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Black & White Blog Hop Day 2

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

MooseStash Quilting
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Quilts by Joanne
That Fabric Feeling
Songbird Designs
Two Maker Chicks – you’re here! πŸ™‚

Hey! I guess that means that today is my day. πŸ˜‰
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. πŸ™‚
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… πŸ˜‰

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!

60 thoughts on “Black & White Blog Hop Day 2

    1. I hope she will be! Fingers crossed. She actually hasn’t seen the finished pillow and I told her it was for a “job” as I was making it. Hopefully she’ll be surprised when she opens it for her birthday in 2 months.

  1. Adorable! Your daughter is going to love it. The gold, while fussy to work with, really adds that POP. Thank you for the free patterns as well and thank you for joining the Black & White blog hop. I love your whimsical project!

  2. What a special project that will be well loved for years to come. I do love that gold around it. Great fabric sense your daughter has! πŸ™‚

    1. Yes she does! She’s been a fabric fondler now for almost 5 years. LOL She’s gotten pretty sneaky too about bring fabric up to the cutting counter by HERSELF when I tell her no to something.

  3. This is really adorable and the gold makes it look glamorous…love it! My daughter, who is over 40, has been a fan of unicorns since she was four years old. I think she’d love this!

    1. Why thank you Carol! That’s what I was thinking about the gold too – it give it that little bit of extra. πŸ™‚

  4. Adorable pillow! You did a great job with that fiddly fabric!! Thank you for the free download…I guess my granddaughters will be getting unicorn pillows as well…but no fiddly fabric!

    1. LOLOL Now Susan, what fun is it if you don’t use fiddy fabric? πŸ˜‰ Thank you, I’m glad you like it. I hope your granddaughters will like theirs!

    1. Thanks Nancy! πŸ™‚ I’m hoping that she’ll be excited to receive it for her birthday in about 2 months. Hopefully she’ll forget about it by then. LOL

  5. Beautiful pillow. I have a friend who loves unicorns. This would make a perfect pillow for her. Thank you for sharing the pattern … πŸ™‚ Pat

    1. Thank you so much Brenda! πŸ™‚ I’ve always loved unicorns myself. I think it started way back when there was a “unicorn” at the Ringling Brothers circus one year when I was a girl.

  6. Oh, I love it! And even though you went to such effort to find a darning foot, I think the quilting is just perfect! And that shimmery, slippery gold fabric is the perfect touch. She’s going to love it!

  7. Black and White with a touch of… GOLD?! I didn’t see THAT coming. Great job thinking outside the box when presented with an alternate fabric choice (something NOT cotton!!) It worked SEW well for the Blog Hop..

    1. LOL Thank you! In the past I’ve worked with lots of non-typical fabrics in art quilts but never a 4-way stretchy fabric like this and never in a pieced situation. I’m happy that it worked out on the first try and I didn’t have to rip it. πŸ™‚

  8. Thanks for being part of this fun Hop. I love black and white quilts having made several myself. Your unicorn pillow with the bling gold ruffle is the best way to and sweet little girl’s heart. I hope your daughter forgets about it and is pleasantly surprised when she opens it on her birthday in a couple of months.

  9. What a cool and unique project. I really enjoyed reading about how you created it also. The gold fabric really makes the unicorn on the pillow stand out and the quilting is beautiful. I hate to say it, but you might try finding your supplies online if you can’t find a shop to get your supplies with. I don’t like doing it either as I fully believe in supporting quilt shops and my machine dealers, but even my dealers don’t have everything I need so I do turn to online sources to get them when I have to. Fortunately, most dealers will offer to order and send it to you themselves if you can’t pick up. My dealers are a good 30-minute drive away and while that doesn’t seem far I love it when they offer to mail it as it does save me that time having to deal with getting the car for the day and going there myself. Anyway, I really loved this pillow, great job.

    1. Hello Marian πŸ™‚ Thank you! I adore your work and the compliments coming from you has made my day! Unfortunatly, I do have to turn to online vendors alot. My problem with this was the time frame. I didn’t realize that I didn’t have that foot for that particular machine until I was ready to quilt it! LOL Right after that I did place my order online and am now eagerly awaiting my delivery. I like getting goodies in the mail – specially since hubby is at work when the mailman comes. πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your day.

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