Please go take a look at my new pattern up on the Moda Bake Shop called Smile at the Rain. Fabric is the Rainy Day line from Me and My Sister Design and Moda. It's bright and happy with prints that include umbrellas, fish, stripes... The quilt finishes at 72" x 84", so nice on a twin sized bed. Use the Printer Friendly version button at the end of the MBS post to download and print out instructions.
I've been asked to post the instructions again for this little quilt. Click on the button below to download and print out. It will also be added to the "free patterns" on this website. Have fun!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! The little turkey on the platter was made in the 70's.
I am thankful for our home this Thanksgiving. The stockings in the picture below are part of a stocking drive for homeless kids. One of my sons teaches at a middle school and this is an annual project. The kids make stockings and fill them with everyday necessities. They welcome donations so...
I drew a stocking shape and quilted some of the fabrics (Alexander Henry's Snow Fogies - Hilarious snowmen and snow women). Then used Cluck Cluck Sew's stocking tutorial to sew them up. It's a great way to put it all together including the lining, hanger and cuff.
The Snow Fogie fabric made some fun package tags too.
For pkg. tags, use any fabric scraps with motifs big enough to sew around.
Make a little quilt sandwich using denim for backing, cotton batting or Pellon fleece.
The denim backing is fun and helps firm the shape a bit. Scraps from old jeans work great.
Quilt/sew around shape and cut out 1/4" away from seam using pinking shears.
Add a loop of thread at top for hanger or pkg. tie on.
The project on the right is something I work on and put away, work on and put away. The sashing in between the blocks is a geisha pin print. The plan is to make a wider border of the pin print around the piece. Then appliqué some of the flowers and leaves from fabric with the white background. Appliqué and quilting will be done by hand so this will also take some time. I'm using all vintage, hand-dyed, Yukata in this piece. Fabrics are from Okan Arts A great source for beautiful vintage Japanese cottons!
Hope you have fun with this one! You can make all kinds of things using the appliqués. Size them up or down to suit. More project pictures below the pattern cover. $10 online price for the pattern includes first class mailing and cowboy, cowgirl, horse and star appliqués. It looks good in modern or rustic fabrics and larger prints work too.
Fussy cutting the horse makes it pretty cute!
I enlarged the cowboy shape 150% and made this little stuffed guy.
A little strip quilt was fast and easy to do with leftover jelly roll strips and enlarged horses in opposite corners.
This sweet little mini happened after the pattern was already printed. All I did to make it was cut the measurements in half and reduce the shapes. Really fun for a little girl's room.
OK I won't actually be quilting on National Quilting Day this year. Hopefully you will be and having a great time. Here are some very recent projects. I was lucky enough to get to quilt this beautiful twin sized star quilt. Lory made this one for her six year old granddaughter. It was fun just looking at these great colors. She always does a beautiful job with the piecing.
The pattern for the quilt below is from a 2015 American Patchwork and Quilting magazine supplement. Good Vibrations by Kari Vojtechovsky. I used African themed fabrics for my version and added a border. The napper I have in mind for this one needed a bit more quilt. And it was fun adding the embroidered elephants. Maybe the pale green would have been better than cream for larger open spaces but... no going back now.
Here is a picture of the car cuddle quilted now. Variegated thread makes it fun.
Barbara's Scrappy Hearts A Flutter in progress. Love the colors she is using.
It's been awhile and I'm excited to say there is a new free mini-quilt pattern for you up on the Moda Bake Shop.
This is pretty simple and cute in Valentine's fabrics for your table or wall. Hope you will try it.
Below is another idea using the hearts to make a car cuddle/drag around for baby or toddler. I've been wanting to make something pink so here is a quick pink fix. The dimensional hearts make a nice handle for a little one to grab. Vertical strips are either 2.5" or 5.5" wide and 36" long with a finished size of approx. 31" x 36".
All pieced now. This is really fast and would make a nice gift. I know it's only strips but I think it will be super cute once the quilting is finished. Probably some kind of overall heart motif. A good way to use scraps and leftovers. I'll post another picture when it's done.
And the winners are Linda, Heather and Anita! Hope you enjoy embroidering or appliqueing or quilting this one!
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