Monday, February 29, 2016

Minecraft Mondays #7: The Village People

We're not singing Y-M-C-A, we're making Villagers. :) I love this block, and have been looking forward to making it. The pig was pretty plain, a couple of pinks and some eyes, but this one seems to have some character. :D I esp. love his unibrow.

That being said, after a couple of other blocks looking anemic, this one might look slightly jaundice. :D

My son picked out the colors for this one and loves it. :D (There were so many to pick from!) 

Yep, that's right. My son picked out the colors. The cat is out of the bag. The gig is up. I flunked keeping it a surprise.

I had been working on a blog post late at night last weekend, b/c I didn't get it finished during the week, and left a window minimized instead of closing it out completely. The next a.m., he got up and jumped on the computer to play a game and when he hovered over the internet explorer icon some thumbnail pics showed up. Among them... 

Woops. Of course he waited 'til we were sitting in church that day to whisper to me, "You're making me a Minecraft quilt." I pretended to not know what on earth he was talking about, and then he whispered, "You are! I saw the picture!" *sigh* 

At least I kept it a surprise for 6 weeks. ha! Oh well. It's kind of a relief actually, b/c now I don't have to sneak around and hide everything, esp. something I knew he'd be so excited about. I would catch myself all the time almost saying something about it to him. I still plan on trying to pull off a smaller surprise for the backing of it though. Hopefully I can pull that off.

Onto the Villager! These are the colors we used. (I can't wait to see all of your choices!)

You'll need to pick out skin, unibrow, eyes, mouth, nose and shirt colors (2 colors for the nose).


Skin Tone:

(1) 3 1/2 x 12 1/2"
(2) 3 1/2 x 5"
(1) 2 x 3 1/2"
(2) 2 x 2"
(1) 2 x 8"


(1) 2 x 12 1/2"

Eyes and Mouth:

(1) 2 x 8" (white)               
(2) 2 x 2" (green)

(1) 2 x 6 1/2" of each chosen nose color.  


(2) 2 x 5"


1. Stitch 2 x 8" strips of skin tone and white together. Then cut into (4) 2 x 3 1/2" sections.

2. Stitch each 2 x 6 1/2" strip of nose fabric together on the long edge.


As always, stitch together in order of the numbered arrows, then stitch the upper and lower halves together.

Dance: Get up and do the Y-M-C-A.
Your Villager is done. :D 

My son was so excited, that he was looking over my shoulder the whole time and even helped press open the seams. :)

And then we sashed it onto the previous two blocks and hung up the first row and what's done of the second row to admire. He is truly over the moon. :D Last night at bed time he was asking if we could make a pillow sham and "cube" pillows. Oh boy. What have I gotten myself into. ha! ;) Good times, though. Making memories. :D

Next week is the wolf, and he is super excited about that one...

It's one of his favorite characters. He made the wolf for his Valentine box for his 3rd grade Valentine party this year. (Thanks to Kleenex boxes!) :D His table mate made Steve. Neither knew what the other was making.

This past week a lot of blocks have popped up on Instagram, and I've been shocked to see so many. :D It's so much fun and I hope you keep tagging me! These ladies already caught up with the sew along after starting late! (all of the links to their IG accounts are under their photos) They all look great. Several are making multiple quilts!



Also some single blocks showed up, too!


Thanks again for sewing along! Happy Monday!!

*CLICK HERE for downloadable PDF*


*Edit 1/20/2020: Be sure to always use scant quarter inch seams and if you'd like to see blocks from the other sew alongs, come join the sew along group on my FB page! And if you make any of these blocks, come find me on IG @kellifanninquilts, I'd love to see! 

*Update: I'm making video shorts of these tutorials to put on youtube. Come join the fun. They're easy to pause and sew along to, if you like to sew from a laptop or tablet. :) The villager's tutorial video can be found *HERE*.


This is what's known as a "teachable moment"! Tell your son that you'd appreciate some help with seaming. It will be a great opportunity to get him interested in sewing and learn to do a simple, straight seam! He'll be thrilled to be part of making his quilt and learn some valuable skills too!
This is a cute block. Thanks.

Oh WOW - how brilliant and how creative. Minecraft is everywhere now and is such a hit with boys so it's great to be able to make something for them they'll love so much :) Congratulations! Linking up through Creative Mondays :)

Ha! Oh well. But now that the cat's out of the bag so to speak, you'll have an easier go of it. And as Grandmasewnsew said, you could have him help. That is, if you want. Sometimes little helpers don't help much, but they are darn cute when they try!

Lynette said...

oh, no! Bummer that he found out that way. You know, though? This will maximize the anticipation factor! Enough is finished to completely lure him in, and now he'll be fascinated the whole way through the rest. :) I'd say you succeeded in keeping the secret amazingly, perfectly, long.

It's so sweet and fun that he waited until you were in church to tell you he found your secret. Like, you would HAVE to admit the truth since you were in church. LOL How fun! Thanks for linking to MCM.

I guess the urge to confess was strong at church, eh? What a great mom you are! This is going to be such a fun quilt!

Would Villager mind if I mentioned his nose, or would he creep up behind me in the dead of night?! (Are there 'baddies' in Minecraft? If so, I think Villager might be one of them...)

P.S. What's a Valentine's box?

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