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May 31st, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 7 – Morrison

by Julie Hirt

I can’t believe it’s already week 7 of Block Rock’n!   This one is the “Morrison”.

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You can decide if it’s named after Jim or Van. I’m fans of both, so it’s good either way!

This is my probably my favorite Doors song because it has some great memories associated with it.  When I was 16 my brother used to ride to school with me and we loved listening to People are Strange.

 

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Van Morrison has SO many great tunes – but I’m feeling this one today. I could listen to him all day.

 

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Before I stitched the final seam I played around with the placement.  Here are some alternatives for the Morrison.

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Kind of kaleidoscope-ish.
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May 16th, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 6 – Marley

by Julie Hirt

Welcome to week 6!   Here is the “Marley” block (aka Three Little Birds).

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This may be my favorite block of the series, so far.  I actually had the name picked out before I made the block!  I knew I wanted to do something with Bob Marley and I love the song Three Little Birds.  Then I had to figure out a block.

The other blocks don’t really match their namesake, but this one made sense to try.  I also like how the center makes a 4 pointed star.

Rise up this morning
Smiled with the rising sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singing sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
Saying, “This is my message to you-u-u”

 

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Hope you enjoy this one, see you back in two weeks for week 7!

 

 

May 2nd, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 5 – Caldonia

by Julie Hirt

Caldonia is more of a Block Rock’n Blues name.  I’m a jazz and blues fan and thought this was an appropriate song choice for the series.

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“Caldonia” is a jump blues song, first recorded in 1945 by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five. A version by Erskine Hawkins, also in 1945, was described by Billboard magazine as “rock and roll”. The first time that phrase was used in print to describe any style of music. – Wikipedia

 

Pretty cool, huh?  It’s also one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock & Roll.  There are several versions of Caldonia on YouTube (that you should check out!) – here is one of my favorites.

 

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I really like the blue and orange together.  (thanks GoGoKim for picking these colors)

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You can see on the block above that I sewed the white pieces different (switched pieces 6 & 7) to see if I liked the seams better. It looks okay either way but I made the pattern like the other blocks.

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I made so many versions because these are for my 4×5 Modern Quilt Bee.  I hope my hive members enjoy their blocks – they picked some great color combinations!  I’m kind of sad to see the blocks go, I need to make one for myself.

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I wanted to see how the Caldonia blocks would look as a quilt and I’m in love.  Wouldn’t this make an adorable baby quilt?  Without borders the size would be 36″ x 48″.  There is a baby coming that I need to make a blanket for, hmm…

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From this week forward I’ll be posting a new block every *other* Friday.   I’m hoping the weather shapes up (it’s SNOWING today, in MAY, in KANSAS) and I can start spending some time outside.   Happy Sewing!

 

April 19th, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 4 – Icky Thump

by Julie Hirt

Helloooo Friday!    Welcome to Week 4 – this block is the Icky Thump.

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Every Friday for  12 weeks I’m posting a free paper pieced quilt block template named for a song or musician.  This week is the Icky Thump because I love Jack White. LOVE ♥

Jack has so many different faces; The White Stripes, Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, his solo career and has a hand in so much more.  I wanted Jack’s block to be a little different and I think it is. The Icky Thump can be arranged a number of different ways with the seams all lining up nicely.

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The first arrange above is how the block is meant to look, but it’s fun to play around with placement on this one.

 

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April 12th, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 3 – Lithium

by Julie Hirt

Welcome to week three!  Every Friday for  12 weeks I’m posting a free foundation (paper pieced) quilt block template.   This weeks block is called Lithium.

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The hardest part about this block was naming it. My high school years ranged from 1991-95.  Of course I’m a huge Nirvana fan.   I’m wearing my flannel and Doc Martens as I type.  Kurt Cobain was such a total stud to me back then.  Dozens of songs ran through my head and I finally settled on Lithium.

 

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I’m going to share this with you even though I’d rather not.

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HA!! Total screw up.  I didn’t even realize it until it was all sewn together.  Yeah, the first picture has a little photoshop love.  I’ll redo this block one day, until then just refer to other image.

 

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I posted this on Facebook earlier this year on Kurt Cobain’s birthday and I still feel this way:

Glad my angst ridden, emotional teen years were filled with plenty of Nirvava.  My heart will be forever grunge.

Have a great weekend!

 

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April 4th, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 2 – Zeppelin

by Julie Hirt

Happy Friday!   I’m so ready for the weekend, aren’t you?  I’ve been busy all week and haven’t had time to sew anything.  That just makes me super crabby.  Luckily I had this block all ready to go.  I was wanting to redo it with different fabrics, but this is what you get!

Every Friday for  12 weeks I’ll be posting a free foundation / paper piecing block template.  The block names will be named after bands, singers or maybe even a song title.  Week two is the Zeppelin.

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Block Rock’n just wouldn’t be much fun without some tunes.  Prep your ears for some fantasticalness.

 

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Dang it… I’m going to have post two songs.

 

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Or three!

 

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Gack. #sorrynotsorry.  I know this is a quilt post, but I just love this band.  There’s no way I have a favorite Zeppelin song, I truly enjoy so many of them.  Do you have a favorite?

Back to the block!  The Zeppelin is a little tricky to print.  You’ll need to print it on LEGAL SIZE paper –or– you can print it on letter size, you’ll just need to tape it together.   The PDF has an option for each.

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*be sure to actually download the PDF and open with Adobe, it looks a little funky in the browser but displays fine once it’s saved on your computer.

There are so many effects you can have with this block just by changing up the colors.  I’ll definitely be making another one with fading colors.  I would love to see your block if you make one!

 

 

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Get to sewing!  And do yourself a favor, rock out to some Zeppelin while you do it. I can’t help myself, I have to post one more.

 

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Bad. Ass. I think I was born a generation too late.

 

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