Thursday, April 21, 2016

Finished Block


Here's the finished block! This is a paper pieced pattern by Sonja Callaghan and was published in issue #3 of Quiltmaker 100 Blocks magazine. I have wanted to make this block since I first saw it. It stirs up a very strong memory of having new magical white shoes!




This is my memory of beautiful shiny white shoes. It's a damaged (old!) photo but you can see the shoes.
I'm the one on the left. My cousin had her own idea of how the bouquet should be held! I remember we also debated how high the knee socks could be stretched and I'm sure there are some photos somewhere of the socks covering my knees! I love this photo and all the memories associated with that day.
A paper pieced block and a daffodil!
This block was a bit of a struggle in the end, and you can see that the edges of the block are not at all even, especially on the right side.
I find that a little paper piecing goes a long way for me and now that I've had my fix, I won't be tempted again for a while.
If you'd like to see 8 very creative versions of this block, hop over to Quiltmaker magazine.

12 comments:

  1. Haha. How cute. My blocks never end up even on the sides.
    Be funny with red shoes. Think of Dorothy and the yellow brick road...

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  2. I love that! I think I had new white mary-jane shoes for Easter many years, along with a little white hat.

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  3. I always extend the pattern on the edge by 1/4 inch or so then trim to the correct size when I am finished ..... Just to be safe. : ) I feel the same way about paper piecing... a little goes a long way. Very cute little block. Janita

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  4. What a precious block! Your picture brings back memories of my sister and I in our new shoes, Easter bonnets, and white gloves! I'm not fussy on paper-piecing, some days can't even wrap my brain around it....but for some blocks it's the only way

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  5. What a darling photo. You could not both be angles, which one of you was the troublemaker? I love the block and it does bring back memories. It seems Easter use to be so much more about the resurrection and family than it is today.

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  6. This is so great--I can see this on a scrap layout with the picture and the block--maybe you could scan the picture onto cloth and make a little memory piece? SO darn cute...hugs, Julierose

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  7. Your shoe blocks turned out very cute! From the expression on your cousin's face, I think she knew the bouquet went the other way--lol!

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  8. Great Block. I could even be persuaded to PP with it. I remember getting new Patent leather shoes for Easter. Cute memory.

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  9. What a cute block and great memory!

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  10. I love the association between your memories of your shoes and this block. Sweet post! : )

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  11. Sweet inspiration for the block! Paper piecing and I are only passing acquaintances...

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  12. Fun block! Love the inspiration for making the block. We used to get white shoes for Easter and black dress shoes for Christmas. Fashion was a lot easier in those days.

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