Village Street Quilt in McCall’s Quick Quilts

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I wanted to let you know that I designed an easy-sew quilt for McCall’s Quick Quilts December/January 2015 issue.  The quilt features BasicGrey’s Mon Ami fabric for Moda.  One of my favorite prints in the collection is a line drawing of little houses tightly packed together.  That print inspired this design.  It’s constructed with a super simple, traditionally pieced block with three houses of different heights.  Sewn in rows, the house blocks create village streets. Isn’t it fun to focus on the shapes created by the negative space here as well as the houses?

I must thank Janet Hill who actually sewed the quilt and machine quilted it as well.  She did a lovely job.

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Both the flat and styled photographs of the quilt are courtesy of McCall’s.  

If you are interested, there is more information about this quilt as well as kits for making it, available right here. There is also a fun video on the McCall’s Facebook page that gives you a preview of all the quilts in the issue.

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Subscription issues began shipping October 13, 2015. By October 27, 2015, the issue will be available on newsstands, as well as in print or digital download format at QuiltandSewShop.com.

You know, I think you have time to sew a Village Street Quilt for a Christmas gift. It’s really that quick and easy…but so cute too!

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A Couple of Updates-Bookkeeping!

Sweet Tea Pattern by Amy Friend for BasicGrey

I just wanted to pop in to let you know that my Sweet Tea Quilt Pattern for BasicGrey is now available as a PDF download from any of my three pattern shops.  See the links in my sidebar for Etsy, Craftsy and my pattern shop.  Just as a reminder, currently my Etsy and Craftsy shops are for US customers only due to the VAT. (I do know that Etsy is now handling the VAT but my Paypal settings remain US only so I can keep my Craftsy shop open.)  However, my pattern shop here on my blog is open to everyone, international and domestic with all the same pattern offerings. I have been having a little trouble with some of my pattern download links going to spam.  We took measures yesterday to make my links less “spammy” which should help. However, if you don’t receive your pattern download link immediately, shoot me an email and I will send it to you.  No worries!

Also, I wanted to draw your attention to my header.  I have added a “Completed Quilts” category and most of my quilts are up there now. I still have some to add but from now on, I will add each quilt there as I complete it.  If you are trying to remember something about one of my quilts, click on the picture and it will bring you to one of my blog posts about that quilt.  Searching in the sidebar will bring you more posts if there were multiple posts written.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Interlock in Modern Patchwork

Interlock by Amy Friend

I have another new quilt to share today. I was quite busy over the late spring to summer period but only now able to show all these projects.  This quilt is called Interlock. It’s a jelly roll friendly pattern that I made here using Persimmon by BasicGrey for Moda. I used Warm and Plush batting.  Have you tried it before? It’s a new product that I found while at spring market. It’s like White and Warm but is 50% more plush. I wanted to use it to make quilting more pronounced. Here I used a fairly tight meander in the negative space and left the interlocking prints unquilted so they popped. It would certainly make for a satisfyingly warm bed quilt too. It’s a little harder to use because it’s heavier and thicker so it adds to the weight of your quilt as you are quilting it. It also throws a lot more lint during the quilting. I think I will use this batting on my bed quilt whenever I finish it….

Interlock by Amy Friend

I love the way this quilt looks in Persimmon but I think that the pattern is very versatile and could look great in so many fabrics. I look forward to seeing more variations of it.

Interlock by Amy Friend

 

You can find the pattern in Modern Patchwork Winter 2015 issue.  I like how they styled this photo of my quilt!

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Snowflake Paper Pieced Pattern

Snowflake Paper Pieced Pattern by Amy Friend

I’m just popping in quickly today to let you know that I have updated my Etsy and Craftsy shops to include this snowflake block that I designed a couple of years ago for Fat Quarterly.

At that time, I used 6 of these snowflakes, 6″ square each, to make a bed sized pillow cover.  You can see my project post here.

Snowflake Paper Pieced Pattern by Amy Friend

I decided to now offer the pattern in multiple sizes.  The 6″ size is perfect for use on smaller holiday items, like stockings.  There is also a 9″ version, which I just made to include in my paper pieced Christmas/winter quilt.  And a 12″ block that could also be used for as a quilt block or for a pillow cover with a border.

