Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dotty Di

Today It’s my turn in Madame Samm’s and Corrie’s Dots on Dots Blog Hop, and right now it couldn’t be more appropriate.

With my brain going to mush , my short-term memory unreliable at best, and my physical co-ordination on the sluggish side, “dotty” is the perfect word for me!

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I put my hand up to participate in the Dots on Dots Blog Hop back in July, blissfully unaware of the speed bump my life would hit before my day for sharing my 12.5 inch dot-themed block came around.

Fortunately I had finished the stages of my block requiring any brain power several weeks ago.

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What better theme than a party to show off as many dots as possible?

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I had multi-coloured confetti dots in the background, big bold balloons (they’re dots too) appliqueed in the corners of my block, and a dotty ribbon garland in aqua to surround a ring of cupcakes. IMG_9771

Even the spotty cherries are 1cm dots!

If you’d like to know how to create these tiny applique dots you can see my tutorial here.

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This week, when I once again took up my stitching, I decided my party-themed block might look rather fun as a cushion cover, so the next step was to sew on some more of that aqua dotty fabric as a border, and hand quilt around the shapes. This didn’t tax my concentration too much!

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Then I embroidered coloured strings to float around my balloons.

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Finally, being in a dotty frame of mind, and because you just can’t have too many dots on a block such as this, I embroidered French knots to make coloured hundreds and thousands (nonpareils) on the pink-iced cupcakes.

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Unfortunately, with life taking an unexpected turn, time didn’t allow me to finish my cushion cover. That will happen down the track when I’m not feeling quite so “out to lunch”.

In the meantime I can’t help but smile just looking at the colours, movement and dots on dots in this fun block I designed.

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Like dots? Then click on this image to see the entire schedule for this blog hop on our cheerleader Corrie’s blog.

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Thank you so much, Madame Samm and Corrie, for the opportunity to join in the blog hop fun. Putting the finishing touches to my happy looking block/cushion cover has been hugely therapeutic for me.

Now, dear reader, please make sure you go visit these blogs today where you’ll find lots more yummy dottiness Winking smile

September 20th

Cherry's Prairie Primitives

Quilts From My Crayon Box 

Sparrow in Flight

The Slow Quilter
Petit Design Co.

Geta Grama

Quilted Delights

Di of Snippets 'n' Scraps (Me!)

Nunu's Quilt World

Di

91 comments:

  1. Parabéns prá você... cantando.Muito feliz a sua criatividade,adorei.

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  2. Oh my goodness, such tiny and cute cupcakes--love them! It totally looks ready for a party. :O)

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  3. I left a comment, but then wanted to stroll through your blog to see what was there. I was totally surprised to see the sad news about your husband. I am so sorry for your loss. That you even were able to post this with your "brain going to mush" is beyond something I could do. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  4. What a lovely block with all the dots and the cupcakes! It will make a great cushion.

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  5. What a lovely dotty party, Yummy ice cream and balloons! I check the tutorial on making tiny dots ,brilliant. I feel your loss having gone through it myself last year. My thoughts and prayers also go out to you and your family.

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  6. How lovely is that! I love all the bright colours you have used and those little cupcakes are adorable. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Love the cupcakes, I so want to make them. Any chance for a tutorial on them? It is great that you are facing hard times with a smile and some colourful heart warming project! thanks and hope to see you tomorrow in my turn to hop.

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  8. Oh my goodness! May I be invited to the party please? Beautiful and creative! Thanks for sharing & inspiring me.

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  9. I love your dotty party! It will be a lovely cushion or perhaps a wallhanging??
    Thank you for sharing!

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  10. I read your "speed bump" post. It seems more like a giant pot hole or road block. I am in awe that you were able to put up your post (with, it has to be said an amazingly cute block). What a horrible loss. I will burn a candle for you and wish you all the comfort and love in the world.

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  11. What a gorgeous block, it's really pretty. I had a little read through your blog and just wanted to say how very sorry I was to read about your husband's death, I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  12. I looove your block. It is sew funny and awesome.Thank you very much for sharing
    Britt-Inger in Malmö, Sweden

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  13. HI Di, welll how lovely and sweet is your contribution well sweet enough to be highlighted today, yes it is in all of your lovely colour choices...

