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Vikings!

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”!

Vikings blog

Longboats

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.

Runes

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.

$15.00

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,

Susan

 

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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.

$2.50

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,

Sharon 

 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

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

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!

FREYA (OR FREYJA) AND SOMETIMES CALLED FRIGA

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

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!

Loki blog

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.

$15.00

Thanks for reading our blog and happy quilting!

Susan

 

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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 pattern will be available to download (free!) until February 28, 2018.  Click here to download.

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 will be available in our Craftsy and Etsy pattern shops, starting in March.  I’ll post a link here when it is ready.

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,

Sharon

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Polar Animals, Continued

Welcome, fellow quilters!

Last week I talked about seven of our amazing animals that are featured on our “Polar” quilt.  This week I’ll talk about the rest of the group and how they are adapted to survive and thrive in their harsh environments.

The Emperor penguin is the largest of all penguin species.  They huddle together for warmth, taking turns standing at the edge of the group to block the wind for the other penguins.   Emperor penguins hold their eggs, and then the chicks, on their feet to keep them from freezing.  Parents take turns caring for the young.

emperor penguin

The polar bear’s white fur helps it to blend in with its snowy environment.  Her ears and tail are quite small, which minimizes heat loss.  She has extra-wide feet to help her walk on top of the snow, as well as paddle in the water.
polar bear pic (1)

The beluga whale is completely white as an adult.  She doesn’t have a dorsal fin, which makes it easier for her to swim under the ice.  Her neck has seven vertebra that aren’t fused, so her head can turn in any direction.

beluga

The bald eagle has keen eyesight that help him find prey and avoid predators.  His feet have sharp talons to hold on to the fish or other small animals that he hunts for food.  He has powerful wings, and can fly at speeds up to 20 miles per hour.

bald eagle

The tundra wolf has smaller ears when compared with wolves who live in more temperate climates.  Her paws have fur on the bottom to help with insulation and traction in slippery surfaces.  The wolf’s paws stay at at temperature that is slightly cooler than the body temperature, reducing heat loss through her feet.

wolf pic 2

The musk ox has strong hooves to dig through the snow to find food in the winter.  His coat has two layers; the long and shaggy “guard hair” plus a shorter, insulating undercoat.  Musk ox herds protect their young and weaker members by forming shoulder-to-shoulder circles, horns out, when approached by predators.

musk ox

The “Polar Animals” quilt has these easy appliqued snowflakes that complement the animal blocks.  You can choose to cut out the heart in the center, or add a heart in a contrasting color.  The pattern also includes instructions for two alternate ways to make the sashes between the blocks, as shown in the finished quilt photos.

snowflake

Thank you so much for visiting our blog today!  I hope that you enjoyed reading about these amazing animals.

If you’d like to make your very own “Polar” quilt, you can purchase the pattern right here:

Polar Animals Quilt Pattern Packet

This fresh 44" by 44" quilt includes applique patterns for thirteen polar animals, the applique snowflake, and instructions for making the quilt. The pattern will be sent via email after payment is completed.

$15.00

Happy quilting,

Sharon

 

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A Perfect Pair of Pugs

Hi Fellow Quilters,

Are you a dog lover?  We love dogs too, as do many other quilters!  Everyone seems to have their favorite breed, and we all love to make dogs who look like our dogs!  We were contacted by one of our readers a few weeks ago.  She told us that she loves our Puppy Park patterns, and she wanted to know if we would consider doing a custom design, featuring a little girl pug and a butterfly.  This sounded like fun to us, so we said “Sure!”

Puppy park girls

Puppy park boys

We got busy, working our “magic”, and had the girl pug puppy pattern finished within a few weeks.  I had also drawn a boy pug puppy, just in case the little girl pug needed a brother.  Our reader loved the idea of having both a girl and a boy, so the boy pug puppy was “born” a couple of weeks later!  We are proud to present the newest additions to our shop!  Aren’t they the sweetest things!

Girly girl blog

Boy oh boy blog

These precocious pups would make the perfect present for your pals who prefer pugs.  Imagine these precious puppies decorating place mats, potholders or even a petite quilt! (Whew!  That’s a lot of “p’s”!)

We decided to offer the pair of pug puppy patterns at a special price, offered only here on our blog:

 

Pug Puppy Pair Applique Patterns

Exclusive offer for our blog customers! You’ll get the applique patterns for both Pug puppies, including applique layouts and individual parts for two 7″ by 7″ square applique blocks. Make the perfect present for the pug patron in your life!

$5.50

The pug puppy patterns are also available in our Craftsy and Etsy shops, if you prefer.

We love it when our customers inquire about designs that we haven’t created (yet)!  If you have an idea for a unique quilt block design that you would like to see, let us know.  We appreciate all suggestions and comments, and would love to work with you!

That’s it for now!  Thanks for reading our blog and happy quilting!

Susan

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Polar Animals

Hi fellow quilters!

Today I’m going to introduce you to some of the animals who are featured in our “Polar Animals” quilt pattern, since it is still winter out there  (at least in the Northern hemisphere)!  This cute quilt features animals who are indigenous to the North and South polar regions.  The harsh environment near the poles makes it necessary for the animals who live there to have special adaptations that help them survive and thrive!

So let’s talk a little about how these amazing creatures are able to live in such a frigid region of Earth!  Our finished quilts are shown here:

 

 

Let’s start off with the caribou!  A native of North America and Eurasia, this animal is sometimes called a reindeer.  (Yup, the same ones who take time off from the herd to help Santa with his sleigh every Christmas!)  Reindeer and caribou are actually the same species but the reindeer is domesticated and the caribou is wild.  One survival skill that the caribou employ is migration in herds to avoid the worst of the winter weather.  They also have snowshoe-like hooves that spread out to help them keep their footing on the ice, snow,  and soft tundra.

Caribou (2)

The Arctic fox is an amazing predator!  A keen sense of hearing allows her to pinpoint the location of small prey animals beneath the snow, so she knows where to pounce to find supper.  The fox’s thick winter coat is white to camouflage her from prey animals, but the coat changes to brown in the summer (camouflage on the snow-free tundra).  Her shortened ears and muzzle help decrease heat loss.

Arctic fox

The walrus has big, strong tusks for defending his territory from other walruses and predators that come to call.  His sturdy body is well-insulated with a thick layer of blubber to help keep him warm in the icy water where he hunts for food.  The walrus loves to sun-bathe on the beach to warm up after a dip in the ocean.

walrus pic

The puffin has water-proof feathers to help him float on the ocean water.  Puffins spend most of their lives at sea, and can swim underwater to pursue the small fish that they eat for breakfast.  The colorful beak makes them attractive to potential mates during their breeding season.  Hey there, puffin!  Lookin’ good.

puffin pic (2)

The sea lion also spends much of her time in the water!  Her streamlined shape and strong flippers help her swim fast and maneuver easily while she’s hunting.  She likes to dine on  fish, of course.  Baby sea lions are usually raised on small rocky islands until they swim well enough to catch their dinner and also avoid their predators.

sea lion

Speaking of predators, there’s a good reason why the orca is also called the “killer whale”.  These intelligent mammals often hunt in packs, and coordinate their attacks with rather sophisticated communication.  Orcas use a variety of hunting strategies, depending upon what (or who!) is on the lunch menu that day.

orca 1

The mysterious narwhal is a very fast swimmer who can dive deep to hunt prey.  His tusk is actually a special tooth, but we’re not entirely sure of the function of the tusk.  The shape of the narwhal’s body minimizes heat loss and improves its speed in the water.  The narwhal’s internal organs are specially adapted to making deep dives.

narwhal pic

Thank you so much for visiting our blog today!  I hope that you enjoyed reading about these amazing animals.  Check back next time to read about the rest of the animals that we chose for our “Polar” quilt.

If you’d like to make your very own “Polar” quilt, you can purchase the pattern right here:

 

Polar Animals Quilt Pattern Packet

This fresh 44" by 44" quilt includes applique patterns for thirteen polar animals, the applique snowflake, and instructions for making the quilt. The pattern will be sent via email after payment is completed.

$15.00

Happy quilting,

Sharon

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Happy Huskies too!

Hi Fellow Quilters,

Sharon here, back to finish introducing the rest of our “Happy Huskies”.  Here’s the link to last week’s post, in case you missed it:  “Happy Huskies!”

So let’s get started!  Are you ready to meet the rest of the gang?

Snowshoeing can be lots of fun, and fabulous exercise too.  This cute Husky loves to stride over the snow in the meadow.  What a great way to explore the wintery landscape!

