Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Trifle Dish

Trifle Dish blocks

Patchworking today!  I've been making Trifle Dish blocks following the Moda Jewel block tutorial by AnneMarie Chany. 

Kona Cottons for Trifle Dish

I started by pulling these Kona Cottons, each color plucked pretty much because I like it and maybe, slightly inspired my alphabet bumper fabric. 

scraps for Trifle Dish

For the center it's scraps... naturally.

Trifle Dish

In fact, I have some alphabet scraps after making the side of the bumper that will feature the alphabet fabric.  What do you think about the alphabet scrap used for the center hourglass block above?  Weird?  I can't decide, so I only did up one block that way.  I like the colors in the alphabet blocks, so this would be one way to easily pull them in...

For the background of each block, I'm using Sweetwater's Calendar print, from Sew Modern's texty fat quarter bundle

Trifle Dish

I'm not one to work much with tiny precise patchwork.  We're talking 1.5" finished half square triangles and 1" x 3" flying geese.  But, in small quantities and with chocolate, I can handle it.  Need just 14 blocks for the crib bumper*!

Trifle Dish

Trifle Dish for bumper

I wonder, which dish do you like best?  I've been playing around with value and color relationships on the patchwork inside each solid surround.  Do any stand out to you as studs or duds?   Because, you know, I can work the duds towards the back.  Wink.

*My Official Bumper Statement:  Thanks for your heartfelt concern regarding my plans to use a crib bumper. I'm touched that you care for us and want to be sure I'm informed.  So, for the record I am aware that crib bumpers are not recommended at all anymore.  I've looked into the reasons for that, and I do disagree.  I feel that there are safe ways to use a well-designed, not-overstuffed bumper.  I'm going to avoid going into details here though, since I don't want to delve into such an important and controversial issue in this space.  I hope anyone considering using a bumper does look into the AAP recommendations and consider the risks carefully for themselves. 

31 comments:

  1. These are really cute and I don't see any duds at all.

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  2. While I have never used bummpers, I agree with you that there are safe ways to keep baby's space "unstuffed". I think your blocks look great! Not a dud in the lot of them. ;)

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  3. Love everyone of them especially the green and dark blue.

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    1. Maybe because that one doesn't have enough value difference between the hourglass fabrics?

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    2. Oops, I thought you said "except" the green and dark blue. Uh oh. I guess it's a toss up then! And the answer is... just keep sewing =)

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  4. They look great and I like the one with the alphabet scrap center. It doesn't scream "letter" but let's you incorporate those colors easily.

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  5. Rosemary B here:
    I love baby bumpers. I think they are useful. Mine were made of stiff foam.
    I do not know anything about the new guidelines. I guess I should.... but no hurry :-P here.
    Good grief grumble grumble darn daughters.... just kidding
    I love these colors. I love bright, and i love contrasts.
    After these bumpers have served their purpose, you can dismantle them and make a blankie!

    You are going to fast for me.... :-D I just got my 60º Fons and Porter Diamond in the mail today hahahahahaha
    I also took my 90 year old mom to the dentist aaaaand we will be back tomorrow for something harrowing but dad and I will be there for moral support and promise of ice cream when we get home

    Keep sewing. Stay warm

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    1. It's been SO cold here for November. It feels like January! So, "stay warm" is definitely on my mind. Things are moving fast, I agree! Hope your appt tomorrow goes well.

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  6. Just beautiful !! Love your colors in the crib. That bumpers will be awesome :)

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  7. I'm not loving the curry...but I'm a monochrome girl at heart anyway. And since I last was responsible for a baby, the world has changed. I'm just amazed at your focus and productivity at this point. I'm not amazed at the creativity. Great things come from great anticipation! Enjoy and thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Curry, Lisa. After my first few I realized I wanted to try more monochromatic too. The red one was the last one I made. Sometimes what looks great in itself (as a stand alone block) becomes a bit busy in a collection. But, then again, color color!

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  8. I like the 4th one to the right best.....
    Also, have you posted on how you organize your scraps? Would like to know....

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    1. Thanks for that feedback. Yes, I shared about how I sort my scraps here: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2011/07/sorting-scraps.html With pictures!

