4.11.2016

Kitten Around Block Sew Along - Toddler Backpack

Kitten Around Block Sew Along - Toddler Backpack

Hooray! It's week two of the Kitten Around Block Sew Along
celebrating my newest paper piecing pattern and all things quilty and kitten-y!

Pop on over to the Kitten Around Sew Along post to learn all about
how you can win a $100 fabric shopping spree from Whimsy Quilts,
and sew up some adorable cats in the process!

Now, for the fun part of the sew along - featuring amazing sewers and their projects!!

Today I am so excited to share with you a guest post from my dear quilty gal
Lindsey Neil from Pen and Paper Patterns!
She is the brain child behind the amazing Rainy Day Quilt and Marigold Quilt patterns
and you absolutely MUST visit her Instagram to see all her fabulous and impeccably sewn designs.

Now let's see what adorable things miss Lindsey has sewn up for us today!

Kitten Around Block Sew Along - Toddler Backpack

Hey everyone! Lindsey here from Pen + Paper Patterns! I am a mom to three, 24/7 sewer, pattern designer and employee at the best local fabric store in Arizona, ETC in Mesa! It’s my turn today to talk about the project I made with Michael Ann’s latest (and cutest?!) pattern! First of all, when Michael Ann approached me about the sew along, I immediately said yes because, well, obvious reasons – All three kitten blocks are to-die-for and I have really enjoyed every single one of Michael Ann’s patterns so far…This was no exception!

Kitten Around Block Sew Along - Toddler Backpack

For my project I chose to make the Sitting Kitty block combined with the Made by Rae Toddler Backpack. I’m not sure how I ended up with the idea to make a toddler backpack, since my youngest is now 12. But somehow, in a very short span of time, my idea evolved from making a potholder to a toddler backpack – ha! I was too in love with the backpack idea to scrap it and, luckily, I know some cat-loving toddlers who were willing to model my project. It all worked out!

For the backpack and kitten block, I used some of my most favorite prints right now – Liberty’s Betsy in Turquoise and Art Gallery’s new denim fabric! Using Liberty on a little kids’ backpack is not my most practical idea, I’ll admit, but the finished product wouldn’t be as adorable without it, right?

Kitten Around Block Sew Along - Toddler Backpack

The Sitting Kitty block was a simple and fast block to make and it was the perfect size for the front of the backpack – no resizing necessary! I also loved the tips for paper piecing that Michael Ann included in the pattern. There is even a link provided with step-by-step instructions for paper piecing for any newbies out there! This pattern is user friendly for any skill level!

Because I used lightweight fabrics and not the suggested canvas-type fabrics for the backpack, I lined it with some Soft N’ Stable to give it structure. I think the cross hatch quilting helped in that area, too!

Also, instead of adding piping along the outer edge of the front and back panels of the backpack, I made faux-piping (which is just a strip of fabric on the bias, pressed in half lengthwise and applied the same way as real piping). I was out of cording at home and thought this made a pretty good substitute! There’s still that pop of color but minus the slightly more tedious method of sewing piping on.

Kitten Around Block Sew Along - Toddler Backpack

I had so much fun making this project! I’m thinking a baby size quilt using the Kitten Around blocks needs to happen next…or maybe just a potholder ;)

Thanks Michael-Ann for letting me join in on the fun! I loved the pattern and seeing everyone’s creations they’ve made with it so far!

Kitten Around Block Pattern

Thank YOU miss Lindsey for making such an adorable project with my pattern!
That Liberty and denim is such a classic combination, and I can't believe how cute it looks with that kitten!

To get started on your own Kitten Around Block project,
pop over to my Craftsy shop and download your pattern
(for 25% OFF too!!).

Then be sure to post a photo of your project to Instagram with the tag #KittenAroundBlock
by this Friday April 15th
for your chance to win $100 in fabric from Whimsy Quilts!

Good luck, and happy sewing!

4.04.2016

Kitten Around Block Sew Along - Mommy and Me Totebags!

Kitten Around Sew Along - Featuring Kate Basti

Have you heard about my latest paper piecing pattern bundle - The Kitten Around Block
and the accompanying sew along (with prizes!) going on now?!

