Free Patterns



Snow in Springtime: Machine Quilting Sue’s Christmas Table Runners

I know, I know, it’s spring, and this is a Christmas table runner that I machine quilted back before Christmas.

But hey, the weather thinks it should snow today, even though it was 70 degrees yesterday, so I’m just following Mother Nature’s lead.

Plus, I’m trying to catch up and show you all the quilts I have machine quilted that I have pictures of. (Next up a stunning black, white and red quilt made by my awesome friend, Kathy).

Sue made 3 of these fun table runners for her daughters for Christmas, and lucky me, I got to do some quick machine quilting on them!

Fabric is Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater for Moda

Pattern is my free All Boxed Up table runner pattern.



Longarm Quilting: Grammy’s Scrap Basket

I quilted this version of Grammy’s Scrap Basket for my awesome neighbor and friend, Stephanie. I LOVE the colors she chose. I asked her what she wanted me to do, and she said I could do whatever I wanted. She knew I was just getting started with this machine and said I could practice.

I love that.

So, I decided to take each section of the quilt and do something different on it.

Some things worked out better than others, but all of it was fun.

I also love that she just used scraps from her stash to make this.

I mean, that was the idea behind Grammy’s Scrap Basket in the first place.

I made the original with a Honey Bun, but those aren’t being made anymore. And obviously, that’s okay since all this quilt takes are 1½” strips. A great way to use up leftovers from other projects.

 

I am so glad Stephanie let me play with her quilt, and have fun trying out some different patterns. It turned out so pretty! Plus, it’s always fun for me to see quilts people have made from one of my patterns. Thanks again, Steph!

xoxo

April

PS Did you see the free quilt pattern I designed for the Moda Bake Shop this month? I’m working on a really great version of it with a twist. Check back later today to see a sneak peek! Anyone want to join me?



Positively Perfect: a free quilt and throw pillow pattern.

If you can believe it, I have never made a quilt for myself.

Until now.

I called it the Positively Perfect Nap Quilt, in the hopes that my dreams of napping would materialize.

It may have just worked once or twice.

You can find the pattern and step-by-step details over at the Moda Bake Shop today. Be sure to stop over and tell me what you think! And if you’re here from the Moda Bake Shop, welcome! Look around and stay a while, I’m so glad you’re here.

Since I was dreaming of all the lovely naps I would take with this quilt, I figured a pillow was in order. (Plus, there were a few scraps of my Hometown Jelly Roll left.)

It turned out so cute, I thought I would share!

The Positively Perfect Pillow Pattern.

Quick, easy, and oh so darling. (Click the link above to download a printable PDF.)

Do you need a nap today?

PS There are a limited number of kits  to make the quilt over in my shop. And by limited, I mean LIM-I-TED. So grab one quick, before they’re gone! (The kit will give you almost everything you need to make the pillow, too. Just snag a little extra cream fabric and some pillow batting, and you’re golden.)



Quilt Uber-fest Day #8 – Chevron Dreams


Welcome to day #8 of Quilt Uber-fest! I’m excited to show you my block, and tell you a little about it. First though, I need to thank Scott of Blue Nickel Studios for all his hard work, and his unfailing dedication to making this little blog hop all work out. He’s been great at coordinating and putting up with all our questions. Thanks Scott!

Now on with the show!

When we were given the requirements for our block, we were asked to design something using only log cabin construction and/or half-square triangles. My mind immediately jumped to the oh-so-trendy and oh-so-fashionable chevron pattern that is all the rage right now. (Don’t believe me? Check this out over at Pinterest.) I’m not sure why, but there’s just something so unfailingly classic about a chevron pattern, and that’s how log cabin blocks and half-square triangles feel to me, too. I mean really, where would quilting be without either of those two elements?

Then, I received my fabric. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if my little old block design was going to be able to hold its’ own with such vibrant, busy prints. But hey, I’m always up for a challenge, and hey again, I have a seam ripper, so I got to work. And let me just say: it speaks volumes about the talented Nel Whatmore that these several showstopping fabrics can coincide so excellently within the same block.

I explained the chevron part to you already, and as for the dreams? Well, the fabric line we’re working with is called Sleeping Beauty. So, here’s how I like to imagine it: A princess, asleep for a hundred years. A prince, instantly enamored the moment he sets eyes on her–she’s beautiful, of course, but also has killer taste–her outfit? Chevrons, perhaps. Or maybe that’s her curtains. He kisses her, she wakes up, they get married, have their happily ever after. She excels at being a trendy, fashionable princess even though she’s missed hundreds of thousands (millions?) of pins on Pinterest. Silly? Yes. But hey (again), she had a heck of a lot of time to dream up any number of classic styles and trends, so it makes perfect sense to me.

Classics are classics for a reason, and some girls stay trendy even in their sleep.

(And some girls sleep in yoga pants and a t-shirt. Just saying.) Click here to download the PDF (sans my silly ramblings).

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