Monday, September 10, 2012

Dots Hop


Yep, I joined another blog hop!  But how can I resist this one - dots!  Looking back at my recent mosaics, it appears that I use at least one polka dot fabric in almost all my projects - hmmm . . .  (see here and here.)

I'm not going to talk about my sewing machine drama again but let's just say it is a good thing that this blog hop only asked for a block and not a finished project!

For my first block, I used the quilt-as-you-go method and this will soon be a bag for my daughter to carry her ballet shoes and other items to class.  Since it will be used for a bag, I wanted to use dense quilting but I didn't want to quilt over the little ballerina so I just used a bit of random stitching for the middle square and then organic - in other words, "not straight" lines - for the rest. 



Also, not sure if you can tell from the photos, but the ballerina is surrounded by very pale yellow dots!  Maybe with a closer look (but not too close up - again, the sewing machine situation!)



I've also been wanting to try reverse applique circles (I think that is what these are called).  I added a bit of embroidery to the gray/green block - I'm thinking I might use that to make a journal cover and stamp "inspiring" words onto the embroidered lines (hopefully I can press out those wrinkles in the green dot circles - yikes!)  



Oh, and here is a little mosaic showing several projects that I've made using polka dot fabric - I've used dots as the main fabric, as binding, as sashing, as background, for pockets - yes, I guess I really like dots!



If you would like to enter the giveaway for a Moda Happy H"owl"-o-ween Layer Cake sponsored by Material Girl Quilts, click here.  If you click on that link, you'll also find a wonderful Advice for New Bloggers post written by Faith from Fresh Lemon Quilts and this week's calendar for the Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop.

Thanks to Corrie from Quilt Taffy and Madame Samm from Sew WE Quilt for organizing another super fun blog hop!  Click here to see the full schedule for the Dots on Dots Blog Hop and here are the hoppers for today:

Thanks for visiting!

And since the ballerina bag is my main WIP of the week, I'm linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

103 comments:

  1. What a cute block...your daughter is going to love her bag! TFS

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  2. Love the little ballerina highlighted in your block - very cute for a bag. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Hi!!! It is very cute and will make a wonderful bag!!!! Thank You

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  4. Great job and the bitsy ballerina is adorable and will be a marvelous bag for you baby's ballet slippers :) Thank you for sharing!!

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  5. Love the ballerina bag, bet your daughter does too! Thank you for sharing.

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  6. It is very cute with the little ballerina and will be a wonderful bag .
    Thanks for sharing

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  7. Great ballerina block.
    Your quilting is perfect for it.
    I love polka dots too.

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  8. Oooh I love your block - that will make a great bag - I like the way you quilted it with it lines it looks very effective. Like all your other projects too - you sure do like dots!

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  9. My favourite dots on dots block!

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  10. I love it. You must have taken a great picture, since I could not see any faults in your first block! As for the circles, just do what I do (not that they look anything like MY circles, that always turn out square....). Pretend this was your artful interpretation. I would believe you in an instant. You did wonderful!

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  11. Great show, I love your dots and all you made, wonderful, wonderful!

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  12. Your blocks are wonderful! I love your cute ballerina!

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  13. Love the ballerina girl surrounded by dots. So cute.

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  14. I love the block for the bag. It will be great for all the ballet bits when finished. I hope you sewing machine problem is fixed soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. The block for the bag is really cool! Hope your machine starts behaving!

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  16. Love it! So creative and unique. Great use of your dots.

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  17. oh such cute projects! I actually like the wrinkles in the green circles, they look like ripples

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  18. Love all you done, just beautiful and the block for the bag is super cool.

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  19. Hello hello...your dotty project, well just lovely, in fact, I think .....
    enough said...glad you came out to play..

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  20. Great dots, I don't think you need a hop to use them. :) Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  21. Thank you for the great line up of dots! Nice collection! As much as I love dots, I love Halloween fabric. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. Love your projects! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Lots of pretty dot projects! Thanks for putting together the mosaic!

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  24. great mosaic, love all those colors

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  25. following....
    love the pretty dots!

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  26. I LOVE the little balerina and the quilting is perfect for it!!!

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  27. This will make a perfect bag for dance class. I love organic quilting. =)

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  28. Love the quilting on your little ballerina block! I also find myself using and stashing lots of dots. There is something cheerful about dots! I took a mini session on how to reverse applique and wanted to make a quilt...never got around to it :( Maybe someday....

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  29. That will block will make a darling bag--love the little ballerina and all the dots around her! Thanks for hopping with us! :O)

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  30. Gosh you sure do use those polka dots! I don't think I have any polka dot fabric in my stash.. I will have to go and do a search after this.

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  31. That's alot of dots you have going there ... ALOT! (not sure I have any?? That's going to be a tragedy I'm sure and I'll go out and have to buy some now!) ... The block is really cute - the quilting on it looks really nice too!!

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  32. I like your use of fabrics with different size dots. It makes the project so much more fun.

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  33. I like your ballerina block and I am glad you quilted it that way. I have done that before and I really like the look but had forgotten about that style.

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  34. Love the little ballerina block! Fantastic job! Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Super cute ballerina block. Will make a sweet bag.

