In continuing our quilting journey together (let’s face it, mom is learning right along with her!), Punklies wanted to make a special birthday gift for a dear sweet friend of hers. They’ve been friends since before they turned 3! For the first time since then, we’ll be out of town for the birthday party, so we’re going to have a lunch date ahead of time.
Although she enjoyed making the simple patchwork quilt, Punklies wanted to try something different and maybe learn a new technique or two. I was browsing the net when I stumbled upon a block of the month series at Polka Dot Chair. After showing the different blocks showcased, she decided on a slight modification of the June block:
She wanted to add another row to the top and bottom of the block and a narrow sashing to make a doll-sized quilt for her friend’s American Girl dolls. This pattern challenged us – neither of us had ever worked with half-square triangles or pinwheels! Definitely a collaborative learning experience! Here’s a peek at the process:
Look at all those little triangles!!! Once again, mom assisted with cutting and pressing, Punklies isn’t quite tall enough to reach the ironing board safely or across our dining table to cut. We found the Little Foot (thank you Nana) helped with accurate ¼” seams immensely (and pinwheels aren’t forgiving with their alignment). In addition to tackling half square triangles and pinwheels, she wanted to attempt bias binding this time!
June Block of the Month Pattern from Polka Dot Chair
Rainy Day Pouring Purple Raining Umbrellas (from the charm pack) by My and My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics
Essentials Cosmos Bright Purple by Wilmington Prints
Freeform Pattern 120-13102 by Paintbrush Studio
Contempo’s Color Weave Medium Turquoise by Benartex
White Pattern from Stash