March 7, 2017 Q&A

3-7-17 Q&A with Shiny Happy WorldHere’s the live video Q&A from March 7 – now recorded and posted here for those not on Facebook (and those who want the version with all the empty time and fiddly bits edited out).

There was a storm rolling in just as the video started – which means the light was not great and the picture gets pretty pixelated at times – but I got the sound better this time!

Here’s the video.

And here’s a quick key to the questions I answered and links to some of the things I mentioned.

0:20 Am I going to make other animal lovies?

Yes – and I actually have since the video! You can find the bunny pattern here.

1:50 I talk about some new videos on the way.

They’re here now! You can find them at the links below.

How to Assemble a Quilt that Uses an Alternate Grid

How to “Quilt from the Center Out”

3:20 Which cat ended up winning the contest?

That remake of the Cats quilt pattern is finished.

This is the fabric bundle I mentioned with the pretty neutrals I was loving.

4:30 What kind of thread do I use?

These are the Sulky Petites I mentioned for Big Stitch Quilting and some hand embroidery.

This is the 12 wt. black thread I use for thicker outlining on my applique work.

6:30 I chatted about some new fabric bundles I’d like to introduce.

8:10 What handwork am I doing right now?

This is the Big Stitches and Patchy Patchwork class I mentioned.

10:15 What sewing machine do I use?

15:40 What am I working on right now?

I talked a LOT about the dinosaur quilt – still in progress. I showed some of my drawings, talked about working with a graphic designer to covert them to vector images, and talked about what comes next. You can see photos of my progress on Facebook and Instagram, and you can preorder the pattern here.

That’s it! the next live Q&A will be on Tuesday April 4 at 2 pm.

Happy sewing!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

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What Fabrics Go with Cuddle Fleece?

What fabrics match the different cuddle fleece colors?

I got an email the other day from someone who wanted to make a pink Bear Lovie and wanted to know which Sketch fabrics would coordinate with the pink Cuddle Fleece.

That’s a great question! It can be so hard to choose fabrics online – the settings of your monitor can really change the way colors look! So I pulled out all my Cuddle Fleece and my Sketch swatch card and started matching.

I chose three coordinating fabrics for each color of Cuddle Fleece. That will give you some options for it you want a lovie face that’s darker, lighter, or a close match to the fleece. Here are two examples. . .

Bear Lovie pattern from Shiny Happy World

For the Bear Lovie I used dark brown Cuddle Fleece for the body. I wanted the face to be lighter than the body (I wanted to make sure the eyes really showed up well) so I chose Sketch latte for the face, and then an even lighter Sketch linen for the muzzle.

Bunny Lovie pattern from Shiny Happy World

For the Bunny Lovie I wanted the face to be almost the same color as the body – with just a different texture to set it off. I used lavender Cuddle Fleece for the body and Sketch lavender for the face and the linings of the ears.

You can get all the Cuddle Fleece colors here, but I only carry a few of the listed coordinating fabrics in my shop. I include links for those fabrics below each color set, but for everything else you can easily google a supplier. All the fabrics are from Timeless Treasures. The straight up-and-down crosshatch print is Sketch. The diagonal crosshatch print is called Hatch. So to get good results, include the name of the manufacturer, the name of the print, and the color you want – like timeless treasures sketch peony. That’ll pull up a number of online fabric stores that carry it.

Ready for the specific colors?

cuddle brown set

Sketch coffee, latte, and linen are all part of the Warm Neutrals fat quarter bundle.

cuddle camel set

Sketch latte and linen are part of the Warm Neutrals fat quarter bundle.

cuddle charcoal set 2

Sketch smoke, dove, and mist are all part of the Warm Neutrals fat quarter bundle.

cuddle lavender set

Sketch lavender is part of the Rainbow Brights fat quarter bundle.

cuddle lime set

Sketch neon is part of the Rainbow Brights fat quarter bundle.

cuddle midnight set

Sorry – I don’t carry any of these in my shop. 🙁

cuddle pink set

Sketch peony is part of the Rainbow Brights fat quarter bundle.

cuddle red set

Sketch peony is part of the Rainbow Brights fat quarter bundle.

cuddle turquoise set

Sketch teal is part of the Rainbow Brights fat quarter bundle.

cuddle violet set

Sketch lavender is part of the Rainbow Brights fat quarter bundle.

So – to answer the original question – for a pink Bear Lovie I would use the pink Cuddle Fleece for the body, Sketch pink for the face, and Hatch blush for the muzzle.

That’s it! Coordinating fabrics for all the Cuddle Fleece colors I carry. And now I kind of want to make lovies in ALL THE COLORS!

Happy sewing!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

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Quilting from the Center Out to the Edges – a video tutorial

Quilting from the Center Out to the Edges - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

What does it mean to start quilting in the middle and work your way out?

I get this question a LOT – so I made a video showing the answers.

That’s right – answers.

Because the answers are different depending on whether you’re quilting by hand or by machine!