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  14. What a wonderful tribute to your husband. I read your speed bump post with tears in my eyes but a smile on my face from your loving descriptions of him. Your love shows through with each word you typed! Being able to finish up your dotty block is amazing and I am certainly glad you shared with us. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

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  15. That's a lovely block, Di. I'm glad it makes you smile. Thinking of you!

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  16. That is so cute and festive. It will make a perfect pillow. Great job and thanks for sharing with us.

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  17. This is a work of love and labour - even though in dots, not dotty at all. Very sweet! Thank you for sharing and blessings to you and your family, too.

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  18. I so love your piece. I hope you are feeling back to your normal self soon so that you can finish your pillow.

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  19. What a happy block. OK maybe the thousands of french knots are perfect for the pink cupcakes but you really are Dottie ;}.

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  20. Your block is adorable and perfect for any celebration! Thank you for sharing :)

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  21. Oh, that really says 'Di' to me......pretty fabrics, and a fun design, and beautiful stitching, like all your work.

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  22. Very, Very Cool!! LOVE IT!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  23. What a marvelous show of creativity! Your special little touches really add to it. Fabulous!

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  24. It looks like a party!! I love the cupcakes so much.

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  25. Oh, my heart and prayers I send to you...so sorry for your loss. That you joined us in this hop with such an amazing block make me smile...that close up of the dear cupcake is beautiful!

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  26. Di I'm totally amazed that you were able to work on this block at all. Your strength, and especially your grace, are surely coming from your faith right now. Your block is wonderful, a celebration of good times. It's a perfect piece to look at and be reminded of the joyful times and memories. blessings, marlene

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  27. too cute! such an amazing block! thanks for sharing.

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  28. How adorable!!!(I haven't eaten breakfast yet. Cupcakes would be good!)Great job!

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  29. Hi!!! I love it!!! Your block is delightfully wonderful!!!! You really put a lot of love into it!!!! Thank You

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  30. What a sweet and dainty block you made. The ribbon border adds a lot. Nice job.

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  31. Oh so nice! I would love one of those on my birthday month. That would be a celebration indeed. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. How cute - my granddaughter LOVES cupcakes, I will have to try something like this!

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  33. A real fun party blocks, I just love it !

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  34. Love your block. It so fun! Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Aww your party of dots is just so cute. I love how you embellished those pink cupcakes with french knots to add even more dots to your block. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. This block is so very cute! Blessings and comfort in these trying times.

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  37. As all have said, a very bright and cheerful block. Hugs and prayers wafting your way.

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  38. I love how your dots sweeten up my day. Beautiful and pefect! Thanks for sharing with us today. Judith, Texas

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  39. Hope things go smoother on life's roller coaster for you soon. Have put you in my prayers.

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  40. It's darling - you did a wonderful job. That's a lot of work & little pieces. Thank you for sharing this with us and being a part. I'm sure it was the last of your concerns these days, but we love having you here.

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  41. Your quilting is almost as lovely as YOU!! What a beautiful smile...I just know we would be friends. This is TOP 2!!! Whoo Hoo!!

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  42. OH! WOW! I so love your block. It is so colorful and festive. This would be so sweet to have at a birthday party. Thank you for sharing. (Hope you feel better soon.)

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  43. After reading your Speed Bump post I picked up my coffe and went to sit with my husband of 46 years - just to sit and chat, telling him how much I love him. I could feel your family's love and loss in your words and will keep you in my thoughts.

    Your block is darling and will be a delightful cushion. A reminder of your fun-loving husband. Thnk you for being in my day.

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  44. That is just adorable. I love the dots!!!!!

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  45. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing block, each time I look at it I see more and marvel at the intricacy of your work.
    I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  46. Wow, your brain power seemed to be great on this project. So many cute ideas all in one cushion cover. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  47. Very adorable and lots of work..... lovely, shirley from Simple Sew at funnymesjc at gmail dot com, its been fun hopping with you

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  48. So sorry for the lose of your best friend and husband. It is hard to deal with, I know.
    I love the wonderful cupckaes that you have done here! beautiful!

