Show & Tell Time!

It’s Show & tell Time again! Today I’m sharing some AMAZING quilts that Shiny Happy People have been making. 🙂


Take a look at the lovely Woodland Critters quilt that Melinda made!

Woodland Critters quilt made by Melinda

She writes. . .

I learn more with each quilt. This was the first time I cut blocks larger and quilted first. I don’t think I will ever quilt after appliquĂ© again. So much easier. Thank you for making quilting fun!!!

She made one too many owl blocks, so made the extra into a terrific pillow too.

Owl pillow made by Melinda

And – as if that’s not enough – she also made this gorgeous Safari Quilt!

Safari quilt - made by Melinda

Look at how great the quilting shows up on those solid-colored background blocks!

Patterns: Woodland Critters Craftsy Class (this is a discounted link just for my readers), Safari Quilt


Connie made this cute monster quilt.

Connie's monster quilt

I love how she adjusted the position of the pupils to make them look at each other. 🙂

Pattern: Scary Squares


Look at the fun flower quilt that Jan made using a single block pattern!

Jan's sweet Repotted Posies quilt

She writes. . .

I enjoyed making your cute free pattern. I used men’s shirts for the background and the posies are recycled from a piece of 70’s clothing. I named it Repotted Posies. Thank you for sharing the pattern

Look closely! She added a button to the block intersections. So perfect with the men’s shirting fabric!

Pattern: Pretty Posy (free)


Kathi sent photos of two Shiny Happy Quilts she’s made. Take a look at these puppies first!

Kathi's cute puppy quilt

I love the improv-pieced strip of scraps on the back!

And take a look at these monsters!

Kathi's adorable monster quilt

I especially love the green/orange one at the bottom. Such a fun idea!

Patterns: Puppies Quilt, Scary Squares Quilt


Anne-Marie also sent a couple of projects! First – look at the cute playmat!

Anne-Marie's adorable playmat

Anne-Marie writes. . .

I’ve just finished making a baby play mat from your craftsy quilt pattern!  It’s not perfect, but it is very cute. I hope my friend’s new son will like it!

I bet he loves it! I especially love the way she added a big monogram to that center tree block. 🙂

She showed us her Chirp quilt before. (Her first quilt! You can see it here.) Now she’s made some cushions to match!

Anne-Marie Chirp sofa

She writes. . .

I decided to use up my last few scraps of material from my crazy Chirp quilt to make a few cushions. I went as crazy as usual and made four cushions to match my couch quilt and I thought I’d send you a few pictures. Thank you so much for providing the perfect escape from my hectic life.

I love them!

Pattern: Patterns: Woodland Critters Craftsy Class (this is a discounted link just for my readers), Chirp Quilt


I love this Princess Puppy tote bag!

Cindy's Princess Puppy tote bag

Cindy writes. . .

I couldn’t resist adding a little embellishments. 🙂 Love your patterns!

The addition of the jeweled crown is so cute!

Pattern: Puppies Quilt


This is Michelle’s first quilt!

Michelle's very first quilt!

She writes. . .

Just wanted to show you a couple of pictures from my first (ever!) quilt. I used your Thick & Thin pattern and made it for my daughter. While I really loved the original colour scheme you used, my daughter is much more of a pink girl, so we chose the Sunrise palette instead. I backed it in hot pink fleece similar to cuddle fleece called nursery fleece, which is much easier to get in Australia. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and she loves it. Thank you for such a wonderful (and easy to follow) pattern.

It’s lovely!

Pattern: Thick & Thin (free)

Diane and Friends

Diane and her friends get together every Tuesday to make things that they raffle off for charities. Look at the puppies!

Diane's fabulous dog quilt for charity

Diane writes. . .

We made this quilt in just 3 weeks, to raffle for funds for our off-leash dog park. We sold 200 tickets at $3.00 each, and I am now making another one for a person who bought 64 of the tickets and did not win! She just has to have one!

