From Drawing to Ta Dahhh!!

What do you do when you run out of time?

Ask for help!

I needed a house-themed block for a Guild project, and wanted something whimsical.

I'd been thinking of the nursery rhyme, "There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe", so was thrilled when Brynne whipped up this perfectly charming sketch. I love the umbrella roof!

Sketch by Brynne

First, I enlarged the drawing to make a pattern. Deciding on a colour scheme was next, and then the hunt was on for the perfect fabrics! (All from my stash - yay!)

The Old Woman's Shoe, under construction

Stitching around each element several times with black thread reinforced its whimsical, colouring book feel.

Brynne had envisioned a translucent umbrella. Two layers of polyester based I-don't-know-what-it-is, but-it-was-in-my-cupboard fabric fused with Steam-A-Seam Light did the trick!

Umbrella, fused and ready to add

Put it all together, and Ta Dahhh . . . Fun, funky and, best of all, finished! (the block, not the quilt!)

The finished 12" x 12" block!

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Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River
WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced
Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts

Try, Learn, & Grow!
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  1. Very whimsical and well executed! I like that it was another collaboration with Brynne, too. :)

  2. Very cute. I love how it came out!

  3. Very clever 'house' theme. I love it!! The umbrella is perfect. And I love that you share your process.

  4. Ta Dahhh - how fun! I like the raindrop coming off the tip of the boot. And your polyester I-Don't-Know-What-the-Heck-This-Fabric-Is umbrella!

  5. you always surprise me and amaze me at once!

  6. How did I miss this one last catch up?! So cute! Love how the black thread makes it pop, and that umbrella fabric turned out perfect. It seems to me Brynne is definitely one your son needs to stick to forever, could be lots of future collaborations for you!


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