Monday, August 5, 2019

Happy Little Things BOM + Give-Away!!!

Yay, it's time to start Happy Little Things Free BOM!  I was honored to be asked by Jacquelynne Steves to participate - and it's so fun!  Click here to see Jacquelynne's post - Happy Little Things - and stay tuned for the give-away at the end of the post, not just on my blog but on the other participating bloggers as well - she has some fantastic sponsors!!  I'll link to the other bloggers at the end of the post!

When I got the pattern and was deciding how to do it, I chose to go with the embroidered version.  I do love embroidery!  I also chose to use fabrics by Kim Diehl that I've been collecting.

In tracing the embroidery, I use a red Frixion pen, because it's heat erasable.  I'm a messy tracer and wanted the lines to disappear when I was done.



I always cut my block larger than needed, and pink the edges to reduce fraying.  I then add a fusible non-woven interfacing so my floss doesn't show through to the front - and it's just easier to handle.



After stitching, I trimmed the block down, using painter's tape to mark a square on my ruler [it's the only ruler I have], making a "window" so I could center the block.

For the flying geese [my first one ever!!!] I followed Jacquelynne's tutorial, here:  Flying Geese Tutorial

I discovered that I had to stitch just below the line I made - I can't stitch directly on the line, but next to it toward the outside corner that I'll be cutting off.  Not sure if you can see it in this picture:



When I did that, it lined up perfectly!



Very happy with that!  The rest of the block was so easy, and I am a terrible piecer, lol!



I ended my block with log cabin style strips [sorry, forgot to take a picture of that], as I had a slightly different vision for the finished piece.  I stitched a strip to the right side, bottom, left side, then top, and set it aside waiting for block 2!  

Now, the moment you've been waiting for, the give-aways!  The prize this month is an Olfa Pack, how cool is that!



Simply leave me a comment, with your email, to be in the running for this give-away.  (click on "comments" at the end of this post to leave one).  
The give-away is open to U.S. and Canadian residents for the Olfa pack, international winners will receive an alternate prize.  One prize per person per give-away.  
The give-away ends on Sunday, August 11th at midnight.
(Please be sure that I can contact you immediately through your blog account, or be sure to include your email in your comment.  If I choose your name but cannot contact you immediately, I will have to choose another winner.  If I do not receive a response from you within 48 hours, I will have to choose another winner.)

Ok, that's the give-away on my blog, but you can also enter at the other blogs!!  Here's a list, go visit!!!  Click on each name to visit:



Are you a member of Jacquelynne's Facebook group?  Great fun, and you can post pictures of your blocks there!  You can join here:  Sew Quilty Friends

Whew, that's a long post - and now that it's done I need to get stitching for my Applique Club's September designs!  I wish you well in the give-aways, as always be blessed, be happy!  See you soon!

Love,
Allie


EDIT:  Most of you are coming up as no-reply bloggers, I have no way to contact you if you win.  Please put your email in your comment, in this format -(example)   allieoopsdesigns (at) gmail (dot) com














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sue said...

Thanks for the embroidery tips. I may just try this as it's been awhile since I've done any.

Meari said...

Thanks for the tip on how you did your embroidery. I hadn't thought about using a patterned fabric to do the embroidery on so that's another good idea. Your block looks great!

Geri A said...

Your colorway is really rich! Deep saturated colors!

Katie Stovall said...

Oooohhh Im currently struggling with Flying Geese...thanks for the link to the tutorial!!!!!

Ann said...

beautiful!! Thanks for the tips

Sally BC said...

Somehow I've missed your site in trawling the internet! Love the style of your approach. I'll be joing your FACEBOOK group.
I am joining in the Happy Little Things QAL, which is what led me to your blog. This is an entry for the give away.I
I grew up in Michigan and looking forward to a visit in about 10 days time. Then we are going to drive the coast, from Detroit area completely around. How much fun will that be - never ever done that!

Cheryl said...

LOVE that beautiful colorway, and thanks for the painter's tape tip!

Frédérique said...

Sweet block, I love your embroidery!😍

Becky said...

You know I have some fabric almost like this that I have loved for many years and never found what to use if for. this might be just right.

Pam Sickles said...

Love all of your patterns.

Sue Green said...

Love your block! Thank you.

Kathryn Gray said...

Love your block..thanks for the chance to win.✂️🧵✂️

Bette said...

Thanks for the great tips you left!

GranChris said...

