Good Morning! I woke up this morning to a rudely written message on Instagram that said, “Thanks for copying my pattern. Not cool!” on an image I had posted of this Pixelated Skull Quilt. I then received a couple of more very unkind messages from a different person who was not the original poster.
How many similar quilt patterns are there out there? Thousands! This pattern was created from scratch and was based on a photo of a perler bead creation actually. You can ask my husband and son who watched me work on it for hours and gave me their opinions and input when I asked them.
Anyway, the issue the people sending mean messages this morning seemed to have was that this was being used as an incentive to sign up for my newsletter. So in order to rectify that situation here is the pattern for all the world for free and you don’t have to sign up for anything. 🙂 I hope you all have a wonderful day.
ETA: People are still sending me messages about this. I did not copy anyone’s quilt pattern. Below is the photo I based my free pattern on. As you can see, it is not a quilt. Quilt inspiration is found everywhere.
This is today’s quilt finish. It is made with Elizabeth Hartman’s Pond fabric line and coordinating Kona solids.
I cut the hexagons from 8 1/2″ strips that I had cut from my fat quarter bundles. I used the Hex n More Ruler by Jaybird Quilts for my cutting. I didn’t really have a plan or a pattern to follow I was just winging it. 🙂
I pieced this quilt yesterday. Yes, there are Y seams but once you get used to those they are a piece of cake. Here is a tutorial I did a few years ago on piecing hexagons.
I kept the modern clean lined look of this quilt by quilting 6″ hexagons inside the 8″ hexagons using a plastic template from a Moda Honeycombs pack as a guide.
I machine sewed the binding to the front and the back of the quilt. I love my woven quilt labels from Dutch Label Shop. I’m starting to run low but my original 150 has lasted over a year.
Here it is Friday already! And Good Friday at that! I hope everyone will have a wonderful Easter weekend. My son and I were on a walk yesterday and we saw a Jack Rabbit who looked just like the Easter bunny!
Here are my “Things” Blocks in the Trinket Sew Along! I am surprising myself that I am enjoying foundation paper piecing! Maybe I have turned a corner now. I really like today’s block “Things 10.” I tried to make mine like an amethyst gem as my husband has bought me a few lovely ones over our relationship (usually while driving through Ontario).
Clinton Modern Creative has sponsored me in this sew along and they are having a Spring Clearance sale. Use code: EASTER15 at checkout to save 15% off the last price site-wide on all in stock merchandise this weekend.
It’s my week to blog my blocks in the Trinket Sew Along! Today is the Things 6 block. I love this envelope shape!
The symmetrical blocks are fun because they seem to be efficient to put together to me. I’ve been doing quite well for not having to rip out seams lately. I hope I haven’t just jinxed myself by writing that!
You can also save 15% off ready-to-ship items and PDF patterns at Daydreams of Quilts! No need for a code as the sale is on Etsy. Don’t forget – Mother’s Day is coming up! Maybe you need a Mother’s Day gift like these beautiful project bags made with Alison Glass fabrics!
I have been slowly releasing Spring Quilt Block patterns in my Etsy shop since January. Today the final block, Spring Tulips, has been released. All the Quilt Block patterns are available individually or as a digital pattern bundle. All of these blocks individually would make great Easter/Spring place mats or throw pillows. They could also be combined into table runners or table toppers or a quilt top (idea in image below.)
Today’s block release is the Spring Tulips Block. Available individually here or in the pattern bundle. This is a 12″ x 12″ block.
The Spring Chick Quilt Block is also a 12″ x 12″ block. The Rabbit Quilt Block Pattern is a 12″ x 12″ block with a 6″ x 12″ carrot block and a bonus free 12″ x 12″ rainbow Easter Egg. The Easter egg is also included free in the pattern bundle.
I am keeping up with the Trinket Sew Along (small miracle! Ha ha!) and have my collection of Trinkets for weeks 1 and 2 to show you today.
Even though Foundation Paper Piecing is not my technique of choice I feel like this is going pretty well and I do love the bright vibrant colours of Alison Glass fabric. Seeing them all together like this has instilled a sense of pride and I am looking forward to seeing the whole collection of 40 blocks together at the end.
If you’re in the mood for fabric shopping (and really, who isn’t?!) visit Clinton Modern Creative who kindly provided me with the pattern for this sew along. She’s got a discount code: TRINKET15 for 15% off all in-stock merchandise in her shop. You do not have to be sewing along to take advantage of the sale. Put the coupon code in the coupon box at checkout to get the discount.
