Announcing a Blog Hop from Partners in Design!

As you know, the Partners in Design just completed a fantastic sewing-themed quilt along called Sew Let’s Quilt Along. Prior to that, we hosted a Christmas themed quilt along and a Fall themed quilt along.

Along the way, thousands have quilted along with us, and we are very grateful. To show our thanks, we’ve organized a special blog hop just for you!

Tell Me More!

We know just how hectic the holiday season can be, what with all the gift shopping and gift making. To help you out, we will be hosting a blog hop in November filled with free giftable patterns.

Each day during the hop, a Partner in Design will present a special tutorial for a gift you can make. Make it for yourself, or make it as a gift for someone special.

2019 Holiday Gifts to You Blog Hop Schedule

Knowing that November is the time for present shopping and giving back, we’ve timed our blog hop perfectly.

The hop begins Sunday, November 17th and runs through Monday, November 25th. Here’s the schedule for the blog hop. Be sure to visit each blog daily to get your free pattern!

What Do I Need to Do Now?

Nothing really besides marking your calendar. Let me tell you, you don’t want to miss this idea packed gift-themed blog hop!

Mark these dates on your calendar and come back here on Sunday, November 17th to kick off a week long gift giving extravaganza!

2019 Holiday gifts to you blog hop
Sunday, November 17th to Monday, November 25th

What Fabrics Will I Need?

Although the blog hop is gift themed, it won’t be all holiday stuff. Some of the gift patterns might be things you will want to make for yourself, while others will be things you might want to make for others.

So as far as a fabric pull, you might pull out your holiday fabrics…

Or fabrics in your favorite colors….

Or that special precut collection you’ve been dying to make something with…

Or the favorite colors of a special friend, so you’re ready to make them that perfect gift!

In Addition, Before the Blog Hop be Sure to…

  • If you’re on Facebook and you haven’t already, you should join our Partners in Design group. Share your fabric selections and your finished “gifts” in the group! We’d love to see. You can also follow me on Facebook at Inquiring Quilter and join my private Quilting with the Inquiring Quilter group to receive updates.

  • If you’re on Instagram, start using the hashtag #HolidayGiftstoYou to get your friends excited too! Use it when you post a photo of your fabric pull, then later when you finish a gift project. Let’s fill Instagram with #HolidayGiftstoYou photos! If you like, you can follow me on Instagram too, at Inquiring Quilter

  • Also, if you’re on Instagram, be sure to follow the #HolidayGiftstoYou hashtag too, so you’ll see everyone’s photos!

Share the news!

The more people who participate, the more fun this gift giving blog hop will be. So please invite your friends to our quilt along by posting our quilt along button to Facebook, Instagram, and elsewhere. Just right click this button below and choose Save Picture As to save it. Then share it everywhere with a link to my special blog hop page so your friends can read all about it.

Here’s a link to my 2019 Holiday Gifts to You page.

2019 Holiday Gifts to You Schedule and Link Up

A Special Sharing Place!

Besides our Facebook group and Instagram, the Partners in Design will also be hosting a special linkup where you can share photos of your finished gifts. I can’t wait to see what you make so be sure to come back here to link up.

Also, follow me so you can keep up with the blog hop schedule and where to go for each gift pattern. You’ll find the ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

See you November 17th!

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May Island Batik Challenge

I'm very happy--I finally got my May Island Batik challenge done!

The May challenge for us Island Batik Ambassadors was to make a pillow using batiks. Since I already had a shop sample that fit that exact description on my To-Do list, I thought I'd use my monthly challenge to finally get the sample done.

The pattern for the pillows is called Haute Dog, and it's by Bella Nonna. The pattern offers two versions---one long pillow or two matching pillows. I chose the two pillow option.

I've actually made these pillows before, as a gift to my niece who loves dachshunds. If you'd like to see that version, click here.

To make the dog and the sweaters for this version, I used the City Culture 2 collection by Island Batik.

For the background of the pillows, I chose this print from the Island Batik Surf and Sand collection. It's called Seed Circles, and the color is Lagoon. This collection is retired, but you can still get some of its fabrics from Always in Stitches (the shop where I work) if you want. (No, I don't work on commission there. <grin> I just love the shop!)

To make the pillows special, the pattern calls for you to add decorative stitches to the dog's sweater. This part was real fun as I got to use a lot of the stitches on my machine. I don't know about you, but it seems like I never get to use those extra stitches for anything, so I was really pumped to play!

The pattern also calls for you to add zippers to the pillows so you can remove the pillow inserts for cleaning. I was once afraid of zippers, but not anymore. You can read about my zipper triumphs here and here and here.

When it came down to it however, I thought putting zippers in the pillows was a whole lot of fuss so I used an envelope finish instead.

If you do add a zipper though, you can also add cute zipper pulls (engraved dog tags) just like the pattern shows.

The dog's nose is "scribble stitched" by simply free-motion stitching around in a circle to draw the nose with thread. I have to confess that I love "drawing" with thread. It's fun! You just lower your feed-dogs and move the fabric around. Relaxing!