I hope that you find this pattern versatile and fun. It’s an easy paper pieced block, suitable for confident beginners.  Advanced paper piecers can make it challenging by using a directional text print for the background (palm to forehead!).

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Primrose Square Quilt Pattern

Primrose Square Quilt Pattern by Amy Friend for BasicGrey

While at quilt market, I was able to snap this picture of Primrose Square, my most recent quilt pattern designed for BasicGrey using their new collection, Fresh Cut. The collection is described as “fun corals, tart citrons, sweet pinks and grassy greens creating a bouquet of color and charm.”  The pattern is made up of simple squares and HST units, suitable for a beginner but fun for those with more advanced skills as well.  The flowers are oversize giving the quilt a playful feel.  I enjoyed designing it and hope many of you will enjoy sewing it!

Primrose Square

Primrose Square Quilt Pattern and Fresh Cut fabric will be available in January which is really right around the corner, isn’t it?  I mean, in my world, November and December pass so quickly in a blur!

Not to jump way ahead, but I can picture some adorable Easter dresses made from this collection and polka dot ties for little boys!

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Sweet Tea Kit on Craftsy

Sweet Tea Pattern by Amy Friend for BasicGrey

I just wanted to pop in and let you know that my Sweet Tea quilt pattern has been kitted and is available on Craftsy right now. You can buy it here on sale for $76.79 which is a 20% savings. It’s such a fun quilt to make!

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Tea with Lemon

Tea with Lemon by Amy Friend

I made this block for Kylie in my Cocorico Bee. This is our second round of the bee. In the first round, she requested block with a “Best of British” theme. I sent her this block:

Wellie Boot by Amy Friend

(You will find the pattern in my shops labeled “Garden Boot.”)

This time, she wanted to add to the blocks she had received with teapots, teacups and all things tea related. I decided to make a tea cup but wanted to add a little something to it. I search “tea with lemon” and found that it is often served on the edge of a cup. I thought it looked so attractive so I decided to try to design my block around that idea. I wanted to make the lemon scrappy because it’s more fun that way. Since that required a lot of piecing, I kept the cup and saucer themselves simple, with a more modern line. I chose fabrics from the Kissing Booth line by Basic Grey because the floral reminded me a bit of Chintz ware. To do justice to the handle, I felt it needed to be curved. I drew a curved template to create the handle unit. It’s a tight curve but doable with clipping and pins!

Tea with Lemon by Amy Friend

If you would like to try the pattern, it is available for instant download in my Craftsy and Etsy shops.

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Fat Quarter Shop Giveaway!

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I’m happy to host a giveaway for the Fat Quarter Shop today! You can win a Fat Eighth Stack of 25th and Pine by BasicGrey for Moda.

Mittens & Main by Amy Friend for BasicGrey

You will also receive a copy of my Mittens and Main quilt pattern which calls for a Fat Eighth Bundle. It’s the perfect combo.

I know, I know, it’s summer. But, as I have said before, it’s a great time to get started on a Christmas project! Or you can stash the pattern and fabric away till November and then frantically sew it up for the holidays!

The giveaway is open to international entries.

You will receive one entry for each of the following.  Just leave a comment telling me which you have done:

LIKE us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop

SUSCRIBE to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/FatQuarterShop

FOLLOW us on Instagram: @fatquartershop and @duringquiettime

Tweet about the giveaway including @fatquartershop and @duringquiettime

The giveaway will close on Saturday June 21st.

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Mittens and Main Pillow

Mittens and Main by Amy Friend for BasicGrey

Do you remember the quilt I designed for BasicGrey called Mittens and Main? I shared it in this post here. Both the fabric and patterns are now available in your local quilt shop. I know it’s summer time but I always love working on at least one Christmas project over the summer. Go ahead, call me crazy. But I do! It’s my favorite holiday and it’s less stressful to make Christmas things in the summer when you aren’t also shopping and baking like a crazy person.

