Free Patterns



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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Only 2 more days to enter the contest



Monkeying around (or How to Make a Sock Monkey)

Get a pair of knee socks with contrasting toes and heels.

Follow this tutorial. (But use a zig sag stitch when machine sewing. Trust me on this.)

Make a couple more.

Bask in the praise of rejoicing children. Then, brace yourself for the meltdown when you tell them you’re giving them away. (Ask me how I know.)

No, seriously, I made a few of these…BIG hit. And of course, why wouldn’t they be? They’re adorable, if I do say so myself, and a GREAT idea for birthday party gifts. I threw these together in under 2 hours a piece, and that was with major three-year-old distractions. Just grab up some knee socks when you see them and have them on hand.

What is your go-to birthday gift? I need ideas, because as cute as these are, I’m not sure I can give them for every birthday from here on out. Enlighten me!



Coming soon and a giveaway!

Hello friends! It’s been too long since we’ve chatted, and it’s completely my fault. Thing is, production is in full swing over here for my Spring 2011 patterns so things are busy, busy, busy! I’m officially signed up to exhibit at International Quilt Market this spring (and I couldn’t be more nervous, or excited!) so I’ve got a deadline looming.

All this excitement of course doesn’t keep me entirely focused on work. See that picture above? That wall was just screaming for some Valentine’s Day love, and I had to oblige. So, I took a little page out of Quilt Dad’s book, and made myself a little wonky block wall hanging out of some fabulous scraps. Of course, he uses a square to start off with, but since I was working with a heart, and it was more rectangular, I opted to try out the wonkiness (is that a word?) with a triangle instead. I am happy to say it worked out just lovely. A little Bleached White Moda Bella Solid, and some raw edge applique, and voila! I just threw it in a frame I had laying around, and things are just a little more festive around here.

Now, on to the giveaway! My cute little mom over at Gracious Rain is trying out her hand at quilting for the first time (with a little bit of threatening encouragement from her quilty daughter) and I’ve decided to celebrate by sponsoring a giveaway on her blog! So head on over, because 2 kits for my All Boxed Up table runner are up for grabs–perfect for spring in Kate Spain’s first line, Verna.

I’ll be back soon with some other fun stuff, promise!



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