I just love how many of the cat and dog quilt have been made to raise money for animal shelters and other good causes! It makes my heart happy. 🙂

Pattern: Puppies Quilt


I love, love, LOVE this farm quilt Ginette made!

Ginette's fantastic farm quilt!

She writes. . .

Is this not the cutest little girl farm quilt! It was received with ooo’s and ahhhh’s. Three newbie quilters snatched it up for detailed examination much to my pleasure. Thank you, Wendi, for a well written, fun, versatile pattern.

It IS the cutest little girl farm quilt!

Pattern: Noisy Farm


Look at this pretty embroidered quilt!

Kati's pretty embroidered quilt

Kati writes. . .

I used the butterfly and a flower pattern of yours to try embroidering on felt for the first time while we were traveling last year. Then I came home and attached them to fabric to make this little quilt for my daughter.

It’s beautiful!

Patterns: Flutterby and Blossom (both free)


We’ve seen lots of puppies so far, but Carol is sharing some kitties!

Carol's beautiful cat quilt

She writes. . .

On seeing your cat quilt pattern, my daughter was desperate to have a large floor cushion with this design. Here it is. It just made me smile all the time that I was working on it. I am still smiling! Thank you.

I love hearing that so much! My goal is always to make patterns that make people smile. 🙂

Pattern: Cats Quilt


Jordana has been making some fun doll quilts!

Jordana's fun doll quilts (and pillow)

She writes. . .

I got a huge bag of random scrap fabric at a thrift store for $3 that’s been perfect for doll clothes and quilts. Not great for color coordination but excellent for practicing!

I love them!

Patterns: Sprinkles Quilt (free), Dress Up Bunch Bedtime Collection (quilt, pillow, pillowcase and pajamas)


I love this project from Ann!

Anne's adorable mug rugs

She writes. . .

I had a number of 2.5 inch squares (at least I think that is what I started with) from trying out a friend’s Accuquilt cutter. So I decided to try out doing Disappearing 9-Patch with a few more twists. I really liked the way they turned out but didn’t want to make enough for a quilt. So, with thinking cap on, realized that if I reduced the size of some your appliqued quilt blocks they would be a perfect match.
Result: 6 mug rugs, or maybe 6 place mats for a teddy bear’s picnic. Thanks for all the patterns and tutorials.

I love this idea! It’s a great way to get a totally new project out of your appliquĂ© patterns!

Patterns: Chirp, Wild Flowers, Cats


I love this quilt mixing and matching blocks from several patterns!

Marge's pretty quilt - cats and dogs and flowers
It’s so much fun when people play with the patterns like that!

Patterns: Puppies, Cats, Wild Flowers


I love this bear quilt from Deb!

Deb's cute peekaboo bear quilt
She writes. . .

I just need to quilt it! Donated to my school, Paddington Station Preschool in Denver for our annual auction! Had so much fun making it. Your videos were great!

The bright primary colors for the background blocks are so perfect for a school!

Pattern: Peekaboo Bear

What a fantastic and inspiring collection of quilts! Thanks so much to everyone for sharing!

Happy sewing!

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Show & Tell Time!

It’s Show & tell Time again! And today I’m sharing some AMAZING quilts that Shiny Happy People have been making. 🙂

On Safari

Diane made a beautiful version of the Safari Quilt.

Diane's Safari Quilt

Now it’s hanging in the Sunday School wing of her church. 🙂

Pattern: Safari Quilt

Karrie’s Cats

Love the minky back for extra cuddliness!

Karrie's Cat Quilt

Karrie writes. . .

Here is my cat quilt with a minky back. Second quilt ever & your tutorials gave me confidence to do it 🙂

I love hearing that! And it turned out great!

Pattern: Cats quilt

Cindi’s Controlled Chaos

Look at these blocks!

Cindi's Controlled Chaos


Cindi writes. . .

