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Jan 27, 2012 - Patterns, Seasonal Patterns    No Comments

Valentine Quilt Patterns

Our holiday section of quilt patterns includes a selection of Valentine patterns.

 Time for Romance is perfect for Valentine’s Day, but would also make a great anniversary quilt.  Appliqued heart blocks and redwork embroidered heart blocks combine with pieced hour glass blocks for a 24″ square wall hanging.  Personalize this quilt by adding initials in the arrow pierced hearts.


For My Tweetheart…. a cute wallhanging with a cute name.  The two lovebirds have gone “out on a limb” for each other.   I love the “heart smoke” coming out of the chimney.  This is part of the Tiny Treasures series of twelve projects, one for each month. 


These sweet Crazy Quilt Valentines have pockets to hold little notes.  Each pattern includes a story too.   They look like such fun… any little girl (big girls, too!) would love these and treasure them for years.



Hearts In Bloom is a 18″ tote pattern with simple piecing and easy applique.  It’s a bright, cheery tote you’ll love, and you’ll probably get lots of adoring comments…. better be ready to make a few as gifts!


A smorgasbord of Ribbons & Hearts…. this Bacon Bits ‘N Pieces pattern includes applique drawings and piecing guide, plus instructions for both hand applique or fusible; you can choose which method you prefer.  Did you notice the “key to my heart”?  Cute, huh?!


Check out the rest of the valentine themed quilt patterns… many of them are appropriate for year-round use.

Jan 20, 2012 - Patterns    No Comments

Sweet Cherry Quilt Patterns

What’s not to like about cherries?  Yummy fruit to eat and so pretty to look at.  Plus they remind us of all the good things about summer.   So how about a few quilts that incorporate cherries?  Here’s what I found….


Berry Cherry by Thistledown & Co (you can’t find a Thistledown pattern that isn’t cheery!) is a penny rug.   Batiks, felted wool, and simple stitches make this adorable rug.  Quilting design is included.



This one makes me think “picnic”.    Cherry Blossom is a 54″ square quilt by Sandy Kop of American Jane Patterns.  The appliqued flowers sprinkled across the top add some whimsey.



Me and My Sister Designs created this Cherry Turnover quilt.  You can use charm squares and turnovers, and you won’t have to do any cutting for the main body of the quilt….. you’ll finish in no time!



Since we are still deep in winter, we’ll be seeing Cherry Blossoms before we see any cherries.  Yo-yos with stitched centers create the three dimensional flowers.  Other techniques used in the project are fusible applique, piecing (for the border) and the vase is stuffed to give it more dimension.  Full size applique patterns are included.



Very Cherry is a Bloom Creek pattern.  Easy pieced blocks are alternated with appliqued cherry blocks for a bright cheery quilt.  This easy quilt will brighten up any room.


You enjoy browsing quilt patterns…. I’m off to find a piece of cherry pie!

Jan 17, 2012 - Color, Patterns    No Comments

Monochromatic Quilts

We all know that our quilts need light, medium and dark fabrics to bring out the design.  We tend to use several colors to get those values in our quilts.  But sometimes it can be satisfying to use just one color and vary the value within that color.    When you have a lot of other color going on in a room, having a monochromatic quilt can offer a quiet place for the eye.



Square Up by Janet Pittman is a fat quarter friendly quilt.  This lap size quilt (42″ x 54″) is fast and easy to make.  



Break out of the box with this break-some-rules design.  Syncopated Ribbons will let you dig into your scrap bag to create a truly one of a kind quilt.  



What a beautiful quilt for hanging on a dining room wall…  or in your French Country kitchen.  It soothing and pleasing to view.  China Dishes is a quick, easy quilt finishing at 57″ x 63″.


Here’s another quick & easy quilt.  Dutch Treat from Rasmatazz Designs is 64″ square so it on the table or on the wall.  It’s rather striking, don’t you think?  The designer, Susan Nelson, suggests using a color that coordinates with your favorite dishes.


These patterns were designed for a simple color palette, but you can take almost any pattern and make it monochromatic.  If you’re not sure if you’ll like the effect with a particular pattern, just make a couple blocks.  If you’re not thrilled enough to make an entire quilt you can use the blocks for a tote bag or mini table topper.

