Preemiequilt Collection

Even though I haven’t been to Germany since the beginning of Covid, I am still sewing preemiequilts. These eight are from 2020 and 2021. I am hoping to visit my mom again next year, and hopefully I’ll have eight more little quilts ready by then. I usually have one feature fabric that I buy on sale and use for the back and outer border, and then make up the rest from my leftovers and stash. The NICUs prefer to have just a few seams and not too much quilting, so I usually just stitch 4 inch squares together and quilt through them diagonally.

Preemies 1


Preemies 2



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New Pattern: Monkey Pillow

I made this little pillow matching the Monkey Business quilt quite a while ago but then got sidetracked by having too much going on at the same time. I am now working on cleaning up all the different projects I have been working on, trying to take a more focused approach. I used to only work at one project at a time, and I am not sure when and where I strayed but I am determined to get back to my old ways because it works so much better for me. Anyway, I have finally published the pillow pattern, and I have also created a bundle for those who never had a chance to download the Monkey Business blocks last year when they were free.

PPP-068 Monkey Pillow


059 - Monkey Business Quilt PPP-059





Für beide Produkte ist auch eine deutsche Version mit metrischen Maßen verfügbar, und auch hier gibt es ein Bündel zum Sonderpreis.




 



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Eight-Pointed Stars

Mary made this small quilt with eight-pointed stars as a gift for a friend. I had fun filling all the negative space between the stars, it was a fast and satisfying project to work on.

Eight-Pointed Stars

Eight-Pointed Stars




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Welcome Home

“Welcome Home” was made by Sharon, and as you can probably tell I had a lot of fun custom quilting it. This is such a sweet quilt with lots of details to discover… birds, dogs, cats and even sheep. Sharon added buttons and ric rac for details, and the sheep are three-dimensional. Truly a labour of love.

Welcome Home




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New Patterns: Bunny Buddies Quilt & Pillow

When I started playing around with bunny ideas last year for the new BOM, I got sidetracked and came up with a different bunny pattern. I quite liked it even though it wasn’t suitable at all for a BOM. I have been working on it on and off, and the pattern is now ready to be released. The Bunny Buddies are simple shapes, so if my usual tiny pieces are not your cup of tea or if you have never tried your hands at fusible appliqué, this is a great pattern to start with. You can even substitute the bunny tails for circles instead of the flower shapes that I used. I also created a matching pillow, I just love the bunny silhouettes, and especially the little guy with the floppy ear.

PPP-065 Bunny Buddies


PPP-066 Bunny Buddies Pillow


Both patterns are now available for purchase in the pattern store. I have also created a discount code, if you enter BUNNY20 you will get 20% off. The code is valid until May 20, 2022 (11.59 pm PDT) and applies to the Bunny Buddies and Bunny Buddies Pillow patterns only.




If you want both patterns, I have also created a bundle at a discount price that is valid until further notice.



Eine deutsche Version mit metrischen Maßen gibt es nur für das Kissen, für den Quilt lohnt sich der Aufwand für mich leider nicht. Der Discount Code BUNNY20 gilt natürlich auch für die deutsche Version.





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Girls Getaway

If you have been reading here for a while, you might remember Sharon who as a new quilter tackled everything with enthusiasm and made huge progress honing her skills in just a short time. She surprised me again by showing up with a beautiful Crabapple Hill quilt top, “Girls Getaway”, asking for custom quilting. I find these embroidered quilts much harder to quilt than pieced ones but I think I am getting the hang of it. Both Sharon and I were very happy with the way this one turned out.

Girls Getaway


Girls Getaway Detail 3



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Birds

Here is another quilt made by Bonnie, pieced birds on a modern grey background and a bit of negative space to fill. I free-motioned around the birds in my favourite Angela-Walters-technique (just pick a few designs and repeat them randomly). For the border I chose the design “Taj Mahal”. It looks a bit like a chain-link fence all around, doesn’t it?

