Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Popsicle Quilt Blocks

Last week at their meeting, the Quilter's Guild of Dallas had a "make it but don't take it" event. Instead of the usual speaker, after the business part of the meeting, we worked on blocks for Covers for Kids charity quilts.

Work table
There were large tables set up around the room, each with a designated project. I had been having a frazzled day and showed up without my machine and no tools in hand. I came planning to volunteer to cut fabric or iron or sew bindings.

My loaner featherweightBut while chatting with people before the meeting, someone mentioned they had brought along a spare featherweight and offered to let me use it. They were sitting at the table that would be making a paper-pieced block. I could do that, I thought, and took them up on the offer.

Worker bees

Marie (on the left) organized an adorable quilt for us, based on an easy block to learn paper foundation piecing. After a quick how-to-do it demonstration, we were off and running. Marie was also juggling her duties as an organizer for the upcoming TAQG Rally Day and selling lunches and pins–she's an organizational wonder.

Some of the Popsicle blocks

Here are some of our first blocks–aren't they charming? At the end of the evening, we'd made about a dozen.

If you'd like the pattern for the blocks (and the quilt), it's called Lotsa Pops and is available on the Quiltmaker site, here: Lotsa Pops

I knew Marie wanted to make a larger quilt than the pattern, so at the end of the night, I offered to take some of the double pop foundations home and make more and bring them to her on Rally Day. Here are my blocks.

Double Popsicle Block #6 Double Popsicle Block #5 Double Popsicle Block #1
Double Popsicle Block #3 Double Popsicle Block #2 Double Popsicle Block #4

I can't wait to see the finished quilt.


Debra said...

Perfect pattern for batiks!

Looks like you are acclimating well to Dallas. How's the job search?

sophie said...

I am still spending most of my time on the job search. If not for continuing to host the block lotto each month and joining the Quilters Guild of Dallas, there would be no quilt content to my life at all these days.

I have an interview with a search firm today and am hoping to hear (an offer or a thanks-but-no-thanks) from a Downtown company that would be within walking distance of my loft early this week. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Christine Thresh said...

Oh, the popsicle pattern is so cute!
I am going to make one today. I will post a link to your blog and a link to the free pattern.

It is hot here and I want a popsicle.

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