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Giant, Giant Panda Quilt

Hi Fellow Quilters,

What is it about the giant panda that makes them so adorable?  Is it their sweet facial expressions?  Their gentle nature?  Their cuddly appearance?  I’m not sure, but I do know that I love adorable, sweet, gentle, and cuddly giant pandas!  Our family took a summer vacation to Washington, DC, and the surrounding area several years ago.  It was a lot of fun to visit the famous buildings, museums, and memorials.  I’d love to visit again another time; so much to see and do!  We spent one day at the National Zoo and enjoyed observing some very special animals.  For me, the highlight of the zoo was their giant panda exhibit!


Today we’re going to have a look at our new “Giant Panda” nursery quilt.  I hope that you’ll love it as much as I do!

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The giant panda applique was so much fun to make!  I used the traditional panda colors, adding a bit of whimsy with subtle pink polka dot fabric for her nose and foot pads.  She was easy to sew, since the pieces are big and the curves are gradual.  I think that a patient novice quilter would be able to make a wonderful giant panda with this pattern.

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I wanted the giant panda applique to be the star of this quilt design, so I decided to use simple “disappearing 4-patch” blocks for the quilt, with just two colors in each block.  It was quick and easy to put the pieced blocks together; just sew the 4-patch, cut into nine pieces, rotate the sections and sew them together again to make the blocks.   This design is perfect for a novice quilter, and will provide lots of practice with cutting precisely and matching seams while sewing.

I had every intention of creating a gender-neutral quilt when I began planning this project, but the pink fabric kept calling to me, saying “Use me!  I’d be perfect!”  Who am I to argue with the fabric, and in the end I agree that it was right.  The pink and yellow combination does look really pretty, and very feminine!  At any rate, your fabric choices will make this quilt appropriate for either gender.  Just let the fabric speak to you!

If you’d like to make your own “Giant Panda Nursery Quilt”, you can find it in our Etsy and Craftsy pattern shops or you can purchase it right here:

Giant Panda Nursery Quilt Pattern

The pattern includes instructions for making the pieced blocks and giant panda applique for the 42" by 42" quilt. Applique layout and individual pieces are included.


Thanks for visiting today!  We’d love to read your comments about giant pandas, quilts, fabric, or whatever you’d like to tell us.  Do you have a favorite Ms P Designs animal applique that you’d like to see as a larger applique on a nursery quilt?  Let us know!  We welcome suggestions too.

Happy quilting,


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Hi Fellow Quilters!

Thank you for visiting us during the “Small, Smaller, Smallest” blog hop, hosted by our friend Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.  I’m happy be here today, sharing one of my small projects with you.  Please take the time to visit the rest of the blogs on today’s list- you’re going to see some amazing things!  You’ll find the complete list of participating blogs at the end of this post.  Enjoy!

Susan and I both enjoy making small quilted projects.  All of the models that we’ve made for our pattern designs are baby quilts or smaller projects, and you can see them when you visit the Quilt Gallery here on our blog.  I decided to create something new for this blog hop, so I’ve made a cute tea cozy.  I hope to host a little tea party (girls only!) when our Mom comes to visit next week.  The tea cozy will keep our tea nice and hot while we enjoy a visit (and some tasty treats of course).  I’ll set the table with my pretty white teapot, the beautiful crocheted lace cloth that Mom made for me when I was a new bride, and the beautiful china teacups that belonged to my Grandmother.  Wouldn’t it be fun if you could join us too!

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I found this adorable free tea cozy pattern on Sew 4 Home’s website, and thought that it would be perfect for my small project.  I modified the original pattern a bit by increasing the width of the center panel to accommodate our fun flowers and bumblebee applique.

The fabrics that I chose for my tea cozy aren’t the delicate and feminine prints that are typically associated with tea parties, but I really like them!  The floral print has a myriad of colors so I chose several coordinating fabrics in my favorite colors to go with it, using blenders, dots, and a fun geometric print.  I think that the combination is fun and playful, with a modern twist.

tea cozy fabrics

After cutting out my fabric pieces according to the pattern instructions, I added my flower and bumblebee appliques to the center panel.  The back pocket features a single purple flower with a couple of green leaves, adding some interest to the back of the tea cozy.

