4/17/13

Consider Yourself Mooned

Well, I have been having the best time in my sewing room this week just doing blocks.  Lately, I've been working an awful lot on finishing things up, and so it's nice to start two new projects this week and just have fun with them.  Today I made the first four blocks for the Hello Moon QAL.


These were so much fun, and they went together fast once I had the strips sewn together to make the moons.  This is the January block.


February.


March.


and April.


I used a Sharpie paint pen to color the nose on the hedgehog.  At least I think it's a hedgehog.


Okay!  Ready for May!

I'll be linking this post to:

Poor Gracie is having a terrible day.  There is a man here washing our windows and Gracie does not like it when Mans come to visit.  Mans are never a good thing in Gracie's book.  She's been spending the day hiding out and helping me.


If you'll recall from Monday's post, I also made five blocks for the new Mulligan Stew quilt I started this week.  The quilt is from the book Hobo Quilts by Debra Henninger.


I mentioned that I discovered a mistake in one of the blocks and that I was having to remake it.  One of you emailed me to say you'd read the reviews of the book on Amazon.com and discovered that some folks had written to the publisher to get the errata.  I can't recall who told me that now, but if it was you, then thank you.  I too read the reviews and saw that several people had been successful with that.  So I tried it myself by writing an email yesterday.  Less than 24 hours later, the errata arrived in my email inbox.  I was thrilled!  That is some great customer service!

If you're interested in the book or if you already have the book, email me and I will be happy to send you the errata for your own use.  Very cool.

Finally, my partner Diane has her April doll quilt now, and so I can reveal the whole thing to you.  

 Doll Quilters

This month's theme was "Happy Birthday" to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Doll Quilt Swap.  Diane and I both have May birthdays and so we decided to stick with the theme.  Here's what I made for Diane.


This is a free pattern by Patrick Lose that is available online.  Just know that if you want to make it, you'll need to increase the size of the applique pieces to 200% to make them full sized.  Also, the pieces are drawn so that the "fingers" in the frosting match up with reverse "fingers" in the two cakes.  Well.  I'm not an accurate enough tracer or cutter to make that work, and so I ended up making the cakes into whole pieces and then fitting them together.  Just sayin'.  Maybe some people are that clever and talented at putting puzzles together, but I am not one of them.

So that's my day of sewing for Wednesday.  I'm hoping my window washer guy will finish up soon so I can get in a quick nap before I need to start dinner.  For now, I'm going to work some more on the binding for the Plain and Simple quilt.

23 comments from clever and witty friends:

Lynne said...

Lovely birthday quilt. Hurrah for a quick response re errata.

Scooquilt said...

Your work, your unhappy cat, and the flower photos are all lovely. What I want to know is: how do I get a man to come wash my windows?

WoolenSails said...

I wish I had seen that pattern, would have been perfect for my daughter's birthday instead of a card.

Debbie

Leisa B said...

As much as I love seeing shots of Smitty Kitty, I ADORE the posts with Gracie pics! I can't get enough of her cute little face... even if she was very unhappy with the intrusion of a Mans :-)

Junebug613 said...

Oh! I like your moons! I like that you made the face larger on them. Wish I had done that! I think it's a hedgehog too. Or a porcupine? I think hedgehog. That birthday doll quilt is amazing! The cakes and the writing are too intimidating for me! Poor Gracie.My kitties don't like strangers either. Most of them will hide and stay hidden for a while even after the intruder has left.

Marti said...

LOL! Best mooning ever! I love your moon and stars and the birthday quilt is just the best!

My cat doesn't like strangers either, but he doesn't hide, he plants himself between me and the stranger.

Brown Family said...

Thank you for mooning us! Those are cute blocks! I have not seen Sharpie paint. Something else to look for! Gracie, Angel does not like mans in the house, either!

Nan

quiltzyx said...

Moons away! You sure caught up in a hurry, didn't you. And yes, I think that is a hedgehog. Here is a picture of Rilo, my friends' grandcritter: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152095075300331&set=a.368391780330.354287.558045330&type=3&theater
(I think you should be able to see her photo)
zzyzx also wasn't a big fan of the mans. There were only a few she would deign to grace with her presence if they were here & sitting for a while.

Kate said...

Love your new moon blocks. Very different flavor from the Hello Sun project. The doll quilt is gorgeous and looks quite complicated, great job!

Donna said...

Love your moon quilt blocks! Your colour/fabric choices are great!
My kitties don't like strangers either. One hides and the other one will eventually come out to check on their scratching ablilities.

Dana Gaffney said...

Sharpie paint? Is that washable? I've never seen it but I'm very interested. You're so good at embroidery, but I'd much rather draw in eyes and noses.

LynCC said...

Nice catch-up work on the Moons :) Poor Gracie - it seems so common for cats to not like men. Wonder what that comes from. We do have one cat, though, who obviously prefers men. She is totally Scott's cat, and it was fun to see her clear jubilation when he came home from his last two long deployments to Afghanistan and Korea. Rather like that YouTubes you see of the dogs who go nuts to see their person again.

krislovesfabric said...

Love your Moony blocks! Especially loving your background choice...and, yeah, my cat's not a man-fan either...much to the disgust of my hubby!

Teresa in Music City said...

Fun projects! I love the little Moon blocks - of course you know I have had to download those patterns too :*) Your Birthday doll quilt is wonderful!!!!

ANudge said...

That garden stroll was marvelous - such beauties! Love the birthday quilt. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Arghhhhhhhhhhhh....not MOONED :)
I never thought of doing those with the night sky....they look terrific. Also love your Birthday Cake. Thanks for the link.

April M. said...

I love the way your moon blocks turned out! Yes, it is supposed to be a hedgehog :)

I also love your sweet kitty!

Diane Wild said...

The moon quilt is very cute. I think I may have to embark on another project. I haven't seen Sharpie Paint pens either. They would work great painting shoes if they're permanent. I'll have to investigate.

Pieces to Love said...

The moon quilt is going to be adorable!

Rachel said...

Great moons! I am with Gracie. Love the customer service! Super fun mini!

LynCC said...

Oh yeah! The Sharpie - I'm so glad you linked this up so I could remember that. ;D I have two little noses that I don't feel like satin-stitching. . .

kathysnest32 said...

Your moon blocks made me smile. Thank you for making the corners of my mouth go up. Kathleen
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kathysnest32 said...

Your moon blocks made me smile. Thank you for making the corners of my mouth go up. Kathleen
http://kathysnest32.wordpress.com/