Well, I’m a week and a day late (and a dollar short as Dad
always said) but I’m finally doing my first May is for Makers
#mayisformakers. I planned to join in the fun last Monday but was unable. If you are a personal friend you saw my post on Facebook. To
sum it up I lost my husband and had a heart attack on April 30. I got my laptop
yesterday and spent all day today reading emails from the last 10 days. So that
delayed my first post. Now, I can’t wait to get out of rehab and go home.
I did add my two published patterns to Craftsy
and they can be purchased as a dpayment igital download there. You need to create an account but it is free. You can control the marketing emails you receive as well. They only accept Paypal for but that lets you use credit cards or your bank account to pay. It's very easy and very secure. I've used it for 15 years and there has never been any security issues. Craftsy as a marketplace is unusual because it does not take a cut. If you purchase an $8.00 pattern I receive $8.00. I have three more designs in some stage of creation but would be interested in a couple testers? If you are local and want more information please contact me.
I just gotten a Brother Scan ‘n Cut CM650W (no affiliation,
but see it here
) the day before everything happened. I haven’t even tried it
yet! But I plan to start making fabulous machine appliquéd quilts. So for my first
May is for Makers pattern I purchased Whoo Knows?
from a Craftsy seller, Fat Cat Patterns. I started
browsing there because there is such a large selection of patterns for sale. Anyway, I have loved owls since my high
school years in the 70’s. I had a pretty cool
collection of ceramic owls back then.
Wonder where they went? I didn’t take them away to college…
Image (c) Fat Cat Patterns
has lots of different owls that look like a good way to really
learn how to use my Scan ‘n Cut. The pattern I downloaded has 70 pages and is
listed as needing an intermediate level of quilting knowledge. The
author, Sindy, says she designed it for her daughter, and I know owls are
popular again. The instructions start with yardage requirements and some
general hints. Then you get cutting and sewing instructions for the two different
base blocks constructed to place the appliqué on. You can also cut the borders
at this time, or wait till later.
A nice numbered layout of where each block and owl
will go in the assembled quilt is next. The diagrams are both line drawings and color
images. 65 pages for the individual owl appliqués with a block line
drawing, color image, and individual templates are provided. The templates have lines with
or without seam allowance so you can choose the style of appliqué you use. Every
block has the total dimension, and how large to cut each of the appliqué pieces
of fabric. The only thing I could possibly say is missing are grain lines on
the curved piece templates to help those not that familiar with appliqué. I
started sewing making clothing and grain lines are much more important there
than when quilting. Your quilt will have all the layers stabilized by the final
quilting stitches and if you use fusible web backed appliqué it won’t matter at all!
On the back of the pattern I found the designer’s website, www.fatcatpatterns.com
. What a fun
collection of original designs. There are also two Blocks of the Month,
already in progress. She has a whole page of free patterns so you can see how
well her patterns are written before you purchase any. I just started reading
the blog but will definitely return to browse farther back. She also has a Facebook
page. I hope everyone knows that you don't need a Facebook account to look at public pages. Do take a look at
Fat Cat Patterns.
Thanks so much for reading, and I'll be back soon with my next post soon,