Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Seeing Spots?


Are you seeing spots and dots?  No need to call the doctor...just sit back and enjoy my stop on the Dots on Dots Blog Hop. 

For your viewing pleasure, I offer three blocks today.  The first was made especially for this blog hop.  It is a paper pieced lone star block.  Anna, who blogs at Six White Horses made this block look so beautiful and so effortless.  Look at her work here and tell me...are those not the most beautiful stars.  She even provides a template so you can make the block as well.  




After making this block, I have a love/hate relationship with it.  I love the dots. If you look closely, even the white background fabric has white dots!  I love the shape of the block, but....this was a tough block for me to piece together.  

For starters, I am not pleased with the way the center came together.  Since I plan on turning this into a pillow, I think I can easily hide the imperfections with a button.  It might not be the most cozy pillow, but it will be pretty.  The other issue I had with this block came when I started adding the white background pieces.  I like to skimp with the pins, but had I taken the time to pin the fabric down I think I could have avoided a lot of time with Jack (you know, the seam ripper).  I don't know if I will paper piece this beauty again....I think lone star and I definitely need some space for now.

The next two blocks are part of my quilt for the Vintage Holiday Quilt Along hosted by Heidi at Fabric Mutt.  The pattern is by Camille Roskelley and can be found here.  I love Christmas and I really enjoyed putting these blocks together.  I took a few liberties with some of the blocks to make them my own.  I will be posting pictures of the other blocks for you soon.  


 



A BIG thank you to Corrie at Quilt Taffy and Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt for organizing this event and allowing me to be a part of it.  Hop on over to the other stops on the tour today.  



I hope you are inspired to start your own dots on dots quilt project.  What are you waiting for?

Until Next Time,
Happy Quilting.



88 comments:

  1. Oh, a tough pattern with the star, but you did well for a first time. Love the Holiday Ornaments - how cute are those!! Thank you for sharing with us today.

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  2. Love the star, thanks for the link to the pattern. Hope to see you around my blog on Friday!

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  3. I love your star block and red and aqua re one of my favorite color combinations. Your Christmas ornaments are beautiful too :)

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  4. You did a good job on your dotty star! Love you ornaments. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Very pretty star. I love the colors in the ornaments. Very nicely done.

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  6. The star block is really pretty. I loved reading about you and Jack.... I just use my (small) scissors to rip seams...which I also do a lot. I never thought to name them though....I think it is because I lose a lot of scissors. To much pain...... I adore your ornament and will be back to check on the others!

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  7. I love your star block! I'd love to try one - and a strategically placed button hides a multitude of sins!!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Very nice blocks. Great work.

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  9. Well I think that they are both lovely - I love the star block - you could always put a fabric circle in the middle instead of a hard button. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Very nice, but I really love that star the most!! Soooooo pretty.

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  11. Great use of dots. Love it. You can tell you put a lot of love into your project.

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  12. Your blocks are awesome. And even if I am not a lover of PP, I must try the star block. It is sew wonderful
    Thanks for sharing
    Britt-Inger in Sweden

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  13. Your lone star block is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Lovely blocks!!! Thanks for sharing and being a part of the hop!

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  15. Beautiful star block! Thank you for sharing :) Happy quilting!

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  16. Love the star and the ornaments! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Hello Kimberly, your dotted blocks, colour, style, photos...all very soothing...sew glad you played with us ....

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  18. I have the same love/hate relationship with some blocks! All yours look great. One of these days I really want to make the holiday quilt too.

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  19. Love your projects, those are on my to-do list too ;)

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  20. Oh the ornaments are much, much cuter!!

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  21. Your blocks look great! I love the dotty star and your ornaments are beautiful.

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  22. your intro made me think of the bugs bunny episode where he messes with elmer fudd ( I think) he painted dots all over the walls and made him think he was sick etc... seen it?

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  23. Despite your difficulties I think your star block turned out great - and I love the fabrics together. blessings, marlene

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  24. really cute. Thanks for the inspirations.

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  25. I think only yoou will see the "imperfections" on your lone star. I think you did a wonderful job.

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  26. I have trouble with paper peicing and star middles! I do love the Christmas ornaments! So very cute!

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  27. Your little star is really pretty! I love the colors you chose. They're perfect!

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  28. Your blocks are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  29. As soon as I saw the star I thought "oh, another person who can make that star and mine was horrible!" So thank you for sharing your thoughts on that project--my thoughts came with words only sailors use!! Your holiday blocks are so cheery :O)

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  30. I love Star patterns and I fell in love with this one the first time I saw it. I think you did a good job with yours, but I don't think it is one that I will be trying. I love the Christmas blocks. They would make a very cheery table runner for the Holiday season. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. I struggle with getting those stars to line up in the center, too, but your block is really beautiful--love the colors. Your ornaments are really cute! Thanks for hopping with us.

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  32. Hi!!! Your star block looks great to me!!! I love your Christmas blocks!!!

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  33. I really enjoy your blocks, especially the last one! great use of colors and dots! Thanks for sharing.

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  34. ROSEMARY B here: absolutely adorable. I love these blocks great color combos (I have some of that red in the last block, LOVE that fabric) These are really cute.
    Thank you for sharing today

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  35. I, too, have tackled the star, mine was the bordered variety and like you I had quite an extended affair with my seam ripper. I will attempt this block again, I simply cannot (will not) be bested by it! ;)
    I do sew love your Christmas blocks, they're sa-weet!
    Thank you for the links.

