October at Shiny Happy World

Happy October!

I shared the new calendar yesterday – here’s all the news for the month.

And here are all the links to the things I mentioned. . .

And I forgot to mention the sale on awesome colorful tea towels in the video! There are perfect for stitching and giving as inexpensive handmade gifts and they’re all 20% off this week. More details here.

Have a fabulous month!

Best,
Wendi

Darius Dragon Pattern Is in the Shop!

The Darius Dragon pattern is in the shop!

You can get it here.

I’m using Darius as my model for the new Polaroid Block tutorial coming very soon. (Maybe even tomorrow?)

And here are a few more dragon blocks made by fabulous members of the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club.

Aren’t they the most awesome inspiration?

Get the pattern here.

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Meet Darius Dragon!

Darius is the new Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club pattern – just released today! (Darius means “maintains possessions well” which I think is the perfect name for a dragon.)

If you’re in the Funny Faces club, use this link to go straight to the clubhouse to download the new pattern – and see the other sample blocks I made.

If you’re not in the club, click here to join. You’ll get instant access to the Darius pattern, plus all the other lessons and patterns in the clubhouse.

Want to see how to assemble that block? It’s easy!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Meet Frasier Frog

Have you seen Frasier Frog yet? He’s the current Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month pattern and I love him!

That fabulous fly-catching tongue is optional. Here’s a pink-on-pink-on-pink version I made without it.

You can also make a version where the tongue (and fly) bust out of their own block and into neighboring blocks, like I did with this pair.

Here are a bunch of handy-dandy links. . .

Have fun with this guy!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

July 2019 Wallpaper

Happy July!

I had to use the Funny Faces Block of the Month pattern again this month because I just can’t get enough of that frog and his fabulous fly-catching tongue! He makes me smile every time I see him and that’s exactly what I want on my computer screen. πŸ™‚

Download your wallpaper below – there are options both with and without the July calendar.

Have a great month!

Best,
Wendi

How to Minimize Show-Through on White Eyes

When you use fusible adhesive and layer a light color (like white) over a boldly patterned fabric, the print below can show through.

In this video I show you how to minimize that show-through. It’s really easy!

I rarely use light-colored solids, so this isn’t often an issue for me – but it does come up when I want to make big googly eyes. πŸ™‚

Here’s the interfacing that I recommend. It’s one step thicker than the one I use in the video – still nice and flexible, but with better hiding properties. πŸ™‚

Want to make your eyes extra-googly? Use this faux-trapunto technique.

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. :-)

Do you like that frog pattern? It’s the current Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club pattern! You can join the club here.

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Happy June!

Happy June!

Want to know what’s happening this month at Shiny Happy World? I’ll show you! You’ll see the new Ami Club pattern, what’s happening in the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club, my current hand-stitching project, and some AWESOME projects made by you!

Here are the links to all the things I mentioned. . .

Have a great month everyone!

Best,
Wendi