Birds




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New Pattern: Butterfly Pillow

Who still remembers my Rainbow Butterflies quilt? Or actually, even both of them? I made them a long time ago, before I started my first BOM here, so many of you probably weren’t stopping by at the time. The first Rainbow Butterflies quilt was made as a donation at the request of a local care home. You can read all about it here. I really liked what I came up with and decided to adjust the quilt size a bit and make a second one as a pattern sample. This is the final version of the Rainbow Butterflies quilt:

Rainbow Butterflies


While I usually plan my quilt designs meticulously, I took a different approach for the Rainbow Butterflies and just made blocks in all colours, using whatever I could find in my scraps. When I had enough blocks, I started laying them out and shuffling them around until I was satisfied with the way it looked. This was still the original quilt that was donated later on. I had one pink block that I couldn’t fit in, it just didn’t work with the rest of the colours. I finally ended up stitching it to the back of the quilt with the label, and when I made my pattern sample I did not make another pink block.

But I still love pink and wanted to have a pink butterfly, so in December I finally made another pink block and turned it into a pillow. What a simple solution, and I should have come up with it a long time ago. Of course you don’t have to limit yourself to just one pillow or to a pink one, this is an excellent pattern to use up leftovers in any colour. Just sort them into light and dark values, and off you go.

PPP-064 Butterfly Quilted Pillow


I have also created a bundle with special pricing for those who would like both patterns for the quilt and matching pillow.






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New Patterns: Penguin Pillow & Curling Penguin Pillow

I have been planning to make a matching pillow for the Penguin Promenade quilt for quite a while, and I finally got around to it. I also made a second pillow featuring a curling penguin. This was suggested by Linda and her sister who thought that in Canada winter activities need to include curling. And of course they were right! In Germany, curling is something that you see every four years at the Olympic Games and then forget about it until next time, so it never even occurred to me when I was designing the blocks for the Penguin Promenade quilt. But I was happy to follow up on their suggestion and came up with this little guy.


I emailed Linda the pattern a few weeks ago, and she surprised me by putting the block together quickly and sending me a picture. Isn’t he cute?

Linda's Curling Penguin

Linda’s Curling Penguin


Patterns are available for both pillows in English and German. I have also created two bundles with special pricing, one with just the two pillows and one with both pillows and the full Penguin Promenade quilt for those who missed the free downloads in 2020.

 





Anleitungen für beide Kissen sind auch auf Deutsch und in metrischen Maßen erhältlich, entweder einzeln oder als Bündel zum Sonderpreis. Und für diejenigen, die den kostenlosen Download im Jahre 2020 verpasst haben, gibt es auch ein Sonderpreis-Bündel mit dem kompletten Penguin Promenade Quilt und beiden Kissen.








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New Pattern: Monkey Business

After a year of monkey blocks, I finally present the full Monkey Business pattern, all twelve blocks including finishing instructions for those who missed most or all of the free downloads. I’ll even throw in a special discount code, enter MONKEY20 during checkout for a 20% discount. The code will be valid until January 10, 2022 11.59 PM PST. I had fun custom quilting the monkey blocks and tried to find a background filler for each block that works with the general theme of what the monkey is doing. The sashing and border fabrics are quite busy so the quilting isn’t very visible but overall I am very happy with the result. Bright and beautiful, just the way I like it!

059 - Monkey Business Quilt PPP-059







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New Pattern: Deck The Halls Mug Rugs

Once again, thank you to everyone who stopped by last week to make the Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop special. And also once again I have to apologize for not replying to every comment, I just can’t find the time, and my health issues are leaving me very tired these days, and I have to prioritize. But I still want you to know that I read and appreciate every single one of them.

I drew the winners of the pattern giveaway yesterday and emailed the digital copies to them right away. If you are a winner and didn’t receive an email, please check your spam folder. If you still can’t find the pattern, please let me know. Congratulations to

  – Cindy P.
  – Wendy
  – Becky T.

If you didn’t win but would still like a copy of the pattern, it is now available for purchase in the store section. A German/metric version is also available.

061 - Deck The Halls Quilted Mug Rugs PPP-061




And speaking of prioritizing… I did make good use of my time, and next year’s BOM is ready to start on January 1, 2022. I will be officially announcing it on Friday, so stay tuned.



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Brenda’s Garden

Isn’t this one of the cutest quilts ever? Brenda isn’t just a fantastic quilter, she also has a talent for finding the most charming patterns. This one is an Amy Bradley design, and there is so much going on! The birds and butterflies, the flowers and gardening tools, those adorable polka dot gumboots! I think you can tell how thrilled I was when I got to custom quilt this beauty. This is one of my favourite quilts ever. Be sure to click on the gallery pictures below for a better view.

Brenda's Garden




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