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!