Here are the details:

"Haute Dog" by Bella Nonna
12" x 16" each
Fabrics: Island Batik City Culture collection
Pillow forms: Soft Stuff by Hobby Lobby, 100% polyester fiber filling
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #5011 (Rope Beige)
Applique Thread:  Aurifil 80 wt. #2468 (Deep Wine), Sulky 40 wt #1019 (Peach) and #1190 (Medium Burgundy), Guterman 50 wt #8780 (Olive Drab)
Pieced and appliqued by Jennifer Fulton

If you like my pillows, you can purchase the pattern in person or online at Always in Stitches (the store where I work). You can probably purchase it elsewhere, but again, I love the store where I work.

Disclosure: The products featured here were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik.

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Dog Gone Cute Pillows!

My niece Kailani is getting married soon, and her aunties (my three sisters and me) decided to host a shower. For her gift, I decided to make her some pillows with a dachshund on them. Dachshunds are popular in my family so I hoped she would like them.

I'm also making these pillows as a sample for the shop, and I hoped this would push me to finish that project. Anyway, for Kailani, I choose a dog print for the background. For the dog's sweater, I chose bright, fun prints in various shades of blue.

For the dog's body, I chose a dark red. I wasn't trying to match the color of Kailani's dog. Instead, I was trying to choose a fun color that would go well with the sweater fabrics. I tried bright blue, green, yellow, and orange and nothing worked. In the end I chose something kind of realistic, but not exactly and I feel like it works well.

You can make two small pillows with this pattern, or one large one. I decided to make two smaller ones for Kailani. I really love how the dog is stretched across the two pillows. So fun for a long doggie like a dachshund!

The pattern calls for you to add decorative stitches at the edge of each of the sweater pieces, and I had a lot of fun with that.

If you follow the pattern, you're supposed to add zippers to the back of each pillow and I didn't think that was really needed so I overlapped the two pieces of the back to create an envelope pillow.

We had a lovely day for the shower and the bride was so happy with her pillows!

Here are the details:

"Haute Dog Pillows"
12" x 16"
Fabrics: Various brights from my stash
Pattern: Haute Dog by Bella Nonna
Batting: Quilter's Dream Request
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2024 White
Embellishing Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt #2345 (Raisin), #2785 (Very Dark Navy), #2145 (Yellow Orange), and #1104 (Neon Orange), Mettler 40 wt. #673 (Twilight), Gutterman 50 wt #7544 (Very Dark Turquoise) and #710 (Bright Green), Wonderfil Konfetti 50 wt. #KT606 (Peacock Blue)
Pieced and embellished by Jennifer Fulton

Special note: The pattern I used is Haute Dog by Bella Nonna. I wish I could say that it was well-written and easy to follow. Maybe it's me, but I didn't find that to be true. To make the pillows I ended up writing my own set of steps on a separate paper and following them. If you're interested in the pattern though, I will say that the pillows sure turned out cute! Here's a link to the pattern.

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Happy Hannah the Hedgehog

A few weeks ago, I showed you this.

I was working on a sample for the quilt shop but I hadn't gotten any further than cutting it our. The pattern is by Funky Friends Factory, and it's called Hannah the Hedgehog. The shop wanted the sample made with Island Batiks so of course I jumped on board!

The Funky Friends patterns are so easy to make, even if you have little to no experience with making stuffed animals. Okay, a pattern might contain 30 steps, but each one is illustrated with a photo in an online tutorial that comes with the pattern. I figure I can make just about anything if the pattern is clear enough and these definitely are. If you've ever wanted to make a stuffed animal, I say give these patterns a try because they are awesome!

I've made several Funky Friends because Island Batik likes to put them in their booth at Quilt Market. In fact, I just made Fleur the Flamingo for Spring Market but I can't show you much because most of the fabrics I used aren't released yet. I can show you her lovely legs however. <grin>

Here are Diggles the Dragon and Puppy Dog Pete, which I made last year for the Island Batik Market booth. Diggles was fairly complicated I must stay, but man he turned out cute.

Back to Hannah. I played a lot with the fabrics, choosing ones that I thought would show her off. For her photo session, I put her in front of my Freshly Fallen quilt.

Hannah was very good, holding perfectly still while I took her portrait.

Hannah didn't mind a bit when I turned her on her side so you could see her tummy and her lovely smile. The smile is embroidered using 3 strands of embroidery floss. Her cheeks are appliqued.

When I took her to the store, Hannah made herself instantly comfortable. As you can see, the store carries a variety of the Funky Friends patterns.

The snake might make you nervous, but Hannah and Silly Scrap Snake are good friends.

Hannah was so comfortable in her new home, she held very still for her closeup!

Here are the details:

"Hannah the Hedgehog"
10" x 12"
Fabrics: Island Batik fabrics from the Sunflower Serenade collection--Hot Pink Dot (nose), Mixed Berry Acorn (tummy), and Bermuda Bark (ears and feet) and Morning Sunshine collection--Rainbow Sunflower (spikes)
Pattern: Funky Friends, Hannah the Hedgehog
Stuffing: Poly-fil
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2600 (Dove)
Pieced by Jennifer Fulton

Disclosure: Although the store provided the Funky Friends Hannah the Hedgehog pattern and most of the batiks used, I used a batik from my Island Batik stash for her back because the others weren't big enough. Also, the other Funky Friends shown here were made with products provided to me free of charge by Island Batik.

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