Anyway, if you make the lap sized quilt using a fat eighth bundle, you will notice that you have some leftover prints that don’t get used in the quilt top. Or, you might quite possibly get carried away like I did and make an extra block without realizing it.

Mittens and Main Pillow by Amy Friend

Extra blocks can be used to make cute mitten pillows like this one. Just make the mitten block in the same dimensions shown in the pattern. Then cut 4 setting triangles that are just a bit larger than called for, by about an inch. Then quilt your pillow top as desired and square it up.

Mittens and Main Pillow by Amy Friend

I quilted straight lines on the cuff to look like the ridges formed by rows of knitting. And then I quilted the background in loops reminiscent of falling snow.

New Sweet Tea Pattern

Sweet Tea Pattern by Amy Friend for BasicGrey

I have been designing patterns for BasicGrey for awhile now. However, while my quilts have gone to market, I have not! So, it was very exciting for me to see my quilt design hanging in the BasicGrey booth this year and to meet a staff member from BasicGrey who I first started working with about 5 years ago now, for the first time.

Sweet Tea Pattern by Amy Friend for BasicGrey

This is my new pattern design featuring BasicGrey’s soon to be released collection called Persimmon. I love both the fabric and the quilt design. It sews together easily yet the design is interesting and fun, with a modern feel. The quilting accentuates the modern feel. It was done by Abby Latimer.

Sweet Tea Pattern by Amy Friend for BasicGrey

The folks at Moda also made a version of this quilt to hang in the main section of the booth which was opposite the BasicGrey display. I love the quilting on theirs too; it results in a completely different feel to the quilt. I sort of stalked this booth throughout market because a gentleman from Moda was sitting in front of the quilt meeting with customers and I wanted a picture. I finally explained myself on Sunday and asked him politely to move. The Moda rep next to him laughed and said that’s why he wasn’t sitting in front of a quilt. Apparently, they get asked a lot!

Sweet Tea Pattern by Amy Friend for BasicGrey

The pattern will be released with the fabric collection in September. The pattern will be on sale at BasicGrey in both paper and pdf. Both the pattern and the fabric will be available in the Fat Quarter Shop.  Also look for the pattern and fabric in your local quilt shop.

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Mittens & Main Quilt Pattern

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I’m happy to finally share my newest pattern designed for BasicGrey!  It’s called Mittens & Main and it features their new Christmas collection, 25th and Pine.  The collection is full of fun prints in green, red, ivory, and navy.  I was happy to see navy included because I think it helps extends the fabric collection into the winter months, beyond just Christmas.  For that reason, I focused on mittens which are not exclusive to Christmas but are worn all winter long.  Each mitten highlights a print from the collection paired with a grunge cuff.  I think that my favorite print might be the deer and evergreen print but I really like them all.

Mittens & Main by Amy Friend for BasicGrey

 

I designed this quilt back in the fall so it is fun to finally share it!  The mittens are easy and enjoyable to piece so the top comes right together.  I think it would be really fun to make a version of this quilt where there is one set of mittens and the rest are random.  Or, make it a quilt full of pairs of mittens.  There are lots of possibilities.  Putting the blocks on point and changing the direction of the mittens gives the quilt a lot of movement.  I pieced the quilt and the quilting was done by Krista Withers.

Oh, and the lap quilt is a healthy 68″ square so it is really great for cuddling on the couch and keeping you warm from toes on up!

The entire collection is now available at the Fat Quarter Shop as is the pattern. Patterns only will be available from the BasicGrey site shortly.  The pattern includes multiple sizes and works well with precuts.

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Knitting Socks Pattern

Knitting Socks by Amy Friend

I was inspired by the knitting project bag I made recently to design a paper pieced block for those who love to split their time between sewing and knitting. I made a sock with contrasting toe and heel to allow for some more fun in the fabric selection process. There are lots of “knit” look prints out there that could be used for the body of the sock. I used a print from BasicGrey’s PB&J line. It’s still available at Sew Fresh Fabrics and the Fat Quarter Shop.

The ball of yarn looks great in a stripe or text print that mimics strands of yarn especially when the fabrics with the text or stripe are placed so that they run in opposite directions on the ball of yarn.