Really enjoying working on these blocks and this quilt. Kind of glad now that I’m so far behind in the blocks, I don’t know if I could wait for the next block to come out. Thanks so much for the tutorials they are very helpful. I love sewing and feel so happy I can finally use the fabric pieces I have saved for something other than taking up space.

I can’t wait to see the finished quilt!

Pattern: Controlled Chaos (free ongoing series)

Stephanie’s Noisy Farm

I love the colors!

Shephanie's Noisy Farm Quilt


There’s one particularly noisy member of Stephanie’s farm. Her grandson!


Stephanie writes. . .

My 3 month old grandson Henry has been keeping my daughter and son-in-law up all night. So I decided to make a pillow featuring Henry as a rooster.

Ha! Ha! Ha! I love it!

Pattern: Noisy Farm

Stephanie also made a sweet pillow for a friend.


Stephanie writes. . .

I made a small pillow for a friend who’d just lost her orange tabby. I added two mice to balance the design. I used wool felt because I liked the colors I had in my sewing room.

What a sweet gift!

Pattern: Spooky Cat (free) and the mice from the Noisy Farm Quilt

Jake’s Memorial Quilt

I’m so touched by the people using the dog and cat patterns to memorialize their beloved pets.

Beautiful Puppy Quilt

Deborah writes. . .

I never thought about sending a picture of my quilt until I read your newsletter. I did a blue backing to finish it. It was dedicated to our Lab, Jake, who passed away in November.

Here’s a detail of the memorial block for Jake.

Beautiful Puppy Quilt

So, so sweet.

Pattern: Puppies Quilt

Jill’s Charity Quilt

Just look at the colors in this one!

Jill's Charity Quilt

Jill writes. . .

Thanks for your Charity Quilt pattern–I tried it and it was so fun and easy and a terrific way to use up all those scraps I can’t seem to throw out… Also, thanks sooo much for your Quilt As You Go tutorial…now I finally get it and what a difference!

It’s sooooooo pretty!

Pattern: Scrappy Charity Quilt (free)

Anne-Marie’s Beautiful Birds

Can you believe this is her first quilt?

Anne-Marie's Beautiful Birds

Anne-Marie writes. . .

I’m sure it’s not perfect by any means but it’s not too bad for my first attempt at a quilt!

Thanks so much for the beautiful pattern, I loved using it and have had loads of friends ask me where I got it! I’ll have to find something else to do with my time now…..maybe some matching cushions??!!!

I can’t wait to see what she makes next!

Pattern: Chirp Quilt

Joy’s Baby Quilt

I love this sweet baby quilt!

sweet baby quilt

Joy writes. .

Thanks to your lovely pattern, clear instructions and hints about the sticky stuff (whatever it is called) we finished our quilt for baby Lucia Rosalie Sharpe. We embroidered the dog’s names and some contributors made up their own dogs names, hence the inclusion of “Lulu” and “Karl.”

I love it! And for those wondering – the “sticky stuff” is Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy and it’s terrific for adding embroidered details like these sweet puppy names. 🙂

Pattern: Puppy Quilt

More Adorable Puppies

Look at Rebecca’s quilt! She added a mutt!

Rebecca's Mutts

Rebecca writes. . .

I really enjoyed this method of quilting. But I had to play around with the pattern just a little. I always do. I made all the ears floppy. And rather than make a one dog more than once I took pits from one dog and matched it with another to make a true mutt. And of course I added borders. Thanks so much for the pattern and tutorials. All very helpful.

Pattern: Puppies Quilt

Clever (and Easy) Pillow Cases!

What a great way to use applique patterns!

Carolyn's Bunny Pillows

Carolyn writes. . .

Easter pillow cases for my three boys. 🙂 Very quick applique onto cheap store bought pillow cases as time is a little short this Easter!

I love these! I’m always so excited to show additional ways to use an applique patterns and these are terrific!

