Friday, May 13, 2022

Lions and Cows and Little Bricks, Oh My

 Welcome to Treadlestitches!

More blocks in GREEN for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month!  These are my split nine patches, made up mostly from my 3.5 in. squares and triangles box.

I'm not sure who thought of creating a print with green lions, but he's kind of handsome.

This block has the usual chaos, like Lucy from Peanuts golfing, crayons, turtles, cars, and praying mantises.

Cows on a green background in the top row center.  I only bought a half yard of it, but it keeps ending up in everything.

Favorite block!  Such a happy green cow.  Plus a green tiger.  Not stuff you see every day.

I only had to cut two light triangles for these blocks, the rest came already cut from the box.  So I am using up some of my scraps!  Even though I'll definitely make more as I cut out other quilts.  That's the quilting life, isn't it?

So green blocks done, more little bricks fun.

Here's another quilt made with 2.5 in. x 3.5 in. rectangles, the ones I call little bricks.  It's going to Hands 2 Help.  (Click HERE for more on Hands 2 Help.)

As usual, it's a really simple block.  Back in January of 2013 (my first month of blogging, BTW), I made a quilt like this from a photo somewhere on the internet.  In my post I called it Jelly Roll Bricks and gave my directions for it.

A few years later, I bought this book at a used book store, and the pattern was in there.  (Now that I know where it came from, I will be taking my post down.)  The book is Jelly Roll Quilts, by Pam & Nicky Lintott.  I really love their books!  Lots of good ideas and clear directions.

Their version is called Sparkling Gemstones, and uses all Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  Theirs is strip pieced, but I prefer just cutting the pieces separately.  To each her own.

Either way you sew it, it's a great design to use up just about any color of bricks, including multi-color.

Check out the border!  It's Fischer Price fabric!  I got a large piece of it at the guild's silent auction earlier this year.  At one point, we had all the toys pictured in the print--the popper, the xylophone, the dog pull toy, the stacking rings (not seen in this photo) and the telephone.

The only one we still have is the telephone.

Our grand children have never used a dial phone.  I don't think they've ever even seen a real one.  We've told our Little Guy that this is a kid version of a telephone, but I'm not sure he believes us.  It doesn't look anything like his mommy's phone.  Phones have changed so much!  He still likes to play with it, maybe because it makes noise.

Nature is waking up from her winter nap all around us.  This tree is in the parking lot of the grocery store, sharing its beauty with everyone who passes by.

Little Guy is having so much fun picking dandelions and playing in the park.  The weather this week has been amazing.

I hope you've had an amazing week, whatever the weather.  Take care, and happy sewing!

Thanks for reading,

Sylvia@Treadlestitches

Linking up with:

Alycia at Finished or Not Finished Friday

Angela at So Scrappy

Cynthia at Oh Scrap 

 



















20 comments:

  1. Oh I love all those greens, and the happy fabrics!
    Your jelly roll quilt is adorable!!!

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    1. Thanks, Alycia! It's an "anything goes" kind of scrap quilt.

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  2. Fantastic , now I know what to do with my growing stash of children's prints!! I am going to take a day and cut up all my I spy like prints into units to stitch up!! Thank you for the great ideas! The cow fabric is adorable .

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    1. Thanks, Deb! Be careful, these prints are addictive!

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  3. I love your happy bright little brick quilt (or Sparkling Gemstones). Great job.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Making these quilts makes me happy.

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  4. I think I will use your "Jelly roll" quilt idea. I've actually made a quilt like that using different 4.5 x 6.5 bits and pieces in between the sashing. I like the 2.5 x 3.5 pieces to make up the larger piece between sashing pieces. I've been in the habit of cutting 2.5 x 3.5 pieces for a couple of other quilts so am in the habit of doing that with scraps. Thanks for the inspiration. Oh, and I don't strip piece much either.

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    1. Hi, Cathy! I used to like strip piecing back in the day, but now I think I just need more variety. Plus even a little waste makes me cringe. What I really love is digging into a stack of cut pieces.

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  5. Your green split-nine patch blocks are so cute, Sylvia. Love your quilt for H2H. Congrats

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    1. Obrigada, Ivani! I need to get things finished up soon for H2H. The end is near!

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  6. You always have such fun putting your novelty fabrics together! You must have an endless supply in your sewing room, so it seems. I do like your designs, simple is better with all those cute prints.

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    1. Hi, Jenny! I'm on the lookout for these crazy fabrics everywhere. Plus sometimes people give them to me, since they know I'll find a use for them. I agree, simple blocks are better, not only with these fabrics, but with my sewing skills!

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  7. I think it is amazing you still have that phone, and the fabric that matches it!

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    1. Until recently we had some of the other toys, too! It helps that we've lived in this house for so long. I was excited to see the fabric at the guild auction.

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  8. Your jelly roll quilt is perfect for a child to get a quilty hug!

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  9. fun fun prints and pieces, We had all those toys as well

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    1. Thanks, Maggie! I really like good quality classic toys.

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  10. I could sure identify with the Fisher Price border! What a hoot to see the print and read about the phone. Yes, phones have changed greatly in such a short time! Terry K

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    1. Hi, Terry K! It's amazing what a difference cell phones have made in all our lives.

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