Mama and Baby Kangaroo Applique Pattern

In time for Mother’s Day next month – a Mama and Baby Kangaroo applique pattern!

Yep, the 15th of the month means it’s pattern release day in the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club!

Folks have been asking for this kangaroo block ever since I drew it last year as part of my 100 Day Project!

If you’re in the club already, head over to the clubhouse to download the pattern. This link will take you straight to the kangaroo page.

If you’re not in the club yet – here’s the link to join.

Members get an exclusive new pattern every month!

Here’s a quick peek at my kangaroo pair coming together.

I made the kangaroos with the Warm Neutral Batiks fabric bundle. The background block is from the Soft Greys fabric bundle.

I can’t wait to see all the kangaroos you make!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

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Free Giraffe Background Image for Phones and Other Devices

Green giraffe on a purple background - free background image for phones and other devices

Happy April! Here’s your new monthly background image for phones and other devices!

We had a super warm March – and last night a cold front blew in. My bird bath was frozen this morning! I guess Mother Nature is sending us an April Fools joke. 😁

I chose a giraffe this month for no reason except that I think she’s super cute. And I was in the mood for fanciful colors, so she’s a green giraffe.

Want to make your own in any color you like? You can get the Ginny Giraffe applique pattern here.

Download your background image for phones, tablets or computers below. You can get it both with and without the April calendar, in case you want to keep that sweet giraffe on your screens during other months of the year. πŸ™‚

Want to scroll through previous wallpaper options? You can find them all here.

Happy April!

Best,
Wendi

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New Bunny Applique Pattern

four bunnies in bright colors made using the Bunny Hop bunny applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

Woo hoo! A bunny applique pattern!

Yep, the 15th of the month means it’s pattern release day in the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club!

The new pattern this month is a bunny.

But not just any bunny.

See those four bunnies? They were all made with the same pattern pieces!

The pattern includes one head, one body, one muzzle, and two ears – but it has four different eye/eyebrow sets and four different mouths. By twisting and turning the applique pieces and swapping out the eyebrows and mouth – you can create a kajillion different bunnies.

That’s right – your applique blocks can multiply like rabbits. πŸ™‚

(I had to get that in there.)

If you’re in the club already, head over to the clubhouse to download the pattern. This link will take you straight to the Bunny Hop page.

If you’re not in the club yet – here’s the link to join.

Members get an exclusive new pattern every month!

Here’s a quick peek at my bunnies coming together.

I made all my bunnies with the Dots and Gingham Play fabric bundles.

The background blocks all come from the Batik Rainbow fabric bundle.

I can’t wait to see all the bunnies you make!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Try one of our newest quilt patterns! Get the Liz Llama pattern here. Or join the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club to get a new block every month. πŸ™‚

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Free Lion Wallpaper for March 2021

March 2021 free lion on green background desktop wallpaper

Happy March!

Is March coming in like a lion for you? For me it’s coming in like a bedraggled kitten, with tons of rain. But temperatures are dropping and I’m hoping for a little more snow before spring actually arrives.

You can get that lion applique pattern here.

Download your wallpaper below. There are options both with and without the March calendar, in case you want to keep that groovy lion on your screens during other months of the year. πŸ™‚

March 2021 free lion on green background phone wallpaper

Happy March!

Best,
Wendi

Try one of our newest quilt patterns! Get the Liz Llama pattern here. Or join the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club to get a new block every month. πŸ™‚

Make a Pair of Pretty Lovebirds

Woo hoo! It’s the 15th of the month! That means it’s pattern release day in the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club!

The new pattern this month is a pair of lovebirds.

If you’re in the club already, head over to the clubhouse to download the pattern. This link will take you straight to the lovebirds’ page.

If you’re not in the club yet – here’s the link to join.

Members get an exclusive new pattern every month!

Here’s a quick peek at my lovebirds coming together.

Lovebirds come in lots of different colors, but I used the same rainbow color scheme for all three of my samples so you could see the difference just the fabric makes.

I put my favorites on the cover – this pretty pair made with the Batik Rainbow fabric bundle.

I used the Muted Rainbow bundle for the background block.

For the pair you see in the video I used the Rainbow Brights bundle, with a little bit of Little Stripes added in.

I used the Warm Neutral Batiks bundle for the background block.

Finally – here’s a pair made with the Dots and Gingham Play fabric bundles.

I used a bright turquoise from the Batik Rainbow fabric bundle for the background.

I can’t wait to see the lovebirds you make!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Try one of our newest quilt patterns! Get the Liz Llama pattern here. Or join the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club to get a new block every month. πŸ™‚

The 100 Day Project 2021 – 100 Birds

black-capped chickadee applique pattern

For the last few years I’ve participated in the 100 Day Project. Last year was the first year I actually finished it. πŸ™‚

The 100 Day project is awesome. Participants decide on any creative activity they want to pursue for 100 days. It can be ANYTHING! A few that I remember off the top of my head are a jeweler who made 100 pairs of earrings, a potter who came up with 100 different handles, a baker who made 100 different pies, and an artist who designed 100 different alphabet fonts – the sky’s the limit!

