Batik Orphan Quilt Blocks

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Sadie being clown

I have to show you a photo of Sadie that I shared on Facebook the other day. She had just came home from the groomer and of course I was trying to get pictures of her – she really wasn’t interested!  What a clown!

Tutorial batik blockI recently showed the placemats and table topper that were my January UFO and I have been working on the tutorial to share with you. In fact that is what I spent most of Sunday doing. There is nothing hard about the pattern – I was just trying to figure out why I made the blocks the size that I did. After some experiments…..I have a bunch of new orphan blocks!

I had to get into my Island Batik goodies stash for the fabrics, I figure if I’m going to make odd sized blocks I might as well make them from beautiful fabrics. I’ll share the tutorial soon – I had to laugh though because it wasn’t until after I had made ALL but the last of these blocks that I figured out why my placemats had the half square triangle blocks the size that they were. I used the leftovers from another project! When I do the tutorial I’ll show you how to use a basic ruler to make the blocks instead of a specialty one – of course you know I seem to buy just about every specialty ruler there is!

I have a feeling I never finished the tablerunner from the original blocks……that surprised me because I thought I looked through everything when I pulled things out for my 2017 UFO challenge. It is scary to think I have more UFOs somewhere!
UFO Tutorial testingI have been doing a lot of work on my website trying to clean up old posts and make it easier for you to find your way around plus updating photos, I enjoy doing this and have to remind myself to stop – and get quilting!

Okay, one more photo of Sadie and you can see who was featured from last week and also add your link this week! Thanks for stopping by!

Notice she won’t look at me……Sadie looking at daddyShare your quilts, pictures, recipes or other posts with everyone!
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Last week Missy from Missy’s Homemaking Adventures shared this tip about threading the needle on your vintage machines –  “You know which side to thread the needle on, according to which side the thread guide is on.  If it’s on the right, thread from the right, if it’s on the left, thread from the left.”

She also has a Lori Holt Seams Sew Easy Guide on her Featherweight! I wondered how it would work on the old black sewing machines…..I may have to get one for my Featherweight or for my 15-91 Singer.

I have several vintage sewing machines and I usually place a stick it on them to remind me. It definitely makes a difference!Missys Featherweight sewing machineAnne Marie from Anne Maries HaakBlog has a tutorial for these adorable little owls! I may not be able to knit but I can crochet! Sure wish little Sadie liked toys.

crochet owls tutorial

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  1. Sadie and your blocks are the cutest! Her personality appears to shine through the photos! I’m glad you’re using a regular ruler for your tutorial! Thank you!

    1. Thanks Patricia, I like all kinds of rulers……of course some I don’t seem to use much 🙂 Saying that I just ordered a ruler that I KNOW I don’t need but just wanted it.LOL, The Creative Grid 90 degree ruler.

  2. Can I just say – I like your new blog layout. It’s so much easier to find recent specific posts, like this one! No more endless scrolling to find what I want. Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much Sally! I am constantly working on updating blog posts and things to make it easier to find things.

  3. I love the photos of Sadie !

  4. Thank you for sharing my owls! And thanks for the link party, I joined again. 🙂 Best wishes, Annemarie

  5. Vernagrace says:

    Sadie is such a happy little dog and so cute! Looking forward to the tutorial, I really like this pattern.

  6. Thank you for featuring me! You can also use blue painter’s tape to mark your seams, it won’t hurt your finish.

  7. I have always loved that quilt and Sadie’s appearance on it makes it even more lovable! Those blocks look great. Looking forward to seeing where you go with them.

    Cute little owls too.