Monday, March 12, 2012

Quilt Block Dedicated to Donny & Marie

Everybody knows Marie Osmond, right?  I'm a proud member of Generation X and have fond memories of sitting on the floor in front of our TV watching the Donny and Marie show.  Probably the most famous segment of the show was Marie's rendition of "I'm a Little Bit Country" while Donny countered with "I'm a Little Bit Rock n' Roll."

That is what goes through my mind with my current project.  "....I'm a little bit country..."  It's a darn shame you can't hear me singing!  LOL!

This is just one block from Kansas Troubles Quilters' Five & Dime patternSandhill Plums is the name of the fabric line from Moda, also designed by KTQ.

As you may remember (if not, click here), The Little Shop of Stitches is preparing to hit the road soon with Quilt Show Season rapidly approaching.  This is just part of two samples I am busy, busy, busy working on to finish for the shows.

The pattern caught my eye due to its simplicity.  It is a project that anyone with any sewing experience could make.  And, while I enjoy a challenge, sometimes the simple patterns allow the fabric to be the star.  

That is certainly the case with Five & Dime.  This project starts with one layer cake and one charm pack.  Get it?  Layer cakes are TEN inch squares, and Charm Packs are FIVE inch squares?  Five, ten...Five & Dime!  

The Sandhill Plums colors appealed to my mom.  ;)  "...I'm a little bit country..."  She tells me they look "rich" to her.  Kinda conjures up visions of a southern ranch, doesn't it?

The Five & Dime ruler helps line up the squares perfectly for sewing.  You simply open the precut packages, line up your ruler and start stitching!  Awesome!  After cutting the squares into fourths, rearranging them and sewing them patchwork style, they just line up into rows like little soldiers, and VOILA!  OK, I haven't quite made it to voila yet, but I'm close.  That's why you only get a picture of one block this week!  

Once the squares are all sewn, and borders are added, it will be a lap/twin size quilt.  The quilt uses most of the patchwork squares, and a table runner can be made from the "change."  Get it?  Change?  Five & Dime?  Cracking up!

Marie Osmond has become a celebrity in the world of sewing since her early television days.  I think she would like this pattern.  Maybe I should think about doing a "rock n' roll" quilt for Donny...wouldn't want him to be jealous!


C said...

I love you and I love your quilts but… I am glad I can't hear you singing. :) Chris

Jenn at The Little Shop of Stitches said...

Oh, come on now! I can tell you are just trying to hide your disappointment! I will work on adding some audio to the blog so you won't miss out. ;) Jenn

Ann @ Suburban Prairie Homemaker said...

I love your color choices for this quilt block! Very "country" (and you say that like it's a bad thing ha ha).

Foster said...

I remember watching Donny and Marie every Friday night with the whole family! And your block really fits the song. Thanks for the smile and memory