Monday, July 6, 2015

I spy with my little eye...

a bunch of crazy things...LOL! I now have 10 blocks made all using different novelty prints.

I'm not sure if I'm going to make a couple more blocks...I could try to do one with say, dark green backgrounds and maybe another with burgundy backgrounds, and then I'd have a nice size lap quilt. As it stands now my thoughts are to stop with what I have and put the blocks away for my yet to be conceived grandchild. Then when I know which gender I could either leave in the very pink princessy block for a girl, or leave it out and add the black block.. I.think I'll mull it over a while and look for more novelties cause novelties make me HAPPY!!

Here are the 4 blocks I finished up over the weekend.

Moving in a clockwise rotation starting at the upper left, we have a red block featuring...

lots of hearts, sunshine-y faces that I think are suppose to be the sun from the old Kellogg's cereal commercials, crazy limbed people... kinda walking funny, buttons, the Chinese characters for courage, peace and love, jacks... I wonder if kids even know what jacks are today, arggh!! pirates, and we finish up with cherries.

Next up a green block which has...

little baby hula girls, strangely patterned frogs, cupcakes, smiling black cats, some of my favorite characters from Peanuts, a cute toy plane, monkeys, and a boy playing soccer.

I've noticed that I've used a lot of older KP Kids prints in these blocks. I LOVE KP Kids but I haven't seen anything new from them in ages. They did the cutest kids and the most adorable pigs. I know I have a thing for chickens but their pigs are just adorable! Years ago I was in Paducah at the big AQS show and  a vendor had a kit with KP Kids pigs dressed up as farmers. I debated whether to buy it and passed on it... and I have kicked myself ever since. It haunts me... the one that got away!!!!  And to this day I figure if I like a fabric I should probably buy some because they will probably not reprint it ... and that is a bit of justification for my novelty stash... if it is cute, a third of a yard isn't going to break me! Boy I went off on a tangent didn't I?

Okay, back to the blocks... onto the purple one...

laundry hanging on a line... Halloweenie laundry, wish I had bought more of this one as I've used it all up, shoes, one of those KP pigs I was talking about,  cats and pink poodles, beach gear, sewing machines, cats/owls/spiders, and adorable smiling lady bugs.

And the final block I made has black backgrounds. My younger son said this is his favorite block...

 a pincushion and sewing bird, musical notes, dachshunds wearing sweaters, balls of yarn, a fudgesicle crazy glasses, a scribbled cat and pizza!

I realize I have a substantial stash of novelty fabric but never fear,  that will not deter me from buying more. I'm always on the lookout for items I don't have... the other week I found an octopus. I was asked the other day how much I buy of fabrics I like, and my go to cut is a third of a yard... 12 inches.  I find it is large enough to cut a good size square from and I get more variety this way. I also have to admit that I'm a regular at Fabric Shack in Waynesville and when I put a stack of bolts on a counter they just look at me and say "a third of a yard, right?" and they always are... LOL!

happy stitching...
carol fun


  1. What a cheerful group of blocks. Fun to make and fun to view.

  2. Wish I had your talent with novelty fabrics, I avoid them. Then I see what you do with them and think maybe I should go buy more.

  3. These are a lot of fun. I have to make an eye-spy quilt for a little friend. I like your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Novelties are something I have not bought regularly. I must say you sure have an eye for the cutest ones! 1/3 yard cut is a good size. One of the shops in my city will not cut anything but 1/4, 1/2, or full yards. That stinks!

  5. I'm loving this quilt. I would leave the oink in even if the new baby is a boy. It's not that standout

  6. I'm loving this quilt. I would leave the oink in even if the new baby is a boy. It's not that standout

  7. I really like the negative stars that form in the block.

  8. Oh my gosh, those are the cutest blocks. Just the way they are now could determine the color scheme for a darling nursery!! The lucky ,still not conceived,grand child!

  9. Great blocks. And, a very good plan re how it will be finished. Nice eye candy.

  10. All the blocks are super cute, especially the black one :)


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