give you "clues" (instructions) on how to make units, and the final "clue" is how to put the Mystery Block together.  We had fun in June with the Mosaic block, and July's block is something completely different.  Come join the fun and click below to sign up!

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Woodcut Blossoms Blog Hop: The Prickly Star Block

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I'm so thrilled to be participating in the Woodcut Blossoms Blog Hop to celebrate designer pal Heidi Pridemore's new signature line with the fabulous folks at Island Batik.  Her line?  Woodcut Blossoms, of course!  And who doesn't love a luscious line of purples, blues and creams?  I know - sounds fabulous, right?  

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Here's the full line, in all of it's glory!  Isn't it wonderful?  And I was lucky enough to get to sew with some of these delicious fabrics.  Want to see what I made?

 


Woodcut Free Block Tamarinis Tammy Silvers

 

This is the Prickly Star block, which has a fun twisted center.  Paper piecing it makes it super simple and accurate.  Guess what?  You can grab a FREE copy of this block pattern, just for reading this blog post.  Amazing, right?!  But hurry, the download is good from September 9th through November 9th, 2022.  After that - pffftt!  Gone!

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Woodcut Prickly Star thread

 

Love the look of the block?  Well, I do too!  In fact, so much that I have a new pattern release for you - Flock! 

Flock Woodcut Blossoms

You can grab a preorder of it here AND get 25% off with the code FLOCK25.  The redraft is scheduled to ship September 30th, 2022.  But hurry - this preorder, prerelease price is only good for a few weeks. The preorder special expires September 16th!  And then, like the free block.....pffftt!

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I loved this line so much, I played around with a few recolors of some of my existing patterns.  It really is a lovely line!

Elementz Woodcuts

Here is Elementz, my nine month BOM pattern, colored in Woodcut Blossom.  Isn't it lovely?  Yes, you get your very own copy of Elementz here on my website.  Click here!

Dazzle Blue Woodcut

I recolored Dazzle in two different colorways - a blue and purple.  Blue is above - and I love it!  Grab your copy of Dazzle here!

Dazzle Purple Woodcut

But the purple version is fun too!  I love the pop of magenta in the center of the diamonds.  Which is your favorite?  I can't pick either.

Check out the other participating designers and all of their wonderful creations, all using the wonderful Woodcut Blossoms line.  Psst....they have free projects for you too!

 

Designer Lineup:

Heidi Pridemore    https://heidipridemore.blogspot.com/2022/09/blog-post.html

Leanne Parsons      https://www.devotedquilter.com/2022/09/storm-free-12-block-pattern.html

Tiffany Hayes         https://needleinahayesstack.blogspot.com/2022/09/woodcut-blossoms_01776719211.html

Tammy Silvers      https://tamarinis.typepad.com/tamarinis/2022/05/woodcut-blossoms-blog-hop-the-prickly-star-block.html

Laura Piland         https://www.sliceofpiquilts.com/2022/07/woodcut-blossoms-blog-hop-free-woodcut.html

Kris Driessen        https://scrapdash.com/nightshade-quilt-pattern/

Jen Frost                https://faithandfabricdesign.com/2022/09/woodcut-blossoms-fabric.html

Laureen McMurry Smith  https://tourmalinethymequilts.com/woodcut-blossoms/

Raija Salomaa         https://www.quilterstreasurechest.com/blog---raijas-bits-and-pieces 

Rebecca Lidstrom    https://www.studiorquilts.com/woodcut-blossoms-blog-hop

Laura Lindsay Strickland       https://orangeblossomquilt.com/blog/f/woodcut-blossoms-blog-hop

Lissa LaGreca         https://lovinglylissa.com/2022/09/09/woodcut-blossoms-blog-hop/

Katie Mae Quilts    https://katiemaequilts.com/blog/woodcut-blossoms

Sandra Starley        https://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com/2022/09/woodcut-blossoms-blog-hop-free-patterns.html

 

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Get On Board with Sewing - A Blog Hop: The Great Flood

Get on Board with Sewing

Did you know that September is National Sewing Month?!  It is!  To support that, a group of designers and sewists have gotten together to showcase projects of a tropical/ocean theme (you know, board....surfboard....get it?!).