See?

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

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How to Assemble a Quilt that Uses an Alternate Grid – video tutorial

How to Assemble a Quilt that Uses an Alternate Grid - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Quilts that “break” the traditional simple checkerboard grid can be really fun and dynamic, but if you’ve never worked with an alternate grid before, figuring out how to assemble the blocks can be kind of tricky. Take a look at the Noisy Farm quilt.

Noisy Farm quilt pattern from Shiny Happy World

You can’t just sew all the blocks into rows and then sew the rows together!

Instead of rows or columns, you break these quilts into chunks – and there’s an easy way to figure out how. That’s what I show you in this new video. 🙂

See? Now that you know how easy it is, try breaking the grid on your own! You could take the Playful Puppies pattern – a simple grid. . .

Playful Puppies - a fun and easy applique quilt pattern from Shiny Happy World

. . . and add a bunch of half-blocks with puppy sounds using this free alphabet pattern. Arf! Woof! Yip!

Copy the layout of this Woodland Critters quilt. . .

Woodland Critters quilt pattern from Shiny Happy World

And you could have a really fun and dynamic version of the puppies quilt all your own! Noisy Puppies!

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

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QuiltCon 2017

QuiltCon 2017

I went to QuiltCon for the first time and it was So Much Fun!

QuiltCon is a modern quilt show – so it was right up my alley. I didn’t get into any of the classes – but next time I’ll be more organized and I’ll be online the day those registrations open. They had a great slate of instructors there!

So for me it was a shopping and soaking up inspiration weekend. 🙂

The quilts in the show were amazing! Here are some of my favorites. . .

Bling by Katherine Jones

Bling by Kat Jones was the big show winner. I’m completely in awe of it. Isn’t it amazing? Abby Glassenberg recorded a podcast with Kat during the show and it was really interesting to listen to her talk about it. You can listen to that here.

Arches by Leah Pahlmeyer

Arches by Leah Pahlmeyer was inspired by her time in Alhambra, Spain. I just love the repetition of shapes, the solids, the simple quilting.

Cursive by Paige Alexander

I loved Cursive by Paige Alexander – it made me look closer and closer. The quilting is like those practice pages of letters we used to do in grade school. 🙂

Inner Monologue by Anne Sullivan

You all know I’m a sucker for stripes, so of course I loved Inner Monologue by Anne Sullivan. I love everything about this! Here’s a closer look at the stitching detail – a mix of machine and hand stitching.

Inner Monologue detail

Yum!

Mend by Melanie Tuazon

Speaking of big stitches – look at Mend by Melanie Tuazon! It makes me think of huge running stitches!

Moonie McMoonFace by Melissa Averinos

This is Moonie McMoonFace by Melissa Averinos. That title just makes me smile. 🙂 She does a lot of improv face quilts and this was her first attempt to make one that she could release a pattern for that people could reproduce. I love it!

My Cat Is a Jerk by Monica Solorio-Snow

My Cat Is a Jerk by Monica Solorio-Snow was made after she took one of Melissa’s improv face classes. I love it! And I think I really want to take one of these classes sometime. It would be loads of fun!

Organic Mid-Century Mod by Laura Bennet

This one is completely different – Organic Mid-Century Mod by Laura Bennet. Beautiful!

Sunday Best by Michelle Wilkie

Sunday Best by Michelle Wilkie really caught my eye. She made this in bits and pieces every Sunday over a period of months.

Vertigo by Elaine Poplin

Vertigo by Elaine Poplin knocked my socks off and made me dizzy. If you look closely you’ll see that it’s four simple circles – but the way they’re offset and the angles of the squares that make up the rings make the whole thing spin. Wow.

There were more show quilts that I loved – but I accidentally took videos of a lot instead of photos. Oops!

My favorite booth quilt was this one at Michael Miller Fabrics.

Michael Miller booth quilt

Look closer!

Michael Miller detail

Most of the quilt is quilted so densely that it makes the less-quilted parts really stand out. Just awesome!

Michael Miller makes the fabrics I used in my two newest fabric bundles – Box of Crayons and Dots.

And here’s my favorite purchase.

Malka Dubrawsky fabric and Wonderfil thread

The fabrics are hand-dyed batiks from Malka Dubrawsky and the threads are gorgeous 8 wt. (that’s even thicker than 12 wt.) rayon threads from WonderFil. You’ll be seeing more of these soon. I can’t wait to play with them!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

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March Free Calendar

Free March calendar from Shiny Happy World

Happy March!

I’ve been fairly obsessed with Big Stitch quilting lately (“lately” = for the last year or more) and seeing all the gorgeous big-stitched quilts at QuiltCon has definitely fanned the flames. So I thought I’d use a photo from my very first Big Stitch project for this month’s calendar. 🙂

If you want to give Big Stitch quilting a try, you’re got several options.

I’ve got a basic free tutorial video here.

I’ve got a whole video workshop here, with projects big and small you can make.

