Nativity Applique Block

I can't believe how quickly time scurries by... Four years ago we shared our Advent Celebration with our readers. It is a four week long program and each week we focused on a different theme: Week 1 - Gift Giving from the Heart, Week 2 - Symbols of Christmas, Week 3 - Celebrating with Family, and Week 4 - Birth of Jesus. I never completely finished Week 4, and I know at this time of year I start getting emails asking me if I would. So, finally, I am finishing our Advent Celebration. If you are interested in checking it out to use with your family, you can read all about it HERE. Over the next week I will make sure all the links work properly and I will finish all the tutorials for Week 4. 

Each week has an applique block that goes along with the week. Today, we are sharing our Nativity Applique Block.  Like all of our appliques, it was designed to fit on a 6" x 6" block but it can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. These year we hope to turn...Read more

Froggy Umbrella Applique Block

When Bug was just a wee lad, he was in love with his frog umbrella. You'd never hear him complain on a rainy day because out came "Froggy" and together the 2 would brave the elements. Bug was also known to tote Froggy on sunny days, too. You just can't spend enough time with a good friend, can you?

Bug still has Froggy, but he's gotten to the age when he's more apt to make a mad dash to his destination in the rain rather than take the time for a leisurely walk with his frog. So, let's call this my ode to Froggy Umbrella. He served Bug well!

As with all blocks, our Froggy Umbrella Applique was designed for a 6" x 6" block, but can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs. Enjoy!

The pattern for the FREE Froggy Umbrella Applique Block can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found ...Read more

Please With A Cherry On Top Applique Block

As a child, if we wanted something really bad, we'd say, "Please with a cherry on top?" because who can resist a cherry on top? I know I can't. I could eat an entire jar of maraschino cherries, but, oh, having just one on top makes just about any sweet treat all the more special! Today we are sharing our Please With A Cherry On Top Applique Block. Here is a totally yummy cupcake, oozing with frosting, and the pièce de résistance... a cherry on top, of course! Like all our appliques, this one was designed to fit on a 6" x 6" block but it can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs.

Yum... right?
 

The pattern for the Please With A Cherry On Top FREE Applique Block can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.

DIRECTIONS - Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.

Make a copy of the ...Read more

Happy Snowman Applique Block


"In the meadow we can build a snowman". Oh, how I love our "Winter Wonderland"! There can be the slightest sprinkling of snow and  wee ones will be outside, carefully scooping up what precious little snow there is, hoping to build a towering snowman. But, when the weather's right, and the snow blankets the ground, you can be sure neighborhoods will be graced with the visitation of these jolly visitors.

I'm sure you can think of many places that are crying for this joyful snowman! As always, this Happy Snowman Applique Block was made to fit a 6" x 6" block, but you can reduce or enlarge the pattern to meet your own needs. I have a favorite wool coat that is beginning to show its age, but I can't bear to part with it, so... I'm thinking I can "gussie" it up, just for fun. Think it's yearning for a snowman!
 

The pattern for the Happy Snowman Applique Block can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can...Read more

Piggy Applique Block

The question... which came first, the chicken or the egg?... is a debate best left for scholars, BUT, I can answer this question... which came first, the Pig Pull Toy (aka Pulled Pork) or this Little Piggy Applique Block?... and the answer is... the applique. I did a series of 4 barnyard animals for another project, and when the time came to make a pull toy for Little Guy's 1st birthday, I immediately thought of this applique. I simply had to enlarge the pattern and cut it out of wood. Like all of our appliques, it was designed to fit on a 6" x 6" block, but it can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. Bet you can think of someplace to put this Little Piggy, right? Enjoy!

The pattern for the Little Piggy Applique Block can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.

DIRECTIONS - Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.

Make a copy of the pattern.

Cut...Read more

Dragonfly Applique Block

I think the first time someone dreamed about fairies, it must have been after watching a graceful dragonfly flit about a garden. Their translucent wings, and their tendency to dart about, almost disappearing at times, has fairy written all over them! I adore dragonflies :)

Over the years I've had many gardens in my yard, all of them named. One of my favorite gardens, and hardest to maintain, was my Dragonfly Garden. Unfortunately, as the arthritis in my back worsens, I've found I've had to cut back on how much gardening I can do. This spring we hired landscapers to come in and help us make our yard more manageable. Trust me, there is still plenty I can do... we've just gotten the gardens to be easier for me to tend. Perhaps the saddest part to me was the removal of the Dragonfly Garden. In it's place, however, we put in a wonderful campfire pit, including a circle of tree stumps, which will probably be used by fairies when we are not around! All's well :)

As an ode to my Dragonfly Garden, I created our Dragonfly Applique Block. Like all of our appliques, it was designed to fit on a...Read more

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