North Pole Quilt-Along

Ready for a fun project? We’re having a Quilt-Along through the end of the year!

Build a house! Or two. Or a whole neighborhood. 🙂

I’m going to make a quilt – but you can make anything you like. Here are a bunch of free patterns that would work great with these houses.

Get the Shiny Happy Houses quilt pattern here.

Get the free signs to make North Pole buildings here.

If you want to use that shimmery white fabric I used for the snowy ground, you can get that here.

I’m also going to add sashing strips between my rows of houses, to make an extra snowy landscape. ☃️

Tag your photos #WinterCAL2019 and post them to the Shiny Happy People group. The Winter Craft-Along is a larger craft-along for projects that use any Shiny Happy World or FreshStitches winter or holiday pattern. There will be lots of prizes in lots of different categories – including a prize just for North Pole projects.

Happy stitching! I can’t wait to see your houses!

Best,
Wendi

November 2019

Happy November!

It’s feeling autumnal, so I think it’s the perfect time to make a calendar with this fox in fall colors.

Download your wallpaper below. There are options both with and without the November calendar.

And here’s a look at what’s happening at Shiny Happy World this month.

Here are all the links to the things I mentioned. . .

I’ll post details about the Winter Craft-Along tomorrow. 😄

Best,
Wendi

Jack the Tiny Pumpkin – free crochet pattern

Make an adorable tiny pumpkin to celebrate Halloween or Thanksgiving!

It would also be adorable stitched up in red to be a cherry. 🙂

Here’s how to make it!

The skills you’ll need for just about any amigurumi are. . .

You can go through all those posts now, or just hop to them as you get to those points in the pattern – whatever works best for you!

Yarn

This pattern can be used with any weight yarn. The sample is crocheted with worsted weight yarn to make a 3-inch tall pumpkin with a 10-inch vine. You can use thicker yarn/a bigger hook to make a bigger pumpkin, and thinner yarn/a smaller hook to make a smaller pumpkin.

Materials

Stitch into the Back

All stitches in this pattern (that are worked in the round) are worked through the back loop only, unless otherwise directed. Look at this picture.

See how one loop is highlighted in black? This is the back loop, and it’s what you’ll stitch into. Stitching into the back loop creates ridges on the right side of the piece.

Want to see crocheting through the back loop in action? Check out this blog post. It talks all about why Stacey crochets through the back loop and even has a handy dandy video showing how to find that loop. 

Abbreviations

  • ch: chain
  • sc: single crochet
  • sc2tog: single crochet 2 stitches together
  • st(s): stitch(es)

Ready? Let’s jump in!

We’ll start with those googly eyes in white yarn.

Ch 2 (I like to start with a sloppy slip knot. This video shows how. And this video shows how to chain.)

Round 1 sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook (6) This post will help you find that second chain from the hook.

Round 2 sc twice in next st (12) This video will help you if you find it tricky to start the second round.

Round 3 [sc twice in next st, sc in next st.] 6 times (18)

Round 4 sc in each st. (24)

Fasten off with a long tail. Insert a 12 mm eye into the center of the bowl shape. Repeat to make a second eye.

Now for the body. Use orange yarn for the pumpkin. Ch 2.

Round 1 sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook (6)

Round 2 sc twice in next st (12)

Round 3 [sc twice in next st, sc in next st.] 6 times (18)

Round 4 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 2 sts.] 6 times (24)

Round 5 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 3 sts.] 6 times (30)

Round 6 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 4 sts.] 6 times (36)

Round 6 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 5 sts.] 6 times (42)

Round 8-13 sc in each st. (42, 6 rounds)

Round 14 [sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts.] 6 times (36)

Round 15 [sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts.] 6 times (30)

Round 16 [sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts.] 6 times (24)

Round 17 Change to green yarn for the pumpkin top and vine. This post shows you how to get a clean color change. [Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts.] 6 times (18)

Remove hook, but do not fasten off. Stuff the eyes and attach them to the body, as pictured.

Stuff the body and continue crocheting.

Round 18 [sc2tog, sc in next st.] 6 times (12)

Round 19-54 (or until vine is about 10 inches long) Sc in each st. (12, 36 rounds)

Round 55 [sc2tog] 6 times (24)

Close up the tip of the vine using the drawstring method (there’s a video here) and bury the tail.

Tie the vine in a loose knot.

Done!

Make some more – enough to fill a whole pumpkin patch! They’re so much fun to make!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Tucker Tiger Applique Pattern

The Tucker Tiger pattern is in the shop!

This was originally exclusive to the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club. Now everyone can get it!

Get the pattern here.

Want to join the club to get future patterns as soon as they’re available? AND at a discount? Join the club here.

Take a look at some of the terrific tigers that club members made.

Aren’t they fabulous?

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

How to Embroider Almost Everything

My book is out now!

Woo hoo!

I can’t wait to see what you make with all these motifs. There are over 500!

The title is How to Embroider Almost Everything and I took that really seriously. I tried to draw ALL KINDS of different things. Yes – there are your normal embroidery subjects – flowers and trees and cute animals. But there are also pages and pages of other things – like laundry hanging on a line, household tools, colorful cocktails, and more. It was so much fun!

Want to see a peek inside the book? I recorded a video of me looking through my author copy for the first time! You can watch it here.

Want to order it? Here are a bunch of links for places to buy.

If you already bought a copy – thank you so much! I hope you love it!

If you do, please leave a review. You can do that by clicking on any of those purchasing links. Online reviews help so much – especially on Amazon. Like Facebook, they keep the details of their algorithm secret – but they do tell authors that more reviews lead to higher rank in search results. Posting an Amazon review (even a super short one) is a really, really nice thing to do for books you like. 🙂

Happy stitching! I can’t wait to see what you make! We’ll have a special category in our photo contest next month – so be sure to snap a photo and be ready to share!

Best,
Wendi

Speckled Rainbow Fabric

When I find the perfect fabric for one of my quilt patterns, I like to add it to the shop.

This is the perfect fabric for making the Polaroid quilt! (There’s a free tutorial here.)

Take a look at this small Polaroid quilt. I used the same speckly red fabric for the background behind all the Polaroids. That way it looks like the “photos” are all scattered over the same surface.

Fun!

For that effect to really work, I needed to find a fabric that had a random, scattered print. Stripes, a regular pattern, and anything directional were all out – they would make the seams between the blocks too visible. I also nixed the idea of using a solid, because the seams are fairly visible on a solid too. I wanted a small-scale overall print that would hide those seams most effectively. Garden Pindot is perfect!

I picked a rainbow of my favorite colors – one that would work best with a lot of the fabric bundles I use in my quilts and sell in my shop – and I’m selling them here by the half yard. I’m calling them Speckled Rainbow. 🙂

The listing tells you how much you’ll need for each size of Polaroid quilt. The fabric will also work well for basic background blocks in any of my applique patterns, so I included some fabric requirements info for that too.

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

How to Close Up Your Stuffing Opening with the Drawstring Method

Recently I’ve been looking for a different way to close my amigurumi. Slipstitching across the opening works just fine, but sometimes it leaves a pointier top than I would like. I wanted something that was more consistently smooth.

After a bunch of experimentation, I decided on a new method where I close up the top like a drawstring bag. It works really well – and it’s super easy!

Here’s how to do it.

See how easy that is?

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi