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Hi! If you are here visiting as part of the Dots on Dots Blog Hop, welcome! (And hi to my usual readers, of course!) I’m so happy to be participating in the blog hop. I love dots, whether they are large polka dots or dainty tiny dots, so when I saw the challenge to create a quilt block using only dotted fabric I knew I had to do it.
I have a pretty good fabric stash, so I limited myself to using only fabric I already had on hand. Luckily, I had recently done a charm swap which netted me the two lovely dotted fabrics on the far right. They set my color palette and I pulled out the other orange and white dot and the white with tiny grey dot fabrics from my collection.
From there I sketched out my block (finished size 12.5 inches). I wanted to keep it simple and modern, so I decided to do two rows of three HST blocks each on top of each other, with two long rectangular blocks underneath. Here is my finished block so you can see what I mean:
I alternated the direction of each row of HST blocks.
If you have never made an HST, here is a great tutorial for how to make one. I always use method two, if I can help it, which is where you put your two squares right sides together on top of each other, mark the diagonal middle of one square (this becomes your cut line), then sew a quarter inch on either side of the marked cut line. After sewing, cut your two blocks apart on the diagonal middle line you marked, and voila! Two HSTs. (If you want to figure out what size block to start with to make a particular size HST, this blog gives you an easy formula.)
Press your seams, then sew your top row of 3 HSTs together and your second row of 3 HSTs.
Then sew your two rows of HSTs together on one of the long sides and press the seams nice and flat.
Then I just sewed my two rectangle blocks to the bottom of this. I love hand embroidery and thought these colors and dots were so cheery, so I added the word “joy” to the block.
I used the chain stitch and a variegated orange floss.
Here’s that finished block again, which I am going to turn into a doll quilt.
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