Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Free-Pieced Words

Free Pieced Letters

Wow, I can't believe it's been over three weeks since I last posted. Where does the time go?? Well, summer's in full swing here ... which means swim lessons, day camp, and my busy time at work. Plus, get a l oad of the string of luck we've had here over the past 2 weeks:
  • Mrs. Quilt Dad accidentally put her hand through a pane on our front window. She didn't have a scratch (luckily!), but it had to be replaced.
  • Our hot water heater blew, and that too had to be replaced.
  • While the repairman was replacing the hot water heater, he noticed that the water line running to our refrigerator / ice maker had a leak, and had to be replaced ...
  • ... and he also noticed some early signs of mold in our crawl space. We need to have someone come take a look at that this week. $$$$$ ......
  • Last Tuesday, I had to leave work early to pick up the kids and take them to swim lessons. Of course, I was running late, and when I got out to the car the battery was dead. I finally got a jump, got the kids, got them to swim lessons, stood an hour in the pouring rain, got them back in the van ... and it was dead again. Had to jump it again -- in the pouring rain, mind you -- and immediately get it replaced.
  • On the way home from swim lessons on Thursday, twin #1 was complaining of a tummy ache and proceeded to get sick all over the back seat of my car.
  • We finally got out of the house last night (Friday) for some adults-only time to celebrate my wife's birthday -- yummy dinner with friends and a showing of "The Hangover" -- until the babysitter called to let us know that the stomach bug had moved on to twin #2. Which brings us to today.
What's that saying, "if it wasn't for bad luck ..." ??? Ugh, sorry for the downer. Let's just hope things turn around for me in time for Father's Day tomorrow!

Clearly, I haven't been able to work on much lately, though I've made some progress on Dana's sew-along quilt (and I'm loving it so much that I can hardly stand it! Can't wait to show it off here ...)

Since it's been so long. I've got a few things backed up in the queue to share here on my blog. The first are some free-pieced word blocks that I made a few weeks back. I've also wrapped up a couple of quilting bee blocks that I'll get posted shortly.

Have you ever checked out Tonya's blog over at Lazy Gal Quilting? I knew that she's known all over blog-land as the queen of free-piecing letters (among other things), but I hadn't really had the opportunity to give the whole free-piecing thing a whirl. I was checking out Dionne's blog over at Sew Many Quilts and she mentioned that Tonya put a call out for quilt blocks for an upcoming project.

The project is called "Hope is a 4-letter Word", and Tonya was looking for 6.5" x 12.5" blocks featuring a "happy, positive, wonderful four-letter word" in bright and happy colors. I thought this sounded like such a fun little project and the perfect opportunity to practice free-pieced letters.

Free Pieced Letters

In true Quilt Dad fashion, I couldn't stop at just one!

Free Pieced Letters

Free Pieced Letters

Making these blocks was a really enjoyable experience, and I can't wait to see how Tonya's quilt turns out!

34 comments:

  1. I love those word blocks. Those would be cool, in Live, Life, Love or whatever it is.

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  2. Hope everyone is feeling better, and I hope that the bug doesn't find all of your family!! Cool word blocks. I haven't tried anything like that yet.

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  3. Boy what a week you had! I sure hope that all your "bad" luck ends before Father's Day. I wish you a stress and stomach bug free day. Here's to hoping everyone else stays well. Your free pieced letters are fantastic for this being the first try at it. I think you may have a future in free piecing.

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  4. WOW! You've sure had a time! Hopefully now it can only get better! Have a great father's day!

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  5. This sounds like something that would happen to me!!! LOL. When it rains it POUR for me. So sorry, things can be so frustrating! Hope tomorrow is so much better!

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  6. This is my first time on your blog, and I love the free pieced words, especially luck. How ironic that your luck has been so bad lately! Have a wonderful Father's Day!

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  7. Hi Quilt Dad, I do love your ideas and your blog is a great read. I'm in New Zealand so a bit far to enter in block swaps but what neat ideas. I think I'll make a word quilt for my grandchildren. And maybe one for me to remind me sometimes about Hope and to Live Life. Thanks for sharing the links. I'll be back.

