Sunday, July 30, 2017

Gossip in the Garden

Australia's Anni Downs of Hatched & Patched creates the greatest quilts.  I was feeling ambitious when I decided to make her 68 1/2" x 70 1/2" Gossip in the Garden quilt.  I quickly fell in love with the whimsical blocks.  I think another endearing part of this quilt is the story embroidered within the blocks.   

I used the raw-edge method to sew the appliques to my background which made making this quilt a little less daunting, and changed up some of the blocks to make it easier.  

Since making this quilt, I have bought several more patterns by Anni Downs.  Her embroidery patterns are so much fun and just make me smile.  I'm not sure if this pattern is available anywhere in the United States, but you can purchase it from her website Hatched & Patched in Australia.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Unicorns and Castles

There is just something about unicorns and little girls -- they are both magical.  So when my girl friend Gail announced she was expecting her third granddaughter, Dylan Paige, I immediately thought of making a unicorn quilt. 

I searched high and low for a cute unicorn pattern and finally found one on Etsy.  It is called Unicornia by Claire Turpin.  The pattern is mostly applique and features the cutest unicorns and castles that any little girl would love.

This is not the easiest quilt I have ever made, but it is probably one of the cutest.  Claire Turpin's design is larger and more intricate than mine, but I was short on time and cut some corners.  I doubt anyone will notice.

Big sisters Ellie and Evie love unicorns, too, so to not disappoint I made each of them a big girl version of the baby quilt.

 Sweet dreams, girls!