The tea cozy pattern instructions were well written, and it went together quite easily!  I decided to make coordinating trivet to place under my teapot.  I traced one of my small plates to make the pattern, stitched some jumbo rickrack around the edges, and added a layer of Insul-Bright to make it heatproof.  The trivet minimizes heat transfer from the pot into the table below, keeping the tea piping hot!

tea cozy and trivet

Thank you so much for visiting our blog today!  I hope that you enjoyed seeing my small project.  We’d love to read your comments about the small, smaller, and smallest projects that you’ve enjoyed making!  Don’t forget to visit the rest of the blogs when you get a chance!

Happy quilting,


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A Very Special Farm Quilt Wrap Up!

I finally finished the special Farm quilt for our cousin once removed and it is all ready to be sent for their new special bundle of joy!

FULL quilt blog

As I mentioned when I was first blogging about the work in progress, this quilt is for a sweet baby whose daddy is a farmer.  I added three new critters on the quilt and they are (drum roll, please) a longhorn cow, a fiesty pony and a new cat!


When we were kids, we had a Brahma bull who let us ride him!  As long as you scratched right behind his hump, he let you stay on his back; however, if you stopped, he went to the lowest part of the pen and bucked you off.  It was fun while it lasted; however, I’m sure mom didn’t appreciate the end result.  Bath time again for Susan!

mustang blog

Every time I see a horse, I think of my grandfather and his favorite horse, Traveler.  He was a majestic Tennessee Walker and I can still picture grandpa atop his beloved horse, how I miss our grandpa!

CAT blog

Everyone needs a good barn cat.  They keep down varmints; however, our cat appears to have found a new friend!


What says farm more than a churn dash block?  I chose to use four fabrics for mine instead of the usual three fabrics for a warm and fuzzy offset for the farm.  Put them all together and I am happy with the results!

If you are loving our new Down on the Farm, Remix 2018 quilt pattern, featuring all of our favorite animals, you can make your own happy memories with a handmade farm baby quilt to keep and snuggle under or give it as a gift for a very special someone in your world!

Thank you for stopping by our blog, we love to see your comments.

Happy Quilting!



Down on the Farm, Remix 2018, Quilt Pattern

The pattern packet includes fabric requirements, 13 animal applique patterns, paper piecing diagrams for the tractors, and instructions for the churn dash blocks.


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March Block of the Month

Hi Fellow Quilters,

Welcome to our third Block of the Month!  We’ve started a Face Book group for everyone who would like to share a picture of the project that you’ve made with your blocks, or to see the pictures from other quilters.  We’d love to have you join our Facebook group,  2018 BOM  and post your BOM photos.

April showers bring flowers, so get ready for Spring with a cute quilted basket!  Baskets are such wonderful utilitarian objects!  They can be used to carry a picnic to the park, to gather flowers for a bouquet, or to collect Easter eggs and candy.  My oldest son was born on Easter Sunday, so we would often celebrate his birthday with an Easter egg hunt when he was small.  It didn’t even have to be Easter on his birthday for us to enjoy an egg hunt, and we could hide the eggs several times (even without candy inside) before he tired of gathering them up again.

March’s block is a very simple paper pieced Spring Basket, appropriate for all skill levels.  Because the block is so simple and fast to make, you can have some fun being creative with embellishments this month!  My Spring basket block is decked out with easy fabric yo-yo’s, buttons, and appliqued leaves.   I kept the embellishments simple, and I love it!  Other options for embellishments include lace, ribbon, or rick-rack trims, appliques, buttons, ribbon roses, bows, beads, sequins, heat-set rhinestones, and so forth.  Use your imagination and enjoy the creative process.  

