Welcome back for day 2 of the Black & White Blog Hop hosted by Carla over at Creatin in The Sticks.
So, did you guys like all the black and white awesomeness you seen yesterday? I know I did! There were some really cute / great ideas and I think I’ve added 3 more things to my every growing want to make list.
If you want to go check out yesterday’s participants, you can find the list here.
And now onto the list of participants for todays hop.
Tuesday, January 22nd
Hey! I guess that means that today is my day. 😉
Do you like paper piecing? I hope so because that’s my share for today – an original paper pieced design.
Whatever I made was going to be for my youngest – the #2 of Two Maker Chicks – for her upcoming 6th birthday. After stopping to think about the things she likes, things she’s said about other projects that I’ve made, and what would be good made for her in black and white with just a pop of color I came up with my plan.
After that the trick was to design the pattern, sew up the block, make the project, and then photograph it all without her seeing it! Now, IF she went to school that would be easy peasy. However, with her being homeschooled, me the stay-at-home parent, hubby working loooooong hours at work, and my little’s thing with no sleeping much at all – this was no easy feat. Finally I just gave up trying to hide it and told her it was for my “work” (that’s what we used to call it when I would go to quilt guild meetings).
Whoops! That was just the back. 🙂
Nikki picked out the My Little Pony fat quarter as a surprise for me one time when she went with her daddy to the store. Then, the next day she told me I could make her something with it if I wanted to. LOL
One day after I got the idea for this project her & I were at the store. I had her pick out her idea of “the best fabric”. I should’ve made some stipulations… She picked out a 4 way stretch fabric typically used for dancewear in a brilliant gold. I gave in, thinking the skimmer would be beautiful. I’m glad I didn’t overrule her fabric selection. I think the gold looks wonderful!
Even if it was fiddly as heck to sew with…
Once done I was debating on how to quilt it. My first thought was to stitch in the ditch around the unicorn and then do a dense free motion stipple quilting over all of the black so the unicorn really pops.
I do not have a darning foot for the sewing machine I’m currently using which is a straight, short shank; and I found one of my darning feet but it fits a slant, short shank… Most of my machines are packed up ready to move and the one that isn’t needs a bit of fixing so it’s of no use at the moment.
We went out with a friend to the “big city” of Douglas, Georgia which is about a 75 minute drive each way. I was hoping to find a darning foot to fit my newer machine – but no luck. I drove over 150 miles that day (71ish miles each way and then around town) and never found a single location that sold sewing machine feet there or anywhere in between!!!
So, I had to make due with my regular 1/4″ sewing machine foot to quilt with and I didn’t want to do the usual. So, I ended up with stitching in the ditch all around the unicorn and then radiating diamonds out from the center spaced 1/4″ apart but not on the unicorn at all.
After that was finially finished (and ALL those ends buried), I decided to make a ruffle to go on it as well. However, I had a very limited amount of the gold and the My Little Pony fabric. So, not wanting the My little Pony fabric to show on the front, and the gold not matching with the back, I decided to make a double sided ruffle.
Overall, I’m very happy with the way it turned out and it’s something that I wouldn’t mind if she wanted to keep on the couch instead of on her bed.
Just sayin… 😉
I hope you like the pattern! It’s shown here as a 14″ block but in the pattern you’ll find the unicorn in 12″ for a typical quilt block, along with 14″, 16″ and 18″ in case you want to turn it into a pillow cover like I did.
This is just a PDF pattern for the paper pieced unicorn. There is no instruction on making a pillow cover nor is there a how-to for doing paper piecing – those abound in plenty for free all over the internet and are easily found. What you will get is the unicorn paper pieced pattern in 4 different sizes for your convience. Print out only the size(s) you want to save on ink and paper.
For today only you can click here to download the pattern for FREE from Payhip – but make sure to download it from Payhip today as well because tomorrow the item will be removed before being relisted with a cost. This has now expired but you can still purchase the pattern at the link above.
Looking forward to tomorrow – Day 3 of the Black & White Blog Hop.
Bye for now!