Pattern: Mix & Match Bunny Blocks (free)

Mimi’s Bunnies


Mimi's Bunny Table Runner

Mimi used the same bunny pattern to make this springtime table runner. I love how it turned out!

Pattern: Mix & Match Bunny Blocks (free)

Maria’s Cats (and friends)

I love all the little friends that Maria added to the Cats Quilt!

Maria's Cat Quilt

Look closely! You’ll see a bee, a spider, a mouse, and a fabulous fish in a bowl!

Pattern: Cats Quilt

Cats and Dogs. . . Living Together

Just look at what Jeanne made!

Dog and Cat Quilt


Jeanne writes. . .

Here is the dog/cat quilt I made to donate to a local animal shelter as part of their fundraiser. It was raffled off and made some nice $$$ for our furry friends.

Two of my favorite things – people mixing and matching blocks from different quilts, and quilts made for animal shelter fundraisers!

Also – fantastic fabric selection on this beauty!

Patterns: Cats Quilt and Puppies Quilt

What a fantastic and inspiring collection of quilts! Thanks so much to everyone for sharing!

Happy sewing!


Show & Tell Time!

Last week’s Show & Tell post was all about quilts. This week I’m sharing the amazing stuffed animals you all have been making!

A Warren Mobile!

Let’s start with this incredible mobile Tess made!

She posted complete instructions on her blog so you can make one too! Look at the details she added to the bears. . .

Awesome mobile made from the free Warren pattern!

The beard! The monocle! The bowtie! I love them all!

Pattern: Warren the Charity Bear (free)

Sweet Softies and Adorable Kids

I absolutely love this photo that Carrie sent of her girls with the softies she’s made for them.

Adorable softies and adorable kids - both made by Carrie

She writes. . .

I’m just realizing on this trip how much my girls really do love their softies!  That’s Ellie all snuggled up with a Fat Cat. Kate’s favorite way to snuggle with Bertie is to use its belly as a pillow and the big feet to warm her ears!

And look at this!

Adorable softies and adorable kids - both made by Carrie

Photos like this make me so happy!

Patterns: Franklin the Fat Cat and Bertie Bunny. She made the cute kids with no pattern at all!

Beautiful Blue Benson Bunny

Kim made this beautiful Benson Bunny!

Beautiful Blue Benson Bunny made from a baby blanket

She’s in the UK and couldn’t find the cuddle fleece that I used. Guess what she used instead?

I actually made my bunny out of a very soft and ‘feel-y’ baby blanket I bought in a discount store (ÂŁ4 – maybe $6? – for a blanket 1m x 0.75m) – it worked well, but it was very fluffy to work with! The Soft and Stable was easy to work with and actually made the sewing a bit easier when it was that side down! Everything else I had, so he was an economical project for me. 🙂

He looks so huggable!

Pattern: Benson Bunny

Lots of Warren Bears – All Different!

Kathy has been busy making lots and lots of Warren bears to send to Aids orphans in South Africa through the organization Knit-a-Square. Just look at them!

Lots of colorful and fun Warren Bears - made with a free pattern from Shiny Happy WorldI love how bright and colorful they are!

Kathy writes. . .

You can probably tell how much I love making them, and am building up supply choices so each bear is different. Then each child will feel individual and special, well I hope so anyway. 🙂

I love the addition of the stars and butterflies!

Pattern: Warren the Charity Bear (free)

More Charity Bears

Caroline also donates her bears through Knit-a-Square. Look at the pretty ones she made!

Charity Bears for Knit-a-Square, made by Caroline

I love those soft pink ones! And the brown bear has terrific eyes!

Pattern: Warren the Charity Bear (free)

Fabulous Leonard

Leonard is one of my favorite patterns, and this version is spectacular!

Fabulous Leonard made by Caitlin

I love, love, LOVE the color choices! So perfect and monstrous! And that furry back. 🙂

Pattern: Knuckleheads

A Sweet Warren

I love this bear that Laney made!

