Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dots on Dots Blog Hop -- and a giveaway!

It's my day Dots on Dots Blog Hop!


Who doesn't love polka dots?  I know I do -- and here is my "dots on dots" block.

 
It's not an Aunt Marti original.  In fact, if I said "applique' in really bright colors," wouldn't you instantly think "Piece O' Cake Designs?"


You'd be right!

This block is from the February 2004 American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Completely Dotty was designed by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins, the geniuses behind Piece O' Cake Designs.

 The blocks are made using the paper-piecing technique and assorted light and dark "dotty" scraps.

Someday, I will have the entire quilt to show you! 

But in the meanwhile, how's this for a polka dot cutie?

Those of you who guessed "skirt" when I posted this photo:

Were right.

I saw a similar skirt at the quilt show in Tacoma last month and decided I just had to make one for my granddaughter.  Orange is her favorite color, so every fabric I used has orange in it somewhere!

This skirt is super-easy to make.  If you can make a Dresden Plate block, you can make this!

I used my 9 degree ruler and 4 1/2" wide strips of dotty fabrics cut to 12 1/2" long.  I placed one short edge of the 12 1/2" by 4 1/2" rectangle on the 6" mark of the ruler, then cut each side.


When I started sewing the wedges together, I tried to put a light next to a bright or dark.  No more planning than that!

Fold each wedge right sides together lengthwise and stitch across the longer of the short ends.  Turn the point right side out and the wedge will magically look like a man's necktie!

Sew two together, then four together and sew on until there are enough to equal the waist measurement plus 2" for wearing ease.  Nadia wears a size 4, so I used 24 wedges.


Press the seams open, or to one side, whichever you prefer.

Once you have enough wedges to go around your little model, cut a 2 1/2" strip of fabric the waist measurement plus 3-4".  Press wrong sides together lengthwise and stitch to the top of the skirt. (There is no back seam yet, the skirt is still flat like a big clown's collar, so it's easy to stitch the waistband on and serge the seam if you have a serger.)  As you can see in this photo, the waistband is longer than the stop of the skirt -- not to worry, it will be trimmed off after the back seam is sewn.


Cut a length of 1/2" elastic the waist measurement plus 1" - 1 1/2" and insert into the waistband. If your granddaughter lives nearby, try the skirt on and adjust the elastic.  Secure at the ends with a straight pin (use safety pins if you're trying it on a child!).  Then sew the back seam from the bottom up through the waistband, securing the elastic with the stitching. 
Now trim the waistband even with the seam allowance.

If your granddaughter lives 1400 miles away, you'll need to find  friend who has a young girl willing to model for you!


Twirl, Lizzie!


Little girls love "twirly" skirts.  And Ladybugs.

Thanks, Maryann and Jen -- and especially Lizzie!



Be sure to visit the other dotty hoppers today:
And remember to sign up for my giveaway here!  You could win this fun Kate Spain stationery stuff:






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101 comments:

  1. Oooh I love your quilt - very effective with all those colours and the little girls skirt is just adorable. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. WOwo love the skirt. And yes, little girls love twirling and ladybugs!!!!

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  3. Love the block and LOVE the skirt. It looks amazing. Thanks for the tutorial, I might have to try it!

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  4. I love the block, please go on, it will be a stunning quilt! But I like the twirling Lizzie the best, nothing looks greater than dancing girls!

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  5. Such a cute dotty skirt and the model is adorable.

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  6. That`s a cute skirt! i love primary colors. Thank you for sharing your tutorial.

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  7. I hope that skirt makes one of the top 2 for today! Love that and I know that sweet little girl does too!

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  8. Love it! So creative and unique. Great use of your dots.

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  9. how sweet, any little girl would love this!

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  10. Good Morning Aunt Marti and Lizzie...loved your dotty projects..we even put your Lizzie twirling in her delightful skirt on the board...glad you joined us..

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  11. Great dot block, sew colorful! Lizzie's skirt is just darling. Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  12. Love that skirt - if only I were young once again. Wonderful giveaway - love anything Kate Spain. Thanks for this opportunity. Judy C

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  13. Wonderful block and skirt...love the "twirl"!!

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  14. Lindas!!!modelo e saia.Você fez para sua neta mas,tenho certe za que fará uma para a modelo LIZIE também.Estou encantada.Quase comentei que era um cocar indígena....coisa de brasileira,háha´Beijos.

