The Hodge Podge continues

So this week I am taking a break from Hodge Podge star blocks for a nice simple Octagon…

octagon block

This blocks would be fabulous for a fussy cut mini quilt… and it is on my “To Do” list with my Heather Ross stash.  You can download the free PDF pattern here…octagon pattern.

And just in case you were wondering how it was all looking…. this is my Hodge Podge collection so far…

hodge podge wip

Not to shabby…. and since this photo was taken I have added a few more blocks!

Here is to a quilty 2016….

Like so many others I have spent the last couple of days pondering 2015 and looking forward to 2016.  My hope for the coming year is to quilt more, visit the ER less, clear most of my huge pile of WIPs and get this blog re-designed.  To get things started I made a list of my work in progresses… which promptly freaked me out.

I have 11 personal quilts needing quilting including Starry Night …

starry night detail 6

and two of my curved quilts…

curve top detail

I have 9 piles of blocks that need to be made into tops including finding something to do with this collection of blocks…

Starflower block

There are also two Do Good Stitches quilts in need of quilting…

Resizing blocks

and a pile of PMQG quilt blocks that need to be made into tops.  I was so overwhelmed by the task ahead I decided to go to my “happy place” and made some more Hodge Podge blocks….

So for the New Year I have added another six inch star to the collection…

eight pointed star block

This block was is called the Eight Pointed Star in the old catalogs and I see this block as the great grand mother of the wonky star blocks I love so much.  You can find the free pattern for this star here….eight pointed star pattern.

I am now heading back to into the fray and hope to get a couple of quilts basted today.  I made a pledge not to start any new projects for all of January…. I am just going to focus on getting some things finished.  Wish me luck!

Remember me….

First of all I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season.  I managed to take an unexpectedly long break over this Christmas period… and I am sorry I went radio silent for so long. It was not my intention but life has a wonderful way of throwing you curve balls…. and this curve ball involved me managing to get extreme Vertigo.   The year is going out with a bang for sure!

Anyhoo I have manged to get my act together enough to bring you another Hodge Podge block for Paper Piecing Monday….

christmas star quilt block

This is my Christmas star…and though a little late, I hope you will still have some fun with this pattern.  I love have made quilt a few different stars using this shape, and I love this simpler version, which works well at the small 6 inch size.  If you would like the pattern, the free PDF can be found here….christmas star pattern

As I am now that I seem to have a handle on the dizziness I am hoping to get back to a more regular posting schedule…. until the universe finds another fun malady to thrown at me!!!

Texas Flower Block for Paper Piecing Wednesday…

So somehow Monday came and went without a paper piecing pattern….and so did Tuesday.  Not sure what happened but in Sesame Street styling this week’s Paper Piecing Monday is being bought to you by Wednesday, the colour green and the state of Texas…..

texas flower block

This traditional pattern is called the Texas Flower and there are a couple of variations on this in the older pattern books…but I went with the simpler version.

As with all my Hodge Podge blocks so far you can find the free pattern for this 6 inch block here…. Texas Flower pattern.

A Toad in a puddle…

Okay I may have made this block just because I love the its name….

toad in a puddle block

There are a variety of colouring options for this block… and there is so much you can do with it.  The block is made up of four identical pieces…

block parts

And they can also be arranged in different ways.  Lots of fun to be had with this one.  The free paper piecing pattern for my 6 inch version can be found here….Toad in a puddle pattern.

I may have to play with this pattern and make another block just for fun.

Rolling Stone Hodge Podge block…

I am starting this week with the addition of the Rolling Stone block to my Hodge Podge sampler….

rolling stone block

I love this pattern and I have used this block before, when I did complete quilt using a 12 inch version.  For this quilt I did the traditional layout for the block and you can see the completed quilt here if you are interested.

wee wanders block 1

You can find the pattern for my 6 inch version here…rolling stone pattern  For the 12 inch pattern I used Don’t Call Me Betsy’s great tutorial.

My plan is to get at least one more Hodge Podge pattern posted this week… so stay tuned….

Laced Star Hodge Podge…and a winner….

My little break from blogging has had quite an effect on me….I got into some bad habits and need to get back into the swing of posting….  Paper Piecing Monday seems to be very ingrained in my process but the rest needs some work.

So without further ado here is today’s pattern, the Laced Star….

laced star block

I really like this pattern, and not just because I have a thing about paper pieced stars!  The traditional colouring of this block gives the star a different look….

star

….giving the star some lovely movement.  You can find the free paper piecing pattern for this 6 inch block here… laced star pattern

And the last order of business is to let you know the winner of the Glass Half Full bundle was Wendi who was chosen by the very scientific method of my husband picking a number between 1 and 151 and that numbered comment won.  Very high-tech I know.