Friday, 21 September 2012

Dots on dots blog hop and give away

Yey! it is finally the day when I get to show you my contribution to the dots on dots blog hop. First I wanted to thank the ladies at Quilt Taffy and Sew We Quilt for organising this amazing hop.

Sew we quilt

When I got the email confirming my participation I was super exited, as it is my first blog hop! so started doing a lot of designing, drafting, thinking... It always amazes me the design process, choosing the fabrics, how they "called" me from their shelves... and finally making the block... a little bit of what I wanted to do, a little improvisation, and voilà, here they are. Two rectangular blocks!


So a little tutorial on how I made these blocks now. I started with the wonky lines block. Very simply I knew I wanted 4 squares in the centre, cut by a line somewhere, and then two more stripes on the sides. So cut 4 pieces measuring 5 x 6 each. And strips of a different fabric 2 inches wide.


These blocks are quite improvisational, so no need for templates. Next step is to cut the block in two, where you are going to have the strip. I try not to cut in the middle, to give the block and even wonkier look. The line can be straight or shifted a bit to one side (I have both in the block).

Once that is done, sew a strip of fabric, with a 1/4 inch seam allowance to one side of the half block, right sides together. I usually use a couple of pins to keep the fabric in place, but if you are comfortable without pins, this is the time for a super quick sewing block. Press the stitches to set, and then the seam to one side.


Finally trim the leftover strip of fabric from the block and don't forget to press the leftover fabric again, so you can use it for the cross block! And sew the other side of the block to the strip to complete the first mini block.


I used for of these mini rectangles in my blocks and two strips of fabric at the ends. Make sure you lay them around in different positions until you get a combination that you like and looks really wonky! And after you sewn the pieces together, that's it, fist block finished.

The cross block is very similar, it just has an extra step from the wonky line block. So I started with a finished wonky line block, but this time I made sure the line was more or less in the middle of the block (but a little tilted to the side).


So once I had this, I just needed to cut another line into this one, to make the cross. I again centred the line and tilted it to the side a little bit (approximately a 1/4 inch).


And cut! yes cut... not thinking too much, the wonkier the better!


Then it is just the same steps again, sew the strip of fabric right sides together to one of the halves of the block. I use the same pattern as in the previous line, to make a cross, but it could be a different one, why not? Then press the stitches and the seam to one side.


Sew the second side of the block to the strip of fabric. As a little check, make sure that you are sewing it the right side up, so when all together it makes up a straight block. Otherwise it will be two wonky!

And voilà, finished blocks. Step one, the wonky line block, and a little more work, step two, the wonky cross.


To put the wonky crosses block together I used four cross blocks and then just trimmed the excess on all sides.


I now have two lovely little blocks, do I dare make a dots on dots quilt? Not sure... any ideas of what I should make? I would love to hear your thoughts...

So now on to the fun part for you, the GIVE AWAY! As a little welcome to all the new readers and to the ones that have been coping with me for a little bit now, I am giving away a little bundle of  lovely dotted fabrics so you can give it a try yourself.



In order to participate, you only need to follow my blog clicking on the "join this site" blue button on the right hand side bar. If you do not have an account to follow, you can also like me on Facebook. Please leave a comment saying how you follow me and what you think I should make with these blocks.

For an extra entry you can tweet, pin or share this post on Facebook and let me know that you did so.  I will randomly select a winner on Monday 24 September. Sorry the giveaway is now closed! Don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!

And now keep on hopping
And if you missed any of the previous days of the blog hop, you can find the complete schedule and links in following the dots on dots button on my side bar.

Thanks for stopping by,

93 comments:

  1. I love your wonky crosses! How about making them into a runner or table topper?
    I'm a new follower!

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  2. Thank your for your great tutorial making the wonky crosses.
    Britt-Inger in Malmö, Sweden

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  3. That is a lovely block. It (too, @#$%) will join my to-do-list.... I will need a to-do-list to be getting on with that to-do-list.... Thank you for the tutorial. I will try it, I will, I will!

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  4. Very sweet dotty blocks. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Your blocks are very nice, the fabric is great. Thank you for the tutorial.

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  6. I am a control freak who cannot cope with wonkiness but using your tutorial I am going to try, wish me luck. I am a new follower.

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  7. Great blocks and tutorial - thanks for sharing.

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  8. Hi!! Thanks for the tutorial!!! Very cute blocks!!!! I am a new follower!!!!! Would make a cute pillow!!!!!

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  9. A different look - cute with dots. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Thanks for sharing your cute blocks!

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  11. Thanks for showing the tute along with your blocks!

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  12. I think those blocks would make a terrific dotty mug rug!