Sweet Warren Bear made by Laney

Look at that herringbone tummy patch! It matches one of the squares in the quilt!

Pattern: Warren the Charity Bear (free)

A Squishy Bertie Bunny

Look at the bunny that Patricia made!

A super squishy Bertie Bunny!

She writes. . .

I thought you might like to see a picture of Buster in white velour.  I had forgotten how tricky velour can be as it insists on curling. Happily, our fabric store did have the doll needles.  I made him for my great niece’s first birthday, along with a pile of favourite books my grandsons no longer read.

That velour can be kind of a bear to work with (the curling makes me crazy) but it does make spectacularly squishy softies. 🙂

Pattern: Bertie Bunny

An Epic Pile of Charity Bears

This just takes my breath away!

A massive pile of Charity Bears - all waiting to be donated!

Beatrice made all of these bears to donate to orphanages and cancer hospitals in Egypt, where she lives.

How many?

The photo shows 54 bears, but she’s actually made 62. 62 bears! And they’re all baby safe with sewn-on eyes.


Pattern: Warren the Charity Bear (free)

Milton Monkey

Karen made this dapper monkey.

A dapper Milton Monkey made by Karen.

She writes. . .

My dog Zoey want this to be a squeaky toy sooo badly!

My dog Augie always wants to check out the softies I make – but they’re never for him. He can chew through one in minutes!

Pattern: Milton Monkey

A Sweet Piggy

Terri made this adorable round piggie!

Terri's adorable round piggy, made with a pattern from the book Creature Camp

Isn’t she a cutie! Her name is Petunia. 🙂

Pattern: Percy the Piggy from the book Creature Camp

A Pair of Silly Monkeys

Brett made two monkeys!

a pair of silly monkeys made by Brett

She writes. . .

Here’s my Milton. He turned out so cute! My daughter wanted him to have a friend, so she picked out this pretty lady. Love the bow!!

I love the pink tummy! And using the bowtie as a hair bow is a great idea!

Pattern: Milton Monkey

Best Friends

Susan made this adorable Elliott and his best friend, Maurice.

Adorable Elliott and his best friend, Maurice - made by Susan

Aren’t they cute together?

Patterns: Elliott Elephant and Maurice the Mouse

And a Milton

Susan made this Milton too!

a dapper Milton Monkey made by Susan.

I love him!

Pattern: Milton Monkey

AND a Pig AND a Puppy!

Susan made these cuties too!

Adorable Nellie and Buster - made by Susan

Wow – she’s been busy! She writes. . .

I wanted to show you the two softies that I made for my niece and nephew in San Diego. We Facetimed with them on Christmas, and my sister-in-law said my niece loved Nellie – I also included a spiderweb and Aranea as well.


Pattern: Nellie the Pig and Buster the Dog

A Wee Mouse

Marian made this little black and white mouse as a holiday gift.

A tiny mouse with Santa

She posted about it here. You can find more info there too about that Santa. 🙂

Pattern: Mischief of Mice

Silly Friends

Susan sent in this cute photo of Nellie with her best friend Aranea sitting on her nose. 🙂

Nellie and Aranea goofing around - made by Susan

Patterns: Nellie the Pig and Aranea the Spider

A Silly Snake

My little Snake Charmers pattern is often the first thing kids grab when I teach classes. I love what Emma did with it!

Emma enlarged the little Snake Charmers pattern to make a huge boa constrictor!

She enlarged it (a LOT!) and made an awesome boa constrictor!

Pattern: Snake Charmers (free)

A Spunky Puppy and Kitty

Normajean shared these incredibly cute photos of her new puppy chasing her kitty up in a tree.

Absolutely adorable cat and dog softies made by Normajean

She writes. . .

