“Olaf” Sweet Crafty Toys

These are for my great grands – the ball for Jovi and the little bag for Tiny Tot.olaf-toys01

The pattern for the ball came from “Patchwork Puzzle Balls” by Jinny Beyer. With the template I fussy cut the characters and used French terry for the squares to add some texture for the little man.  This book is totally intriguing and I love doing these balls.

“Suzy’s Sack” is from a pattern by This and That Patterns.  Leia has always enjoyed purses so I’m confident she will like having this one too.  Instead if a “D” ring I added a ribbon loop.  She doesn’t need a metal ring since she isn’t carrying keys yet.  This was my first time with this pattern but I can say the instructions were good.

These will be added to their Christmas gifts when we send a box out to them.

One Block to go

Here are three more blocks for the Craftsy BOM project I’m doing this year.

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This one was paper pieced. I rather like my fabric choices.  This is the second time I visited the style of paper piecing.  I was part of a group (45 quilters) who exchanged sets of squares from which we had to design and produce a quilt using at least bits from nearly DancingSkirts-1all the squares.  I designed a spiraling pattern with the help of a Jinny Beyer’s bookDesigning Tessellations: The Secrets of Interlocking Patterns.  I even won 2nd place for Viewer’s Choice out of the 45 quilts.  My last block for Craftsy – October’s second BOM – is another paper pieced block.  I have the papers printed, it’s just a matter of sitting down at the machine and doing it now.

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These two were very time consuming. There are 32 pieces to cut per block, 16 curved lines to sew before the rows can be sewn together.  When I cut the pieces exactly to the template given I was too small for the block. Each of the 16 blocks needed to be 3.5 inches.  So, I started cutting the pieces a tad larger.

The effect of these blocks is pretty.  I actually made a wall quilt using this curved block several years ago for a boss named Paul back in Virginia.  Then I used Asian fabrics for the inside piece and batiks for the outside.  That was a pattern I took from a book.  I don’t have a photo of that quilt, wish I did.

I look forward to these last two months with Craftsy.com as we pick up on ideas for the sashing, borders,and binding I’m guessing.  I plan to pay to have this huge quilt quilted on someone’s longarm – it’s worth the money.