Another New Pattern and Giveaway

Good morning! Today I have another pattern live in my Pattern Shop: Chain Reaction!

Click here to buy Chain Reaction as a PDF pattern

Click here to buy Chain Reaction as a hard-copy paper pattern • 

This quilt originally appeared in Quiltmaker magazine, and I’m now offering it as a stand-alone pattern. The piecing is easier than you think—no paper-piecing or templates necessary for this one! All you need is a little careful cutting and a scant 1/4″ seam, and you’re in business. : ) (But yes, it is important that your cutting is accurate and your seams are scant and straight to succeed.)

This pattern includes detailed step-by-step instructions with a photo or illustration for nearly every step. The pattern also includes instructions for making the quilt in three different sizes: Baby (40″ x 48″), Lap (56″ x 72″), and Twin (72″ x 88″).

Also, FYI, I’m now offering hard-copy versions of both Cartwheels and Chain Reactionto U.S. customers only. Hard-copy patterns will be $12.50, and that price includes shipping via First Class Mail. Customers in Canada and all other countries can still purchase my patterns in PDF form. (Sorry, I just don’t want to deal with customs and postage to other countries.)

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Cartwheels Quilt Pattern – And a Giveaway!

Ready to do some Cartwheels?
Cartwheels pattern

• Buy Cartwheels as a PDF pattern here •

• Buy Cartwheels as a hard-copy paper pattern here •

My Cartwheels Quilt Pattern is now available! You can purchase the pattern in my pattern shop or on Craftsy.

Some details on the pattern:
• It includes full instructions for making this quilt in three different sizes—Baby (46″ x 56″), Lap (60″ x 70″), and Twin (74″ x 90″)
This is a paper-piecing pattern. It includes a full-size paper-piecing template, with seam allowances included. Cutting instructions to make the paper-pieced blocks are also included.
• The pattern is 5 pages long with tons of detailed illustrations and diagrams.
Cartwheels quilt

This pattern is perfect for beginning paper-piecers. There aren’t any seams to line up when you piece the templated sections, which makes it super simple. All you have to do is sew on the line, and you’ll have a perfect quilt in no time! No, seriously! : )

And if you’ve never done paper-piecing before, I promise it’s easier than you think. There are lots of tutorials available online for learning how to paper-piece, but my favorite the one Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts made for our Summer Sampler Series. Check it out right here!

Baby quilt in progress
Thanks for supporting my little pattern business, and if you pick up Cartwheels, I hope you enjoy making it!

WIP Wednesday: Taking It Easy. Kind Of.


Yep, I said I’m taking it easy. Oh, except for redesigning my blog. And releasing two patterns. And decorating the house for Christmas. And going to see Santa and doing some Christmas shopping and making next year’s photo calendars for family. Huh. I did say I was “taking it easy,” didn’t I?

But you’ll notice what isn’t on the list above: sewing. After last week’s Quilt-Con-entry sewing frenzy, I haven’t been too motivated. Thus, my brand of “taking it easy.” LOL.

Rock N Romance notebook cover
So anyway, I don’t have much to show here this week. I did whip up my next Art Gallery Fat Quarter Gang tutorial, which will be on Art Gallery’s blog on Monday. I’ll be showing you how to make this covered sketchbook or notebook—the perfect gift for an artist in your life.
My first pattern!

I want to thank all of you for the great reaction to my first pattern, Kissing Fish! The pattern has already been downloaded more than 350 times since I posted it on Monday. If you haven’t downloaded it already, you can do so for free on Craftsy or Threadbias.

Cartwheels pattern

And don’t forget to come back tomorrow, when I’ll be releasing my next pattern, Cartwheels! The pattern includes templates for paper-piecing the Cartwheel blocks, along with detailed instructions for making the quilt in three different sizes: Baby, Lap, and Twin. And I’ll be giving away three copies of the pattern starting tomorrow, so stop back for a chance to win.

So, how about you—what’s on your to-do list this week? Whatever you’re sewing, link it up here! Just remember the rules:
1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog. (Or grab my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links. Because what fun is a linky party without comments?

Have a great week!

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Hey, Look: It’s A Free Pattern!

My first pattern!

You might have noticed there have been some changes around here at Freshly Pieced headquarters. The blog got a whole new look last week, and this week—patterns! In fact, I’m so excited about this new endeavor, the first one’s on me. : )

I did a little tweaking to my “Kissing Fish” tutorial from a few years ago and turned it into a full-fledged baby quilt pattern, which I’m now making available for free on Craftsy and Threadbias. Click here or here to download the PDF pattern.

I hope you’ll enjoy Kissing Fish! If you make this quilt, please upload pictures to the Freshly Pieced Flickr groupCraftsy or Threadbias. I would love to see what you do with this pattern.

And stay tuned: More patterns will be coming soon. I’ll be releasing Cartwheels as a full pattern on Thursday! And I’m hoping to release two more patterns by the end of the year: Chain Reaction (my design for Quiltmaker magazine last year), and a brand-new design called Street View.