Monday, September 2, 2019

Happy Little Things Block 2!

Block two of Happy Little Things is here!


For the life of me I can't get a good picture - you'll have to trust me that the fabrics go together a lot better in real life, lol!

I will admit that this block almost did me in.  Keep in mind, I am NOT a piecer - most of my stuff is either embroidery or applique.  When I piece, everything is wonky, and that's usually the look I'm going for.  Having said that, here we go - 


I followed Jacquelynne's tutorial for making hst's, I normally make them differently.  This was fine, although I had trouble marking on darker fabrics - I ended up using a regular pencil instead of all of my specialty markers, it just worked better.

So far so good.  However, trimming the hourglass hst's was beyond me.  I ended up just shaving off wherever - the bottom and one side.  I did follow Jacquelynne's tutorial, but I'm piecing challenged, lol!  Making the block wasn't hard, but the trimming was.  It's quite possible there was insufficient coffee.


And you know what?  I'm fine with it.  I'm quite pleased with how it turned out - 


No, it's not perfect, but I don't do perfect.  I finished the block with strips around it in a log cabin style, as I'm making a table runner instead of a wall hanging.

The embroidery was done with two strands of floss and backstitch and French knots.  Nothing fancy here.

And now - on to the giveaway!  The prize this month is an Aurifil Designer Thread Box, value $50!


This giveaway is open to all.  You have until September 8th, Sunday, to leave me a comment on this post to be entered.  PLEASE leave your email address!  I had so many folks who didn't last time, and I couldn't enter you in the giveaway, nor get in touch with you to let you know.

Now - you have more than one way to enter - there's other blogs to visit!  Leave a comment on each one for extra entries!

Also, if you haven't already, you can join Jacquelynne's facebook group to show off your blocks and enjoy the companionship of really wonderful quilters!

Good luck in the giveaways, I'll see you soon - 

Love,
Allie


162 comments:

Barb D said...

What a nice prize this month! And cute Block! Badawson16 at aol dot com

orhedricks said...

I love the colors in your block and can't wait to see the finished table runner. Orhedricks at gmail dot com

Rebecca McCain said...

I love the fabric choices you made. So cute.
beckymccain1952@gmail.com Rebecca McCain

Claytonk said...

Your block has a unique style that I like.

Lelasijtsma said...

I love your block, simple embroidery is good. LeLa dot Sijtsma at gmail dot com

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

Love the gold, plum, and navy color combination in your block.

Nancy J said...

Love the block and the colours, HST, I do mine that way too, and sometimes use an ordinary pencil, on darks use a white fine line pencil.A fabulous giveaway too, this is a bonus.

Julierose said...

Loving the colors in your block--very nice finish on this...hugs, ulierose

Laura said...

Thanks for the lovely photos including your hand embroidery. You are quite right that fussy piecing does take practice and we should not be too hard on ourselves.

Unknown said...

Love the way you did the block, it came out unique. It is really great that you share how hard piecing is for you and yet you made it look so good. verybusymomys at gmail dot com

Shannon H said...

I have never used Aurifil thread and would love to try. shan-gen@att.net

Pam said...

Love your block! Thanks for sharing

Unknown said...

Love your block. What a great giveaway. grndmaof5@gmail.com

Diana.Didi said...

Love the block, thanks for giveaway opportunity! 😊
Diana A
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Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely block. Gloria P
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Chantelle said...

That color combination is superb! Love the simplicity of the embroidery! Looking forward to seeing the table runner completed!
Chanzy720@yahoo.com

JulieT303 said...

Love this version of the block. Julie Taylor
Email JulieAover@hotmail.com

Camille V said...

Hi Allie, your block is charming. It is fun to see a variety of choices and interpretations. camilledotvenners at gmaildotcom

Unknown said...

As a new quilter I love seeing all the different versions of the same block.

Deb said...

Absolutely love the color combo in your block!

grammyx4 said...

Love your block! And the piecing is perfecto!

Bankerlori said...

Love your block!
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wendy said...

Lovely block! sewgood414athotmaildotcom

Susan said...

I don't do perfect either even though I do try. I like the colors of your block.

Joye with an e said...

I love your comment about not doing perfect. That is me, too! Thanks.
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april dawn said...

Love your blocks. I need to get on this.

Sharon Aurora said...

I like your colors and the block looks great.
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Barb said...

