Scary Squares vs. Mix & Match Monsters – What’s the Difference?

grid of monster appliques

As of today I have two different monster quilt patterns in the shop. Scary Squares and Mix & Match Monsters.

There are a lot of similarities between the monsters (because I drew them all) but these are not the same pattern!Scary Squares easy monster quilt pattern from Shiny Happy World

Scary Squares is the easier pattern. It includes full-sized applique patterns for twelve different monsters, plus all the instructions and links to videos you need to make your quilt. The pieces for each monster are exploded and labeled and ready for you to assemble in the usual way. This one is great for beginners.

Mix & Match Monsters - the pattern that comes with the Craftsy class Cute Quilt-As-You-Go Applique Monsters

Mix & Match Monsters includes 24 pages of mix and match monster parts. The pieces are all carefully sized and proportioned so you can combine them in a bunch of different ways to make a kajillion different monsters. 

How do you know which one is right for you?

If you’re new to Quilt As You Go and applique with fusible adhesive, or you just want a monster project that’s fast, easy, and fun – with all the design decisions already made – then the Scary Squares pattern is the one for you. Get it here.

If you look at the Scary Squares pattern and think, “I like the eyebrows on that one monster, but I want to add them to this other one, and maybe add the horns from that guy onto this guy, and use some faux fur while I’m at it. Oh – and I think this guy needs a contrasting belly and that guy could use some stripes and I wonder if I could add some springy, curly hair to this one, and wouldn’t it be fun to make it look like that one is busting out of his block. . .” then the Mix & Match Monsters pattern is the best choice for you. 🙂 Get it here.

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

The Monsters Are Here! Vote on Your Favorite

Vote for your favorite monster!

The monsters are in and they are SPECTACULAR! I’m seriously blown away by the creativity! Vote for your favorites here. 

Update – Voting is closed now.

The Readers Choice Award will be announced next Friday was announced here – and here are the Judges Choice Awards.

Mollie Johanson of Wild Olive

You can meet Mollie here.

Kari made kittens using the free Mix & Match Monster templates! So clever!

Congratulations to Kari! She wins for the Best Non-Monster. 🙂

Mollie says. . .

“I love animals (I wrote a book about them!) so when I saw these kitties and some of the other non-monsters I was very excited. But even better to me was the thinking outside of the box. Who knows what else these pieces might become?”

So true! Also – I think these are actually monsters disguised as adorable kittens. Very sneaky. 🙂

Mollie is going to send Kari a gift certificate to her shop o’ cuteness.

Stacey Trock of Fresh Stitches

You can meet Stacey here.

Congratulations to Kari! This cutie won a prize in the Mix & Match Monsters Contest!

This adorable freckled monster wins for Most Likely to Steal Your Cookie but You’ll Forgive Him Because He’s So Cute. 🙂

Stacey says. . .

“What can I say? I’m a sucker for a cutie with a lone tooth sticking out. I also awarded bonus points for the eyes being over 10% of the total facial surface area. Oh, and my favorite color is blue.”

So cute!

Stacey is going to send Kari a bundle of fabric and some mismatched craft eyes for future monsters. 🙂

Stacey sells the most amazing assortments of craft eyes in her shop. She even has paint-your-own kits so you can make fancy glitter eyes!

Jenny Maj of Fluffmonger

Meet Jenny here.

Skyla's monster wins "Monster with the Most Personality" :-)

Congratulations to Skyla! She wins for Monster with the Most Personality! 🙂

Jenny says. . .

“I love the color combination, but I especially love the glasses and that goofy, crooked smile!”

Jenny is going to send Skyla a set of recycled paper greeting cards from her shop. Her cards are THE BEST!

Jo Gratz of Shiny Happy World

Meet Jo here.

E's Sparkle Monster wins Best Kid-Made Monster!

Congratulations to E! Her Sparkle Monster wins for Best Kid-Made Monster!

Jo says. . .

“I can’t believe she’s only seven! Her monster is super cute and really well done. The way she used the pieces was really creative!”

Jo and I are going to send E a copy of our book Creature Camp so she can keep practicing her mad sewing skills. 🙂

Readers Choice

Now it’s up to you!

All the awesome monsters are in and you can vote on them.

Vote here.

Everyone gets three votes – and you vote by clicking on the little heart in the corner.

Please share the link to the contest with anyone else you think will be amazed by the creativity and might want to add their votes. 🙂

Readers Choice voting will be open through Thursday 8/25 and I’ll announce the winner next Friday. The winner gets a gift certificate to the Shiny Happy World shop.

Sorry – voting is closed now.

Want to make your own Mix & Match Monsters? The class is here. And the PDF pattern is here.

