14 January, 2011

Mitten Match-Up

I was inspired by a photo of a pieced mitten block shown in a blog post by Cheryl over at Polka Dots & Rick Rack earlier this week. I had participated in an appliqué mitten swap a few years ago and really wanted to find a pieced version. EQ to the rescue! I created this foundation pattern, similar to the one from Ashby's Attic that Cheryl had shown. The most wonderful thing about creating in EQ7 for paper piecing is that the program will number your pieces for you; and, allow you to print foundations in mirror images! I'm super excited about the latter, as I can easily stitch mitten PAIRS as opposed to random singletons (which only ever end up in a lost and found box). Once I began I couldn't stop, this is my latest obsession. Can't you just imagine the fun a child (of any age) would have searching out and matching up mitten pairs scattered across this quilt's surface? Now I'm also thinking about how EQ can help me create a sock block pattern for another version of this Match-Up idea. Too many ideas, not enough days in the week; my creative brain is working overtime! It's my way of celebrating Scrap Soup officially becoming a flimsy and coming off the design wall to await it's place in the "to be quilted" queue. How do you celebrate a quilt-making milestone; by beginning another project, or is it just me?
Scrap Soup 80" X 96"
Life is Good!

16 comments:

paula, the quilter said...

This is your version of that old game of 'Concentration'. I loved watching that on teevee. Those mittens are so cute. Don't you just love EQ7?

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

A scathingly brilliant idea. And so darned cute.

Barb said...

What a fun quilt!!!

Pat said...

Note to self: learn to use your EQ7, for goodness sake!! Those mittens are super cute; can't wait to see the socks!

Karen Newman Fridy said...

How CUTE!!!! I see three grandchildren with some new quilts in the near future :)

Gail said...

Those are so darn cute. What size are the blocks?

Gail :)

LizA. said...

those mittens are just too darn cute -- i can't wait to see what you come up with for socks! as for scrap soup -- mmmmm, it makes my heart sing on this very dark, dreary, windy rainy january day.

Patty Nordahl said...

The mittens are cute but I love Scrap Soup is this a published pattern? If so who is the designer? Thanks in advance.

Domestic Designer said...

So cute and what a great idea!
DD

leigh anna said...

i can think of an adult that would LOVE to search for mitten pairs on a mitten quilt.
i'm just saying!

Angie said...

Ooooh I LOVE those pieced mittens! I just love mittens period. :) But ya know what, Mrs. G.? I DON'T know how to paper piece NOR do I have that EQ thingie. But I do LOVE LOVE LOVE your mittens. :D

Carrie P. said...

I hope you are writing all those ideas done so they don't get lost. :D
Cute mitten patterns.

Tanya said...

Scrap soup is gorgeous! And your mittens are fantastic! Hmmm. Those are going to make a great quilt! I doubt that I'll ever get a chance to play around with an EQ 7 or any other number... Maybe someday I'll come begging for a pattern!

Cheryl said...

Brilliant!!! So cute :-)!

Cheryl said...

Brilliant!!! So cute :-)!

bingo~bonnie said...

This is a SUPER cute idea!!! I really like it a lot and cut and pasted it and made into a word doc to print out ;)

Also I forwarded it - with your blog link to the coordinator of the HGTV Sunshine Quilters group - they do 2 blocks a month for a different hostess who then finishes quilts and donates to charity of her choice... I think these would be PERFECT! each Sunshine member make a pair of mittens! ;)

I wasn't able to share with her a reverse but suggested that perhaps after printing out 2 of them to flip one over to the back side and redraw on that side and use...

I hope the group decides to use this for a winter project! :)

Love from Texas! ~bonnie