Cranking out those Lollies!

Cranking is probably the wrong word.  It takes me the better part of a day to get one of these pinned, just because I have to leave time for pulling out all of the Kaffe fabrics I own, distributing them around on every flat surface in my sewing room (I have been known to pull out the portable tray tables for another surface) and then finding NOTHING I want, make a run to the fabric store for more. (Oh, and by the way, there’s news about my tiny giveaway at the end.)

Lollypop Tree Wallhanging ESE_1

So maybe cranky is a better word.  That’s always I how I feel in the middle of one of these blocks.  And also when I look up at the one that’s All Done and I realize the mauvey pink leaves are all wrong all wrong.

Lollypop False StartAnd so were these attempts to fix the problem.  I was able to find these because in the middle of all this angst, when my entire color-themed cupboard was exploded, I decided to tidy up.

Cleaned Closet

Pretty, right?  Notice I didn’t show you the other closet.

But I persisted, cranky or not.

Class Sample Lollypop Tree Block

By switching out some of the larger circles it finally came together, so cross that one off my list.  I’m also trying to pay attention to how I begin and work through these knots just in case my class carries and I will actually teach it.  I’m going to bring chocolate for when they hit the cranky part–that ought to help.

Christmas Start

I wanted to try to make a RED-background Lollypop Tree for the holidays.  I pulled out my Piece O Cake books and patterns as Becky Goldsmith does such wonderful things with red backgrounds, but whatever I worked with didn’t look holiday-ish enough to suit me.

Lolly Christmas Start


Lolly Christmas Start1

Christmas Lollypop Tree

So I made it to here, and am going to let it rest.

Giveaway Spring 1

When I was a local quilt show, I picked up a few fun buttons to giveaway on my blog that have sewing-related themes.

Giveaway Spring 2

And because I cleaned out my sewing cupboard, I’m throwing in a bit of fabric to go with them.

Giveaway Spring 2 back

The second group, with the “power tool” button is a few larger squares of boy-oriented fabric for those quilts for sons or grandsons, or an I-spy quilt you may want to make.

Giveaway Spring 1 back

The first batch of fabrics (“Hot Stuff”) has couple of fat quarter solids and a trio of fun novelties.

Name Game Button

Cindy, of Live a Colorful Life, is hosting me on her Name Game on her blog on April 8th, Monday.  To win one of those buttons, and the bits of fabric that go with them, check back on MONDAY, the same day her feature will post.  Don’t leave comments below for the giveaway, as I’ll only draw from Monday’s comments.  As usual, you get one chance for your comment, and one more chance if you are a follower of this blog (and leave a comment).  I’m hoping you’ll head over to Cindy’s blog and see what she has written (thanks! Cindy), and you can also leave a comment on Cindy’s blog for her buttons (she has two different ones).

Okay, now I have to go and clean up my sewing room.