Snowshoe

Snowball fight!  We’re not going to let those other guys get us this time.  These Husky buddies are ready to face the incoming snowballs, since they built a fort to hide behind during the bombardment.

Snowball FiGHT

This Husky has dreams of competing in the Winter Olympic Games!  Speed skating or figure skating?  Doesn’t matter- she’s happiest when she has blades on her feet and ice under her blades.

SKATE

Wheeeee!  Toboggan rides are such fun.  This little Husky is flying down the hill, and enjoying every second of it.  His colorful scarf flies out behind him as he zooms down the slope.

Toboggan

Have you ever made a snow angel?  The snow here is the perfect depth for this little Husky to make a beautiful angel in the snow!  It is a bit chilly, even for a Husky, but she’s all bundled up in her scarf and jacket so she doesn’t really mind the cold.

Snow ANGEL

Let’s go sledding!  What fun to ride the sled down the hill, then trudge through the snow to the top and take another ride!  It must be a really steep hill  but that’s great!  The steeper the hill, the faster the ride!

SLED

Do you want to make a snowflake?  This pieced snowflake was made using easy quick-pieced techniques!  It looks wonderfully fresh & frosty with our “Happy Huskies”, but would be fabulous in any quilting project that you wish to make.

FLAKE copy

I’m so glad that you took the time to visit our blog today, and I hope that you enjoyed seeing the pictures of the huskies at play in the snow.  What do you think about these designs?  We’d love to read your comments.

If you like, you can purchase the “Happy Huskies” pattern right here on our blog.  The pattern file will be sent to you via email within one business day of your payment.

 

Happy Huskies Quilt Pattern

This fresh & frosty 44" by 44" quilt pattern includes pattern templates and pieces for 13 unique applique huskies at play, as well as piecing instructions for the snowflake blocks and directions for making the quilt.

$15.00

Stay warm, my friends!

Happy quilting,

Sharon

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Happy Huskies!

Hi Fellow Quilters!

This is Sharon, posting today.  Thanks for visiting us here at Ms P!

I’m happy to introduce you to our pack of “Happy Huskies”!  Susan designed these adorable puppy dog blocks, featuring activities for a Husky to do on a snowy winter day.  And here they are!  Sew cute.  I decided to add even more snow to the quilt with some pieced snowflake blocks.  I had SO much fun making the appliqued Huskies and the pieced snowflakes, and I’m delighted to share my finished quilt with you!

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The overall feel of the quilt says “frosty, sparkly, and fun!”  I used a sparkly white fabric for the snow, Northcott’s “Eskimo Snow” for the sky, and some bold blue prints for the snowflakes and sashes.

I was surprised to learn that Huskies’ coats can have many different colors, not just the familiar black and white, so I used a white Kona cotton solid for their faces, and a variety of solid blacks, grays, and browns for their bodies and heads.  If you prefer to call your dogs malamutes or Akitas, then go right ahead!  The shape of their heads are similar and the fur colors can be changed as needed to personalize your pup.

The dogs’ clothing and equipment are made (mostly) from solids and blenders, although I added a few prints for variety and fun.  You’ll probably notice that you could make the Husky pups look like either boys or girls, depending upon the colors of the fabric that you choose for their clothing.

Most of the applique blocks are at an intermediate skill level, so a quilter who has some experience working with raw-edge applique would be able to make them without any problems.  Some of the blocks, like the ice skater, are easier, and some, like the ice fisherman, are more challenging because the design is more complex.  I used a machine blanket stitch and black machine embroidery thread to finish my applique edges.

Finally!  Are you ready to meet our “pack” of puppies?  Here we go!!!

This little Husky puppy is ready to run in the annual “Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race”.  She looks so cozy in her hooded parka, and the sled is loaded with all of the supplies that she’ll need during the race.  I have just one question though: Who is pulling the sled?

Musher

This cool Husky dude loves to swoop down the slopes on his uber-cool snowboard!  No matter how high or steep the mountain, this perky pup is ready for some powder.  Looks like he’s catching some MAJOR air on this run!

SNOWBOARD

Vroom, vroom, vroom!  Time for some fun, zooming around in the snowy meadow.  Look out!  That snowmobile is being driven by a Husky!!!  I sure hope that he has a current drivers’ license. . .