And if you want to make the quilt you see in the wallpaper image, you can get the free pattern here.

If you just want to look at the pretty stitches, here’s the free wallpaper for the month in common sizes for computers, tablets and phones. 🙂

Download the 2560×1440 wallpaper.
Download the 1920×1280 wallpaper.
Download the 1280×800 wallpaper.
Download the iPhone wallpaper.
Download the iPad wallpaper.

I don’t have an iDevice, but I’ve heard that changing the wallpaper on iPhones and iPads can be tricky if you’ve never done it before. Here’s a tutorial I found that looks pretty clear.

Enjoy!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

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2-7-17 Video Q&A – the recording

hello? Live Q&A sessions with Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy WorldI do my live video Q&As on Facebook, but not everyone is on Facebook and not everyone can tune in to them live. So here’s a recording! With all the boring bits edited out. 🙂

It’s still long – almost 30 minutes – so here’s a quick annotation if you’d like to skip to certain questions.

0:00 Do you pre-wash your fabric?
2:55 Have you ever used a longarmer?
3:41 Can you recommend a good machine for Free Motion Quilting?
6:00 What do you listen to while you work? Music? Audiobooks?
7:20 What size sashing do you use for your blocks?
8:30 A comment recommending a machine for Free Motion Quilting
9:30 How do you design your patterns? I give an example from a current project.
21:08 A question about the quilt blocks hanging behind/above me.
24:30 A nice comment about my husband’s books. 🙂

I highly recommend the section at 9:30 about how I design my patterns. I shared an extended sneak peek at a new project I’m currently working on and wildly in love with. 🙂

Bear lovie - a work in progress from Shiny Happy World

And here’s an image and a link for the question about sashing. I was recommending the wonky sashing I taught in my Cute Quilt As You Go Applique Monsters class on Craftsy. These guys busting out of their wonky sashing are one of my favorite examples of what that can look like. 🙂

Monster quilt blocks busting out of their sashing frames! So much fun!

That’s all! I’m going to try to do one of these every month – so the next one will be Tuesday March 7 from 4-4:30 pm eastern time. Mark your calendars!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

Free February Calendar

Free February calendar from Shiny Happy World

Happy February!

This is one of my very favorite embroidery patterns. It’s so versatile and fun to stitch. I love all the different patterns inside the hearts! You can add a heart to the corner of a tea towel, to the hem of a pair of jeans, to the pocket of a shirt, and more.

Stitch a heart or a cluster of hearts anywhere you like. You can get the pattern here. Use the discount code LOVE for 20% off this pattern all month long. 🙂

Here’s the free wallpaper for the month in common sizes for computers, tablets and phones. . .

Download the 2560×1440 wallpaper.
Download the 1920×1280 wallpaper.
Download the 1280×800 wallpaper.
Download the iPhone wallpaper.
Download the iPad wallpaper.

I don’t have an iDevice, but I’ve heard that changing the wallpaper on iPhones and iPads can be tricky if you’ve never done it before. Here’s a tutorial I found that looks pretty clear.

Enjoy!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

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Silly Sloths – a New Quilt Pattern!

Silly Sloths Quilt Pattern from Shiny Happy World

There’s a new quilt pattern in the shop!

Watch this short and silly video to see it come together. Make sure you have your volume on – there are fun sound effects. 🙂

Get the quilt pattern here.

Get all the details about the fabrics I used here.

If you’re still deciding on what pattern you want to use for the free Let’s Make a Quilt video class – this one would be perfect. I think it’s the easiest pattern I’ve ever designed!

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

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Silly Sloth Fabrics

Silly Sloths Quilt Pattern from Shiny Happy World

A lot of people have asked about the fabrics I used for the Silly Sloths quilt pattern.

They’re all from Dear Stella Design.

I used five different prints, with three colors (a dark, medium and light) for each print.

I used the darks for the background blocks and the eye patches.

I used the mediums for the bodies.

I used the lights for the faces.

I used solid black for the eyes and noses.

Here are the specific prints I used. . .

Scallop Dot Fabrics from Dear Stella

Scallop Dot

  • dark – Tangerine
  • medium – Sorbet
  • light – Whisper

Wee Gallery Hearts fabric from Dear Stella

Wee Gallery Hearts

  • dark – Turquoise
  • medium – Mint
  • light – Smoke

Positive fabric from Dear Stella

Positive

  • dark – Ink
  • medium – Atlas
  • light – Smoke

Net fabrics from Dear Stella

Net

  • dark – Mustard
  • medium – Butter
  • light – White

Polka Dot fabrics from Dear Stella

Polka Dot

  • dark – Coral
  • medium – Blush
  • light – Silver

Here’s a photo showing the binding and a bit of the back.

Finished Sloth Quilt - pattern from Shiny Happy World

I used charcoal Cuddle Fleece for the back and Steam Texture in Smoke (also from Dear Stella) for the binding.

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

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