When choosing fabric, make sure that you have good contrast between the main basket color, contrast handle and trim, and background fabrics.  I had a hard time deciding upon a color combination, and ended up making two very different basket blocks.  You can choose any colors that you love; anything that says “SPRING!!!” to you would be perfect.  I’d love to show a photo of my fabric choices, but I used scraps for my baskets and the fabric is all gone.  Don’t worry about me though; I have plenty of other fabrics in my extensive collection.  

The Spring Basket pattern will be available, free of charge, to download until March 31, 2018.  Click here to get your free pattern.

Here are my finished 12” miniature quilts:

The Spring Basket block is framed and bound with a contrasting fabric, and the outer borders were made using scrappy squares.  As a finishing touch, I added another appliqued leaf and a yo-yo flower to each of the corners.  Cute as a button!

The miniature quilt pattern will available in our Craftsy and Etsy pattern shops at the end of March.

Thank you for stopping by for a  visit today!  I hope that you’ll enjoy making your Spring Basket paper pieced block.  If you’d like to share a picture or see the pictures of projects from other quilters, please join our Facebook group,  2018 BOM  and post your quilt photo.We love to read your comments!  Have you tried out any of the BOM patterns yet?  Your feedback would be appreciated.

Until next month- Happy quilting,





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Hi Fellow Quilters,

Greetings from the sea!  Last week we talked about our pirates and their mighty sailing vessel.  This week we’ll talk about the rest of the blocks in this adorable nursery quilt or wall hanging pattern!  I tend to draw designs that are pretty girly, so this is definitely a departure from my usual style.  What pirate quilt would be complete without treasure, maps, ship wrecks and palm trees?

Our pirates are really good at what they do, so they have an awesome collection of booty!  I chose to make my pirate treasure chest look like an old-fashioned steamer trunk, whereas Sharon chose a lady’s trunk (hence the purple lining) that was stolen from a wealthy woman’s luggage.  It just wouldn’t be a proper pirate’s booty without emeralds, gold, silver and rubies.  If you are feeling adventurous, you could add some bling!  Imagine strings of pearls and other rare jewels cascading over the side of your booty chest!

Our playful pirates would never be able to find their booty without a treasure map.  “X ” marks the spot for the hidden treasure on an unknown island far, far away!  Be careful of the mountains and snakes!  Others have tried, and failed, to reach the buried treasure but if you can survive the risks, then the rewards will be great!

As you cruise the high seas, keep a careful look out for that abandoned pirate ship.  Is this the deserted island where they hid their ill-gotten gains?  The mountains tell me that we are close to finding that buried bling!  I’m sure the shark will protect the pirates’ hidden treasure.


It has been reported that a mermaid was in love with a particular pirate.  We won’t mention his name because then you would know whose treasure we seek!  They would meet on a deserted island whenever he could get away for a few days.  Alas, the pirate perished from the effects of scurvy while awaiting his true love, and all that remain are his bleached bones on the beach.  The mermaid visits their island from time to time, in memory of her lost love.  I used a skull from purchased fabric with a cute pirate hat whereas Sharon created her own skull to make this a perfect island oasis!  If you look carefully, you can see that the mermaid didn’t want to be in our photograph and is swimming away!

Although we didn’t use these blocks in the pirate quilt, wouldn’t they be fun additions to make a bigger quilt?  This block is foundation paper pieced, and looks like a wave because of the fabric choices.  I used this snail’s trail pattern to create waves which were used in one of our under-the-sea quilt designs.


Pirates usually try to steer clear of a storm at sea, but this foundation paper pieced “Storm at Sea” block might be the perfect addition to your pirate-themed project!

storm at sea

Since GPS wasn’t invented yet during the Golden Age of Pirates, the mariners’ navigation was based upon observation of the position of stars in the sky, an astrolabe, and a compass.  This Mariner’s star foundation pieced block reminds us of a compass!

I hope you have enjoyed taking a closer look at the rest of the blocks that we used with our pirates.  Thank you for reading our blog; we appreciate you stopping by and would love to read your comments.

Ahoy mates and until next time, happy quilting!


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Hi Fellow Quilters!

