280: Finally…my turn to Palooza!!

February 20th, 2011

Yeah! It’s finally my turn to Palooza with you!!  If you have been paloozing with us, you have 8 blocks done and here you are at my little ole blog for Number 9.   If you haven’t dropped by the Blue Nickel before then welcome to the neighborhood, I hope you will stop by later as well!!....and if you have already been visiting me, then welcome back!!

To begin with..I have been checking out my fellow bloggers tutorials on this project…..and just so you know….my background will change often on this….and everything may not be so neat and tidy….I believe things will be clear, but perhaps a little “loose” ...just so you know…(don’t hate me for my messyness... ur freedom, okay?)

And now on with the show!

Block #9—  Lemonade Stand

To BEGIN with….make sure you are using a very accurate 1/4” seam (even a scant 1/4” seam on the geese if you are a little bit too speedy and less precise ….like the guy that heads up this joint)

  First cut two  3.25”x3.25”  squares of  Sunkissed Lemonade 5445-22   

Then cut them diagonally twice as shown….hey! There are 8 friendly little geese.


Now cut eight 1 7/8” x 1 7/8” squares from Sukissed Misty Grey 5440-15 (the wordy grey print)


Then cut each of these in half diagonally as shown (this is, by the way, the VERY BEST way to cut a sandwich also in case you were wondering about that):


Then sew one sandwich half to one short side of each goose and press as shown in the series of pictures below:

(warning the first picture reads like a Andorian love story….from right then left and down and then up)    


Next sew the another sandwich half to the geese as shown in the pictures below:    

and then press that half as shown:


Voila! you should have 8 geese units that look similar to this one:


With this method I invariably have to do a little trimming to make sure it is  1.5” high and 2.5” wide….but I am sure you will be much more accurate than that! 

But just in case here’s what I had to do…


Then sew two geese together as shown here:  

and then do this 3 more times for a total of four flying geese units…
Now it’s time to do some more cutting… 


  • four 3.5” x 3.5” squares from Sunkissed  Limeade 5447-11

  • five  2.5” x 2.5” squares from Sunkissed Limeade 5447-11

  • four 1.5” x 6.5” rectangles from Sunkissed Misty Grey 5443-25 (stripey grey)

  • four 1.5” x 6.5” rectangles from Sunkissed Misty Grey 5445-15 (wordy grey)

  • and (not pictured below…sorry) four 1.5” x 6.5” rectangles from Moda Bella Solid Light Lime 9900-100


Oh look here comes one of those nifty background changes I told you about …pretend you are at the theatre taking in a play or something…. it will seem more highbrow that way….

Now sew the four flying geese units that you made above  to the five 2.5” squares of the lime gingham as shown below:


Unpressed from the front:


Unpressed from the back:


Pressed from the back:


Next scene (i.e. backdrop change)....finished center of the block from the front.


Oops…flashback…back to this backdrop….

Sew the stripey grey rectangle and the wordy grey rectangle to each side of the solid light lime strip as shown below:


Make four total of these:


Okay, next sew two of these strip units to top and bottom of the center unit as shown below


...(make that partially shown….I ended up only getting this one picture of this step before sending the block to John for the final quilt):


Next sew the remaining two strip  pieces to the the 3.5” squares of Limeade 5447-11 as shown below:


 From the back..pressing to the wordy and stripey grey sections.


and then sew the sides to the front as shown…and you have your very own Lemonade Stand Block….

Oh and this WILL be on a PDF file…but I didn’t get it done in time….please come back here and when it is done I will have a link here and on my Download tab at the top!  Most sincere apologies to my new and old friends for not having it ready today! 

FINALLY!!  Here is the file for the PDF form....warning…it will take a bit of time to downlad…..give it at least 10 minutes….okay??

The next block in the Palooza is by the fabulously talented Amy Ellis for Block #10 going live on Thursday February 24th!  

I have been enjoying seeing everyone’s blocks and can’t wait to see what you do with mine!  Feel free to load it on my Blue Nickel Page as well as the Blockapalooza  page on Flickr!

oh, and the Andorian love story mentioned above?  I completely made that up to make up for my lack of  foresight in planning that photo…but if you made it this far, you probably don’t care….and since you love me that much, you deserve the truth….

Happy Sewing!! 


274:Block-a-palooza begins!!

January 24th, 2011

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So are you ready??  Today is the big beginning of our Block-a-Palooza “Waiting for Spring”!!  Go visit John for the first block and then follow the schedule as listed below!!  Have fun, and don’t forget to post your blocks and progress at the Flickr group page!!


Monday, January 24
Block #1: John Adams
Quilt Dad

Thursday, January 27
Block #2: Elizabeth Hartman
Oh, Fransson!

Monday, January 31
Block #3: Amanda Sasikirana
sasikirana handmade

Thursday, February 3
Block #4: Cherri House
Cherry House Quilts

Monday, February 7
Block #5: Kaye Prince
Miss Print

Thursday, February 10
Block #6: Monica Solorio-Snow
Happy Zombie

Monday, February 14 (Happy Valentine’s Day!)
Block #7: Heather Bostic
a la mode fabric

Thursday, February 17
Block #8: Angela Yosten
Moda Home Mom

Monday, February 21
Block #9: Scott Hansen
Blue Nickel Studios

Thursday, February 24
Block #10: Amy Ellis
Amy’s Creative Side

Monday, February 28
Block #11: Fat Quarterly team
Fat Quarterly

Thursday, March 3
Block #12: Jennifer Davis
Sugar Stitches

Monday, March 7
Block #13: Tia Curtis
Camp Follower Bags & Quilts

Thursday, March 10
Block #14: Ryan Walsh
I’m Just a Guy Who Quilts

Monday, March 14
Block #15: Kerri Horsley
lovely little handmades

Thursday, March 17
Block #16: Vanessa Christenson
V and Co.

Thursday, March 24
Block layout: Julie Herman
jaybird quilts

Wrap-up, charity auction

Happy sewing everyone!!   Let the Palooza-ing begin….

Is Palooza-ing a word? I guess it must be, as I just  made it up….....I love the English language!

266: Block-a-palooza!!

December 21st, 2010

Okay so I am a few days behind on the following announcement…...John over at Quilt Dad has gathered some blogger quilters together for the following Block-a-Palooza to begin next month….18 of us have banded together as a rag tag team to bring you:

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Here is what John wrote up for our intro…..

By now, many of you are busy making the final push towards the holidays. But what are your crafty plans as we enter 2011? Well, clear your plate, because we have a great quilt-along planned that will begin in January!

18 quilt bloggers have collaborated to bring you the first-ever Bloggers’ Block-a-palooza. We’ll jump from blog to blog making 2 quilt blocks per week, wrapping up with a custom setting and layout design to help complete your quilt. I am so excited to be one of the participating bloggers.

We’re calling this quilt-along “Waiting for Spring” because we’ll be using the brand new Sunkissed line by Sweetwater for Moda, and the bright colors and botanical prints should help you (or at least those of you in the Northern hemisphere!) push through the cold winter months and have a fresh new quilt ready for the Spring.

More details will be available soon, but in the meantime feel free to grab our button below and spread the word.

Grab our button!

Quilt Dad

So get ready for some great blocks from some awesome quilters….(even one from me! ;) ) 

Okay so there are how many days left til Christmas, now??  Oh my gosh, I am SOOOO  not ready still….

Piece out peeps!!