Monday, February 22, 2021

Stan the Snowman Tutorial

 Do you want to build a snowman?!?!

During the month of February, I've been part of the Snowball Block Challenge. You could say that I took the snowball block literally, because I did build a snowman. 


Introducing Stan the Snowman!

This fun wall hanging is easy to make, and it's a combination of piecing and applique. It measures 30" x 40", so it's a quick sew, and a perfect winter wall hanging. 

Want to make one yourself? 

I've put together a video tutorial and a pdf tutorial for Stan the Snowman. 

Download the pdf here (available through March 15th). 

Watch the video tutorial here



Sew a Stan to live at your house!


Want to see more snowball block projects? Visit the designers below to see what they made! 


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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Snow Day Projects + Sale

I think it has snowed almost every day in February so far, and that's okay with me! In fact, today is a snow day here in Kalamazoo--no school! To celebrate, I made snow day pancakes!


But since I can't share those with all of you, I'm having a snow day flash pattern sale instead--today and tomorrow--Feb. 16 and 17--all patterns in my Etsy shop are 25% off (code: SNOWDAY25). Enjoy! I'm also going to share a mini trunk show in the snow live on IG at 4 pm EST today, so I hope you'll join me! 

Probably inspired by all the fluffy white stuff, I've been working on snowman-themed projects. 

First, I've joined up with a group of quilt designers to create projects using that classic block, the (you guessed it!) snowball. Each Monday during February, we've been sharing a bit of what we're working on. Next Monday is the final reveal, and I'll be sharing a tutorial for my project here on the blog! Head over to my IG feed to find links to all the other designers.


I sewed these cute snowman pillows for my mom as a Christmas gift, and ever since I've been wanting to make some for my house. I've got the tops pieced; now I just need to quilt them and add zippers. Sounds like a good activity for a snowy afternoon! Find the tute by Lindsey of Pen and Paper Patterns on the Janome site.



One more piece of eye candy: This winter, I've been working on the All the Good QAL with Mitzie at Jittery Wings. I'm currently playing around with layout. Here's where I am so far; what do you think? 


Remember: 25% off all patterns in my Etsy shop and live mini trunk show on IG at 4 pm EST. 


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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Table for Two Valentine Set

 If you hadn't noticed, I'm a big fan of Valentine's themed projects. :) 
I wanted to show you my most recent design - and it includes a video tutorial!


Sit n' Sew Fabrics asked me to create a table runner and placemat combo using a 3-yard bundle of valentine-colored fabrics. I happily said yes. Here's the bundle. I love those vibrant pinks! 


Here's the project I put together. Three 1-yard cuts will create the table runner and two placemats, plus backing and binding for all three. 


Here's a fuller look at the full set. This project sews up really quickly, and the combination of a dark, medium and light print create fantastic contrast. The pdf pattern for the Table for Two set is available for free with the purchase of a 3-yard bundle from Sit n' Sew Fabrics.

The appliqued hearts are the icing on the cake! 

Want to make one of your own? 
Watch the YouTube video here.
Shop Sit n' Sew Fabrics 3-yard bundles here.



And if you need more red, pink and heart-themed inspiration, make sure to check out my valentine project roundup here. (Here's a sneak peek to whet your appetite!)

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Quilt Block Mania - Lucky Squares Improv Block

I'm excited to have joined Quilt Block Mania! 
Each month, a talented group of designers create free quilt block patterns that fit a theme and color palette (see the full list below!). For February, the theme is lucky charms and the palette looks like a bowl of Lucky Charms cereal. :) 

Thanks for visiting my blog to check out my block! 

I decided that my "charms" would be little colored squares in an improvisationally pieced block. I love playing around with improv--it's no rules quilting! 

Here's a digital version of my block--unlike my typical quilt designs, I created this one AFTER I pieced the block. Each block is different, and I never know quite how one is going to turn out. That's what makes it fun! 


Do you want to make a Lucky Charms Improv Block too? 
I'll show you how!I've created a free tutorial showing you how to make this block. If you're new to improv, this is a fun and easy way to dip your toes into the water. It's easy, I promise! 
You'll find the link for the tutorial in my newsletter You can subscribe in the righthand sidebar, or if you're on a phone and there is no sidebar, here. I promise I won't deluge you with newsletters--you'll just be the first to know about new patterns, sales, and tutorials. 

Thanks so much for stopping by--I hope you like my block! Make sure to check out all of the other lucky charms blocks shared by designers--I found so many fun ones that I'd like to try too!

Check out all the February blocks! Soooo much inspiration!

Lucky Horseshoe by Carolina Moore
Lucky Squares at Slice of Pi Quilts
Lucky Spin by Carolyn Burgess
Charming Wreath Block by Blockofthemodotcom
Lucky Squares Improv at Love to Color My World
Luck and Sunshine
Luck o' the Irish at Patti's Patchwork
Simply Charmed by Cotton Street Commons
Hi My Name is Lucky by Heidi Pridemore
Swedish lucky horse by duck creek mountain quilting
Charmed Clover at Perkins Dry Goods
Charming Lucky by Puppy Girl Designs
Star Bright at Studio R Quilts
Lucky Charms by QuiltFabrication
Magically "Quilt"lious
Wishing Stars
Heart Shine 4th by Sara Flynn
Lucky Shamrock Block
Lucky Gnome
Feelin' Lucky by Inquiring Quilter
Pastel Clover at Blue Bear Quilts
Daddy Hex by Pretty Piney Quilts
Pieced Lucky Hat
Sam's Pot of Gold
Love and Luck by PhoebeMoon Designs
Maneki Neko by Capaquilts
The Butterfly Charm

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I've got lots going on today; I'm also releasing a new pattern today, called Frequency. I'm really excited about this modern design, and it's super easy to sew! 
Purchase the pattern here.


Here's a look at the two versions I pieced: Both Full and Half Frequency. 

Full Frequency uses the Poured Color fabrics by Paula Nadelstern for Benartex. I love the detailed swirls in these prints, and the rich collection of colors. I chose contrasting hues for each column to help the pattern stand out.


This Half Frequency version uses Painter's Palette Solids in bright, citrus-y colors paired with a deep navy background. Negative space is key in this design.

The Frequency pattern is available in my Etsy shop, and if you're a newsletter subscriber, you'll find a code for 20% off, good through Thursday, February 4th. 


If you like what you've seen here, you can also find me:
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