Are you looking for an adventure?  Join the pirate crew aboard their ship and sail the seven seas!  Explore desert islands, search for booty and buried treasure, and meet beautiful mermaids, but look out for those darn sharks!

Last year Susan and I decided that it would be fun to make a quilt pattern with a pirate theme, so today I’m going to tell you a bit about the ship and her crew of salty sea-dogs.  Even if you’re a landlubber, you’ll probably “lub” our brave buccaneers!

Speaking of sailing, where could a rollicking band of pirates go without their seaworthy ship? The pirate’s ship is a foundation paper pieced beauty, complete with appliqued portholes, a Jolly Roger on the foresail.  The beautiful brigantine is ship-shape and ready for an adventure.

The leader of our pirate band is an experienced seaman who lost his right hand during an unfortunate encounter with a shark.  The Captain is now left-handed, but that won’t stop him from sailing with his crew to the coastal settlements, pillaging and raiding for ill-gotten gains.  The Captain’s faithful parrot is always nearby, ready to lend a hand or offer a snappy retort as needed.

The fearless first mate is a more scholarly sort, at least when compared with the rest of the pirates.  He keeps a log of the ship’s stores and a map of her voyages, and is responsible for divvying up the loot, making sure that each crew member gets his fair share.  Our first mate stubbed his left big toe when he was inventorying (or maybe sampling?) the grog barrels in the hold.  His injury didn’t heal well so now he has a peg instead of a leg.  It doesn’t slow him down when it comes to marauding with his mates or queuing up at the mess!

The deck hand is probably the busiest of the pirate crew!  There’s always something to be done to keep the ship in shape, and he’s the guy to do it.  Swab the decks, bail the bilge, guard the captives, or dig for the treasure chest?  He’s at the ready and will do as he is bidden, as long as he is guaranteed his share of the booty next time the ship is in port.

“Land ho!”  The ever-vigilant pirate lookout is in the crow’s nest, keeping the captain informed at all times.  It can be lonely at the top, but the Captain’s parrot visits occasionally to keep the lookout company.  We suspect that the lookout stashes parrot treats in his bandanna to encourage the parrot into coming back to visit!  Like I said before, it is very lonely at the top!

Susan will be stopping by next week to tell you all about the rest of the blocks that are included in the “Pirate Adventure” pattern.  If you’re inspired to make your own quilt full of cute pirates, you can purchase the pattern here:

Pirate Adventure Quilt Pattern

The 39" by 39" Pirate Adventure quilt pattern includes applique patterns for the four pirates, treasure chest, map, desert isle, and shipwreck blocks as well as the paper pieced pirate ship. You'll also get instructions for putting the quilt together.


We have a few more patterns from other collections that would be great companions to the Pirates Adventure quilt, if you wanted to enlarge it for a twin bed instead of a crib!  Here are a few of them:

This big white shark isn’t just good- he’s GREAT!  Sure to make the pirates’ voyages a bit more exciting, the great white shark would be perfect for your project!

This hammerhead shark has a beautiful smile!  Doesn’t he look friendly?  And he’s handsome enough to star in his own movie!  But don’t let his charming good looks fool you- he’s not quite as tame as he might appear to be.

And what would an adventure on the high seas be without a mermaid or two?  This little mermaid has beautiful long hair and the prettiest singing voice that you’ve ever heard!  She’s sure to charm the pirates as their ship passes close to Mermaids’ Rock!

That’s it for this time!  Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading all about our rollicking band of riff-raff!  We’d love to read your comments about the pirates’ adventures!  Until next time. . .

Happy quilting,




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Hi Fellow Quilters,

Last week I wrote about the Gods and Goddess that are featured on our new Viking Gods and Goddess quilt.  This week we’ll explore the Longboats, and discuss the names & meanings of the Runes and the Celtic knot featured on our new pattern, as well as how the days of the week were named.  So get ready to explore your own “inner Viking”!

