4 posts categorized "Free Designs"

04/01/2013

April Free Bird Pattern is Here!

Have you been to the website?  What's keeping you?  The new Free pattern is there waiting for you!  These fun, funny, funky little birds will put a smile on your face!  Like their sister patterns, they're fast & easy, and use the same supplies as the previous ones.  OK, so close your eyes - don't peek! - and I'll show you . . . . . .

April free pattern - bird samples photo
Two little April Birds waiting for the rest of the flock!

They're made with batting sandwiched between fabric for both body and wing, eye is fused in place and the beak, topknot (rick rack or pompom trim) & hanger are sewn in with one outside line of stitching. It's superfast!  Buttons make them even cuter.   And their legs are just poked through the body.  They dangle and move!

Write a note on the back with a Micron permanent pen in a contrasting color!  If the fabric design lends itself to it, just write around the designs.  Then add a little Bird to a Birthday gift!


April free bird pattern photo - doorknob

Make them bright like we did or in a soft color for a baby gift!  Make a baby quilt or tote bag for a shower and make one of these from the same fabrics to add to the outside of the package as a keepsake.  There's an optional tail, too, in the pattern!

  April bird free pattern pic nest

This one looks right at home in this Easter Basket!  Can you see his dangly legs?  As in the Bunny pattern last month, you can trace the pattern from the opposite side and some of your Birds will be going the other direction.  You can download it from the website or download right here  April Bird Pattern, and no waiting!

We're working on a new qult design using Moda's PB&J fabric by Basic Grey!  We think you'll like it, so keep an eye out right here.  Meantime we'll post the next Free pattern in time for May, with more right here in between!

Always,

Pat


03/15/2013

March Free Bunny Pattern is Here!

Such SWEET little Bunnies!  Look at those fluffy tails!  Perfect in Someone's Easter Basket!


March free Bunny - 3 samples
Tails & Ribbons & Bows! Oh, My!


The left one is wool with a tail of wool fiber, the others are regular cotton with cotton floss tails.  We used a Clover pompom maker of 1" and another one of 1 3/8" sizes.  These are really handy! But you can make a tail from just winding fiber around a couple of your fingers, or anything else that's the right size; just so you can slip it off and tie.  You can see that the floss tails have a finer look and the one on the left from the heavier wool fiber is coarser.  It's variegated and makes a beautiful combination of colors!  

Another way to get a speckled tail is to just use 2 different colors, using one about 1/3 of the other.  Wind it along with the main one, so you have the color throughout instead of all in one place when it's finished!  Try pink, gray or white with a little brown.

Single bunny detail
Machine stitching along the embroidery gives a quilted look.

If you don't want a pompom tail, use a 1" button OR make a yo-yo and fasten to Bunny with a small button in the center.  Use a combination of these on several Bunnies, so they're all different!

 Since you're going to make a whole basketful of these sweeties, you'll want to turn the pattern over and trace so some of them face the opposite way.  AND make some with wool on one side and cotton on the other.  OR you could even embroider both sides and make them double-sided (mirror the pattern for the opposite side, match up embroiderd lines on front & back, and pin to machine stitch next to them). Sooooo would you make 2 pompom tails (?) or use a button on one side with a pompom on the other and sew them both on at the same time??

Oh!  I guess you'll be needing the pattern!  You can go to the website and download, or do it right here (we won't make you wait) March Bunny Pattern.

Bunny on doorknob
Your fabric & ribbon choices can change it from a sophisticated to a cottage-y look!

Handmade for Family & Friends!

We'll be back soon with the April Pattern!  It's a little more whimsical, but just as cute!  Meantime, we'll be Show & Telling you about everything that's happening.  In fact, we're going to Tucson again next week for a short time off and will have some pictures of that amazing area!  Will of course be writing the blog from there (depending on how the wind blows :) - connections can be spotty!) so can also show you some of the handpainted canvases I'll be needlepointing while I'm there!

Yours Always,

Pat

03/12/2013

January Free Pattern is Here!

Have you been to the website?  What are you waiting for? The January free pattern is there (the one that was delayed, of course)!  It is so cute, you'll think it worth the wait!  And you'll be ahead on your Christmas giving/packaging for next year!

 Here are the 3 samples we made . . . . . .

Jan green snowman small Jan blue snowman small Jan Free Red Snowman - small

Don't they look Happy-Go-Lucky?!  They are because they know that though they're Flaky, they're also Darling!  Don't you agree?

You can click right here January Snowman  and download the pattern, too!  

