MCM #49 – Polka Dot Fun!

Polka Dot Binding Paper Pieced Pattern

In July I participated in the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop (hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict) and made this table topper to share during the hop:

Paper Pieced Table TopperThis was the first project I made where a pin dot fabric was a focal print, and I fell in love with it. I didn’t realize how much I liked polka dots until I used them here, and I think they are scrumptious.

This was also the first paper pieced pattern I had written, so this project held a lot of firsts for me! (You can download the pattern for free from my Craftsy pattern store.)

I am now working on my next paper pieced pattern. It’s a bit more detailed, and I’ve been having fun playing with fabrics and block size. I finally decided to make the blocks big — 18″ finished — because I love the look of big block quilts. Also, one block will make a nice size mini quilt. Here’s the version I’ve made:

Twirling Star Paper Pieced Chestnut Street Fig Tree Fabrics

Look! More dots!! I love the look of the dots here. With the exception of the binding and background, all the fabrics are from the Chestnut Street line by Fig Tree. The colors are so happy and bright, and I am seriously going to make a larger quilt with this pattern and these fabrics.

The binding is perfect – it is from the Riverwoods Collection – Three French Hens. Those dots are not very symmetrical which gives the fabric an edgier look – I really like it a lot.

Polka Dot Binding Paper Pieced Pattern

You can also see I played with the quilting a bit, adding in ghost shapes of the wonky star points. It was a lot of fun to quilt.

The name of the pattern is ‘Twirl Me’. It’s fun and contemporary, and you can probably tell I’m a little bit in love with it. 🙂

I have a few more editing details to take care of in the pattern, and I will have it available by the end of the week. I also have some different color options to share, as well as multi-block layouts. I’m so excited about this pattern, and I just couldn’t wait to show it to you. This is soooo my crush for this Main Crush Monday!

Okay, now it’s time to check in on what you have been working on and loving. But first, a recap of a couple of the links from last week:

Kate of Smiles from Kate has a fun tutorial on making an Origami Christmas tree. I’ve never seen anything like it, and I think it would look fantastic in many different colors.

Photo by Kate of Smiles From Kate

Photo by Kate of Smiles From Kate

Susan of Quilt Fabrication made a beautiful wall hanging that she is calling Blossoms. The flowers are so big, and the jewel tone of her fabric choices make them pop off the background.

Photo by Susan of Quilt Fabrication

Photo by Susan of Quilt Fabrication

Do you guys follow Katy at Katy Quilts? She is amazing in that she publishes a post almost every. single. day. On top of that, she has to be the fastest quilter I know. And, she is always working on something fun and interesting. Last week, it was her tumbler quilt. (I think she since has it sewn together – go check out her blog to see this amazing quilt.)

Photo by Katy of Katy Quilts

Photo by Katy of Katy Quilts

Okay, ladies and gents, it is now your turn to share your crush for this week’s Main Crush Monday. What has you excited to be in your sewing space this week? You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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12 Responses to MCM #49 – Polka Dot Fun!

  1. Tish says:

    Love this block, Beth, and the ghost quilting!

  2. Bonnie in Va says:

    Your tumbler quilt looks fabulous.

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  4. Nann says:

    I love polka dots, too! I’ve acquired quite a stash and have made several dots-only quilts. One fun swap was “dots and dashes” — churn dash blocks made with dotted fabric and striped fabric.

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  6. I really like the dense quilting in the outer border spaced by no quilting, it adds a lot of depth and interest to the quilt, Beth! Congratulations on being so close to another pattern release, too!

  7. I love your table topper! I have had small holiday décor projects like that on my “wish list” for years, but I just never seem to get to them. I know what you mean about dots, too — I love all kinds of dots and have to be careful not to use too many dot prints in one block. Finally, LOVE the quilting you did on your Wonky Star!

  8. katyquilts says:

    I love your table topper! I’m off to download the pattern. Thanks for the shout out! My tumbler top is done! I was inspired by a tumbler quilt you made a while back. I think it was in BQF?

  9. Karen Goad says:

    love your red dot fabric perfect for a Christmas project

  10. Paige says:

    Great desing, I can just see the secondary design appearing! I love covering lots of ground with big blocks! Thanks for hosting the link party!

  11. Sandra says:

    Your pattern is terrific Beth! Love the colours and fabrics (and ghost quilting, yeah!) you’ve used. I need to get in gear and put out another pattern or two, still in notes, on various sheets of paper!

  12. Kate says:

    Very pretty block, but it looks complicated. I hadn’t done a lot of paper piecing till this year. It’s a great way to get very precise seams and make complicated patterns.

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