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Viking longboats, also called “dragon ships” for the decorative figureheads that are featured on many ships, were designed to raid and plunder!  The fore and aft of the boats were identical, so the ship could be rowed safely in either direction, which made it easier to raid villages along smaller rivers and inlets since the crew didn’t ever need to turn the boat around for a quick getaway.  The raider’s shields were hung from hooks along the outsides of the boat to keep them out of the way and to offer a bit of protection.

These longboats had relatively flat bottoms (not a deep keel like other ocean-going vessels) and very little storage (except under the rowers’ benches), so most of their voyages were short in length.

The sails were square and usually made from long pieces of fabric.  If the sail was torn, the Vikings mended it with whatever was available (even if the colors didn’t match), so that is why we see striped sails.


Because the Norsemen, like most sailors of their day, were extremely superstitious and counted on special powers offered by the Gods to protect them and bring success to their journeys, I chose to add Runes to decorate the shields on my Longboat.

Ship blog

While I was reading about Runes, I noticed that there are several different meanings for each symbol (depending on who was writing about them).  These are the names and meanings of the symbols on my shields from left to right:

Tiwas (tee-vaz) – Justice, Battle and Sacrifice – Good Decision Making and Peace Keeping

Eihwaz (eye-vahz) – Tree of Life, Dreaming and Magic – Defense, Foresight and Protection

Othala (oe-tah-lah) – Home, Property and Inheritance – Heaven on Earth

Berkano (bear-cah-nah) – Birch, Birth, Beginnings – Strong Woman

Inguz (ing-ooz) – True Love, Music and Harmony – Successful Completion

Wunjo (voon-yoe) – Kinship, Heritage and Joy – Joy, Happiness, Friendship and Family

Sowilo (so-vel-oh) – Sun, Victory and Good Fortune – Wholeness, Success and Good Health

Celtic Knot

I wanted to use a Celtic knot that was simple yet had a great meaning and so that’s why I chose this one:

Knot blog

This knot means eternal friendship!  Even if you aren’t interested in making Vikings, would this be great made into a table runner, placemats or hot pads for your BFF!

If you’re feeling inspired to create your own Viking quilt, you can purchase it right here:

Viking Gods Quilt Pattern

This 39" X 39" quilt pattern contains block layout and pieces for the Freya, Loki, Odin, Thor, and Celtic knot as well as paper piecing diagrams for the Viking dragon ship. Instructions for the borders and sashes are also included.


Days of the Week

Between the first and third centuries, the Greeks and the Romans named all the days of the week according to seven planets, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury and the Moon.  Each planet had an hour of the day assigned to them, and the planet which started each day of the week gave its name to that particular day!

Not to be outdone, the Nordic people assigned their own deities to represent each day of the week.  The Nordic peoples appear to have been adept at becoming a part of other cultures, because the names they assigned to the days of the week still exist today with the exception of Saturday.

Sunday to the Nordic people was called “dies Solis” in honor of Sol, the Goddess of the Sun, in old English, the day was called “Sunnandaeg”.  The Germanic people referred to it as “Sonntag” which means “Day of the Sun”.

Monday was named for Mani the God of the Moon.  In old English, the day was “Monandaeg” and Middle English “Monenday” which literally translates as “Day of the Moon”.

Tuesday got its roots from Tiwaz which meant Tyr, another Norse God (he was a Norse war god, who presides over matters of law and justice).  In Olde English the day was called “Tiwesdaeg”.

Wednesday was named after Odin who was also called “Woden”, the day was called “Wodnesdaeg”.

Thursday was named after Thor who was also called “Thunor”, the day was called “Thunorsdaeg”.

Friday was named after Freya who was also called “Frige”, the day was called “Frigedaeg”.

Saturday was named after the planet Saturn and the Roman God Saturn.  In old English the day was called “Saeternesdaeg”.  The Norse people did not have a god that represented the same thing as Saturn, so they would refer to the day as “Sunnenavend” which meant “Sunday Eve”, but that name never caught on.  Others called it “Laugardagr” which meant “washing-day”, another name that we don’t use today.

Who would have known?