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  15. So Sweet! Gotta love a twirley skirt! I think it's even better in dots.

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  16. How cute, she looks like she loves her skirt (and Grandma). That's precious.

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  17. Great idea to make a skirt!! Love the tutorial!!

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  18. Always have loved Piece-o-Cake designs - and I lOVE the little skirt! Nice job.

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  19. I LOVE the twirly skirt! My daughter would have loved one when she was Lizzie's age!!

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  20. I LOVE the skirt!! Twirly skirts are a must, in my book. =) Well done....

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  21. Hi!!! Love the skirt!!! Love the colors!!! Thanks for the tute also!!!

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  22. I have that Dotty quilt pattern too. I never made it, but liked it and put it in my collection of patterns. I love all the bright colors in your block. Cute skirt you made too.

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  23. Adorable!!! that skirts looks pretty neat! Reminds me of one made out of men's ties -- but in this case, maybe a clown's? It looks really nice!!

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  24. What a cute idea.. a skirt! I hope I have a grandaughter some day! I want to dress her up in the cutest things. Now a Grandson would be fine, but I never could figure out how to dress my son cute, but I think I could figure out some things for my Grandson now that I have the internet..

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  25. OMG!! that skirt is just too cute! And little girls do love the twirly ones! Lizzy is adorable! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the bright colors!! Thanks for the fun!!

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  26. That block is so bright and beautiful--love it! The skirt is so adorable, as is the little girl wearing it. :O) Thanks for hopping with us!

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  27. Love your bright modern dotted dresden block! The skirt is adorable on your adorable granddaughter! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Love the block, but really LOVE the skirt - yes, great twirly skirt! Thank you for sharing.

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  29. I remember that Completely Dotty caught my eye too when it was first published. I still have that magazine around here somewhere.
    Your little skirt is clever and cute.

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  30. Thank you for sharing your fun projects! That sweetie is loving her 'twirly skirt'..Cute!!

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  31. I love your block!! Gorgeous!!! And that little skirt is just darling!!! I love it!!!

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  32. I love the twirly skirt. My girls would have loved that.

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  33. Oh, that pillow and the skirt are so cute!!! :)

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  34. That is a dotty block! And the skirt is so fun, I bet she loves it.

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  35. So Cute.. wish I had the time, Hope to see you on my Dots to Dots Day

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  36. Your little blonde is just darling. Love all your projects!

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  37. Very pretty, I think I will try my hand at the skirt for my granddaughter.

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  38. Lizzie loves her skirt and I don't blame her one little bit...it is so much fun. Ahhh granddaughters are so special :)

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  39. How fun!! Lizzie in the twirl skirt, too cute by a mile. Nice work!!

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  40. What a pretty block and that skirt is just so cute...love them both!! TFS

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  41. Very cute skirt! Who would have thought that you could make it from a quilt pattern? Wish I had a grand-daughter!

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  42. Little girls, twirly skirts, and polka dots...Winning Combination!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  43. Having two Boys, I do miss Little Girls and their twirls, I always twirled when I was little. Thanks for sharing a great Hop with us. Susie x

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  44. Such a sweet skirt for a sweet little girl. She will love it. I love the colors in dots and have to make some for my granddaughter. All for of them! Thank you for sharing. Judith, Texas

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  45. Love the skirt! And with making the ends like the Dresden plate, you don't even need a hem. Fantastic idea. Might have to copy that one from you! Thanks for sharing your dotty experience!

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  46. Rosemary B Here:
    OH MY I love both of your projects, so colorful. the skirt is adorable. I am sure your granddaughter will love this, and Lizzie is a great model.
    I have never tried Dresden plate but I will now. Thanks for the advice about color placement too

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  47. The block is cute but that skirt - over the top darling! blessings, marlene

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  48. Cute skirt! I will have to make one of t hese for each of my granddaughters. Thank you for sharing the directions.

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  49. Truly cute skirt for your cutie pie!

    susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  50. I love the bright colors! That skirt is adorable and so is the model!

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  51. I LOVE the twirly skirt!!!! The quilt looks awesome too.

