Shabby Chic Yin Yang

Weekend play time involved a block that’s nothing but wonderful curved stitching. I didn’t plan to work on this but when I saw the pieces all ready and waiting I couldn’t resist. It has been ages since I worked on any of the Yin Yang blocks – either the shabby chic or the Memories of Smudge colours.

Of course just one block wouldn’t do, so I made a second. I’ve got a vague plan for setting these and will be playing with that once I finish all the blocks. I think there are only another 25 or 30 of them to do.

And just because I can’t resist how pretty they are side by side, an extra photo.

They press perfectly. I love the centres of these blocks – they’re perfect every single time thanks to the Inklingo matching points, which make it so easy to ensure that the intersections line up just right.

Yesterday I spent ages organizing my second quilting area, also known as the vast majority of the walk-in closet. In the process, I opened the bin that contains my shabby chic fabrics and know that it has been too long since I’ve played with my favourite fabrics. I have a huge work assignment that is going to keep me pretty busy the rest of the week, but I will be daydreaming about a new shabby chic project whenever I have a few minutes during the day.

One of the things I keep bringing out and looking at is my mother’s sewing basket. Every time I say I’m going to go through it and see what exactly is there, but never quite manage to do so. Last night I did have a quick look and found these self-threading needles. They’re huge needles when put beside the #12 sharps I always stitch with, but I think I have to try these out when doing a binding or something. I’ve never heard of Prims, which is the name on the package. Look at the price my mother paid for these – 60 cents. I think you can see the price tag if you click on the photo to enlarge it. These needles have to be at least 20 years old, if not more. I wonder what she used them for.

Mr. Q.O. has been doing some work on his Mac. Baxter was keeping his paw on the Mac OS X manual and Mr. Q.O. captioned this one, “I think I’ve found the solution.”

13 thoughts on “Shabby Chic Yin Yang

  1. Of course Baxter would know what to do…..he’s a pretty smart feller! It’s been quite a while since we saw your curved blocks, hasn’t it? I spy with my little eye a lovely quilt on the bed behind Baxter too.


    • Karen,

      I can’t even begin to imagine using English Paper Piecing for these blocks. Using Inklingo, they’re much easier than they appear. In fact, by the time you basted the shapes to paper for one block, I bet you could easily have two blocks made using the shapes printed on your fabric by Inklingo. There are loads and loads of matching points and it makes it pretty effortless.



  2. Ooohhh!!! So lovely and enticing! I actually have that collection and have stitched a couple of blocks, just to have the experience….must get back to it! And Baxter looks so wise…great shoot Mr. Q. O.!


  3. All of your yin yang blocks are wonderful! I just came across this pattern and began searching the Internet for more examples and found yours. Which pieces do you sew together first?


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