Snowmobile

Swoosh, swoosh, swoosh!  The skier makes graceful turns as she proceeds rapidly down the ski run!  The powder is simply perfect today, and she’s really enjoying herself on this sunny winter afternoon.  Looks like fun, doesn’t it?

SKI

What’s today’s catch?  Hopefully not just a head cold for this ice fishing addict.  Oh, look!  She’s caught a fish, just now.  Oops- sorry to tell you, but that one’s a bit too small to keep.  Oh well!  As they say, even a bad day at ice fishing beats a good day at the office.

FISHING

This gregarious Husky is very good at making new friends, even when his new friends are made from snowballs!  Wasn’t he thoughtful, to share a scarf, cap, and earmuffs with his snowy buddy!  Imagine the mischief that these two will get up to today…

SNOWMAN

If the evening gets too chilly, this Husky pup will have shelter from the storm in his igloo.  For now, he looks cozy enough in his hooded parka and boots.  Perhaps he can invite his little penguin friend inside to warm up when they’re done playing outside.  How about a mug of hot chocolate and a cookie?  Yum, yum, yum.

IGLOO

Thanks so much for visiting our blog today!  I hope that you enjoyed meeting some of our happy Husky friends!  I’d love to read your comments and thoughts about our new frosty friends!  And please stop by next week to meet the rest of the crew.

If you’re interested in making your own “Happy Huskies” quilt, you can purchase it by clicking the link below.  Your pattern will be delivered to your email inbox within a day of purchase.

Happy Huskies Quilt Pattern

This fresh & frosty 44" by 44" quilt pattern includes pattern templates and pieces for 13 unique applique huskies at play, as well as piecing instructions for the snowflake blocks and directions for making the quilt.

$15.00

Happy quilting,

Sharon

Block of the Month · Blog · New Designs · Pieced Designs

January 2018 Block of the Month

Hi Fellow Quilters!

Welcome to our very first (ever!) Block of the Month post!  I’ve had such fun creating these twelve little block designs to share with you, and I hope that you’ll enjoy making them as well.  Please stop by each month for a new design to download (for free!) and join the fun.  I’ve created a special “2018 BOM” group on our Face Book page, meant primarily for sharing pictures of the BOM blocks that everyone makes, and I hope that you’ll join us there too.  Click here to view and join our group!

January’s block was inspired by those little Valentine candy hearts with their sweet messages of love and friendship.  I remember selecting the perfect pieces of candy to enclose inside the requisite Valentine’s Day cards for everyone in my class  at school.  My best friend got “HEY YOU” and “CALL ME”, while my current crush would receive “TOO CUTE” and “BE MINE”.  The boy who teased me without mercy got “NO WAY”, of course.

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This month’s “Conversation Hearts” block pattern features four sweet little foundation paper-pieced hearts with cute embroidered messages.  The 7″ by 7″ square block is simple, with just two colors and seven pieces for each little heart, so they should go together easily for you.  Wouldn’t these little blocks look fabulous for a Valentine’s Day table topper or runner?  I hope that you’ll fall in love with them too!  You should have plenty of time to stitch up a block (or  a few) just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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When choosing your fabric, make sure that you have lots of contrast between the hearts and the background pieces to make the hearts “pop”.  I had this scrap of cute black fabric, printed with multi-colored hearts, in my “private textile collection” and I couldn’t resist using it for my block.  The hearts are made with bright pastel colored “blenders”, which help the black embroidered letters to stand out.  I stitched my letters by hand, using two strands of black embroidery floss.

The Conversation Hearts block pattern is available to 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.

$2.50

02 quilt compressedI used my finished heart block to make a miniature quilt, which I intend to display on the 12″ square quilt stand that sits on a table next to my favorite chair.  I added woven ribbon borders, pieced from a bright pink print and a bit more of the black heart print, to frame my heart block.  I quilted around the hearts, the edges of the block, and in the border, and then finished it off with solid black binding.  I love how it turned out!  The pattern for the miniature quilt is available in our Craftsy and Etsy pattern shops.

Thanks for visiting our blog today!  I hope that you’ll enjoy making your own little conversation hearts block.  We’d love to see your completed projects.  If you’d like to share a picture or see the pictures from other quilters, please join our Facebook group,  2018 BOM  and post your quilt photo.

Happy quilting,

Sharon