Have fun!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

Cute Quilt-As-You-Go Applique Monsters – video class

Mix & Match Monsters - the pattern that comes with the Craftsy class Cute Quilt-As-You-Go Applique Monsters

A cute kiddo-approved project, quilt-as-you-go techniques for fusible appliqué, and me right there in front of you, showing you everything I know and answering all your questions. 🙂

Update – Please be aware that Craftsy (now Bluprint) has added a subscription plan to their offerings, which changes the way instructor support happens. If you buy the class for your Forever Library, you get instructor support – which means your questions go to a special instructor dashboard where I see them and I can respond to them. I answer questions every business day. If you watch the class as part of the streaming subscription, any questions you post go to the larger class community – not to me. I don’t even see them, so I can’t answer them.

All in one class, all on your schedule.

I’m so proud of this class!

Sign up for the class here.

If you just want the Mix & Match Monsters PDF pattern, you can get that here.

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi

The Monsters Are Here!

My new Craftsy class is live! Use this special link to sign up for 50% off!

The sale is over now – but here’s the link the sign up at any time. Craftsy has sales a LOT, and this will take you to the current lowest price.

Cute Quilt-As-You-Go Applique Monsters - a new Craftsy class with Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World

It’s called Cute Quilt As You Go Applique Monsters and it’s going to be so much fun!

This is the sample quilt I made to decorate the set during the class.

Mix & Match Monsters Quilt - a new Craftsy class

If you think it’s cute – wait until you see the whole class! (I’ve added videos teaching some of these techniques to Shiny Happy World, so any links below go to free video tutorials here.) In addition to the basic Quilt As You Go technique and easy applique with fusible adhesive method I used for the sample, we also cover using specialty fabrics like cuddly fleece, shaggy fur, and shiny tissue lamé. We make 3D eyes, ears, teeth, horns, hair, and more. And we cover two different sashing methods that work well with QAYG. Here’s just a sampling of some of those blocks. . .

It’s going to be so much fun!

Like all Craftsy classes – once you enroll you have access forever. Watch the class as many times as you like – whenever it works best for you!

There are 6 lessons, each about 20 minutes long. The videos have a neat 30 second replay feature, a way to take notes and save your place – and you can ask me questions at any time. And everyone has a front row seat!

Update – Please be aware that Craftsy (now Bluprint) has added a subscription plan to their offerings, which changes the way instructor support happens. If you buy the class for your Forever Library, you get instructor support – which means I’ll answer any questions you post. If you watch the class as part of the streaming subscription, any questions you post go to the larger class community – not to me. I don’t even see them, so I can’t answer them. 

It’s fantastic!

Click here to sign up.

I carry some of the tools and materials you’ll want for the class in my shop. Just click on the image to go to the listing. . .

I’m so excited that the class is finally here! For a month I’ve been sharing pictures of monsters that I made – and now I finally get to see what YOU make! I’ve already been hearing some crazy creative ideas and I can’t wait to see them!

Here’s that link again to get signed up. 🙂

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

The New Craftsy Class Includes QAYG Sashing!

I’ve had so many requests for more info about using sashing with Quilt As You Go Quilts!

I don’t usually use sashing in my quilts, so I had to put on my thinking cap for this one to come up with a method that was easy and didn’t involve any hand sewing.

I came up with two methods!

A sneak peek at a QAYG quilt with traditional-style sashing added.

One the table in front of me you can see a little peek at a quilt with traditional-style sashing. It’s super easy to do and I love the black and white stripes with the colorful monsters. 🙂

But then I started thinking about making the sashing a little more wonky – fun and even easier to do.

wonky faux sashing on a QAYG block - so easy and fun!

Black and white stripes again – but a totally different look. I love it!

The technique for the wonky sashing really lends itself to a scrappy look.

Oooh! Scrappy QAYG pieced block with applique and scrappy faux sashing.

Scrappy QAYG pieced background with applique and a scrappy faux sashing! My scraps are in need of busting – and this is a super fun way to do it.

But wait! There’s one more and I saved the best for last!

Like I said – I don’t usually do sashing. I decided as long as I was going to add sashing – could I do something even MORE with it?

Maybe make the monsters look like they’re busting out of their frames?

Monster quilt blocks busting out of their sashing frames! So much fun!I love, love, LOVE these blocks!

You’ll learn all these techniques in my new Craftsy class!

You can also learn them right here in my Shiny Happy World. 🙂

Happy quilting!

Best,
WendiWendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

What Will You Learn in the New Craftsy Class? Part 2

I’ve been sharing little peeks of what to expect from the new Craftsy class on Facebook and Instagram and then gathering them all up every week here on the blog. There are so many fun things in this one class!

You can read the first round up here. Googly eyes, scrappy pieced backgrounds, silly eyelids, a kajillion uses for a triangle – it’s all there. 🙂

This week we started with silly hair.