Nov 14, 2011 - Children, Patterns    No Comments

Teddy Bears and Quilt Patterns

Who doesn’t love teddy bears?! They give us a warm squishy feeing inside and a sense of security…. and they make us smile! 

My Three Bears measures 43″ x 53″ and would make a perfect baby or toddler quilt.  A little one can cuddle with three favorite friends instead of just one!  Adjust the colors of the patchwork portion to coordinate with the nursery colors.


Do you have a fondness for the Bear’s Paw Block?  Bears And Paws is an oversized nine patch layout with trios of bears and Bear’s Paw blocks.  A couple of mischevious bears have escaped to the outer border.  This fun quilt works as a crib quilt or as a wall hanging in the baby’s room.


Merry Beary is a 20″ jointed teddy bear all dressed up in a Santa outfit, complete with a Santa bag.  Instant Christmas personality for any room!


This is so cute – a quilt poem!  Teach your grandchild the poem that goes with the quilt “pictures” and it will be a treasured childhood memory…

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around, touch the ground, show your shoe, that will do.  Go up the stairs, say your prayers, turn out the light, say good night.

Patterns for pillows and seven quilts are included in this book by Linda Hohag.  The Alphabears can be used to make an alphabet cute or use them to spell out a child’s name, or a verse, or a special message.   Easy piecing and both traditional and fusible applique methods are used for these projects.


Go ahead, find a bear to fall in love with and commence sewing some comfort!

Nelly Vileikis and Artelas Quilts

Nelly Vileikis has been driven to create quilts for quite a long time.  She also enjoys sharing the craft through workshops, lectures, trunk shows and private classes.  Her quilt designs are dynamic and colorful.  And they range from simple, easy quilts to more complicated showpieces.

 All Star Quilt allows you to choose a theme and then showcase it in the large center of the simple blocks.  The instructions are easy to follow.  Create a quilt that will mean something special.

Amazon Reflections takes a new approach to the stack-n-whack method.  Change your color palette and change the mood of the quilt, but you’ll still end up with a “wow” piece.

Snowball blocks and modified nine patches come together easily (even for a beginner!) to create Playful Rings.  No one has to know how easy it was to make this complicated looking quilt!


Traditional patchwork and machine applique come together to create this contemporary design, Caribbean Fiesta.  You’ll have to work a little harder for this one, but what a splash it makes, right?!   In these colors it kind of makes me want to play Parchessi.



Believe it or not, Whirligig is made up of only squares! Looks hard, but it really isn’t.  Take the opportunity to play with color, fabric and composition.




Nelly’s clear, concise instructions will walk you through the process of paper piecing this masterpiece, Sunset on Ellis Island.  Then you can say “I did that!”



From simple to complicated, all of Nelly’s designs are colorful and interesting.

Sep 27, 2011 - Patterns, Seasonal Patterns    No Comments

Halloween Quilt Patterns

If you want your Halloween decorations to include quilts or other sewn items, better start sewing soon!


Hang this little quilt in your entryway and greet your guests with “Boo”!   It’s a simple pattern with a jack-o-lantern and a cat (black of course) in front of the word ‘Boo’.  You can do the applique by hand or machine.



The bats are flying, the candy is waiting, and someone is Carving the Pumpkin.  This easy to construct pattern shows the progess of the pumkin carving from top to bottom.  The pattern includes the eerie looking eyes (green buttons) for the bats.



It’s their busy season and every hard worker needs to kick it up and let out some tension occassionally.  They are having a well deserved Witches’ Night Out!  Have fun choosing fabric for their clothes, stockings, boots, and even their fingernails.



If you are planning a Halloween party, these table runners will surely set the mood for Halloween Haunts!




BFF – Trick or Treat is a quilt – and a toy!  Swap-lique is the new technique.  The appliques can be changed over and over.  The pattern includes 6 costumes, 5 hairdos and fun accessories. 



Pumpkins All Around has instructions for a 26″ wall hanging/candle mat and a 23″ x 27″ table runner.  These will look great displayed all fall, not just at Halloween.


There are many more Halloween patterns.  Go ahead, pick one out and get sewing!