Friday, December 6, 2019

Guess Which National Day It Is Today?

There is truly a National Day for every single thing in life. 🤣 I was looking at the National Days Calendar last night to see if any interesting ones would be coming up soon to add to my National Days scrap quilt, like maybe in a week or two, and I notice that tomorrow is National Microwave Day! haha!

So I thought my quilt probably needs one of these. Because it's just kind of odd. And how would you make an 8" microwave block anyway? That's what I love about this project. It's just odd and fun and if some blocks turn out ugly, it really doesn't matter. It's just meant to be a fun creative exercise that uses up scraps. So I got out my laptop and drew one up, and then stitched it up! The whole process took less than an hour. 

This is my block. I kind of wish I had gone digging through my scrap bins for different colors, but I just used what was the nearest, and this is it. It might not necessarily "read" microwave in its current state, if someone didn't already know what it was? Maybe with some sashing around it in the quilt it might look more microwavy? But at least I know what it is. haha! And it was super fun to sit down and sew a quick thing. I don't hate it. 🤷

This is how I did it, in case you get an odd hankering to stitch up an 8" fabric microwave oven. haha!

Fabric A (top border/wall):
(1) 1 1/2 x 8 1/2" 

Fabric B (microwave):
(3) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(3) 1 x 4 1/2"
(2) 1 1/2 x 8 1/2"

Fabric C (bottom border/counter):
(1) 1 1/2 x 8 1/2"

Fabric D (glass window):
(2) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(2) 1 1/2 x 2" (#)
(1) 2 1/2 x 6"

Fabric E (control panel/buttons):
(1) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 1/2 x 2" (#)

Fabric F (rotating tray):
(1) 1 x 6"

Fabric G (bowl): **this is inadvertently marked with an E in the assembly diagram**
(1) 2 x 4"

Double Upper Corners

1. Place a square at the left end or left upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or right upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.

~Using (2) 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric D and a 2 x 4" rect. of Fabric G, make one double upper corner clip & flip unit.


Using the above unit and the other cut pieces, assemble as shown below and you will have an 8 1/2" (8" finished) microwave block. 

Check back and see what other weird National Days I'm making blocks of and adding to my scrap quilt. lol To see all the blocks I've done so far, you can find them *HERE*.

I'll be back soon to post the  Hogwarts Express block for the Harry Potter sew along. I'm almost done with the tutorial! 

Otherwise, I've been super busy packaging Stitch Happens enamel pins and the initial shipment went out today! So if you ordered your pin Wednesday or before, it shipped out yesterday! Keep an eye out for it. :D These are the orders that got dropped at the P.O.🠟 

Have a great weekend! Be back soon! TGIF!!

Happy Stitching!



It’s also Pearl Harbor Day.

Cute Microwave. I was figuring you'd do a block for National Cookie day (it was Thursday I think, I've slept since then ;). Thanks for mailing my pin. Now if USPS could just get their act together and deliver it.

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