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August 23rd, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 12 – Floyd

by Julie Hirt

I’m wrapping up this Free Paper Piecing series with the “Floyd”.



I don’t think it’s necessary to explain why Pink Floyd was chosen for the final tribute in the Block Rock’n series.

This is my favorite song of all time.  It has been my favorite since the first time I heard it when I was a teenager. The older I get, the more sense it makes too.

Best. Lyrics. Ever.


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And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death


And another favorite (more genius lyrics):


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We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
What have we found
The same old fears
Wish you were here

And ANOTHER fave.  Crikey, one more.   Okay, okay, I’ll stop!


Back to the block.  This block would also look good with less color choices:



To be honest, I haven’t had time to make this block yet.  It’s pretty straight forward but please let me know if you run into any issues. I do plan on stitching it up this weekend!

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August 9th, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 11 – Global Concepts

by Julie Hirt

Every other Friday I’ve been posting a free “Block Rock’n” paper piecing template.   The blocks are named after bands, singers or maybe even a song title. This week brings you Global Concepts:

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I had a tough time naming this block.  Mainly because I have dozens of musicians I’d like to tribute a block with only a few blocks left to name.

Every time I hear this song I crank up the volume full blast. It makes me want to… well, like the lyrics say, f*cking dance.

Symmetry exists only in our mind
Our brain is seeing squares


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Robert Delong is a young genius. He writes, sings and creates all the music.

Listen to the video and look at this.   It’s just a good fit for this block.

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A bit of Photoshop play let me see what a full quilt would look like.

Global concepts aren’t common the world round
But we share a mortal frame

I love the little stars that form between the blocks. If you used a different color on the outside it will something like this:


You  can see a star in the center of each block as well a different color star that forms between the blocks.

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July 26th, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 10 – Mercury

by Julie Hirt

This weeks free paper piecing pattern is the Mercury.  As in Freddie Mercury, one of the greatest frontmen of all time.


Like a couple of the previous blocks this one will look different depending on where you decide to add color.

There are inset triangles that I didn’t use, but you certainly could (second color play).



Queen is one of my favorite bands and has been ever since Wayne & Garth introduced me to Bohemian Rhapsody.  Of course, I had heard Queen songs way before then but that’s when I fell in love.

If I’m near a jukebox and they have this song, you can bet I’ll be playing it.


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Best Friend is the closest thing Paul and I have to “our song”.   ❤


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My husband has a tattoo that includes a line of music notes. The notes are from a verse in “I Want to Break Free”.


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Okay, okay, I’ll stop! Rather than completely bombard you with a hundred Queen songs, just go play some!




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July 12th, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 9 – Penny Lane

by Julie Hirt

Ready for a music heavy post today?   Block Rock’n Week 9 brings you Penny Lane.


(don’t look too closely at that center point.  My two halves weren’t perfectly aligned… argh.)

You know, I couldn’t have a Block Rock’n series without a nod to the Beatles.   Although I should have named it “Imagine”, as in imagine all the possibilities.

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When I was playing around with color I realized the little piecing triangles could make this a completely different design.

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Or just focus on the large points.

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Back to the Beatles… When I was younger I used to think they were overrated and wouldn’t even listen to them out of pure stubbornness.  Thanks to my husband all that changed.


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Our little chihuahua rescue is named Penny Lane.  All three of our dogs are actually named after music:
Mr Bojangles (really the SNL skit dog show, but it’s a song too)
Penny Lane
Huey Lewis – little Huey is deaf (rescue) so he can’t rock out to music with us



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Soo many great tunes.  What are some of your favorites?

I could post these Beatles songs all day, but I’ll stop here.  This is definitely one of my most loved.


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June 25th, 2013

Garfunkel Block

by Julie Hirt

Finally snagged a picture of it!  Sorry I didn’t get this posted with the pattern release.


I think the Garfunkel and the Caldonia are my favorites so far.

If you make one be sure to let me know, I’d love to see it!


June 23rd, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 8 – Garfunkel

by Julie Hirt

Are you having a good weekend? I am – our deck is almost done!  Thank goodness.

Now onto the good stuff… here is the Garfunkel block.



There is a variation to this block. You can make the center hexagon solid or like this:


The template has the optional area marked.  If you choose to make the first variation be sure your fabric covers the entire center piece (both 8 and 8b).

I looove Paul Simon!  As soon as I made this block the name Garfunkel just fit.   My musical tastes are all over the board.  Maybe it’s because I grew up listening to their music that makes me love them so much?

Couple of my favorites.

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This one is just Paul Simon… close enough :)

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Hope you enjoy this one.   I’ll be posting a picture of the block I made shortly!

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Edited 6/25/13 to add a photo of the block I made



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