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Monday, March 28, 2016

Minecraft Mondays #11: Squid

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a Happy Easter! :D

This week I'm making the squid.

He has a few more pieces than last week, but he's still pretty simple.

I made him using blue, white, black and gray.


Blue: (2) 3 1/2 x 12 1/2"
      (1) 3 1/2 x 5"
      (2) 2 x 5"
      (2) 2 x 3 1/2"
      (1) 2 x 6"

White: (2) 2 x 3 1/2"
       (1) 2 x 4"

Black: (1) 2 x 4"

Gray: (1) 2 x 3 1/2"
      (1) 2 x 6"

Prep: Stitch your 2 x 4" rectangles of black and white together on the long edge, then cut into (2) 2 x 3 1/2" rectangles as shown below.

Stitch your 2 x 6" rectangles of blue and gray together on the long edge, then cut into (3) 2 x 3 1/2" rectangles as shown below.

Assembly: Assemble the pieces indicated by the gray arrows first, then assemble in order of the numbered arrows.

Squid. Or Silly Squid. :D

It's been a busy week with some home repairs going on around here, and Easter and all, so I don't have the show and tell pictures ready for this post. But I've loved seeing all of your blocks! I've heard from a couple of people who are just starting, and a few people who started late are now all caught up so I'll have lots of pictures to share next week, along with the sashed third row!

Next week will be the final third row block, the witch. :D

Thanks for coming by! Happy Easter!


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Monday, March 21, 2016

Minecraft Mondays #10: Enderman

I can't believe I'm halfway through the blocks! Thanks for sewing along and keeping me motivated. If I hadn't been blogging about it and had all of you sewing along, I may have fallen off the wagon -- the last couple of blocks and tutorials I've ended up doing on Sunday night and here I am again! We've had TERRIBLE allergies at our house, but hopefully they will ease up soon! Thanks for keeping me going and accountable! :D

This week it's Enderman. According to Helen of Archie the Wonderdog, he looks pretty sinister. I totally agree. I don't know much about him, but I do think he is a sinister character. He looks especially sinister if you do the block with only white for the eyes, which is how I drew him, since that's how he was depicted on my son's t-shirt.

However, he can also have purple-ish eyes, which still look pretty sinister!

Feel free to change it up. Also, I mocked mine up in dark gray, just so he could be seen with black sashing, but feel free to use black if you want him to blend in and maybe look even creepier? ;) Even if you're using the Bella solids bundle, don't be afraid to change it up and pull in a random scrap or two. :D

In the end, I let my son decide which fabrics to use and he chose the purple eyes with light pink but the darker pink from the bundle might look pretty good, too. He also chose a completely different fabric! One that's black with a little pattern on it in dark gray, so it's black but will stand out a little from the sashing.


Black or dark gray:

(1) 2 x 3 1/2"
(1) 5 x 12 1/2"
(1) 6 1/2 x 12 1/2"
Eyes: (2) 2 x 5" of white or
      (4) 2 x 2" of lighter and
      (2) 2 x 2" of darker pinkish
                 or purplish color

Prep: If making two-color eyes, stitch your 2x2" squares of eye fabrics together as shown in the diagram below.

Assembly: Assemble in order of the numbered arrows. He's a super easy one!

If you're sashing as you go, stitch Enderman to the right edge of Ocelot and sashing from last week. Then cut another 5 1/2 x 12 1/2" rectangle of sashing and attach to right edge of Enderman and you'll be ready for next week! I don't have Ocelot and Enderman sashed yet. I also couldn't find any good lighting, so the light pink in his eyes looks white. :/
But here he is. He took about 10 minutes from start to finish. He's probably the easiest block in the entire quilt!

Now for a massive show and tell this week! I love seeing all the different blocks and the kid pics are STILL melting my heart!

LeeAnn at Some Cook, I Sew just started sewing along, making a quilt for her husband. Thanks for sending me the link, LeeAnn!

@Sew_Eileen is all caught up..

@shannajones99 is sewing along with her grandson..

@maritahaydon is all caught up..and her boys are loving their Ocelots. ha!

@daydreamsofquilts is caught up..

@mellierc made a wolf pack and some village people.. :)

@wisemantammy is sewing along..

@iadorepattern is catching up..

@squaredquilts daughter has learned to sew and is doing great!

@howmytimeflies has adapted Steve and Alex into FOUR inch blocks!! That is some tiny piecing..

@mamamel781's son is sewing along with her and pieced his own Skeleton block! (in his Creeper shirt-ha)

@chellempcs is stitching hers up in prints that her son is picking out.. he's doing a great job!

 ..and @impiehattiebea is using Moda Grunge. I love the grunge look.

 Thanks again for sewing along, and for tagging your pics with one or more: @rnkelli, #minecraftmondays, #minecraftquilt so I can find them.

Week #11 will be the Squid. :D

Mine on. :D


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Monday, March 14, 2016

Minecraft Mondays #9: Ocelot

Happy Monday! :D

This week's block is the Ocelot. I can't believe I'm almost halfway through the blocks!

For the Ocelot, I used two shades of yellow, some white, a patch of brown for the nose, and some green for the eyes. My son wanted a different color green this week so he picked a green color from my scrap bin.


Light Yellow: (2) 2 x 2"
              (2) 2 x 3 1/2"
              (1) 2 x 5"
              (1) 3 1/2 x 5"
              (1) 3 1/2 x 6 1/2"
              (1) 3 1/2 x 11"

Dark Yellow:  (3) 2 x 3 1/2"
              (1) 3 1/2 x 5"
              (1) 2 x 11"

Green:        (2) 2 x 2"

White:        (1) 2 x 2"
              (1) 3 1/2 x 3 1/2"
Brown:        (1) 2 x 2"


As shown in the picture below:

Stitch (2) 2 x3 1/2" rectangles each of darker yellow and lighter yellow together on short edges, alternating colors.

Stitch (2) 2 x 2" squares of lighter yellow and green together.

Stitch 2 x 2" square of white and brown together.

Stitch 2 x 3 1/2" rectangle of darker yellow to 3 1/2 x 5" rectangle of lighter yellow as shown below.


Using the segments you pieced above, and the other cut pieces, stitch together in order of the numbered arrows.

And the Ocelot is done! :) If you're sashing as you go, cut your strip of 5 1/2 x 12 1/2" of sashing and stitch to the right edge of the Ocelot, and he'll be ready for next week's block.

Lot's  of block sightings from last week, and I still can't get over how many people are making two and even three quilts! :D

above blocks from @iadorepattern

above blocks from @mellierc

above block from @fatquartershop
above block from @sew_eileen

above blocks from @sheenpaula

above block from @myhandmadespace

and @karens_photos is all caught up!

Thanks for tagging your pics with @rnkelli and/or the #minecraftmondays and #minecraftquilt hashtags so I can see your blocks!

Meet you back here next Monday with Enderman. My son is deciding if he wants to change the eyes to include some color. We'll see. I'll include both ways in the tutorial so you can choose which you like better. :D

Have a great week! See you over on Instagram. :) (If you're not on IG and would like me to share your block progress, you can email your photos to me -- -- if you'd like.)


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