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.
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!