The table runner is a nice idea. (I love your blog heading).
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mangozz said...

I love how your block turned out! I would never had known that you weren't a piecer.

MastiffSue said...

Love your block's fabric choices. mastiffsue1@gmail.com

Jill said...

Your block looks swell. Not perfect and done is better than perfect piecing and not done.

DLREB said...

Love your block! stonevalley1994@gmail.com

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That's such a pretty block! I like your darker fabrics!

Jessie McCloskey said...

I think it turned out great! I don't do perfection either.

Karen said...

I love the colors in your block and I think it turned out great!

GranChris said...

Love the colors you chose to use. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

Ponderosa Postings said...

Good job. I enjoy your posts. Donna Hill donnnahill@gmail.com

Julieb said...

I just love this BOM. I am new to quilting so seeing all the various combinations of colors is so inspiring . I love the ones you have been using in your blocks. They are very “country” looking.
Julieb354@gmail.com

Amanda Best said...

I love your old fashioned blocks and you did a great job on the piecing!
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Gretchen Weaver said...

Love your block, very cute! villacrestfarm@gmail.com

myzbarb said...

Precision piecing is hard, but wonky is in!! Thank goodness. I love applique and embroidery, too. The blocks in this BOM are great frames for showing off embroidery.

MoeWest said...

Your block looks great!

WoolenSails said...

Fun block and I do love making half squares with that method.

Debbie

Paula said...

What cute blocks! Thanks for the giveaway.

Tammy said...

This is a new blog to me. I look forward to looking around at your projects!

Janice said...

Love you block. It would be great to win the Aurifil Designer Thread Box.
What a great giveaway.

Susan said...

I love your colors! Please use my email 'happytrails2u-rv@att.net'. Thank you!

Daniele said...

I think your fabrics really look good together and the picture is great.
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Lee said...

Love your choice of fabrics! lujewell@aol.com

Rosemary said...

Wonky is my middle name. I really like the color combo you are using ... I love applique, embroidery and piecing ... I'm not a paper piecer, though. /sigh ...Thanks for sharing your block.

Brenda West said...

Love your block. Great fabrics. Thanks for another great giveaway. deanbren87@gmail.com

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing how you completed block #2. I haven't done piecing yet, so it's encouraging to me to hear that you don't strive for perfection with piecing. Sometimes it's good for us to enjoy the process, do our best and still love the results even if it's not "perfect."

mama b said...

Very cute block. Mamabertsch@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

What a delightful blog. You should post more often.

Denise :) said...

Your handwork is pretty; I love the simplicity of it! :) denisepanter(at)gmail(dot)com

Unknown said...

These tutorials are very helpful.
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Cecilia said...

Great block! I like simple blocks.
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Elizabeth Barno said...

I love your block!

Jocelyn said...

Your block is very cute! I'm working on a quilt with lots of HST's. It's not been too bad. The trick will be when it's all put together and see if it all fits nicely :-)

Memaw said...

Thanks for your post. madelinesmemaw@gmail.com

Kimberly said...

Oh my goodness!!! How cute?! I love it!!! kimberlyclark72@rocketmail.com

RCSBRS said...

You did a great job!

Elizabeth Barno said...

I have never used Aurifil thread, but would love to try it!

Nancy in IN said...

You did very well making your block.

sue s said...

I love the colors of your block! I think it helps when everyone uses different fabrics.

Enthous said...

Love the hand quilting. It's perfect for your fabric selection and the block.
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Wendy Zick said...

Your block is so different! I love it!

Sue Green said...

I love your block! Nothing I do is perfect!
Thank you!

Gail said...

I really like the colors in this quilt block. It looks fabulous. jgsowin@gmail.com

tac73 said...

Love the colors for your version of this block!

Bert K said...

Love the block and the embroidery bertk1@aol.com

Linda Copas said...

Your block is charming. And to share a tip, just in case, to square up the hour glass block, align the half-block measurement on the center point of the hour glass. Example: 4 1/2 inch block (unfinished), align the 2 1/4 inch line at the center point of the hour glass. Bingo! Perfect hour glass.

Sarah said...

Very pretty with the embroidery in the centre!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Oh, yes!!! That block almost did me in, too, when I made it for a quilt I am (supposed) to be making. I had to redo them because the trimming was done wrong. I figured it out, but there were tears along the way. Your block looks perfectly fine, but I can see you had the same issue I did.

