Everyone seems to have that special pet in their life. Here is a sample of my “Dogs Only” paper pieced quilt done by my sweet customer, Jan. Didn’t she do a great job? I love when my friends share their photos!
And here are 2 very cute pillows shared by Edie. These pit bulls are named Duece and Daisy, as you can see. Edie used my Pit Bull pattern.
Here are some other dogs that I designed from customer’s requests.
And, 1 of my all time favorites, the Chinese Crested. When I was asked to design the Chinese Crested, I asked if that was a “bird”! No kidding, I had never heard of it. After finding out it is a somewhat hairless dog, I thought, “Oh my, this block might be really ugly!” However, it turned out to be one of my faves. It reminds me of a little fairy dog.
Thanks to all of my wonderful customers and friends who share their photos. It means a lot to see how much you enjoy your paper piecing. If there is a dog pattern you want, and don’t see it on my Etsy shop, please let me know and if you can share a photo of your pet, even better!
Enjoy your week!
Hello to my friends everywhere! Today I am giving a special shout out to my friends and customers from Australia. I was fortunate enough to have my latest book, “Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” previewed in their magazine, “Down Under Quilts“.
I am very busy working on some cute designs for Valentines/Winter. There is an upcoming BLOG HOP that I want to share with you. In February, I will be participating in the “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” Blog Hop from February 5-8.
This is right around the corner. Everyday different quilters will be sharing a FREE pattern with a heart in it. This sounds like so much fun. I can’t wait! I will keep you posted as this fun event approaches. Some of the sights, including mine, will be offering give-aways, too.
I’ll let you know what my give-away will be next week! Stay tuned…
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This is the time of year that I miss watching my team play football every week. If my favorite team does not make the playoffs, January is a very gloomy time of year.
I designed this paper pieced pillowcase for my favorite team, the Green Bay Packers. But, since I love football in general, I didn’t want to omit other fans favorite teams. I went on to design these pillowcase patterns so other fans could have fun paper piecing, too.
Minnesota Vikings will be the only team from the Central Division to advance to the playoffs…
I’ve been considering working up pillowcase patterns for this years top teams, but I am limited to a 6 letter per line format. This means that I can only fit 6 letters or spaces per line and am limited to 2 lines. Help me out with names for these teams…
New Orleans Saints: SAINTS WIN!
Atlanta Falcons: DIRTY BIRDS (but is this complimentary??? Please advise me, Falcon fans.)
New England Patriots: GO PATS
Los Angeles Rams: LOVE RAMS
Philadelphia Eagles: EAGLES SOAR
Carolina Panthers: GO CATS (not in love with this…but do you have anything better???)
If I have omitted your team, and you have a clever idea for their name, please share!
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Merry Christmas to all of my blogging friends. Thank you for allowing me to share my creations with you. As a retiree, designing has given me a purpose in life.
As Christmas day draws near, I am decorating my home with all of this year’s new holiday projects. Turquoise, red, and green have become my favorite holiday colors.
I’m loving my polar bears, as they are something that I can keep in my decorating all through winter. I hate having to take down all the Christmas things right after the holidays. I am loving my goofy Snowman for the same reason.
This Snowman Table Runner is on my kitchen table.
Santa and His Gang are hanging on my dining room wall.
One of my sweet customers, Lana, just finished making my 3 Dogs and 1 Sassy Cat pattern. I love her choice of fabric. Didn’t she do a great job?
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Here’s a fun paper pieced Christmas Tree Skirt pattern, using 8 cute holiday blocks.
And here’s a close-up of the bow ties
Get all 8 blocks in my Christmas Tree Skirt Sampler Pattern. This pattern is sold in “hard copy” format only, so it must be sent through the mail.
Check out this adorable wall hanging made by my friend Shelley using the Stocking Block from this pattern.
This is an exciting week…my interview with Pat Sloan will start airing at 3:00 pm eastern time today. This podcast can be viewed on Pat Sloan’s site or directly from ITunes at American Patchwork and Quilting Radio.
I have been having fun with this sweet little Christmas angel. I’ve used it in a table runner, but I would like to do a small pillow for a gift card. I will use the angel for the front of the pillow. On the back of my 7 1/2″ square pillow I plan to put a little pocket to use for a gift card or cash. Then later, if this pillow is going to a child, the tooth fairy can also put a “stash” into the pocket.
Here’s a sample of the table runner. And below is a close-up of the “wand” in the angel’s hand. Just stitch a line with embroidery floss for the stem and sew a little star shaped button to the end. Her halo is stitched with metallic gold embroidery floss.
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With Christmas right around the corner, I am having lots of fun designing holiday images. I call this block “Must Be Santa“. He makes an adorable pillow.
I found this crazy cute border fabric that is made by Free Spirit and designed by David Walker, “Winter Wonderland”. This wonky snowflake fabric is the perfect match for my wonky Santa with his sweet button nose.
If you are new to paper piecing, you may find this paper piecing video helpful.
Make sure to visit my blog next week to enter all the great give-aways for the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Blog Tour. I will be featured on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Besides getting a preview of the block I entered in the magazine, I will show you 3 more of Santa’s “pals”. All 4 of them look fabulous together in a table runner or quilt.
See you then!
I am packing up to vend at the Hudson Heritage Quilters Patchwork Harvest X Quilt Show this weekend, November 4 and 5. This will be my first time vending in Hudson. I have heard so many lovely things about this friendly community in Wisconsin.
I am very excited to take along lots of holiday patterns. Here are some of my newest Christmas paper pieced blocks.
Ho Ho Ho Santa is a cute 7 1/2″x 7 1/2″ block that will work well for gift bags, pillows, potholders, or even table runners.
And every Santa needs his Ho Ho Ho Rudolph! With these big button eyes, he is so adorable.
Here is one of my favorite penguin blocks made into the Stocking pattern from my Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas book.
There will be lots to see!
These friends from Wisconsin Rapids attended my Paper Piecing Workshop last Saturday. As you can see from their lovely smiles, we had so much fun! Attendees ranged from beginners to novice, but all enjoyed creating adorable Christmas blocks from my latest book, “Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas“.
We also put together the “Gift Sack” pattern, using one of the blocks we had just created.
Aren’t these Halloween Trick or Treat Sacks too cute? These were made by my customer, Marilyn. She used an assortment of my Halloween block patterns and the same Gift Sack pattern from my Christmas bookHere’s a close-up of two of the totes. Adorable!
Thanks to all my new friends in Wisconsin Rapids for hosting my workshop.
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