Have you all heard about the Ugly Sweater Block Sew-a-Long my friend Kerry from KidGiddy is running at the moment? Last year she came up with the most fabulous paper pieced Ugly Sweater quilt block and this year she’s sewing her heart out to make a whole quilt of Ugly Sweaters. There’s a bunch of us joining in with the fun and today it’s my turn to share the Ugly Sweater blocks I’ve made.
Paper piecing is by no means my favourite thing but the results it produces are always spectacular so it’s definitely something I don’t mind doing every now and again. I started out making one and then got a little bit carried away and made a whole swag of them. And then, I came up with the idea of turning them into little gift/tote bags. Super easy to do and a great little gift to have handy in the present cupboard this holiday season!
You can grab a copy of Kerry’s pattern from her Etsy store by click here.
To make the bags I upsized Monica from Happy Zombie’s Tiny Treat Tote. It’s an easy pattern to follow and one that I just keep using again and again. I love it! These bags are quite a bit larger than Monica’s and because of that I’ve added top stitching to the top o give them a teeny bit more stability. The backs aren’t quite a cute but they were definitely much quicker than making more blocks once I’d decided this is what I wanted to do.
What do you think? Ready to do some Christmas sewing and make your own gift bags or some festive placements or… maybe a whole quilt? If you do don’t forget to use the hashtags #uglysweaterblock and #kidgiddy on Instagram. Each time you post a picture of a sweater, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win the prize of the week or the grand present at the end. The more pictures you post, the more chances you have of winning! Head over to Kerry’s blog post to check out the prizes on offer and even more details.
I’m so excited to be sharing a whole bunch of new patterns with you all today. They are all available in the shop right now and, as a special offer for my blog readers, there is 30% off PDF patterns with the code ‘Happy’ until December 10. I figure with all the running around we all do at this time of the year you deserve a little treat for yourself!
First up is Bloom. Bloom is a fun, fat quarter or scrap friendly quilt that finishes at 75″ square. I made this version using the gorgeous new range by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique called Sugar Pie. Sugar Pie will be available in stores next year.
Bloom is based on a traditional “rolling stone” block with a twist. The Bloom block forms a perfect circle with 8 squares instead of squares and rectangles for a fresh, modern lookouts perfect for your bed or couch.
There is also a mini version of the Bloom Quilt available for a quick fix project or, to use as a gift this holiday season.
If you’ve been following me for a while you have probably noticed that I like to add a little something different to my mini patterns. The Bloom mini includes material and cutting instructions for either a scrappy or symmetrical look. You could make one, or both, and turn them into a throw pillow with this free pillow back tutorial!
Next is Welcome Home, a layer cake friendly quilt pattern perfect for a new baby, house warming gift or just for someone special. It’s super easy and quick to put together and a great size at 59″ square.
My version was made using Sandy Gervais’s newest line Corner of 5th & Fun and some fun solids from Moda Fabrics. Perfect for a new baby! I can’t wait to find some time to make a more grown up version of this quilt after the holiday season.
If you’re anything like me you probably have quite a few layer cakes in your cupboard waiting to be used and loved! Square Deal is also layer cake friendly and also works with just about any range of fabric you have. I’ve made a 2nd version in Tula pink fabrics that looks just as great as this one made with Just Another Walk in the Woods fabric by Stacy Iest Hsu!
The pattern comes with instructions to make either a lap or twin size quilt. You’ll need a single layer cake, some background fabric and a less than a yard of feature print to make your own!
I used left over layer cake squares after making this lap sized version to put together this coordinating pillow. They look great together don’t they!
Last but not least (because it’s definitely a favourite around here!) is Trinkets.
My scrap bins are filled with fabric I love but sadly they always seem to be over flowing. Trinkets was originally designed so that I could keep my scraps under control with a fun & easy quilt I could make quickly or, over a period of time. I had it all worked out on my computer and then realised that the design also works perfectly with fat quarters or precut! Perfect right?!?
The pattern includes all the cutting and instructions to make Trinkets in either a Baby, Lap or Twin size quilt! I liked it so much I made one with precuts of Bonnie & Camille’s Basic range and then made another one with fat quarters I had in my stash. (The scrap version is coming slowly, I promise to show you all once its done!)
My friend Tara also made one with precuts of by Zen Chic and rumour has it her flatmate has already expressed a lot of interest in keeping it. I love the neutral colour palette of Tara’s quilt!
All of the pattern comes with detailed instructions and full colour diagrams making them suitable for all levels of quilter. Why not give one or more a try!
I know that decision making can be a little hard for some of us so I have also added a special value pack offer to the shop for all PDF patterns. Just add 4 or more PDF patterns to your cart and enter the coupon code ‘VALUEPACK’ for a 35% discount at any time.
Back in September I posted a free tutorial for this Beach Boxes Mini Quilt as part of the Marti Michell Quiltmania series Angie from Gnome Angel was running. I’m super excited to let you all know that yesterday the linky opened and Angie announced the awesome prizes up for grabs for anyone who joined in by sewing a mini! Don’t worry if you haven’t quite finished your mini though, you’ve still got two weeks to enter so there is plenty of time to join in the fun.
There are 13 mini quilts to choose from with varying degrees of skill required for each. The thing they all have in common is that they use Marti Michell Templates and, if you ask me, they will all make awesome Christmas gifts for someone on your list this year! All you need to do is choose one (or more if you like!) and get sewing. Here’s a recap of the 13 designs you have to choose from…
There are some great prizes on offer from Marti Michell, Simply Solids and Make Modern magazine so it’s definitely worth entering. Once you have your mini quilt made just head over to Angie’s blog post (click here) and submit a photo of your finished mini quilt made via one of the 13 tutorials on the linky. Alternatively you can submit your photo to the specific album in the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Facebook Group or you can post it on Instagram with the hashtag #MartiMichellMiniQuiltmania and tag (@gnomeangel) and Marti Michell (@MartiMichell) in the photo. So many ways to enter there should be no excuse for you not to be in the running!
Entries will be open from Wednesday 30 November 2016 @ 7:30am AEST (Sydney Time) and close Wednesday 14 December 2016 @ Midnight AEST and the winners will be announced on Angie’s blog.