Tula Pink’s Nightshade collection has been all over the Internet and Twitter lately. It’s a darkly themed collection with a great little story Tula shared here. For the accompanying free tutorial post for FreeSpirit, I decided to make coin purses using metal flex frames. Can’t you just imagine the contents of each of the Von Black sisters’ purses? I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t want to see inside Neptunia’s–dessicated body parts of her enemies could very well be in there. And Bella Donna’s…well, let’s just say you probably would only want to open it if you wearing a hazmat suit. Scarlett’s purse might contain innocuous things. Or not. More likely she would keep a derringer in there.You, however, are free to keep anything you choose in yours. Be as boring or as adventurous as you please. Find the tutorial on FreeSpirit’s blog here. If you’re looking for a source for metal flex frames, I purchased mine from Create For Less. Happy Halloween a wee bit early!
Welcome to Casa P! A few weeks ago I promised Rachael a house block. She’s making a friendship quilt with house blocks from her friends. It’s a great idea and I was looking forward to participating in her project. I just had no clue what I would do or when I would find time to work on it. With a little unexpected free time this weekend, I managed, not only to make the block, but to make a pattern for you as well.
As you can see, I got a little carried away. This is my first house block. And by first, I mean I have never made a house block of any kind before. They don’t do a lot to excite me. But this was special. This was for Rachael. I wanted to have fun doing it and I wanted her to have fun working it into her quilt. After hauling out my Amy Butler and Parson Gray (David Butler) scraps, the magic started.
I began with the foreground. Amy’s Gypsy from the Lark collection has all the movement built in. So does her River Shine print. They make the perfect front garden and walkway for my little house. I knew that David’s fabrics with their subtler design lines would give it great bones. They also play well with Amy’s colorful prints without competing for attention. A few more pieces of Soul Blossoms rounded out the shrubbery next to the house as well as adding movement to the sky. Fussy cut pieces went on the front stoop in applique form once the block was put together.
Now, this block was done on the fly, without pattern pieces or paper piecing. I’m a bit crazy like that. I know most of you are not. You are perfectly sane people who like a bit of order in your life and prefer to know how things are going to turn out. The only way for me to entice you to try this block was to make a pattern. It requires knowledge of paper piecing but it’s not too complicated.Here it is paper pieced in Jane Sassaman’s fabric. Totally different look with this one, like Midnight in the Garden. But you’ll notice how I used the fabric designs themselves to create movement and a story, just like I did with the other block. Waving vines, starry skies, bugs…everything placed carefully and with a purpose.
I’ve called this block “Casa P” and you can access the pdf pattern by clicking here. In the next few days, I’ll be adding it to the Freebies section so you’ll be able to find it easily in the future. If you do make a block, I’d love to see it. Feel free to send pictures.
On a housekeeping note, I’ve also worked furiously on the email subscription problem this weekend. I believe I have solved it. We’ll know with this post. Email subscriptions will be done through MailChimp and not Feedburner. Just in case you were wondering. Feedburner apparently dumped some of you so if you haven’t been getting emails, sign up in the box on the right just above my profile. And know that I do not share your email with anyone. I value your privacy as well as your time and attention here on the blog. As always, if you have any problem with your feed reader or your email blog updates, let me know.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great week!
About six weeks ago, Scott of Blue Nickel Studios, sent me some Flea Market Fancy scraps. They were for me to do whatever I wanted with; however, if I chose to accept a challenge, I could make up a quick project for Generation Q. I promptly said “Yes! Count me in.” And then forgot about it.
Last week, I suddenly remembered and set to work. I wasn’t sure how to use the little stack of scraps. But then I saw a small wooden craft hanger poking out of the bin and things started to click. You can read what I said about it on GenQ’s blog here. And if you check out today’s post on GenQ, you’ll see what Heather Jones made with her little bunch of scraps.
It has the nostalgic feel I associate with Flea Market Fancy. And is certainly reminiscent of the bags used for clothespins, or pegs. But you can use it for anything that isn’t heavy. As with most Melissa P projects, this one is easy to personalize. Obviously, your choice of fabrics will change the look completely. Substitute lace or rick rack where I’ve added the ribbon and you have much frillier, more girly look. Use a solid with large contrasting stitches at the pocket and you have something masculine. It’s really all up to you.
Have fun with it! And enjoy your weekend.