Thank you for reading our blog!  We’d love to read your comments, of course.

Happy quilting,



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Put A Little Love In Your Quilt!

Hi Fellow Quilters,

Susan & I are so happy to be included in the “Put A Little Love In Your Quilt!” blog hop.  A great big “Thank you!” to our friend Carol at Just Let Me Quilt  for organizing this fun event.  After you’ve finished your visit here, make sure that you hop on over to the rest of the participating blogs and show them some love too!  You’ll find the list of links at the end of this post.

Love and quilting just seem to go together!  We love to quilt, and we’ve realized that we also love to include a few hearts in our quilts.  When Susan and I put our heads together and thought about it, we have quite a few quilt designs that include hearts.  We’ll take a look at each of them today!  But first, here’s a new project that I made just for this event!

VD hot pads finished

I made this pair of Valentine’s Day hot pads using our January “Conversation Hearts” BOM pattern.  I chose two contrasting prints to make the paper pieced hearts.  It took just 1/4 yard each of the two prints to make this cute pair of hot pads.  I used Insul-Bright heat-proof batting, since these are meant to be used!  Each hot pad has four hearts, so I used eight paper piecing diagrams for the project.

VD hot pads start

After the hearts were pieced, I played around with how to place the finished heart blocks.  Here are two of the possible layouts that I considered while I was playing:


While I like the idea of alternating the colors of the pieced hearts, I wasn’t wild about the secondary pattern that forms between them.  Maybe I would have liked it better if I had used a third print for all of the backgrounds, but it just wasn’t working for me with only two-fabrics.  In the end, I chose the placement on the left with all of the identical heart squares on the same hot pad.  This project was quick & easy, finished and ready to use in an afternoon.  If you didn’t get your free copy of the “Conversation Hearts” BOM pattern from our blog in January, it is available for purchase here:

January 2018 BOM “Conversation Hearts” Paper Pieced Block

This 7" by 7" square block is quick & easy to piece with printable foundation paper diagrams. The pattern also includes lettering templates to trace.


And now for some of our other lovely quilts that feature hearts!

Our adorable appliqued elephant  with flowers & hearts would make a wonderful gift for your little sweetheart!  The applique pieces on this cute nursery quilt are large, making it appropriate for a beginning quilter with its big pieces and easy curves.  The hearts in each corner of the center panel say “I Love You!”  Susan chose a jelly roll from Riley Blake Designs, with a coordinating print for the pieced borders.  The leaves and flowers are made from “Toscana” blenders by Northcott.
Girl elephant

Our hippopotamus ballerina just LOVES to dance!  This quilt pattern features heart and flower garlands above and below the dancer, as well as cute paper pieced hearts in the border around her.  Pretty in pink and purple, the “Hippopotamus Ballerina” quilt pattern would make the perfect gift for your cutie pie!Full

And thinking of ballerinas, here’s our Sugarplum Fairy zebra ballerina!  Her swirly, twirly skirt has a a border of hearts all around the waistline.  Can’t you tell by her expression that Zebra absolutely adores dancing on the stage at the ballet!  If you listen very carefully, you can almost hear the music. . .

Our Polar animals quilts also feature hearts in the centers of the appliqued snowflakes and in the cornerstones of the sashes.  You can read more about the polar animals in our recent blog post.

And what’s not to love about this sweet miniature quilt?  At 12″ square, it is just the right size to decorate your home for Valentine’s Day!  I started with our January BOM block, and then made a pieced ribbon border to finish off the quilt.  

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Update:  Thank you to all of our readers who entered the giveaway!  We’re happy to announce that Susan R. is the recipient of a free copy of our “Conversation Hearts Miniature Quilt” pattern.  Congratulations, Susan!  We hope that you’ll enjoy it!

