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Monday, December 30, 2013

Making Kisses

This title reminds me of my daughter at about 3 years old. She would wiggle her lips around and then give a kiss... she had to make one first... She was a character right from the beginning. So in memory of my darling daughter we will make some kisses for the niece she will never know.

Start with a pattern you can get for free at:
QuiltMaker Magazine


Theirs is for 6" blocks and I made mine smaller and made up a Master sheet so I could make copies of it and save some paper.
 

 Cut your copies into single blades (1/2 of a kiss).


Start by choosing your colors and pinning on #1. (#2, 3 and 5 are background pieces. #1 and 4 are kiss parts.) I'm using pink or white for the kiss parts.
(Make sure the #1 piece is pretty side out on the unprinted side.)

Place the #2 piece, (green and white print) face up, and leaving enough seam allowance. Set your machine for small stitches. (On mine I use 15 stitches to the inch.) Now back stitch at beginning, sew along the line, then back stitch at the end of the seam. Easy-Peasy. 
 
 Seam sewn - trim seam allowance to 1/4". (I use a scissors - and eyeball it. It's much faster that way.)
 

 
 Then press the seam (to set your stitches) and flip the #2 piece and press again
 
Now trim off the strip of #2 fabric... Never trim until it is flipped.

 I make the two pieces at one time... it's faster that way.

Now the #3 piece. Sewn, seam allowance trimmed, pressed, flipped and pressed again. I usually put a pin in this tail (top left) but I didn't show that part on a picture.
 
 Now sewing on #4.  Here's that pin. .. to hold that tail from floppy around. 
 
 
When your two halves are done you can make hugs, or turn the pieces around and....


make a kiss.


 Here's our block on the design wall... just pinned - not yet sewn together. I might want to mix them up a bit before I sew.

(27 more blocks - 54 more blades to go)
 
The block just made is the lower left.
 
Linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict... see the sidebar for the location.
 
 
Next time I'll show my technique for sewing the blocks together.
 
Hugs, (and kisses)
Terri
 
 

9 comments:

  1. thanks for the tute--this will be soooo cute, Terri! Happy New Year to you...hugs, Julierose

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  2. I string piece when paper piecing, too. I'm supposed to be paper piecing now, but, I've been trying to get caught up on my blog reading all day long.

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  3. Great Tutorial Terri! I had no idea how you were making these and I DID wonder. I can see myself doing one of these from scraps at some point in the future. Thanks for showing me how!

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  4. Happy New Years! I look forward to following all the lovely blogs you post and the wonderful quilts.

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  5. What a great tutorial! I'll have to give it a try!!

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  6. I love your blocks, Terri.
    Thank you for sharing a beautiful memory of your baby girl.

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  7. Those kisses are adorable!
    Very vey sweet!
    Esther

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  8. Terri, Thanks for linking up to the birthday giveaway. Your number was chosen as our third place winner. You can choose any pattern (up to $4) . Let me know what you have chosen and I'll send you the pattern.
    Janeen
    quiltartdesigns.blogspot.com

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