Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bowls with or without Borders Hop

This has been such a fun hop! It is amazing how all of the stacks are so different even tho’ we are all using the same pattern- I bet Regina didn’t know there were so many ways her bowls could be stacked. I have been calling this hop Bowls WITHOUT borders- probably because they were talking about Doctors Without Borders on a TV show and we have so many countries represented that we are without borders. J 
my 3rd stack o' bowls

     As soon as I saw Madame Samm’s Bowls I knew I wanted to make some. I have never paper pieced before and tried a tree for the Think Christmas Hop just to get some practice. Not so good- I was ready to throw in the towel (you can read more on that in my previous post) But now I am addicted. If you know me- you know I can not just follow a pattern- I have to make things more difficult and change things up a bit. My first set of bowls- went into the garbage, my second set looks much better. Then I decided to make a Christmas plaid set- was stitching up just fine, but it was midnight and what happens when you sew tired? I make really dumb mistakes. I was getting ready to stitch the next stack and realized I didn’t have that stack traced onto my freezer paper. So I grabbed the paper- it was too small but in my befuddled brain, I thought I would just piece it. So away I drew. It wasn’t tracing quite right but I went on. Next step – cut it out, ooohkay not cutting right, but I went on and pressed the fabric to the paper and this is definitely NOT right- very gluey looking and sticky too! Then I realized I wasn’t using freezer paper--  it was my appliqué fusible stuff …(I am sure it has a technical name) DUH!!!   I then decided to go to bed. So, my plaid stack isn’t as high as I wanted it. I was planning to use a red plaid and a gingerbread as well, but I will have to do that later. I also have plans for a snowman stack.




The other night as I was hopping and trying to catch up with commenting, I noticed a Winnie the Pooh card I have sitting by my monitor and the wheels started turning- What if I turned my bowls into ….. Honey Pots?  I just can’t leave well enough alone! Another late night sewing! So I made my first bowl a little taller and used the first bowl, upside down to make the lid. It didn’t turn out exactly like I pictured but it is close. I had Pooh squares in my stash but they are only 4.5  inch so I had to do a little piecing. The fabrics with a larger Pooh were also 4.5 inches but were not fussy cut so I only had half Poohs. I used the fusible appliqué stuff the right way and fused him back together as well as using it for the top of the pot and the band around the lid.  I plan to quilt little buzzy bees around the pots and make some honey drips with appliqué.



 
Pooh is dreaming of LARGE honey pots!




I FMQed cherries in the background
My last stack of bowls is the one I thought of as soon as I joined this hop and the Mary Englebreit phrase “Life is just of Chair of Bowlies” popped into my head. (I was thought  that Norma may have had the same idea when I read her post here.)  I decided my bowls needed to be stacked in a chair.  I didn’t have a chair pattern so I made one up- using Lesley, the Cuddle Quilter’s blog banner as my guide. (This morning after I finished all the quilting, I got the brilliant idea to look up the ME picture, don’t know why I didn’t do that earlier but…) I only had one of ME’s fabrics and some other cherry fabric so that’s what I used, along with all the red bits I could find- more 4.5 inch squares and scraps. Now that I have seen the ME picture again, I would love to go back and add bowls to the top of the chair, but oh well!
"Life is a Chair of Bowlies" in a chair with my ME pincushion

I fussy cut the fabric so the word "friend" would be on each Bowl


















Thank You to  Madamme Samm, Carol, and Regina- you all have worked hard and provided help when needed ( and I needed A LOT of help.)  I love hopping with you! Thanks to all the other cheerleaders too!
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63 comments:

Jeanneke said...

I love your Pooh Bowls!!
Very nice!

jatajomi said...

Nice ideas!

Martina said...

Very cute!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Very cute projects - love the Pooh! Thank you for sharing.

Judy B said...

Great bowls! Thank you for sharing.

Heleen Groot said...

You have wonderful ideas! Loving the honey bowls and the christmassy ones too! I laughed out loud reading the post. Not at you, mind you, just with you! I know those "to tired to quilt, but to stubborn to quit" times!

Sue said...

I sure know the "too tired to sew" feeling and yet, I end up doing that way too often. Great work. Thanks for sharing.

Britt-Inger said...

I love your bowls, but the Pooh is my favorite.
Thanks for sharing

Regina Grewe said...

What a bunch of ideas - additionally to those we already have seen! You are right I never expected so many different bowl piles made after my little pattern. I have great days!
Don't give up with paper piecing - it may be somewhat intimidating in the beginning but it is a great technique and worth trying it.
If you would like to see your work in my guest gallery please contact me at info@reginagrewe.de.
Regina from Germany

Zuzan said...

Fuschia pink & Friend to finish with the Honey post sandwished between with my favourite Pooh. Thank you for sharing so much.

Farm Quilter said...

I enjoyed your story of the creation of your bowls! I don't paper piece and everything your said made perfect sense to me! I love the way you kept at it and came up with some adorable bowls and your chair idea is brilliant!!!

krislovesfabric said...

Thanks for sharing your projects, they are all very imaginative!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

well; nice to see things turned out well in the end. looks great on your chair.

Carrie P. said...

you have been busy. the honey pot is so cute.

