Succulent Patterns are in the Shop!

The succulent trend is sweeping the nation! It's no wonder, as these adorable, drought resistant babies can thrive just about anywhere. I couldn't resist jumping on the band wagon and created this fresh pattern trio. Let's meet the newbies:

Aloe Pic
1. Aloe. Made with medium to light shades of green, this spiky plant will look great in any color pot. Do you know that the juice of an aloe plant will soothe a burn? This makes the aloe an ideal plant for the kitchen.

Jade Pic
2. Jade. A classic succulent, named for the rich green stone it resembles.  If you snip off jade leaf and plant in potting soil, in no time at all, you'll have a whole new plant!

Paddle Pic
3. Paddle. The paddle plant is the quintessential succulent and comes in a variety of colors. Don't be afraid to use greens, purples and deep reds for this plant as these color variations are all found in nature.

Each of these quilt blocks measure 8'' x 8'' when finished. They can be either paper pieced or traditionally pieced. You can reduce or enlarge the pattern to make different sizes of blocks:

For 6'' x 6'' blocks, reduce the patterns to 75 percent.
For 10'' x 10'' blocks, enlarge the patterns to 125 percent.
For 12'' x 12'' blocks, enlarge the patterns to 150 percent.
For 16" x 16" blocks, enlarge the pattern to 200 percent.

Succulents Quilt
By enlarging some of the block patterns, you can make a quilt like this!

Jade Pic 2
Paddle Pic 2 Aloe Pic 2

Just like the real plants, these blocks look great in bright color combinations too!

If you plan to piece traditionally, simply cut apart the pattern and cut out the corresponding fabric pieces adding a 1/4" seam allowance to each side. It is important to be accurate with this! Sew the pieces together with 1/4'' seams just as you would with any other patchwork. Be sure to sew the pieces together in order, i.e., start with piece A1, then attach A2, A3, etc.. Once you connect all of the A pieces, do the same with the B pieces. When the B pieces are all connected to one another, sew B onto A, and so on.

If you are a paper piecer, you know what to do!

If you are new to paper piecing and want to give it a try, you can download a free paper piecing tutorial and practice pattern from here;

These patterns make great mug rugs, hot pads, apron pockets or pot holders. Enlarge the patterns to make table toppers, wall hangings or tote bags for your gardening friends!

To purchase these electronic, downloadable patterns, just click on my shop button on the right!

Thank you and enjoy!


My Beetopia pattern collection is in the shop! This ensemble features a number of fun, bee keeping quilted projects that will bring breath of fresh air to your decor.
Bed Quilt
The bed quilt pattern is a 5 page, 8 1/2'' x 11'' .pdf (electronic) document.

The finished bed quilt measures 80'' x 90''. The pattern contains a template and sewing instructions to make the quilt top and backing. This pattern is suitable for an intermediate level quilter. A material requirements chart is included.

Pillow Covers
The pillow cover pattern is a 14 page, 8 1/2'' x 11'' .pdf (electronic) document.

The finished covers measure 18'' x 18'' each. The pattern contains designs for both covers. They can be either paper pieced or traditionally pieced. This pattern is suitable for an intermediate level quilter. A material requirements chart is included.

Mini Quilts
The mini quilts pattern is a 17 page, 8 1/2'' x 11'' .pdf (electronic) document.

Each mini quilt measures 12'' x 12'' when finished. The pattern contains designs for four different quilts. They can be either paper pieced or traditionally pieced. This pattern is suitable for an intermediate level quilter. A material requirements chart is included.

Just click my shop link button to the right to get started shopping!

Have fun!

QuiltCon 2017 Book Signing

QuiltCon Book Signing

Are you going to QuiltCon this year? If so, be sure to stop by Stash books booth #118 for my Go Big, Go Bold book signing! I'll be there from 11:00 am -12:00 pm on Friday, February 24th. Buy a book at 20% off, swap pins or just say "hello". I'd love to meet you. If you've already bought a book, bring it along and I'll sign that too! It's all good!!!

I'll have a few of the quilts from my book on display and guess what? I'll even let you touch them! Unheard of!

QuiltCon Pins

Hope to see you there!

PGHMQG Inspiration Challenge - October

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The October section of my PGHMQG Inspiration Challenge Quilt is complete.

    October Quilt Strip

    My answers to the challenge questions for this month's installation:
    • My favorite thing about the month of October has to be Halloween. I've always loved it and always will. I love the decorations, the costumes, the scary movies and yes, the candy!
    • My inspiration point for this month is a common Halloween shape, the coffin. I get the creeps just thinking about coffins, particularly about being encased in one for eternity. I've found a grave yard near by where you can be buried in a simple cotton shroud; I think I'm going to go that route. Perhaps a nice bold print.
    • The color combinations/design elements that I explored this month were related to the darkness of death. For the coffins, I pulled my darkest blues, greens, grays and blacks (yes, there are light blacks and dark blacks) that I could find in my stash. I paper pieced the coffins onto a light gray background so that they'd stand out a bit. I think this would make a cute border for a Halloween quilt as well!
    • The restriction I placed on myself this month, and will for each month to come, was to build this quilt entirely from my stash.
    • The technique I explored this month was paper piecing, but I must say that I am no stranger to sewing with paper foundations. Perhaps the word "explore" is a bit strong to use this time.
    October Quilt Drawing

    I've added my October coffin strip to my quilt drawing and will continue to update it each month. See you soon!


    Halloween Quilt

    Happy Halloween!