This pattern is very close to my heart because my husband and I are both Washingtonians born and bred. As much as I am enjoying our travels around the US and now around Europe thanks to the military family life, I always ache for my beloved PNW and its oceans, mountains, and green forests.
Part of the US States collection, this block stitches up at 10" and is a relatively simple block for any experienced piecer. A huge apology to all the islands that weren't represented here; they would have made the block nearly impossible to stitch!
I ultimately plan to stitch this one up so if I get to it before a tester is found, it will be up in the shop then. If you are interested in speeding up the process by testing for me, let me know. I'm also happy to take suggestions for other states that you would like to see join Washington in the lineup. I am tentatively thinking of combining the Germany block with our other duty stations to create a quilt symbolizing our military life, which would put Virginia, Texas, and South Carolina on the docket first. But if there is something special you are looking for I'm happy to draft it up!
I am excited to release our Easter freebie: the sweet bunny!
This 10" block can be worked in realistic bunny colors or pastels for a traditional appeal, or in bright, mod colors for a fun take on a spring bunny.
To find this fun Easter freebie, pop on over to the shop and check out the "Holiday Freebies" category. I hope you enjoy! The next scheduled freebie will arrive in the shop shortly before Mother's Day.
First, a quick blog status update. Due to an incredible number of commitments in the last year, I haven't spent any time designing or getting patterns up in the shop. Like many people, though, I find myself right now with an abundance of time and a quickly dwindling list of household projects, so I updated my patterning program and spent some of my free time drafting some new blocks.
I have laid out a master plan for previously released blocks I would like to get into the shop and new blocks I will be launching from now through December, with a potential to add more blocks in between if I'm feeling zippy. I will be adding patterns to the shop for purchase, but I know people are having to count pennies right now so I have plenty of freebies coming up. In fact, an Easter freebie will launch on Monday and a Mother's Day freebie has already been developed, so keep an eye out for those! You are always welcome to make and sell items with my patterns, so I hope this helps someone out.
For today's block, Bavaria has truly felt like a second home to us and I wanted to honor that by making Germany the first country in the International Collection. For all map blocks, I have had to balance geographical accuracy with ease of piecing, so the general map shape looks correct but it is not exact. This particular pattern was developed as a 12" block because of the complexity, and would do well as an enlarged pattern as well. This will go up in the shop as a paid pattern once it has been tested.
Though this block features the German flag colors as a fun addition, it could also be pieced in a single color and assembled in the exact same way.
If you are interested in serving as a tester for this piece or future pieces, or if you have ideas for other countries and states you would like to see designs for, leave a comment or drop me a line!
By happenstance, I recently ran into a lovely woman online who was looking for a paper pieced pattern of the Washington Monument. I was feeling inspired and took on the project.
After a few false starts due to migrating from yet another dead computer to a new one, I put together this 6x9 pattern. It is totally suitable for beginners and goes together in three easy sections.
This was originally intended to be a larger block but I shrank it down since most people are not looking for blocks of that size. Because of that, piece A3 is quite small and may get a bit lost in the seam. It will work just fine to leave A3 out and move on to A4 if you don't want to fiddle with it. The pattern blows up well to a wall hanging size of 24x36, and at that size I highly recommend constructing the pattern as designed.
My travels in Germany and the surrounding countries have renewed my interest in architecture and history and I am thinking I may add more famous buildings and monuments to the collection over time. This pattern is available for free as the introductory pattern, so enjoy it!
You can find the pattern in the pattern shop.
I am very excited to introduce you to the newest member of our dog breeds collection! He is a Scottish terrier and this adorable little scamp is almost ready for testing. If you are interested in helping out with that, please leave a comment or drop me a line.
Normally I name my patterns after the family pet I modeled it after, but this one didn't have a live model so this Scotty needs a name! Suggest one below and whichever one I pick will receive a free copy of the final tested pattern.
Next up is going to be the dog breed I have wanted my entire life, but haven't had the lifestyle to accommodate yet: a Bernese mountain dog. It's time to represent some of the big dogs as part of the collection so I look forward to getting one drafted up soon.
I am very excited to find that I finally have time to return to my blog and to designing. Having been away for around a year, I have a lot to catch up on, but I am feeling refreshed and creative and ready to dive back in. It is almost spring, and there are changes afoot.
I returned to a number of questions via the blog about patterns that I had available on Craftsy that people were no longer able to access for purchase. Unfortunately, Craftsy shut down a large number of shops with only a week's warning this past Christmas season, and mine was one of the victims. I have been going back and forth and weighing the options, and finally decided to host my patterns here on Weebly so all Sew Much Mischief information will be in one place. I don't anticipate any problems with the the pattern library through Craftsy for previously purchased items, but if you ever run into problems with accessing them shoot me your order confirmation and I will get you squared away.
To shop my available patterns (free and purchased), you can select the "Shop Patterns" link from within the header. Right now the only available options are Freddie, Willie, and the Girl Scout trefoil, but I will work on shifting over all completed patterns to the shop over the next month or two.
As for my future plans, I recently completed a Star Trek: Voyager row and I am currently working on a Labyrinth block for Fandom in Stitches, and then I anticipate a couple of Easter blocks and more dog breeds. If you are looking for anything specific let me know. I am always happy to have some new inspirations.
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!