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  13. I Lov eyour dotty plus signs - they are awesoem! I am now a follower too -looking forward to watching what you make :) Super giveaway - thanks for being in the Dots Hop!

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  14. I think your dotty blocks would make a really sweet pillow ,thanks for sharing and for the great giveaway , I am a new follower.

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  15. Cute blocks. Since I am a follower now, I will come back to see what you do make with these blocks! Surprise me.

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  16. I would never have thought so before this blog hop, but now I think a dotty quilt is a great idea!

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  17. Love the fun blocks! I would use them to make placemats for the table. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway too. (I follow you on facebook, the nice thing about the hop is that you get lots of new blogs to check out).
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  18. I think pillows (or pillow covers) would look rather fetching! I'm a new follower; thanks for the chance. :)

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  19. Anyone who does wonky line blocks and charity quilts is fine in my book. I became a follower. Stop by and see my wonky log cabin tutorial. I am ready to try out some wonky line blocks now.

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  20. Cute dotty blocks. I always like those wonky blocks but have not been brave enough to cut up some of my blocks yet. One of these days I will try it. I would make a table runner with those blocks. I follow through GFC.

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  21. I'm following you on Google Friend Connect.
    What fun blocks! They would make a fun quilt, right?!! Great job!

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  22. ROSEMARY B here:
    Your blocks are adorable, thank you so much for the tutorial too, I need to see how carefully you put these together. Such lovely colors!
    I am going to follow you now because you are brilliant!
    thank you so much for sharing today

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  23. What you should do with those blocks? Make more! A quilt would look really pretty. Lap size maybe. I'm following with google connect. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  24. I agree--make more and make a quilt!

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  25. Wonderful blocks and thanks for sharing a great tutorial! They would make a wonderful pillow or make more for a quilt! I am a new follower.

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  26. I am a blog follower. I think you could make some lovely UK flag pin cushions by making them into little rectangular pin cushions and then putting rows of pink pins across each diagonal!

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  27. love those dots
    following this site

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  28. What a fun block! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  29. What an interesting block. Creative and fun. Can't wait to see what you turn it into. Thanks for being part of the Dot Hop.

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  30. I love your block and tutorial :)

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  31. Love the fabric and the tutorial. I am an email and google follower.
    Thanks for the oportunity on the great giveaway.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  32. Your facebook link doesn't seem to be working. sorry.

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  33. You've done a marvelous job here with you blocks and tutorial!
    Thank you for sharing and for the chance. =)

    I clicked your "join" button too!!

    You should turn off your word verification, it will discourage alot of folks from leaving comments & following.

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  34. A funny combination of blocks and fabric! And since you asked for ideas I think I make a blockbook of it, I'm afraid it's not the right word for it, it's a translations of how we call it, I mean a fabric book with flannel/fleece pages separated by tule, you can put the pattern piece on of the next blocks you are going to make, comes to mind that this is something you only use when you patch by hand. Thanks for the tutorial and for sharing!

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  35. I am a new follower! I think you should make a pillow with your cute blocks! (With gray back?)

    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  36. Great blocks. I have seen a lot of "wonky" blocks, but not one like this. I think if you made more of them, you could make a very interesting quilt.I love the fabrics that you used. I am a new follower. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Lovely wonky dotty blocks! Love your tutorial and great giveaway. Thank you for sharing. Oh almost forgot, I am a follower!

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  38. Thanks for sharing your wonky blocks. I'm a new follower. And thanks for the giveaway.

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  39. I like the wonky look to the crosses. The fabrics you used are very pretty too.

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  40. I really like your improv blocks. They would look great in a table runner or tabletopper mini. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. I Think you should keep going with it and changing colors, make a large lap quilt. I am a follower and its been fun Dotty Hopping with you. SimpleSew funnymesjc at gmail dot com.

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  42. I shared on FB . funnymesjc at gmail dot com

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  43. love your dotty blocks woodsbrbr@windstream.net

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  44. Nova seguidora do Brasil.Tenho uma colcha de bolinhas e todo mundo gosta,faça a sua,sim.Obrigadapor tutorial e oferta.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  45. Thanks for the invite to follow, love your dotty project.

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  46. Your blocks are lovely! I would make two matching pillows out of them or a lap quilt with a few more blocks. I love that fabric with the dots in different sizes! I haven't seen that before.

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  47. Nati-Love the fabrics you used in your wonky improv block. Thanks for the opportunity to win some "dotty" fabric, from California.

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  48. HI! LIKED+SHARED ON FB!
    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1711336606

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  49. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU VIA GFC+FB!
    THANKS FOR THE HINTS+FABRIC GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  50. Great blocks and thanks for sharing your improv technique.
    I am a new follower via Google Friend.
    Wonderful dots to giveaway... thanks!

