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« on: September 05, 2015 12:11:34 PM »

My niece turned one yesterday.  I made her six alphabet/number blocks as a present.  Smiley



I used cotton patchwork fabrics from my stash and ordered six 5" foam cubes from an online supplier (I was impressed - the foam felt nice and was cut really neatly and accurately.)  Letters and numbers were made from left-over scraps and fused onto 5.5" squares with bondaweb, then secured with machined satin stitch all the way round in three coordinating colours of thread, then I used assorted decorative stitches on my sewing machine to decorate around each letter or number - no face has the same design on it.  Smiley  Assembling the blocks was quite easy (just had to remember to start and stop 1/4" in from the edges), and the last edges were finished by hand.




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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2015 12:15:05 PM »

These are great! I love that you used foam blocks inside instead of just stuffing them.
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2015 07:41:12 AM »

such a nice gift! Those blocks are gorgeous. Well done.
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2015 11:16:03 AM »

What a beautiful gift! When I saw the thumbnail, I would never have guessed the blocks were squishy; they seem so solid, and the edges are so straight! The foam blocks were a great idea!
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2015 01:26:45 PM »

I thought they were rigid blocks, too. You did an incredible job on these. I'm sure they will be loved forever!
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2015 05:04:57 AM »

Thank you for the kind words everyone!  I really enjoyed making these.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2015 07:08:35 AM »

Very professional-looking and the colors/shapes are sharp and vibrant; well done!
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2015 08:19:22 AM »

Thank you very much!  Smiley  One thing that really helped was the firm iron-on interfacing I used on the back of each square before I did the applique and decorative stitching; I'm not sure the fabric alone would have had enough "body" to cope with all that *and* make a nice cube shape without it.

EDIT:  I didn't clip the corners, but if I made these again then I definitely would.  It wasn't such a problem on the machined parts, but trying to hand-sew round rebellious corner "ears" was a pain, lol!  And it'd probably give a slightly neater look again.
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2017 03:36:17 PM »

These looks great! My daughter still has a set of squishy blocks I got her from Minouette years ago and no matter how many times we go through her room to get rid of things she no longer needs or wants, those remain a treasured item. I'm sure your niece will keep and play with her set for years to come Smiley.
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