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!

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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. 🙂

(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!

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20% Off All Patterns with Cats & Dogs

Cats & Dogs pattern sale at Shiny Happy World

It’s Cats & Dogs month at Shiny Happy World – so we’re having a sale on all patterns with cats or dogs!

Use the discount code BESTFRIEND for 20% off all patterns that feature a cat or a dog – or lots of cats and dogs. 🙂

Shop here for cat patterns.

Shop here for dog patterns.

The Think BIG giant applique class is also included in the sale! It includes the patterns for this giant cat poster. . .

Cat poster from the Think BIG Giant Applique Class from Shiny Happy World

. . . and this giant dog quilt.

Big Lap Quilt from the Think BIG Applique Class from Shiny Happy World

Sale ends Monday 5/14 at midnight eastern time.

After you finish your project, don’t forget to share it in the Cats & Dogs Craft-Along happening all month!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

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My Sewing Tool Basket

How I organize my sewing tools

This week I’m on vacation. While I’m gone I’m showing off my new super-tidy sewing room, and sharing my solutions to some common craft supply storage challenges.

This little sewing tool basket was the first thing I organized in my sewing room. I did it over a year ago and it was SO NICE having the tools I needed right at hand – and to know right where to put each one back – that it inspired me to really tackle my entire room and make everything as organized and tidy as this basket.

I keep this on a shelf right behind the spot I usually work at my work table.

How I organize my sewing tools

I just need to turn around to grab a tool or tidy up when I’m done working. For me – minimal effort is key to keeping things organized, so I try to keep things right where I need them, but not cluttering up my work surface.

How I organize my sewing tools

Here’s a view of the basket from above, so you can see everything. It’s a very sturdy basket, with soup cans in it to keep everything organized. Here’s what’s in each can from left to right across the top. . .

  • Weird scissors – pinking shears, scalloped shears, and a few pairs of old, awful scissors for cutting open rough packaging. There’s also a lighter in this can for lighting scented candles.
  • Regular scissors – fabric scissors, paper scissors and paper-fused-to-fabric scissors, plus tiny sharp scissors for clipping curves and cutting small shapes out of felt and a box knife for opening packages. (Here’s how I rotate my scissors.)
  • Random tools – hemostats, hem gauge, bone folder, snap setter, tube turners, compass, awl

There are two pencil cases to grab and go when I’m carrying work around with me. One is drawing stuff – pencils, eraser, black ink pens. The other is sewing stuff – needles, thread, itty bitty scissors, Thread Heaven, etc.

Here’s what’s in each can in the front row from left to right. . .

  • Rotary cutters – one for fabric and one for paper
  • Things to mark on fabric – iron-on transfer pens, chalk pencils, air erase pens, water erase pens, sharpie, etc.
  • Things to mark on cardboard boxes – mostly fat black markers
  • Things to mark on paper – pencils and black pens for inking

There are also a few clothespins clipped on the handle – handy for holding odd things when I need them.

And that’s it! Those are the tools I use most often and everything has a place in this basket.

Tomorrow – how I store embroidery thread!

Best,
Wendi
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