Who's Got the Mitten?
Do you ever remember something from childhood -- but can't remember the context. That is how I feel about my blog title. The saying came to mind as I work working on my blog post. I am wondering if it was a game we played or a book I read. An internet search was not helpful. If anyone else remembers this, let me know.
We are in the midst of a snow storm with 8-10 inches projected followed by a significant drop in temperature plus heavy winds that will whip all that snow around (think blizzard) . Since I shovel my own driveway, I've been out two times today (and will probably do once more before going to bed tonight to try keep my snow lifting to a manageable amount).
Because of the cold weather, I went on a search for my warmest mittens -- the kind that will feel good on a super cold day.
Since mittens were on my mind, I decided I needed a mitten quilt block. And then I decided to make it more interesting. In my video tutorial I describe my design process, starting with a single block, working with it in custom set and ultimately designing the final block.
Here are the blocks from the video.
I did end up swapping out the background fabric used in the video for one that included snowflakes. The snowflake fabric I chose was part of the EQ8 Fabric Library. You can locate it under Themes>18 Holidays-Winter.
I have some ideas for a setting (or two) for this block -- but I will save that for a future blog post.
Snow Couple Calendar Quilt
I released a new class to the Tech Know Quilter group in January. This class is entitled Calendar Quilts and each EQ lesson provides a calendar quilt block. I pieced my January quilt block during a retreat last weekend and decided to turn it into a stand alone quilt and then a pattern.
-The block was pieced with only squares and rectangles using the folded corner concept. I love the simplicity of that method as it produces super accurate results and there is no need to trim down over-sized units to achieve that accuracy.
The applique was transferred to Inkscape and then to my new Cricut Maker for super easy cutting of the pieces. The mouth could be appliqued or done with 1/4 inch buttons.
The quilt finishes 20" x 15".
I've decided to sell the pattern (with cutting charts and instructions for my folded corner construction method). For the rest of January, you can purchase this pattern for only $5. (The regular price (effective February 1) will be $7.50 The pattern is immediately downloadable and includes an svg file for the applique (if you would like to use your electronic cutting system for cutting out the applique pieces). There are also templates that can be traced if you wish to cut your applique pieces manually.
Check out with some of the Tech Know Quilter members did while designing their own snow couple block. (Note: We also covered creating a backdrop with an EQ calendar for our desktop computer using these blocks.)
If you would like to join the wait list for our next Tech Know Quilter's open enrollment period, you can sign up here.
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