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  9. this is just lovely! the crib sheet! the trifle dishes are exquisite! and i love the way you handled the 'controversy'. we co-sleep and try to do so safely, so i understand. we all have to do what works for us. big hugs!

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  10. I like the curry and ultra marine blocks best. I think they offer the best contest between the solid and prints.

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  11. I read the AAP guidelines you referred to. They are similar to the ones in Canada. Bumper pads are not recommended. Period. Full stop. I'm sorry, I just don't see any advantage to them so I'm having trouble understanding why you are bothering with one when there are so many other thongs you could make. Cautious in Canada.

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  12. Hmm, I like the yellow (curry?) one on the end the best. I used a bumper with soft poly fill when my daughter was a bit older, maybe 6 months? but initially she was just in a wooden box (on an organic mattress, :) ).

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    1. The curry one seems to be a favorite or a least favorite, lol! Yes, the baby won't be in the crib in the beginning anyways. Cheers for organic mattresses! Using a non-vinyl, non-polyurethane mattress and changing pad are two ways to keep toxins out of the nursery air. That's important to us too.

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  13. Gorgeous!! The bumper will be the perfect compliment to the floral sheet!

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  14. Although I love everything red, my favourite block is the green one.
    Regarding bumpers, I don't hear anything againts them in Spain or Europe, I was reading your link and maybe is my english but they just say don't, without reasons. My bumper will be less than 1" width so if it is not overstuffed I am a pro bumpers too.

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  15. Dear Rachel, here in Hungary, Europe are bumpers a very common used things in baby cribs and I haven't heard anything against them before. I too sewed myself and used bumpers by all my three children and they were growing up and are still safe and sound :-) Back then I was more afraid that my baby hits her head in the hard wooden side of the crib that's why I used one and it adds more fun and colours to the baby bed. I am for using bumpers too.

    I've been following your blog for a while and I really really like it, your quilts, stories and photos, StitchedInColor is one of my favourite blogs. Thank you for sharing all these pieces of your life and work with us.

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  16. Bumpers are in - bumpers are out. Safety warnings change so much. When my kids were born we put them down on their tummies so they wouldn't choke if they spit up. Now we put them on their backs so they don't suffocate. When people of my generation get together we laugh about all the crazy stuff we survived in childhood (jarts anyone?). Use common sense, be thoughtful and relax. You have two beautiful children already, you know what you are doing.

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  17. No on bumpers now?! Oops, I guess I didn't even bother looking into what changed from 1 and 2 when I had #3. Amazingly he seems to be surviving my ineptitude! Your bumper is just lovely, those trifle dish blocks are so perfect for it. I really can't pick a favorite, or a dud. I like the letter block. I probably wouldn't have even noticed it was a letter had I not been admiring your letter fabric and adding it to several online shopping carts in the past week. Hope you're still feeling well and enjoying all the nesting!

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  18. I've heard all about crib bumpers too and when my niece recently asked me to make some for her new baby's nursery I found a great product called nu-foam from Fairfield. I bought the nice firm foam inserts from them and followed their easy instructions. They turned out great! Your nursery is beautiful! I can't believe how much you are getting accomplished!

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  19. Oh I looooooooove these! Such great use of so many colors together. You are so good at that! Really cute block too. (And I have & intend to use a crib bumper too).

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  20. Over here crib bumpers are not recommended, too. We had one for both kids. They avoid little arms being stuck through the openings and getting caught there. We had little ribbon pieces there to attach the bumper to the crib and so this stayed put where it belongs. However everyone has to decide on his/her own.
    I'm curious what your bumper will look like, what a beautiful way to add colour without creamy bears and much more.

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  21. We are co-sleepers, so to each his own! I love the look of the bumper and think I like the blocks with the solid in the centers the best. Those ones pop more to me. The fabrics for your nursery are just beautiful, truly stitched in color!

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  22. I like the one far left, far right and center best!

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  23. The one with the alphabet scrap is my favorite but they are all very pretty.

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  24. I love the blues and the red, but the others are good "background" so everyone's not stealing the show. :) They're all beautiful when they're lined up.

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  25. I love all of them. It is going to looks so happy and cheerful

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