If you're new to the show, welcome!
Pop on over to the Kitten Around Sew Along post to learn all about
how you can win a $100 fabric shopping spree from Whimsy Quilts,
and sew up some adorable cats in the process!

Now, for the fun part of the sew along - featuring amazing sewers and their projects!!

Today I would like to share with you a guest post from Kate Basti,
quilter and crafter extraordinaire!
I just love her use of bright colors and bold fabrics
and her current #happymaildayquilt is just the cheeriest thing!

Now, I'll let Kate tell you all about her project with the Kitten Around Block pattern -
and adorable Mommy and Me totebag set!

Kitten Around Sew Along - Featuring Kate Basti

Hello! I’m Kate. I’m a graphic designer, entrepreneur, quilter, crafter and lover of all things colorful. I’m taking over Michael Ann’s blog today to share with you a project I created using one of her new Kitten Around Block patterns.

First off, I’d like to thank Michael Ann for giving me the opportunity to test her new patterns and including me in this wonderful sew along! When she approached me about working with her Kitten Around Block patterns, I knew immediately what I wanted to create. I absolutely love a great tote bag. I use them when running errands, carrying my daughter’s gear for dance class, toting around my knitting projects. They’re a quick, fun make, and my daughter is always commenting about how much she wishes she had one, too. So when I saw the Pretty Kitty pattern, I knew it would be the purrfect (ha!) pattern to create matching “Mommy and Me” tote bags.

Kitten Around Sew Along - Featuring Kate Basti

I’ve worked with plenty of paper-piecing patterns, and I can honestly say that Michael Ann’s patterns are beautifully written. The instructions are crystal clear and her pattern pieces leave no guess work. The Pretty Kitty pattern is quick and easy, with each kitty face taking only a few minutes to complete. I kept my fabric choices relatively simple so as not to distract from the shape of the pattern. I shrunk the pattern to 90% for my tote bag to accommodate four kitten faces, but I kept the single kitten face used on my daughter’s smaller tote bag at 100%. I added some simple hand stitched whiskers to each kitty for just a bit more character.

The tote bag pattern is my own. It’s just a simple, basic tote. Typically, I use canvas when making totes, but since I was using quilting cotton, I gave the bag more stability by using fusible fleece on the exterior pieces and added SF101 to the linings. The back of each tote is a beautiful double gauze by Birch.

Kitten Around Sew Along - Featuring Kate Basti

This was a wonderfully fun project, and my daughter is beyond thrilled with her little tote. She immediately filled it with her favorite ponies and books and proudly announced that we matched.

Thanks again, Michael Ann, for allowing me to be a part of the fun, and many congrats on your wonderful new patterns!

Kitten Around Block Pattern

Thank YOU miss Kate for making such an adorable project with my pattern!
Aren't those little embroidered whiskers just the sweetest/smartest addition?

To get started on your own Kitten Around Block project,
pop over to my Craftsy shop and download your pattern
(for 25% OFF too!!).

Then be sure to post a photo of your project to Instagram with the tag #KittenAroundBlock
for your chance to win $100 in fabric from Whimsy Quilts!

I just can't wait to see what you sew up!

4.01.2016

Kitten Around Block Paper Piecing Pattern AND Sew Along!

Kitten Around Block Pattern

Where are all my feline obsessed friends?!

Today I am so excited to share the release of my latest cat themed paper piecing pdf pattern -
The Kitten Around Blocks!

This happy trio of kittens is the purr-fect addition to all your sewing projects!

Kitten Around Block Pattern

These paper pieced quilt block patterns are quick to sew,
and their simple blocked construction allows you to feature your favorite fabrics
(cat themed or not!).

The Kitten Around Block bundle includes all three cat quilt block patterns,
so you can use just one at a time, or use all three!

Pretty Kitty finishes at 5" x 6", Walking Kitty finishes at 5" x 7",
and Sitting Kitty finishes at 3" x 10".

Sitting Kitty - Kitten Around Block Pattern

Now for the extra fun part -

Because I am SO excited about these adorable little cats,
I've teamed up with a couple other fantastic quilters and makers to host
a Kitten Around Block Sew Along!