I'm bringing you an old favorite of mine, The Great Flood (which actually feels pretty timely - here in the south, we've been inundated with rain for the past few days!).

Flood-pattern

This pattern is part of a series I did a few years ago for AQS, all based on Aboriginal folk tales.  Do you recognize the block I used?  Yup!  It's the Snail's Trail block, which has ALWAYS reminded me of ocean waves - so it was perfect for this project!

What is the tale of the great flood, you ask?  Here you go:

The Great Flood

Long ago, in the Dreamtime, Australia was plagued by a terrible drought. Rivers and streams dried up, trees would not grow, and many died of thirst. Finally, the animals of the land traveled across the continent to find the source of the problem. They discovered an enormous frog had swallowed up every last ounce of water.

The animals talked and talked over how they could get the water. Eventually, they determined they needed to make the frog laugh to release the water. The Kookaburra was given the honor of starting first. He sat in a tree and stared the frog down. Slowly, the Kookaburra began to laugh. At first, it was just a low drum in his belly then it grew and grew into a howl of merriment. But the frog did not laugh. 

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Since the Kookaburra failed, the Frill-lizard was charged with the task. He puffed out the frill around his throat and danced up and down, looking like a fool. Still, the frog did not laugh. 

Next, a native companion strolled up the frog and began to do a ceremonial dance. She spun and turned about wildly, acting out all kinds of different things. But for all her hard work, the frog didn’t laugh. 

At this point, the animals were completely frustrated. As they argued over what to do next many started to fight one another. Then the eel came forward wishing for an opportunity to make the frog laugh. Many thought he couldn’t do it, but without any other options, they let him go forth before the frog. 

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The eel began to wiggle in front of the frog. He went slowly at first then got faster and faster. He went from looking like a snake slithering across the ground to a fly caught in a spider’s web. 

Finally, after his continued flailing wore him near the point of exhaustion, the frog opened his eyes and began to laugh. The water poured out and began to flood the continent. Many animals and people drowned. It was only at the highest peaks and largest islands where people were safe

A pelican, who was a man during this time, went from place to place rescuing as many people as he could. On one island, he saw a beautiful woman and wanted to make her his own. He proceeded to rescue all the men and women of the island before her. Always telling her: “There is no more room in the canoe, I’ll come back for you.”

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The woman knew he was going to take her back to his camp, so she devised a daring escape. She wrapped a log in her possum rug and escaped into the bush. When the pelican came to fetch her, he unraveled the possum rug and discovered that the woman’s trickery. Fueled with rage, the pelican vowed revenge and covered himself in white paint. He set out to destroy all men, but another pelican, who was bewildered by his strange appearance, smashed a club into his head and killed him. That is why pelicans have black and white feathers, in remembrance of the flood. 

Eventually the water settled and the flooding diminished to reveal the land was fertile again and life continued. 

Guess what?!  You can grab your own Great Flood pattern for an special price, just because you read this blog post!  That's right - to celebrate the refresh of this pattern, I have a special 25% off coupon for your preorder copy of The Great Flood.  It will be a preorder - and the refreshed version is scheduled to ship September 30, 2022.  Use coupon code GRFLD25 to grab a preorder copy of The Great Flood.  But hurry - the coupon code is good through Sunday, September 11th.  Click the button below to purchase - and don't forget to use coupon code GRFLD25!

