ALPHABET

6th July 2014 – haha these letters have been a long time coming!!! can it be possible that more than a year has passed since I posted any pics?? well here are a few more to keep me going…. I am now halfway to making 2 alphabets, 26 letters so far….. not all here…IMG_9229Fat fish friendly frogs Ff back H hens IMG_9239 copy IMG_9242 copy IMG_9244 copy Rhino back RhinoIMG_9225

9th June 2013 –  the rest of the letters for Sophia’s name….

Pink and Purple Pinwheel patchwork pom-pom pocket with pert puppy, pretty penguin and a piano puzzle...and don't forget the pig!
Pink and Purple Pinwheel patchwork pom-pom pocket with pretty puppy, pert penguin and a piano puzzle…and don’t forget the pig!

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Heart in Hand
Heart in Hand

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Iris ...
Iris …

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And some more for Oscar:

Dreadful Dragons - Do they deal in Diamonds?
Dreadful Dragons – Do they deal in Diamonds?

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Enormous Elephant
Enormous Elephant

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2-5-13 Another letter for Oscar:

bulldozer
bulldozer

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More letters for Sophia: the first two of her name…. perhaps I need to make the Owl’s eyes yellow…

Owl back
Owl back
Orange Owl
Orange Owl
The back
The back

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10–4-13:  The first letter of the alphabet for Sophia – also the last letter of her name. This was actually the first letter I did, but only finished it today…

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9-4-13 Have added buttons and loops to join the letters so they can be hung on the wall … – they can be taken apart and other words made.

Vertical layout...
Vertical layout…

So. My new creative direction is to make two alphabets, and then some extra letters, maybe, for my great niece and nephew, aged 2 and 4 respectively…. they are 6 inches square, and I think I will link them with loops and toggles, yet to determine, and purchase – or make – the toggles…. or I could use hooks and eyes……. I have started with Oscar’s name…. some borrowed free clip art…… and some of my own designs…..

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The backs are rather corny! but I have been having fun…..

Back of Oscar's letters
Backs of Oscar’s letters
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April begins and I am crazy

UPDATE! this 4 days on… and here I have 9 pineapple blocks sewn together… still deciding if a) that’s it, with a binding; or b) that’s it, with a border and binding; or c) I make 16 more blocks to CONTRAST with these…….. lol. DO I really want to do that, I ask? In the meantime to help me think, I am off on another mad tangent. I am making 6″ ALPHABET blocks for my great-nephew and niece. Just for something simple… I am starting with their name letters first, but over time plan to do the entire alphabet each…all separate stand alone letters, so they can make new words with them..will post some when I have a word. The children are 4 and 2, respectively…..

anyway, here is a photo of the pineapples:

Pineapple mania
Pineapple mania

Just to complicate my sewing life, or to confuse myself, I’m not sure which, I have started a pineapple quilt – what am I thinking????  Back to traditional, exercise for the brain if nothing else….  just getting a 12″ block worked out from scratch.. literally… on a sheet of paper…. But I think I have mastered it. More or less…..getting it square anyway…

I just think using fabrics from one’s stash is not always a good idea. a)  one tends to improvise with the colours and “make do”  and b) there sometimes isn’t enough, after all,  especially if you decide you need more blocks than you initially intended. But then again, it’s good to use them up, isn’t it? These fabrics have been sitting around in boxes for some considerable time. Although I did need to go out and buy the background……..

so here is a peek preview. I think the dark purple fabrics are too dark, personally, and not enough contrast between the last two, none in fact. 😦  but that’s “making do” , so I guess I will live with it….

4 Pineapple blocks
4 Pineapple blocks