I love this curly-haired monster quilt block! There's elastic inside those curls, so when you pull on them they spring back. :-)

I mean, seriously. Those curls have elastic inside so they spring back when you pull on them. How silly is that?

And then I showed how one simple body shape can look totally different, depending on the other bits you add.

My favorite is the one with the purple toenails. 🙂

More fun 3D parts with these teeth.

green monster 3D teeth

So easy!

And then I went really crazy with the 3D additions with these floppy, satin-lined ears. . .

blue monster quilt block with satin-lined flappy ears - one of the blocks in my new Craftsy class

. . . and these folded, softie-style ears.

Update – there’s a tutorial here showing how to add 3D bits to your applique, and one here showing how to give those 3D pieces extra body so they don’t flop too much.

One of the monsters (this one with folded, softie-style ears) in my new Craftsy quilt class.

We also cover working with non-traditional fabrics in this class!

We use shaggy faux fur (video here). . .

It's really easy to use special fabrics in applique! This shaggy long fur is one of my favorites. :-)

. . . cuddly fleece (video here). . .

It's easy to use cuddle fleece for applique - and it makes soft and cuddly monsters and animals. :-)

. . . and shiny tissue lamé (video here).

Woo! Check out that fancy silver monster! In my new class I show how to appliqué with "tricky" fabrics like this shiny (and fragile) tissue lamé.

So many fun new techniques in this class!

Enter the giveaway for a free spot here. Even if you don’t win – just by entering you’ll be notified when the class goes live (so soon!) and you’ll get a special discount coupon.

Sign up for the class here. It’s so much fun!

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

What’s Going to Be in the New Craftsy Class?

MM Monsters giveaway logoDid you hear the news that I have a new Craftsy class coming next month? You can enter here to win a free spot in the class AND all the materials you need to make the quilt hanging behind me in all the lessons.

Over on Facebook and Instagram I’ve been sharing little peeks and bits of info about what will be covered in the class. Here’s a quick summary of what I’ve shared so far. . .

The theme is Monsters.

Mix & Match Monsters. 🙂

The pattern included in the class includes pages and pages of monster parts and you can put them together any way you like. Don’t worry if that sounds intimidating – over the course of the class you’ll see dozens of sample blocks for ideas and inspiration. You can copy as many or as few as you like. Here’s a GIF I made showing just a few ways I used a simple triangle shape.

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Of course, you’ll learn the basics of Quilt As You Go and applique with fusible adhesive. . .

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. . . and we even have a lesson on making pieced QAYG background blocks from scraps.

In my new Craftsy class we make pieced background QAYG blocks using scraps. I love the look!

We talk about choosing fabrics and I show two different no-fuss-no-measure techniques for making your blocks. I love this grumpy “Get off my lawn!” monster. 🙂

I use a few different types of fabrics in the class and show you my tips for getting good contrast and monsters that really POP. I especially love the magnificent mottled monsters I got with these batiks.

Marvelous mottled monsters using batiks from Timeless Treasures. They're some of the monsters from my new Craftsy class!

Aren’t they gorgeous? I also really love saying magnificent mottled monsters. 🙂

In case you’re wondering, those batiks are from the Tonga Java Blenders collection from Timeless Treasures.

We do a lot of different variations on eyes in the class. I think my favorite are these googly eyes.

Calling them "faux trapunto eyes with needle sculpted pupils" makes them sound really hard to make - and they're not - so I just call them googly eyes. :-)

Technically they’re faux trapunto eyes with needle sculpted pupils, but that makes them sound really hard and they’re actually super easy. You’ll see if you take the class. 🙂

I also like playing with eyelids. Look at just a few of the possibilities!

silly eye GIF

Grumpy eyes, sleepy eyes, surprised eyes – I love them all.

This class is going to be SO MUCH FUN!

Sign up for the class here. 🙂

Update – Please be aware that Craftsy (now Bluprint) has added a subscription plan to their offerings, which changes the way instructor support happens. If you buy the class for your Forever Library, you get instructor support – which means I’ll answer any questions you post. If you watch the class as part of the streaming subscription, any questions you post go to the larger class community – not to me. 

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

My New Craftsy Class!

Win a place in my new Craftsy quilting class - and all the materials you need to make the quilt!

I’m back from shooting my new Craftsy class!

Everything went really well and I even got a couple of sneak peeks at a few of the fun graphics they’re adding. I can’t wait to see the finished class!

It’ll be ready early next month and until then I’ll be sharing some peeks at what you can expect and what you’ll be learning. Watch Facebook and Instagram for daily updates. 🙂

I’m also hosting a super cool giveaway!

Three people will win a free pass to the class.

One person will win the Super Duper Grand Prize – a free pass to the class PLUS all the materials needed to make the quilt. That’s a $300 value!

