Wonky Castle Block Of The Month – February

Wonky Castle Quilt Pattern - February

 

Castles patterns on Etsy

 

Time for another Wonky Castle quilt pattern.  I wanted to deviate a little from the towers and turrets, and create more of a tower house castle block this time.   I thought the swirly warm fabric would be perfect for a fairy tale castle.  The frosty forest background fabric was perfect for a February block.  Oh, and this one is also by a lake.  Pretty nice place, don’t you think?!

 

 

Wonky Castle Quilt Block for February

 

Castles patterns on Etsy

 

Here is the 4″ x 4″ castle quilt block I made for my friends in the swap group.  January’s color was blue, February is teal.  Can you guess what next month’s color is going to be :)

 

 

Links to castle quilt patterns from previous months –

 

January

 

 

Wonky Caslte Block Of The Month Paper Piecing Pattern Banner

 

 

Hope you enjoy making this one!
Happy Sewing!
-Soma

 

 

Wonky Castle Block Of The Month – January

Wonky Castle Quilt Pattern - January

 

Castles patterns on Etsy

 

The idea for this block of the month was really a spur of the moment decision, that’s why there was no mention of this earlier.

 

I LOVE castles.  I fell in love with them while reading my storybooks as a little kid and I still romanticize them.  When my friend Ruth invited me to join her along with a couple of other friends for a monthly wonky house swap, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.  A castle is not really a house, but I think we can stretch the definition here a little.  I would happily live in a castle :)

 

So here is the inaugural block for the Wonky Castle Block Of The Month.  Since it is January, there’s a bit of snow on the ground.

 

 

Wonky Castle Block Of The Month - Paper Piecing Patterns

 

 

Then I thought, I am going to make these monthly and share the castle quilt patterns on the website anyway, why not make it a Block Of The Month.  I am sure there are other castle lovers out there. Thanks to my friend’s idea of a Wonky House Swap, now we have a fun block of the month.

 

I will be posting a free castle quilt pattern to make a 10″ block on the last day of every month.  By December of this year, you will have enough blocks to make a lap-size quilt.  These are wonky castles, so the idea is to not to be fastidious about the joins and the lines, but just to go crazy and have some fun with paper piecing.

 

 

Wonky Castle Quilt Block for January

 

Castles patterns on Etsy

 

Here is the block I made for the swap.  The swap castle quilt blocks are going to have a night sky as the background.  The pattern is reduced to make a 4″ x 4″ block.  Unless you like punishment, I wouldn’t really recommend making the castles this small!  I am going to make each month’s castle for the swap with one of the 12 colors of the color wheel.  The color for January is of course blue.  Did you see the snow on the grounds on this one too!  :)

 

Please spread the word, the more the merrier!  Here is a small banner image for you to share if you have a blog/website of your own –

 

 

Wonky Caslte Block Of The Month Paper Piecing Pattern Banner

 

 

I hope you enjoy making these blocks as much as I do!
Happy Sewing!
-Soma

 

 

Piano Sonata – Quilt Pattern

Piano Paper Piecing Pattern

 

Piano Sonata pattern on Etsy

 

I finally finished the last block for the music mini quilt.  I got a few requests for a piano quilt pattern and I play the piano myself, so I decided to make a paper pieced grand piano.

 

I went through a few iterations of the pattern, specially with the keys area.    I didn’t want to cut that area randomly.  I also like to minimize the amount of lining up I have to do when I sew sections together.  That’s what took me the longest to figure out and I am pretty happy with the final design.  I would consider this an intermediate pattern because there quite a few small pieces in there.  I had to keep them small so the piano wouldn’t look too boxy.

 

The other two blocks for my mini quilt –

 

 

Violin Paper Piecing Quilt Pattern

 

Fiddle The Violin pattern on Etsy

 

I love to play my little violin.  The very first musical instrument pattern I made was this violin quilt pattern.  The violin can be made all on its own, or with the bow. I even included an alternate to paper piecing the f-holes.

 

 

Cello - Paper Piecing Quilt Pattern

 

Soulful Cello pattern on Etsy

 

After going back and forth I figured what else could accompany a violin better than a Soulful Cello.  It was very much like the violin, but without the chin rest and much larger.  I didn’t include the bow in the cello quilt pattern because no matter where I placed it, it was interfering with the harmony of the block.  So at the end I decided to leave it out.

 

Just like the violin,  there is very little lining up on this cello pattern.  There is also an alternate to paper piecing the f-holes.

 

Happy Sewing!
-Soma

 

 

Sew Productive

Fall Little Pouch

If you read my blog, most of the time you will find me working on paper piecing blocks.  When I started sewing earlier this year, I started with paper piecing and I am most comfortable with that method.  However,  my friend Marjon, who I met through Flickr, makes beautiful pouches and she encouraged me to make a couple.  I have to say, once I got over my initial fear and figured out how a zipper foot works, rest was actually pretty easy!

I had this fat quarter fall fabric for a while and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it.   I am very happy that I waited and made a little bag with it.   I was working at night, and I cut one of the fabrics a bit smaller by mistake.  So instead of cutting another piece, I cut two strips of the lining fabric and added it to the top and bottom.  I love the way it turned out.

Winter Bag

I found this fabric at JoAnn and I had to get it because I LOVE winter that much!!   I found a black fabric with snowflake print on it which I got for the lining.  This is the very first little practice pouch I made.  Now I have a bag for my drawing pens.

This is turning into an addiction.  I picked up some more lovely fabric and zippers to make more!

I also worked on some quilting blocks.  This is going to be my very first quilt done by traditional method.

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

Block 5

I used a pattern called Take 5 from The Teacher’s Pet.  The pattern is for a twin size quilt; I doubled the number of blocks to make it into a full size one.  I ran into a little problem with fabric shortage.   The lady who helped me at the store calculated the number of extra blocks I had to add to make it a full size quilt correctly, but cut the wrong amount of fabric.  Every quilt shop was out of it but I finally found the fabric at thedoormouse.com.  I really wanted the brown fabric which my local quilt shop didn’t have at the moment, but the online store did!  So I got that one as one of the five fabrics for this quilt.  They shipped the fabric super quickly AND refunded the extra shipping.  Since the time I bought the fabric for this quilt, I have downloaded the Robert Kaufman Quiltcalc app which is so handy!

I was really surprised by the fact how quickly I was able to finish making 40 blocks compared to paper piecing, which takes so much time.  I also LOVE my 1/4″ foot.  Don’t know what I would do without it!

Fabric

Couple of weeks ago, I shared some of my fabric that I used to make the Cupcakery block with a visitor of my blog-post and she was kind enough to buy patterns from my store.  I don’t check my snail mail too often and today I found a squishy package in my mailbox.  Inside the package was this delightful collection of fabric with a beautiful note from her!  I am not a person who cries easily, but this kind gesture really touched me!  I have to think of something really special to make with this gift from her.

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Lastly…my day of Quilting Gallery’s Glorious Autumn Block Party is finally here!  It’s this Wednesday!  Here’s a sneak peek for you.  I will have this block for you to download and a prize pack for you to win.  See you Wednesday!!