Surprise!  We’re having a giveaway!  We hope that you’ll love it too!  Enter before February 12, 2018, to win a digital copy of our “Conversation Hearts Miniature Quilt” pattern, pictured above!  The winner will be chosen randomly from all entries on February 14, 2018.  (Perfect timing, I’d say!)  We’ll notify the winner via email, and send the pattern as soon as we hear from you.  Just click on our logo below to enter:logo updated

Thank you for visiting our blog today, and for sharing our love of quilting.  We look forward to seeing  your comments!  Keep reading to find the list of participating blogs!

Happy quilting,


 February 5

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Viking Gods and Goddess Quilt

Hi fellow quilters,

It’s Susan here, ready to tell you all about our new “Viking Gods and Goddess” quilt pattern!  I have had lots of fun coming up with the design for this quilt.  I wanted a Viking theme and, as usual, searched in Google to see if I could find anything of interest relating to the Vikings.  I stumbled across articles about ancient Norse Gods and Goddesses, which my inner history nerd found very interesting!  The Norse people were mostly of Scandinavian and Germanic descent; however, as the Vikings invaded other countries, they introduced these Nordic Gods and Goddesses to the people who lived there too.

I found the Norse Gods’ stories interesting, and thought that I would share highlights of each of the Gods represented by the characters on our newest quilt!

Vikings blog

Now let’s talk about the Gods and Goddess depicted in our quilt!


Odin (Father of the Gods) was a widely revered god among the Norsemen because he is the God of Battle, Wisdom, Magic and Poetry.  The meaning of his name is either “fury” or “frenzy”, which inspires warriors and poets alike.  He possesses a never-ending quest for knowledge.

Odin is married to Frigg, the Goddess of love and fertility, patron of marriage and motherhood.

On his shoulders sit Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory), the twin ravens of Norse Mythology.  Each morning, Odin sends them out to see what is going on in the world, and each evening they return to him and report all that they have seen.

Odin blog

Odin also owns his own cool horse named SleipnirSleipnir is very special because he has eight legs and can travel at great speeds through the air and across water!

Odin also has two wolves named Geri and Freki (both names mean “ravenous” or “greedy one”) who travel with him constantly.  Odin has a ravenous thirst for all of the knowledge that he can gain, by whatever means necessary!  This is one of the reasons he has a patch over his eye, but that is a different story that I won’t tell today.

His spear is special too (at least it has its own name), it is called Gungnir!  Norse mythology says that the spear always flies straight and never misses its target.  Any oath sworn with your hand upon Gungnir’s point is unbreakable.

Did you know that Odin was called “Woden” in the medieval English culture and they observed Woden’s Day, which later was called Wednesday?


Thor is generally known to be the God of Thunder, but did you know that he is also the God of Lightning, Storms, Oak Trees, Strength and the Protector of Mankind?

Thor blog

Like Odin, Thor has his own transportation.  Two goats pull him around in a chariot or cart!  Their names are Tanngrisnir (meaning “teeth-barer” or “snarler”) and Tanngnjostr (meaning “teeth grinder”).  I don’t know about you, but with those names I’m positive that Thor’s goats and I would not be buddies!

Thor’s impressive hammer is called Mjolnir and it can crush mountains; however, in order to use the hammer, he has to wear special gloves called Jarngreipr (meaning “iron grippers”).  His belt is named Megingjoro (meaning “Power-belt”) which gives him strength like Hercules!

Oh, and happy Thor’s Day!  Yup, you guessed it!  Thursday bears his name!


Most people think of Vikings only as men; however, the ancient Norse also highly revered women.  Freya is the Goddess of Love, Beauty and Fertility, but she also holds the title of Goddess of Battle and Pleasure.

Freya blog

Odin and Thor may have cool tools, but Freya has her own tricks!  She has a hawk hood that she can put on and turn into a huge bird to fly wherever she wishes!  That is a super hero power that I would love to have!

And talk about bling!  Freya also owns a very powerful necklace named Brisingamen.  No one seems to know exactly why it is powerful, but it is!  I know when I wear my beautiful amethyst necklace, I feel powerful and special!  I guess it’s a girl thing!

Not to be outdone by Odin with his birds, wolves and eight-legged horse, Freya has her own animal companions!  Freya has two cats who pull her chariot, a mare named “Night-mare” and a golden boar named Hildisvini (which literally means “Battle Pig”).

