I hope you are having a lovely time getting ready for the holidays. I’ve been working on a few special projects and I’m just loving one in particular – my Figure Skater Pillow.
I love it so much I thought I’d share it with you so that you could make it for a special person in your life. (Quilting tutorial link below too!) You can download the directions for the pillow here.
I used the Cricut Maker to cut out this pillow and learned so much! Of course, you can also make it by tracing the templates directly onto paper-backed fusible web, but I thought it would be great to share what I learned about the Cricut Maker with you in this video. It is my favorite fabric cutter BY FAR now because you don’t have to starch or stabilize the fabric with anything when cutting. Which means I can use SoftFuse without starch – yay! Its teeny-tiny rotary cutter can even cut something as thin as gauze! Amazing, huh?
Once I had all the shapes cut out I fused them down and secured them with a blanket stitch on my BERNINA 780 using Aurifil cotton.
I also filmed a tutorial about how to quilt a wintry background using my Blizzard print from my Winter Games collection from Benartex on my BERNINA Q24 that you can view here.
The Figure Skater Pillow is based off of just one block from my Winter Sports quilt. If you are interested in getting the patterns to make other skaters, or skiers and snowboarders, you can order it (and the SVG files) here.
Also, I filmed a video of how I made a card to go with the presents. I’m not a paper crafter and was amazed how easy it was!
I hope you enjoy the pattern and these videos and have enjoy the holidays!
I’m excited to be participating in Aurifil’s Block-of-the-Month this year. This year’s theme was the rainbow and I was thrilled to get AQUA!!! Do you think I design enough prints with aqua? I’m not sure…
I love using feature prints in my work so I decided to make a block that would allow you to really make use of them! I called the block “Tightrope”, because it looked like all the elements were trapeze artists balancing on a rope!
Want to sew along? You can get the pattern delivered to your inbox by clicking here.
You can find the patterns for prior blocks by visiting Aurifil’s blog.
If you make this block, don’t forget to post to a photo here because they are giving away a large 12 spools thread collection of Pat Sloan’s to a lucky winner who has sewn the block!
I sewed along this year at a inconsistent pace. Some months I had no blocks, other months I had multiple blocks, but such is life… For my version of the quilt, I pulled from all of my collections this year to make the quilt: Folk Art Fantasy, Meadow Dance, and Winter Games. I chose the grey ring fabric from Winter Games for sashing and I just loved how it turned out.
Thanks to Aurifil for including me in their 2017 Block-of-the-Month! I really enjoyed it.
I hope that you enjoy the block pattern. I’ll be back with another special free pattern for my followers before the holidays – so be watching your email!
Note: This giveaway is now closed. The winner, chosen by Rafflecopter, is Jonnie Britton, from South Carolina. Congratulations, Jonnie! Thanks to everyone for entering!
Maybe you remember this past summer when we announced my Meadow Dance Panel, which features a Guide that you can use with two sets of fantastic Westalee rulers? And then it was sold out so quickly you couldn’t find it anywhere? Well, the reorders are in and it is shipping to shops over the next two weeks. To celebrate, Sew Steady, Aurifil, and I decided to do a giveaway! And it is a big one!
(For anyone new to this page specifically for the giveaway, please join my Facebook Group if you’d like to see sneak peeks of my designs and quilting tips before anyone else in the future.)
The winner will get the panel, the guide, a Beautiful Borders set of Westalee Rulers, and my Meadow Dance Collection of fantastically colorful Aurifil threads (which I used for the panel but also for my Meadowsweet applique pattern). Plus I’m throwing in a set of all of my Meadow Dance patterns!
You have three chances to win by entering here, at Sew Steady, and Aurifil. You have until next Thursday the 7th to enter in all three places. Enter in the rafflecopter below!
One more thing… in my Facebook Group I always get inundated with inquiries about where to buy things, so I had Benartex work up a list of shops that were going to be receiving panel orders in the next couple of weeks and I’m pasting it below. This list isn’t comprehensive as many shops order through distributors, but if you are looking for a place in your area to order panels or rulers, this is a great place to start.
Shops who will be receiving Meadow Dance Panels from Benartex shortly:
The French Seam, Stuttgart, AR
Paradise Sewing, Poway, CA
Meissner Sewing and Vacuum, Sacramento, CA
Hi Fashion Sewing Machines, Grand Junction, CO
Quilted Ewe LLC, New Hartford, CT
Stitch Chicks, North Franklin, CT
Once Upon A Quilt, Ft.Lauderdale, FL
Sweet Darling Quilts, Lutz, FL
Tomorrows Treasures Too, Ocala, FL
Augusta Sewing Center, Augusta, GA
Sew Blessed, Hahira, GA
Hermes Auto & Upholstery, Maquoketa, IA
Berninas Best, Tingree, ID
My First Quilt Shop Peoria, IL
Quilting in the Valley, La Salle, IL
Sewing Studio, Normal, IL
Threads of Time, Danville, IL
The Cotton Corner, Shipshewana, IN
Quilt Cottage Co., Hays, KS
Charlton Sewing Center, Charlton, MA
New England Quilt Supply, Pembroke, MA
Capital Quilts, Gaithersburg, MD
Lilies Of The Field, Easton, MD
Spring Water Designs, Columbia, MD
Country Stitches Ltd., East Lansing, MI
Mo’s Needle & Thread, Portland, MI
Stitchin At The Barn, Imlay City, MI
Love To Sew Boutique, Osage Beach, MO
Midwest Embroidery Supplies, Farmington, MO
Quilts & Quilts Country Store, Branson, MO
Sandhills Sewing Center, Miles City, MT
Foam & Fabrics Outlet, Fletcher, NC
Sew Original, Winston-Salem, NC
Sew Much Fun, Lowell, NC
We’re Sew Creative, Concord, NC
Wish Upon a Quilt, Raleigh, NC
Ann Silva’s Bernina Sewing Ctr, Albuquerque, NM
“Quiltique, LLC”, Henderson, NV
Bernina Main Street, Dayton, OH
Old Town Fabric Shop, Chillicotte, OH
Cindy’s Sew Easy Shoppe, Sheffield Village, OH
Seams Sew Easy, Fairfield, OH
Beth’s Quilting Quarters, Blanchard, OK
The Quilted Hart, Newcastle, OK
Aunt Ida’s Country Loveables, Hermiston, OR
Danners Bernina Shoppe, Hanover, PA
Homespun Treasures, Carlton , PA
The Old Country Store, Intercourse, PA
Heirloom Creations, Sioux Falls, SD
Fabric City, Rapid City, SD
Bernina In Stitches, Johnson City, TN
Bernina Swg Ctr of Plano, Plano, TX
Cupcake Quilts, Spring, TX
Tomorrow’s Quilts, Waco, TX
Quilter’s Apprentice, Terrell, TX
Richland Sewing Center, Hurst, TX
Sew it Up Studio, Hurst, TX
Daines Cotton Shop, Murray, UT
Nuttall’s., Salt Lake City, UT
Stitching It Up, Cedar City, UT
Qlt & Sewing Center of Fredricksburg, Fredericksburg, VA
E-Z Knit Fabrics, Colville, WA
Quality Sewing & Vacuum, Puyallup, WA
Quality Sewing & Vacuum, Kirkland, WA
Life’s a Stitch, De Pere, WI
The Sewing Basket, Plymouth, WI
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