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  36. I love the little ballerina block, super fabric & dots! Great totes & pillow in your mosaic. Fun!

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  37. Wow.....you live in a dotted world. Lots of fun!

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  38. Very pretty! I'm sure your daughter will love a bag made from this block.(I think your quilting looks very good.)

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  39. I never really noticed dots before this hop...and I can see I'm about the only one. Love all those dots!

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  40. Such a lovely gift. Your daughter will love it. I do! I see dots all over and wonderful that you share with us. Thanks! Judith, Texas

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  41. Lovely project - it will be a bag that is treasured! Our machines can be just as big a drama queens as we can...LOL

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  42. Gotta respect our Love/Hate relationship with our sewing machines. Great Block
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  43. Love the Ballerina block, she looks lovely. Thanks for sharing. Susie x

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  44. I love polka dots, too. The ballerina blocks is so lovely and the random quilting really highlights the ballerina. Beautiful!

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  45. I love your ballerina! I have a granddaughter who would be jealous of that. :) blessings, marlene

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  46. Rosemary B Here:
    Oooh how cute and perky, I love your project. You really finished it off nice. Love the colors!!

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  47. I love all your makes Beth - great dotty show and tell!

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  48. Loving all of the cute dots. What a nice project you made with them.

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  49. I love your little girl it will be perfect for ballet shoes!

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  50. Beth, the ballerina block is adorable. Love the stitching, modern and it show cases the ballerina perfectlly. Great job, thanks for sharing your dots on dots block. It will definitely be perfect for carrying your daughter's ballet slippers. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  51. The ballerina is doing her happy dance because she is surrounded by Dots, wonderful, wonderful dot.

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  52. Love the dots and ballerina. Thanks for sharing your creativity, Love it!

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  53. Great projects! I love the little ballerina and the reverse applique circles! Great job!

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  54. I do believe you love dots! The little tote bag will be a very nice tote for your litle ballerina to use!

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  55. That's a cute bag for your little dancer. Thanks for sharing your projects.

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  56. This will be the cutest little dance class bag! I love the polka dot fabric inside the circle too! Dots are so fun

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  57. Such cute fabric! It's nice to find some that matches up to the use of the finished item =D

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  58. Beth, love the block and congrats on being chosen as one of the top three for today!

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  59. Lovely block and I also want to congratulate you for being in the top three.

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  60. Cute little blog.. love how you did your reverse circles.. How did you do it? Happy Hopping!!

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  61. The bag is going to be so cute. I like how you made a mosaic to show your past work with dots. Thanks for sharing.

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  62. Thanks for the mosaic of your blocks and items. I love all your dots. Yes, those reverse circles were amazing! Thanks for sharing today. I loved seeing everything. Debby (in Virginia, DC suburbs)

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  63. I can see that you are a dot fan. I loved all of your dot projects, thanks for sharing.

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  64. Well, it does seem you're a bit dotty!! lol Just look at all those projects with dots. Fantastic. You did the little ballerina (both the fabric one and the real-life one) proud with your block.

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  65. Great block! I haven't had the patience to fussy cut fabrics yet, but your fabric looks so nice framed out in dots. Thanks for sharing!

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  66. Well, hello Dotty-I bet your daughter is gonna love her balerina bag. What a good variety of dotty fabrics you have.

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  67. Love! Especially love the piece with the bunny in it!

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  68. Great work! Thanks for sharing.

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  69. Great projects and you definitely love your dots! Thanks for sharing!

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  70. a lucky little girl will love that balerina mini quilt
    in stitches

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  71. How fun! Thanks for sharing!! :-)

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  72. Really cute idea! Perfect for a little ballerina!

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  73. I love the dots on dots! And that ballerina! My kindergarten lunch box was pink with ballerinas...I miss it!

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  74. I like the quilting you chose for your block. Lovely projects.

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  75. I love dots. This has been fun to follow

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  76. That ballerina is just the cutest.

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  77. I love it, and the ballerina is o cute!

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  78. Thanks for the lovely read and the great photos of projects :)

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  79. What a sweet little ballerina block! She's just perfect for a tote for your own little dancer to use for dance class. Beautiful!

    Thanks so much for sharing and being a part of the hop!

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  80. It's going to be a pretty awesome tote. The center is adorable.

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  81. I love the inclusion of the reverse applique of circles. That's a nice touch to add more dots. It is a cute piece. And I love dots. I've been collecting to make a polka dot quilt and it'll probably be more than one quilt before I'm done.

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  82. That will be one very special bag.

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  83. Your little dancer is so sweet. I CAN see those little yellow dots. How sweet!!

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  84. your little ballerina is so sweet I love the tangerine color! ( now I am singing Tangerine which I believe is about a ballerina or maybe its on the same CD as ballerina dance- whatever, I think of ballerina's when I here it :))

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  85. Lots of stinkin-cute stuff here! I hope the bag comes out smashingly!

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  86. Love that block! I'm a sucker for dots!!

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  87. Your ballerina block is going to make a great bag. Very cute!

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  88. Lov the little dancer. What line is she from please?

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  89. The ballerina block will make a great bag for your DDs ballet shoes.
    Thanks for sharing and joining in the hop.
    I am a new follower to your blog.

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