OK, where has this week gone! I can’t believe that it is Friday again. Not to mention that the week has gone by so fast, but guess what? Next Friday is the last Friday of February! I know that February is a short month, but does it seem to you that the month has flown by?
The weather has been wicked. This just hasn’t been a normal winter. Although we’ve been fairly lucky concerning the small amount of snow that we’ve had compared to other locations, it has been extremely cold with winds almost hurricane strength which has allowed the wind chill temperature to drop into single digits or even negative numbers!
Let’s get started looking at some sewing and quilting projects found on the Internet. If we can’t go out into the yard, at least we can be inside sewing!
- OLFA manufactures rulers, mats & rotary cutters, but this week they shared on Facebook a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop. Check out the Full Swing Free Quilt Pattern which was designed exclusively for Fat Quarter Shop by Rachel Griffith.
This pattern finishes 66” x 66” and uses both yardages and charm packs. I like the idea of using scrapes for the 24-Patch blocks.
- While not quilting, this next pattern could be used to help carry your fabric or projects to a quilt retreat. I found this on the Missmakes Blog – a pattern for a big bag similar to the Big Blue Ikea Bag.
Ikea is a store with furniture, kitchen, home products and so much more. They have a sturdy, plastic tote bag. Our Sewing for Good group has used the Ikea Big Blue Bags for carrying our finished quilts.
- Here is a cute little zipper pouch – the Triangle Pouch. See the list of materials, and then click on the link to go to a tutorial for making this little pouch.
This little pouch can be made using your scraps and you can practice your free motion quilting and not be overwhelmed by a large quilt. Make it a little sewing kit, storage for your bobbins, needles, sewing machine pressure feet or other small sewing notions.
- Many quilting magazines offer free patterns on their web sites. Last year, as part of their February/March 2014 issue, Quilter’s Newsletter, offered this free pattern – Puffball Medallion.
This quilt is 48-1/2” x 65-1/2” and is an updated version of the classic medallion quilt that uses modern shapes.
- On Wednesday, Pat Sloan shared her Pattern Round Up which included both free and low-cost patterns. She has some others you may also want to check out, just scroll down until you see her “Categories” menu on the right and click on Freebies and Round-ups.
The patterns include a quilt – Step In Time, a block – Inverted Star, a Reference Chart for Disappearing Blocks and two low cost patterns for a mini quilt and a mug rug both of which are appropriate for the cold weather we’re having!
Well, that’s it for this week. Hope you are staying warm where you are! Have a great weekend and stitch something!