Your fabrics look so pretty!! And your stitching...Perfection!

Sewgirl said...

I like the way you changed the center appliqué to embroidery. Beautiful block. Thanks for sharing.

Cindy Berry said...

Beautiful block. cmberry@lsu.edu

Lydia said...

I love your block. Pictures are very helpful

Hannah said...

Your block is beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Anorina Morris said...

Your block is a beauty - I love embroidery but haven't done much for such a long time.

Darlene said...

I love your fabric choices.

Dianne M said...

I think your block turned out wonderful!! I love the mix of sewing and embroidery on your block.

Judy1522 said...

Your block is great and I also find that trimming the hst is probably the hardest part of making it.

Jayne said...

I think you've done a great job. Don't be so hard on yourself

Pam said...

I loved your block! HSTs are tricky and mine never look perfect, but I don't let that stop me!

KaHolly said...

Allie, it came out just fine! The more you piece, the better you’ll become. I made hourglass blocks a few weeks ago and I agree, they are tricky to trim! I messed up royally on one, but now that the quilt is together, you’d never know.

Liz Horgan said...

You did a great job with piecing the block!!
I wish I could embroider like you do!
eahorgan@gmail.com

Delaine said...

I love this block - so pretty. Thanks!

Tammy said...

I still love the fabrics you are using for this....I am most definitely not a piecer either. But your block looks great....It doesn't look wonky to me... It is beautiful.

Tina B said...

Love your header in the blog....the sailboats and embroidered passage. Designing some sailboat applique pillows for a lake house :)
Your locks look pretty perfect to me!!

Tina B said...

Oops, forgot my email....not sure how I show up, no reply or not.
Love your sailboat header....designing some pillows for a lake house.
Yor blocks look perfect to me!!
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Daniela M said...

Love your choice of colors. For me, they are very unusual. Love it. martisovitsd@central.edu

pippirose said...

Love your block! pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Ups and Downs said...

This is a great giveaway.

Unknown said...

Love love your block. And thanks for the pics. I'm never perfect on a block and always have to trim, so it's nice to hear others are that way too.

Mary Lou P. said...

Love Aurifil thread. Really like your embroidery done in one color.

Deb Sitter said...

Beautiful Block! My Janome Loves aurifil thread debee503@gmail.com

Sue Bernier said...

I have been making quilts with Aurifil since I bought my Janome several years ago. I'll never go back to other threads for my quilts. justagirl363 at gmail dot com

joanelle20 said...

I really like the colors you used for the block

Unknown said...

I love getting new quilting ideas.

BlessOSU said...

It is a great quilt along. Yours looks wonderful. Thanks for hosting the contest

Tamma Melton said...

My 1st time to visit your blog --- I really enjoyed it and the creativity you have! Looking forward to learning & being inspired...thank you for participating in the giveaway!

Tamma Melton
tammamelton@yahoo.com

Kathy E. said...

I love your sense of humor and how real you are! I do love piecing, but wonky is very often the way it comes out. I keep practicing! I do hope your shoulder heals quickly so you can back to doing what you love!
duchick at gmail dot com

Noreen said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway! Like the fall colors of your block! trotskyn@att.net

Mary said...

This site is so pretty and cheerful! Thank you for this opportunity for the giveaway

Stacey Trichel said...

I love seeing all the different colors on the blocks. strichel@yahoo.com

Annette Canonica said...

Loving the Happy Little Things BOM. Love Aurifil thread too!
Thanks for the giveaway JewelryBoxJoy@aol.com

Ruthann said...

Love the flower. Such a happy flower. Love aurifil threads.

tehlers said...

I love the block this month and it would be awesome to win. tdcehlers@yahoo.com

2Eagles said...

I agree, coffee is imperative for concentration as well as classical music.
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nanateppy said...

I think your colors are unique and your block turned out very nicely!
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Denise8 said...

So nice! And a great prize. I love Aurifil.

seamstress manana said...

I actually like your colors. They go together very well. 😊

Lin said...

I like people who tell us straight up that they aren't good at something! Makes it easier for us ordinary folks to live with what we can do ;-)

Ronelle said...

I love your colors. Thank you for sharing your block and awesome giveaway.
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Teresa said...

Your block looks fabulous.

