And now for something completely different: I have a free SVG offering for you today!
We are still living out of a hotel room here in Germany while we look for housing, and now that the children are back in school, I have some very quiet time to myself. I have spent some of that time completing my organizing system for my many crafting files (graphics, embroidery files, cut files, quilting patterns, and more). While doing that, I came across the PNG I had made for a Santa cookie plate last year and tried my first conversion to a layered SVG. Much easier to use this than slice and recolor sliced sections from the PNG like I did when I first used it!
I wish I had pictures of the completed craft, but I developed this for a Christmas gift crafting session with members of my Girl Scout troop. They paid 10$ to make and wrap 5-6 gifts for family members so they could have some true surprise gifts for parents and siblings. To keep the cost so low, we did a lot of vinyl crafts on Dollar Tree blanks. This is perfect for a Dollar Tree or other inexpensive plate. Just be sure that you cover the vinyl with a doily or a piece of wax paper before putting food on it, as vinyl is not food-safe.
Since this is my first layered SVG, you may find some stray nodes here and there when you go to cut it. I checked it over carefully and I am not seeing any, but please let me know if you find any so I can fix the file.
You can download the SVG file here. The SVG will show up as an image on a blank screen; simply right click and select "Save As" to save to your computer. Enjoy!
About two weeks ago we finally made it to the (stunning!) Bavarian countryside on the first leg of our move and are waiting for our housing offer to come through. That means long days of waiting in a hotel room, so I am playing catch-up on my digital life. One of my projects has been to prepare for my next Project of Doom quilt, a Ravenclaw-themed thing of wonder that I am finally making for myself.
Since I have my fabrics collected but I won't have my sewing machine for a while yet (*sob!*), I have created a file on my computer with everything I need to get started on this project. I have my Word document where I have written exactly what I want on each block and around the outside of my bookcase, including any embroidery or embellishments I will be adding. Then each weekly file contains the block files with all the patterns I will need for each block along with coordinating machine embroidery files, pictures, links to inspirational blogs, etc. As I was pulling it together, I realized I was going to need a diadem, and the patterns I was seeing weren't sparking anything for me.
So, an hour later I had this, and it's perfect for my quilt. My only problem with it is that I have chosen a grey background for my quilt, so mine may have to sit in front of a black box to stand out from the background. It could be pretty to sew some kind of a metal clasp to my box. I may have to toy with that when the time comes. The diadem can be made as a two-tone silver, as shown, or it could all be done in a single tone.
I am opening this one up to testers since I cannot get to it until our household goods arrive. This one is still in the drafting stage but could be ready for a tester with a few hours' notice. Let me know if you are interested! I can print the pattern at any size for you.
And there's more good news for the other Doomers out there! Since I wanted the diadem to be sitting on some horizontal books, I went ahead and drafted that pattern as well. On mine, I will create the Invisible Book of Invisibility on the bottom by embroidering the name on my background fabric with invisible thread, but you can obviously put a standard book here as well. This pattern is also available for testing, and this is what it will look like:
If any quilters out there are looking for an end of the year Girl Scout leader gift, or want to decorate their own Girl Scout space, this free pattern can be thrown together in an hour to make a fun wall hanging. You can even embellish it with a name or troop number using embroidery, fabric paint, or HTV. Can you imagine having each girl in the troop sign this in Sharpie? It would be a fantastic memory quilt.
The pattern makes an 8" block, but it is easy to resize or I can print it for you in any size you like.
If you would like to test it, drop me a line, but there shouldn't be any errors in the pattern. This is a beginner level pattern and easy enough for anyone with even a little paper piecing experience to take on.
The Prancing Pony inn sign has been tested and is available on Craftsy and Fandom in Stitches! I think this is one of my top three favorite designs so far, right up there with the Dune and Game of Thrones quilts.
I have ordered my fabric out of the UK for this (I really wanted the same Makower Spraytime fabrics that I used in the computer mock-up) and I am excited to bring it to life myself after our move. Eventually this will go on display with my hobbit meals list cross stitch in our dining room. I am toying with the idea of using a straight plant hanger to hang it in the doorway like a sign. This would be a great standalone wall hanging, or you can add it to a Lord of the Rings quilt for some flair.
