Goodness! We’re just one small hop from Easter. Time for a cute chocolate bunny and an Easter egg. Usually I present these free 12″ bite size quilt patterns on the first of the month but I’ve had so many requests for this pattern already that I thought I’d go ahead and blog it early. This Bite size square is machine appliqué. Give special attention on fussy cutting your pieces.
What is fussy cutting? The internet definition: When you find a particular design, picture or print in your fabric and then cut around it so it fits into a patch or block on your quilt featuring the special picture or design.
But it is more than just that. You can have the direction of the fabric create highlights or imply the direction of the hair on the bunny. Fussy cut the egg and the ribbon across the egg, as well. But don’t stop there. Learn to do a mitered border by fussy cutting your strips and creating a beautiful accent to your 12″ block. Done with the fussy cutting now? Oh no. Don’t forget the binding! You can fussy cut and make the prettiest binding ever! Click here to download the pattern and instructions. April.BiteSizeBlock.Instructions (Sorry, free download expired 11/16. For pattern, please purchase Bite Size Vol. 2)
Hop to it! and Have a wonderful Easter.
The Shamrock Irish Chain Bite Size Quilt class (that’s a mouthful!) that took place yesterday was sew much fun! I was ’bout to dance a jig! I’d thought I’d share a few of the squares made in class. The fabric choices were so cool! I had eight lasses in the class. I missed a few of the projects but you can see from the following pictures how successful they were! Thank you MG Judy for the block! You can download your free pattern and instructions from the previous blog posting.
(aka MG Lisa)
Top of the Mornin’ to ya! We can all be Irish in March, especially if you make this adorable Irish chain with shamrock appliqué in the center. To download this free pattern click here. March.BiteSizeBlock.Instructions If you’d like lots of picture for the Extreme Piecing technique, then you’ll want this word doc as well. Material Girlfriend Judy put this together. Shamrock Little Bits Block (Sorry, free download expired 11/16. For pattern, please purchase Bite Size Vol. 2)
Every year on the 17th of March, I’d write up a limerick and call my mother. “Top of the mornin’ to ya, Mother of mine. Tis Patty, Patty O’Furniture, calling with a limerick for ya.” She’d laugh at my silly, ridiculous Irish accent, call my father over and put me on speaker phone.
Before We Go Further, Exactly What Is A Limerick?
According to Wisegeek a limerick is a five-line humorous poem with an AABBA rhyme scheme. It is about 500 years old (I’ve not been writing them that long), and held to have first been used as a distinct form at the end of the sixteenth century.
“Okay, Patty, we’re ready for you.” says my mother.
A quilter’s husband once spilt
A cold beer all over her quilt
He really was sly
He wiped it quite dry
But confessed because of the guilt!
Enjoy your Saint Patty’s Day celebrations.
Patty O’Furniture (aka MG Lisa)