I bought your Buster pattern last week.  You said he’s a drooly dog, but you didn’t warn us that he’s so scrappy and spunky! The phat cat is still up in the tree!  That’s one spunky puppy.  I didn’t have any pellets and live over an hour away from any fabric/craft store, so I put a ball of fiberfill only in the ends of his ears.  I used a lighter shade of yellow for the inside of his ears and front paws.  Gotta go with what you have on hand!

Love! Love! Love!

Patterns: Buster the Puppy and Franklin the Fat Cat

Can you believe I still have photos to share? Next week I’ll be sharing some of the places you all donate your creations, then I’ll be back with more Show & Tell. I think the next one may be all Dress Up Bunch dolls and clothes!

Happy sewing!

That's me!

It’s Show & Tell Time!

I have so many Show & Tell photos waiting to be shared that I’m going to have to do this over a few weeks. This week I’m starting with QUILTS. Grab a cup of tea and get ready to enjoy some amazing creations!

Sprinkles doll quilt

Julie made this extra special Sprinkles quilt for her Lizzie doll.

Incredibly cute embroidered doll quilt made with the free Sprinkles pattern from Shiny Happy World.

The embroidery! Her name! The flowers with the little button centers! The little drawing of Lizzie! It’s all so incredibly cute!

Pattern: Sprinkles doll quilt (free)

More Sprinkles

Karen made this very pretty Sprinkles quilt.

Pretty Sprinkles doll quilt.

She writes. . .

I made this for my granddaughter who just turned two in August, for her favorite baby doll. She promptly pronounced it “mine” and took a nap with it! She usually takes some time to warm up to new things, so I was thrilled! Thanks for the wonderful pattern!

I love hearing that!

Pattern: Sprinkles doll quilt (free)

Puppies Quilt

Donna also added a name to her quilt. Look at the incredible Puppies quilt she made!

Awesome baby quilt made with a pattern from Shiny Happy World.

She writes. . .

I still have to sew down the binding, but couldn’t wait to show and tell. The quilt is for baby Jake and the pillow for his big bother….. The dog on the pillow is commenting on what a great big brother Luke is! Thanks for another great pattern. Oh yes, you may notice one of the dogs is actually a Canadian beaver… Lol… there is a reason for this. 🙂

Everything about this is incredibly cute! (Including the adorable beaver in the middle.)

Pattern: Puppies quilt pattern

Another Puppies Quilt

Look what Janette made for her grandson!

Janette's adorable dog playmat, made for her grandson.

She writes. . .

I love your patterns and thank you for making them so much fun. I have made a play mat for my grandson who loves the faces of the dogs.

I love how they’re all shades of blue, green and yellow – with that one bright red bulldog. I wonder if her grandson makes a beeline for that one every time. 🙂

Pattern: Puppies quilt pattern

And Another Puppies Quilt

I just love seeing all the different color combinations in these puppy quilts! Here’s one from Sue in Australia.

Sue's terrific puppy quilt. I love the use of geometric backgrounds - they contrast so well with the puppies!

So bright and fun! And I love all the geometric backgrounds – dots and checks and chevrons. They contrast so well with the puppies! And the addition of the Kind Charles Cavalier Spaniel right in the middle is great. 🙂

Pattern: Puppies quilt pattern

Cats Quilt

Delta made a very pretty Cats quilt.

Delta's pretty cat quilt - made with a pattern from Shiny Happy World.

I’m so glad she shared the pieced back too!

Pattern: Cats quilt pattern

Another Cats Quilt

Louise made this bright and cheerful Cats quilt.

Louise's bright and cheerful cat quilt, made from a Shiny Happy World pattern.

She writes. . .

I had never used fleece on the back it worked like a dream! I used a hem stitch so that it was somewhat wide and crossed over the seam. It made such a nice checkerboard on the back. We also found the perfect binding with bright colored squares.

Here’s a close-up of that stitch she used on the seam.

Stitch detail of Louise's Cats quilt.

I really like this idea and I think I’m going to have to give it a try!

Pattern: Cats quilt pattern

And Another Cats Quilt

Look at this absolutely stunning Cats Quilt that Kay made!