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Be sure to check out all of the other great quilters and designers participating in this hop.  The schedule and participating designers:

Thursday, September 1

Anorina – Samelia’s Mum
Denise – For the Love of Geese
Cheree – The Morning Latte
Brenda – Songbird Designs 

Friday, September 2

Karen – Karen’s Korner 
Nancy – Grace and Peace Quilting
Sharon & Susan – Ms P Designs USA
Nina-Marie – Creations – Quilts, Art, Whatever

Monday, September 5

Karrin – Karrin’s Crazy World
Linda – Texas Quilt Gal
Yvonne – Quilting Jetgirl
Emily – The Darling Dogwood

Tuesday, September 6

Gail – Quilting Gail
Joy – Days Filled with Joy
Melisa – Pinker ‘n’ Punkin Quilting & Stitching
Carol – Quilt Schmilt     

Wednesday, September 7

Melva – Melva Loves Scraps
Tammy – Tamarinis
Leah – Quilted Delights
Patricia – Faith, Trust & Breast Cancer

Hey - before you go, I wanted to let you know that my Free Mystery Quilt Block Challenge is still going on.  A new block starts off this Thursday (08/04/22).  Click to get all of the details for this free, fun month long challenge!  And yes - you have still have time to jump in.  It's just one block - but what block?  Ah....that's the mystery!

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August Quilt Block Mania: Jungle Blocks

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It's that time - time for a new FREE block!  This month's theme is Jungle - and look at all of the amazing blocks you can grab.  Mine is the fun paper pieced tropical bloom!

Tropical Flower August QBM

How do you get my paper pieced tropical bloom block?  Easy peasy - just sign up for my newsletter using this link:

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And once you've done that, you'll want to visit all of these other designers and grab their blocks as well!

 

Hippo Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Emerald Tree Boa from Inflorescence
Tiger at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Snakes, Slugs and Snails at Scrapdash
Stacked jungle animals by Appliques Quilts and More
Palm Leaf by QuiltFabrication
Margaritaville by Inquiring Quilter
Chameleon Block by BoBerry Design Co.
Monkey Business at Patti's Patckwork
Tropical Bloom
Jungle Vines
Toucan Quilt Block by Purple Daisies Quilting
Teal Gorilla by Blue Bear Quilts

 

Hey - before you go, I wanted to let you know that my Free Mystery Quilt Block Challenge is still going on.  A new block starts off this Thursday (08/04/22).  Click to get all of the details for this free, fun month long challenge!  And yes - you have still have time to jump in.  It's just one block - but what block?  Ah....that's the mystery!

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July Quilt Block Mania Block: Vintage Radio

Vintage Radio Block

Looking for some fun summer themed blocks?  Great - this month, the Quilt Block Mania theme is Music, and there are a LOT of amazing and different blocks to capture the sounds of summer!

My block is Vintage Radio Block - and it is an easy pieced block that brings back memories of listening to AM radio by the pool.  But stitcher warning - it has super small skinny strips.  Doable - but take your time. And there is JUST a bit of fusible applique too!

How do you get your copy?  Easy - click the link below and sign up for my newsletter.  When you subscribe, you'll get a follow up email with link directions to download a copy of instructions.  But hurry - this offer expires July 31st, 2022.

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Please note: this pattern is complimentary to folks that click the link and subscribe to my newsletter.  Please do not copy or share this block!  Thanks so much!

Quilt Block Mania Music

Want to grab ALL of the amazing music themed blocks? Click the links below:

Headphones Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
iPod by Inflorescence
Happy birthday at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Player Piano by Scrapdash
I Love Rock'n'Roll by Appliques Quilts and More
Record Player by QuiltFabrication
In Treble at Sugar Sand Quilt Company
Bel Canto by Inquiring Quilter
Rock 'N' Roll Block by BoBerry Design Co.
Hawaiian Vibes by Patti's Patchwork
Vintage Radio by Tamarinis
Quarter Note Block by Oh Kaye Quilting
Music Note by Powered By Quilting
Maracas
Xylophone by Blue Bear Quilts

 

Hey - before you go, I wanted to let you know that my Free Mystery Quilt Block Challenge started July 8th.  Click to get all of the details for this free, fun month long challenge!  And yes - you have still have time to jump in.  It's just one block - but what block?  Ah....that's the mystery!

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