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!
Happy Monday! November is nearly halfway done–which means the holidays are approaching. Yikes! If you’re doing handmade gifts this year, try to keep things manageable and don’t kill yourself with overreaching ambitions. Choose simple patterns and let the fabric transform it into something special and unique.For instance, I made my Note Pad Holder in two different versions. They come together quickly and don’t take a lot of fabric. They hold 5″ x 8″ note pads. Or if you prefer, Jenean Morrison‘s pocket notebook or pocket coloring books. (I got mine on Amazon. Just type in “jenean morrison” and you’ll see all her goodies.)You’ll start to see Tina Givens’ Rose Water in shops next month. With easy projects, you just might have time to whip up some last minute gifts. I like this mix of blue/gold/gray/green. But if pink is your thing, there’s plenty of that to choose from as well.Have fun planning and putting items on your Wish List.
Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week and are looking forward to a nice weekend. Remember this bag? I’ve completed the pattern and it’s ready for you to download! Click here for the free pdf. In the future, you can find it easily on the Freebies page.On the third page you will find the dimensions required to make a non-patchwork version. I’ve given you cut sizes for both directional and non-directional prints. So, no excuses. You can make this! I recommend using handbag zippers for this. They have larger nylon teeth and a longer pull. (You can find some here.)
Enjoy the pattern! And as always, have a wonderful weekend.