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  8. I realize this may sound sick and twisted....but it is so nice to hear of a man stuck in the rain, dead batteries, sick kids, etc...etc...etc. Not that I am happy this happened to you specifically....I'm not. I am a stay at home Mom and this is exactly what happens all the time....then I trip over the electric cords or something!! Nuts but it happens. Good news is this too shall pass....it always does. As they say...don't sweat the small stuff. Easier said than done :)
    Great piecing....fun colors.
    Smiles,
    Kelly
    http://IHaveANotion.blogspot.com

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  9. whoa - that's some bad luck you've been having over at Dad Towers. I hope father 's day doesn't bring you the stomach bug as your special gift ;)

    Great free pieced letters!

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  10. Really cute word blocks! I esp. like the LUCK one - great colors! Sorry to hear of your bad luck lately - hope your Father's Day is great!

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  11. Wow - that's a crazy week or two. You've been missed in this space - glad you're back (in one piece).

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  12. I'm wishing you a happy uneventful fathers day. Plumbing woes, car troubles, sick kids ... sounds like our house.
    Love your word blocks

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  13. Where, exactly, do you go to get a hand replaced? Does it hurt? Does insurance cover that? (haha)

    Happy Quilt Dad's Day to ya.

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  14. Great blocks! Sorry for the bad week. We had one a couple of weeks ago. And why do those bad weeks always have to cost so much?

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  15. Happy Father's Day! Hope things start going better for you guys.

    the blocks are so great, I love the Life one!

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  16. Oh my! I thought bad luck only came in threes. I'm glad you're all OK.

    I've been wanting to try those free hand letters myself. Maybe and idea for SC3...

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  17. Happy Father's Day Quilt Dad!

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  18. The word blocks are great....as for you run of luck....it gets better for long periods of time....you just wait and see.
    Have a great Father's Day!

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  19. happy father's day!

    and welcome back!!

    the word blocks are adorable... i was working on some... but they didn't get done in time... sorry to hear of all your drama... it has to get bad sometimes before it gets good!

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  20. These are great! I think I'll be trying this out before to long.

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  21. LOVE THEM! Especially the "Luck" fabrics.

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  22. man, that's a lot of crap to deal with. i hope things turn around soon! i do love your free pieced letters. those have been on my list of things to try for awhile now, just haven't jumped in yet. it looks like you have a knack for them already. great job!

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  23. Welcome back and Happy Belated Father's Day.

    I hope your luck turns around soon!

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  24. my my what a week...lets this week is better!

    Happy belated birthday to Mrs. Quilt Dad...She's in good company if Friday was her birthday (it was mine too :o)

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  25. hey look whose back! glad to see your free pieced words say LIFE & LUCK, (and Not S---s) after that couple of weeks you had! I know keep it clean. ;-)
    nice job on the letters!

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  26. love your words! best of luck in your life to you right now! happy post fathers day to you! I hope your kids will feel better soon and thigns will look up sooner than you think! cheers~!

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  27. Tonya was talking about doing a word block exchange if someone could organize it...wouldn't that be fun!
    Instead of us making block for Tonya's quilt it could be for yours!

    You just have to take parenting one day at a time....then one day you wake up and your a grandparent!

    Little children little problems,,,, big children BIG problems, enjoy them while their small :0).
    Happy Sewing

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  28. I love all your works, your quilts and the way you have chosen your fabrics. I'm starting in this world of patchwork, and here we don't find those fabrics. Greetings from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the Canary Islands, Spain.

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  29. Hi Jhon! I write to you from Venezuela. I'm a Beginner in this world of patchwork, and I think your works are beautiful. I send to you a trong embrace from here. Bye.

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  30. Hola John!! Tienes unos trabajos presiosos con unas telas maravillosas. Felicidades.
    Bye.

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  31. So sorry to hear about your bad week- I've been having several of those lately! Just one thing after another, really grates on one's nerves, doesn't it?

    Hope things are getting better for you!

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  33. Sorry about barforama! Happens to all families sooner or later. The hot water heater cutting loose is always a fun time, too. We switched over to on demand hot water heaters and would never go back!! More expensive going in, but well worth it. We have a propane unit that feeds the kitchen and an electric one that feeds the bathrooms and they are valved in the middle so we can feed both areas from either side. System redundancy is my DH's middle name! During power outages on generator power we feed from the propane side as the electric unit draws too much juice. Consider it. We have also converted from burning heating oil to electric heat pump.

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