First I'm going to blame Barb for getting me all worked up about dots, cherries and berries again ... I've always loved them and have so many quilts I would like to make that include these lovely polky dots.
Barb's quilts reminded me of the dot quilt that has been lingering in the back of my brain ... one I had seen with my "sista," Dana, in an exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum. It has such charm. The maker was obviously using up every little scrap she had. Well I have scraps too. Boxes, buckets and bins of them! So I'm all jazzed to use up a bunch of them and I'm hoping you'll join me in the fun as we venture into the great Got Dots Quilt-Along.
What do you need? Background fabric(s) - each block is 6" finished but to allow for applique shrinkage I cut my backgrounds into 7" squares. Each dotty block requires twenty-one 1-1/4" scraps of fabric. That's it. Oh yeh, you'll need needles and thread and a bit of spray starch is recommended - see Barb and Crispy's tutorials below.
Want to join us? Please leave a comment on the blog and/or in the Flickr group - we would love to know who is going dotty with us.
Share your blocks on Flickr too! I've already opened up a group and added pics of my blocks and some of the original quilt. I look forward to see these dots multiply.
Want to win some dots to get you started?
We've got lots of ways for you to enter a give-away for some great dots to get you going ... dotty ... hehe.
- Leave a comment here on this blog and tell us what colors you are already dreaming about.
- Become a follower of my blog Jovita's Patchwork Atelier
- Become a follower of our blog Under the Willow Tree. By the way - there's a give-a-way going on there too ... i really really looking forward to reading your ideas :)
- Add a Got Dots button and link to your blog - and be sure to tell me about it.
- Tell us what you think of the pics we've already uploaded to the Flickr group.
Wow - that's a lotta ways to win - good luck!
Want to share it with your friends? No problem - point them to my blog, print out the info for them, whatever you like. (But please remember - my "pattern" is for private use only - in all fairness, please don't sell it. You are welcome to share it (hand it out for FREE) in your shop, guild or amongst friends but please make sure to leave my info on the copies.) The "patterns" will be released as part one, part two ... not sure how many yet. But it's all free, you'll just want to stay tuned to get all the parts.
- Barb's method - I do mine exactly like Barb but I have a TIP ... let the spray starch soak into the dot before you put the iron to it. Otherwise you end up with a lot of burnt starch on your iron - trust me, I've done it too many times.
- Crispy's method - I am very intrigued and think I might have to try this for my next project or for my own dots that I don't swap.
- FYI - for the great Dot Swap I think it's better if we all stick to the same method - ie. basted over cardstock.
Feel free to give a shout out on your blog! If you have a blog, please then grab a button below - yes I had fun making these too - there should be one to coordinate with the colors of everyone's blog - but if not, give me a holler and I'll custom make one - just because I can :)
Linky info ...
- Cut and paste the following HTML code into your blog or website.
<a href="http://www.jovitaspatchwork.eu/gotdots.html/"><img src="http://www.jovitaspatchwork.eu/gotdots/gotdots_YOURCOLORCHOICE.png" alt="Jovita's Patchwork Atelier - the great Got Dot quilt-along"/></a>
- Choose your favorite Got Dots button.
- Then where you see YOURCOLORCHOICE in the HTML code - change that to the button color you would like. Change only those words, everything else should stay the same.
- If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.