I just saw the picture of your sorting, that is amazing. I want to live at your house or just stop by. Have a great day. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

Kathryn said...

I love embroidery, and is how I would do this project. Yours is great.

Liz Horgan said...

Your goose looks perfect!! I always seem to have problems getting mine squared up---I'll check out Jacqueline's tutorial and see if that'll help me improve mine!

Shirley said...

Thanks for the embroidery tips, Wonderful giveaway!

Rosemary said...

I love embroidery and handwork ... Haven't done that yet with her BOM's but this might be the year.

Lee said...

I am going to give the embroidery a go! Thanks for the tips!!

Nancy T said...

Love your embroidered block, and thanks for the tips!

Sharon said...

I will probably do both applique and embroidery. I love to do both.

Noreen said...

Thank you for doing the tutorial on the embroidery! I need all the help I can get!

Joan said...

Your block is gorgeous and I am a big fan of Kim Diehl, also. Thank you for your great tips and photos.

Gail said...

Your block is cute. I love the color choices. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jennifer said...

I really love your color pallet! Congratulations on your first flying geese unit. You will come to appreciate all you can do with them! Thanks for the give away.

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

So glad to have your helpful hints on setting up for embroidery and squaring up the middle. Looking forward to the next block you do.

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Even without seeing the full block, I like the colors - more reproduction look!

Pam said...

Love your colors. Can't wait to see the rest of your quilt.

Ondrea said...

Great color choices!! I really like how yours turned out. :)

SD said...

Lovely site!

Millie said...

love the helpful hints and the can't wait to see how everyone's quilts turn out. I really like doing BOMs.

Brenda said...

I have been considering doing the flowers in hand embroidery and am leaning even farther in that direction after seeing your finished block. You did a wonderful job and it truly looks so pretty. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to coming back and seeing how your quilt comes together every month.

Vida said...

Love blocks of the months.

ShirleyC said...

This is so cute! I use painter's tape for a lot of sewing things.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the tutorials. They really help with the creation process.

ShiellaS said...

Love your fabric choices!

suesinger said...

Love the embroidery

CruiseToScrap said...

I like the reproduction version. I don't think I would have thought about that.

Amyjoajs15 said...

Thank you for the tip on the pen to use for outlining. I am a messy outliner too!!

dmrunkle said...

Thanks, I also plan to do the embroidery!

MoeWest said...

I love your fabric choices! Your block looks wonderful.

Elizabeth Barno said...

I love your suggestions for the embroidery.

Nancy J said...

Love the geese points and your fabric colours.

Barb D said...

Your block turned out very nice!

april dawn said...

I’m excited to start my block but I need to cut my fabrics first. Adlopez77(at)gmail(dot)com

Mary Lou P. said...

Love your block. Thank you for participating

Beth said...

Allie girl, that was your first set of flying geese? You nailed them! Your block looks great! It's fun to get embroidery tips from you.

Lelasijtsma said...

I’m excited to start my block, but didn’t get an email, checked junk folder and it’s not there. I will give it a couple days, maybe it’ll show up. LeLa.sijtsma (at) gmail (dot) com

LeslieSchucker said...

Love your colorway!!

Jayne said...

I love your choice of fabrics, this is going to be great

KaHolly said...

Oh, Allie, the center looks great embroidered! I love it!

Denise :) said...

What a pretty colorway for your block! The background print for your embroidered center is perfect - great job! :)

Laura said...

Your embroidery is beautiful.

carol said...

Thanks for the embroidery tips and guidelines.

Jollygirl said...

I like your embroidered center. I think that's what I will do on my block.
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MissM said...

Your block is beautiful. hayesmbj@yahoo.com

Paula said...

Thanks for the tips! I think I'll do embroidery too.

karen said...

Ooooh, finally a colorway I can love. I like the springy modern fabrics, but I LOVE more traditional darker primitive type palettes.

Gretchen Weaver said...

This is going to be such a fun BOM. Can't wait to see what you come up with. Happy Stitching!

Joyce Carter said...

I really love your block. Scrappy is my favorite so I am going to use my scraps for these blocks. Thank you for the giveaway.

neflaval said...

I thought I'd be the only one using these type of fabrics.

Unknown said...

Love the fall colors.

Little Penpen said...

Allie, you made a cute cute block and your flying geese look perfect! I'm going to visit the others now to see what else is going on. Fun!!

Lydia said...

