Fancy Dance Quilt Pattern

Hey, hey! I finally finished my quilt that I made for the Playground Showcase. Yeah, and remember how I said I’d be finishing it and releasing the pattern for it like two weeks ago? Well, my sewing machine and my computer had other plans. Long story short, my Juki machine hates Coats & Clark thread (sticking with Aurifil and Gütermann) and my computer is fed up with all the large files I’ve stored on it over the years and is full (sigh). But alas, I have conquered them both, at least to get my quilt done and the pattern released. So here is the finished result. Ta-dah!fd_playgd_full_wall_bpfd_playgd_steps_bpfd_playgd_stepsdet_bpfd_playgd_drape_bpfd_playgd_folded_bpfd_playgd_field_bpI used 16 prints from Playground collection by Amy Sinibaldi and paired it with Afternoon Sail denim and Pure Elements White Linen solid – all by Art Gallery Fabrics. For the backing, I used super soft white minky and quilted simply with straight line stitching.

The Fancy Dance quilt pattern includes detailed instructions for a family throw size (shown here) and a toddler size quilt. The pattern is now available as a PDF digital download in my Etsy shop and is 20% off through Thursday, October 20, 2016. Take advantage of this introductory sale and enjoy making this fun quilt. I’d love to see what you make!FancyDance_Pat102

Scrappy Strip Sibling Quilts

Four months ago, our family was blessed with a new nephew. Even before he was born I knew I wanted to make a baby quilt for him, even though I didn’t know at the time whether the baby would be a he or a she. I also planned to make his big sister a toddler quilt now that she has outgrown the baby quilt I made her several years ago. I hadn’t necessarily intended to make them matching quilts, but after I made the one for my nephew, I fell in love with the design so much that I decided to make a girl version.k_quilt_full_bpFor my nephew’s quilt, I used 56 different prints in soft blues, greens, whites and grays. Rectangle blocks measuring 6″ x 1.5″ (finished size) were randomly arranged in strips, then quilted 1/4″ along all the seams. It’s a simple design but effective when you have a scrappy look.k_quilt_chair_bpk_quilt_chair2_bpFor the back, I used a super soft gray minky and a gray and white Swiss dot print for the binding.k_quilt_close_bpFor my niece’s quilt, I chose 50 of the prettiest pink and lavender prints I could find in my stash since this color scheme seems to be her favorite. I love how sweet and feminine it turned out.a_quilt_chair1_bpa_quilt_chair2_bpHer quilt was backed with light pink minky for and a light pink floral print from Amy Sinibaldi’s Playground collection was used for binding. a_quilt_close_bpI was fortunate to deliver these to them in person this past weekend as they were visiting the US from London. Our visit was way too short but I am glad to know I was able to leave a little bit of me behind with them.

–Stacy