Anonymous said...

Lovely fabrics thank you ... tiggrpls3@aol.com

Unknown said...

I haven't done may HSt so I expect to be challenged. Yours look fine. I may make a table runner. dkeyser59@gmail.com.

Judy said...

Really like the blue embroidery!
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Unknown said...
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Lorna said...

Would love to win the Aurifil Prize Pack. Cheers from lmorochove@gmail.com

hummnbyrde1 said...

I'm using Aurifil threads on my latest project and love it!! hummnbyrde1@yahoo.com

Rebecca Buchanan said...

I love Aurifil thread and this is a wonderful giveaway--thank you all who are participating. Also enjoying making these blocks!

Unknown said...

Thank you for your honesty! I feel my piecing had really improved this year while I was working on a difficult pattern. Love your block!

Veronica said...

I’ve not used Aurifil thread so I’m excited about this month’s giveaway. Your navy and rustic golds create such a pretty contrast and make your stars visible.

Angiegary said...

Your block is beautiful! Enjoy your day!! :-) :-) angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

neflaval said...

I think your blocks are lovely and I do love the fabrics.

Jen R said...

I love your block. The fabrics are just darling.

beccaauen said...

Love the blocks

Karen J said...

I loke your color choices - very Civil War like.

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

I think your block is lovely. I enjoy a little bit of hand embroidery - just not too much. Thanks for your hints.

Susan4cats said...

Love your block! Also love the piece you have in your headline. I'm just getting back into embroidery after many years & am encouraged to see so many talented people.

Pilarín said...

Me gusta mucho este bloque. Gracias por la oportunidad del sorteo.
Besos,
Pilarín

Jessica Jo said...

I like how you embroidered on a low volume floral print. Super cute!

judi said...

Your not quite perfect blocks are so fun and quirky! juditupp at yahoo dot com

Linda said...

Allie, your block is perfect! I've been part of Jacqueline Steve's FB group for several years, and adore her yearly BOM. I'm happy that you are a part of it this year.

Becky said...

Love your block. What a great giveaway of Aurifil thread.

Lee said...

Great block - I love the fabric you used! thank you!

Jollygirl said...

I love your block. Great colors and wonderful embroidery. Jollypam4 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Hi! I am new to quilting and I am loving every second of it. Your blocks are beautiful!

Katie Benchoff said...

I am new to quilting. I am learning so much from these websites! Your blocks are beautiful. Can't wait to get started on them!

Unknown said...

love your fabric choices

Jo S said...

I like the block. What a great prize.

Carol K said...

Love seeing your blocks. I love to do embroidery and applique myself. Would love to win those threads! P.S. I have a hard time finding out where to leave my comment.

Shirlee Ramblings said...

Enjoyed reading at your site. Keep up the good work!
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Tonya's Territory said...

Such great work!! I love seeing all the different options on these blocks. It is so inspiring! And, I'd love to try Aurifil thread! (froggytonya at yahoo dot com)

Anonymous said...

Awesome Prize package! Love the block club also.
Thank you for the opportunity!
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Anita Gambrell said...

I have that problem taking pictures inside so I’ve tried to get all mine outdoors! Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

Renie A said...

I love your wonkiness and color choices!
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Beckahn11 said...

I to have a very hard time piecing! But I am still learning and it is getting easier! becnewell1 at gmail

karen c said...

Great choice of fabrics & colors for your block! Fun, bright threads for the Aurifil prize! karen at kcdesignworks dot com

Ginny G said...

Great prize this month. Hope I win.

Susan Stanton said...

I think your colors are lovely and your hand quilting is very nice!
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Judyk2310 said...

I like your Blog and have it as one of my favorites. judyk2310 at gmail dot com

Amyjoajs15 said...

I love the colors of your block. I am not one for darks or gold, but I really like your choice of colors.

Bonnie said...

What a lovely block! Great color combination too. bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

FL said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Lovely colors in your block.

Glenda X said...

Love your block! Hope my entry isn't too late? mainlineministries@hotmail.com

Deb said...

Your block is lovely and thanks for the chance at the give away.

Carol said...

I think you colors for the block look great! kibbac@gmail.com

Joan said...

Cute block! Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

Judy said...

Love your simple embroidery!
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Sooz said...

Thanks for the pictoral tutoring session on Block 2! It's a great refresher!

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