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  36. Great blocks. The dots are so fresh looking. The star is fabulous.

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  37. Those ornaments are spectacular! Great way to use your dots!

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  38. Your blocks are so pretty. Thanks for sharing and for sharing the patterns.

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  39. Great blocks , your Christmas blocks are especially lovely !

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  40. You made me buy the pattern Vintage Holiday Quilt Along hosted by Heidi at Fabric Mutt.I love Christmas too and really have enjoyed see everyones ornaments. You have done a great job, Enjoyed Dot hopping with you too, From Shirley at Simple Sew, funnymesjc at gmail.com

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  41. very nice and thanks for being part of the hop!

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  42. What fun.......thanks for the super dots!

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  43. Kimberly- Your star is stunning and I think it's more about the dotty pattern and the way it comes together than your sewing. It would probably happen with any regular print even though putting all those angles together is not easy. The dots on blue fabrics are more random than the red dots. If you used a plain fabric, it would more than likely come out different, but putting a button in the middle might make you feel happier about it. Your two other holiday blocks are great too. Thanks for sharing, from California.

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  44. The Star is amazing!! Nice work. Thanks for sharing:)

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  45. Beautiful star and your vintage ornaments are wonderful!

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  46. lovely dotty projects thanks for sharing!

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  47. Love the star block, but I think is out of my comfort zone. But I'm really loving the Christmas blocks. I going to check them out next. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  48. Your blocks are wonderful! the star block looks great and I agree it is a difficult one to get a perfect center. Your Christmas blocks are so fun. I really like them. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Love your dotty blocks and a button would be sweet too. Thanks for sharing with us today...Judith, Texas

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  50. I really like that star and I'm going to give it a try. Your ornament blocks are great too. I'll be back to see what you do with them.

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  51. The star is beautiful. It is my favorite block. And those ornaments are really great for Christmas.

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  52. Lindos blocos,parabéns!Vou tentar as estrelas,obrigada.

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  53. Your blocks are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing them with us!!!

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  54. I think your lone star is wonderful, I can't see any imperfections at all!

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  55. Your star looks great to me. I like the colors & dots. You might try gluing, sometime. That saves my life. Your Camille blocks are fun, I'll have to check that out. Nice job!

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  56. I do love that Lone Star pattern...I made it for the red, white and blue hop. Your Christmas blocks are so nice and will make a lovely quilt. Thanks for sharing!

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  57. Your pillow will be gorgeous!! Love your ornaments!! Thanks for sharing with us!!!

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  58. I'm glad you pushed through your difficulties, because the star is beautiful! the ornaments are really festive too!

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  59. Well, I think your blocks turned out great! Thanks for sharing no matter what!

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  60. Oh, these are so nice. Thanks for sharing them with us today!

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  61. Great blocks, I can't wait to see the completed quilt. Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  62. Thanks Kimberly , I love the star block and it will look lovely in the pillow. Your quilt blocks are very cute to , I love that pattern someday I might do it.

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  63. I have used that star tutorial,loved it! Your vintage blocks are the bomb,need to make myself some of those :)

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  64. Stars are a favorite of mine and I like that star pattern. Your other blocks look well constructed.
    Glad you hopped with us! Yeah!!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  65. Lovely blocks! I believe your efforts with the first block are just fine. It`s gorgeous.

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  66. Nice job tackling Anna's block. I love your Vintage Holiday blocks! I keep going back and forth about getting that pattern. I'll think "no, I don't need another pattern" then I see cute blocks made on blogs and I think "yes, I *have* to have that pattern"!!! Thanks a lot for making me move back into the "yes" camp! :)

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  67. Great job. Yes, yes, I do see the white dots on white - quite lovely. I think paper-pieced stars are really tough though yours is not a bad as you said. A button is a perfect solution. Anna's were gorgeous but I can see she was practicing; her red and white one was my favorite. Keep trying; I think you'll find you'll get better with practice, too.

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  68. We are always our own worst critic. Your star has beautiful colour, and a button will look great in the centre. I love the vintage holiday blocks too.

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  69. LOVE your Star block....you did Super job!! Also think the Ornament blocks are cool....but the Star is my favorite! :)

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  70. Thanks for sharing your lovely blocks.

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  71. I love your blocks! Your star looks great to me (wish I had that much luck with paper piecing,,,I'm working on it LOL) Your holiday ornament blocks really sparkle! Thanks for sharing.

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  72. I think you did a great job on that star block. The ornaments are really terrific too.

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  73. The star is beautiful, and the other blocks are fabulous - I would never have thought to use dots for so many different patterns before this blog!

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  74. I have yet to try that particular PP pattern, but I am thinking I might for a swap I have to do this month.

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  75. Wonderful paper pieced Lone Star.
    Love the cute ornament blocks... thanks for the source!
    Thanks for joining in the fun and hopping along.
    I'm a new follower to your blog.

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  76. Star blocks are usually my favorite - and I love the one you put together. But, I think I like your ornament blocks even more. They are awesome!

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  77. Your lone star is lovely, all those dots would have given me a headache!

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  78. Very nicely done! The lone star is very pretty. I like the ornament blocks, I may have to try those!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  79. Love the star block! Thanks for sharing.

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  80. PS I've got to stop spending so much time on blogs, so as you have [Goggle Plus] there will be times when I hit that rather than actually comment. The + will translate as " I came, I read, I had to dash, but I did enjoy the visit". I hope you're ok with this, and obviously understand when you do the same :-)

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