Thank you for providing the opportunity for me to win! I sure hope I win! Love your block and the fabric choices.

Barb said...

Your block is lovely--and it looks perfectly pieced!
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Anonymous said...

Can’t wait to start. Love this BOM

Unknown said...

Cruising through other of your blogs,enjoying them very much. I'm messy too but things seem to turn out ok if I keep on plugging away. Thanks.
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Teresa said...

Your block looks great and the stitchery fits right in. I signed up today to participate and hope to get my instructions soon.

Patricia said...

Pretty colors.
patsystitch@gvtc.com

Carol said...

Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway! Love your Kin Diehl fabrics.

Joanna said...

I like the colors you are using and hope I put together some primitive fabrics to use for this quilt. Beautiful block.

Deb A said...

Pretty block. Your piecing looks great to me! I think I might try embroidery too.... thanks for the tips. It will be my first attempt at embroidery. djaquilter41 @ gmail. com

Unknown said...

Looking forward to doing this block and checking out your site.

Darcey
grndmaof5@gmail.com

Stitchin At Home said...

Thanks for the embroidery tip!

47lilpolock said...

I love to small projects like this one.

Andrea said...

The blog hop is giving up so many wonderful ideas. It's pure heaven to be able to choose how to change-up the blocks with applique, embroidery and more. Thank you for sharing.

Jan Snell said...

I love your colours! Quite classic. Janice.snell@gmail.com

Kathy H said...

Very pretty colors. I love to see how many different ways the blocks turn out.

Cheryl said...

Love fabrics from Kim Diehl, but have such difficulty with flying geese! Cwilkeraloise@gmail.com

LakeMGal said...

Great fabric choice! I love Kim Diehl fabrics - have a collection of my own.

Margaret said...

I’m so happy to have found your blog, and look forward to seeing all your blocks done in Kim Diehl colors! margaretannemich at gmail dot com

Sewmom18 said...

Thanks for sharing your block.

Vawndee said...

Can’t wait to get started on my project. Thank you for the embroidery tips.

Anonymous said...

I am getting so many great ideas from all the blogs! I love your fabrics and embroidery.
Denise (Artneese@aol.com)

Quilter Kathy said...

Love your scrappy version of this block... I also did my centre block in embroidery!

Rochelle said...

Love your site and many ideas.
mrhm66@gmail.com


Julie said...

Hi Allie, I am going to embroider my blocks as well. I recently found a box of fabric in greens and purples. I can't remember why I was squirreling them away, so this is the project I will use them for.

Carmen N said...

I think you did very well in your Flying Geese. Thanks for the tips!

Mindy said...

I love using frixon pens! When the pattern has several colors, I'll even try to color match with the pen.

Donna said...

I am relatively new to quilting and am excited to do my very first BOM.

Unknown said...

I appreciate your embroidery hints and guides. Thank you!

Bonnie H, said...

Thank you for the opportunity to enter the give a way. Bonnie H. Hippiecx44@aol.com

wendy said...

Love your block! I have been using the painters tape also, it works great! sewgood414athotmaildotcom

Gay Reeder said...

I liked your ideas, especially about the painters tape in the ruler. I'll have to try that idea.

Renea said...

Your block is sew cute. Love the colors you used

DLREB said...

Thanks for the tip on how you did your embroidery! stonevalley1994@gmail.com

Tenille said...

Love your colors! I use tape too, but I like using washi tape because it adds a little extra fun to my tools. :)

Jan said...

This is going to be such fun!!! Thanks! mgquiter2 at geusnetdotcom

Sue D said...

Great choice of fabrics and stitching and thanks for the tips.
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Unknown said...

love the colors, thanks for sharing

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

Love the colors in your block.

Paula said...

Thanks for sharing your version of this cute project. jpbnalden (at) gmail (dot) com

chrisknits said...

Oh my goodness! I adore you color scheme!! I just passed over some stash today that is similar in value to your block. I think I know what I will be using for my blocks. Thanks for the inspiration.

Shannon H said...

I am looking forward to starting this BOM. shan-craft@att.net

Daniele said...

I can't sew on a straight line either. :-)
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Inge Lise said...

So nice. Thanks for the embroidery tips. I like it all.
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eckypucky said...

Oh how fun this is! Thank you for the tips!:o)

Lorene holbrook said...

I love how all the blocks are similar, but so very different!

mdghall said...

Love your fabrics and the sweet embroidery. It's going to be a beautiful quilt.

Carlie said...

