Thursday, November 19, 2015

Scrappy Fish Block

Scrappy Fish Block by Debra Dooley
I dug into my scrap pile and created this Scrappy fish using Batik scraps! I set the block in a wall hanging  with five others. After quilting I added some bling with thousands of sequins all sewn by hand. You can find the pattern on Craftsy here:

Friday, November 6, 2015

Angel Block

      This Angel block perfect for this time of year and everyday! 
Done with raw edge applique and 8 simple pattern pieces. You can create this block in no time! Add borders and it makes a wonderful holiday wall hanging or pillow. 
You can find the pattern here:

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Re-purposed Jean Apron

This is the time of year I am always wearing aprons, so I decided to make more use of a pair of old jeans. This is the first of a two parts in my jean re-purpose. I have done a jean apron before using only the front or back of jeans, in this lesson I use the whole upper part of the jeans above the crotch. Save the legs for next months lesson.
*Specific amounts of fabric cannot be given since all jeans are different sizes.

Materials List
~1 pair of old jeans
~Printed denim or cotton fabric~it's best to keep the pattern simple if you want to mimic a design in paint on the front
~Jean needle
~Hand needle
~Fabric paint
~optional sponge applicator 
~optional purchased appliques 

Lay jeans flat front facing you and pull up pockets.

Fold in half like so, aligning top and bottom edges of legs, and cut straight across just below crotch seam. Set legs of jeans aside for next project.

Lay front facing you and cut just below thick seam of crotch.

Trim off excess fabric from crotch to make front and back even.

Place jean front facing down.

Cut up along back on one side of the flat seam all the way through the top. If you wish you can cut one of the side seams instead and the opening will be at the side instead if the back.

Cut all the way up other side as well, all the way up through the back. Cutting out that thick seam and in this case a belt loop eliminates bulk.

Pin up pocket, so it won't get caught in seams when sewing. 

Open up and zip up zipper or button up buttons. Lay flat right side down onto right side up fabric as shown. Pin in place leaving a 6 inch opening on one of the sides for turning.

Cut out all the way around outer edge of jean apron.

Make sure you load you machine with a jean needle to handle the thickness and sew all the way around 3/8" seam leaving open the 6" seam for turning.

Turn right side out through opening. Press if necessary. 

Hand stitch opening closed.

Grab your paint and start painting a design of your choice or mimic the fabric pattern. Doesn't have to be perfect...just have fun with it!

I used a sponge applicator and stamped out the design with pink, black and white paint. Just fun...not perfect.

For apron ties measure inner belt loop. Double that measure and add a 1/4"for width. For length of ties cut fabric strips double the size of top of jean apron. I usually have to piece fabric together to get double the length. After pieced together, fold apron tie in half right sides together. Pin and sew 1/4" seam on ends and length of tie leaving a 5" opening for turning somewhere in the middle of tie. Turn through opening and press. Hand stitch opening closed. Thread ties through belt loops and machine stitch ties to both back edges to hold in place.

Apron tied in place!

I added butterfly purchased appliques to add extra fun!

I had so much fun just painting this apron with no rules or lines. 
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Thank for stopping by and can't wait until our next visit!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Save the Frog Day!

If you have been following my blog for awhile you know how much I love frogs. We have several bullfrogs in our yard that take good care of eating all the creepy crawly's that wander around when I am not looking! I would have more exotic frogs, but the temperature will not allow until I live in the rain forest I can dream! 
This block is a rain forest frog done in pattern available at this time.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! This is my statement Quilt Block in Honor of Earth Day, NO PESTICIDES! I have noticed each year a growing population of Birds, Bees, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Damselflies, Praying Mantis, Orbs, in our yard because we will not use any pesticides in or around our yard! Please consider this as warm weather approaches and ditch the Pesticides!
This quilt block is appliqued and beaded. No pattern available

Friday, April 17, 2015

Time to Plant

This is one of my favorite times of the year, planning and planting my garden so I thought I would make a planting block. You can use flower appliques for flower seeds, or whatever seeds you like to plant. Look for veggie or flower fabric where they are about 2-3 inches in size to fit on my packet I have done here. Now it's time to plant!

Materials List for one block

~10-1/2" mottled sandy-beige background square
~Cut 4~ 3-3/4" x 5-1/2" cotton print fabric two for each seed packet (Only 1 seed packet fabric and fusible shown above)
~Cut 2~ 3-3/4" x 5" Medium weight fusible, one for each packet
~Fat quarter of vegetable print for vegetable appliques
~Small amount paper-back fusible (not shown)
~9" square of tear away stabilizer(not shown in picture above)
~Black permanent fabric marker
~Black or brown beads medium in size
~regular coordinating thread
~optional invisible thread

To make one seed packet
Iron 3-3/4" x 5" fusible, bumpy side down onto wrong side of packet print. Matching only bottom edge.

