The ‘Gator Quilt Release Party!

WoooHoooo!  Finally! I’ve got my very first pattern to release today! Yea!! Party!!!

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As many of you know I have been working on this ‘gator quilt pattern for quite some time. I have a little bit of an obsession with origami animals, but not so much with paper. I’m no good at making them in paper, so I’ve been making them in fabric. As in in quilt patterns! And the ‘gator is the first one I’ve taken the whole way.

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The pattern is available on Craftsy! Just click here.

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I was watching Jimmy Kimmel the other night and they had an animal guy on. He brought a crocodile and was asked the difference between an alligator and a crocodile. The guy said that crocs are a bit grumpier than alligators! So of course, this is the more friendly of the two! I mean don’t those eyes look like the friendliest ‘gator you’ve ever seen?

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I got this fabric collection last year to make my new nephew a quilt. The animal fabric is Down Under by Mint Blossom for Northcott. I’m not sure that’s it’s still available or not. But the colors were right, so I knew I needed to make one of the animals in this fabric for my paper pieced pattern!

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So hence came the ‘gator!

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The pattern is divided into 3 parts, the large ‘gator, the medium ‘gator and the small ‘gator. This lets you make anything from the whole quilt to a small ‘gator pillow! The options are endless! I think it makes a great baby quilt. But then there’s a football team, the Florida ‘Gators… (coming from an SEC football family, I know that team well) I bet there’s some fans out there that would love a ‘gator quilt in blue, orange and green! Or even a bag to tote to the games…

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The pattern is suitable for an experienced beginner to intermediate sewer with paper piecing experience. Some of the testers are pros at paper piecing and others were brand new to it. They all created awesome projects! The pattern includes 28 pages of instructions and paper piecing patterns, including the patterns for the eye embroidery to create a 54×70 quilt. The pattern assumes knowledge of paper piecing and does not include instructions on the art of paper piecing. I should do a tutorial on that soon!

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I had a wonderful group of quilters and sew-ers and just great people test the pattern for me. I got great feedback on making the pattern much better than I could have done on my own! I owe these ladies a HUGE thank you! And be sure to check out #thegatorquilt on Instagram for some behind the scenes testing pics! I can’t wait to share with you what everyone made! So stayed tuned for all sorts of  ‘Gator quilt goodness coming your way!

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June 10th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty– showing off other Testers work!

June 15th- Made By Amanda Rose

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wips and Tuts

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Buy the pattern here!

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Shopping for Sewing Deals?

I have some deals for ya! Are you a Black Friday shopper???? I’m SOOO NOT! Although I am curious about what it’s like out there… But… Not so curious that I’m going to venture out there into the craziness!

Nope I’m staying home and sewing. And if you are too, you’re going to love these deals from some of my favorite pattern designers, Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate link) and Peek a Boo Pattern Shop (affiliate link)!

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Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate link) is having a rare sale! (I’ve never seen them on sale before. Have you?) Get 2 Patterns for $10 with the code BLACKFRIDAY.

This code will only work on 2 patterns; if you want more than two you’ll have to check out more than once. For patterns priced more than $7.95, the discount is $5.90 per two patterns. Paper patterns excluded. Sale is good through the end of the day today, Black Friday.

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Remember my Cargo Pants I made? The are from Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate link). The kiddo has been wearing them and we get compliments on them every time he wears them! I have a couple more of her patterns that I can’t wait to try!

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And the lovely Peek a Boo Pattern Shop (affiliate link)! This is their biggest sale of the year! You can save 25% on any purchase with the code “Jolly25” or 40% on any purchase of 5 or more patterns with the code “Jolly40”. The sale ends Saturday at midnight on 11/30.

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As you probably have figured out, her Winter PJ pattern (affiliate link) has been my go to pattern for costumes these days! And for Christmas, there will be real pj’s also made from the Winter PJ pattern (affiliate link)!

What pattern are you going to get??? It is going to be a Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate link) or a Peek a Boo Pattern Shop (affiliate link)!? Or both? I say both! Let me know! Maybe we can challenge each other to sew them!