Love your blog and I like the way you embroidered the flower!

Karen said...

I really like your fabric choices. Your embroidery looks so pretty in the solid.

Brenda West said...

I love the block you used. Love the fabrics as well. It's great to see others ideas as a I still learning. deanbren87@gmail.com Thanks

Judy said...

Thanks for all the great ideas.

Karen P said...

I love, love, love your colors! Thanks for a chance to win!
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SallyC said...

Love your block and thanks for the embroidery tip. gregandsally@abbnebraska.com

Rozz01 said...

Great ideas for the mini and love to see the variety of projects.

Kimberly said...

I love frixion too! Glad to see it being used! kimberlyclark72@rocketmail.com

Judyk2310 said...

I really like your version of the block and the squaring up of the block.
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Rhonda Flickinger said...

I love your colors for the block.
rtrm22@hotmail.com
Rhonda Flickinger

Beckster said...

I love the deep saturation of color in your embroidery with this block.

sewingnana said...

I love your style!

JODY WENDT said...

Love learning about all the different ideas.
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Karen in Breezy Point said...

I have a small stash of Kim Diehl fabrics and love how your block looks with them--very nice! I'm so impressed at how different the blocks have been looking in the blog posts! Can't wait to see how your whole quilt comes out!

Joyful Quilter said...

Very cute block. Love the colors you chose.

Unknown said...

I love your Kim Diehl inspired block!

Lani said...

Thank you for the step by step instructions. You make it seem very do-able. I will definitely have to try this. lmcneice@prgrain.bc.ca

Jenny said...

This is beautiful! I love the colors you chose.

Gina's Custom Creations said...

I love the way embroidery looks, but I don't like anything related to hand-sewing, so I'll never learn it myself. But I enjoy seeing the work of others, and your pieces are wonderful!

Centergranny said...

This is such a cute block!

earth visitor said...

thank you for all the hints and projects you share and giveaways are always great

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Nancy D said...

Your block turned out really nice. I am not sold on the pens though. I used a black ink on a dark gray fabric, ironed off the color, and later it came back as white. Was not happy.

pharmgirl75 said...

Your quilt is going to be lovely with Kim Diehl fabrics.

Beverly said...

Allie - thanks so much for showing your block - it's lovely. I have not started my blocks yet but do intend to Beverly at missyb52.c@aol.com

Unknown said...

Your block turned out great! Love the fabric choices. Great flying geese! Way to go!

Sharon Aurora said...

Your background fabric is perfect for that embroidery. Beautiful work.
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Carol R said...

I like the fabric you are using

Quiltsmiles said...

Great block and the tips you gave will be handy, thanks!
Love your color way too which gives me an idea to use my Kim Diehl scraps with, again, my thanks.

Unknown said...

I love how your first block turned out! The colors and embroidery are so lovely! kathy [at] dynamicdorgans [dot] com

Didi said...

Loving the variety of creations on the block! Thank you for the giveaway!
Diana A
dgaheme@sbcglobal.net

LindaWI said...

Thanks for all the tips you gave us, your block looks great!
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Kathleen Kingsbury said...

Love your block, Allie. You did great on your flying geese for a first try. I always have trouble with those . . . they never want to fly straight!
kakingsbury at verizon dot net

Karen J said...

My happy place is my new studio where I can quilt!

SandraBogo said...

I like your more fall-ish colors!
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Kathleen Gregory said...

I bookmarked your page so I can come back to see how you square up your blocks!

Miss Nancy said...

Thank you for this great giveaway! Love the embroidered version of Happy Little Things! Great colors!

Phyllis said...

I love your embroidery ideas.

OhioLori said...

My Daughter would love the colors you used! Thank you for the tips too...and for chance to win the Give-a-way :)

Anonymous said...

I enjoy your designs, I have embroidered several. Love Freedom. donnnahill@gmail

Susan said...

Allie, your block is wonderful, as I expected it would be. Yes, on all angles, I sew below the line, like you did. Even with batiks. It's amazing the difference a couple of threads make to accuracy! Your block looks so perfect, and I'm hoping you WILL take a picture of it with the strips and show it on here, because I want to see it! Or send it to me in an e-mail. LOL Thanks so much for your part in all this, including the giveaway.

Regina Andari - workinouttheinks.blogspot.com said...

