Thursday, October 17, 2013

Win a Pattern!!

Now that all four of my Polka Dot Crossing quilts are complete and patterns available on Craftsy, I thought it would be grand to do a contest -- to win a free pattern.

Check out these four designs, which include:
Shoe Shop, Flower Shop, Barber Shop, and Fabric Shop


1. Leave a comment below; between Oct 17 and Oct 27, 2013.
2. State which pattern(s) you'd love to win.
3. For another chance to win, join up as a follower. (optional)

(Make sure I can reach you by email; if not, then I will select another name.)

For more information about these quilt designs, visit my Craftsy store. Hope you win!!


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Add or Change Lettering on Your Quilt

If you wish to use different wording—here’s how easily you can do it:

1.       In a word document, select the letters for the changes needed to spell out the new inscription.
2.       Decide upon the font style and font size of these letters.
3.       Change the font color from black to a grey to save ink before printing out the page(s).
4.       Trace around each letter with a permanent marker, ensuring that the ink is showing on the back side of the page. 
5.       Using the back side of the page as your template, now trace out the new letters onto the fusible web paper.
If you can’t find the same font used in the pattern; then choose another font. The best fonts to use are ones that have rounded edges. The larger the letters, the easier it’ll be to stitch around the edges.

TIP:  To figure out the best size for the new font -- type several letters: of those used in the pattern and the new font you will be using, to determine if the size is similar.

The following word looks rather strange; however, to show you how different fonts behave; you’ll wish to use letters that will fit nicely into the space they are to be placed. The word: QUILT, is done with five different fonts – Impress BT, Cooper Black, Onyx, Adobe Arabic, and Forte all in the same size of 60.

Shop to Shop quilts: Shoe Shop, Flower Shop, Barber Shop, Fabric Shop
On any of the Polka Dot Crossing quilts, you may change the wording, or even omit them all together. If you wish to change the words to suit your purpose when making one; follow the five steps above.  
Note: The Segoe Marker font used in these patterns can be downloaded for free from the internet.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Flower Shop Pattern

Shop to Shop -- Series A consists of four themed quilts using polka dot fabrics for the inner border and binding. Colors used will be brown, green, red, and yellow. Each one will be embellished with a variety of buttons; and wording decorating the outer border.

You'll be able to decide whether you wish to use the wording provided in the pattern, or make changes such as: using different words or none at all. Or, you may wish to use appliques instead of buttons for some of the blocks.

The center section with the first border (polka dot fabric) is 15 3/8" wide x 12" high.  Add the white border and it will be approximately 22" wide x 18 1/2" high.

The second pattern: FLOWER SHOP is now available at my Craftsy store.
Check out the following blog posts that journal this pattern's progress:
Check back in two weeks, for the next pattern in this series. Want to join in the fun and win a free pattern, this opportunity will be coming later this fall. More details coming in October.