I made a few more "granny square" blocks using the Blue Elephant tutorial but not following it exactly. As I said in my last post, 8 pieces of it can be strip pieced so that is what I am doing. Also I think from here on out I am going to call this by its original name Album Block. BlockBase lists 8 different ones for what is a very similar block if you add a square in the smack dab middle of the block.
LOL DJ asked me why I had my pillows lying on the floor and the bed unmade in the middle of the day. Pictures of course! I still need to trim down the blocks. I am shooting for 20 blocks and pairs if I can, reversing the two colors. It might make a larger than usual donation quilt but kids come in all sizes. BUT I set it aside.
DJ's birthday is today but we went out for lunch at Golden Corral yesterday. He told me not to make any cake or pie for him since he knew he could get as many desserts as he wanted at the buffet. We still have cookies left from the sew-in if he wants a homemade treat. Actually I sort of have plans to make him some "not a birthday" cupcakes in a week or so using this recipe for Nutella Fudge Brownie Cupcakes with Mocha Buttercream Frosting A pal who decorates told me what I needed to get to pipe icing so I'm ready to play but down the line. I can even do filled cupcakes with this giant syringe like thing from Wilton called Dessert Decorator Plus. Let the fun begin!
I knew I was going to be sewing with the FABs today on the Sister's Challenge panel that Cher had sent us sometime back. You can read about it in this post. I had cut out my choice of pattern about a week ago but now I can talk about it, LOL, Most of the fabric was purchased with birthday money from the Belles and DJ so I am happy to have the chance to put it to use.
My Sunshine pattern by Kathy Deggendorfer who designed the fabrics for In the Beginning Fabrics. We had to use the panel in some manner so I elected to cut the little animal squares into 4 1/2 inch squares and then made cheesecloth of the larger panel. I bought a 2nd panel so I could get more blocks out of it, or 3 repeats of the 8 main motifs that way and augment it with other sections of the panel and a companion floral. The squares of the panel were not quite square so I framed them with black as the first rounds of the log cabin. I felt it needed something like that since there is so much color and detail in the block centers that a bit of separation would help. One side of the block is blue and the other essentially green. Each log will finish at 1 inch for a 12 inch block. The quilt will be about 90 inches square.
I won't have much to show for my efforts for a few days anyway. Norma was working on something using a Sidelights pattern for hers but rearranging things. Pat some 9 patches and Cher, some lettering while Pam was considering treating as though she was looking out the scene from a window. I'll be anxious to see how our challenge pieces turn out!
And sew it goes-----