Knitting Socks by Amy Friend

The final touch of embroidered yarn is my favorite thing about the block. I love how it looks on the needles. It almost makes the needles look round.

Knitting Socks by Amy Friend

I’ve added the pattern to my Etsy and Craftsy shops.

Have fun with it!

Knitting Project Bag Tutorial

Knitting Project Bag by Amy Friend

Not too long ago, I agreed to a “Pay it Forward” deal where you accept a surprise handmade gift from someone  and in turn, you make handmade gifts for 5 people over the course of the year.  They in turn make gifts for 5 more people and so on.  My Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild friend, Laura, was the first to jump at the chance to join in so I decided to make her gift first!  Plus, I knew what I wanted to make so that made it easy.  Laura likes to knit as much as she likes to sew.  I have an adorable alphabet panel, originally from Sew Me A Song (I think they might be sold out?).  I fussy cut it for the center of the bag along with a couple of phrases from a Japanese text print.  I constructed the front of the bag with a “quilt as you go” method.  The full tutorial can be found on the Therm O Web blog today.

Knitting Project Bag detail

 

This makes me chuckle.  I picture Laura busily knitting and saying “Mother is busy” to her toddler (not really of course…that’s what makes me laugh).  It was fun to make.  I always welcome a chance to fussy cut.

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From Santa

From Santa Paper Pieced Block

I found some time to work on another pattern for my slowly growing collection of winter/Christmas paper pieced patterns. I so look forward to making this quilt one year (not this year!). This block is called “From Santa” and features BasicGrey’s Aspen Frost collection which is available at the Fat Quarter Shop.

From Santa Paper Pieced Block Detail

I chose to stamp “From Santa” on the tag but it could be personalized in so many ways. You could put your loved one’s name on the tag, for instance. You could choose to embroider or print your fabric instead of stamping. By changing up your fabric choices, you could make a birthday present. It’s a lot of fun.

Because I didn’t want all my blocks in my finished quilt to be the same size, I decided to make this block 12″ finished.

From Santa Paper Pieced Pattern

The pattern is now offered in my Etsy shop and Craftsy shops. The pattern pieces are included for the 12″ version like I made but also for a 10″ version to match the last few blocks in the collection in case you would prefer to keep your blocks more or less the same size…but where is the challenge in that?

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Mittens Paper Pieced Pattern

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I designed this block for my Christmas/winter series based on my little girl’s toddler sized mittens with ruffly cuffs.  She may outgrow those sweet mittens but I will have this block to remind me of all the times I slipped them onto her hands.  Sigh.

I used BasicGrey’s Aspen Frost which is available at the Fat Quarter Shop to sew my block, along with Vanilla Grunge from Marmalade Fabrics.

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It’s really fun to choose fabrics for this block. There are so many possibilities because mittens come in all colors and patterns. It would be fun to make them using a quilting cotton with a printed knit design. The block is easy to sew with only a couple of seams to match up. The pattern can be found in my Etsy shop and Craftsy shops.

Dove Paper Pieced Pattern

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I’ve been itching to design a new paper piece pattern. I decided to work away at my selection of Christmas designs. Last year I made the Reindeer and the Stocking. Prior to that, I had made the Vintage Skier and the Ice Skate. I hope to include all the blocks in a Christmas quilt that I will make in a few years, certainly not this year. If you’d like to quilt along with me, I promise, you will be able to keep up my pace of 2-3 blocks a year!

dove block

Thanks to my Flickr friend Synnoeve from Norway I had this fabulous Christmas text print to use for the body of the dove. The background fabric is a BasicGrey grunge in navy.

You can find this pattern in my Craftsy shop as well as my Etsy shop.  I think that this is my first holiday project.  I am guessing that there will be at least a couple more even though I don’t have any planned. I can’t help myself when it comes to sewing Christmas things.

