Quilt Block of the Month: Shoo-Fly Block

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It’s the first Monday of the month again…and that means that it is time for our Quilt Block of the Month Tutorial.quilt-blockofthemonth-720x720

This month we are focusing on Shoo-fly quilt block which is a simple and quick quilt block to make.  Many quilt histories say that the Shoo-Fly quilt block originated in the mid-1800’s and was sometimes called “hole in barn door” quilt block.  It was named after the “hole in the middle of the quilt block” or the place where flies could easily get in the house.  Some other quilt enthusiasts believe that the Shoo-fly block could also have been named after the shape of the Clover bloom flower, which was often mixed with milk and attracted flies to a dish instead of the house.  Either way the “Shoo-fly” block became very popular in the late 1800’s and is still a popular quilt block today. It is often used as a beginning quilt block because it is essentially a nine-patch quilt block made up of squares and half square triangles.  There are multiple layouts to make a shoo-fly block but I am going to show you a simple one today.

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When You See the North Star

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Last week when Elizabeth and I were in Sioux City making skirts for Skirting the Issue we met a remarkable women who had fostered more children than she could count.  (Her first foster child just turned 44.)

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She told us a lot of stories about her children and how fostering changed her life…in small ways…and in large ways…(she adopted 4 of her foster children).  And we drank in her goodness.

But then she told us something that changed my life.  She told us “the secret” to foster parenting.

The children who come are in the system lead unsettled, and often turbulent and lonely lives.  Not only do they need something that is “theirs” they need to know that someone is thinking about them…and watching out for them…and loving them.  And so she said that every night at her home she listened to the same radio station as everyone did their bed time routine.  And as she told each of her children goodnight she would point out the north star and tell them that whatever happens and where ever they go all they need to to is look at the north star and remember that she is waiting there for them at home, thinking of them and wishing them goodnight.

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Every year as we progress through the month of Skirting the Issue I am fed by all of your goodness.  I love the power for good that we women can be.  I cry as your packages start arriving at my home full of beautiful skirts made by beautiful women that I’ve never met.  I am thankful to join in working on a project with all of you and I am inspired by all of your examples of goodness.

As the month comes to an end I just want to let you know how much I appreciate all of you sewing along with us.  I know that Skirting the Issue doesn’t officially end until August 15th but we will return to “our regularly scheduled programming” on Monday and I just wanted to quickly share a heart felt thank you.  And please know as Elizabeth and I are sewing skirts we are thinking about all of you who are sewing along with us.

-liZ

 

PS:  The printable from above was made using my MINC machine…which I love…and will be included in the “surprise package” from Elizabeth and I to one of our Skirting the Issue sew along winners.  (The printable that is…not my precious MINC machine!!!)

86 Free Skirt Tutorials

86 Free Skirt Tutorials

Over the past 4 years we have been lucky enough to have so many lovely ladies share their skirt making talents with us and today we have put together some of our favorite skirt tutorials from the first 3 years of Skirting the Issue to make a massive round-up of 86 FREE SKIRT TUTORIALS.

Sooooo…..let’s let the skirt making madness begin!!!

86 Free Skirt Tutorials

#1.  Color Blocked Skirt

#2.  Layered Lace Skirt

#3.  Skirting the Issue’s Starboard Skirt

#4.  Paper Bag Waist Skirt (with video)

#5.  Horizontal Color Blocked Skirt

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Skirting the Issue: A Girl and a Glue Gun and Sewing Mama RaeAnna

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Today we have two great little girls’ skirts—and they were both thinking pockets!  First up is Kimbo from A Girl and a Glue Gun with her Utility Skirt–love all the pockets!!!

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And RaeAnna from Sewing Mama RaeAnna is also here with her applique tutorial with these cute pocket pals.  You can find her full tutorial HERE.

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Thank you both for giving us such great tutorials for Skirting the Issue!!!

Skirting the Issue: Sew Like My Mom and The Crafting Chicks

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This morning we are lucky enough to have two fantastic ladies sharing darling skirt tutorials with us that both have pockets!!!

First up is Becky from The Crafting Chicks with this fantastic skirt!

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And you can get all the instructions how to make it over on HER SITE.

And then we have Melissa from Sew Like My Mom with this super cute skirt.

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Again, the all the instructions for it are up on HER SITE as well.

 

We feel so blessed to have so many talented women sharing their skills with us!!!

Skirting the Issue: Rae Gun Ramblings

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Today we have one of our good friends Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings.  Not only does she sew, which she does, but she also has excellent taste in food (and has taken us to one of my new favorite places ever to eat chips and salsa), AND she loves to read!  (It was destiny that our paths should cross.)

I should also mention that she is a ginormica Harry Potter fan and had put together a seriously fun Harry Potter Textbook Skirt Tutorial.

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So hop on over to HER BLOG and check it out.  (As well as her Harry Potter series that she has going on!)

And then if you are a fan of applique we have one more skirt for you to check out today:

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It’s a favorite from the past.   And you can check out the post HERE.  (It has the printable template for the hot air balloon and all the instructions.)

Skirting the Issue: Skirt Fixation and The Circle Wrap Skirt

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Today we have Audrey from Skirt Fixation with her Pegasus Skirt Free Pattern. Audrey has been a long-time participant of Skirting the Issue and we are so thankful for all her efforts.  Go visit her blog and see her full pattern HERE.

 

And one of our “oldie but goodie” skirt tutorials that is still my all-time favorite….the Wrap Circle Skirt Tutorial.  It’s a simple skirt that is perfect for summer.

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Quilt Block of the Month: Shoo-Fly Block

It’s the first Monday of the month again…and that means that it is time for our Quilt Block of the Month Tutorial. This month we are focusing on Shoo-fly quilt block which is a simple and quick quilt block to make.  Many quilt histories say that the Shoo-Fly quilt block originated in the mid-1800’s and…

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When you see this

When You See the North Star

Last week when Elizabeth and I were in Sioux City making skirts for Skirting the Issue we met a remarkable women who had fostered more children than she could count.  (Her first foster child just turned 44.) She told us a lot of stories about her children and how fostering changed her life…in small ways…and…

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86 Free Skirt Tutorials

86 Free Skirt Tutorials

Over the past 4 years we have been lucky enough to have so many lovely ladies share their skirt making talents with us and today we have put together some of our favorite skirt tutorials from the first 3 years of Skirting the Issue to make a massive round-up of 86 FREE SKIRT TUTORIALS. Sooooo…..let’s…

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