Kay's stunning cat quilt!

Wow! Wow! Wow! I love those crisp black outlines! And look at the outline versions of the cats on the yellow blocks on the back! Wait until you hear why she did that. 🙂

Kay writes. . .

Thought I would email my new “Cat” Quilt that I have just finished for you to have a look at. This is the first time I have done machine applique and I really enjoyed playing around with these little guys. When I was putting the yellow blocks together I realized that you could see the black applique stitching through the fabric, so I just decided to do black outline on the backing fabric. I am now looking forward to starting on my “Puppy” Quilt.  I think this one will be in girly colours of pink, mauve, green. I am so happy that I found “My Shiny Happy World” on the internet.  I love watching your lessons and receiving your emails and updates.

This is so bold and graphic and fantastic! And I love what she did with those yellow blocks. What a great way to turn a “mistake” into an asset!

Pattern: Cats quilt pattern

Cats and Dogs Living Together

Melinda made this terrific quilt for her animal-loving family. She combined blocks from the Cats and Dogs quilts. I love when people do that!

Melinda's terrific quilt combining Cats and Dogs from Shiny Happy World.

Patterns: Cats quilt pattern, Puppies quilt pattern

Thick & Thin Quilt

Jane made this beautiful Thick & Thin quilt!

Jane's Thick & Thin quilt. Free pattern from Shiny Happy World

She writes. . .

I made your quilt. Although you can’t tell from the horrible image, it’s stunning. I love it! Your pattern was easy, fun and very concise. Thank you so much. My granddaughter will have this treasure for a very long time to come.

I’ll bet she loves it!

Pattern: Thick & Thin (free)

Embroidered Quilt

Look at the beautiful doll quilt that Loretta made for her daughter!

Beautiful embroidered doll quilt made with patterns from Shiny Happy World.

She writes. . .

I just finished this little quilt for my 4 year old daughter’s dolls. Thought I’d share. I stinking love it!! I know you are not doing embroidery patterns any more for business reasons, but my those were my favorites. Thanks for helping me make such a precious thing for my baby girl. I would have never tried this stuff if it wasn’t for your encouraging website and business. I love it!

I love it too! And I know her daughter does. 🙂

Patterns: It’s Raining Rainbows (free), My Heart Is Full (free), Blossom (free) and Queen of Hearts

Safari Quilt

Brett made this stunning Safari Quilt!

Brett's stunning Safari Quilt!

She writes. . .

I finished the safari quilt and love how it turned out.  I know you are about to redesign this quilt, but I could not wait to finish this quilt. My son loves it and adores all the animals, especially the elephant! I think the gazelle is my favorite!I I tried some fabric colors/ fabrics that you suggested and was very pleased with the outcome.

I love it!

Pattern: Safari Quilt (The new pattern has smaller blocks that will almost all print out on a single sheet of paper.)


Caroline made a super fun monster quilt.

Super fun monster quilt made with a pattern from Shiny Happy World

She writes. . .

My monster quilt is finally finished. It’s not the neatest work you’ve ever seen and there’s plenty of folds and tucks despite using a walking foot. But my grandson loves it and so do I. I decided to quilt around each monster, my introduction to free motion quilting. Soon gave that up as a bad joke. The flannelette backing certainly didn’t help it glide. So I pushed and pulled and poked it through the machine till it was all done. Never again. Quilt as you go will be the only quilting I do from now on. I hope you don’t mind, I changed your curly horn monster and also left off the embroidered mouths. I thought they looked better. Thanks for the pattern, I really enjoyed making it (apart from the quilting) I also enjoy your blog.

I love it! All those googly eyes and such fun colors and patterns! And that’s funny about the mouths – Jo likes to leave them off sometimes too. 🙂

Pattern: Scary Squares monster quilt pattern

Spooky Cat

Jo Ann made this great mini quilt with the Spooky Cat pattern!