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Sweet Serenade Quilt Patterns at Market

 
 
I’ve been busy in recent weeks designing two quilt patterns for BasicGrey using their new fabric line, Sweet Serenade.  The fabrics are soft corals, blues, creams and dark brown.  Many of the prints have music notes on them, some sweet blue birds, and there is a neat postal print as well.  This first quilt was inspired by the chevron print in the fabric line and the hexagon trend that doesn’t seem to grow old.  I separated rows of hexagons with chevron sashing.  I love the results and would like to make this quilt again, trying out some other fabric combinations for fun.

 
Here is the finished pattern cover for the Dowager design. In case you are curious, I didn’t name the patterns.  BasicGrey names them after the prints in the collection.  Thank heavens for that because I am terrible at naming.
 
 
This is my second design, a string star quilt.  This is a time consuming quilt to make but it results in some neat optical illusions/secondary patterns.

 
 
And this is the Avalon pattern cover.  I really want that card catalog piece of furniture in the front! 
 
I look forward to sewing with these fabrics some more after a brief reprieve…especially all the neutral prints which are my favorites.
 
I hope you like them!
 


Oh What Fun! Pillow Tutorial

 
I’m so glad to hear that many of you like the Oh What Fun! quilt pattern that I designed for BasicGrey.  I thought it could use a little pillow to go with it so I made this one and am talking about it on the BasicGrey blog today.  Click over for all the details.
 
 
 
If you are looking for the Oh What Fun! quilt pattern, it’s available in my Etsy shop.  Remember, you are now able to download the pdf patterns after you pay rather than waiting for an email from me. I know that some of my repeat customers have been looking for their emails with pattern attachments but those days are past!  Now you can just click download and save the pattern to your hard drive.  It’s faster for you and easier for me too!  If you have any trouble though, feel free to email me and I can send you the files.
 
I’ll be back on Friday to share my new quilt pattern designs for BasicGrey that will be debuting at quilt market. 


Oh What Fun!

I know it’s hard to think about Christmas in May but BasicGrey’s new holiday line, Aspen Frost, is due in stores this May/June along with the “Oh What Fun!” quilt pattern that I designed.  This was a fun quilt to make, mixing and matching prints from the collection and creating ornaments with a number of different designs.  They are arranged in such a way that the negative space is really fun too.

If you’d like to buy a copy of the pattern, it is available for instant download in my Etsy shop. There are 5 files:  one is the pattern, then there are separate yardage requirements files for each of the four quilt sizes. 

You have plenty of time to make one if you pick up your Aspen Frost this spring!  You can find it at the Fat Quarter Shop.

Ribbons: Mini Series 1, Block 5

Today I am sharing my last block in a series of five blocks based on the Sizzix parallelogram die.
To see the tutorials for the other blocks, click the links below.

Mini Series 1, Block 1 Enigma

 

Mini Series 1, Block 3 Windmill Star

Mini Series 1, Block 4 Double Z

Today’s block is called Ribbons.  Let’s get started!

From a dark print:  Cut 4 half square triangles
From a light print:  Cut 12 half square triangles
Cut 8 parallelograms — 4 from one print and 4 from another

Lay out your block as shown in the image above.

 
As with the other blocks in this series, each quarter is constructed in the same way.  Just consult the first diagram for fabric placement within each quadrant.  I’ll walk you through the construction of the upper left corner. 
 


To begin, place your dark half square triangle, right sides together with the parallelogram and stitch a 1/4″ seam.

With right sides together, attach the light colored half square triangle to the bottom of the same parallelogram. 

Moving to the other half of this quarter, place the light colored half square triangle right side down on top of the parallelogram and stitch. 

 
 
Then attach the remaining half square triangle to the lower edge of the parallelogram.
 
 
 
 
You then have two completed halves and need to join them at the center.  I found it best to iron all the seams from the ivory colored parallelograms up and all the seams on the peach colored parallelograms down.  Then things nested nicely.  (Please note that this image shows all the seams ironed up but I changed that before continuing.)
 
 

 


You will complete all four quadrants in a similar manner.
 
 
 
Once you have done that, it is time to sew the quadrants together.
 
 
 
I am sharing this image of the back of my block so that you can see how well the seams nest if you plan ahead!
 
