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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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,

Sharon 

 February 5

Blog · Blog Hop Events

Cookie Day!!!

We so excited to be part of the “Virtual Cookie Exchange” blog hop, sponsored by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt!  You’ll find the schedule at the end of this post, with links to all of the participating bloggers.

Traditions!  Every family has their own, and this is one of our  favorites.  We call it…. Cookie Day!  (I know; not very original, but we like it anyway.)  The photos below are from Cookie Days of Christmas past.

 

 

 

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The family gathers together on a Saturday afternoon during December.  We bring home-baked cookies, lots of sprinkles, and supplies to make several colors of icing.   Our kids have been a major part of Cookie Day since they were old enough to sit up in a chair and hold a cookie!  We spread colored icing on the baked cookies, and then decorate them with sprinkles.  When the cookies are decorated, we eat taco soup for dinner.

There are a few “rules” for cookie day:

  1. We absolutely must listen to Christmas music.  You can sing along if you want to sing.  Dancing is permitted, as long as you don’t step on the dog.
  2. You might will get a little messy.  Festive Christmas aprons are provided, if you like.
  3. You must share the bowls of colored icing with others.  Sharing is caring, don’t you know!  No hogging the green icing; other people may want to make some trees too.  Just sayin’.
  4. If you break a cookie, you have to eat it.  Right away.  Compliance with this rule is generally not a problem, although I strongly suspect that more than a few cookies are deliberately broken.  ;o)
  5. You can decorate as many cookies as you like.  Take home the cookies that you decorate, and enjoy them later.Recipe

Surprise!  We’re sponsoring our very first blog giveaway!  Please click on our logo below to enter for a chance to win.  The prize is a free downloadable quilt pattern of your choice, up to $15 value, from Ms P Designs USA.

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Edited:  Congratulations to MaryBeth L, who chose our “Zoo Animals Quilt” pattern for her giveaway prize!  Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway contest, and made this event so much fun.

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Zoo Animals Quilt

Thanks so much for stopping by today! We appreciate your visit and hope that you’ll have a wonderful Christmas, filled with family, fun, and (of course) traditions!

Happy quilting,

Sharon & Susan


Here’s the 2017 Virtual Cookie Exchange blog hop schedule.  Check out the rest of the bloggers on this list for more traditions, great cookie recipes, and some very nice surprises.

December 5 
Blog · Blog Hop Events

Enter If U Dare!

Enter If U Dare!

We at Ms P Designs USA are excited to participate in the 2017 “Enter If U Dare Blog Hop”, hosted by Marian at Seams to Be Sew and sponsored by The Fat Quarter Shop and Timeless Treasures.  The event runs from October 18 through October 25,  2017.  You’ll see a variety of projects that have been created by nineteen amazing bloggers.   You can register to win one $75 gift certificate from The Fat Quarter Shop, along with a different fat quarter bundle each day, from Timeless Treasures.  We’d like to thank our host, Marian, and our generous sponsors for supporting this event.

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See the “Enter If U Dare Blog Hop” schedule by clicking this image.

IT’S SCARY OUT THERE!  

It’s that time of year again when all the ghosties and ghoulies and things that go “bump” in the night will be dressing up for Halloween.  Instead of depicting children going trick or treating, I decided that our classic animals would have lots of fun being vampires, witches, skeletons and, especially, superheros!

Since this is our first Halloween-themed quilt pattern, I volunteered to make this year’s quilt (which is really quite a selfish act because they had me laughing as I stitched).  I have been calling them “Halloweenies,” but have since learned that is the name many other designers are using for their Halloween quilts … perhaps you can suggest a new (and fun) name for this quilt besides “2017 Halloween Quilt”!  Boring, huh?  I would love it if you would leave a comment below with name suggestions.

Drum roll please!  Here is the big reveal!  Nothing screams Halloween like orange and black!

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Count Porkula very much wants to scare his way into some tasty treats!  With a face like this, he may end up with more laughs than treats!

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Count Porkula Pattern

Lucy really wanted to be a princess for Halloween, but the idea that she could fly among the bats and use magic spells absolutely thrilled her!  Don’t worry though- she is a good witch who brings happiness!

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Witchy Lion Pattern

Leo, you are not fooling anyone!  No matter how clever your disguise, you’ll never convince me that you starred in “The Walking Dead”, or some other zombie movie.  In fact, I don’t even think that you are very scary!   You’d best not come back to my house to TP it, you little rascal!!!!!

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Skeleton Lion Pattern

Mike (our hyena) decided that the only logical choice for his Halloween costume was to be a superhero!  However, no superhero ever said “Go ahead, make my day.” or “Do you feel lucky, punk?”.  Perhaps someone enjoys Clint Eastwood movies just a little too much…

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Hyena Superhero Pattern

Last, but not least, it can’t be Halloween without a spooky castle, a graveyard, a full moon and bats!  It was quite a challenge to put them all together in one 7” block, and I hope that the smiling pumpkin did not frighten you too badly!

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Spooky House Pattern

After all this fun and craziness, what kind of pieced block would complement my finished applique blocks?  I love log cabins, but felt they are too structured for this quilt. I call this a “Wonky Log Cabin”:

 

Wonky Log Cabin Pattern

As you can see, each block is different from the rest.  I fussy cut the centers so that each one had a character of its own.  Sharon and I raided our stashes, and I made a few choice selections from current fabric lines until I had enough Halloween fabric that I didn’t use the piece twice to make my wonky log cabins.  The film strip sashing took some time to plan the best way to put it all together, but I’m very happy with the results!

My friend, Linda, LOVES Halloween and is completely smitten with our Halloween critters, so she took the blocks and did her own thing (yes, the backgrounds behind the appliques are the same, but we are friends, so I shared)!  Here is her work in progress:

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Linda plans to put a black rickrack “web” around the little spider to make the quilt just a little more spooky.  We will update the picture of Linda’s quilt once it is completed.

And finally, Sharon felt that she was missing out on all the fun with these critters, so she decided to use them on new hot pads for her kitchen.  These 7” square blocks are a perfect size, and aren’t they just the cutest!  Here are her wonderful creations:

 

I hope you have enjoyed our Halloween quilting adventures!  I would love to hear from you with any questions or comments, and we’d be thrilled to see your photos if you decide to make something with our Halloween patterns!

Happy quilting,

Susan

Animal Tamer & Fabric Acquisition Expert @ MsPDesignsUSA

 

And now for the Giveaways!

Please click on the images below to enter for your chance to win these fabulous prizes. The rules for the giveaways are posted below.

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One $75 Gift Certificate

 

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This fat quarter bundle of fun flannel fabrics!

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