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™‚

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™‚

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™‚

Meet Tom Turkey

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 Tom the Turkey.

I’ve had a bunch of requests from folks for a turkey block to add to the Woodland Critters quilt. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, now seemed like the perfect time!

I love turkeys. We used to see them in our yard all the time when we lived in a little more rural area in the mountains. And when we didn’t see them, we heard them! Their call is very distinctive.

But my favorite turkey memory is one morning when I was driving my daughter to a class at Penland School of Crafts – just a few miles from our house. I don’t remember how old Jo was, but she was still in a car seat or booster seat – so young. We came around a bend and the road was absolutely FULL of turkeys. I counted over eighty of them! There were a lot of adult turkeys, but also a ton of baby turkeys, and they were all running back and forth, bumping into each other as they scrambled to move off the road. Jo sat in the back just howling with laughter, calling, “So many turkeys, Mommy!” It was just an absolute delight to see all those clumsy birds. πŸ™‚

If you’re in the club already, head over to the clubhouse to download the pattern. This link will take you right to Tom’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 Tom coming together.

I also made a second version using batiks on an autumnal orange background.

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™‚

Meet Marcellus the Monster

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 Marcellus the Monster.

I love monsters! But I try to limit myself to just one or two new ones a year. I already have so many monster patterns!

If you’re in the club already, head over to the clubhouse to download the pattern. This link will take you right to Marcellus’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 Marcellus coming together.

I also made monsters in a few extra colors. Here he is in fun orange. . .

And here he is in neutral batiks. I think he looks like a gargoyle!

And now I want to make a monster quilt all in shades of grey to make a gargoyle quilt. πŸ˜„

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™‚

Meet Corbin the Camel

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 Corbin the Camel. I’m so jealous of his eyelashes!

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

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

Members get an exclusive new pattern every month – and they get to vote on the next month’s pattern!

Here’s a quick peek at Corbin coming together.

I also made a camel who escaped from the Emerald City Zoo and has been seen roaming Oz. πŸ˜‰

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™‚

Eloise Emu Applique Videos

For Eloise the Emu I decided to make several short videos – one for each step of the process – instead of one long one.

Here they are. . .

  • Heat & Bond Lite (the printable sheets of fusible adhesive I use for all my quilts)
  • For permanent lines (lines to stitch and placement markings for solid black applique pieces) I use a fine-tip black Sharpie
  • For erasable lines I use either tailor’s chalk (for dark and medium fabrics) or pencil (for light fabrics). A white artist’s eraser will erase both chalk and pencil.

And for those who are already familiar with my process – here’s a fun 30-second video showing Eloise’s assembly. πŸ™‚

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™‚

Meet Troy the Tree Frog

It’s the 15th! That means it’s New Pattern Day in the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club!

Meet Troy the tree frog! I love this guy!

There’s already a frog pattern at Shiny Happy World, but he’s more of a pond frog with a long, sticky tongue. Troy has awesome sticky tree frog toes. πŸ™‚

Here’s how to make him. . .

See how easy that is?

That’s a LONG video, so I’ve broken it up with a couple of time references here. . .

  • Building the background block – start at the beginning
  • Cutting and Marking the Applique Pieces – start at 4:37
  • Layering the Applique Pieces – start at 14:37
  • Outlining the Applique – start at 18:35

If you want just a very quick look at me layering the pieces together with no explanation, here’s a video for that.

Here are those links I promised. . .

Troy the Tree Frog’s pattern isn’t exclusive to the club anymore – you can get it here.

If you want to join the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club to get immediate access to the new monthly patterns, you can use this link to join.

Special note – this is the first Funny Faces pattern to include an SVG file for use with cutting machines! That’s going to be standard in all patterns from now on.

I can’t wait to see your frogs!

They come in every color of the rainbow!

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™‚

Meet Mo Muskox – new applique pattern

There’s a new pattern today in the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club!

(If you’re in the club already, use this link to go into the clubhouse. If you’re not in the club yet, use this link to join.)

Meet Mo Muskox! Isn’t he a cutie?

Mo is the first winner of the member vote! Members chose him from all of these arctic blocks I designed as part of The 100 Day Project I’m doing over on Instagram.

The Mama and Baby Polar Bear were a VERY close second, so we’ll probably see a pattern for them soon as well. πŸ™‚

Want to see how to assemble Mo?

I had the chance to try out some of my new fabric palettes with my Mo Muskox sample blocks! I talk about them all in more detail at the end of the video, but here are some still photos and handy links.

First, here’s the “realistic” muskox.

The background block is from the Rainbow Sherbet fabric bundle and the muskox is from the Warm Neutrals bundle.

I love this cartoony blue muskox on the more realistic background. The background is the Warm Neutral Batiks bundle and the muskox is from the Rainbow Brights fat quarter bundle.

This is Mo’s fiery redheaded cousin. πŸ™‚ The background block is from the Muted Rainbow bundle and the muskox is from the Batik Rainbow bundle.

And finally. . .

This fun version uses the Batik Rainbow bundle for the background. The muskox uses fabrics from three different bundles: Dots, Gingham Play, and Rainbow Brights.

As soon as I have three blocks in each new colorway combination I’ll be sharing those so you’ll have a better feel for how entire quilts made with these bundles will look. πŸ™‚

And now one extra special bonus! For those who don’t quilt, you can still get a muskox! Mo is now available as a printed panel, perfect for making pillows and other projects.

These are out of stock right now – but there are more on order and should be here soon. πŸ™‚ There’s more info here.

Happy stitching everyone!

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 Sanford Squirrel

It’s the 15th! That means it’s New Pattern Day in the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club!

Meet Sanford! He’s just a little bit grumpy.

He’s even grumpy at a party! Here he is wearing a party hat from the Fancy Doodads pattern. πŸ™‚

There’s already a squirrel block in the Woodland Critters quilt pattern – but I’ve never been entirely happy with it. He just doesn’t have a ton of personality. πŸ™

But this guy! This guy definitely has personality. πŸ™‚

Here’s how to make him. . .

See how easy that is?

Here are those links I promised. . .

Click here for the tutorial showing how to outline with thicker thread.

Click here for the tutorial showing how to frame any block in a Polaroid frame.

If you’re already in the Funny Faces club, you can access the clubhouse with this link. Grab the new pattern!

If you’re not in the club yet, you can use this link to join.

I can’t wait to see your squirrels!

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™‚