 
 
Now you have completed your fifth parallelogram based block finishing at 8.”
 
 
The fabrics I used for this block are:
BasicGrey (out of print)
 
 
 
 
 
I plan to give you some time to catch up if you are sewing along with me.  I have some projects using new Sizzix dies about to be released at Quilt Market to show you over the next few weeks and then I will come back to finish up this project.  I want to create a modern setting for these traditional blocks.  And yes, they will be on point!
 
If you are sewing along, please share pictures of your blocks in my During Quiet Time Flickr Group and the Sizzix Flickr Group as well!





Double Z: Mini Series 1, Block 4

I’m back to share a tutorial for another block using the versatile parallelogram.  I’ve been demonstrating how you can use the Sizzix parallelogram die to create a series of interesting pieced blocks.   Block 4 in my series is the Double Z also called the Brown Goose or Gray Goose.  Apparently the block was originally made with brown calico and once grays were introduced, the block became the gray goose.  I guess if you follow that logic, I have made a black goose! 

If you missed my earlier posts and want to quilt along with me you can find my previous posts here:

 

Mini Series 1, Block 1 Enigma

 

Mini Series 1, Block 3 Windmill Star

 
For today’s tutorial, click over to the Sizzix blog.
 

Oh What Fun!

 
 
I’m happy to share my latest pattern for BasicGrey today!  It’s made with their Aspen Frost Collection which I just love.  It’s such a fun Christmas collection.  The quilt top is made of ornaments, each unique in their pattern and fabric combination.  It’s really enjoyable to make.
 
I thought it could use a pillow or two to coordinate so I am sharing the first of two designs today on the BasicGrey blog.
  
 
The Oh What Fun! quilt pattern and Aspen Frost will both ship to stores in June.  I look forward to seeing lots of Oh What Fun! quilt tops and pillows pop up online this summer once the fabric and pattern are available.


PB&J Giveaway

 
Today you can enter to win this Bucket Bag that I made using BasicGrey’s PB&J collection on the BasicGrey blog. In case you are interested in making the bag yourself, the pattern is by Michelle Pattern’s and can be purchased here.
 
You can also win a copy of the Picnic Basket quilt pattern.  The exact yardage information was accidentally omitted from the pattern so you will want to check the BasicGrey pattern updates to get that information so that you can buy just what you need.  The precuts suggested on the pattern back only get you started.
 
If you have purchased the Picnic Basket Pattern already, you can enter BasicGrey’s contest to win a precut from the collection.
 
See the BasicGrey blog for all the details.
 


Aspen Frost PJs

BasicGrey is introducing a new fabric line, Aspen Frost, that will be available in stores in June.  It’s such a fun Christmas collection. I know we are all thinking of spring now but today I am sharing some pjs made with Aspen Frost.  Have you tried drafting your own pajama bottom pattern from your favorite pair? I will tell you how I did it here.

Spring Chicken Pattern

I’ve been a crazy sewing fool. I decided that Chocolate Bunny absolutely needed a friend.  I’m happy to introduce his friend, Spring Chicken.  She is also a 10″ paper pieced block so they can be used together in a wall hanging, quilt, etc.  Mine will be a set of spring time pillows.  I think I am craving spring because we had a snow day today (no school) and another foot of snow!

I used the same floral for the background that I used for the Chocolate Bunny but in a different colorway.  It’s BasicGrey Kissing Booth Sweet Nothings in Cotton Candy.  The small floral is so perfect for hiding the many seams. 

The chick is made from the yellow BasicGrey Grunge from the PB&J line.  The feet and beak are BasicGrey  Grunge in orange…I think I used this one.  I added a button eye and a little embroidery stitch on the beak.
Aren’t they cute together?  

Spring Chicken is available in my Craftsy shop and my Etsy shop.  I hope you have as much fun making them as I did!  I think Spring Chicken is a touch easier than Chocolate Bunny (in case you are debating which to try first).  Both use a generous fat quarter of the background fabric.

Paint Smock Tutorial

You can find me on the BasicGrey blog today, sharing the directions to make this cute and functional Paint Smock using PB&J!