Last year I designed a different repeat pattern every day – AND I used that pattern to mock-up a new applique design. Here’s just one example.

illustrated orangutan - cute

I hoped to have a fabric collection come out of it, but I got something else instead. SO MANY QUILT BLOCK IDEAS!

I’ve already designed a quilt pattern using the arctic animals I mocked up.

arctic chill applique quilt pattern cover

I love how it turned out – but it was relatively easy. Just design all the blocks, make a sample, record the video tutorials, and write the pattern!

But one of the ideas that the project sparked last year was a Mix & Match Backyard Birds pattern. As I was drawing some of the birds I see at my feeder, I realized that a lot of the basic parts are pretty much the same. I wondered if I could create some basic templates that could be used to applique just about any of those classic feeder birds. I noodled around with the idea for ten of my hundred days, and it seemed like it would work!

backyard birds applique pattern design process

I’ve taken the months since then to draw up a bunch of templates and now I’m finally ready to test them – just in time for a new 100 Day Project!

The new tests won’t be mock-ups. They’re actually appliqued blocks that I’ll be able to join into a quilt. So exciting!

Here’s Day 1 – a black-capped chickadee, one of my favorite birds.

black-capped chickadee applique pattern

Will I be able to make 100 different recognizable birds using just a few pages of templates? We’re about to find out. πŸ™‚

You can follow along with my progress on Instagram. And the applique pattern will be available at the end of the project – maybe even sooner if the testing goes smoothly and I don’t need to design too many additional templates. πŸ™‚

Want to join in the 100 Day Project? There’s more info here.

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Try one of our newest quilt patterns! Get the Liz Llama pattern here. Or join the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club to get a new block every month. πŸ™‚

February 2021 – Free Lovebirds Desktop Wallpaper

Lovebirds free desktop wallpaper with February 2021 calendar

Happy February!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so I wanted to do something lovey, but not something too specific to the holiday so it will work all month long. πŸ™‚

Lovebirds!

Download your wallpaper below. There are options both with and without the February calendar, in case you want to keep that sweet pair on your screens during other months of the year. πŸ™‚

free lovebirds phone wallpaper with February 2021 calendar

Happy February!

Best,
Wendi

Try one of our newest quilt patterns! Get the Liz Llama pattern here. Or join the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club to get a new block every month. πŸ™‚

Meet Ellen the Elephant!

cute green applique elephant

I love the 15th! It’s pattern release day in the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club!

The new pattern this month is Ellen the Elephant.

I made her in three different colors and this silly green elephant splashing around in pink lemonade was my favorite. πŸ™‚

If you’re in the club already, head over to the clubhouse to download the pattern. This link will take you straight to the elephant’s page.

If you’re not in the club yet – here’s the link to join.

Members get an exclusive new pattern every month!

Here’s a quick peek at my elephant coming together.

I ended up making elephants in three different colors.

Most African elephants are grey, so I made a grey one.

I used the Warm Neutral Batiks bundle for the elephant and Box of Crayons for the background block.

Asian elephants can also be grey, but they’re more often a reddish brown.

I used the Warm Neutrals fabric bundle for the elephant and the Rainbow Sherbet bundle for the background block.

Finally – here’s that silly green elephant.

This one uses the Dots and Gingham Play fabric bundles for the elephant and the Batik Rainbow fabric bundle for the background.

I can’t wait to see the elephants you make!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Try one of our newest quilt patterns! Get the Liz Llama pattern here. Or join the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club to get a new block every month. πŸ™‚

January 2021 Wallpaper

snow monkey in hot spring with January 2021 calendar

Happy New Year!

I’m ready to hunker down for the rest of the winter – sewing, stitching, reading and eating.

Basically, I want to be a snow monkey. Enjoying winter and the cold – but staying warm and cozy. πŸ™‚

Dreamy, yes?

Download your wallpaper below. There are options both with and without the January calendar, in case you want to keep that silly monkey face on your screens during other months of the year. πŸ™‚

snow monkey soaking in hot spring with january 2021 calendar

Happy January! Happy 2021!

Best,
Wendi

Try one of our newest quilt patterns! Get the Liz Llama pattern here. Or join the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club to get a new block every month. πŸ™‚

Meet Shinji the Snow Monkey

I love the 15th! It’s pattern release day in the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club!

The new pattern this month is Shinji the Snow Monkey.

Snow monkeys (Japanese macaques) are one of my favorite winter animals. They do winter like I’d do winter if I had to live outdoors – they soak in natural hot springs!

In real life these monkeys look pretty grumpy – even when they’re soaking. I had to change things in my design a little bit – giving them a blissful hot water smile. πŸ™‚

If you’re in the club already, head over to the clubhouse to download the pattern. This link will take you right to the snow monkey’s page.

If you’re not in the club yet – here’s the link to join.

Members get an exclusive new pattern every month!

Here’s a quick peek at my snow monkey coming together.

I ended up making monkeys in three different colors. There’s the grey one (the most realistic) you see at the top of the post. Then there’s the silly green one you see in the video and here. . .

And I also made a purple monkey – just for a little extra fun.

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Try one of our newest quilt patterns! Get the Liz Llama pattern here. Or join the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club to get a new block every month. πŸ™‚