Complete with $150 in fabric from Whimsy Quilts up for grabs!

The Kitten Around Block Sew Along will run from
Friday April 1st through Friday April 15th.

Your mission is to sew a project using one, two, or all three
of the Kitten Around Blocks
within those two weeks.
Mini quilts, baby quilts, throw quilts, bags, accessories, cat bed covers, the sky is the limit!
I just can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Two $25 Gift Certificates to Whimsy Quilts fabric shop will be awarded
to two different randomly drawn participants from the sew along.

One $100 Gift Certificate to Whimsy Quilts will be awarded to one, carefully selected,
grand prize winner for the most creative use of the Kitten Around Blocks.

To enter the contest - post a photo of your project to Instagram
with the tags #KittenAroundBlock, @MichaelAnnn and @WhimsyQuilts
by Friday 11:59pm PST April 15th.
It's that easy!

Post as many "in progress" and "finished object" photos as you would like,
and be sure to tell all your cat obsessed friends about this fun and furry sew along!
It's sure to be a blast!

During the sew along, I'll be featuring my talented guest quilters and friends,
as well as your fabulous work from the hashtag!
So be sure to follow me on Instagram @MichaelAnnn
and sign up for my email list on the sidebar
(if you're on a mobile device, be sure to click "view web version" at the very bottom of this page)
so you don't miss a bit of fun!

Walking Kitty - Kitten Around Block Pattern

To continue with the good news,
and to make sure you join in on this fabulous sew along,
the Kitten Around Block PDF Pattern Bundle will be ON SALE for 25% OFF
for the entire two weeks of the sew along!

So what are you waiting for?!

Click over to my Craftsy Shop using the link below
to download your copy of the Kitten Around Block Pattern Bundle for 25% OFF
and sew along for your chance to win some amazing prizes!

Get It Here >>> Kitten Around Block available at Craftsy!

I just can't WAIT to see what cute kitten friends you sew up,
Have fun, and Good Luck!

Pretty Kitty - Kitten Around Block Pattern

3.10.2016

Hexie Bunny Block Paper Piecing Pattern!

Hexie Bunny Block

Who's ready for spring?!

I'm excited to share with you today my latest paper piecing pattern -
the Hexie Bunny Block!

This quick little guy, with the cutest 1" hexie tail,
is sure to put a little hop in your step this spring.

Hexie Bunny Block

Easter has always been a favorite holiday of mine
because it means the sunshine of spring is on it's way
(as well as my birthday, haha!)

With my current obsession with Mini Mini Quilts,
and my participation in the #easterbasketswap on Instagram,
I knew I just had to make a little bunny friend this year.

Throw in a ridiculous love for all things involving hexies,
and the Hexie Bunny Block was born!

Hexie Bunny Block

This paper pieced block finishes at just shy of 3" x 8",
and uses a standard 1" English paper pieced hexie for his tail.

The PDF pattern includes not only paper piecing patterns and construction tips,
but measurements for sashing to finish him into a 5" x 10" Mini Mini Quilt.

And there's a BONUS because I love you!

There are also sashing measurements included to make a six bunny mini quilt
finishing at 13" x 19"!
That means all the math is done for you and you can have
a festive springtime mini quilt for your home
in just an afternoon or two!

Hexie Bunny Block
Hexie Bunny Block

I had such a fabulous team of testers help me get this pattern ready for you,
and I think as you can see from their projects and photos,
the uses for this little Hexie Bunny are nearly endless!

Baskets, pillows, potholders, table runners, pouches, mug rugs -
the sky really is the limit for this hoppy friend.

For even more inspiration,
be sure to check out the #HexieBunnyBlock tag on Instagram.
I just love seeing all the projects pop up there!

Hexie Bunny Block

Because I am just SO excited to see all the adorable bunnies you will make with this pattern,
the Hexie Bunny Block pattern will be on sale for 25% off this weekend!

On Monday, March 14, 2016 it will jump back up to full price,
so be sure to grab it on sale while you can!

To get a copy of this pattern for yourself,
click on the link below
to purchase your copy from Craftsy.com!

Get it here >>> Hexie Bunny Block Available At Craftsy

Good luck sewing and Hoppy Spring!
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