Happy Freya’s Day!  Here in the good ole USA we call it Friday!


Loki is the God of Mischief and Deception as well as the God of Fire.  The word “Loki” means a “knot” or “tangle”.  I don’t know about you, but I really hate it when I get a loki in my embroidery thread!

Little is known about Loki and why he was even counted among the Norse Gods and Goddesses.  Loki’s parents were a giant and a minor goddess, so he twisted relationships between the Gods and Giants at his own whim and only had a cooperative spirit when he could see a benefit for himself.

Loki is both cunning and clever!  He comes up with ideas that sound good at the time but ultimately lead to annoyance or uttermost embarrassment for everyone who assists him in his latest adventures.  As long as Loki thinks it is funny, who cares what others think?  The good news is that if he gets you into trouble with his pranks, he will step forward to save the day, but only if he can be a hero!

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Perhaps Loki was intended to point out that even the Norse Gods and Goddesses needed Loki around to keep them humble!  His face reminds me of the faces of my children when they knew they did something wrong and shamelessly blamed it on their sibling!

I hope that you have enjoyed getting to know the Norse Gods and Goddess!  What do you think about our Vikings?  We’d love to read your comments!  Next week I’ll talk about longboats, the runes included as the shields on my longboat, and more!  Please come back & read all about it.

If you’d like to purchase the Viking Gods pattern, it is available right here on our website!

Viking Gods Quilt Pattern

This 39" X 39" quilt pattern contains block layout and pieces for the Freya, Loki, Odin, Thor, and Celtic knot as well as paper piecing diagrams for the Viking dragon ship. Instructions for the borders and sashes are also included.


Thanks for reading our blog and happy quilting!



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February 2018 Block of the Month

Hi Fellow Quilters,

Welcome to our second Block of the Month!  We’ve started a Face Book group for everyone who would like to share a picture of the project that you’ve made with your blocks, or to see the pictures from other quilters.  We’d love to have you join our Facebook group,  2018 BOM  and post your BOM photos.

February’s Celtic knot block is inspired by the verdant greens of Spring and the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th of March.  Spring is always a welcome change of season after the dreary winter months.  During this time of renewal and growth, I enjoy watching the plants in my garden come back to life.  The greens in my garden range from the soft Spring green of new grass to the deeper green of the holly bushes.

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This month’s pattern features a strip-pieced Celtic-inspired knot block.  The 7″ square block is built in sections from strips that are sewn together and then cut apart again.  My Dad used to joke that we quilters are all a little bit crazy, because we buy whole pieces of fabric, cut them apart, and then sew them back together again.  So here’s to you, Dad!  ☺

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For this block, you’ll need two shades of green fabric and a contrasting background.  I chose a white-on-white print for the background, a Kelly green blender for the main knot, and a lighter green for the contrast pieces.

The “Celtic Knot” pattern is available to purchase here:

February 2018 BOM: Pieced Celtic Knot

This 7″ by 7″ square block is made using quick piecing methods.


Here’s my finished 12” miniature quilt:

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I’ve framed the central knot block with simple borders of the lighter green print and white corner squares.  Each corner has a green appliqued shamrock, in keeping with the St. Patrick’s Day theme.  The block is quilted along the edge of each white piece and around the dark green knot.  My light green borders are quilted with a simple Celtic-inspired design, which I drew myself.  The binding is the same dark green that I used for the block pieces and the shamrock appliques.

The “Celtic Knot Mini Quilt” pattern is now available in our Craftsy and Etsy pattern shops.  You can click on the

Thank you for stopping by for a  visit today!  I hope that you’ll enjoy making your Celtic knot block.  We love to read your comments!  Have you tried out our January BOM pattern yet?  What did you think?  Your feedback would be appreciated.

If you’d like to share a picture or see the pictures of projects from other quilters, please join our Facebook group,  2018 BOM  and post your quilt photo.

Happy quilting,