Applique Designs · Blog · New Designs · Pieced Designs

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!

FULL C

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.

02 VD block compressed

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.

DSCN1645 (2)

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 download, free of charge, until  January 31, 2018.  Click here for your free download.

 

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 will be available, starting in February, 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