Guest Designer/Writer

I'm Being Featured on QuilterChic!

Late last year, my friend Cheryl @ QuilterChic asked if I'd be interested in participating in her 2018 Designer Spotlight. Each month, Cheryl has been introducing a different designer to her audience, and that designer has presented a free pattern for the month.

I thought and thought and decided to design a small mini-quilt for Halloween. I'm calling it Monster Mash. Isn't he adorable?

Monster Mash finishes at 12" x 12" and is perfect for using up your Halloween scraps!

Because the applique has a lot of pieces, I fused the separate parts first, then used the fused parts to create the monster. Since I did all this fusing on a Teflon pressing sheet, the final monster applique didn't stick to it so it was easy to move the whole thing to the background square and center it in place.

For quilting, I quilted in the ditch around each of the applique shapes. I then quilted a spider's web in the upper-left corner of the background, and a small spider in the lower right-hand corner. In the upper right-hand corner, I quilted a bat. In the outer border, I quilted a simple curvy ribbon with swirls.

I've decided that this little mini-quilt will be perfect in my daughter's college apartment, so for the backing, I used this cute Halloween kitty print (cats are her favorite pets!)

Here are the quilt details:

"Monster Mash"
12" x 12"
Fabrics: Halloween fabric scraps
Pattern: Original Design
Batting: Hobb's Heirloom Premium 80/20 Cotton Poly Batting
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2692 Black
Quilting Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt. #2024 (White), #1135 (Pale Yellow), #2150 (Pumpkin), and #2545 (Medium Purple); Madiera 40 wt. Polyneon #1950 (Fluorescent Green)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

You can download Monster Mash by clicking the button be. Don't delay! Monster Mash will only be available for free during September.

 
 

If you like Monster Mash, you'll love Yum, Yum! You'll find Yum, Yum! for sale in my store in both print and digital form. For the month of September, Yum, Yum! is on sale--regularly $9.00, it's on sale for $8.00!

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Nancy and the Merry Berry Table Runner

Recently, Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting shared her version of my Merry Berry table runner with me.

This lovely Merry Berry Table Runner was created by Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting!

Isn't it wonderful? I love, love that striped binding. It's sheer perfection!

Read her post here to view additional photos and to see how she quilted her runner.

As a reminder, here's my original version. You'll find my free tutorial here.

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If you've made a Merry Berry table runner or another project from an Inquiring Quilter pattern, I'd love to feature you in a post! Please let me know via email.

Thanks again Nancy! Beautiful work. Your holiday table is going to look so festive!

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Adding Long Floppy Ears to a Dog Gone Cute Block

In my online hive, Bee Inspired, a bee mate asked us to make her a block that looked like a former pet. I have cats now, but when I was young I had a wonderful dog named Shamrock.

The block we were to make for our bee mate is called Dog Gone Cute and man it sure is! The block patterns were designed by Lorna @So Fresh Quilts, and there are eight different doggie blocks. You'll find them by clicking here

Lorna's Block Five

My Shamrock block

I studied Lorna's Dog Gone Cute blocks, searching for one that looked like my Shamrock. I finally decided on Block 5 because it had Sham's coloring.

To make my block, I used green fabrics because Shamrock was Irish <grin>. I also modified Lorna’s pattern to give my dog long floppy ears just like my Sham. In my original post about the block, I linked back to Lorna's patterns. Lorna liked my version of the block so much she asked if I could supply the details of my modifications to her readers, in case one of them wanted to make a Shamrock block too. So here goes.

I started with the instructions for Dog Five. When cutting, I made these changes:

To make the floppy ears, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of two of the A squares, place them right sides together on the corners of the C rectangle, and sew on the line. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4" and press back towards the corner. Repeat to add the second A square.

Sew the C2 rectangle to the bottom of this unit. Repeat these steps to make a second ear.

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Assemble the dog block as described in the pattern, sewing the floppy ears to either side of dog’s face.

That's it! I hope you enjoy my Shamrock variation. Thanks again to Lorna for providing the original patterns. Making this block for my bee mate was so much fun! Making a whole quilt of them would be awesome!

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I’m a Guest Blogger!

This has been a happy, busy week! Today, I’m guest blogging on RJR Fabrics’ blog, Quilt with Love. In my post, I present an easy tutorial for making a quick flannel blanket using RJR’s lovely Afternoon in the Attic flannel collection.

I hope you’ll stop by the Quilt with Love blog today! At the top of the post, there’s a link to a free downloadable pattern for the flannel blanket so if you don’t need to make one right now you can save it for someday. I've got a couple of "some days" right now, as two of my nieces are pregnant! Really, this project couldn't have come at a better time.

Like I said, it’s been a busy week! If you’ve missed any of my recent posts, here’s what they were all about:

  • The 12 Days of Christmas Blog hop ended last week, but the winners announcement is tomorrow, so don't forget to check back on Friday if you entered the giveaways.

  • The I Wish You a Merry QAL started yesterday with the first block release and the Facebook group is alive with gorgeous blocks. Don’t miss out on the fun!
  • My weekly Wednesday Wait Loss link up is open and I hope you’ll join us by sharing a photo of a current quilty project. We have a great group of gals and you’re sure to get a lot of encouragement there to get over the “wait” and get that long unfinished project done!
  • I belong to Bee Inspired, and online bee and I recently blogged about my turn at Hive Queen and the wonderful blocks I received. Here’s my sample block, my own version of a modern Irish Chain.

Finally, on the quilting front, I've been working on my Island Batik challenge for this month. I’m quilting it now and will be blogging the finish soon. It’s super special so I hope you’ll come back to see it!

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