There are a lot of sections (27!), but it is not actually that complicated to piece if you have some experience. Because of the large number of sections, however, the block may measure a tiny bit short at the end depending on your piecing. Be sure to remove your foundation paper from inside the seams as you sew to help with that. If you need a square block, it is easy to add strips of the background fabric to the top, bottom, and sides to square it up. While the embroidery is a large piece of the pattern, it is certainly not essential. You could easily leave it off or use another method to add it, like paint or HTV.
As always, I am happy to reprint the pattern pieces in any size you need. Contact me via the main page for requests.
I have had several testers work on this one for me (see the pictures below), and I have loved seeing them come to life. If you make one, please share!
I'm happy to introduce a new collection I've been working on, soon to be listed in my Craftsy shop! For all the dog lovers out there, I have been putting together some breed-specific patterns. These are fairly simple patterns with a huge amount of cuteness factor, and will make great mini quilts on their own or easily combine for a sweet larger quilt. Need a gift for a dog lover or a local shelter? These are the patterns for you.
The first two -- a schnauzer and a wire fox terrier -- are based off some of our family pets. I actually made these as Christmas gifts for their owners one year, but the patterns were lost in a catastrophic computer failure. Luckily I still had these pictures and was able to recreate my patterns upon a reader's request. Unfortunately this means that these new patterns are technically untested and cannot be released until that process is completed. If you'd like to help speed that up, there's a free pattern in it for you!
The first block is "Freddie," the miniature schnauzer. These guys are not only adorable, but they also have the best dispositions! I have a lovely lady who has asked about testing Freddie, but I am always happy to take on more testers to make sure my patterns are top-quality.
Our second block is "Willie," the wire fox terrier. What a bundle of energy these guys are! Sadly Willie has no testers at the moment, so let me know if you'd like to adopt his pattern.
One helpful thing I have added to my newer patterns for sale is two different size options. I have included pieces to sew either an 8" block or a 12" block so you can customize them more easily to your projects. As a service to my customers, I am also happy to reprint the pattern in any size you require. Simply contact me through the form on the main page and I will get that done for you.
I hope you love these pups and are looking forward to their public release. If there's a particular breed you are looking for, drop a comment below and I'll see what I can do!
I am so pleased to announce that my Dune quilt is now available for download on both Craftsy and Fandom in Stitches.
While I do have all my fabrics for this quilt pulled and I will eventually be making one for myself, I had to rely on a tester to get it out in a timely manner. I cannot express enough appreciation for my tester, Angela Gross, who did a fantastic job pulling it together, making suggestions for corrections, and sending me photos as needed. She was also a lovely person and a joy to work with.
This is the work of art she put together based on the pattern:
The quilt pattern includes all the blocks below:
Angela added the entire Litany to her quilt, although the pattern contains only a few lines. If you are interested in stitching the longer version, please contact me and I can walk you through how to get the fonts to add more to your quilt.
I should also express my intense gratitude to artist Mitch Hicks, for allowing me to base my Fremen eye block on his art piece, "The Fremen Child." Any changes I made to his image were intended to facilitate the piecing of this block, but the idea and base image are entirely his. This piece has been used by permission. You can view it and more of Mitch's art here.
I hope that you all enjoy this quilt as much as I did designing it. If you happen to stitch it up, please send pictures so I can share them here!
I mean this in a figurative way, but soon it will be quite literal. There are going to be some big changes around here that I am excited to share. First and most drastically, our family is beginning a long journey across the Atlantic to settle in our new home in Germany! This will be our first time living out of country so the idea of it is both intoxicating and overwhelming.
At the same time, I am closing down my original blog and opening this website as a place where I can collect all of my quilt designing materials under one roof. I will continue to blog my progress here and there, but my focus has shifted to providing easy access to both available patterns as well as patterns that need testers. I believe this website format will be much more conducive to that.
While I will be packing our entire house within the next month and will be without the ability to sew this summer, I will have lots of hotel downtime available for designing. I hope some of my testers are looking forward to a lot of new opportunities in the near future.
I look forward to building this website with the patterns I have been working on over the last few months, and I hope that you will stop by regularly to see what is new.