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  49. ROSEMARY B here:
    MmmMMm I love cuppiecakes. This is the cutest idea ever!
    I love the colors too
    Thank you for sharing your inspiring contribution

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  50. Oh my gosh! This is so darn cute!! I love it, bright, fun and happy! Thank you so much for sharing. Too, too, cute!

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  51. Di-Sorry for the loss of your husband. You're doing what I probably would do under the same circumstances and that is turning to something that you love to do to keep your mind and body occupied. Your little block/quilt is so sweet (no pun intended) and thanks for sharing at this time when life in general must be difficult for you. From California

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  52. Oh SO cute!! I adore this! Cupcakes are such fun ... and combined with dots they're even better!!! :)

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  53. What a happy, cheerful block is this, great festive show! Thanks for showing!

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  54. I love your cute little cupcakes. Dots and cupcakes make a perfect combination.

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  55. Your work and cupcakes are fantastic! Thanks for sharing so much inspiring creativity.

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  56. I just found your blog through this dotty hop. I love your party
    block. I read your tribute post about your husband. I am so sorry
    for your loss. Thank you for sharing.

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  57. It's a fabulous block! I'm amazed that you could participate after such a devastating loss. Sending you big quilty and dotty hugs!

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  58. Dear Di I really loved your block it was so cute and yummy. I gather from some of the comments that you recently lost your husband. Please know prayers and hugs are here for you.

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  59. I am so sorry for your incredible loss. Your tribute to your husband introduced me to a wonderful man of God and shows in every word and picture how much he loved and was loved. (((((((hugs)))))) My God be with you and fill you with His peace and grace.

    Your cupcakes are so cheerful and lovely, thank you for sharing them with us. Blessings!

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  60. This block is delightful. It will bake a beautiful pillow.

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  61. You did a fabulous job with this block and really put the dots in the Dots on Dots theme! Totally cute with the cupcakes (who doesn't like cupcakes) and the balloons, too. Perfect execution!

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  62. This is really a wonderful block and your applique is spectaular! You and your family are in my prayers. :-)

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  63. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your husband. Your wrote a beautiful post about him.
    Your block make me think of a birthday celebration. It is very well done! Thanks for sharing it.

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  64. What a fun display of sweetness and life. I am awed that you were able to get anything done with what has happened in your life recently. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family just like everyone else out here in blogland. God's blessings and comfort to you and your loved ones.

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  65. Hi Di... I looked at the pics and all of the dots! What a wonderful cushion cover this will make. Such beautiful handwork. Thank you for sharing your project in the midst of this great sorrow and loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as well.

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  66. I'm so sorry for your Los.....and am grateful you have your faith and family to help you through this difficult transition of life! How fitting that you made a beautiful party block that could represent your lives together. Your husband sounds like a wonderful man :)

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  67. Your cupcake block is sew SWEET! I am sorry for your loss.

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  68. I think "yummy dottiness" describes your post perfectly!

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  69. What beautiful work and the little cupcakes are adorable! I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, he sounded from your post like a very wonderful man!

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  70. Your block is wonderful!! I'm sorry for you loss. I'm glad though that with all you had going on you were still able to share. Because you block really made me smile!!!

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  71. Why do I suddenly have a craving for sweets? Is it because your creation is just so darn sweet too? I think so! Thanks for sharing ;-)

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  72. Oh how wonderful! This is a fantastic block!

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  73. Lovely cupcakes !!! Thanks for sharing and being a part of the hop!

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  74. This will become a fabulous pillow!. Thanks for sharing.

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  75. So cute! You're into cupcakes, and who can blame you! They look good enough to eat. I very much like the aqua ribbon circle. There's absolutely no apparent dotty-ness on the creative side of you. You've made a lovely piece and it will be an adorable pillow. Prayers are still being spoken for you.

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  76. OMG Di, your cupcakes are sEw sweet...yummy enough to eat. Thanks for sharing, enjoy you weekend, Pauline

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  77. Love your cupcakes block!!!....and all the lil' details your put into this....it is AWESOME!!

    Hugs & Prayers bein' sent to you, from Ohio too. God Bless you in Special ways!

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  78. So gorgeous, so you, Di.
    Sending love and upholding you still.

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