Everyone who enters will get a notification (and a special discount link) when the class goes live.

Sorry – the giveaway is closed now.

It’s open to almost everyone in the world! There are a few countries that don’t allow this kind of giveaway so click on the link to the official rules if you think you might live in one of them. And share with a friend! You get extra entries if they enter too. 🙂

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

Grab my new Craftsy class for 50% off!

My newest Craftsy course is live!

Update – this sale is over, but Craftsy has sales a LOT. This link will take you to the current sale price.

This class is so amazing! I’ll teach you how to read Japanese charts, crochet using joined rounds, make kawaii proportions and expressions, add fabric and felt details… and of course, the patterns for all the cuties you see here are included!

Stacey Trock's Craftsy class

I hope to see you in class 🙂

Best,
Stacey

Learn to Applique! Student Reviews of My Craftsy Class

Make a quilt in the Fusible Applique Made Easy class on Craftsy - student reviews and fabulous quilts!

Did you know I have a class on Craftsy? (now called Bluprint) It’s called Fusible Applique Made Easy. You get the pattern for the Woodland Critters quilt you see behind me. That pattern on its own is a $14.99 value! But you also get videos showing . . .

  • How I choose fabric
  • How I true up my fabric and cut background blocks
  • How I quilt my blocks before adding applique
  • Fusible applique basics – my favorite products and how to use them
  • How I assemble every single block in the pattern
  • My tricks for marking faces and how to handle overlapping bits
  • Lots and lots of options for doing the eyes (the hardest bit)
  • How I outline stitch all the pieces
  • Fancy stitching options
  • How to appliqué on knits (you’ll see me appliqué a fox on an adorable baby onesie)
  • How to join those already-quilted blocks
  • How to back the quilt and finish quilting it
  • How to bind the quilt

It’s a terrific value!

Instead of showing you the quilts I made with the pattern, I thought I’d share some outstanding finished quilts and comments from students in the class. It has an average rating of 5 stars!

Suebee's quilt from the Fusible Applique Made Easy class - "Thank you so much for this class! I had a blast and am sure that I will using the techniques you have taught many more times! In fact, I have already started one of your flower quilts for my granddaughter!"

Suebee made this beauty. She writes. . .

Thank you so much for this class! I had a blast and am sure that I will using the techniques you have taught many more times! In fact, I have already started one of your flower quilts for my granddaughter!

Starbank64 made this lovely quilt in the Fusible Applique Made Easy class on Craftsy. She writes, "So LOVED this class! I finished and learned a lot of nifty techniques. Thanks Wendi for sharing. I now have the knowledge and confidence to proceed with different appliqué quilts. ps thanks for the moose design will definitely go into the next woodland quilt, there will be another!"

Starbank64 made this lovely quilt. She writes. . .

So LOVED this class! I finished and learned a lot of nifty techniques. Thanks Wendi for sharing. I now have the knowledge and confidence to proceed with different appliqué quilts. ps thanks for the moose design will definitely go into the next woodland quilt, there will be another!

Look at the Woodland Critters quilt France Houde made! She writes, "this was so wonderful to have done this quilt. My first one in my life. and my daughter loves it very much. Thank you!!! When we went to the store to choose the backing & the binding, the person at the store asked us to participate to a quilting exposition, as they never saw a quilt like this before."

Look at the Woodland Critters quilt France Houde made! She even used the fox block as a starting point to create a skunk block! She writes. . .

This was so wonderful to have done this quilt. My first one in my life, and my daughter loves it very much. Thank you!!! When we went to the store to choose the backing & the binding, the person at the store asked us to participate to a quilting exposition, as they never saw a quilt like this before.

I love this quilt that gorillamama made in the Fusible Applique Made Easy class on Craftsy. She writes, "Best. Class. Ever! Learned so much, had tons of fun, and ended up with a project that I feel so happy to have made! Thank you so much, Wendi! You're the bee"s knees!"

I love this quilt that gorillamama made. She added the moose, Buzz and the butterfly (three free applique patterns) and the mouse from the Noisy Farm quilt. I love it when people mix and match like that! She writes. . .

Best. Class. Ever! Learned so much, had tons of fun, and ended up with a project that I feel so happy to have made! Thank you so much, Wendi! You’re the bee’s knees!

You can read lots more reviews here. (Scroll down – they’re near the bottom of the page.)

If you want a tiny taste of what the class will be like and what kind of view you’ll have – watch this video.

Click here to read about why I love online craft classes – and the Craftsy platform in particular. In a nutshell – you can take the class any time you like and watch it as many times as you need to – and you always have a front row seat with a terrific view. 🙂

I’m especially proud of how many people made their very first quilt with this class!

Want to make a quilt? Get the class here!

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
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