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  51. Like the wonky dot + blocks. Thank you for the tut.If you turn the plus sideways-it becomes a multiplication symbol-guess that is telling you to make more- maybe a throw.

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  52. Cute blocks......wonky is so 'in' now.

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  53. Lovely dots thanks for sharing!!

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  54. I have just started following you.

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  55. Wonky is the way to go. You should continue make the blocks, but and some solid fabric with it. Maybe a lap or baby quilt. I am a follower.

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  56. I do love the blocks you made. Very nice
    Thanks for sharing.
    cheers
    maggie

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  57. I am a new follower via GFC. diannc(at)aol(dot)com

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  58. I love your wonky blocks!!! How fun to make up your own blocks - so creative!!! I am a follower and I appreciate the opportunity to win your lovely fabric!

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  59. I am a follower with GFC and I love your blocs and dotty fabric!

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  60. I love the wonkiness of your blocks. (I did wonky too - stars!) I think these would look awesome as pillows. As a matter of fact, I think I am going to take some of my left over fabric and make pillows to go with my star quilt. Thanks for the idea. :-) I follow you on this site (new follower) and am really looking forward to seeing your next creation.

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  61. Not a follower but wanted still wanted to comment. :) Thanks for sharing your improv blocks. Its always fun to see what folks come up with when they sew.

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  62. Very nice! Thanks for sharing.

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  63. Lovely blocks!! Thanks for sharing!

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  64. I love wonky and have made them as log cabins... but I will have to try yours out!!
    I am happy to say that I am a new follower too! Thanks for participating and sharing.

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  65. I think I'd use those dots in my little guy's quilt. He's over a year old already (where did that time go??), and I still haven't started his quilt!
    ltenhage@gmail.com

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  66. I think a couch pillow would be darling....cute fabrics. Lots of tutorials on making pillows...have been doing that and it is nice to have pillows for each season! Thanks...

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  67. Fun dotty project!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  68. New follower.

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  69. Tweet!

    https://twitter.com/DeborahBrine/status/249294417746345985

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  70. I am a new follower. I really like your dot blocks, thanks for the tutorial. I would use the blocks in a quilt alternating with a solid block.

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  71. I'm a new follower. If I should be fortunate to win the fabric, I would make a block for my polka dot quilt that I started last month at a Pat Speth retreat. I couldn't decide on a pattern. So finally, I decided on a shoo fly block and also to use polka dot fabrics are most of the fabrics. I made eight blocks during the weekend retreat. I was so much fun to see all the different quilts the ladies were making. No, none of our guys attended. Thanks for participating and making this a success!

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  72. I am a new follower. Thanks for the tutorial. Isn't it fun to create and just let things kinda fall when they may? Fun dotty blocks!

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  73. I am a new follower #53 and as for what to make with the blocks how about a small pillow? small tote bag? a quilt? trim for something? Oh I know, how about starting a blog hop memory quilt? Yep, that is what you should do with them. :)

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  74. I am a new follower..love your enthusiasm! Sometimes I just let blocks gather, and then when I need a block or two for a quick project, I rummage through my orphan blocks and voila!, come up with something that looks like it took longer, but it didn't because I already had the block done.

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  75. I'm a new follower too! Think it'd make a fun quilt, or throw.....but would also make cool Mug rugs too! Whatever you decide, I know your will Enjoy!

    Thanks for chance to win your Drawing!! :)

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  76. New follower. Love the colours you've used in your dotty block! Thanks for sharing.

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  77. Nati, love your modern block. It is awesome in the dots. Thanks for sharing in the hop, have a wonderful weekend. Pauline

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  78. Great dotty blocks. I think they would make great pillows!
    I am a follower!

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  79. I think your blocks would make a nice pillow or baby quilt. I'm following on GFC.

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  80. Great dots!! Perfect for a lil' boy:)

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  81. Great dot blocks! Thank you for sharing :)

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  82. Thanks for a well done tutorial and some lovely blocks.

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  83. What fun blocks, I bet you had a good time making them. I follow your blog now with google friends. Thanks for the give away.

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  84. First..great idea..second I think they would make a darling table runner and mug rugs to match. A real conversation piece.

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  85. I love those dot prints. Very pretty block.

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  86. I'm a new follower to your blog, via google reader. I think you should go ahead and make a whole quilt from your blocks. I think it would look great with the fabrics you've chosen.

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  87. New follower. Your blocks are very nice, the fabric is great.
    kayretli75@gmail.com

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  88. I am a Google follower. I think a pillow or tablerunner.
    Thanks for the tut.

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