Well hello there, FanstRA3 followers! Welcome to my blog and my take on The Hobbit! I’m new to these parts unless you count lurking for Quite Some Time! I started blogging last Oct. about life on our farm, my grands, recipes, my general interests with a splash of movies, books and RA. I’ve joined in on the fun this week and Day One was WAYYY beyond my expectations! You’ll find links for additional FanstRA3 blogs at the end of this post to past, present and coming attractions We’ll be talking about lots of stuff…Stick RA and his adventures, games, accent academies, Hobbit holes and architecture, location sites…all RA related! 😀
One of the absolute BEST things about participating in the internet world, specifically the blog world, are the wonderful people you meet along the way who have talents and creativity you never dreamed of!
Last year I watched BBC’s North and South, starring Richard Armitage, and my interest in Northern England was prodded so I had to investigate that as well as Elizabeth Gaskell’s biography and the actors involved and that led me to blogs and fansites literally worldwide which sent me to music blogs, art blogs, youtube videos and graphics tutorials and related movie blogs. It’s been interesting to say the least!
Especially in The Hobbit world!
I have found Hobbit swords, Hobbit culinary arts, Hobbit clothing, Hobbit fan fics, Hobbit drawings, Hobbit character analyzation sites, Hobbit toys, Hobbit…well, you get the idea. Lots and LOTS of Hobbit Stuff out there!!!!
And one of my favorite Hobbitty sites has been the Hobbit quilt squares/blocks. Yeah, I’m going all Home Economics on you! But seriously, Fandom in Stitches is featuring There and Back Again: a Block of the Month aka TABABOM, centered around the book and upcoming movie, The Hobbit. And most of you reading this are aware that Richard Armitage is starring in the movie as Thorin Oakenshield!!?? Yep, I thought so. (So far, no Thorin block but surely he’ll be appearing? Or his Orcrist?)
So, after contacting the Fandom in Stitches administrator, Jen, and with her approval, I give you the first six months of “There and Back Again” in textiles!! Each month, a Hobbit themed block is designed by one of four quilters, then the block pattern is presented at the Fandom in Stitches website for participating quilters to try their hand at making.
All photos courtesy of Fandom in Stitches
You can click on the FiS banner above and that will link you to the Month 6 pattern, The Precious. Scroll down to the monthly listing to see the variations of the blocks created by other quilters and the printable patterns. You can also go to their Flickr site to view more blocks AND then go to their FaceBook page for still more photos!! Get adventurous and try making one! ( I’d start with The Bridge to Rivendell, which was IMHO, the easiest! And if I can do this, you can!!) Jen has all sorts of “Help” links to encourage you in your first attempts at “paper piecing”. And when you’re done, you can make a pillow out of your block or frame it or make an entire quilt!!!! 😀
FiS also features quilt blocks from Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Cars and many others!
So get the sewing machine oiled up, grab a Diet Coke and get going! I dare you!! I have three blocks completed and hope to do more! 🙂
BONUS!!!! Each month, a submitted quilt block is chosen as the Block of the Month winner and is awarded a nifty prize like this bracelet, made by Foxwise.
The bracelet features a quote from The Hobbit, “there is nothing like looking, if you want to find something…”, from Chapter 4. Cool huh?! And there’s another bonus…that’s a Thorin quote! 😀
All FanstRAvaganza3 links can be found here, including the Fandom, the Hobbit, the Fanfic, the King Richard III and the Freeform strands with all daily posts in all strands…kind of our Table of Contents!
For more of THE HOBBIT in FanstRA 3, Day 2, see my partner’s post at Mrs. E.B. Darcy’s blog.