Sadie’s Charm – A Free Quilt Pattern

Happy Monday!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio where it’s snowy and cold!

We are very lucky to have a Miniature Schnauzer named Sadie Sue.  She likes to snuggle under blankets and quilts in this cold weather.  I was working on this quilt design and she decided to come over and give me an hand…I mean paw!

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Here she is again, giving me a look that says, “Hand over the quilt NOW and no one gets hurt!”

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So…I decided to name this free quilt pattern after my sweet little Schnauzer…it’s officially called “Sadie’s Charm Quilt”.

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My dear friend, MJ, gave me several partial charm square packages from different fabric lines.  At first, I wasn’t sure what to do with all these different colors and prints but then decided to just throw caution to the wind and sew them all together.

I used a burgundy inner border to pick up on all the burgundies in the charm squares.  I decided to use a small floral print for the outer border to tie in the dark colors in the charm squares and the various shades of orange, blue, burgundy and green.  I will be binding this in burgundy after it’s quilted.

You can download this free pattern by clicking on this link:

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Sandy and I will also be posting this pattern to the FaveQuilts website.  Take a look at all the free quilt patterns on this site.  Each week, you will find new quilting inspiration whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced quilter.  Another great option is to sign up for their FREE newsletter.  Click HERE to subscribe to free quilt patterns that are delivered to your email inbox.

Send us your photos of your own “Sadie’s Charm Quilt”!  We would love to see them!

Proof: Santa is a Quilter!

My very dear friend, MJ, cross stitched this wonderful Prairie Schooler Santa and gave it to me as a gift.  What an honor to receive this lovely work of art!

This pattern was released in 2005, as noted on the lower left side.  What makes it even more special?  2005 is the year MJ and I became friends.

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Within such a teeny space, “Santa” created a wall hanging from 6 different, tiny blocks!  I look at each block and am in awe of these tiny little stitches.  Yes, this proves that Santa really is a quilter!

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It looks like Santa is ready to pull an all nighter as he finishes embroidering the Christmas tree nestled in the hoop!  How about that little spool of thread?

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As you can see, MJ even signed (with stitches) the lower right hand corner of this masterpiece.  Friendship, quilting and cross stitch…I think they blend together to make lasting memories!

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As we wind down the 2018 Christmas Season, Sandy and I would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year!

Let’s toast to the new quilting journeys that await us in 2019…cheers!

 

 

Reflecting

In the middle of the joy and bustle of the holidays, I like to take precious moments to sit quietly and reflect on the lessons learned, the chances not taken, the mis-steps, the words spoken and unspoken, and the joys and accomplishments of the past 365 days. Hand sewing always gives me that chance. #quiltbonding time can be therapeutic.

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The road to the farm under a December fingernail moon:

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Color of the Year — you guessed it

Dear orange, Orange, ORANGE: you can call yourself “Living Coral” all you want, but I still see you!

What a cruel trick to play on my orange-weary psyche — you go and get yourself named the Pantone color of the year for 2019 using an alias, an also known as, a fake name — you clever color, you. However, that old adage is true: a tiger can’t change his <orange> stripes. I. Still. See. You.

Pantone picks ‘humanizing’ color as 2019 color of the year

Now that I understand what I’m up against– a conspiracy of orange/living coral/tangerine/pumpkin/salmon or whatever you are calling yourself today and the world-wide marketing reach of Pantone, (the greatest color arbiter in the world)— I vow to conquer you in 2019, embrace you as my friend, and win this struggle using love, not hate.

I will make you into a carrot, just you wait and see.

Resignedly,

Sandy