Spooky Kitty mini quilt made from a free pattern from Shiny Happy World

I love her against the black and white and orange pieced background!

Pattern: Spooky Kitty (free)

Cats Again!

Robin made this fun cats wall hanging as a silent auction item for her local animal rescue organization.

Cute kitty wall hanging!

I love the black and white speckled sashing with the bright colors of the blocks!

Pattern: Cats Quilt pattern

A Bunch of Dogs and One AWESOME Cat

Look closely at this quilt that Tina made.

A bunch of dogs and one awesome cat.

She writes. . .

Well my puppy quilt is done! Took a while, but great fun! I used QAYG and freezer paper. My son requested a cat too – so I included one that he drew – hence the crazy face… Here’s a pic! I never thought I would make a quilt so feeling pretty good!

That cat block in the middle is – hands down – my favorite block in the whole quilt. 🙂

Pattern: Puppies quilt pattern

One More With Cats

Diane made this lovely Cats Quilt for herself.

Diane's beautiful cat quilt

I love the pastels with just a few pops of chocolate brown. Such a pretty contrast!

Pattern: Cats quilt pattern

And she’s started work on a Safari quilt to hang on the wall of her church’s Sunday school wing.

The start of a Safari quilt.

Totally different color choices! 🙂

Pattern: Safari Quilt pattern

Thanks so much to everyone who shared photos! I’ll be back next week sharing some huggable stuffed animals you all have made!

Happy stitching!


Show & Tell Time!

show and tell feature imageIt’s one of my favorite posts every month – sharing what people are making with Shiny Happy World patterns! I love getting your photos!elephant_softie_pattern_Shiny_Happy_WorldFirst up are these cute elephant friends from Kris. Look how she made them hold hands for the photo! Awww! But wait – it gets better!

Elephant_softie_pattern_Shiny_Happy_worldShe made a fancy tutu for the pink elephant! So cute! She used the Napolean and Josephine pattern for the elephant – and the tutu pattern (with some really generous resizing) from the Flower Fairy pattern for the Dress Up Bunch. Read more about this Fairy Princess Elephant here.

dog_softie_pattern_pajamas_shiny_happy_worldLinda made a very cute Spot the dog in some awesome jammies. Look how perfect that fabric is! And look at that cute tail sticking out! You can find the Spot pattern here, and the pajamas pattern here.

monster_pencil_case_pattern_shiny_happy_worldRachel made these terrific pencil cases for her nieces. Didn’t she pick the best colors for them? So cute! The Gobbler pattern is a freebie for newsletter subscribers. You can get more info here.

snake_softie_pattern_Shiny_happy_worldVivienne made these snakes (and other creepy crawlies). She says. . .

I made some of your snakes. We like them so much I expanded to other bugs. They appeared in a play my girls did last week (from a book called “Wombat Stew”, with other home educating families). Thanks so much for your inspiration. I also used your tutorial on working with fun fur to make a costume (for my daughter to be a “platypus”) for the same play.

Fun! The snake pattern is free – and a real favorite. Get it here.

fat_cat_softie_pattern_shiny_happy_worldAnnette made this fabulous Franklin the Fat Cat. I think this is the first one I’ve seen in green and I love him! She writes. . .

I just finished making Franklin the Fat Cat. He is just the cutest ever! I plan to make many more for Christmas presents for my many grandkids. Thought you might like to see him.

So fantastic! He’s such an easy pattern – perfect for making in bunches for bunches of grandkids. 🙂 Get the pattern here.

And finally – go take a look at all the terrific projects coming in as part of the Finished Stitches Challenge! So many clever ideas for ways to use a bit of embroidery!

Want to be part of next month’s Show & Tell? Send me a photo of something you’ve made with a Shiny Happy World pattern! My email is blockhead[at]wendigratz[dot]com. I can’t wait to see what you’ve made!

Happy sewing!


Applique Wendi (with fabulous hat)