I mostly work on wool applique projects but keep seeing so many fabrics that I would love to work with. I love the tips that you have offered--namely, pinking the edges of the block and (especially) using fusible to keep thread/stitches from showing through the fabric. What a great idea!
randari (at) Hotmail (dot) com

Cecilia said...

Cute block! Thanks for the tips and links.
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Hannah said...

What a lovely fabric choice you've made. I'm excited to see your quilt grow!

SharShar said...

I am also a fan of Kim Diehl fabrics and embroidery so really like your version.

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Delaine said...

I am really enjoying this blog hop and seeing the beautiful blocks. Thanks!

Bev said...

I Love your blog and all your hints. Thanks for sharing

Joy Rinearson said...

Thank you for sharing your tips 😁👍

Jessica Jo said...

Love flying geese: aren't they fun?!

Kathy F said...

I love the colors you used in your block!

Karen said...

I really love your block colors. The embroidery is so sweet.

Stacey Trichel said...

Have a blessed day. strichel@yahoo.com

Kathryn said...

A beautiful blog - not just for the Happy Little Things
Kathryn
kati27 at ozemail (dot) com (dot) au

Carol Andrews said...

What beautiful fabrics you have used. I really like the combination. Too much fun!
Carol Andrews
QuiltSchmilt@gmail.com

grandmak said...

Love your block. sewncreations @ gmail.com

Rhonda said...

Thank you cant wait to start...
Barussery@gmail.com

rosemaryschild said...

Great embroidery tips & love your block variation! Thank you, Susan spierssusan52atgmaildotcom

Rebadeba said...

Love the rich colors in your block!!! Good inspiration as I get started!

Unknown said...

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Rhonda Best said...

This is an awesome prize pack, thanks for the chance. I like the simplicity of your embroidered flower. mtmom57@gmail.com

Michele T said...

Great start... your block is awesome!
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judi said...

These colors look very mid 19th century to me.

Vanessa said...

First time I've been on your blog. Love your background! vanessarschmidt@gmail.com

Vicki said...

Your color way is darker most. I am looking forward to seeing your finished quilt

Verna G said...

Lovely little block.Great embroidery!

Susan Du said...

Love your choice of fabrics and thanks for sharing your tips!

Diane' said...

thank you .... I like your block.
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Cheryl Lee said...

I love every thing Kim Diehl?..especially if it’s blue!

Nancy in IN said...

I also chose the embroidered centers. I love embroidered and use the Frixion pens to mark pattern.

Quilting Addict said...

I love navy and really want to indulge in this mat and cutter.

Ruth said...

I really like the way your block looks.

Melanie said...

Your block is quite beautiful, and I love that you made it scrappy with such nice fabrics. I also like Kim Diehl's fabrics and designs. I also find your blog very interesting; I'm a first time visitor. :-)

Shawna said...

Thanks for your blog. I love your Kim Diehl fabric. Might do that myself. Sjkissell@gmail.com

JLP53 said...

Love your colours! Thanks for the give-away!

Unknown said...

Love the colors you chose AND the simple embroidery that seems to stand out in its simplicity!

Walter said...

Thanks for your tips! pjrquilter at msn dot com

orhedricks said...

Oooh i love your colors! Thanks for the tips.

Michelle J. said...

I'd love to win! My email's in my profile.

Jonnie said...

Your blog is so pretty! Love the photos of what you are working on and interesting stories!

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for entering me in the drawing for the prize. patsim0730@yahoo.com

Carla said...

This is exciting - can't wait! Here is my e-mail address (just in case I win LOL):
ctopp (at) richhill (dot) k12 (dot) mo (dot) us

ctopp@richhill.k12.mo.us

djlrussell said...

One thing giveaways are good for is to entice me to find new and interesting blogs with new and interesting ideas!!! I'm so happy to have found your page!!!

Sandi said...

Hope I win this great prize. Just want to add that I love your work.

Geneal said...

It is interesting visiting new blogs through this project.

Anonymous said...

I do like the embroidered block and especially when done on a print. Looks great. Thank you. parrishnm7@hotmail.com

June Alton said...

So happy to have found your blog. Love reading all your great tips.

Becky said...

I love that you used CW repro fabrics. That would be my choice.

works4me said...

That is going to be a really nice version of the quilt.

Bea said...

Only ONE ruler?? How do you survive? LOL

Christi said...

I really like the primitive colors that you chose for your quilt.
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davedarlene said...

I love your blog with all the tips and inspirational ideas.

Unknown said...

Love the tips on how you did your embroidery.

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