There is something about Summer that makes me feel like a kid, no matter how old I get. Something about long days and getting outside in the sun, feeling like the days and the season will stretch on forever. The freedom of not wearing shoes and eschewing utensils to eat food like corn on the cob and hamburgers…Yes summer is definitely my season!
Quick announcement!! I’ll be a guest on the American Patchwork & Quilting podcast later today! Please join me and my friend & host, Pat Sloan, as we chat about all kinds of quilty stuff!! Pat is the Queen of Quiltiness and it’s sure to be a lot of fun!!
You can join us LIVE at 4 pm EDT (New York City time.) If you miss it, you can listen to the recording any time!! Just click here.
Here is a sweet little project for you! While designing this project, I decided that pink and yellow is my new favorite color combination! Isn’t it perfect for summer or spring? I remember as a kid, that the unofficial kick-off of the summer season was going to a local “pick-your-own” field to harvest baskets & baskets of strawberries. Then we would come home and eat strawberries til they were coming out of our ears, and Mom and Grandmom would make strawberry jam. Those fond summer memories are brought back with this fun, refreshing project.
I love playing with colors, and seeing how different colors will make the same quilt pattern look so different. You can even use the same exact colors, but put them in different places, for completely different looks!
Here is something fun for you to do while you are “patiently” waiting for the Happy Little Things BOM to start- it’s a coloring sheet for the Happy Little Things quilt. You can print out as many as you want, get out your colored pencils or markers, and play with all kinds of color combinations! Have fun with it! Your kids and grandkids will probably have fun being a “designer” as well. Try out all kinds of color palettes to see what you like best.
In a couple of weeks, I’ll be showing you some more ideas for colors and fabrics, and sending out the fabric requirements, but this will get you “dreaming” about colors for now!
BOM kits are here- PLUS lots of brand new, super-cute stuff!!!
Have you signed up for the FREE Happy Little Things Block of the Month yet?? Just click here.
**Before we go any further- I want to emphasize that purchase of products is NOT required for participation in the BOM. You can receive the patterns for free simply by signing up above.**
If you see something you want, order it NOW- because I have a limited number of kits and when they are gone, they are gone- we cannot reorder the fabrics, as they are no longer available. These items will start to ship in June, and will be all mailed out in plenty of time before the BOM starts in August.
And so, without further ado- let’s shop!
Fabric kits are available in 2 colorways, Cottage and Desert and contain fabric for the quilt top and binding. Backing fabric can be purchased separately (see below.) Woo hoo!!!
Get the Early Bird Price for kits NOW! Early Bird Sale is effective now through Friday May 31, 2019.(more…)
Hi Friends!! Isn’t this pin wheel pin cushion adorable! I made the pin cushion (4″ square), and had so much fun that I decided to make a larger one to use for a mini (9″) pillow! They were really, really quick to make, too, because I used precut fabrics. Just use mini charm packs for the pin cushion, or a regular charm pack for the little pillow.
There is a fun folding technique to make the double pinwheel design- but don’t worry, it’s pretty easy, and if your points in the center don’t match up exactly, it’s no big deal because we’re going to put a button on it anyway!! (more…)
One of my favorite super-quick projects to make is embellished dishtowels- When I see colorful, undecorated dishtowels or handtowels in the store, I buy them and stash them away for the easiest projects ever. Then when I need a gift, or I just want to freshen up the kitchen or bathrooms, I add some embroidery, applique and trim and Voila!! Today in my free tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a cute and cheerful Summer Seashells Towel. Mother’s Day will be here soon, as well as the end of the school year and summer parties, and you can whip these up quickly for the moms, teachers, and hostesses that you’d like to show a little love & appreciation to.
It’s here! It’s here!! Introducing our Free Block of the Month for 2019:
Happy Little Things!!
Our last block of the Month, Save The Bees, was sooooo much fun, I hope you will enjoy this one, too!
The Happy Little Things Free BOM will have 4 different blocks, and it will start in August and run through December. Once again, you will have the following options for making your blocks:
*you can just piece them
*OR you can applique them (hand or machine- I did machine applique)
*OR you can do simple hand embroidery (just 2 super easy stitches- the backstitch and French knots- plus I have a YouTube tutorial for those stitches)
You will get my easy-to-follow step by step instructions, with lots of diagrams, to make all 4 blocks and to add borders to make this quilt (finished size 43 1/2″ x 53 1/2″): (more…)
Cactus and succulents have been trending for awhile, and they are STILL hot, hot, hot (no pun intended!) If you a looking for a decorative pillow, some quirky cute embroidery hoop art, or a quilt featuring cactus and succulents, you are in the right place! We have gathered 20 Free Succulent & Cactus Patterns to Embroider, Sew, Quilt & Craft. There’s a little something for everyone here!
**Please note that at the time of this writing, all links are correct. If you have a question about a particular project, please contact the owner of that particular blog. To find the projects, just click the links and photos below.**