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Many of my patterns are not reachable any more because Dropbox made my public folder private. :( :( :(
I will move the patterns to Google Drive and they will be soon available again.
Sorry for the issue, it is outside my control.
If in a hurry to get a pattern, please email me at tweloq [at] gmail [dot] com and I will try to send you the PDF via email.

You can find the tested blocks in the linky party below.

The UNTESTED ones are:

Alice in Wonderland:
  • Mad Hatter
  • Cheshire Cat
  • Gwen Stefani's Alice
  • Mad Hatter (Tim Burton)
  • White Rabbit
  • Singing Alice

Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and friends:
  • Donald Duck (several patterns)
  • Daisy Duck (several patterns)
  • Gladstone Gander
  • Huey, Dewey, and Louie Duck
  • Fethry Duck
  • Scrooge McDuck (several patterns)
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse


The Link party is closed to others, I am the only one that can add links, and I will use it to keep track of the tested blocks! :)




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It's a long post, so here is where you find what :)

1. Warnings, disclaimers and general comments
2. Alice in Wonderland
    * Inspiration and history of the designs
    * Construction
    * Technical information about the patterns
    * Blocks
3. Topolino
    * Inspiration and history of the designs
    * Construction
    * Technical information about the patterns
    * Blocks


WARNINGS, disclaimers and general comments:
Let me list all the possible problems/issues that you may have with my patterns... I want to motivate my choice so you understand where I stand :) but I am always open to change my mind and my patterns to help people that are not comfortable with the way I do things ;)

1. ALL the patterns are UNTESTED... I will test them all eventually, because I want those quilts for myself :) but I cannot guarantee there won't be mistake or changes along the way... if you are uncomfortable with that, just wait for the official release of the block;

2. I have no schedule for when the blocks will be pieced/corrected/released... it's going to be an on-going project that will go on until it's done ;)

3. also the embroidery blocks/text are untested. Which means that I may need to change the font of the quotes if I don't like how they look when I stitch them... you may try one and see if it works for you. If not, just let me know, I can change them quite easily

4. most of the blocks are composed of many pieces and small pieces... that's just because I care more about the final detailed design than the amount of work/time that it takes to put it together :)<u>&nbsp;many small pieces does NOT mean that they are difficult</u>! quite the opposite for me... many pieces are composed of a couple of seams... they are just many because of the way they have to get together...&nbsp;<u>and if I (a less than one-year old sewing person, that before that didn't even know what a quilt is) tell you that you can do it, you can trust me :)</u>

5. many pieces for each block means that it may take some time to put each block together... but that's not a problem for me... because&nbsp;<u>quilting is not a speed sport</u>, at least not for me ;) I am not a big fan of assembly line, chain piecing, and similar things... I know they help to get quilt done fast... but I prefer to do it little by little and take my time for each block... this means that I may not be able to meet "Christmas deadlines" but that's ok for me ;)

6. don't ask me about fabric requirements... I have no idea :) I can just tell you that most of the blocks are 10'' finished square blocks (except few that have different measures, and are written in each pattern) or 12'' high rectangles. In Alice's quilt, each block has a 3'' finished border (where I embroider the quote) which you may not want. Topolino's quilt has sashing around the blocks that allow them to align and form rows. I have no measures for those, I will add borders as it fits along the way :).
So I can just tell you that the rough size of the finished quilts will be 60''x85'' (with all the borders I want to put), but any specific fabric calculation is up to you. I never do those calculations: I work with what I have in my stash and when I need a specific color I go shopping for that :)


Alice in Wonderland



Inspiration and history of the designs
I always like anything that has to do with Alice in Wonderland. So I wanted to include many different things in the quilt to reflect that. So I included references to:
1. the original book from Lewis Carroll (all quotes + blocks 7 and 8 inspired from the original illustrations by John Tenniel)
2. the 1951 Disney movie (most of the blocks)
3.Tim Burton's movie (blocks 1 and 9)
4. Gwen Stefani's Alice inspired video (block 6)
5. the gothic videogame American McGee's Alice (viewing discretion is advised, extra bonus block)

Construction
Each block is a 10'' square (finished, 10.5'' unfinished) surrounded by a 3'' (finished, 3.5'' unfinished) sashing.
The sashing contains quotes from the book. The quotes goes around one single square starting from the open end of the clover. Few blocks have quotes that span across multiple squares... just follow the sentence as it turn around the different angles :)

Technical information about the patterns
Since it's a Test-A-Long, I just saved the PDF straight out of Quilt Assistant with any further editing.
I generated two versions: with and without color indicators. I usually like to work with color indicators in order not to get confused, but on small pieces those colored squares can cover the actual pieces! So if you prefer to work with the plain one, you have the file do be able to do that.
Since I didn't do any editing in the files, I didn't add embroidery details either.
I included in the pattern the image that the block is supposed to reproduce, so you can add the embroidery details using that as reference.
The words in the quotes are arranged so that they can fit on a page or two. To transfer them on the fabric, refer to the picture showing how the different words are aligned around the block.