Abbigail said...

I really like the pooh bowls! so cute!

Sophie said...

Vrey nice bowls!

Just Carol said...

I was so entertained by your post about your journey in making those bowls. Sewing when I'm tired usually does nothing more than fill up my trash with mistakes, too. Your perseverance paid off as those honey pots and chair cushion are just so cute--love them! Thank you for hopping with us and please come back to do it again. :O)

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Love the honey pot idea!!

Madame Samm said...

Good Morning my dear. love your bowls. you did great, you are a honey of a lady to play along and do your best, which is so evident...

pinsandneedles said...

Clever idea to make honey pots! Nice work on your stacks of bowls!

Renate said...

Interesting bowls!

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
I really enjoyed reading your blog today and looking at your creations. The Pooh honey pot is the cutest idea ever! I love the fabrics you chose for all of your projects. The chair pad is adorable!! and of course those tatersall plaid bowls are charming!
Thanks for sharing your creativity today

carla (http://dancingmoon-carla.blogspot.com/) said...

Hi!!! All of your bowls are wonderful and I love the honey pots!!! Thanks

Connie said...

What neat ideas and I really, really love the Pooh honey pot! I had to laugh about you marking on your fusible paper when you were tired....that seems to be when I make mistakes too. Thanks for sharing!

Corrie said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun with all this. Cute!

Linda said...

I love your Chair of Bowlies! I'm also a fan of ME and that is really cute! Great job!

Karen ~ Briarside Lane said...

You have taken the pattern to another level. The Pooh Honey Pot is adorable, and I am a ME fan, too! Well Done! Thanks for joining in the fun and sharing. I am a new follower to your blog!

Sheila said...

So imaginative , great work and I love the pooh honey pots too!

Gill said...

I enjoyed your post as you obviously had great fun doing it!!
Thank you for sharing! Your bowls are fabulous!

Needled Mom said...

Great thoughts and bowls. Your chair pads are such a smart idea and the honey pots are darling.

Katherine said...

Oh, some great bowls, Bobbie! Love that you fussy cut that ME fabric... is makes perfect bowls.

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

Brenda said...

Great job. Thanks for being part of the hop.

Leonore said...

The honey pot idea is great.
Many greetings from Germany

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

I see honey pots in your future....

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Love the honey pots, red bowls and chair cushion. Very clever.
Thanks for sharing.

Cathy said...

I'm so glad you kept going. Love your bowls, ideas and for sharing you process! Been there done that!
Cathy R

jen duncan said...

yay! You did a great job on all of them!!

Diann said...

It looks like you overcame your paper piecing difficulties and had a lot of fun with this.

Chris said...

Positively fantastic. Can't decide which I like better.

MoeWest said...

I'm glad that you persevered because it resulted in some great projects. I've also learned the hard way that I should stop when I'm tired. I just love Pooh and the honey pot!

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Well someone has been on a bowl binge! :) All of your creations are wonderful, but I have to admit that you had me at 'Pooh'. I have a weakness for that little bear. I can't wait to see the finishing touches you add!

Kathy H said...

We love Winnie the Pooh, so of course love those honey pot bowls.

Julie in WA said...

I love your honey pot for Pooh; it is a most creative way to use the bowl pattern! A wonderful surprise!

Sharon B said...

I LOVE POOH! This is SEW creative! Thanks for sharing

Nellie Duclos said...

Bobbie-Your honey pots with Winnie the Pooh are unique and very cute. Thanks for sharing-from California.

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely work thanks for sharing!

Nini said...

lovley bowls thanks for sharing.
Greetings from Germany
Nicole

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Oh Pooh....grin....Fantastic job.

lori said...

just what everyone else sez sew cute....................

Anita said...

I love Pooh too! Clever fussycutting :)

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Love the Winnie the Pooh pot! Very cute idea! I love ME too. Have a happy day!

Rosa said...

Cute idea and love your honey bowls!!

Robin said...

All your stacks look great but I just love that honeypot!!

Cecilia said...

I like your honeypot the best! Thank you for sharing.

Marcia W. said...

I like your honey bowls and the ME bowls. What is amazing is the way you take each possible setback in stride and make it into lemon pie with beautiful meringue. Good work!

Sheila said...

Love all your bowls! Thanks for being part of the hop.

evelyn said...

I LOVE the Pooh pots.:) Sounds like you had a lot of fun amid the frustration.

Quilt n Queen said...

Bobbie, paper piecing is not easy, especially when you are learning this new technique. I'm still practicing and it is getting easier. Hang in there you did a great job, your Pooh bear and his honey pot is adorable. Thanks for sharing! Pauline

Thearica said...

ok.. you had me at Pooh!! Love your bowls!

Mary said...

Very clever ideas for your bowls. Great job.

Pauline said...

What can I say?? I'm astonished by your way of use for this pattern, how original can you get.... super! I love your friends theme!

Ariane said...

Your bowl blocks are very creative!!! Love them!!!

Lesley said...

Just discovered your bowls page! Wow...you are so creative! And of course, the chair was adorable! What a great idea...and combining it with ME fabrics was the cherry on top! Kudos to you for a wonderful post!