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  52. Two great projects! Such fun fabrics and design. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. Thx for sharing your post. Dresden is very interesting! The stationery is colorful + charming, a delightful giveaway.

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  54. that skirt and your granddaughter are adorable

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  55. I love your pillow and the skirt is such inspiration, you have me hooked! I am a new follower now! Thank you!

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  56. Good afternoon Aunt Marti, love your Piece O' Cake block and look forward to seeing the finished quilt....that will be a lot of dots. Lizzie is adorable twirling in her Dresden Dot skirt. Thanks for sharing and happy stitching!! Pauline

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  57. thanks for sharing thanks for the giveaway

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  58. How pretty! I love bright colors! I love the block and the skirt both! I might have to make a "skirt" as an apron that I can wear! (My granddaughter lives at least that far away, but she might get one too!)

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  59. I love the little skirt and Lizzy is a doll! I can tell she loves it too!

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  60. What a pretty twirl skirt, and your block is wonderful, too! I do so love Kate Spain...thanks for the chance to win!

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  61. Thanks for a really cute idea!

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  62. I love the dotty skirt and the little girl seems to adore it too


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  63. Love the block and the skirt is just too cute ! just like the little model :)
    Thanks for sharing
    Marta

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  64. Great block and skirt! So cute!

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  65. Aunt Marti-Your dots on dots block is very colorful. Thank you for the dresden skirt tutorial, and I really love your purple/blue braided quilt. Thanks for sharing=from California.

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    1. Nellie, thanks for your kind comment! I don't know why Blogger didn't send your comment to my email, but I'm glad you commented.

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  66. Adorable! (and the block and skirt are wonderful, too, lol!)

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  67. I like your quilt block. It sure will be a bright quilt! Lizzie looks darling in the fun, twirly skirt.

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  68. I love the skirt.. I have a couple nieces who'd love a skirt like that but sadly I do not do garments. :( I tried once and it ended very badly. Love your block tho.. the bright colors are so fun!

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  69. The little skirt is adorable and Lizzie seems pretty happy with it too :-)

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  70. Such a cute skirt! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  71. I love anything the Piece o'Cake girls come up with. Way to go on making one of their blocks...its wonderful and so happy! Cute skirt...your granddaughter is gonna love it...your model sure did! :)

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  72. Wow; what a cutie pie in that Dresden Plate skirt. How totally fabulous! And i love that Piece of Cake block with your dots. Debby (in Virginia, DC suburbs) Thanks for sharing today!

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  73. Your block looks terrific and I love the twirly skirt! Thanks for sharing!

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  74. You know, even me, a sometime sewer, could make this. Thanks for sharing Aunt Marti. Adorable.

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  75. Beautiful model for your stunning skirt.

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  76. Your block is darling - I love dresden. But your dotty skirt is tops!!! Thanks for the tut.

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  77. What little girl would't love this twirly skirt. Thanks for the tut.

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  78. Oh my gosh is she ever the cutest little thing in that twirly skirt! Fun!

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  79. What a cute skirt and an adorable model!

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  80. That is the cutest twirly skirt! And your granddaughter is such a cutie!

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  81. What a great skirt! I have three little girls and could see myself making a few of these!

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  82. What a cute, cute little twirly skirt! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  83. that skirt is just made to twrill... thanks for sharing
    in stitches

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  84. Love your block, and the twirly skirt is awesome!

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  85. That skirt is adorable!!!!! I love to be entered in your giveaway.

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  86. How cute is that! What a lucky granddaughter!

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  87. Lizzie is adorable in that skirt. I feel your pain with your granddaughter being 1400 miles away. Sigh.

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  88. The skirt is awesome! and I love your dot block!

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  89. I love your block and cute skirt on the even cuter little model :). Too bad I missed your give away!

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  90. Aunt Marti, I love the dotty block but nearly squealed out loud when I saw the twirly skirt in dots. Oh, my! Both are so gorgeous.

    Thanks so much for sharing and being a part of the hop!

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  91. That dresden skirt is sew much fun! Your granddaughter looks so adorable in it.

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  92. That skirt is so cute. She look great in it. Orange is my favorite color also!!!

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  93. I love your dotty block and the swirly skirt.

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  94. Great quilt and love your block...
    but Lizzie steals the show! Such a cutie twirling in her skirt!
    Thanks for sharing and joining in the hop!

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