Hello! Are you ready for some colorful fun? Looking for a simple quilt pattern for some nearly instant gratification? Well, you’re in luck! I have just the thing. Last month I showed you some of the strips of Kaffe in my “To Do” stack. I finished putting them together, loaded it onto the quilting frame and got it done. It’s super simple but full of drama. And, it has a touch of whimsical applique. What could be better?You can add any silhouette applique you like. Do a Google search for “silhouettes” to get started on ideas. But if you like the Stinka applique, it’s included on the pattern. It turns out Aboriginal Dot makes perfect eyes for the kitty. I used Jane Sassaman’s Sew Sassy thread by Superior Threads for the blanket stitching around the eyes.I wish I could tell you exactly which Kaffe Collective design roll I used, but I have no idea which one it was. It was not a 42 piece roll, though. I had to dig into my stash to add some extras, but as always with Kaffe, there’s no problem mixing designs from previous years. You need 42 different strips for this pattern, so be sure to check your design roll before beginning, as all 2 1/2″ design rolls are not equal.My selection has lots of color and moves from dark to light. You’ll find many Kaffe design rolls are more color specific. You can certainly choose your favorite and make a blue one, a green one, a red, etc. Or you could pick two and mix them, possibly having enough for two quilts or a front and back. Blue with green or purple, red with browns, or maybe go for a softer version and choose from Kaffe pastels.There’s no matching of seams for this one which makes it great for beginners. Just two small seams per strip and then sew all those long strips together. Easy peasy. I backed mine with Kaffe wide backing. Have I told you how much I love these wide backings? They’re so soft and they quilt up so nicely. Even Stinka appreciates the quality. I quilted it with some loops using gray Aurifil I had leftover from another project. I bound this with Kaffe’s Roman Glass. I believe the color is Sludge. It goes well with both front and back.You can find the free pattern here. For future reference it’s also in the Freebies section. I hope you like it!
Things are moving slowly here. What with the approaching holiday and several days spent on home improvements (two new dual pane windows are in, leaving two more for this particular phase), stuff isn’t getting done at the usual pace. But I’m continuing to give myself permission to take it easy and not beat myself up about all the things I haven’t gotten to yet. I’m not always very good at listening to my own advice but Stinka has been a huge help.I did manage to sew up some strips of Kaffe. They’re ready to be sewn together for a lap quilt.I also auditioned some Parson Gray EPP for a throw quilt. I really like how this is coming together.
As you can see, fabric is keeping me company even if I’m not actually getting it much of it sewn together into completed projects. I hope you’re finding ways to enjoy your stash too. Follow a little of Stinka’s advice and take it easy.
I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to post again before Thanksgiving, so here’s my holiday greeting in advance. Happy Thanksgiving! And thank you so much for taking time to visit here. I appreciate you all!
Ready to start off your week with a burst of color? How about more of Kaffe’s Artisan collection? You may recall Free Spirit sent me some of each print in this collection to make inspiration pieces. (You can see my quilt in this post.) Until last week, I hadn’t made any projects with the Sunny colorway. On Friday, I changed that.The Embroidered Flower Border print is so versatile. You can cut rows of Width of Fabric flowers or use them for fussy cutting, as I did in the quilt. If you cut from it haphazardly for scrappy projects, you’ll get a range. It won’t look like all the pieces came from the same print.
For this project, I chose the orange version and paired it with Rake in pumpkin to make the exterior of a simple but practical tote. The handy little zip pouch was the perfect excuse to choose another print–this time, Layered Stripe in orange. The pouch utilizes a small D ring with swivel hook so you can hang it on the handles (with the pouch inside or out, as you choose) or remove it to use on its own.I made you a pattern that includes both projects. I’ve called this one Sunshiney Day. Click here for the pdf. Or head to the Freebies page in the future.