Saturday, November 25, 2017

Katie Nana

Back in August, I asked some of the pattern designers on Fandom in Stitches, if they could make up some Peter Pan themed blocks, since I could only find 5 at that time (Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Smee, Tinkerbell and Tick Tock the Crocodile).  Only one girl in that group.  I asked for Wendy, Tiger Lily and Katie Nana, the dog. 

Kristi Lehane designed Katie Nana for me.  With 'life' happenings, Katie Nana has taken me longer to make than I had thought it would.  There are 205 pieces of fabric in each 10" block. 

I was going along pretty well when I discovered that the fabrics I'd chosen for Katie Nana's cap just weren't working out.  Not enough contrast.  I had to change from the pattern, where Kristi had used blue for the background, since I'd already picked a white on white for all the backgrounds on all of these blocks.  White cap next to a white background just wasn't going to work.  Instead, I'd picked 2 different grays for the cap (main part of cap, and the shadows of the cap).  Here are the pieces that I'd made, by the time I discovered that my gray's just were not working out.
finished and unfinished pieces

you can tell that there just isn't enough contrast with the grays

Back to the printer, to print out all those pieces again, and back to the fabric stash, to pick new fabrics for Katie Nana's cap.  It was hard to find something that would work with that white on white background.  Here is what I chose.
new cap colors

And here is the completed Katie Nana blocks.
Katie Nana, designed by Kristi Lehane

2 completed Katie Nana blocks

I started these blocks on Tinkerbell, my 1925 Singer 99 hand crank sewing machine, but, I finished these blocks on my 1927 Singer 15 hand crank sewing machine.  Nothing wrong with Tinkerbell, but, the Singer 15 is in the main place in my sewing room, and it was easier to just keep it there, than to keep moving machines.
1925 Singer 99 (3/4 size machine) hand crank, Tinkerbell
1927 Singer 15 hand crank

Hopefully I'll have the last 2 Peter Pan themed blocks finished by the end of this weekend. 


  1. This new cap looks great. I love the eyes... they are so kind, like a dog nanny would. Thanks for sharing your pictures... makes me want to make them.

  2. Katie Nana turned out perfectly! What a talent your friend, Kristi, has for making a paper piecing pattern. You have quite the talent for making it, too! Your new grandbaby will love your projects, Cheryl!

  3. These are very intricate PP patterns and she has done wonderful work to capture life into fantasy. You are working them like I would - a bit at a time. I showed her 'Princess' patterns to my daughter to have grandgirl pick out some favorites.

  4. Those blocks are amazing! Your quilt is going to be a masterpiece.

  5. Another really cute block. The expressive eyes and big smile made ME smile too.

  6. You are just so good at making those blocks with all the teeny tiny pieces. And the designers wowee!

  7. All of these blocks are amazing. I just can't get over how gorgeous they all are.

  8. Katie Nana looks great! I am in awe of the designers that can create such perfect patterns.


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