Saturday, 29 September 2012

Square Deal

I took some time today to think about what my Mouthy Stitches partner would like on her tote bag. And I had a poke through my stash. What's left of it, as I seem to have packaged the majority of my fabric and readied it to post to my Brit Bee buddies.

I had a little left though. And I indulged in my recent obsession with square in a square blocks. Not that I have been making many, or anything like that, but they have been on my mind and I keep seeing them pop up all over the place. The more I see them the more I want some. I do hope my swap partner feels the same way, because this was the result of my first experiment today. If she likes it I will make a couple more.


It is a square in a square with a wee twist in the form of that teal strip through the middle. Does anyone else out there just piece their square in a square blocks? I know it is a paper piecing block but this was my second attempt and I just drew it out on paper, worked out the maths, cut the fabric and sewed. It seems to be fairly accurate so I am happy with the results. I was just wondering if I was the only one, and am quite sure I am not.

I will be popping a question, or two, onto the Mouthy Stitches Flickr group to see if this appeals to my partner, and whether she has a preference for background fabrics. I know I do, but this tote bag will be for her not me so best to let her have a say. The choices I am giving her are either navy or grey Essex linen.


Meanwhile, as I fussy cut the Heather Ross bicycle, I got the Queen song Bicycle Race stuck in my head, which then segued into Fat Bottomed Girls. Do you think I have issues?!

Susan

30 comments:

  1. I know I'm not your partner but I think these would be fab against the navy. Those bicycles are so cute!

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  2. if i was in it i would say carry on Susan they are lovely ............but i am not though i am sure your partner will love them !!!!

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  3. I'm sure your partner will love it, its gorgeous :-) The lighter coloured option for me please ;-)
    Fat bottomed girls rule. (Not that I'm biased or anything...)

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  4. I love those blocks, I'm sure your partner will love them too. Great colours

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  5. love them!! clever you working it all out! I regularly get Queen songs running thru my head due to my parents indoctrinating me with Queen when I was growing up! xx

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  6. The blocks are beautiful and I just piece whenever I can too. I love the bikes but I am guessing this is not for me. If it was, I love it, I love the colours and even though it is not what was in my mosaic, I love it anyway. Glad to see that you have time for sewing.

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  7. Cute cute cute! Love the block...esp on the grey linen. It will make a lovely tote!

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  8. SaaaWeet block! How could your partner not love it!

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  9. Brilliant - but I wouldn't expect anything less from you - I prefer the grey too - just in case....

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  10. great blocks. The colors are great.

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  11. If it's for me, I love the navy. Also, is it wrong that part of me is considering having Fat Bottomed Girls be the first dance music at my wedding?

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  12. that's fab - I love the strip of teal. Perfect contrast!

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  13. It is lovely! I love the orange.

    Why is everyone singing today? I got "I am walking..." on my head but I am driving (like) mad today ...

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  14. What a great block! (Yes, I'd also piece rather than faff round with paper foundations!) It looks wonderful on both backgrounds so I'll be interested to see what your partner chooses!
    P.S. How's Emily?
    P.P.S. Bicycle song? Yes, I know that! Fat-bottomed girl song? Nope...

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  15. So cute, I love that wee bike! And those songs might have run through my mind too lol

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  16. Love the bike and the block, the grey linen is lush, I MUST get some for my stash soon!

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  17. These are great just a little bit different and who doesn't love some fussy cutting!

    I made a pincushion earlier that really any sane person would have foundation pieced although I just sewed direct. You're not the only one!

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  18. Lovely!!! I like both backgrounds too - don't know what's got into me today then!

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  19. Reminiscent of Mouthy Stitches 1!! ;-)) I piece square within square blocks as they are fairly straight forward, as long as those bias edges are kept in check!

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  20. Perfect block, with he grey background, but I kinda like he navy too! Can't beat a bit of Queen!

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  21. Perhaps those bicycles are calling you subliminally! I love the navy and grey backgrounds, and the block as a whole! Well done! Jxo

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  22. yes, I piece square in square- largely because the first one I did- years ago- i had never heard of paper piecing- other than EPP, though I didn't know it was called that- and I just did something I thought would look ok. Before bloggiedom, you see.
    Love your squares, and the orange with the teal.

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  23. Love it :-) the teal strip really sets it off.

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  24. I like the teal strip but I'm useless at quilt math. I'm sure your partner will love your blocks!

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  25. Wow! Those look super! I haven't tried just piecing square in square blocks. Somehow the paper piecing ones is soothing to me. I put on music (but not Queen, more like Big Daddy Blues Band) and rock the blocks!

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  26. Great blocks and I love a bit of Queen ;-)

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