There are many ways to make these different, so you can make a bunch of them . . . . . is that right(?) . . a gaggle of geese, a flock of birds,  a herd of horses . . a bunch of snowmen , , , Hmmm.  How about a treeful of these cuties!?  You may notice that the first Snowman has embroidered arms, but it's a little difficult to see the twig arms on the other two.  They were fun to do; I just snapped twigs from my quince and one of the yaupons, let them dry inside a day, then cut to size.  Just glued them in place with white craft glue in between the back and batting, then waited overnight to dry.  If you'll add a little glue between the front and batting at that point, too, you won't have to stitch the top to batting at the end.  It's not possible to stitch all the way through after you've glued because, although it's flexible, it's too hard for a needle, and you don't need to anyway - it's NOT coming open!  A little dab'll do 'ya!

Change the buttons.  Make them different shapes and colors, as we have above.  It would be fun to have one that used different colors for the body buttons!  We'll do that, too, because we're going to make a bunch (there's that term again) to hang on our tree at Market, so our Singing Ornaments have a few extra friends!

All the Snowmen above are made from wool - so nice to work with and they feel good in your hand, but you should try some with regular cottons or a combination.  We'll be doing that, too, with more samples!  Try using some blush on a Q-tip or the end of your little finger to make the cheeks, if you don't want to embroider them, just embroider an outline of the circle instead of filling it in, etc.  And if you don't have the carrot nose, just trace the nose and embroider it, instead.

Earmuff buttons are stitched to the allowance, so you can see his face.  The 'wire' is either actual 22 gauge craft wire, which comes in a rainbow of colors, or DMC's memory 'thread' which is a thread-covered wire, also in many colors!  They both work great, so you could get some of both and just choose the color that works best from either one!  We used both!

In spite of the CUTE details, they're fast and fun to make!  And as you can see, so cute hanging on the tree.  How cute would they be on someone's package, or on the dinner table as a napkin ring?

We're about to bring you the March pattern, so better get started on these right now!  Have fun!

Always yours,

Pat


02/28/2013

Cold But Cozy

It is Cold, Cold, CoId!  See what I mean?

Winter Robin
He's all fluffed up, like me - only I'm inside, not out!

Woke up early this morning and couldn't stop my 'thinker' from going, so just got up.  Turned on my kettle and fixed some tea (coffee just didn't seem right) . . . . .

Mug of tea w/peppermint stick
There's Taylor's tea in there!

. . . . . and I worked on one of my samples for the January Free Pattern.  It's SO CUTE!  I think you'll like it!  And it's siimple enough that you can make a pickup load!  Simple is the cornerstone of our once a month Free Patterns this year, so don't miss any; at the end of the year they'll be up a little longer (I'll warn you), then gone, so download them as we go!  

Cold as it is, I don't want winter to go yet!  I'm not quite ready to let go of my flannel quilt in the recliner, or a cup of Taylor's tea on a cold morning (like now!), or the smell of potato soup or stew on the stove in the afternoon when it's pouring rain (I'd rather have snow, but it's Houston and there's only one chance of that in 25 years!). I am seldom bothered by day after day with clouds or terrible weather.  To me it's just an excuse to do something I love; embroidering, sketching, graphing a new design, reading, watching a movie on my iPad (with my Beats headphones - OH! Just wonderful!).  And I feel all "tucked in" at home.

When we lived in northern England, I was about the only one who didn't have too much trouble with the short winter days.  The sun was "up" about 9:00 a.m. and set a little after 3:00 p.m.  The sun really never got too far above the horizon, so the light wasn't bright, either.  Together with their normal tendency to rainy & cloudy days all year, it could be a challenge!  I needlepointed during long evenings in front of our coal fire and finished three of Kaffe Fassett's beautiful pillows while there!  By the time we were transferred home, though, even I was ready to see some Texas sunshine!  REALLY, REALLY miss England, though!  Part of me is still there.

England house w/wisteria
Is this BEAUTIFUL or what?!?

 

And how about this?  Every place I set my eyes, there was WONDERFUL!

English village - buff stone
Wouldn't you like to go?

 

Did you know that Susan Branch is soon to finish a new book about England, full of information & photos, handwritten, and littered with her delightful watercolors and illustration?  You can keep up with her progress right here and enjoy her blog as well;  it's only because I love you that I tell you this . . . SIGH . . . don't forget to come back . . . . . (:>

We're soon to have up the delinquent January Free Pattern, and we're already way ahead on the one for March - they won't be far apart!  And soon!  Plus I'm plannng 3 new quilts, some clever little placemats, an addition to our Tabletop Quilts, a baby quilt, and more!

Be back!  Always Yours!

Pat

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