Fold over 1/2" top edge as shown and press. This will be the front of the packet.

Fold down 1/2" top edge of back of packet to wrong side and press as shown.

Place packet front and back with right sides together and pin leaving top with folded down edges open.

Sew a 1/4 inch seam along outside of packet, leaving top open.

Clip off both corners at bottom edge, about 1/8 inch from point of stitching.

Turn right side out through top opening, carefully push out bottom corners, and press.

Hand sew about 2 inches of top opening closed. Depending which way you want to tip your packet will determine what side you want to sew closed.

Cut around the veggies you want on your packet.

Iron on a small piece of paper-backed fusible.

Cut out veggies eliminating excess fabric.

Place veggies on front of packet, placement is your choice, but I put them on the lower half of packet. Press in place.

Stitch veggies down around edges. I use a free-motion foot with invisible thread.

Looks like this!

Using the black permanent fabric pen, write the name of the veggie on the top part of your fabric seed packet. Now make one more with a different Veggie!

Position packets on background square. I put them at an angle, like you would be pouring out the seeds. Pin in place.

Sew on the very edge of the packets leave opening on both packets that you didn't hand sew closed open. I used open toe foot with invisible thread.

With black thread sew the beads coming out of the opening in the top and down to the ground.

You can use as many seeds as you want, just enough to show the seeds spilling out into the earth.  If you are going to make several of these blocks for a wall hanging or quilt, I recommend adding beads after the quilt is together.

I hope you enjoyed making this block! If you have any questions or comments please contact me via contact form at top or e-mail me at

Thanks for stopping by Damsel

Friday, April 3, 2015

Sunflower Quilt

This Beautiful Sunflower Quilt was made by Catherine Marr!
She is a beginning quilter and you would never know it by her design and color choices. She used my sunflower block pattern and the rest was all her! I especially love the bird silhouette and floating petals she added! Great job Catherine! 

You can find the Sunflower Block pattern here:

Friday, March 13, 2015

Irish Soda Bread Block

For this block I thought I would combine my two favorite passions...Quilting and making Bread! Since St Patrick's Day is near I chose Irish Soda Bread. I chose a fun green and black cotton print for the background and a golden mottled fabric for the bread and subtle white, creamy print for the floury crust. I added in fabric pencil details to give the bread an airy realistic look!
This block is raw edge applique and 10-1/2 inches square.
At the end of the post is a delicious recipe for Irish soda Bread!

Materials List 
~10-1/2 inch background square green and black cotton print
~10 inch x 7 1/2 inch mottled golden brown cotton fabric with paper-backed fusible applied for bread base
~7 inch square subtle creamy/white cotton fabric with paper-backed fusible applied for floury edges
~9-1/2 inch square of tear away stabilizer
~Decorative thread
~Optional dark brown fabric pencil
~Print out full size pattern at end of post, cut out the four pattern pieces~base and three floury edges. Place patterns printed side down on paper-back and trace around and cut out. Bread base is traced on golden fabric and three floury edges on creamy white fabric.

Peel away paper back on bread base and apply to center of background square, press in press.

Peel away paper on floury edges and position on bread base as shown on pattern, press in place. At this point you can add fabric pencil details if you wish, you can transfer the marks on the pattern or draw your own.

Apply the tear away stabilizer to the back of the block where you will be stitching, secure with pins and using decorative thread and stitch, finish off all those raw edges. Now go on and make some real Irish soda bread!

Irish Soda Bread Block Pattern 
By Damsel 

Irish Soda Bread

This is an actual soda bread recipe from a Dublin newspaper and is delicious sliced thin and smothered in butter!

~3 cups whole wheat flour
~1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
~1 teaspoon salt
~2 teaspoons baking soda
~1 tablespoon sugar
~1/4 cup butter
~2 cups buttermilk

~Preheat oven to 400 degrees
~Whisk flours, salt, soda, and sugar together in a mixing bowl until blended. 
~Cut butter into flour mixture as you would for a pie dough.
~Make a well in the center of the flour/butter mixture and stir in 
1-3/4 cups of the buttermilk, if it still seems a bit dry add the rest.
~Dump dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly, just enough to bring it all together.
~Place dough in an 8-inch buttered cake pan or cast iron skillet(I prefer the skillet).
~Cut a deep cross from one side to the other with a sharp knife on top of dough.
~Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until bread sounds hollow.
Serve with lots of butter or jam...Enjoy!

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Thanks Debbie

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