More Color ideas from Pantone …

More Color ideas from Pantone …

I admit to a little fascination over the years with Pantone’s pick for color of the year, mostly from the aspect of an observer.  If you pay attention, you may notice the color popping up in your life–whether you are looking for it or not–in fashion, in home decor and even in website design. Recently I noticed some home decor items at Target, including these bookends. About a week ago I dreamed of buying a new wallet in this color …...

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Sophie’s Blocks

Sophie’s Blocks

I didn’t realize it until I tried it this year, but if I put blocks on the floor, one of my cats will appear and mess them up. So I put them up on the temporary design wall to get a photo of all of them. If you look closely, you may notice that I chose my third fabrics–in addition to the Greenery-inspired green and the tan and pink backgrounds that are inspired by the palette of colors that Pantone predicts we’ll be seeing in...

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Love it or Hate it–Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Love it or Hate it–Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Each year, Pantone chooses their Color of the Year.  This year it is a yellowish green called Greenery. We’ll be making 8 inch Dutchman’s Puzzle blocks combing the color-of-the-year with another fabric of your choice and adding a tan or pink background. Susan made this block. I apologize, but I think I picked up a nasty flu that is working it’s way through the city and so this post will be brief–providing you with the...

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January Recap

January Recap

In January 2017, 29 quilters made 153 heart blocks, using made-by-you fabric, that were won by Laurie, Nancy and Susan. Karen N. made this one. Complete guidelines and the link to the block directions are in this post: What Do you Love? January’s Heart Block    The tag for ALL blog posts about this month’s block: heart This month, I also released a quilt pattern which you might use for any or a sampler of all of the blocks we...

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Laurie’s Hearts

Laurie’s Hearts

Laurie was having problems uploading her photo so she mailed it to me.   Here are her 5 heart blocks. FYI, Laurie, I also had problems with your file. It was huge (4 1/2 MB) so, I resized it to make it smaller … twice, and still got errors. I found a work-around, but I my guess is that there was a defect in the original file. If you have an option for email or web in your camera/photo transfer program, that’s usually the best choice...

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The Extra Sneaky Sneak Peek has been Mailed

If you have made and posted heart blocks this month, you should have received email from me with the slightly early sneak peek at next month’s block. Also in the email is the coupon code to download The Three Bears quilt pattern for free. I am going to be super busy tomorrow (and even have a meeting schedule at lunchtime) so I sent it out early … but if you haven’t yet posted your blocks and still do so before noon (on the...

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The Three Bears – A Fill-in-the-Blocks Quilt Idea

The Three Bears – A Fill-in-the-Blocks Quilt Idea

If you follow my personal blog, Sophie Junction, then you may have already seen this quilt design. It started percolating in my head as I was thinking about a sampler quilt design for this year’s 8 inch lotto blocks.   But I hope you don’t think of it as a sampler design ONLY.  My idea was to create a quilt pattern into which you could fill-in-the-blocks.  What you use to fill them with is up to you. You could fill them with: 8 1/2...

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My obsession with Bonus Triangle Squares …

My obsession with Bonus Triangle Squares …

You’ve already seen my heart blocks, once or twice … but here is my official post of them. If you know me, you know I can’t leave those bonus triangles alone, even when they are quite small. This time, after trimming, I sewed them together Pressed them and trimmed them to 1 1/4 inch square (for a 3/4 inch finished size HST unit) Added four 1 1/4 inch squares for the corners Made a little 3 inch scrappy star block. It is in the...

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This Page Intentionally blank

This Page Intentionally blank

If you have downloaded this month’s block pattern, you may have noticed that the second page is blank. You have also noticed that the first two pages have a landscape orientation (wide) and the rest have a portrait orientation (tall). Here’s what I was thinking. The blank page is intentional, meant to allow for those who like to print on both sides of the paper.   If you don’t print on both sides, you might choose to specify...

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Some First of the Year Housekeeping

Some First of the Year Housekeeping

If you made and posted string blocks in December, you should have received email from me with the mailing info for your blocks. I have updated the at-a-glance page with all the January information and the 38 blocks posted so far. And created my spreadsheet for tracking this year’s blocks to which quilters will be added when they post their first blocks of the year. I have also uploaded this month’s block pattern to Payhip–the...

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What Do You Love? January’s Heart Block

What Do You Love? January’s Heart Block

  I was thinking about New Year’s Resolutions and thought how it seemed we mostly focus on negative things that we want to change to make better, rather than the positive things that, if we found a way to have more of in our lives, would make us even happier.  I was led me to the idea of making heart blocks this month after asking myself the question, What do you love? followed by, How can you have more of that in your life? Those...

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