Blocks
PP B&W = Paper piecing without color indicators
PP COL = Paper piecing with color indicators
Block Layout = The entire block with sewing order and with original image to use as a reference for embroidery details
Quote = The set of words that compose the quote around that block

Block
 PDFs 
 tested? 
Title

PP COL
(Note: in the block layout 
schema some pieces appear 
in the previous non-simplified
version. Their letter 
and position is the same, 
but I didn't have time to 
modify those images in the same
way as I simplified the single pieces. 
It should be easy to follow anyway,
but if you have questions, 
my email is in the pattern! :) )
Disney Alice
(Embroidery)

Mad Hatter
Alice and the Door

(see post) 
Chesire Cat

 
Gwen Stefani's
Alice
  
Caterpillar
(Embroidery)
Cheshire Cat
(Embroidery)

Tim Burton's
Mad Hatter


  
Caterpillar
Heart Rose Tree


(see post) 
Queen of Hearts


(see post)
White Rabbit

 
Disney Alice


Tweedledum
and Tweedledee
American McGee's
Alice



Topolino
Inspiration and history of the designs
Topolino is an italian comic book that I used to read every week since I was 6. Even if Topolino means "Mickey Mouse" the comic book contains stories both from Mickey Mouse's friends (Minnie, Goofy, Pluto) and all Duck Tales characters (Donald Duck, Daisy, Scrooge and all the others). Since this is a quilt connected to my childhood, I have to call all the characters with the names I know them for (i.e. the italian one) :) however I also put the english name for reference :)
The idea of the full quilt is to try to reproduce set of blocks that form a comic strip. This is why I choose blocks in which each character is doing something. This makes the blocks more complex than simple "portraits" block, but complex does not mean difficult ;) complex just means that they are composed of many pieces, so they may require some time to be put together, but I think that that's worthy.

Construction
Each block is a 12'' height (finished, 12.5'' unfinished) with variable width. Each block has a 1 inch black sashing to achieve the look of a comic strip. The rest of background sashing does not have specific measures, it will be added on the sides of the blocks to make them align in a nice way in the final layout :)


Technical information about the patterns
Since it's a Test-A-Long, I just saved the PDF straight out of Quilt Assistant with any further editing.
I generated two versions: with and without color indicators. I usually like to work with color indicators in order not to get confused, but on small pieces those colored squares can cover the actual pieces! So if you prefer to work with the plain one, you have the file do be able to do that.
Since I didn't do any editing in the files, I didn't add embroidery details either.
I included in the pattern the image that the block is supposed to reproduce, so you can add the embroidery details using that as reference.

Blocks
PP B&W = Paper piecing without color indicators
PP COL = Paper piecing with color indicators
Block Layout = The entire block with sewing order and with original image to use as a reference for embroidery details

Block
 PDFs 
 tested? 
Title

(see post)
Paperone
(Scrooge McDuck)
Numero Uno
(Number One Dime)
(see post)

Amelia
(Magica De Spell)

Brigitta e Paperone
(Brigitta MacBridge and Scrooge McDuck)
 
Paperino
(Donald Duck)


 (see post)  
Paperina
(Daisy Duck)


 (see post)  

Paperino e la 313
(Donald Duck's 313)

Paperino e Paperina
(Daisy and Donald Duck)
Tested by Jan
Gastone
(Gladstone Gander)
  
Qui e Quo
(Huey, Dewey Duck)
Qua e Nonna Papera
(Louie Duck and Grandma Duck)
 
Paperoga
(Fethry Duck)
 
Paperone e Rockerduck
(Scrooge McDuck and John D. Rockerduck)
Topolino
(Mickey Mouse)
Minnie
(Minnie Mouse)
(tested by Lois)
(see post)

Pippo
(Goofy)


Minnie e Topolino
(Minnie and Mickey Mouse)

(tested by Josephine)
(see post)

Pippo 2
(Goofy Gone Fishing)

Eta Beta
(Eega Beeva)

Pluto
(Pluto)



Amelia e la pozione magica
(Magica de Spell with magic potion)


 Magica de Spell - COL
Magica de Spell - BW
(** In the color version,
I used blue for the dress
to make it different from
the black hair/shoes,
but the same black can be
used for everything,
if so desired.)