It’s week 2 of the Trinket Sew Along already! Today’s block is called Lines #6. I will be working on more blocks this afternoon while my youngest is in pre-school as I like to sew them in batches rather than one a day. These are 4″ blocks so they are pretty quick to make, even if you are challenged with foundation paper piecing like I am. 🙂
Clinton Modern Creative is one of the sew along sponsors this week and they have a discount code for 15% off all in stock merchandise. Use code: TRINKET15 at checkout to claim your discount.
If you haven’t joined in yet but are thinking you would like to you can find all the information and sign up on the Alison Glass website.
The Trinket Sew Along starts this Sunday with the first block posts happening on Monday. Clinton Modern Creative is a sponsor of the sew along and has gathered a few Canadian bloggers to sew and blog along.
These are the bloggers in our group in case you would like to follow along
The Sew Along hashtag on Instagram is: #trinketsal
Pictured below is the stack of Alison Glass fabrics I will be sewing with. I haven’t fully decided on my final layout but I may make my blocks into two pillow covers. There are some great prizes and discounts coming in the sew along plus it’s going to be fun with over 1000 people signed up.
Well, I survived my gallbladder surgery last Friday so you haven’t got rid of me yet. 😉 I am a fast healer so I have been back at my sewing machine already although not for as long as I’d like.
Have you been sewing along in the Harry Potter Quilt Along? I only have the first two blocks done but I am very happy with them.
Upcoming Quilt Alongs
I have been eyeing the Meadowland Quilt for some time and since the pattern is currently on sale ahead of the upcoming Meadowland Quilt Along I decided to buy it. Now I need to pick fabrics because the quilt along starts Monday! Maybe Heather Ross fabrics? There are some good fussy cutting opportunities here.
For our Handmade Customers: I have made several new cork wallets in the past few weeks and glitzy evening bags are coming soon in March. We have also brought back our popular personalized initial pillows which are upgraded with blanket stitching around the applique and zipper back closures.
Happy 2019! I’ve had a good break the past few weeks and am feeling refreshed. How is your new year going so far? I resolved to cut back on our plastic use this year. So far I am off to a great start! I have brought in reusable stainless steel straw sets to both our home and our online shop. I have also brought in reusable mesh produce bags as well and I’ve been using reusable grocery bags for a couple of years now. I must say, I have a great sense of pride when I’m buying my green peppers and tomatoes and I pull out my drawstring bag full of mesh produce bags. The kids are proud too and the stainless steel straws are a hit. My kids are very concerned about the environment and animal welfare.
These items and more upcoming this year can be found in the new Environmentally Friendly section of our shop. With these items I hope to help others meet their own plastic reduction goals and also inspire my fellow makers to make their own reusable items and solutions. 🙂
I have been using small sample pieces of cork and fabrics that have been long-time residents of my sewing room and created 13 cork bottomed zipper pouches on a three day sewing spree!
This weekend I tried out the Metro Double Zip pouch pattern by Sew Sweetness which is this month’s Minikins Challenge bag. I have made three so far (one is pictured below) with three more cut out. These are available to purchase in my shop. I bought Minikins Season 2 with Christmas money from my father-in-law and there are several great patterns in there. I have one of the wallets cut out too.
Harry Potter Sew Along
The Harry Potter Sew Along starts this week on Kelli Fannin’s Blog called Seriously I Think It Needs Stitches. Being a huge Harry Potter fan I am very excited for this as are my kids. I am so happy Kelli is doing this because I was thinking of it but now I can just participate and have fun. She is teaming up with Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts who is also running a Harry Potter Sew Along at the same time.
Kelli brought us the Minecraft Quilt Along a couple of years ago and my daughter is really on my case to finish that quilt. I have just one more block to sew so that is my goal for today.
What Else is New?
I have been checking off goals and have opened two new Etsy shops!
One shop is specializing in hair bows. My two daughters are excited about this one! My hair bow shop is called It Snows Bows. Also on Instagram @itsnowsbows
I also opened a paper crafting shop called Anita Loves Paper which is currently stocked with cute Valentine’s cards. So fare the Pizza and Beer and the Bacon and Eggs cards are the front runners for getting favourites. On Instagram too @anitalovespaper
Hope your year is off to a great start too! Have a great day! 🙂