21 comments:

  1. I can't believe no one else has commented yet. You have put so much work into these blocks! Of course I follow. lol.

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  2. Woo! Finally getting around to starting my first block. It's just that busy time of year! If we do see things that could be changed (e.g. an extraneous seam), would you like us to let you know, and if so, how?

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    1. I replied to you by email, but the answer may be useful for others too, so I post it here too :)
      If you see some errors or for any comment, just send me an email to my email address (it should be in every pattern).
      If my answer may be useful for others too or if I need to update my pattern because of that, I will write a post about it to let everybody know.
      I cannot wait to see some of those blocks come alive in fabric ;)

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  3. I'm a new follower. Just found you. I added your button to my blog.

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  4. These are amazing. I've been dreaming about an Alice in Wonderland quilt for a while now. SO glad I found you through fandom in stitches. I"m a new follower/fan!

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    1. I am glad that you like my Alice patterns!! Hope to be able to realize some of them myself... too many projects going on right now for me :)
      You are a no-reply blogger, so I have no way to contact you if you win a giveaway... please send me an email (the address is in all my patterns) if you want me to be able to get in touch with you!
      It's good to have a new fan :) :) Thanks for that!!

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  5. I'm a follower and I think I will try my hand at making these blocks. It's an adorable quilt so I have to try. I don't have a blog so I can't add your button unless there is a way to add it to facebook.
    thelady at hotmail.com

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  6. I pretty much just found your blog and wow you are so awesome and talented!! melcrafts (at) Hotmail (dot) com I hope to try out some of these blocks.

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  7. Just found your blog. It is wonderful! I am new to blogging and really need to do more. I need to learn about it. What program do you use to design your patterns? love your site! Thanks

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    1. Thanks for stopping by!! To design my patterns I use QuiltAssistant: it is a free program that allows to create paper piecing patterns (but only for personal uses, you cannot sell the patterns you create with this program). Other people use EQ (Electric Quilt) but it's a pretty expensive software (for me at least) and since quilting is not my business I really don't want to pay for a software if there is a free alternative ;) if you have any other question, you can email me directly (I couldn't get in touch with you because you are a no-reply blogger). My email is tweloq(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  8. Just found you (thank you pinterest!) and have fallen in love with your work! I can't wait to get started on some of your blocks. We have so many favorites it's hard to decide which one to start with! I for sure will be following you from now on! It's been forever since I was on my own blog, but might have to start up again--if no other reason to post the results of making these (if I ever decide where to start!). Thank you for your talent and love of many of the same characters that are favorites in my family!

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  9. These are GREAT...just found your sight!

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  10. one heck of a job done here! Great work. Grandkids are going to love there next quilt!

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  11. I just found your site from a news letter by Quilt Art Designs - beautiful patterns. And thank you so much for them.. I do not have a blog, neither am I on face book. E-mail only. I guess I'm an old timer. :-) Thank you

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    1. No problem! welcome to my blog! If you make any of my blocks I would love to see them so you can send me an email with the picture :) No need for fb or blog, but let's just keep in touch!

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  12. Are they hard to make I'm looking everything they look really hard but I love them and want to try. I have a niece that would love a Mickey mouse quilt.

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    1. Hard or simple really depends on you!
      I started sewing 2 years ago (never touched the sewing machine before) and I started with paper piecing patterns that many people said they were "hard", but I didn't think so! :)
      They have many pieces, yes... they may take more time than traditional "half square triangles patterns", yes... are they hard? well, they have only straight sewing lines so they cannot be that hard ;) hope you give at least one block a try! you can always stop half way and since they are small you are not going to waste that much fabric! ;)

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  13. Just found your blog, these are awesome. thanks

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  14. just amazing - ur soooo artistic!! and such a hard worker. You do have a love for quilting. Wish I could do that

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  15. I just found you blogspot, WHOA!!! You have an extremely lot of time invested into this blog and patterns. I was so astounded by the quality and quantity of blocks available. I plan on trying some of the Peanuts and Mickey Mouse blocks. Thank you so much for challenging patterns and your efforts.

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